Austin Restaurants: Bakeries

Sugared cinnamon rolls from Upper Crust Bakery.
Sugared cinnamon rolls from Upper Crust Bakery.

Restaurant listings

Each week in Austin360, we’re offering a rotating list of places to eat right now. This week: From pastries to fresh bread, sandwiches to cupcakes, Austin has a host of excellent bakeries, many of which cater to the gluten-free and vegan crowd. More restaurants broken down by category here.

Austin Cake Ball. 5310 Burnet Road. 512-826-4824, AustinCakeBall.com. Birthday cake, lemon drop, tiramisu … this place has cake balls in more than a dozen flavors.

Capital City Bakery. 2211 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-666-7437, CapitalCityBakery.com. Individualized cakes, cookie sandwiches, brownies, cheesecake … and somehow it’s all vegan.

Delish Bakery. 209 W. Third St. 512-473-4118, DelishAustin.com. An assortment of cupcakes, including gluten-free and dairy-free options.

Easy Tiger. 709 E. Sixth St. 512-614-4972, EasyTigerAustin.com. More than a dozen breads, massive pretzels and pastries like chocolate croissants and Danish Krans right on Sixth Street.

Hey Cupcake! 5530 Burnet Road. 512-476-2253, HeyCupcake.com. They started in a trailer and grew to this location on the strength of popular cupcakes, such as their Red Velvet.

Joe’s Bakery & Mexican Food. 2305 E. Seventh St. 512-472-0017, JoesBakery.com. An assortment of Mexican baked goods and savory dishes.

La Mexicana Bakery. 1924 S. First St. 512-443-6369, La-Mexicana-Bakery.com. Open all night, serving huge buttery and sugary cookies, sheet cake and pastries such as their popular palmiers.

La Patisserie. 602 W. Annie St. 512-912-0033, LPaustin.com. No matter how you pronounce the word, the dozen or so macarons at this shop are amazing.

Mi Tradicion. 8716 Research Blvd. Suite 290. 512-374-9910. 801 E. William Cannon Drive, Suite 125. 512-445-9120. MiTradicionATX.com. The name changed (from Chuy’s Panderia), but the more than two dozen baked goods, including tortas and empanadas, are still great and now at two locations.

Mrs. Johnson’s Bakery. 4909 Airport Blvd. 512-452-4750, MJBakery.com. One of the best late-night stops in the city. You can’t go wrong with any of their donuts.

Nothing Bundt Cakes. 2785 Bee Caves Road, Suite 333. 512-329-8333, NothingBundtCakes.com. I’ll give you one guess what this place does oh so well. From lemon to white wine chocolate and red velvet, topped with arching petals of frosting.

Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery. 411 E. 43rd St. 512-453-3399, QuacksBakery-Hub.com. Beautifully decorated seasonal cookies, pumpkin bread and sinful chocolate cake in the heart of Hyde Park.

Royers Pie Haven. 2900-B Guadalupe St. 512-474-2800, RoyersPieHaven.com. The pies that made Round Top, Texas, famous are now right near campus.

Russell’s Bakery. 3339 Hancock Drive. 512- 419-7877, RussellsBakery.com. You can find their goods around town or go straight to the source. Strudels, croissants and Danishes bring the crowds, as do sandwiches like the excellent chicken salad.

Sugar Circus. 2613 E. Fifth St. 512-761-4100, SugarCircusATX.com. Mini-pies, cinnamon rolls and cupcakes, both vegan and traditional, from three ladies in East Austin. And they make some adorable custom cakes, and some rockin’ ones (witness the Guns N’ Roses cake).

Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop. 1905 S. First St. 512-448-3727, SugarMamasBakeshop.com. A host of daily specials and a small batch of regulars make this one of the best cupcake spots in town. The Banana Puddin’ (banana buttermilk cake filled with banana pastry cream and topped with fresh whipped cream and a miniature vanilla wafer) is one of the best birthday treats I ever received.

