Bouldin Creek DEN » Elizabeth St. Cafe
Finally I made my way over to Elizabeth St. Boulangerie. Greeted on a Thursday night with a front row parking spot, I was a little suspicious that business may not be doing so well? Turns out, I was just lucky. Seated at a table right away at just before 7pm, moments later a line was forming at the door. By the time we left just before 8pm there was a 30-45 minute wait. Our TOM'S shoes wearing waitress (did you know the entire staff is required to wear TOM'S?), was very friendly and welcoming. Although Austin is quickly approaching what is sure to be a grueling summer, it was perfectly pleasant on the outdoor patio this night. We started with Ginger Marinated Grilled Tofu Spring Rolls and Wonton Soup, both fantastic and both with a spicy bite. The rolls come with 3 dipping sauces, my favorite being the Sweet Chili Vinegar. I've always been a peanut sauce fan, but regretted having wasted any bites on this after discovering the vinegar. The soup was perfectly good, nothing too outstanding and certainly nothing at all wrong with it. Exactly what you would expect with a good Wonton Soup.
For entrees, we tried the special of the night, the Chicken Thigh and Cilantro Chicken Meatball Pho over flat rice noodles and the Sliced Raw Eye of Round Braised Brisket and Tenderloin Pho. Again, both great! I especailly liked the side of extra fresh Cilantro, Basil, Lime, Bean Sprouts and Jalapeno that came with it. The Chicken Soup was just what the doctor ordered and in a serving big enough for two if you aren't just starving. The Beef soup was delicious, with a really unique flavor that really set it apart, however I couldn't quite identify. Also worth noting, as it reads, the beef is served over the soup still raw. It continues to cook as you prepare to dig in, so the cook of the meat is up to you.
Topped off with a Stawberry Lemon Guava macaroon, the evening was a wrap. I think next time I might try the Chocolate Ginger macaroon instead, but other than that, wouldn't change a thing.
This will definately be a tasty regular DEN for this South Austinite.
1501 South First Street. Open 7 days a week, 8AM - Late. 512.291.2881. Happy Hour, Mon-Fri, 3-6PM ($2 Off Appetizers, Beer, Wine, Sake and Punch)