Best Cookies in Austin Right Now

I love a good cookie! Not sure if many of you know, but I’ve had my own baking business on the side, Choco-Latte, for 6 years and make an “Infamous Chocolate Chip” that is my best seller. I haven’t had time to bake much due to a day job in consulting, however, one of these days, I’d love to bake for you. In the meantime, I do crave a really good cookie every now and then, so here is my round up of MY favorite cookies in Austin right now!

Teddy V. Patisserie

I’ve been a fan of Teddy V. cookies since at least 2017. I remember meeting the owner, Elisia, at the Mueller Farmer’s Market one sunny Sunday and she was hosting a contest at that time – post a picture of your cookie on IG and a lucky winner could win a cookie party! I won! By then, I was consuming at least 1 of her cookies a week – I’d cut it up into quarters since these were some serious cookies, and I wanted it to last me a few enjoyable sessions 🙂

Anyway, that’s the beginning of me spreading my Teddy V. love and now, these cookies are so popular that Elisia has quit her job to make cookies for all of us FULL TIME! She’s got walnut chocolate chip cookies available for all those chocolate + nut lovers! And occasionally, a gluten free version too!

Snag you a cookie or two at the Lakeline or Mueller Farmer’s Markets on Saturdays and Sundays or at one of her pop ups all over town. She of course takes special orders and you can even order and get your cookies shipped all over the U.S.! Check out the Vessel map up above for a cookie “cake” I ordered for my birthday!

These beauties are a third of a lb each!

Otherside Deli

Imagine you’re looking for a delish pastrami sandwich, the best in Austin, and you make your way out to Otherside Deli. You enjoy said pastrami sandwich and catch a glimpse in the distance of what looks to be a chocolate chip cookie. You inquire about said chocolate chip cookie and Chef responds, oh ya, it’s the last one and there is a sprinkle of sea salt on there. Want one? You quickly respond YES!


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I’m obsessed with Otherside’s cookie. It’s that perfect blend of bittersweet chocolate and salt and just the right size to be consumed in one sitting!

A little bit of crisp, a whole lotta chocolate and a tad of salt!

Thoroughbread

I was on a mission to try ThoroughBread out one day. I went on a weekday a little after lunchtime thinking this would be the best time to miss the lunch crowd. I was right! It was just me and my coworkers enjoying the sights and aromas of so many cookies! Check out my Vessel map above for a couple videos of the cookie display.

I wanted to branch out from my usual choice of a chocolate chip cookie and got the PB&J cookie instead. WOWWWWWW! The jam in this cookie was truly exceptional. You’ll have to see the video in my Vessel map to sneak a peek into the inside of this incredible creation!

The banana nutella is one of their signature cookies! You’ll have to break it open to see the surprise!

Hot’l Coffee

The cutest coffee shop that has a living room that is the perfect spot to work, read a book, chat with a friend, Hot’l Coffee at The Carpenter Hotel, has one of the tastiest cookies in Austin too!


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Pair this Sea Salt Chocolate Chip cookie with a golden latte and be prepared to settle in for all the cozy vibes! TBH, I’ve gone in just for the cookie after eating a solid lunch at Carpenter’s Hall and feeling extremely full. It’s so worth it!

The perfect size cookie – and I dip it into this golden latte because ooey gooey warmth!

Henbit

Not too long ago, if you wanted to enjoy the Monster Cookie from Henbit, you had to visit Fareground since that’s where Henbit is located. Lucky for those of us who don’t work downtown and also don’t want to fight parking, you can find these Monster Cookies at Whole Foods downtown!

Chocolate + Nut lovers rejoice as Henbit’s cookie is the perfect combo of both and it’s huge! This is a cookie I portion into quarters to savor over a few days much like my approach to Teddy V.’s!

Warm it up for a few and enjoy the gooey-ness without the mushy-ness!

Check out that distribution!

I have a few more cookies that I love but don’t have pics of at the moment so come back here for an update very soon!

