“What the Fearless Critic books and apps have that UrbanSpoon and Yelp don’t is a complete lack of bullshit.”
“I’ve spent years driving around with Zagat...but I think I’ll replace it with this Fearless Critic guide.”
–Leslie Brenner,
Dallas Morning News
Fearless Critic restaurant review
Sandwiches, Baked goods
Counter service

Mon–Fri 7:00am–8:00pm
Sat 8:00am–8:00pm
Sun 9:00am–5:00pm

Features Outdoor dining, veg-friendly
Bar None
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx


Warehouse District
609 West 6th St.
Austin, TX
(512) 542-3380
Walton’s Fancy and Staple
Main Street USA: sandwiches, cookies, candelabras, and all

Walton’s Fancy and Staple confounds people. Pick a reason: its crumbling brick and wholesomeness are more “old-timey Main Street” than “good-timey East Sixth Street;” the small building is barely noticeable among the rising and razing of other businesses on the block; and the operation is equally devoted to light fare as it is to floral arrangements and hostess gifts—not at all out of place in a neighborhood frequented by foot traffic, but not a reason why Austinites will hunt for mid-day parking.

But Walton’s has its strong points: a good cappuccino or cup of Cuvée Coffee with a scone and the paper; a delicious and nourishing sandwich made on homemade bread; a dinner party offering of pretty little pastries, or an elegant floral arrangement, or a set of cheese knives and giant hanging candelabra.

A hot dog on a too-huge but delightfully eggy brioche bun is a standout here, spicy and juicy, and butterflied for neater eating. Roast beef with Gorgonzola is rich and warm, if wanting for an acidic snap. Prepared salads like chile chicken are slightly better than those at Central Market, while pastries are appealing in that overly sweet and greasy sort of way.

Any sandwich shop with an on-site florist isn’t exactly promising a cheap lunch. But we rather like the groundskeeper’s-cottage feel. It’s worlds away from the Warehouse District.

Be the first to leave a comment…