Mediterranean food is by far my favorite cuisine and while some of my favorite spots to indulge in all things Shwarma, Kubideh, Tabouleh and Hummus are in Houston, when I heard fast-casual Cava was headed to Austin from the DC area, I stalked their page everyday for the news!
Enter the healthiest, most welcoming, beautiful Greek & Mediterranean casual modern restaurant!
Their location off Guadalupe aka The Drag has a beautiful patio with Will Bryantz artwork all over the walls making for tons of InstaWorthy shots!
Customized a Grains and Greens bowl with falafel and grilled meatballs
The entire spread with their housemade watermelon mint juice and strawberry citrus
A Grains and Greens bowl with falafel and chicken and a raspberry lime Spindrift
Pita with spicy lamb meatballs!
They have quite the selection of juices and teas – I really enjoyed the Watermelon Mint!
They’re now open in Westlake and coming soon to downtown #ATX off of 6th and Congress very soon!
Try everything, feel good about what you eat, and enjoy the vibes!
Boy do I love me a great happy hour! Especially when food + drinks are involved!
The hubs and I are always on the hunt for a great happy hour during the week because why would you want to spend double to eat just a few minutes later?
Below is a new feature you’ll start to see in some of my posts. You can interact with the map (if you’re a visual person like me wanting to see how close a particular venue is to your home, then you’re going to love this addition)!
Enter my favorite 5 East ATX Happy Hours right now:
Revelry Kitchen + Bar
I’ve been a big time fan of Revelry Kitchen + Bar since they opened! The environment is nice, bright and open, and the staff are super sweet and have been there from the beginning! I’m the Duchess of RKB on Yelp and when that actually happened, the bar manager, Kyle, ordered a crown for me through Favor!
They have Happy Hour all night on Mondays and Tues-Fri 4:00-7:00PM! Select glasses of wine are $2 off, $2 off House Cocktails, $1 off draft and $4 Wells, $3 Texas Cans, and $5 selected appetizers.
Their Chicken Lollipops are a must when you go for happy hour – they have some of the most creative flavors and right now, their Asian Garlic flavor is my go-to!
Happy Hour: All night on Monday and Tuesday-Friday 4:00-7:00PM
Unit D Pizzeria
Unit D Pizzeria has been my comfort, sweet spot for almost 2 years. Stop on in and you’ll see why. It’s approachable, aesthetically beautiful, the staff have been there from the beginning and will remember your name, the Neapolitan pizzas are truly a delight, the meat and cheese board is one of the best I’ve had, and they have quite the selection of beer and wine!
Really, you don’t have any excuse not to go. Beware though, it’ll become your favorite, most frequented spot pretty quickly 🙂
Happy Hour deals are clutch here – $5 for their happy hour bites! Try them all. They’re meant to share or enjoy them all on your own and make it a meal!
I’ve celebrated many occasions at Grizzelda’s (bachelorette, birthday, anniversary, gal’s night) and they always tempt me into coming back for more. Perhaps it’s all the pretty fuscia colored everything, the wonderful service, or the super big hearts the owners have for the community, but I’m a loyal fan.
Have you had their Ceviche Mixto?! OMG, it’s craveable and a must if you go there (during or after happy hour)! Their Tostaditas picadillo beef from Jacoby’s Ranch are also one of my faves! Get yourself a FroMo for $6 — be careful because it’s so good and strong and you may want a second one but you’ll definitely feel it the next day 🙂 Wines are $2 off per glass as well – they always have the most amazing selection and Vinho Verde rosés!
Grizzelda’s happy hour runs Tues-Fri 5:00-7:00PM so definitely take advantage!
Blue Dahlia has a fantastic happy hour including many of our favorites at a heavy discount! Their happy hour runs M-F 3:00-6:30PM and Sundays 6:00-9:00PM and includes this gorgeous meat and cheese board for $10! It comes with a selection of their fresh baked breads! My glass of wine was $5 and they have quite a few options (along with some draft beer).
They have a few of my favorite tartines (open-faced sandwiches) on happy hour as well. I typically order the Egg Salad tartine (because it has capers)!
Honestly, anything and everything I’ve eaten there always blows me away. If you want a place guaranteed to satisfy your tastebuds, Blue Dahlia is all yours.
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 3:00-6:30PM and Sunday 6:00-9:00PM
Hank’s is the perfect addition to the Windsor Park neighborhood and might I mention that it is HUGE! I can’t wait until it cools off a bit so I can really enjoy the super long front patio that extends the length of the restaurant. They have shades all over now though so it at least keeps the sun from beating down your back in the late afternoon hours.
Their happy hour is epic – 1/2 off appetizers, $5 frozen (Frosé and Palomas) and tap cocktails, $5 tap wine and $1 off beer! They’ve got a large appetizer menu and you can easily make it a dinner – and it’s 1/2 off EVERYDAY from 3-6:30PM!
TFW you receive an invite to an event at Lenoir hosted by Kodiak Cakes on your birthday, you shift around brunch plans and gooooooooooooooo!
We started off the brunch out in the wine garden on a beautiful Saturday morning and nibbled on some Kodiak Donut Holes with Calamondin Marmalade, Smoked Fish Salad, and a Lenoir Pullman while sipping on some coffee!
They’re laughing with me not at me 🙂 Rachel, Monique and Kelsey – aren’t they adorbs?
Smoked Fish Salad
We then moved on in to Lenoir’s main space – it’s by far one of my most favorite spots to dine. Super romantic, cute, French-vibes and just adorable!
