Second Helpings: Bagels, Beignets, Doughnuts, and Kolaches
Store some SXSW energy by eating lots of carb-loaded dough.
307 W. Fifth, 477-1137
Hot Jumbo Bagel & Deli
Hot Jumbo emerged victorious from the Great Austin Bagel Wars of the mid-Nineties and has proven staying power. They've been serving the same classic, East Coast-style boiled bagels from this same location since 1979 and are the only folks in town still boiling bagels. Their 27 flavors of bagels are kosher-approved. Bagel sandwiches and breakfast tacos are also available. While you're there, ask about their Cleopatra Nights with food, music, and belly dancing.
2404 Guadalupe, 457-8722
Einstein Bros Bagels
3010 W. Anderson, 374-9666
1112 N. Lamar, 320-8033
4501 W. Braker, 338-6711
Saturday, 7am-5pm; Sunday 7am-3pm
These clean, efficient, and service-oriented chain establishments offer 18 varieties of steamed bagels (softer than the classic boiled), 11 varieties of schmears, a host of sandwiches and egg breakfasts served on bagels, challah, or sourdough baguettes, plus salads, soups, and roll-ups. The NY lox and bagel with cream cheese, chopped onion, capers, and a slice of tomato is nicely done.
8127 Mesa, 502-9222
701 Capital of TX Hwy. S., 347-1939
Monday-Friday, 7am-3pm; Saturday-Sunday, 8am-2pm
This small, locally owned chain offers daily bagel specials in the Northwest Austin suburbs, plus muffins, cookies, brownies, and breads. Their bagel sandwiches are made with quality Boar's Head cold cuts and they offer a hearty portable breakfast, the Baco (rhymes with taco) featuring eggs, ham, and cheese baked in a thick tube of bagel dough.
1211 W. Sixth, 472-9622
Crescent City Beignets
It's not necessary to go all the way to New Orleans for the culinary signature items of beignets and café au lait: These folks have brought those Big Easy specialties to Austin. The beignets are the real deal -- fluffy squares of crisply fried dough liberally dusted with powdered sugar, meant for immediate consumption. Muffalettas, red beans and rice, gumbos, and étouffées fill out the lunch and dinner menus.
2820 Guadalupe, 320-8484
Ken's Doughnuts & Pastries
Daily, 24 hours
Ken's offers UT-area residents a doughnut and coffee fix anytime the craving strikes them. This unassuming shop within walking distance from campus offers a wide selection of both cake and yeast doughnuts, éclairs, jelly- and cream-filled bismarcks, and doughnut holes, plus coffee, milk, and sodas.
4909 Airport, 452-4750
Mrs. Johnson's Doughnuts
If fresh, hot doughnuts are your idea of the perfect late-night meal, Mrs. Johnson's is the place for you. At this Forties-vintage Austin institution, the doughnuts start rolling out at 8 in the evening and don't stop till noon the next day. The requisite accompaniments, cold milk and hot coffee, are available.
106 W. Liberty, Round Rock,
Lone Star Bakery
102 FM 685, Pflugerville,
Lucky for Central Texans, the Lone Star Bakery quickly recovered from the devastating fire two years ago, replacing the original building with one twice as big to serve as home to the "World Famous" Round Rock doughnuts. They've recently expanded to an outlet in Pflugerville with others on the drawing board. We have visions of these soft, warm, sunny-yellow clouds of sweet pastry wafting over the entire Austin metro area before long.
12586 Research, 219-0119
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
701 E. Stassney, 851-8888
I-35 at La Frontera in Round Rock, 600-1600
Drive-through open 24 hours daily
Lobby hours: Monday-Thursday, 5:30am-noon; Friday-Saturday, 5:30am-1am; Sunday, 5:30am-11pm
The famous Winston-Salem, N.C., franchise outfit has become a major player in the Central Texas doughnut scene since opening here three years ago. Turns out locals are crazy about the light-as-air yeast-raised beauties. The best times to see the "Hot Doughnuts Now" sign is between 5:30am and noon, and between 5:30pm and closing time. Good coffee, too.
7113 Burnet Rd., 458-5542
The Kolache Shoppe
The proud Czech culinary heritage of Central Texas is ably represented by this friendly little shop tucked in a North Austin strip center. Kolaches are yeast-dough pastries filled with fruit, cheese, poppy seeds, or sausage that go great with morning coffee. These folks make good cinnamon rolls, too.
"Second Helpings" offers tasty, bite-sized restaurant listings compiled from new and previous reviews, guides, and poll results. This week's entries were updated by Erin Mosow. For quick, reliable info about Austin eateries, check here.