In the ongoing rivalry between San Antonio and Austin, Alamo City has always had an ace up its sleeve. With delectable French pastries and famous macarons, Bakery Lorraine has been luring locals south down Interstate 35 since first popping up in farmers markets in 2011.
Now, Domain Northside has leveled the playing field. According to a release, the bakery is opening its first Capital City shop on October 22 at 11600 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 100 in the North Austin development.
“We are thrilled to be opening our first ever Austin location at Rock Rose at Domain Northside; this location is a perfect fit for our brand,” said co-owner and operator Charlie Biedenharn in a release. “The area is rapidly expanding and we’re thrilled to be a part of the growing community. We can’t wait to show Austinites what we have in store.”
The beloved shop is the work of chefs Anne Ng and Jeremy Mandrell, who met while working at Thomas Keller’s acclaimed Bouchon Bakery in Napa Valley. After settling in San Antonio, they joined forces with Biedenharn to open the bakery. The renown soon spread outside of the city’s borders, with publications such as Food & Wine and Conde Nast Traveler declaring it one of the best bakeries in the nation.
The Rock Rose location will follow the same formula that made the San Antonio hot spot such a success. Pastries like pain au chocolate and buttery croissants will fill the cases alongside a full savory menu for breakfast and lunch.
Among the morning favorites coming to the new outpost are velvety croque madames; a Greek yogurt parfait with spent grain granola, berries, and honey; and the ever-popular signature Quiche Lorraine with bacon, Gruyère cheese, and caramelized onions.
For lunch, diners can expect lighter fare like roasted tomato soup, farm-fresh salads, and grain bowls. Those wanting something more substantial can opt for one of the sandwiches, including a grilled cheese with aged Comté, chèvre, and fontina; a juicy Cuban with French ham and roasted pork loin, or the BL BLT with pancetta, tomato, avocado, and garlic aioli.
In addition to the edible treats, Bakery Lorraine will have plenty of beverage options from beer and wine to a full coffee menu featuring Merit Coffee beans and all the expected espresso drinks.
The location will be open Monday through Thursday, 7 am-8 pm; Friday through Saturday, 7 am-9 pm; and Sunday from 8am-8 pm. We advise getting there as early as you can. The macarons are an obsession of Instagram influencers and get nabbed fast.