Cheers and cookies,

Shveta

May, 2019

Best of East Austin Restaurants – 2019 City Guide

This guide to the Best of East Austin Restaurants is part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s 2019 City Guide. #atxbesteats

Updated May 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! 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 vertical videos and 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.

The Guide:

I’ve been living and dining in East Austin for 4 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

Pitchfork Pretty

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.

Parking: Private lot

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: http://pitchforkpretty.com/

Address: 2708 E. Cesar Chavez St.

Yuca Dumplings – come here my pretty! These tasty yuca pillows with queso oaxaca, escabeche and wild oregano had me singing!
The Lox – housemade bagels! And Caldo De Pollo Frito!

Coastal Mexican

Grizzelda’s

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.

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: https://grizzeldas.com/

Address: 105 Tillery St.

My all time favorite – Ceviche Mixto
FroMo – strong and delish!
Grizzelda’s prettiest drink!

Interior Mexican

Licha’s Cantina

TexMex is fine and all and usually is what you’ll find more of around town, but the Eastside is blessed with Licha’s and if you love sopecitos, tinga de pollo and cochinita pibil as much as we do, this is your spot for authentic Interior Mexican fare! They’ve got an incredible happy hour – probably one of the best in town, IMO!

My Recommendations: Ceviche, Arroz con Huitlachoche, Tinga de Pollo, Cochinita Pibil Tlacoyos

Parking: Paid street parking

Takes reservations: Yes for parties of 10 or more

Website: http://lichascantina.com/

Address: 1306 E. 6th Street

Such a unique dish with great flavors – really enjoyed the Arroz con Huitlachoche

Discada

When this spot popped up on Rosewood and Angelina, Instagram was flooded with pictures of their tacos. We stopped in to see what all the hype was about and totally get why they’re some of the most loved tacos in Austin. They only serve one kind of taco, the Discada, with the best mix of beef and pork cooked in a wok and topped with onions, pineapples, cilantro, etc.! It’s a technique found in Northern Mexico and the owner, Jose, shared with me that his family cooked this way and he wanted to serve it in Austin. The tacos aren’t huge, so order alot – mostly because you aren’t going to want to share and you’re going to keep craving them!

My Recommendations: I get 3 Discada tacos for myself and 8 if sharing with the hubs. And definitely try the elotes.

Parking: Street parking

Takes reservations: No, it’s a food truck

Website: http://www.discadatx.com/

Address: 1319 Rosewood Ave.

These are freakin addictive!

Italian

Unit D Pizzeria

Another spot where the owners and staff know me due to my frequent visits 🙂 Something about the space is just so cozy and welcoming.

My Recommendations: Charcuteria Board, Kale Salad, Mushroom Pizza, Peppers Pizza, Cesar Salad, and save room for dessert!

They have lunch on the weekends from 11:30-2:30 and their sandwiches are to die for!

Parking: They have shared parking with Dai Due. Don’t park in the Haymaker lot or you’ll be towed.

Takes reservations: Yes, for parties of 5 or more

Website: http://www.unitdpizzeria.com/

Address: 2406 Manor Rd.

The Italian and Turkey Sandwiches
The Pepperoni Pizza – drooling yet? Photo Credit: Monique Sandhu aka @atxeatsandtreats

Stella Public House

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

Takes reservations: No

Website: http://stellapublichouse.com/location/austin

Address: 1905 Aldrich St., #110

Egg Panino and Root Hash – both excellent and on the brunch menu

Intero

It took me ages to get to Intero but I’m so glad I did. They focus on the whole animal in their Italian creations and save room for some of the tastiest chocolates I’ve gotten my hands on. Chef Ian and Chocolatier Krystal are a power couple in the restaurant and out and about. They’re married and the sweetest. With Brunch service as a new addition to their offering, you really need to dine there asap and enjoy their culinary creations. The restaurant is absolutely gorgeous as well!