That chandelier though!
Our table so cutely setup with fresh flowers!
We nommed on so many yummies made with Kodiak Cakes’ products:
Strawberry Pistachio Granola Parfait – I loved the yogurt – kinda like greek but not greek!
Next up, the roasted beet crepe – wowzas, I loved how savory and satisfying it was. And come on, I am a beet-lover!
I present to you the Kodiak Waffle and Smoked Fried Chicken – what an amazing pairing!
Last but not least, the Kodiak Brownie with whipped creme fraiche was delightful! I really enjoyed the brownie and the face that it wasn’t too sweet!
All in all, a wonderful experience with my fellow foodies! I can’t wait to try out more of Kodiak’s products at home as I test out some creations with their ingredients! Thanks to Lenoir for the gorgeous backdrop and Kodiak Cakes for ringing in another year of my life with me 🙂
This guide to the Best of East Austin Restaurants is part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s 2018 City Guide. #atxbesteats
Updated July 2018 (original February 28, 2018)
If you like looking at maps to find the locations and plan a walk, bike ride, rideshare, etc. then you’re going to love the map I’ve embedded into this post! I’d love your feedback on the map – if you expand it to full screen, you can click on a restaurant in the listing and it’ll show you the pin on the map as well as some food or drink pics of mine (or others’ photos with credit given in the blog post) to get you drooling! Call or check out a restaurant’s website simply by clicking in the map. Go ahead, take a look, play a bit, and let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
*All pictures in the map are the same as those you see in this post. See captions of pictures for appropriate credit if they aren’t mine.
I’ve been living and dining in East Austin for 3 years now, and boy has the food scene expanded over time! We’ve seen some really great places come and go ;( And tons of spots have stuck around through all the East Austin revitalization going on.
Nonetheless, I’m sure you’ve dined on the EastSide at least once even if you don’t live in this part of town! It’s become quite the mecca for unique culinary experiences and here are some of the spots I recommend. Again, this is not meant to be an all-inclusive list since there are probably more restaurants than meals 🙂 I also haven’t made my way out to every East Austin restaurant quite yet.
Hill Country Cuisine
If you’ve asked me any time since August, “what’s your favorite restaurant right now?” my response has been, “Pitchfork Pretty.” I love the A-frame design, bright chalet feel and everything I’ve ever eaten or sipped on there.
My recommendations: To name a few for dinner — Yuca Dumplings, Fried Chicken, Buckwheat Cornbread, Oysters
Brunch — All of the bagel sandwiches! They make their own bagels, y’all.
So I dine here a lot. Brunch on Sundays, dinner on a weeknight, oh and a super dope Happy Hour (all night on Thursdays)! Alot of the staff have been there since they opened and I like to feel like it’s my home away from home.
If you want high quality seafood and Jacoby’s Ranch beef mixed in with a Mexican/ATX-Mex feel, this is your place!
My recommendations: Just a few of my faves — Tostaditas, Tuna Tostadas, Ceviche Mixto, Queso, Street Sprouts, Picadillo Tacos. For drank — FroMo, 50/50, Grizz Mizz, Bad Girl Ri Ri.
Can’t pass up their Sunday Brunch Buffet!
Parking: Parking on the street on Tillery or 2nd. Also, valet.
Fairly new to the Mueller development, Stella Public House focuses on “farm to pizza.” If you dine there, be sure to get one of their Texas-sourced artisan wood-fired pizzas! They have way more than that, from fresh salads, to a wonderful brunch menu (with things other than pizza)!
Stop on by for happy hour daily from 4-6:30PM and try out tons of incredible dishes at happy hour pricing. Their Margherita pizza is only $5 during happy hour!
My recommendations: Dinner — Wild mushroom mac & cheese, Bee Sting pizza, Proscuitto Arugula pizza
Brunch –Root Hash, Egg Panino
Parking: Street parking and validated parking in the garage next to the Alamo Drafthouse
When Native Italian bring Italian Sandwiches to the Eastside, you run! This low-key, casual, cafe vibes spot at The Arnold, should be on your line up for amazing paninis (the real kind, not the panini maker kind), mozzarella boards, boards, and vibrant fresh salads. Oh and if you’re a Soccer fan, they’ve got several TV’s broadcasting games!
My recommendations: Hot Soppressata, Fontina, Roasted Peppers, Basil on Ciabatta – legit Italian sandwich, y’all! Enjoy with a Kale, Burrata, Mango, Endive, Turnip, Radish, Hazelnut, Mint and Lime.
They’re known for their mozzarella boards and boards with meat and cheese in general. I’ll be going back for these!
If you’re needing a libation, they have Italian wines, beer, and coffee of course.
Since they’re open daily from 11-9PM, you have plenty of opportunities to try out the entire menu.
Parking: Street parking and validated parking in the garage (bring your ticket in)
Ok, so this is a bar with an impressive menu, so it deserves a spot on this list. My husband and I frequent it for a casual spot to grab a drink and enjoy a quick bite usually on our way to see a band at the Historic Scoot Inn.
My Recommendations: Cheese or Charcuterie boards, Meze (99% of the time, I order this), Frito Pie (life-changing), Roasted Beet Sandwich, Tuna Melt (my husband’s obsession). If you love a spiced saltine, order the Social Crackers – eat them alone or with the meze or cheese board.
