Once Over Coffee Bar is worth a second look

By Lara Berendt

Once Over Coffee Bar, Austin, Texas, baristas

The baristas at Once Over were working their buns off when I visited on a Sunday morning, but they were friendly as can be. Photo by Lara Berendt.

I’ve found another South Austin treasure in Once Over Coffee Bar on South First Street. After reading many glowing reviews of the quality of their espresso drinks, my husband and I dropped in last Sunday to try out a couple of cappuccinos. We weren’t disappointed.

Parking was a bit of a challenge, as the lot out front is pretty small, but we lucked out and scored a spot. The shop’s interior is chic and modern, and a local photographer’s gorgeous images bedecked the walls. Customers who were in the know made a beeline out the back door to a simple but peaceful patio that overlooks Bouldin Creek.

Cappuccino and sesame seed bagel from Once Over Coffee Bar

Quality coffee and a serene patio setting earn points for Once Over. Photo by Lara Berendt.

The spousal unit and I each ordered a cappuccino and a bagel with cream cheese. It was a bit of a wait while our food and drinks were prepared, but that should be expected and welcomed at a quality coffee house. (Our wait was made all the livelier by the screaming toddlers who kept us company in line. Ah, the joys of coexisting alongside other people’s children. But this is no fault of the staff, and I digress.)

Once Over has a pretty limited food selection, but, unlike most other coffee shops in town, they allow outside food to be brought in. One Yelp reviewer pointed out that there’s a bakery, Sugar Mama’s, right up the street a bit. There’s also a taco stand right at the edge of Once Over’s parking lot.

Pastry case at Once Over Coffee Bar, Austin, Texas

Once Over offers a few pastry choices, but also permits customers to bring in outside food. Photo by Lara Berendt.

Both the bakery and taco stand were closed when we visited around 9 a.m. Sunday, but our bagels were wonderful. Most importantly, the cappuccinos were delicious. It was clear that the quality of coffee was superb, and the baristas have the right idea when it comes to preparation.

Between the yummy coffee drinks and the creekside view, Once Over might be another excuse to venture down south more often.

Once Over Coffee Bar
2009 S. 1st St.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 326-9575
View Yelp page


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