Sweetish Hill Bakery. 1120 W. Sixth St. 512-472-1347, SweetishHill.com. Cakes, wedding cakes, pastries and bread so good you’ll find it squeezing sandwiches all over town.

Texas French Bread. 2900 Rio Grande St. 512-499-0544, TexasFrenchBread.com. You can’t call yourself an Austinite until you’ve had the Hyde Park fudge cake. Also try the Hobbit bread (orange and poppy seed) or any of their great sandwiches on freshly baked bread.

Tiff’s Treats. Multiple locations. 512-473-2600, CookieDelivery.com. If you work in an office in Austin, you’ve likely had your afternoon spirits lifted by some of the gooey, warm cookies from this local juggernaut.

Upper Crust Bakery. 4508 Burnet Road. 512-467-0102, UpperCrustBakery.com. Stars here include the cinnamon rolls, strawberry cream cheese croissant and ham-and-cheese stuffed brioche.

Walton’s Fancy and Staple. 609 W. Sixth St. 512-542-3380, WaltonsFancyAndStaple.com. Don’t let the delicious Lone Star Whoopie Pie or gluten-free chocolate mousse tower keep you from trying the Golden Egg, nutmeg cake rolled in cinnamon and sugar.

Wild Wood Bake House. 3016 Guadalupe St. Suite 200. 512-327-9660, WildWoodbakehouse.com. This gluten-free bakery has been serving tiramisu, cheesecake, cookies and more for more than a decade.

Austin Restaurants: Burgers

Burger from Crown and Anchor — Matthew Odam suggests the double with bacon and cheese.
Burger from Crown and Anchor — Matthew Odam suggests the double with bacon and cheese.

Restaurant listings

Each week we’re offering a rotating list of places to eat right now. This week: Austin has long been known for having good burgers, and it seems like our options expand every day. More restaurants broken down by category here.

Black Sheep Lodge. 2108 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-707-2744, BlackSheepLodge.com. More than a dozen TVs and many more beers on draft, this pot is popular among service industry workers and sports fans who also have a hankering for a very good bleu cheese burger and mini-corndogs.

Black Star Co-op. 7020 Easy Wind Drive. 512-452-2337, Blackstar.CoOp. Quietly buzzing even on a Monday night, the cooperatively owned brewpub offers a robust roster of house and guest beers, as well as a menu of thoughtfully crafted pub food.

Bouldin Creek Cafe. 1900 S. First St. 512-416-1601, BouldinCreek.com. One of Austin’s true temples to vegetarian and vegan fare, even the most avid meat-eater will be impressed with dishes like portobello fajitas, zucchini migas and the Veggie Royale burger.

Casino El Camino. 517 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9330, CasinoElCamino.Net. All reds and blacks, this Sixth Street classic has a devilish attitude and serves up fat, peppery burgers off a grill, like a garden party along the River Styx.

Contigo. 2027 Anchor Lane. 512-614-2260, ContigoTexas.com/Austin. It makes sense that a restaurant inspired by a Texas ranch would serve one of the best burgers in town. A copious layer of white cheddar drapes this burger that bristles with a peppery crust that reveals a pink interior that gushes its juices at the press of a palm or squeeze of a jaw. Homemade bread and butter pickles and a rich aioli make for a fine balance of accoutrements on the tall burger served on pumped-up housemade challah bread.

Counter Café. 626 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-708-8800, CounterCafe.com. You can almost reach over and touch the grill at this shoebox café that turns out great burgers, crab cakes with poached eggs and curried peanut sauce, and all of the breakfast classics.

Crown & Anchor Pub. 2911 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-322-9168, CrownAndAnchorPub.com. The Crown and Anchor opened in 1987, and the gristle-edged burgers have a flavor that makes it possible the same flat-top has been in service for all 26 of the years. That’s a good thing. Get the double with bacon and cheese.

Culver’s. Multiple locations. Culvers.com. With a location up north and one down south, this Midwest transplant has the city surrounded with their “butter burgers” and exceedingly friendly service.