Parking: They have a lot and there is street parking off of 5th
I was lucky enough to be invited for Sunday Funday Brunch fairly soon after the opening of RKB, and I was blown away by the attention to detail on their food! They’ve been open on East 6th for over a year now, and Chef Dom always keeps the menu seasonal and fresh, Alana knocks it out of the park with amazing cocktail creations, and LisaMarie is the most amazing Operations Director I’ve ever encountered. Overall, quite the team!
My Recommendations: Dinner — Chicken Lollipops (asian garlic, dry rub, thai green curry), Chili Fries (add avocado), RKB Burger, Fries, Sweet Potato Tots,
I can’t remember my first time grabbing a brioche or torta from ADP, but it’s been a frequented spot for us the last 3 years. Grab a spot out front on a nice day, or order and get your food brought to you while sipping on a drink at The Wheel.
My Recommendations: Jalapeno Hushpuppies ALWAYS, The Lucy Tacos, Baby Buffalo, Mini Tuxedo, Pineapple Express Tacos, Thai Salad, Medi Salad, Lavender Lemonade
One of the first ranch-to-table restaurant in Austin, Jacoby’s always impresses with the tastiest beef and the most beautiful views of the Colorado River. Scoot on over to the Mercantile and buy yourself a little something while you’re there too. I always do 🙂
My Recommendations: Dinner — Deviled Eggs, Cheeseburger, Chicken Fried Steak, Mac & Cheese, Brussels Sprouts, Wood Roasted Chicken
Included on the Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas and well-deserving of the list, Micklethwait has become one of our go-to spots when we want BBQ without a super long wait. I personally love their Brisket Frito Pie the most and will keep going back for it!
My Recommendations: Brisket Frito Pie, Smoked Chicken, Brisket, Sausage, Beef rib, Jalapeno-cheese grits, buttermilk pie (leave room for it)
No “Best Of BBQ” or Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas list could ever be complete without including Franklin! I think it’s worth standing in line at least once in your life. Don’t both even dreaming of cutting the line or joining a group of friends who have been waiting a while, as you’ll get a stare-down like no other and probably a talking-to! Pro Tip – if you know you’re going to eat at least $75 worth, you can pre-order and pick it up.
My Recommendations: Brisket, Ribs, Pulled Pork, Potato Salad, Bourbon Banana Pie
Parking: Parking nearby
Takes reservations: Pre-order at least $75 worth of BBQ and you can just pick it up; otherwise, you’re waiting in line as they don’t take reservations.
Now you can get La Barbecue inside the Quickie Pickie off E. Cesar Chavez. Be sure to prepare to wait in line but at least part of the line is inside! And yes, it’s on the Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas list!
My Recommendations: Brisket, Pork Ribs, Chipotle Sausage, El Sancho, La Frito Loco
Parking: Parking lot and street parking
Takes reservations: Nope, you gotta wait in line or call ahead 3 days in advance and pre-order
While this might not be your typical BBQ spot, they pride themselves in their menu which features their own BBQ onsite. The space is absolutely beautiful with earth tones and there is a huge rooftop area with a bar and epic views of the sunset. Plan to happy hour, brunch and dine here!
Perhaps I love this place because it’s walking distance from my house or maybe because one of the owners is a fellow Texas Ex! Either way, you’ve gotta drop by either of their locations and try out some Texas BBQ!
My Recommendations: Brisket, Brisket Frito Pie, Pulled Pork, Banana Pudding
Parking: Nearby and street parking near the 11th St. location
I always feel so comfortable and as if I’m on vacation when I dine at Blue Dahlia. If you love all things tartine, meat and cheese boards, salads, and entrees like meatloaf, Coq au Vin Blanc, then Blue Dahlia is your spot!
My Recommendations: Meat Board (50% off during happy hour), Egg Salad Tartine, Mesclun Greens Salad, Hummus Tartine, Smoked Salmon Tartine, Egg White Frittato, Macarons (get some to-go!)
Old Thousand serves up some impressive Chinese classics with a modern twist – take for instance the Brisket Fried Rice! So satisfying with the addition of Micklethwait’s brisket, this is a craveable dish that stands alone or as a supplement to some Orange Chicken or Kung Pao Cauliflower!
My Recommendations: Just a few — Brisket Fried Rice, Chongqing Chicken, Kung Pao Cauliflower, OT Dan Dan, and Cumin Beef. Stop in for Lucky Time Monday-Friday from 5-6:30PM for a $5 menu of select food and drinks.
Parking: Street parking and a free parking lot behind the building
Now you can nom on all things Sa-Ten at 2 locations! The original and the location I first devoured their yummy toasts, yakitori and katsu was at the Canopy off of Springdale Rd. If you enjoy their attention to the coffee ritual or traditional eats, Sa-Ten should be on your list.
My Recommendations: Yakitori Bowl, Chicken Katsu plate with kale salad and macaroni fuji salad, Potato Wedges with Cilantro Sauce, Cold Chicken Katsu, Chicken Katsu Curry, Yasai Toast, Nori Tama Toast, Egg Bacon and Sausage Toast
Parking: Shared lot with The Canopy
Takes reservations: Order at counter and grab a seat
These aren’t your average kolaches! Imagine Micklethwait’s brisket and sausage inside a housemade kolache. Well, you don’t have to just dream about it because you can walk on in to Batch morning or night and get you some!
My Recommendations: Sausage Jalapeno & Cheese, Brisket Pickle & Swiss, Pepperoni Pizza, Jalapeno & Cheese, PB&J. They have an awesome selection of beer on draft and several cans to grab and go or enjoy on site (with a corkage fee).
