Apr 2007

The Old Pecan Street Cafe – Austin


April 13, 2007
Cuisine: American, French

310 East 6th Street
Austin TX, 78701

Phone: 512-478-2491
Website: http://www.oldpecanstcafe.com/

Appetizer I: Smoked Salmon ($8.95)

Appetizer II: Fresh Salad (included with entree)

Entree I: Quiche Lorraine – The Pecan Street Favorite made with ham, scallions, and an abundance of Swiss cheese ($8.95)

Entree II: Chipotle Chicken ($8.95)

Before we left Austin, my colleague Josh and I wanted to see the famed 6th Street—home to rowdy bars, stained sidewalks, and underage drinking. The selection of eats on 6th Street isn’t stellar and consists mostly of pub fare, Tex-Mex, and a random crêperie flying the French flag. We settled on The Old Pecan Street Cafe because their menu had the most variety and we were in the mood for different foods. By the way, a little research on Wikipedia has revealed that the restaurant is named for the Old Pecan Street Spring and Fall Arts Festival, a bi-annual public event held every spring and fall in Austin. Neat!

Josh and I shared an uninteresting smoked salmon appetizer. The salmon was respectable, but the accoutrements (caper, onions, sour cream, etc.) didn’t pique my interest. Ever since feasting on Perrier’s incredible house-smoked salmon last winter, I’ve been obsessed with the stuff and order it whenever available. But after this unfortunate experience I will hold out for Perrier’s smoked salmon because the lesser versions are really quite sad.

Both of our entrees came with a salad and fresh baked bread. The salad was simple and delicious, especially after eating lots of BBQ days prior. The bread was also fantastic, Josh said it best when he proclaimed, “there’s something about the bread in Austin.” I agree.

For my entree I ordered the Quiche Lorraine because the menu declared it to be “The Pecan Street Favorite.” The quiche contained plenty of ham and cheese and the texture was smooth like flan. I don’t think there were any scallions in the quiche, but some chives were sprinkled on top. The best part of the quiche was its crust, which was buttery and made of whole wheat flour. Although I like flaky crusts, I like wheat-y crusts even more. The quiche was served with steamed broccoli in a lemon butter sauce and a near-ripe slice of cantaloupe; both were decent.

Josh ordered one of the day’s specials, the Chipotle Chicken. The dish had a Tex-Mex flare that Josh appreciated.

These days when I eat out, I do a lot of research to find the perfect place. The Old Pecan Street Cafe was a pretty good find for not having done any prior investigative work.

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3 thoughts on “The Old Pecan Street Cafe – Austin

  1. I’m afraid that wiki has mislead you. The Old Pecan Street Cafe is so named because 6th street was once known as Pecan Street. This is also where the festival got it’s name.

    When Edwin Waller first laid out the street plan for Austin the north-south streets were given the names of Texas rivers in the order in which they appeared on the Texas map. While Waller had recommended numbers for the east-west streets, they were instead given the names of trees. Later on, numbers replaced the tree-named streets and what had been Pecan Street became today’s 6th Street. The Old Pecan Street Spring and Fall Festivals honor the original name of the street.

  2. Next time you come to Austin I can point you in the direction of some outstanding restaurants that have better side dishes. Heh. The midwest can get a bit hung up on their coleslaw, beans and tater salad!

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