Posted: 8/20/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Cafe Java looks like just a regular diner - and in the end, that's exactly what it is. The key to this place's awesomeness is that it does every single thing RIGHT. First off, the establishment itself. Smart (and convenient) location, since Northwest Austin doesn't have a ton of good local eateries compared to other parts of the city. The decor is decidedly Longhorn, which, as an Aggie, is something I'll refrain from commenting on. :P Apart from that, it's always clean and orderly, and there always seems to be a table available. Next, the staff. This place uses the tip jar methodology, and so you won't usually have just one waiter/waitress. This definitely works in its favor, as there is always at least one staff member constantly patrolling for coffee refills, dirty dish removal, or even idle chit-chat. They're all extremely personable, which makes this place a joy to eat whether you're alone or with a group. Most importantly, the food. The fare is what you'd expect - omelets, eggs and bacon, sandwiches, pancakes. The thing that puts it over the top is the freshness of everything. As an example, I was in here for a quick lunch today and got the grilled turkey & swiss sandwich, and then potato salad as an afterthought. The sandwich was awesome, but the potato salad was just out of this world, way better than i expected. They used the little red potatoes (new potatoes I guess they're called?) and they were perfectly tender. The mayonnaise-based dressing was light and refreshing, which was perfect on this hot day, and there was the perfect amount of chives and boiled egg pieces. It was obviously homemade and extremely fresh and delicious. They also roast & grind their own coffee beans, and it shows. Their coffee is delicious. Really, I could go on and on about the food that I've eaten here; all you really need to know is that you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. I was only in Austin for the summer, and of everything I experienced, Cafe Java will be up there on the list of things I'll miss. Five stars, easy.