Sandy Carson

Best Cup of Joe With a Side of Neighborhood Association

Hot Mama's Espresso Bar

When this Eastside coffee shop opened up at the Pedernales, residents and retailers breathed a sigh of relief that the dream of convenient coffee was finally realized. No one counted on the hurricane of activity and community empowerment that would come along with it. Saturday morning cartoons? Pole-dancing lessons? Benefit concerts? Neighborhood open mics? This little corner cafe quickly turned into a bastion of events and bona fide neighborhood inclusion. Food - real, homemade, cafe comida - and tasty espresso served up with a smile from the Hot (hot!) Mama baristas. A long-awaited welcome to the neighborhood.

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