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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Vietnamese, Sandwiches
Counter service

Mon–Fri 9:00am–8:00pm
Sat–Sun 9:00am–7:00pm

Features Wi-Fi
Bar None
Credit cards Visa, MC

Far North Austin
10901 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX
(512) 837-9100
Baguette House
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 it hardly matters. Half the menu is traditional American sandwiches such as BLTs and meatloaf, all on huge, flaky croissants. These are somewhat bland. Stick to banh mi, heaped with jalapeño, pickled vegetables, cilantro, and cucumber. Of course there’s the requisite pâté, but flavorful headcheese packs extra goodness. Grilled pork is reliable; shredded chicken less so. Cajun shrimp are more seafood-salady than spicy and strong.

Do grab a pâté chaud—a savory pork meatball and pâté inside of beautiful puff pastry; or excellent dried-beef-and-papaya salad. Avoid Hainan-style chicken rice that suffers from a flavor-leeching steaming. Spring rolls are fine, with a well-balanced peanut sauce. Helpful hint: “ice cream coffee” on the menu means iced Vietnamese coffee. Head a few yards away to Short N Sweet for better bubble tea to go with your terrific banh mi.

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