Recently I underwent a spiritual exercise wherein I divested myself of nearly all personal possessions and spent a month living the life of a penniless monk on the streets of Austin, Texas. During that time I came across the good people at LIFT CAFE who demonstrated an outstanding appreciation of the Spirit of Aloha. I was especially impressed by manager John and staff person Jamie, both of whom basically took me under their wings and gave me not only moral support but also the occasional gratis house coffee. In addition, they allowed me to hang out and use their wifi without ever making me feel unwanted or in the way. And how rare is that??? Very. While not a gourmet by any stretch of the imagination, the coffee was delicious, hot and strong. Just what I needed to LIFT my spirits during a difficult time for this street monk in his mid-60s. The wifi allowed me to stay in contact with my spiritual partner. The best of all possible worlds, one might say. I have many fond memories of that most interesting time, but some of my fondest are centered on John and Jamie. A great big shout-out to the both of them and a world of aloha wished them in all they do. I cannot recommend LIFT CAFE too highly. It is so very rare to meet people who go out of their way to live compassion rather than having it be some abstract concept. Again...John and Jamie...aloha until we meet again! Me ke aloha, Elijah Street
8701 W Parmer LnAustin, TX 78729
I love these guys! I swear that every time I go in they remember my name!!! It's pretty far North, on Parmer Ln but well worth going a little out of your way for. The coffee is consistently good, the espresso drinks are great and it has a HUGE deck to enjoy when the weather is nice.
16. Cafe Java
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 ea…
18. Fire Bowl Cafe
My husband and I really like the food at Fire Bowl; the Pad Thai is my favorite. We used to go to the location in Sunset Valley pretty often but have not gone as much since moving up north. We have gone on several occasions and have not had friendly customer service yet. This was one of the only…
Have always liked their salsa, and fajitas, but even those tend to vary from day to day.\r \r Will not go back, and will not recommend them to others.\r They ""Lost"" my cash payment resulting in having to pay twice, even after acknowleging that they saw the cash with the check!!!\r \r I wi…
27. Caffe Yolly
12129 RR 620 N, Ste 102Austin, TX 78750
From Business: What's better than local roast coffee? A local family owned coffee cafe! Everyone here at Caffe Yolly is dedicated to providing our customers with quality ingredients and fantastic service. And we're not just another coffee house either. Stop in and you will find yourself surrounded by rich espresso, delicious desserts lik…
This is a must try mom & pop sit down cafe. The price is great for the quality of food and service. The biggest problem I have is knowing what to order. I have been here about a dozen or so times and never been disappointed. I have not yet tried their breakfast but can tell you the lunch and…
Location- This is my favorite Kerbey location. It's the original and the charm of a house-turned-restaurant makes the small size worth it. And here, you miss a lot of the student crowd. The service is hit or miss, but if you can get Joy as your server, do! She's great. Food- Order the Kerbey Queso (or Cowboy Queso). Just do it. I go with my super-picky sister who doesn't eat pico de gallo or guacamole so we get both on the side. It's perfect because then there's more of everything. The salsa that comes with it isn't spectacular by itself, but alongside the queso it's perfect. The chipotle chicken pasta is awesome. (This might be a seasonal item... I don't think it's on the menu right now) The shredded chicken quesadillas and tacos are decent. The pancakes are thick, heavy ones- not like light, fluffy IHOP pancakes. These guys have serious substance. I like the apple whole wheat and lemon poppyseed! Even if I'm not ordering breakfast, I'll get a pancake on the side. The turkey and avocado sandwich is delicious. The chocolate coffee is good- and you get two free refills. The iced coffee is pretty good too. It's cold brewed which is a plus, and I've never been able to finish the whole glass. When I first moved to Austin I wasn't completely impressed with Kerbey Lane, but now I go regularly because they're open 24 hours, the queso is awesome, and the ambiance is great!
