Recently, I ventured out to my area of South Austin and discovered a lovely new cafe, bakery and bistro — OvenBird. Set near the corner of South Congress and William Cannon, the cafe had just opened in early 2021.
Winner of the “Austin Chronicle First Plates 2021,” OvenBird features so many delectable, made from scratch, locally sourced items on its menu. Focusing on Central and Eastern European style menu (South Baltic area), Sarah Koslosky, one of the owners and Head Chef has really brought quite an array of tasty delights to south Austin.
Start first with some delicious locally sourced coffee and homemade chai. Beverage Director, Jack Ferrara, running the cafe provides quite an array of beverage choices to meet everyone’s morning caffeine needs.
Simple Food, Simply Done is Beautiful
If you need to fill your belly with something that sticks, OvenBird has so many great choices. (Click pdf at the bottom of the review to download their menu and ingredients for each dish). Over the last week I have tried the Bavarian Breakfast Tacos. Handmade marble rye tortillas are such a great and savory twist to the traditional tortilla. The caraway seeds imbedded in each tortilla gives it such an earthy flavor. “I decided to translate the marble rye bread recipe into the tortillas, said Sarah. I highly recommend the Shakshuka Taco. OvenBird makes their own farmers cheese. One word for that - Yum! I also tried their Bavarian Croissant breakfast sandwich, which is a combination pretzel roll and croissant. One bite into that sandwich makes you realize, Covid has really deprived me!
There is so much more to the menu, I have yet to sample their lunch menu that has great seasonal salads and sandwiches utilizing many of the baked goods and … (oh snap) they make their own in-house cured corned beef (can I get an amen).
With such a business, food is important, but the setting and feel of a bistro can be just as important. Steven Kresena, another owner and Director of Operations, has made the place incredibly airy and kept to the theme of simple is beautiful. Sarah, the head chef, had a particular say in how it would look, too. Sarah’s brother Charlie (the bakery boy) said, “They essentially started with an empty space - a big empty box.” “A box is generous, it was more like a hole,” Steven said. It’s one of the few places I have encountered that has multiple places to lounge, sit, talk or just be on your own to work as a customer. They have nice bar area, couch and a spacious patio area. The style keeps in check with the modern minimalist European decor. Every chair and table in the OvenBird is a backdrop to showcase the wonderful food and beverages they create.
OvenBird is great spot. I definitely will be coming back to try more of their menu and look forward to the fall and winter menus that will include new items.
OvenBird — https://www.ovenbirdatx.com
6501 South Congress, Suite 211, Austin TX 78745
512.580.1388 - Special orders in advance (48 hours at least)
Review by benMUSA