My recommendations: Gnocchi, Spaghettini, Burrata, Risotto

Parking: They have a parking lot and there is also street parking in the area

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: https://www.interorestaurant.com/

Address: 2612 E. Cesar Chavez

Absolutely perfect Burrata

La Matta

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)

Takes reservations: No

Website: https://lamattaaustin.com/

Address: 501 Comal St.

Proscuitto, Mozzarella and Arugula Panini Photo Credit: Shayda Torabi aka @withshayda

L’Oca d’Oro

Another wonderful spot in the Mueller Development, they focus on an Italian inspired celebration of family, community, and sustainability.

They pay One Fair Wage for their employees and hospitality is included in the form of a 20% pre-tax service charge.

My Recommendations: Brunch — Chickory Salad, Full Italian, Creamy Polenta

Parking: Street parking and validated parking in the AMLI Mueller garage

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: https://www.locadoroaustin.com/

Address: 1900 Simond Ave.

Chickory Salad and Mushroom Toast

Patrizi’s

Truly an East Austin gem, Patrizi’shttps://www.patrizis.com/ has been around, originally in Beaumont, since the 1950’s!

Situated outside of the Butterfly Bar and The Vortex, Patrizi’s has a legit operation going serving up super fancy and uber satisfying Italian classics all from a food trailer! If you stop by any evening around 6:45 or so, you’ll almost guaranteed have to wait in line. Don’t worry though, staff pass around the tastiest zucchini salads to hold you over, and they’ll even talk you through the menu and what works best for your dining occasion that night!

My Recommendations: The Great Leopold or Karah’s Diavolo + the best and most affordable chicken in town! Patrizi’s salad for sure and NEVER PASS UP an order of garlic bread!

Parking: They’ve got a parking lot shared with Butterfly Bar and The Vortex and there is neighborhood parking nearby.

Takes reservations: It’s a truck – stand in line, yo!

Website: https://www.patrizis.com/

Address: 2307 Manor Rd.

Patrizi’s Salad, Karah’s Diavolo with chicken and an agave lemonade from The Butterfly Bar – perfect date night!

American

Bird Bird Biscuit

Uh, if you love biscuits and fried chicken, a visit to Bird Bird Biscuit is an absolute must! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been. They’ve got sausage, bacon, and just little biscuit dough bites too – if you don’t like fried chicken. Their biscuits remind me of the ones I ate growing up in Southern Louisiana. Quite often, you’ll find a line at the joint – don’t let it scare you…it moves fast!

My Recommendations: Queen Beak, Dough Dough Bites

Parking: A few spots up front and then street parking

Takes reservations: Not that kind of place. Order at the counter and grab a seat or take to-go

Website: https://www.birdbirdbiscuit.com/

Address: 2701 Manor Rd.

Another good one, the Lovely Day!

Brewer’s Table

The fact that we have restaurants that are zero waste is yet another reason Austin has one of the best culinary scenes in the country. Brewer’s Table brews their own beer and uses the malts, hops, grains from the brewing process in their culinary creations. How amazing is that?!

Check out their Lager Garden for an exclusive menu including sandwiches, sides and brews. Stop on by for brunch on the weekends and enjoy pancakes, breakfast hash, deviled eggs and other brunch staples! They’ve got mimosas, friends!

My Recommendations: Get The Feast! It easily serves 3 if you start with an app or two

Parking: Parking lot

Takes reservations: Yep!

Website: https://www.thebrewerstable.com/

Address: 4715 E. 5th St.

These ribs were fantastic!

Salty Sow

Known as a “head to tail” restaurant, Salty Sow is an American Gastropub serving up some really delicious well-known yummies in a modern farmhouse atmosphere.

My Recommendations: Dinner — Triple Fried Duck Fat Fries, Truffled Deviled Eggs, Fresh & Smoked Salmon Rillette, Crispy Brussels Sprout Leaves, Slow-Cooked Beef Shoulder, Crisp Chicken Thighs, Candied Pork Belly

Dessert — Butterscotch Budino

Sips — Rosemary’s Piglet, Maple Glazed Old Fashion, Moscow Sow

Parking: Parking lot nearby

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: http://saltysow.com/austin/

Address: 1917 Manor Rd.

