Second Helpings: Coffeehouses Part II

One more cup of coffee before you go to the valley below, in this week's "Second Helpings."

"Second Helpings" offers tasty, bite-sized restaurant listings compiled from new and previous reviews, guides, and poll results. This week's entries were updated by Erin Mosow. For quick, reliable information about Austin eateries, check here.

Bouldin Creek Coffee House & Cafe

1501 S. First, 416-1601

Monday-Friday, 7am-midnight;

Saturday-Sunday, 9am-midnight

This inviting Bouldin neighborhood haunt features a funky lime-green exterior and an interior that's probably more homey than the place you sleep. Pick up a book, play Battleship, and enjoy all your favorite coffee drinks along with some killer honey lemonade. Bouldin Creek also has a small, economical vegetarian menu featuring all-day breakfast, salads, sandwiches, beans, collard greens, and homemade cornbread.

Jo's Hot Coffee Good Food

1300 S. Congress, 444-3800

Tuesday-Sunday, 7am-9pm;

Monday, 7am-6pm

This unique little joint, the coffeeshop of the renovated Hotel San José, offers the best people-watching spot in the whole 78704 ZIP code, hands down. Cappuccino, espresso, lattes, and teas are all there, as well as a selection of baked goods that make perfect midday nibbles. Chef/owner Lou Lambert keeps delicious goods coming from the commissary kitchen across the street and provides room service to Hotel San José.

Trianon, the Coffee Place

3201 Bee Caves Rd., 328-4033

Monday-Saturday, 7am-9pm, Sunday, 8am-5pm

3742 Far West Blvd., 346-9636

Monday-Friday, 6:30am-7pm,

Saturday, 7am-7pm; Sunday, 8am-5pm

4815 W. Braker, 349-7758

Monday-Friday, 6:30am-9pm;

Saturday, 7:30am-9pm; Sunday, 8am-5pm

Trianon has everything you need for coffee from fresh ground beans to espresso makers and decorative mug sets. Fresh pastries, chocolates, and the gamut of java accessories are all packed onto their shelves. Look for their coffee and tea gift baskets and boxes, pre- or custom-made to your specifications, with local delivery available. And of course they have a number of hot and cold drinks to enjoy in-house.

Ruta Maya
Ruta Maya (Photo By John Anderson)

Ruta Maya

3601 S. Congress, 707-9637

Daily, 7am-1am

Ruta Maya didn't disappear -- they just moved! Now located on South Congress, the new Ruta Maya touts "Same people, new location." Hot coffees, espressos, teas, Latin foods, Cuban sandwiches, baked goods, beer, and ice cream are all still available. Listen to an eclectic mix of local musicians, and sample the selection of organic coffees. Open late every night.

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