Parking: Parking lot
Takes reservations: Just walk on in and order at the counter and grab a spot inside, out on the beautiful backyard or take it to-go
I am pretty familiar with Ayurveda as I grew up practicing some of it in my household when one of us experienced an illness. I also learned more about it a couple of years ago during my coursework as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. And then, low and behold, Curcuma, an Ayurvedic focused food trailer joined the Austin scene! It’s a 100% plant-based menu. Go on in and meet the owner, Rachel. Try all of her yummy creations. You’ll feel good knowing your eating healthy and nourishing your body in the way that feels right for you. Take home a few jars of Golden Paste while you’re there for all your at-home golden latte, smoothie, oats needs!
My Recommendations: Noms — Sweet potato toasts, Spirulina Pesto Bowl, Raw Pecan Tacos, Kitchari Bowl
Drink — Reishi Mocha, Golden Mylk, Sexy Joe
Parking: It’s part of a Food Trailer Park so there is plenty of parking in the lot
Takes reservations: Order at the window or call ahead
If you love Northern Thai street food, then DeeDee is your jam! Their new location off Pedernales and E. 6th is a great spot to order at the truck, grab a spot in the “yard” and chill (cool down from the spicy yummy thai dishes).
My Recommendations: Larb Moo (this is SPICY), Om Gai, Som Tum, Mango & Sticky Rice
Parking: Street nearby
Takes reservations: Order at the trailer or call ahead
This new addition to the Mueller area is a nice spot for some authentic poke boxes and the first ever pokecado toasts! They have a miso soup dispenser as well. Oh, and be sure to save room for some Dole Whip or a float.
My Recommendations: They’ve got generous portions and the poke box and pokecado toasts are fully customizable. You get 4 scoops of protein (make them all the same or try a scoop of each). Be sure to get a scoop of spicy crab salad!
When you have the best Peruvian Cebiche on a recent trip and then you hear a Peruvian restaurant with a Cebiche Bar shows up on the Eastside, you go! It’s such a beautiful space with a huge covered patio to enjoy some cocktails and apps!
My Recommendations: Happy Hour — Jalea De Calamari, Yuquitas
Drink — Rose Sangria, Pisco Punch, Lima Gin & Tonic
Dinner — Tiradito Divorciado, Vegetales a la Brasa
So, what do you think? So much food to start trying, haha! What are you waiting for?! But seriously, I hope you enjoy dining at some of my favorite restaurants on the Eastside. Feel free to comment below if you need more recommendations.
Thanks for reading!
Don’t see your favorite on the list? Let me know in a comment below.
This guide to the Best Coffee Shops to #WorkFromCoffeeShop in Austin is part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s 2018 City Guide. #atxbesteats
Updated January, 2019
If you like looking at maps to find the locations and plan a walk, bike ride, rideshare, etc. then you’re going to love the map I’ve embedded into this post! I’d love your feedback on the map – if you expand it to full screen, you can click on a coffee shop in the listing and it’ll show you the pin on the map as well as some drink pics of mine to get you drooling! Call or check out a coffee shop’s website simply by clicking in the map. Go ahead, take a look, play a bit, and let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
I’m the biggest sucker for latte art and if any of you have ever grabbed a cup of coffee with me, you know that I beg (and bribe) Baristas to “make my drink look pretty please!” #sorrynotsorry
I’ve also been known to scout out coffee shops with WiFi since I work remotely on occasion. I can appreciate a solid spot with an excellent choice of pastries, savories, lattes, adequate table space to spread out my laptop and other goodies, as well as feel like I’m somewhere vacation-y.
Thanks for stopping by to hear what I’ve got to say about my favorite caffeine-providing locations where you can also work and/or study around the ATX!
First up, an East ATX gem, Sa-Ten Coffee & Eats.
Discovering this beautiful Japanese coffee and eats “mecca” in The Canopy was life-changing for me. I live only a mile away and am happy to boast that I’m a frequent flyer 🙂 Perhaps, I’d like to call myself their “Ambassador of all things yummy.” Because there are quite a few small businesses and art studios in the area, you’ll see people hosting meetings and talking strategy (as well as conducting some business deals). Nevertheless, Sa-Ten makes for the perfect spot for you to have a productive day working, meeting up a friend for a lunch/dinner/coffee date, stay warm with a hot bev in hand (cool off with an iced coffee during most of the year in Austin), or nourishing yourself with their ever-so-tasty bites.
Second location off of Airport Blvd. is NOW OPEN – Their new location is HUGE, has lots of seating options and tons of power outlets. While the Canopy location is so close to my house, the Airport location is just a tad bit further away and more of my vibe.
My fave: Almond Milk Latte with a splash of hazelnut. Try a peppermint mocha as well. Check out their monthly specials which are always perfection. Oh, and their Turkish Mint tea is great if you want an herbal tea.
WiFi: Yes, it works well and rarely kicks you out
Other Bevs: They’ve got beer, wine, and Juice Society!
Grub: Tons of options (toasts, curries, katsu, potato wedges) and they also have pastries from Quack’s and stroop waffles from Stroopclub
Bike Racks: Yep
Parking situation: Parking Lot for all of The Canopy and the Airport Blvd. location has parking as well as spots in the neighborhood and sometimes at the bakery next door
The matcha at Greater Goods is really good! Add a splash of vanilla!
So creamy and satisfying! It’s tea y’all!
Perfect place to get your caffeine on, plan a trip, eat a scone!
Walton’s Fancy and Staple – the cutest spot for sandwiches, salads, epic desserts and of course, COFFEE!
