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Walton’s Fancy and Staple

Life is sweet at this little downtown eatery, flower shop, and bakery. A whimsical yesterday is evoked by wire egg baskets and faded advertisements on the exposed brick walls, but today’s culinary trends are acknowledged in details like cute cactus-shaped macarons. The Freebird, a pressed sandwich, unites grilled chicken breast, a good dollop of jalapeño aioli, and grainy bread. True, it isn’t exactly on the cutting edge, but it satisfies and then some. Have it with a cup of creamy tomato basil soup (our French onion wasn’t hot enough to melt the cheese). A hearty bowl of shrimp and grits pleases those who prefer to start the day without eggs. The Golden Egg—an oval of buttery cake dusted with nutmeg and cinnamon—pleases everyone (in its simplicity it is perfection). But the biggest news of late is that Walton’s has started serving well-priced craft cocktails, with homespun names like the Whoop Pear It Is (cachaça, pear liqueur, fresh pear juice, and basil).

City: Austin

Cuisine: ,

Drinks: Bar

Price: $$

Rating: ★★

Address: 609 W. 6th, Austin, TX, 78701

Hours: B & L 7 days.

Phone: 512-542-3380

Last updated: September 26, 2016