I stumbled upon Kick Butt Coffee over the weekend before I met some friends for dinner at the Triangle. I decided to come back, and check it out. I figured the place must be called Kick Butt Coffee for a reason.
Once I walked inside, I was a bit surprised. Martial arts equipment and Samurai swords adorned the walls. The menu was typed in Asian-themed font. I felt as though I was in a sushi restaurant that smelled of blueberries. Ironically, Kick Butt does not serve any Asian dishes, unless the “Jackie Chan Cheddar and Ham Samich” counts.
I praise Kick Butt’s owner for trying to be different from other Austin coffee shops, but I don’t think the theme works. Something about the atmosphere is off. It’s hard to tell who the coffee shop aims to attract. The full bar and random menu items add to the uncertainty.
Kick Butt has an extensive food menu, including sandwiches named after martial artists and pizzas. The breakfast menu even includes classic cold cereals. Lots of baked goods are also on the menu, but I didn’t see many of them during my visit.
I ordered a sugar free English Toffee iced latte. It’s consistency and taste compares to Starbucks’ Frappuccinos. The drink wasn’t bad, but it lacked originality. Lots of coffee drinks are available and can be ordered with one of the many flavored syrups.
Live performances by local bands, poets and comedians are scheduled throughout the week at both of Kick Butt’s locations, which are at 4600 Guadalupe and 5775 Airport Blvd.
If you are craving a good coffee drink from a relaxed environment, I’d skip Kick Butt. But if you’re near either of the locations and need a fast pick-me-up, Kick Butt’s perfect. Just note that there are definitely better coffee options in Austin.