I can’t recall the first time I laid eyes on Walton’s, but I do remember it being love at first sight. If you like feeling like you’re in an earthy garden with succulents and floral arrangements surrounding you all while nibbling on a macaron and sipping on a Turkish mocha, then Walton’s Fancy and Staple is the place for you!
Located on West 6th street, in the heart of all the excitement Austin has to offer, this little haven will quickly become your go-to spot for an indulgent latte and a perfectly-crafted sweet treat. I’ve worked from there many times as they have a quiet area in the back as well as counter space in the main dining area. It might get noisy during the lunch rush, but you’ll figure out a way to stay here a while.
My fave: The Turkish Mocha was to die for – not sure if they make it anymore. They know what they’re doing, so you won’t go wrong with a latte and syrup of your choice.
Grub: I order the “Fancy Lunch” and generally have half of a Ham on Pretzel and a side caesar salad. Get a dessert, please – macaron, slice of cake, whatever…just get something!
Bike Racks: In the vicinity or you can do what I do, lock my bike to a street parking sign.
Parking situation: They have street parking all around that area but you’ll have to pay the meter.
The Baristas know what they’re doing at Fleet Coffee!
Being an Eastsider, I passed the building where The Lost Well is located everyday and suddenly saw some activity going on at the far end of the place. After a lot of curiosity, patience and sleepless nights with anticipation, I came across an article in Eater Austin (I think), about Fleet Coffee. Reading that the owners are the best-of-the-best when it comes to Austin Baristas, I started stalking that location for an opening date. It opened in mid-2016, and I fell in love. What a place! It’s gorgeous, quaint, intimate and serves up the most unusual coffee “cocktails” you’ll ever get your hands on. Love their newly added patio with additional seating. Don’t let the tonic water in the E.T. scare you – that concoction is v good! They had a fruity pebble milk/treat at one point and they update their menu with new seasonal items regularly. If you want a good ‘ole dairy-free latte, they make their syrups in-house and they have a local almond milk (Dulcis), which is so good!
My fave: Cappuccino or a butterscotch almond milk latte
Grub: I think I’ve seen pastries. There is a taco truck in the parking lot and Gourmand’s is across the street.
Bike Racks: In the vicinity
Parking situation: They have street parking on Webberville
Houndstooth – serving up your dose of caffeine now on the Eastside off of MLK!
I’m not going to lie – when I heard a rumor that Houndstooth was planning a location on the Eastside, in the newly developed Platform apartments, I screamed! I have visited the Downtown location after going through the torture of finding a parking spot where I could pay the meter but only after having to circle the block probably 5 times before finding a spot on the street. I guess the downtown location caters more to those who work in the Frost Bank Tower and other walkable areas? Nevertheless, their third location in Austin is now open and I’ve already dropped in 3 times since they had their grand opening! Y’all, Houndstooth baristas KNOW how to make you a coffee drink. And don’t forget the super hi-tech fancy new espresso contraptions they have at their new location that keeps the temperature just right!
They have beer on tap, wine and other beverages too for all of you who aren’t coffee drinkers. Soon, they’ll be open until midnight! Woot woot! I was determined to enjoy a pretty drink (it was way later than I typically have caffeine, but whatever)!
My fave: An almond milk decaf honey latte. Oh, and the one time I had the stunning Rhum Nut Cappuccino (pictured below).
WiFi: Yep! Come with a fully-charged laptop though since they only have USB outlets for juice.
Grub: They have pastries (cookies, scones)
Bike Racks: In the vicinity
Parking situation: If you turn in to the Platform, there is retail parking behind the building Houndstooth is located. The location downtown is such a pain to access by car. Find a metered spot though. Can you believe the parking garages and parking lots are $10+ compared to $3 for 3 hours at a meter?
Address: 2823 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Suite 101
Rhum Nut Cappuccino. What a beauty!
Mocha cookie and a decaf honey latte!
The non-coffee line up!
Love the aesthetics!
Revival – they know the way to my heart!
If you’re looking for a quiet, comfy, inviting space on the Eastside, Revival is your place. I’ve seen this place expand and get a makeover the last three years, and while it is a little known gem, it should soon become your go-to!
If you want to wind down your workday and turn up the heat on your evening, stop on by for Beer and Wine and enjoy their beautiful outdoor patio! They’ve even juiced the patio with power outlets for your laptop powering needs.
My fave: An almond milk lavender vanilla latte.
Grub: They have La Patisserie pastries (cookies, scones), Green Cart sandwiches, and quite the selection of food trucks in their outdoor lounge area – including Boteco! They’ve got Stroopclub Stroopwaffles.
Bike Racks: Yes!
Parking situation: Behind the shop, street parking, and a couple spots out front if you need to grab and go.
Even if you don’t live in South Austin, you should RUN, not walk, down to the new Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden off SoCo. It’s a magical place. There is no other way to describe all the feels I had while pulling in to the parking lot.
Their space is large, bright, and green with the coziest corners and lots of seating. They have a huge outdoor area with plenty of picnic tables, high tops, and fire pits. Stop by for food from some of my favorite food trucks in town, to a cocktail or beer flight, or all the caffeination options!
My fave: An almond milk latte with caramel, Irish Coffee, Cocktail Flights
WiFi: Yep! Perfect place to work as they’ve got power strips on the walls.
Grub: Pastries from Quack’s Bakery and several food trucks out front with plenty of seating all around. Be sure to get you some #newschoolBBQ from Leroy and Lewis or some tacos from an Austin staple, Pueblo Viejo.
