4508 Burnet Rd.
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 6:30am-6:30pm; Sat., 7am-5pm;
The atmosphere here is punctuated by newspapers laying around wooden tables, as well as by mothers and little girls enjoying a mid-morning snack. Cinnamon-roll aficionados should try Upper Crust's version, a refined taste treat that refuses to overwhelm the cinnamon with stickiness. Stop by at lunchtime for soups, salads, and sandwiches, and maybe bring a cake back to the office.
While they do offer a delicious assortment of handmade Italian ice creams and fruit sorbets, it would be a mistake to miss the savory selections here. The caprese salad with creamy pesto will whet your appetite for a gooey panini of chicken, roasted pepper, and provolone. Or have the caprese as a panini. The requisite variety of coffee drinks, spirits, and cordials makes this place a neighborhood favorite.
4222 Duval St., 512/323-2686
Offers a wide selection of high-quality doughnut-shop fare, including several flavors of cake and yeast doughnuts, éclairs, Bismarcks, and, of course, doughnut holes.
2820 Guadalupe, 512/320-8484