Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery is not only as unique as the city it is in, but also offers a rich history that compliments the city it calls home.
The rich history of the coffeehouse dates back to 1983 and Captain Quackenbush’s Intergalactic Dessert Company and Espresso Café which opened for business on Guadalupe St., or what is locally known as “the Drag,” across the street from the University of Texas at Austin. This became the first coffeehouse in Austin and, over the years, patrons shortened the long name, morphing it into Quack’s.
Located on 43rd Street, Quack’s Bakery and Coffeehouse serves an impressive coffee bar menu, bakery selection and deli items. When you walk into the bakery, there is a colorful selection of bakery items in the display case.
From breakfast pastries to pies, and cupcakes to cake slices, there is definitely something for everyone. On my visit to the bakery, I ordered two cupcakes, the chocolate cupcake with pink frosting and the carrot cupcake with cream cheese frosting. They were both equally delicious.
The deli menu is just as diverse as their dessert selection. All of Quack’s paninis are made on its homemade sourdough bread and come with a side of chips and salsa or a bag of chips. The coffee bar doesn’t disappoint either. Besides offering a wide selection of both hot and cold coffee drinks, visitors can also stop into Quack’s for an ice cream shake or Vietnamese Iced Coffee, a seasonal special. One notable fact about Quack’s coffee is that it is freshly roasted in Austin, so patrons are really supporting local businesses from beginning to end.
Quack’s opens early and stays open late, so anytime patrons need to get their caffeine or sugar fix, it is ready.
My favorite thing about living in Austin is the rich history that different venues have. Quack’s definitely has a lot of history, and I am sure if the walls could talk, they would have many interesting stories to tell.
Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery
411 E. 43rd St.
Austin, TX 78751
Monday-Friday: 6:30 a.m. to midnight
Saturday: 7:00 a.m to midnight
Sunday: 7:30 a.m to midnight