Bike Racks: Nearby
Parking situation: A huge parking lot and street parking off Pickle
A long time staple of mine (way before Danielle Sobel opened up the shop) is Juice Society. If you haven’t been to the shop at Lamar Union, you’re really long overdue for a visit!
While you’re there working from one of their many cozy spots (all near a power outlet), grab you a Rose Matcha. It’s just too good. They’ve got a full blown Adaptogen Latte menu now too in addition to all your caffeine needs (without the jitters), so please GO!
My fave: Rose Matcha (it’s made with oat milk – they don’t have dairy at the shop) – or the Shroom Coffee!
WiFi: Yep! Perfect place to work as they’ve got power under each seat along the bench.
Grub: Think smoothie bowls, banana and almond butter toast, AVOCADO toast! Tons of grab-and-go parfaits and treats too.
Bike Racks: Nearby
Parking situation: There are several parking garages at Lamar Union
Nestled in the Carpenter Hotel, this living room type of coffee shop has quickly become my go-to spot. It’s quiet, there are super comfy couches and a big table with chairs and instead of a jukebox, you can pick a record to play on the record player. All of the RETRO and VINTAGE vibes in this cutie.
My Fave: Golden Mylk – why? Because they use Curcuma’s Golden Paste and your nut milk of choice for golden perfection! It doesn’t have caffeine in it so if you need some fuel, don’t fret, they’ve got plenty to choose from.
WiFi: Yep! And they have ample power outlets nearby.
Grub: They’ve got tacos until they sell out and lots of pastries. I LOVED their chocolate chip sea salt cookie!
Bike Racks: Nearby
Parking situation: For customers, you can park in the garage or the lot by the actual hotel part of Carpenter’s Hotel.
There is no shortage of Coffee Shops in Austin these days. I remember when there weren’t so many at all. But with such a large percentage of the workforce having the ability to work remotely, more and more places where you can work and caffeinate have popped up.
Others I’ve definitely been super productive from over the years, but I don’t have pictures to give you all the latte love are:
Of course, this list isn’t meant to be comprehensive. I have alot of favorites not mentioned, but I took the liberty of focusing on those that are perfect for work, studying, a mid-day boost, or to fill yourself up with #atxbites.
You can betcha I’ll be adding and updating this in the months ahead, but until then, I hope you enjoy my recommendations!
Don’t see your favorite on the list? Let me know in a comment below.
You know I was born and raised in wayyyyyyyyyy south Louisiana right? If you didn’t, now you do! I’m pretty sure I was the first of Indian descent kiddo born in lil ole Thibodaux, LA.
Growing up there, we had crawfish boils all the time. I mean, as soon as it was crawfish catching time, our neighbors would have us all over for the most epic boils. <drooling about those potatoes and corn in the boil right now>
A bunch of us food bloggers were treated to a new take on a traditional seafood boil as well as tons of other really yummy and approachable Texas Comfort Food at the newly opened TLC Austin at Lamar Union last weekend! #media
The space is family-friendly, large, full of TV’s, a gameroom, and a beer hall feel (they’ve got 30 beers on draught) and their cocktails are creative and spot on! Not to mention the food was ridiculously good and super fresh.
Need a place to watch the Super Bowl? TLC should be your spot!
We started with a tower of oysters and shrimp cocktail. Sorry y’all, I was unable to get a picture but these were SO GOOD and fresh! The shrimp cocktail was really really good and usually I steer clear of them and lean towards the fried stuff.
We were served tons of apps for the table:
Hushpuppies with crawfish etouffe dipping sauce!
Deviled Eggs with bbq yumminess on top!
Fried Okra – I liked them lengthwise!
Oysters Rockefeller – woah, I’d eat that spinach base ALL DAY!
Then the Main Courses started coming out and we got full real quick from all the absolutely delicious sandwiches and chicken fried steak!
They’re large and affordable (in my opinion):
The Enlightenment – all the veggies in this one and that bread is perfectly toasted!
Pork tasso with a pretty egg on top!
Fried Green Tomato BLT – SAY WHATTTTTTTT?!?!
DKR – roast beef sandwich – you must dip it into the tastiest au jus!
The hubs said this was his favorite Chicken Fried Steak ever! And those mashed potatoes and brussels were a really nice addition!
And last but not least, the boiled seafood with amazing cajun spices came out:
Snow Crab, King Crab, Shrimp and P.E.I. Mussels – and don’t forget about those potatoes, corn and BUTTER!
They have an entire portion of the menu dedicated to The Boil – pick your seafood, pick your spices and pick your sauce. I personally love Texas Heat and Cajun Spice and all the lemon garlic butter! But that’s just my cajun roots coming out 🙂
No meal is really complete (although you may not have room in your tummy for anything else), without some dessert. And in my world, CHOCOLATE!
Enter all the sweet treats:
Up top: Chocolate Brownie Middle: Fruit Cobbler Bottom: Texas Pecan Pie
All in all, this is quite the hang out for watching a game or two, nomming on some really delicious food and drinking a bev! The kids will love it too as there are indoor and outdoor games for them to enjoy while you get in some adult time!
I started to have a slight panic attack in the days leading up to my foot surgery. What was I going to eat?! I mean Snap Kitchen would definitely be in the picture and breakfast was simple (oatmeal or smoothies), but that would be only 2 meals and I need 3!
