Easy Tiger is a bakery and beer garden in Austin, and has been recognized as one of the best bakeries not only in Austin, but also in the country. Located on the much less rowdy end of Austin’s "Dirty Sixth Street" and housed in a beautifully restored historic building adjacent to Waller Creek, Easy Tiger is the perfect place for a flaky, buttery croissant and coffee at breakfast or a housemade sausage sandwich (duck with rosemary, Cajun chicken and garlic are a few varieties) for lunch or dinner. If you’re looking for a place to relax with friends over Ping-Pong and snacks, it's also a great setting for charcuterie and soft pretzel boards, pitchers of cold beer or smooth, oaky bourbon until 2am. We recommend stumbling home at the end of the night with fresh baguettes and bien cuit chocolate croissants for breakfast the next morning. David Norman is the head dough puncher and partner at the helm, and I woke up very early to bake bread with him. He was patient enough to show me how they make their signature pain au levain – and the gluten fiend in me was very happy that I woke up at the crack of dawn to spank, knead and score that dough. I love pain.—Deana Saukam of Faim Fatale (@faimfatale) and F&W's Around the World Network

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