Truffled Deviled Eggs Photo Credit: Patty Suarez aka @ieatyoufollow

Yellow Jacket Social Club

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

Takes reservations: It’s not that kind of place!

Website: http://www.yellowjacketsocialclub.com/

Address: 1704 E. 5th St.

Revelry Bar + Kitchen

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,

Brunch — Wings & Waffles, Biscuit + Sausage Skillet

Parking: Street parking

Takes reservations: They’re counter-service, so no

Website: http://revelryatx.com/

Address: 1410 E. 6th St.

Chili fries with guac – always get it!
Wings + Waffles – heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, those chicken lollipops aren’t your average wings! The honey-maple bourbon syrum and pandan sauce will have you singing for more!

Also: See Best 5 East ATX Happy Hours


Austin Daily Press

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

Parking: Parking lot

Takes reservations: None needed. Order at window.

Website: https://www.austindailypress.com/

Address: 1900 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. and 4620 E. Cesar Chavez St. Bldg. 1

The best jalapeno hushpuppies in all of the land!

Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile

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

Brunch — Smoked Salmon Board, Braised Beef Benedict, Chicken Fried Steak & Waffles, Buttermilk Biscuit & Gravy, Mac & Cheese

Parking: Complimentary Valet

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: http://www.jacobysaustin.com/

Address: 3235 E. Cesar Chavez

The perfect way to brunch with Jacoby’s beef, the benedict will have you swooning! Photo Credit: Monique Sandhu aka @atxeatsandtreats

Sour Duck Market

Where my Odd Duck lovers at? Sour Duck is their fast-casual sister restaurant on the Eastside and it needs to be on your list asap.

Their dishes are so creative and rarely the same day-to-day. Focusing on smoked meats, they’ve got one of our favorite burgers in town! And if you enjoy craft beer and cocktails, they’ve got reasonably priced draft beers and cocktails on tap.

Their patio and outdoor area is one of my favorites in town and it’s kid-friendly too!

My Recommendations: Burger, Dirty Fried Rice. The menu changes regularly but the burger is always on and you’ve gotta order one (or else)

Parking: Parking lot and street parking

Takes reservations: No, not needed. You order at the counter/bar and grab a seat

Website: https://www.sourduckmarket.com/

Address: 1814 E. MLK Jr. Blvd

Beer cheese in this burger y’all!

BBQ

Micklethwait Craft Meats

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)

Parking: Parking lot

Takes reservations: Order at the trailer

Website: https://craftmeatsaustin.com/

Address: 1309 Rosewood Ave.

Jalapeno Cheese Grits are a must! Photo Credit: Jimmy Ho aka @thesmokingho
A brisket sandwich and Brisket Frito Pie!

Franklin BBQ

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.

Website: https://franklinbbq.com/

Address: 900 E. 11th St.

Only the best! Photo Credit: Jimmy Ho aka @thesmokingho

La Barbecue

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

Website: https://www.labarbecue.com/

Address: 2027 E. Cesar Chavez

Mmmmm ribs, brisket and sausage! Photo Credit: Jimmy Ho aka @thesmokingho

EastSide Tavern

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!

My Recommendations: Dinner — Brisket + Cheddar Tater Tots, Frito Pie, Pickled Deviled Eggs, Smoked Chicken, Brisket Patty Melt, BBQ Burger, Smoked Turkey Wrap

Brunch — Turkey Avocado Toast, Brisket Hash

Drink — Frose

Parking: Parking lot and street parking

Takes reservations: Call ahead for large groups

Website: https://www.eastsidetavernaustin.com/

Address: 1510 E. Cesar Chavez

Turkey Avocado Toast – even better than you can imagine!
Frito Pie – yassssss
Pickled Deviled Eggs – love these so much and their PINK!
Brisket + Cheddar Tater Tots

J. Leonardi’s Barbecue

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

Takes reservations: Nope, just show up and order

Website: http://www.texasbbqaustin.com/

Address: 1124 E. 11th St.

