Austin Chronicle (Richard Whittaker)
Alice and Shadrach Smith, the husband and wife behind the locavore-friendly Full English brand, already have a burgeoning reputation through their market-sold traditional British sweet treats. Now their humble attempt to introduce Austin palates to English food has a permanent home. Tucked behind the Manchaca Food Mart and near South Austin’s other bastion of northern European cuisine, the admirable BakeHouse, Full English Cafe summons the spirit of the great British institution of the greasy spoon. That sounds off-putting, but the independently owned diners are really the last bastions of homemade, handmade, working-class grub. No nouvelle cuisine here: The small but concise Full English menu favors the British tradition of fried goodness. (See the rest)
Austin Statesman (John Kelso)
“We get quite a few people who come in and say: ‘Oh, English food is the worst food in the world. Why would you want to do that?’ ” said Shadrach Smith, who owns the cozy cafe with his wife, Alice Bachini-Smith. This place doesn’t do the purple goop, though. Instead, it features the cuisine of Alice, a British transplant who has a flair for English cooking. [...]
The location’s a bit odd for the queen’s footmen. In the heart of Bubbaland, the Full English Café sits behind a convenience store, across the street from a squirt wand car wash, not far from a pawnshop, and near a strip center where you can find guns and discount cigarettes. Before the English pancakes and finger sandwiches showed up, the place was a tattoo parlor.