Dan’s Hamburgers. Multiple locations. Dans-Hamburgers.com. Dan and Fran split (or something, they like to keep us guessing what happened) and now Austin gets multiple burger joints. Sounds like a win. Dan’s has three locations, and one under remodeling, that serve breakfast, burgers and chicken-fried steak.

Dirty Martin’s Place. 2808 Guadalupe St. 512-477-3173, DirtyMartins.com. Greasy burger and a cold beer within a few steps of the UT campus. They’ve only been doing it for 87 years.

Drink.Well. 207 E. 53rd St. 512-614-6683, DrinkWellAustin.com. Refined bar food like smoked mushroom macaroni and cheese, a spicy kimchi Reuben and one of the best burgers at this smart little North Loop bar that makes exceptional cocktails.

Fran’s Hamburgers. 6214 Cameron Rd. 512-458-6007, FransHamburgers.com. They may not be in their original location on South Congress, but you can still get Fran’s ground chuck burgers in Northeast Austin.

Hat Creek Burgers. Multiple locations. HatCreekBurgers.com. This burger operation from former UT hooper Drew Gressett started in a trailer and now has locations spread around the Greater Austin Area.

Hopdoddy. 1400 S. Congress Ave., 512-243-7505; 2438 W. Anderson Lane, 512-467-2337. Hopdoddy.com. The payoff for what can often be a long wait is the choice of a dozen well-crafted burgers (that’s the doddy) and good beer (that’s the hop).

Hopfields. 3110 Guadalupe St. 512-537-0467, HopfieldsAustin.com. Who knows how much money I’d spend at this place if I were a UT college student? The French-inspired gastropub serves one of the city’s best burgers, topped with Camembert cheese, sweet and smoky caramelized onions and grain mustard.

In-In-Out. Multiple locations. In-N-Out.com. The California burger titan has opened a restaurant in Austin, and long lines at the drive-thru and out the front door are a regular occurrence. But the friendly staff moves things along quickly as they introduce Central Texans to the double-double.

Mighty Fine Burgers. Multiple locations. MightyFineBurgers.com. Four Austin-area locations for this family-friendly place with the open-kitchen that calls mustard “yellow” and ketchup “red.”

Nau’s Enfield Drug. 1115 W Lynn St. 512-476-1221, NausDrug.com. Wax paper burgers from a grill that features a classic soda fountain with a full pharmacy up front. It doesn’t get much more classic than this Austin institution that opened more than 60 years ago.

P. Terry’s. Multiple locations. PTerrys.com. Vegetarian-fed, hormone and antibiotic-free beed that doesn’t make you feel so bad for wanting a fast-food burger from a drive-through.

Phil’s Icehouse. Multiple locations. PhilsIcehouse.com. The Amy’s team brings the same family-friendly, always-smiling service and enthusiasm to the burger joint where kids (and adults) can be kids.

Salt & Time. 1912 E. Seventh St. 512-524-1383, SaltAndTime.com. This butcher shop sells sandwiches with fresh, quality meat and turns out magnificent charcuterie plates, a thick juicy burger and other specialties on their dinner menu. Try their burger with a nduja, a spreadable spicy pork sausage, on top of the patty.

Shady Grove. 1624 Barton Springs Road. 512-474-9991, TheShadyGrove.com. The family-friendly restaurant located amid the grove of pecan trees keeps the crowds coming in with green chile hamburgers, chicken fried steak and queso catfish.

Top Notch Hamburgers. 7525 Burnet Road. 512-452-2181, TopNotchAustin.com. New ownership was wise not to change the aesthetics at this classic car-hop spot that was featured in “Dazed and Confused.” The charcoal-grilled burgers have a unique flavor, and the fried chicken is always crispy.

Wholly Cow Burgers 3010 S. Lamar Blvd.619 Congress Ave. Grass-fed local beef makes for a tasty burger that won’t put a strain on your conscience.

Your Mom’s Burger Bar. 5001 Airport Blvd. 512-454-6667; 6705 W. U.S. 290. 512-891-6667, YourMoms.net. Big, fat stuffed burgers with attitude.