All the meat! Don’t miss out on the banana pudding! Photo Credit: Jimmy Ho aka @thesmokingho

Vietnamese

Saigon Le Vendeur

I could eat a banh mi or vermicelli bowl any day of the year. And on a cold day, my body craves ramen.

Enter, Saigon Le Vendeur, who impresses on all levels and definitely fulfills all of my Vietnamese food needs.

My Recommendations: Spicy Chicken Banh Mi, Spicy Chicken Vermicelli Bowl, Curry Ramen, Jasmine Iced Tea

Parking: Street parking and a few spots right in front of the trailer

Takes reservations: Order at the trailer, call ahead and pick up

Website: http://saigon7th.com/

Address: 2404 E. 7th St.

The prettiest banh mi

European

Blue Dahlia

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!)

Parking: Street parking

Takes reservations: For parties of 6 or more

Website: http://www.bluedahliabistro.com/

Address: 1115 E. 11th St.

Meat and Cheese Board

Modern Chinese

Old Thousand

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

Takes reservations: Yes, call for reservations

Website: https://www.oldthousandatx.com/

Address: 1000 E. 11th St., #150

Brisket Fried Rice – with Micklethwait brisket!

Taiwanese

Sweet Chive

Why did it take us so long to to get a restaurant that serves dumplings and authentic Chinese dishes on the Eastside? When I put two and two together (a new building coming up with awesome art and an Eater Austin article announcing Sweet Chive’s upcoming soft opening), I scheduled a dinner date with a girlfriend and got there as soon as I could.

The family behind Sweet Chive aren’t new to the restaurant business. Chef Pai has China Cafe, Dragon Gate and Peony Asian Cuisine under her belt.

My Recommendations: Beef Noodle Soup, BonBon Chicken, Pan Fried Dumplings, Scallion Pancakes

Parking: Parking lot and street parking

Takes reservations: No, this is a counter-service restaurant

Website:https://www.facebook.com/Sweet-Chive-197800861020016/

Address: 2515 E. Cesar Chavez St.

Beef Noodle Soup – so so perfect for a chilly day!

Japanese

Sa-Ten Coffee & Eats

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

Website: https://www.sa-ten.com/

Address: 916 Springdale Rd., Bldg 3 Suite 101 and 4917 Airport Blvd.

One of my favorites when I need something filling is the Yakitori Bowl
On those days you want something satisfying but you’re not too hungry – Potato Wedges & Cold Chicken Katsu
Chicken Katsu Plate

Kolaches

Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches

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

Website: http://batchatx.com/

Address: 3220 Manor Rd.

Kolaches – always pair well with beer or wine!

Healthy

Curcuma

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

Website: http://www.eatcurcuma.com/

Address: 2207 E. Cesar Chavez

Spirulina Pesto Bowls and Kitchari Bowl

Healthy Japanese

Bento Picnic

I quite literally could eat at Bento Picnic everyday. Bento = Japanese for lunchbox. If you’ve never tried a bento box, imagine a dish with compartments and different textures, colors and flavors all coming together for a delish meal. Bento Picnic focuses on 5 tastes, colors and elements to engage the senses!

They’ve got something for everyone with veggie, vegan, and gf options. They also travel nicely if you like your meals prepped for you ahead of time, like me!

My Recommendations: Mushroom garden bento, Japanese cauliflower curry bowl, salmon noodle bowl

Parking: There are a few spots in the back and plenty of street parking

Takes reservations: None needed. You can order ahead of time online as well.

Website: http://www.bentopicnic.com/

Address: 2600 E. Cesar Chavez St.

Salmon bento box – yum yum!

