Eating local ensures freshness and superb taste and also spares sensitive tomatoes the pain of being brutally patted down by airport security. Taste the fruits of proximity with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of food and drink at Texas French Bread, located on Rio Grande Street. Texas French Bread is the 2010 Austin Chronicle Critics Pick for Most Comforting Locavore Winter Bistro Meal.
The family of artisans behind Texas French Bread has cooked up beloved homemade breads and pastries for nearly 30 years and just introduced a full dinner service in 2009. Served Tuesday through Saturday, the rotating dinner menu combines diverse culinary interests in French and Mediterranean cooking with local, fresh ingredients. Recent selections have allowed diners to grab a taste of Dewberry Hills Farm by supping on oven-roasted chicken breast with mashed potatoes and green beans ($17) or spare their supple buckskin boots the trouble of wading to Boggy Creek Farm by ordering the tortelli with house ricotta, herbs, and tomato sauce ($9). A kids menu lets little ones find their spirit food with a charcouterie plate of turkey, salami, cheddar cheese, apples, and pickles ($6). Top off a hearty, fresh meal with the butterscotch budino ($7), the finest of its kind since Scotch bakers drained Loch Ness. Although dinner is the meal du jour, Texas French Bread also serves breakfast and lunch, which are available seven days a week.
A welcoming, honey-brown building lined with windows and sage-colored shutters prepares diners for Texas French Bread's scrumptious homemade dishes. Inside, exposed brick walls lined with paintings envelop wooden tables, and your mealtime indulgences may come accented by locally sourced aromas.
Texas French Bread is BYOB, though the corkage fee is not included in your Groupon ($5 per bottle or six pack).
Texas French Bread is a 2010 winner of Austin Chronicle's Critics Pick for Most Comforting Locavore Winter Bistro Meal. It also won Best Bread from readers and an honorable mention from readers for Best Full-Service Bakery in the same poll. Texas French Bread was reviewed favorably by the Austin Chronicle. Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars, with 84% of 70 Urbanspooners recommending it.
- We experienced a very pleasant evening with a meal of simple, well-prepared dishes in comfortable surroundings with attentive service from the restaurant's proprietors and their personable staff. – Virginia B. Wood, Austin Chronicle
- The dinner is wonderful. The food is fresh, prepared well, and overall delicious, and the menu itself is super good. – Lee N., Yelp
Texas French Bread
Aromas of baking sourdough, amber rye, and brioche bread waft from the ovens of Texas French Bread, winner of the Austin Chronicle's Restaurant Poll Readers award for Best Bread in 2009, 2010, and 2011. For the past three decades, these ovens have been churning out artisan breads, pastries, and desserts made from scratch, and under the helm of brothers Ben and Murphy Willcott, the ovens now cook a dinner menu of local and sustainable rustic French fare, earning a place in the top five on the Growers Alliance of Central Texas's Truly Local 2011 restaurants survey. Yet neither of the brothers set out to be bakers. Murph, a Harvard law-school graduate and lawyer, and Ben, a student of English literature, both enjoyed staying up late, cooking, and coordinating aprons with spatulas so they decided to take over Texas French Bread with the goal of turning it from bakery into bistro because, as Murph claims, "rock star and/or Hollywood movie mogul seemed like a stretch."
In the kitchen, Ben crafts a weekly rotating menu hewn under the guidelines of famed chef Alice Waters, with local, fresh, and simple ingredients from the urban farms of Boggy Creek and Angel Valley, served in season at their peak. Meanwhile, the pastry chef sculpts key-lime tartlets, cupcakes, and cream puffs to accompany cups of coffee or espresso drinks made with locally roasted beans from Anderson's Coffee Company. The house blend combines premium East African beans with a Costa Rican hard bean, barrel-cooked to a medium-brown, full-city roast to jump-start mornings without licking a car battery.
2900 Rio Grande St.
Austin, Texas 78705Get Directions