Relax and Unwind at Texas French Bread

By Julie Bissinger

Texas French Bread, located at 2900 Rio Grande, offers quality coffee, fresh-baked bread and pastries and a large lunch menu. Photo by Julie Bissinger

I finally found a great French bistro in Austin.  Texas French Bread doesn’t really fit the mold of a coffee shop, but that doesn’t stop the bakery from serving up a great cup of Joe.

Located at 2900 Rio Grande, just outside the West Campus neighborhood, Texas French Bread is a convenient lunch alternative for University of Texas students.  Texas French Bread caters to a mixed crowd, including twenty-somethings, families with young children and older generations.  The country decor and open space make the bistro a more sophisticated lunch option.  Continue reading

One blogger’s favorite Austin coffee shop discoveries

By Lara Berendt

Everyone has their own favorite coffee lounges, and I’m no different. In choosing which shops to review for this blog, it’s been tempting to go to my regular spots, and I’ve hit up most of them since the blog’s inception. But my trips to unfamiliar coffee houses have been more rewarding because some have turned out to be real gems that I’m excited to revisit. Here are my top three newly discovered coffee shops, and tips on when to visit them and when it might be better to stick with your own regular spot.

Bennu Coffee interior

The eclectic and comfortable environment at Bennu Coffee on East MLK offers a creative drink menu in an ideal study spot. Photo by Lara Berendt.

1.  Bennu Coffee
Why: It’s cozy, the music is always awesome, the baristas are charming, and they have three different varieties of vegetarian breakfast tacos from Torchy’s.
When to go: If you want to get work done. There are more power outlets for your laptop in this place than there are hipsters—and there are plenty of hipsters.
When to skip it: If you want a really superb espresso drink. I love you Bennu, but you gotta step it up in this area. Continue reading

Caffe Medici on the drag is a students paradise

Roast beef sandwich paired with an espresso

by Zach Miller

Caffe Medici is an excellent place to get coffee and the location on Guadalupe Street in no exception.

The Baristas at Medici are super friendly and pro coffee culture. I listened in last week as Barista Thomas King talked with a customer about coffee drinks for about 5 minutes. He discussed how the drinks they prepare differ from Starbucks drink. Often times he will show new coffee drinkers the difference and guide them towards ordering what they really want.
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Russell’s Bistro, just go already!

by Zach Miller

Russell’s Bistro is one of the places in town you will want to take someone to impress them. It fits all the requirements: great ambience, fairly secluded, decently priced food(lunch anyway), and of course good coffee.

Russell’s is on Kerbey Lane next to the original Kerbey Lane cafe and Anderson’s coffee Roasters off of 38th Street.

It was just cozy. Maybe I liked it because I went on the one rainy cold day we will have in May, and watching the rain out of the large window set the coffee drinking mood.

Either way it is worth checking out for lunch, which they serve until 5 p.m.
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Lola Savannah is a posh lounge for espresso or vino

By Lara Berendt

Lola Savannah Coffee Lounge, West Lake Hills, Texas

Lola Savannah is a neighborhood favorite for West Lake residents. Photo by Lara Berendt.

For full disclosure, I must preface this post with the admission that my husband is managing partner at Lola Savannah Coffee Lounge in West Lake Hills. He’s also the reason I’ve become somewhat picky about espresso quality, and I’m not just plugging his business when I say, Lola serves some of the absolute best espresso drinks in the greater-Austin area. Continue reading

Flipnotics is Out of This World

By Julie Bissinger

Flipnotics is built on a steep hill in the heart of South Austin. Photo by Julie Bissinger

During my quest to find coffee shops around Austin, I came across Flipnotics on a Google search.  The website is space-alien themed, so I figured this coffee shop must be a cool place to hang out or to catch up on work.  I could not have been more correct.

Flipnotics, located at 1601 Barton Springs Rd., lives up to its eccentric qualities displayed on its website.  The coffee shop is perched up on a steep hill and is surrounded by trees.  The large outdoor seating deck features odd decorations like an old television set converted into a fish tank.  Flipnotics also holds live music concerts on its patio throughout the week. Continue reading

Jeanie’s Java Lets You Take in Nature’s Beauty While You Eat and Drink

By Julie Bissinger

Jeanie's Java leases space from the Great Outdoors Nursery on South Congress. Photo by Julie Bissinger

Jeanie’s Java truly is another of Austin’s hidden gems.  I had no idea the coffee shop existed until I stumbled upon on it while visiting the Great Outdoors Nursery with my roommate.  Jeanie’s Java blends in with the nursery’s trees and plants, so it took me a minute to realize the building was a coffeehouse.

Jeanie’s Java takes advantage of its location, though.  The coffee shop, located at 2730 S. Congress Ave., leases its space from the nursery and is a separate business.  The outdoor patio overlooks the nursery’s gardens, allowing patrons to view flowers, plants, trees and yard decorations.  The air also feels cleaner due to all of the vegetation. Continue reading