Jo's Coffee Downtown
242 W. Second, Austin, 78701, 512/469-9003
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 7am-9pm; Sat.-Sun., 8am-9pm
Brunch is the news here: From healthy to heavy duty, every diner can find a favorite at the younger sister of the famed SoCo original. Counter service and pushed-back weekend hours are friendly to both early birds and hungover souls, though seating inside or on the patio can be limited during peak hours. Highlights are the expert hot/cold coffee bar, huge made-to-order pancakes, an egg white omelette, and breakfast tacos like the black bean, avocado, and pico de gallo.
Sign-ups begin at 5:30pm. Wednesdays, 6-8pm. Free.
A variety of rotating retro game shows hosted by local drag queen Louisianna Purchase. Thursdays, 7-9pm. Free.
Meet at Jo's for a cuppa coffee, then take a stroll through Downtown Austin with an ATX tour guide. Ongoing. Wed.-Sat., 10-11:30am. $10-20.
Coffee surrounded by literature, as it should be! This cozy little shop is located inside Austin's own BookPeople.
603 N. Lamar, 512/472-5050
Chef Drew Current of ELM Restaurant Group uses recipes from inspirational cookbooks with a focus on the South and Mexico, and the menus change seasonally and often incorporate local farm-to-table ingredients.
710 W. César Chavez St.
“Slow down and stay awhile” is the motto of this upscale diner. While a split-level bakeshop and beer garden may seem an unlikely pairing, the interplay among handcrafted breads, house-cured meats, and a lovingly curated beer menu is surprisingly successful.
709 E. Sixth, 512/614-4972