Archives for September 2009

Walton's Fancy and Staple Pleases Me

Walton's Fancy and Staple Pleases Me

Walton's Menu Board and Deli

Walton's Menu Board and Deli

A little deli and flower shop with some big backers (namely Sandra Bullock, who also has ownership interest in Bess) opened in downtown Austin earlier this year.  All of the DAB crew was pretty excited to have another daytime-use casual cafe downtown. It’s technically the second location for a Walton’s (there is a Walton’s florist shop on Bee Caves).  I’ve been a few times this year, but I took the almost extinct ‘Dillo there last week with the express purpose of doing a little write up on the place.

First of all, I think the atmosphere is awesome.  The place is kind of split up into three different parts: 1) the front, deli area with some seating, 2) a little flower shop in the back of place and 3) a separate alleyway that consists of only seating.  There’s also a small outside dining area.  Here are some pictures:





The vibe in here is….well, frankly, it’s adorable.  It’s kind of a clean and airy 1940’s vibe.  Very light, very sunny.  Feminine, but not uncomfortably so.

Now, on to the food. Hog Island Deli fans may not like this statement very much, but it’s been said, and I agree, that Walton’s Fancy and Staple fills the gourmet sandwich void in downtown Austin.  I think we all at least can agree that it’s a hell of a lot better than Subway, Which Wich, or Murphy’s.  I ordered what I considered more of a specialty sandwich, the seafood po boy:

Seafood PoBoy at Walton's Fancy and Staple

It was really, really good, as everything I have ordered there has been.  It was pricey ($12.99, if I remember correctly), but oh-so-delicious. Everything on the sandwich was fresh and cooked to order, and was delivered to my table pretty quickly after ordering.  I didn’t have dessert, but it was not for want of temptation (the desserts are also reasonably priced, in my opinion):

Walton's Fancy and Staple Desserts

After I ate, I meandered over to the florist shop area.  Very adorable, but not extremely affordable. Here are some close ups:

Walton's Fancy and Staple Flowers 1

Walton's Fancy and Staple Flowers 2

To sum up:

Pros: Great vibe, great food, fills downtown Austin’s gourmet sandwich void.

Cons: A little pricey.

Check it out and judge for yourself: Walton’s Fancy and Staple Website

-Amber Gugino

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Downtown Austin Plan Districts Town Hall Meeting on October 10, 2009

(As sent from the DAA)

This Week in Downtown

“The City of Austin’s Downtown Austin Plan team invites you to participate in a town hall meeting on Saturday, October 10. Details below. We hope you will attend and share your thoughts on the key issues affecting downtown.

Dear Downtown Austin Plan Stakeholder,

Please join us at a “Town Hall” Meeting and share your vision and ideas about the nine districts in Downtown Austin. On Saturday October 10th, 2009, we will be meeting to share our preliminary thoughts and recommendations — and to get your input — on some key issues facing Downtown:

– Downtown District Goals and Priorities
– Downtown Transportation
– Live Music, Art, and “Creative Culture” Policies
– Historic Resources and Preservation Policies
– Land Use and Urban Design Regulations

These issues and more are being addressed by the “Downtown Austin Plan.” For more information about the Plan, please see the project website at:

The specifics of the meeting are as follows:

Event: Downtown Austin Plan — Town Hall Meeting
Date: Saturday October 10, 2009 Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Place: Waller Creek Center, 625 E. 10th Street Room 104
Parking: At this time, we are unsure about the availability of off-street parking, but there is on-street parking in the area. Transit: For bus route information, please consult:

Please feel free to pass this invitation along to any interested individual wishing to attend.

You may receive this invitation more than once as we may have you on multiple stakeholder lists so please excuse the redundancy. If you have any questions about this event, and to RSVP, please contact Jorge Rousselin or (512) 974-2975.

The Downtown Austin Plan Team”

Downtown Austin Round Up

Downtown Austin Round Up

Hi How Are You Gets iPhowned

"Hi, How Are You" gets iPhowned

-Arthouse at the Jones Center raises $5MM to triple their space.

-Congress Avenue dresses up with a new retailer.

-David Byrne talks to heads of Austin’s bicycle community at the Paramount

-West Elm bridges the furniture affordability gap between Ikea and Ligne Roset this Wednesday.

-CapMetro delays commuter line until 2010, is content to be Austin’s whipping boy.

Downtown Austin Open Houses

Downtown Austin Open Houses


We’ve received several inquiries about open houses, so Downtown Austin Blog will begin listing open houses each weekend. The great thing about downtown Austin open houses is that you can pretty quickly bounce between buildings.

Make a day of it this weekend and drop by the Old Pecan Street Festival on 6th Street.  On this weekend’s calendar we’ve got the Austin City Lofts and Villas On Town Lake.

1) 800 W. 5th Street #704, 1BR, 1BA, $374,900, 1-3pm [AvenueOne]
2) 80 Red River Street #103, 2BD, 2BA, $309,000, 12-2pm [John Horton]