San Francisco Bakery is a great business for North Austin. It is located in the Village Shopping Center on Anderson Lane. This shopping center has always been home to quality, non-corporate business, and this little bakery and coffee shop are no exception. Along with quality coffee, they offer delicious pastries and lunch menu items.
The bakery is not open for dinner, but it does a great lunch business. As the area business people and neighbors take their lunch break, this little shop fills up fast. They have a great reputation for their lunch menu; especially the sandwiches. You can expect the counter help to be busy with phone orders as they also take counter orders. The amazing thing is they stay so cheerful. Any good coffee shop in Austin has to bank on a friendly staff. When serving premium coffees and food, the service should match it in quality. They have this down at San Francisco Bakery.
A simple Americano
A simple Americano proved that the coffee quality is good, too. Often the Americano is the best way to test coffee quality because the roast isn’t covered up by milk, flavors and creams. If the girlie stuff is all that matters, than go for it, but the discerning taste should always start with the base drink. The espresso. If that’s good, the rest should follow suit. For the morning crowd, the pastries will be as satisfying as the lunch menu. The croissants and turnovers are light and flaky with just the right amount of moistness. Try a ham and cheese croissant for lunch if you can’t get to San Francisco Bakery early.
Business and community meeting place
This is also a nice little place to set up shop for the telecommuter. The restaurant is well lit with natural light. It is located in a corner shop in The Village, so plenty of sunlight comes into the dining room. Naturally, WiFi is available. It makes a great spot for business meetings because this part of Austin seems to be the new ‘Central Austin’ as the city grows north and west. Since there is a traffic light at the shopping center, it’s easy to navigate traffic in this busy area.
Cyclists will find a great place to end a Northwest bike ride at San Francisco Bakery. Since they have a lunch menu that includes sandwiches, soups, and salads, the healthy set can recharge with the right kind of nutrition. In fact there is an established ride through Austin Cycling Association that ends here.
San Francisco Bakery proves that South Austin isn’t the only great coffee culture in the city. Just be aware that they have breakfast and lunch hours and they are closed on Sundays.