Thai

DeeDee

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

Website:  http://deedeeatx.com/

Address: 2500 E. 6th St.

Mango Sticky Rice Photo Credit: Amy Drohen aka @sushigirl_atx
Larb Moo Photo Credit: Jessica Fradono aka @thedishstance

Hawaiian – Poke

Poke Me Long Time

Not only do I chuckle everytime I say the name of this place, but I LOL when I order an Ahi Tuna Missionary Style bowl! And the couple that owns it are the sweetest!

My Recommendations: Ahi Tuna Missionary Style – I usually get greens instead of rice, but I love that they serve their rice warm

Parking: Street parking

Takes reservations: Order at the window or call ahead

Website: http://poke-me-long-time.business.site/

Address: 1606 E. 6th St.

Missionary Style and Man’s Best Friend Style bowls

Pokeatery

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!

Parking: Parking lot

Takes reservations: Order there or call ahead

Website: http://www.pokeatery.com/

Address: 1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd. #1410

Poke Box and a side of miso soup!

Peruvian

Killa Wasi

Chef Kati Luedecke has the fusion of Peruvian flavors with Central Texas ingredients mastered!

My Recommendations: Texas Brasa, BBQ Plantain Chips

Parking: Right out front in the lot with the bus

Takes reservations: Just walk on in and order

Website: http://www.killawasiatx.com/

Address: 828 Airport Blvd.

Texas Brasa with BBQ Plantain Chips

Yuyo

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

Parking: Private lot

Takes reservations: Don’t think so

Website: http://yuyoaustin.com/

Address: 1900 Manor Rd.

This Lima Gin & Tonic has pink peppercorns in it and I’m in love
Loved this cebiche dish – Tiradito Divorciado
Happy Hour from 4:30-6:30 daily!
Yuqitas – yuca croquettes – so good!

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!

Bon Appetite,

-Shveta

Don’t see your favorite on the list? Let me know in a comment below.

This guide is part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s 2019 City Guide. Check out more of the best eats in Austin, curated by Austin food bloggers, on the full list of guides.

The Best Coffee Shops in Austin to Get Your Work On – 2019 City Guide

This guide to the Best Coffee Shops to #WorkFromCoffeeShop in Austin is part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s 2019 City Guide. #atxbesteats

Updated February 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!

The Guide:

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 Austin!

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

Website: http://www.sa-ten.com/

Address: 

  • 916 Springdale Road, Building 3, Suite 101
  • 4917 Airport Blvd.

Specialty Creation – they make their own syrups and come up with the best monthly specials. This was the nutella latte.

Peppermint mocha (check out that art)!

Half of the space at the new Sa-Ten off Airport Blvd. – lots of seating!

Greater Goods – I might be here way too much!

Since Greater Goods opened on the Eastside, I’ve probably been there 75% of the days 🙂 Not mad about it. Have you been? It’s the most beautiful space I’ve been to in Austin. Hand’s down.

If you’re a matcha lover, their matcha is spectacular. I add just a splash of their housemade vanilla bean syrup to give it just a bit of a less-earthy taste.

If you love mochas, their Kali Mocha is everything!

They have a Fronks Latte – oh my word, so perfect! Fronks is a local business that makes nut milks!

If you like Bourbon, enjoy the Bourbon Latte or the McGregor (dark rose tea with bourbon syrup and milk of choice)!

Can you tell I’ve had the entire menu?

My fave: The McGregor and Matcha Latte with a splash of vanilla bean

WiFi: Yes indeed

Grub: They’ve got quite the selection of pastries (scones, croissants, biscuits, GFY items). I’ve heard a rumor they’ll have sandwiches soon.

Bike Racks: In the vicinity

Parking situation: They have an entire parking lot to themselves!

Website: https://greatergoodsroasting.com/

Address: 2501 E. 5th Street

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.

WiFi: Yep!

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.

Website: https://www.waltonsfancyandstaple.com/

Address: 609 W. 6th Street

Turkish Mocha!

