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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
9.0
8.5
$25
Chicken-fried steak nears perfection in this time-frozen small-town shop

Just 45 minutes from Austin is Bastrop, an old-timey town charmed with a thriving tourist economy: museums, boutiques, a pretty little riverwalk, and a few restaurants, some of them pretty good.

But Maxine’s is the best of them all, one of our great finds in Texas. The dining room’s kitsch is uncontained, with drinks (like exceedingly sweet lemonade) served in Mason jars, miscellaneous junk lining the walls, and waitresses still calling you “Hon.” While chain restaurants make ineffective attempts to recreate… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
8.5
6.5
$10
If it’s bready and stuffed with something, it’s probably what you should order

Baguette House swears the outstanding bread on which Tâm Deli makes their famous banh mi is not their handiwork, but we’re suspicious. The homemade bread here is similarly crusty with a meltingly soft interior and heady aroma, a feat unparalleled in town. Buy a loaf for about $1.50 and wander around town gnawing on it like a real Frenchman.

Like everything else in the Chinatown shopping center, Baguette House is bright, antiseptic, and modern. Most of their business is take-out, so… [More]