So anyway, foot surgery is NO JOKE y’all. The pain meds made me so nauseous that I was drinking Ensure for the first week — ashamed to say it y’all. I always associated Ensure with being in my 80’s. But whatever works and kept me from passing out. Pro Tip: The strawberry flavor of Intrust (generic Ensure) tastes like a strawberry milkshake from McDonald’s – or at least the version I remember when I was in my single digits and didn’t eat breakfast but had milkshakes (hehe).
So the sweethearts at Prep To Your Door found out I was having surgery and so kindly provided me with a week of free meals to help with the healing.
Heard of them? I’ve had their creations before and was contemplating a subscription, but finally pulled the trigger last week.
They prepare #plantbased meals in beautiful mason jars, and they’re ready to grab and eat wherever and whenever! I’ll say one thing, it’s made my need to figure out what to eat so much easier since these beauties get delivered to your door on Mondays!
Enter all the veggies and LOADS of flavors. I’ve enjoyed quite a few delicious dishes the last 2 weeks! And all from bed while I heal up 🙂
Strawberry Coconut Oats – these were creamy and topped with apples!
Thai Chopped Salad
Chickpea Cesar Salad – the seasoned chickpeas though!
Apple and Arugula Salad
Daal Basmati – just like my Mom’s!
Brussel and Kale Chopped Salad – loved the added almonds!
I’ve made the most of my healing process and required time off my feet for 2 weeks – don’t get me wrong, I’m so ready to get this cast off.
But, it’s been quite a humbling experience and I feel so good about eating these deliciously prepared, mindful and nourishing dishes from Prep To Your Door!
Interested in giving it a try? Just sign up on their website and then email them at email@example.com and let them know I sent you! You’ll get 50% off your first week!
Oh my goodness – what a food scene in addition to quite the natural beauty in Scottsdale and Phoenix!
We had some time off during the holidays and wanted to ring in the new year somewhere else, so Scottsdale it was! It was a rather quick choice for me being that I’d been a few times for work and heard the food scene was up and coming.
Planning a trip with enough restaurant options is always a challenge and stressful but I made the most out of all of your recommendations and Yelp, too!
The Old Town Scottsdale location is not only an absolutely beauty, but with the outdoor seating area, it was so bright, lit and quite the happening spot for humans and pups!
I mean check out these pics and that quote on the wall – #goals
Cali Chicken Bowl and Turkey Wrap – YUM!
The entrance and outdoor seating
gah, so pretty
“All I want is food and affection” – TRUTH!
Bar with windows opening up to the outside bar top
Dreaming about the Cali Chicken Bowl
*Pro Tip – they have reverse happy hour everyday from 9PM-Close.
We got these yummies that same night as when we brunched there 🙂
Up front is the Avocado Lime Hummus and in the back is the Wild Mushroom Flatbread!
On our way out for the day to Sedona, we stopped by Daily Dose for a hearty breakfast before the 2-hour drive and 2-hour hike ahead. Hardly had to wait 20 minutes even though this place had quite the crowd outside waiting for tables. (We have no issue sitting at the bar and in fact, prefer it – so we did)!
I ordered the Turkey Sausage and Polenta Bowl and hubs had the Flannel Hash (not pictured b/c he inhaled it faster than I could take a snap). The bowl was DIVINE! There is a bed of white beans below all of this goodness and the polenta are fried!
Turkey Sausage and Polenta Bowl
Olive & Ivy
Gah, what a beautiful spot on the waterfront in Old Town Scottsdale. You’ll want to walk around in the area before or after anyway because it’s just too pretty there. They had this really cool art installation going on too and apparently the installations rotate out with the seasons!
Ask to be seated at a table out on the patio or close to the patio along the windows. You’ll want to look out while you’re nomming. This place is HUGE though and there are many areas with different vibes to enjoy your meal.
I had the Mediterranean Salad (no tomatoes) and hubs ordered the Chopped Chicken Salad. We’d rate these as 5-stars on the favorite salad list of ours!
Up front is the Mediterranean Salad – loved the very light dressing on it.
They had an extensive pastry selection and I didn’t get anything but really wanted to! I did pair my salad with a refreshing glass of Chenin Blanc though!
A foodie friend of mine who just visited the area suggested Postino’s for it’s food and incredible deal on bevs – $5 glasses of wine and pitchers of beer before 5PM everyday! WHAT?!?
Indeed it’s true! I had an amazing glass of a French rose ($12 usually) but for $5!
Ordered the Farmer’s Scramble and hubby had the Roast Beef Panini on Ciabatta.
My scramble was so creamy and yum. There were a couple kinds of cheeses mixed in. The mixed greens on the side were totally woah! I had a bit of the panini and the roast beef was excellent!
Blanco Tacos & Tequila
Our first stop as soon as we landed in Phoenix was Blanco Tacos & Tequila at the Biltmore Fashion Mall area as it came highly recommended.
Don’t pass on the chips and salsa – those chips were some of the best I’ve had and the salsa was definitely something special!
We shared the combo fajitas with Carne Asada and Pollo. They were the best fajita meats I’ve ever had y’all. I don’t know if they seasoned it with some native red or green chile but dang, I’m drooling just thinking about it. We had them with corn tortillas which came in the cutest wrapping nice and hot!
Hubs has been doing this “perfect” gesture with his hands in my food pics lately.
My trips are never complete without checking out cute coffeeshops. I found quite a few on our trip!
Their location in Old Town Scottsdale was packed with people hanging out and working as well as just chit-chatting. There are a few rooms to sit in though so space wasn’t an issue. I really liked the Cardamom Capuccino I had at Cartel. Seemed like a unique drink and I really loved the fresh ground cardamom on top!