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

WiFi: Yep!

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

Website: http://www.fleetcoffee.com

Address: 2427 Webberville Road

Cappucino – that blue with the art – wow!

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?

Website: http://www.houndstoothcoffee.com/

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.

WiFi: Yep!

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.

Website: https://www.revivaltexas.com/

Address: 1405 E. 7th Street

Lavender Vanilla Latte!

Out of this world Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden

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

Website: https://www.cosmiccoffeebeer.com/

Address: 121 Pickle Rd.

Love the cabin look!

Irish Coffee

Latte and if you want booze, then an Irish Coffee

Juice Society

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

Website: https://www.juice-society.com/

Address: 1100 South Lamar Blvd, Ste. 1116

Beautiful aesthetic!
My favorite, Rose Matcha
Always get the Avocado Pesto Toast and a Rose Matcha

Hotel Coffee

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.

Website: http://carpenterhotel.com/

Address: 400 Josephine Street

My jaw dropped when I walked in for the first time.
Choose your own vinyl!
My beverage of choice is their Golden Mylk – no caffeine in this one friends!

Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors

Tucked away in an East Austin neighborhood, Figure 8 is the perfect spot to get your work on or grab a cup of coffee. While we were there, I saw several people walking over from houses nearby. How cool right?

Anyway, I don’t stop by as often as I should considering it’s a 2-min drive from my house. Changing that pronto!

My Fave: Honestly, anything and everything is good here. I’ve noticed their drinks are creamier than elsewhere – definitely a good thing!

Wifi: They’ve got you connected!

Grub: Where my Taco Deli fans at? They’ve got tacos (while supplies last) and a few pastries.

Bike Racks: I didn’t look but I’m pretty certain they have a place for your bike.

Parking situation: Street parking

Website: http://www.figure8coffeepurveyors.com/

Address: 1111 Chicon

Almond milk decaf cappuccino – so creamy!

Manana

Nestled at the back of the South Congress Hotel, Manana is a magical space with everything you’d want for your coffee or espresso fix AND unique offerings such as paletas and ice cream!

Don’t leave without grabbing a giant macaron, cookie or doughnut either. They pair perfectly with your beverage of choice.

I really love the natural lighting in their space and the option to sit outside in the courtyard too!

My fave: Iced decaf almond milk latte with a splash of vanilla

Wifi: Yep!

Grub: They’ve got a fridge with grab-and-go items and pastries

Bike Racks: Nearby

Parking situation: The hotel has a garage and Manana might validate. There is also street parking nearby.

Website: https://mananaaustin.com/

Address: 1603 S. Congress Ave.

A Macaron and a Latte – what more could you want!

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.

Other Coffee Shops I’ve definitely been super productive from over the years, but I don’t have pictures to give you all the latte love are:

Wright Bros. Brew & Brew – 500 San Marcos St.

Cenote – 1010 E. Cesar Chavez & 6214 Cameron Rd.

Seventh Flag Coffee – 1506 S. 1st St.

Stouthaus Coffee Pub – 4715 S. Lamar Blvd., #102

Merit Coffee – 222 West Ave., Ste. 120 &
1105 S. Lamar Blvd.

Nate’s Baked Goods and Coffee – 401 Orchard St., Suite B

Thunderbird Coffee – 2200 Manor Rd. & 1401. W. Koenig Ln.

Barrett’s Coffee – 713 W. St. John’s Ave.

Spokesman – 440 E. Saint Elmo Rd., A-2

Better Half Coffee and Cocktails – 406 Walsh St.

Epoch Coffee – 111 Sandra Muraida Way, Ste. 101 & 3 other locations

Of course, this list isn’t meant to be comprehensive. I have alot of favorite coffee shops 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!

Cheers!

-Shveta

Don’t see your favorite on the list? Let me know in a comment below.

This guide is part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s 2019 City Guide. Check out more of the best eats in Austin, curated by Austin food bloggers, on the full list of guides.