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9 Austin Coffee Shops With Delicious Eats

By Megan Giller
December 3, 2013

All good Austinites spend their fair share of time at coffee shops. But all of that time spent idling away the hours gossiping and Internet surfing on your Mac can lead to some intense hunger pains, ones that can’t be quelled by any old bagel or biscotti. Here are nine spots where you can have it all: a real meal, a good cup of coffee and a power outlet. 

  • Cenote

    The cute, renovated house on East Cesar Chavez is the home of Rock Star Bagels, which means the rounds are fresh, doughy and authentic. We also like the daily-rotating soups and kale salad with beets and goat cheese, plus hefty sandwiches like the barbecue grilled chicken and the grilled Swiss cheese with avocado on ciabatta. Come here for solid coffee, but beware that the Internet connection often flickers in and out.

    1010 E. Cesar Chavez St.; 512-524-1311

  • Halcyon

    Tableside s’mores are this downtown spot’s claim to fame, but you can’t live on chocolate and marshmallows alone. Try the Antonelli’s cheese plate or one of the panini like turkey brie or chicken pesto, then stick around for cocktails later.

    218 W. Fourth St.; 512-472-9637

  • Thrice

    Since this coffee shop pretty much shares the space with Thai Fresh, it’s a no-brainer to eat here. However, people often forget that the cafe serves some delicious desserts. Sip on coffee all day, and then unwind with a plate of pad Thai, a glass of wine and something sweet at night.

    909 W. Mary St., 512-494-6436

  • Wright Bros. Brew & Brew

    This spot on East Fifth Street might be the hippest place to drink your brew of choice (Flattrack coffee or craft beer). Do yourself a favor and also order the Hops and Grain Alteration-braised brisket sandwich.

    500 San Marcos St.; 512-493-0963

  • Thunderbird Coffee

    It may be hard to get a table at either location of this hip coffee shop, and we know why. The friendly yet cool atmosphere, solid drink selection and good sandwiches like Le Raymond with turkey, brie, basil pesto and red onion mean that the neighborhood has moved in. On nice days, sit on the outdoor picnic tables at the Cherrywood locale while you nosh.

    2200 Manor Rd.; 512-472-9900

  • Bouldin Creek Café

    Part coffee shop and part restaurant, Bouldin Creek represents old and new Austin at its finest. The vegetarian restaurant moved down South First Street a while back, out of its hippie digs and into a more modern space. But you’ll still find the same laid-back attitude and solid omelets here, plus some sweet almond cookies.

    1900 S. First St.; 512-416-1601

  • Dolce Vita

    This Hyde Park cafe combines coffee and gelato with a full bar to create tasty concoctions like sorberitas, cocktails made with sorbet or gelato. They also boast a stellar food menu, with a meat and cheese plate from next-door Antonelli’s as well as hefty panini. At lunch, $5 will get you a big panini as well as a side salad.

    4222 Duval St.; 512-323-2686

  • Jo’s

    For many years, the South Congress spot was one of the only places to get a good cup of joe in Austin. Now that’s changed, but Austinites and tourists alike still gather here to listen to live music, drink their morning (or afternoon) coffee, and eat sandwiches like barbecue pulled pork and vegetarian barbecue with wheat toast.

    1300 S. Congress Ave.; 512-444-3800

  • Buzz Mill

    Technically, this hip East Austin spot doesn’t serve any food. But the Blue Ox BBQ truck out back? Yeah, they make some fall-apart-tender brisket, ribs, sausage and all the fixin's. Don’t feel like you have to share with the bar's boxing bear.

    1505 Town Creek Dr.; 512-912-9221

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Places Mentioned

BuzzMill

Espresso Bar • Southeast Austin

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Wright Bros. Brew and Brew

Coffee Shop • East Austin

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Thai Fresh Coffee Bar & Restaurant

Thai • Bouldin Creek

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Halcyon

Lounge • Warehouse District

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