Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery has been around for a long time, and still serves the same beloved baked goods, wacky cookies, full-on cakes, and coffee to its loyal customers who frequent the Hyde Park spot.
Owner Art Silver opened the bake shop on the Drag back in 1983, along with one of Austin’s earlier coffee shops, Captain Quackenbush's Intergalactic Espresso and Dessert Company, which doesn’t exist anymore. He opened Quack’s the bakery on 43rd Street as a way to provide baked goods to the coffee shop. He shuttered the Drag location in 1999, but Quack’s lives strong in Hyde Park.
Eater photographer Courtney Pierce stopped by to capture the scene, where lines start very early for the bakery’s fresh-out-of-the-oven goods. After customers place and receive their orders, they hang around the shop, enjoying the first meal of the day. Pierce noted how dog-friendly Quack’s in, seeing plenty of canine friends around. Next door to Quack’s the cafe is the bakery where everything is freshly made, from decadent layer cakes, chocolate croissants, and scones.