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desperate for a decent baguette in Austin

You might want to try Baguette House over in the Chinatown Center on North Lamar just south of Braker. It's not a true bakery but their bread is unbelievable plus each loaf is only $1.57. They bake on premise daily. While you're there, you should try one of their sandwiches. Not at all what I expected but now I'm a regular customer.

Baguette House & Cafe
10901 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753

Nov 01, 2010
lisalevi in Austin

Any restaurants with high wow factor?

a friend just graduated and passed her RN boards. She's never been to a really nice restaurant. I was hoping to take her to Hudsons on the Bend but they aren't open for lunch. Can anyone suggest a restaurant with a high "wow factor" that's open for lunch.

Sep 30, 2010
lisalevi in Austin

Sesame Pancakes

Don't know about sesame pancakes, but you can't go wrong with the green onion pancakes at Chen's Noodle House at Spicewood Springs Road and 183. It's well worth the drive, especially if you eat there.

Feb 23, 2010
lisalevi in Austin

German Rock Sugar

Has anyone seen German Rock Sugar here in Austin? I've only been able to find it at Teavana in San Antonio. Would love to not have to drive all that way for sugar. Thanks.

Jan 10, 2010
lisalevi in Austin

Road trip- Austin to Houston (stop in Brenham?)

We try to stop at a luncheonette in Brenham called Must Be Heaven. They are well known for their sandwiches and desserts. Don't forget Blue Bell Ice Cream is located in Brenham, so leave room for hand dipped ice cream.

Mar 30, 2009
lisalevi in Austin

Is there good bread in Austin ?

I grew up with great family bakeries in New York City and Los Angeles so its hard for me to buy bread here, but I did find a great rye bread at Sasha's Gourmet Russian Market in Northwest Austin. They import it from a Russian Bakery in Chicago so it's not fresh but once you toast it, who cares. Great flavor, texture and crust. Yum.

Mar 02, 2009
lisalevi in Austin

Hot dogs, Vienna beef and Home Depot

The place at 3600 S Lamar is called Chris' Little Chicago and it's another one of Austin's little trailer eateries. The Austin American Statesman said "Neon green relish. Large, crisp tomato wedges. Full pickle spears. Chopped onions. Fresh sport peppers and celery salt atop a plump all-beef Vienna dog that sits in a poppy-seed bun. That’s a classic Chicago-style hot dog." Once my Chicagoan husband got wind of that, he became a convert and drives down there as often as he can from far northwest Austin. Highly recommended.

Jan 11, 2009
lisalevi in Austin

Chicago style pizza?

If you really want real Chicago pizza, here's what you do... go to Lou Malnati's Taste of Chicago website, and order some pizza. It costs around $80 for 4 pizzas delivered, which is about the same price as a delivered pizza but its the real deal. Each pizza weighs 3 ponds so its not skimpy at all. My husband is from Chicago and this is the only pizza he'll eat in Austin.

Dec 27, 2008
lisalevi in Austin


I'm headed back east over Thanksgiving week and wanted to bring back some pralines for my family. Any idea who makes pralines worthy of a trip to the east coast? Thanks.

Nov 13, 2008
lisalevi in Austin

Burgers - Carl's JR in Austin

If Carl's Jr is coming to Austin, is it possible that In-N-Out Burger isn't far behind. One can only hope.

Nov 07, 2008
lisalevi in Austin

Water Ice in Austin??

Does anyone know where to get some yummy water ice like Rita's back east. Or Ices Queen in Brooklyn? This summer is too darn hot without something smooth and cold like that. My mouth will be watering while I wait for an answer. Thanks.

Jul 10, 2008
lisalevi in Austin

Two qs: Goat bbq and great granola

Try Oat Cuisine granola. You can buy it at their website. They sell pre-packaged in a couple of flavors. Used to eat it all the time when I lived in Palo Alto at a local restaurant called Hobee's..

Dec 15, 2007
lisalevi in Austin

Where should I take a California relative to eat in Austin?

My sister in law is coming to Austin tomorrow for a few days. What's a good place thats quintessentially Austin? I have my usual list but what wondering what gem is out there that I've never been to. It could be swanky, a hole in the wall or anything in between.

Dec 11, 2007
lisalevi in Austin

Turducken in Austin?

I don't want to make a turducken, I just want to try one. Does anyone know where they have it on the menu?

Nov 18, 2007
lisalevi in Austin

Looking for NYC Italian Ices

I have been searching all over Austin for real Italian Ices just like the kind I had during my childhood in Brooklyn. Vanilla Chip from Ices Queen on Utica Avenue is the gold standard for me. Any ideas?

Sep 25, 2007
lisalevi in Austin