Chuck's isn't just a typical deli--not by a long shot. Of course they have great sandwiches, but they also have special order cakes i.e. one woman wanted a motor home, another wanted a scorpion!! (can't imagine why!) They also have great cheescake, and a specialty item-mice. A type of confectionary thing which is about the size of a mouse, and it looks much like one, with big "ears" a tail, etc. and is delicious! Kids love 'em. Another thing which makes a visit there very special is the original art by local artists which is for sale. The pictures are changed every quarter so there is always something new to see or buy. There is also a piano to add music on special occassions. There is a meeting "room" which will accomodate 12-15 people. They have a drive-thru windown, too. Chuck's deli is definitely a place to visit, and also a place to have a great meal!
I went to Corazon and It felt like coming back home to Castle Hill except they now have a full bar and a lounge so that when you have to wait you have somewhere pretty cool to sit and watch the crowd . It is decorated really nicely and is not that kitchy mexican decor . Tasteful . Really cool window tin work The food is really pretty good and my favorite Castle Hill Mexican salad is back as are the shrimp enchiladas . It is a much less expensive menu which seems to be a good move when you think about it . Same owners and same chef and more or less the same kitchen staff and lots of familiar faces at the door and on the floor . I liked it a lot and was very comfortable to be back there .It's not Fonda and it's not Chuy's . It fills that gap .
Kenny's Coffee House is great for getting a bite to eat or a quick coffee - especially for those of us who live in Wells Branch. Their breakfast tacos are great and reasonably priced, but I think La Brissa's tacos are a little better, and they have homemade salsa. I have also tried their breakfast platters, like eggs and biscuits and gravy - it's all pretty good. I like that their coffee is freshly roasted, not shipped in. The iced coffee and espresso drinks I've had have been very good. It's a plus that they have wifi if you need to get a little work done. I do have to say that if I didn't live in Wells Branch, I probably wouldn't go out of my way to visit Kenny's, but it's definitely worth going if you live nearby. Support local biz!
This place just opend up a few months ago and I've only been there once. It was OK, but I'm still reserving my opinion. The theme is a little bit cheesy to me, but this little section of town has needed a local coffee shop for a long time. So, kudos to these guys for opening one up! I ordered a mocha which was OK, but not that great. It was a little watery tasting. I was there in the middle of the afternoon so it was very pleasant and quiet. It looks like they have a stage for live shows, so watch out for loud nights if you don't want to scream to your partner in a small enclosed space. The service was nice and the baristas are dressed in kung-fu looking clothes. It was kind of cute, but again, kind of cheesy.
I always enjoy the food and coffee here, but I give it only 4 stars because their menu is too limited. That's the main reason I don't go there very often. I like having more selections. I love going there for breakfast. Eating outside in the courtyard area is always very pleasant under the trees, but watch out for the flies. I really enjoy their chef salad too. It's not crazy unique but just very fresh which goes a long way for flavor. They make a pretty good cup of Double Americano too! :)
Star Seeds is a solid Austin diner experience. The food can get pretty greasy and not top quality, but it hits the spot when you've got the late night munchies. Their coffee isn't great and the service is usually OK. If you're in a really bad mood, get the breakfast platter with sausage gravy over biscuits, topped with scrambled eggs. Parking can be a pain, but you can usually find something on the side street. Oh, and they're open 24 hours, so you can always drop by 24/7.
Whenever I feel like I'm OK with spending about $10-$12 for coffee and dessert, I come here. The coffee is pretty good and the desserts are usually pretty good too. Sometimes they might get a little stale from sitting the in cold fridge for a while. But really, you're paying for the location. They're located right on the lakeside and have tons of outdoor seating. This is a great place for groups or even an after dinner dessert with a date. Parking can be a pain though.
We dined at this place on a Friday night. This is a small place and it was BUSY!!. The wait was not long as we had called in earlier for reservations. My wife had the Mahi Mahi with the Mango sauce and she loved it. I had the Filet and it was grilled to perfection. My hat is off to the bartenders. They made Great Pomegranate Martini's. Overall, our dining experience was unforgettable. Expect us to visit this place again. Great Place to recommend to anyone.