This darling restaurant on Elizabeth Street and South First is the first "French Vietnamese" restaurant I'd ever seen—a "noodles bánh mì boulangerie." Opened in 2011 by chefs Larry McGuire and Tommy Moorman and the team behind Austin's Lambert's Downtown Barbecue and Perla's Seafood & Oyster Bar (an all-star team of Austin talent to be sure), Elizabeth Street serves everything from baguettes, nice hot curries, coffee, and phở, to The New York Times and cold beer. Vegetarians and vegans will find plenty on the menu, like griddled lemongrass tofu or mushroom bánh mì. The petite restaurant greets you at the street with a broad striped awning and outdoor tables. Inside, there's a bright blue counter with stools, and to the right, arched doorways lead to a narrow room with blue banquettes and tiny tables. Elizabeth Street Café is dog- and kid-friendly, and offers food to go. A popular San Antonio chef turned me onto this place—he often makes the 70-mile drive up to Austin just to eat here because he thinks it's that good. The staff uniform? They're asked to wear TOMS shoes and anything else they like.
Elizabeth Street Café
1501 S. First St.
Our Rating Neighborhood South Austin Hours Breakfast daily 8–11am, lunch and dinner Sun–Thurs 11am–10:30pm, Fri–Sat 11am–11pm Phone 512/291-2881 Prices Dinner $6–$22 Cuisine Type VIETNAMESE, FRENCH Web site Elizabeth Street Café
Map1501 S. First St. Austin
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