Shortly after drinking the cardamom cap above, we walked past Berdena’s and it stopped me in my tracks. All the prettiest, modern, clean vibes at that place. It reminds me so much of Fleet Coffee in Austin.
First visit, I got a Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie to avoid another cup of caffeination! It was a decent size cookie and here is a picture of it with the pretty orange table and chairs outside as well as a sneak peak in!
Chocolate Chip Walnut
Intentionally stopped by on day 3 for a latte – and they have HONEY LAVENDER!
Isn’t the tile gorgeous?
Sip Coffee & Beer Garage
Interesting name right? We totally ended up here randomly because it was our last day, we were sitting out at a park in the Arcadia area, enjoying the weather and I needed to pee! And before heading to the airport, I wanted some caffeine. Enter Sip Coffee & Beer Garage.
You can go through the drive through and grab you a bev, or go in – I’d suggest going in. Love the feels in this space. I had a hazelnut iced latte – looks like they make their own hazelnut and bottle it. I think…I really wanted the hubs to have a beer because their beer list was loaded up with all the super rare craft beers. He was “detoxing” from vacay alcohol consumption I guess though because he didn’t get anything even though his eyes lit up at the sight of the list.
Love their logo!
Our first night, we dined at AZ88 for dinner. It’s in Scottsdale and had a very interesting vibe to it. More like a scene from a club but I think the white chairs and the loungy feel of it reminded me of Miami.
They’re known for their cocktails and their wings. These aren’t just your usual wings. They were so good! We had the teriyaki (comes with waffle fries – so crispy).
I had a Moscow Mule – it had cucumber puree in it and it was very very good! Hubs had an Aged Old Fashion and then another cocktail – he’s quite the cocktail aficionado and while he enjoyed his drinks, he said he had better elsewhere.
Regardless, I’d suggest dining at AZ88! The wings and burger were excellent!
Buck’n (teriyaki wings)
Burger Au Poivre – loved the black peppercorn and burgundy sauce!
Citizen Public House
I found Citizen Public House on Yelp during my pre-planning days and it came highly rated! Made a reservation just to be sure we got a table and I booked it for 5:30 so we could take advantage of Social Hour until 6PM.
Probably was too early because we had this epic charcuterie board and were full! They’ve got $5 glasses of special wine and a great deal on cocktails too so definitely check it out. It’s in Old Town Scottsdale and it’s a beautiful space with great service!
It got pretty full for dinner service so that was a good sign. Wish we had more room in our tummies to eat dinner.
Charcuterie Board – it was really good – there was an apple butter on it that paired so well with the gorgonzola!
Bitter and Twisted Cocktail Parlour
If you want to go into downtown Phoenix, go and have a cocktail and dinner at Bitter and Twisted! Get on the waitlist if you’re like us and saw a bit of a line at the door. Yelp has the Waitlist function and we only had a 20 minute wait before getting a spot inside. They have a doorman and at first glance, you’ll think this place is a bit pretentious. After going in, you’ll appreciate the limited access as you won’t have people swarming around you if you sit at the bar like we did.
Their cocktail menu is beautifully illustrated and HUGE so try to take a deep breath and flip through for your favorite spirit. The last page was our go-to since it had their best sellers on the list and it made the choice a bit easier. I went with the Lemongrass Collins and it was perfect. Hubs loved his Old Fashioned!
The Lemongrass Collins – large right?!
Go in hungry because you’ll want to eat their Chef’s creations! I had the Chish and Fips (yes, I spelled that right) and hubs ordered the “Dragon” Dumpling Burger. The menu has an Asian flare to it and the Chef has really nailed it! Sadly, I wasn’t able to take pics of my food because it was dark and a pic wouldn’t do it justice. The burger quite possibly is the best burger we’ve ever devoured. It was a burger that tasted like the tastiest dumpling! Enough from me…just go…trust me!
Anyway, as you have probably gathered, we ate and drank our way through Scottsdale and Phoenix. It’s always fun exploring new towns and experiencing the culinary scene!
If you need more recommendations for your future trip, just let me know. I have a list of others I’d love to hit up on my next visit. Hope this was helpful!
I live for the chance to try Andiamo Italiano’s seasonal menus! Their Winter Harvest Dinner is this Thursday, December 21st so hop on over to their website and get the deets!
Dining with fellow foodies is always such a blast at Andiamo. Daniela, #bosslady and Owner, is the ultimate host and so attentive. She will walk around and get to meet you and know you so you’ll want to go back all the time.
I mean come on, it is my favorite Italian restaurant so I might be a bit biased, but Chef knocks it out of the park everytime I dine.
Andiamo hosted a group of us last night and we filled our tummies with all the new winter dishes:
Grilled Zucchini stuffed with cheese and capers – ADDICTIVE!
The creamiest spinach polenta!
Cold Green Bean salad with gorgonzola and walnuts – I ate my share and more!
The softest potato pillows aka GNOCCHI!
Linguine with truffles and pecorino cheese – so flavorful and delish!
What a rack – Lamb Chops in Pomegranate Juice!
Omg chocolate chip and ricotta mini cakes!
Drooling yet? You should be.
Andiamo only serves Italian wines from small vineyards in Italy – and Daniela knows all the owners and wine makers. I never go wrong with a choice of wine there. NEVER!
Head on over for dinner, date night or a solo dinner. You’ll absolutely love your experience and the food and I guarantee you’ll be a frequent flyer like myself!