When I first walked around the corner on my way to Easy Tiger, a bake shop and beer garden on Austin's famous Sixth Street, I knew immediately I had made the right choice. I instantly fell in love with the beautiful and spacious outdoor patio. Located between tall downtown buildings, the patio overlooks a small makeshift canal with vines climbing the brick walls, picnic tables and long bench seating lend to a sense of community, and the rock installments help create a intimate and natural setting in the middle of one of Austin's busiest streets.
While I was impressed with the intimacy of their outdoor patio, the ping pong tables and friendly tournaments also offer a sense of whimsy and playfulness. Although the outdoor atmosphere was my first hint that this place was special, walking through the front doors for the first time solidified the feeling. The aroma of freshly baked breads instantly made me feel at home, bringing with it a sense of comfort and and belonging. Not only was I met with the an array of sensational smells but also a rustic display of the Artisan breads that looked just as spectacular as they smelled.
After being ushered into the warm and inviting atmosphere, we headed downstairs and out the door to the patio where I didn't hesitate to order a cappuccino while I perused the menu. I am a sucker for a well-made cappuccino and they did not disappoint. Our first visit was early in the day so I didn't take advantage of the beer garden selection but their libation offerings take up two full pages of the menu and include everything from classic cocktails to reserve whiskeys to craft beers.
I decided to try one of the Artisan sandwiches for my lunch, which utilize their homemade breads and in-house prepared meats. My first meal was the Smoked Turkey Breast sandwich with Pain au Levain bread, with perfectly rustic crunchy crust, fresh avocado, radishes and roasted jalapeno aioli. This sandwich was an absolutely fantastic experience. The husband decided to try the Smoked Pastrami sandwich (pictured below) on Rye bread, with kraut, swiss and Easy Island dressing. He hasn't stopped talking about it since.
We have branched out since our first trip and have now discovered the versatile Easy Boards. These boards offer a yummy sampling of items for anyone who, like us, finds it hard to narrow down the menu choices. I haven't tried all the boards yet, but I think my favorite is still the classic German board, probably because it includes sausage, kraut, potato salad, honey mustard and our favorite, pretzel and beer cheese. Oh the beer cheese--it's so good.
No matter what you choose, I guarantee you will leave with a smile on your face--we always do.