A trip to Spider House gives you a full dose of Austin culture. Spider House embodies the slogan “Keep Austin Weird.” The old, rusted bed frames that form a fence around the outdoor patio immediately caught my eye.
Spider House, located at 2908 Fruth St., isn’t like the other coffee shops that I’ve been to in Austin. In addition to coffee and tea, a full food and alcoholic beverage menu is also available to patrons.
I took advantage of this and ordered “The Organic Egg Sandwich” off the all day breakfast menu. The food menu is somewhat pricey for what you get. I paid $6.50 for my sandwich, made with an egg, a few strips of bacon, lettuce, and cheese on a croissant. Lunch sandwiches, pizza, salads and snacks (appetizers) are also available.
The drink menu prices are comparable to other coffee shops. I ordered a mocha latte, which tasted like hot chocolate plus coffee. The drink’s steamed milk even featured a cool design on it.
Spider House seems to cater to a specific group of people. The atmosphere is lively but eccentric. The cafe is randomly decorated with items like a replica of Manneken Pis, a myriad of Christmas lights and rusty patio furniture.
Spider House also played music at a level too loud to work comfortably. I noticed more people talking with each other and hanging out than working on laptops and reading. The smell of cigarette smoke engulfed the seating area, which could be unpleasant to those who don’t smoke or who have allergies.
The poor service is also worth noting. The food and drinks came out fast, but the waiter disappeared when I wanted my check. After tracking him down, it took an additional 20 minutes to receive the bill.