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604 Brazos St, Austin, TX | Directions 7870130.267925 -97.741366
Monday To Sunday From 07:00 AM To 11:00 AM Monday To Sunday From 11:00 AM To 10:00 PM
The brunch is beautiful, and has lots of colorful, vibrant salad, so don't think it's just another bakery! The full cocktail menu is available, and the dining room is gorgeous!
1886 Cafe is the little bakery/restaurant inside The Driskill, and that alone is pretty fun -- I always feel like a senator's wife or something eating there. But anyway, 1886 serves classic desserts, nothing crazy -- chocolate cake, banana pudding, etc. -- but I'd like to direct your attention to the classic, Granny Smith apple-filled, oat streusel-covered apple pie, which has probably been used as a bartering tool in secret legislative meetings.
Four strikes, you're out – Normally I wouldn't return to a restaurant that was so subpar, but since it's in the neighborhood, I tried again after a first meal (which was shamefully bad). Wanting to support the downtown neighborhood, I ate there a total of four times. The only meal that was even passable was a sandwich, but it was quite ordinary. Overpriced, but then any price would be too much for this below-average, extremely ordinary, and poorly prepared food.
What a waste of a good location.
Loved It! – Came in for dinner on Saturday. We had an excellent meal and drinks. The meatloaf was great! Our wiatress was a lot of fun and talked us into an ice cream dessert even though it meant 30 more minutes on the treadmill. The next day I came back and picked up a carrot cake for my daughters birthday-She Loved IT!.
Wonderful Desserts !!! – My wife and I went with friends to the Paramount Theatre last week and walked to the 1886 Cafe and Bakery for coffee and dessert after the show. The dessert menu is wonderful!!! I had the 1886 Chocolate Cake and my wife had the peach cobbler ala mode. Our friends split a Banana Split. Our server Sarah was sweet and the atmosphere is charming. It was the perfect way to end a great night.
Wasn't Impressed – Went there on the other recommendations and was VERY disappointed. $10 sandwiches that were very basic and unappealing - outrageous!
Waiter was annoying and even interrupted all conversation at the table and when he had everyone's full and complete attention, only then did he ask if everything is okay. Also, while ordering each person's choice was "excellent" (use your best Monty Burns impression). Drink glasses remained empty after several prompts.
Seven people, five sandwiches, one soup and salad and one dessert came to over $100 (plus the $6 for parking at Valet WITH validation from the restaurant)
Great atmosphere; limited menu – Sandwiches are highly recommended. Don't be afraid to ask for modifications-- Don't want a croissant - ask for whole wheat or foccacia bread. Avoid the soups-- the pepperoni soup is particularly unappealing-- the others are mediocre on a good day. The desserts are off the chart and if you can justify the calories-- indulge yourself. Another strong plus is the atmosphere. You can actually talk and enjoy your companion. A big plus in my book.
Excellent lunch spot... – I've been twice now and have been extremely satisfied with 1886 Cafe. I had the corn soup and turkey sandwich the first time and the 1886 burger the second. If you are in the downtown area you must go here for lunch.
A Cafe and beyond! – It was beyond a cafe experience dining at the driskill cafe and bakery. The atmosphere is sophisticated and superb, and the staff has service down to perfection - and the waiters are quite handsome. The food is a bit pricey for a cafe, but well worth it once you bite in. I would recomend this to anyone looking for a nice and fun place to dine.
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