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s a valued member of the Eastside family at large, I want you to know that EASTside Magazine remains committed to you and local businesses throughout this unprecedented situation. We are operating at full capacity and will continue to serve our readers through our ability to create captivating imagery and trustworthy content. Our mission has always been about connecting people through real content, and with the changes we’re seeing in our workplaces and communities, that mission is even more relevant and important than ever before. I meet with local business owners nearly every day; I hear their concerns; I resonate with fears of the unknown. However, I can also confidently say that the East Austin community is tightknit. Just think about it… we know our neighbors and our fellow small business owners. And this, my friends, is an opportunity to rally together and support the local economy and businesses now more than ever. I can assure you that the money spent on local businesses stays within the local community, which ultimately will make us all stronger in the long run. Now to this issue, living on caffeine is not just a trend. For many, it’s a way of life and love. I will go out on a limb and also say that the Eastside has some of the best coffee in Austin. The cool thing about all the establishments and coffee shops is that they have formed their own niche community of coffee drinkers. From the educated, to the social, to the chilled and relaxed, to the put-your-head-down and work-all-day type of drinkers, we really have something for everyone. The Eastside loves our coffee and the connection that can be made over a good cup of Jo. As you are likely adjusting to a more virtual world than ever before, continue to make real connections. At the very least, share in a virtual happy hour or coffee chat with friends. And make sure to order out from the places we have written about on these pages. Visit our advertisers, and let them know you’re thinking about them. The importance of local connection and support is even more vital. As a four-man team ourselves, I want to make you aware that we will be using our resources available on www.eastsideatx.com and our Instagram and Facebook pages to relay valuable content. Stay safe, stay smart, and keep business local!

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background contrasted with the rest of the Taganski Market purveyors. In the surrounding area, shoes were sold in mismatched pairs, and burned out light bulbs were hawked by merchants. One product that was not sold, however, was quality coffee.

From Russia with Love

Texas Coffee Traders WORDS BY

Jessi Devenyns Eric Morales


For 26 years, Rc and Beth Beall have been serving up coffee to passersby on the corner of East 4th and Navasota, pioneering the concept of fresh roasted beans and steaming cups of sustainable coffee. However, Rc remembers a time when caffeine addicted patrons were harder to come by, as he takes us back to the place where his coffee adventures began: on the corner of Moscow’s Red Square. 10 EASTside | Apr/May2020


ne year prior to the Texas Coffee Traders’ existence, Rc Beall opened a coffee roaster called Montana Coffee Traders Vostok – meaning East – on the edge of Moscow’s Red Square. On the other side of the square, he opened his office so that he had access to a telephone from which to conduct business, both on the official state-sanctioned market and the black one. Russia, after the fall of communism, was a blank slate for businesses of all stripes to make their mark. “We're talking 1930s gangsters almost. We're talking real interesting…” Rc recalls. In a meandering stream of memories, he recounts searching for light bulbs to light the entry into the roastery, turning a profit even as the ruble plummeted in value, and bribing his way into hotels with pounds of coffee. Although his offices had white-washed walls and were cleaned until they gleamed, Rc remembers how starkly this find more at eastsideatx.com

“[The coffee] was just horrendous. Since the early 1900s, [Russia] had become a tea drinking culture, not coffee,” he recalls. Nevertheless, he laughs explaining that Russians undeniably had a nose for quality coffee. Armed with his mantra that “there is always room for quality,” and the help of an acquaintance named Sasha Malchic, Rc set out to revive the Russian coffee industry. In the process, he became the first roaster in Moscow in generations. Despite the novelty of this title, Coffee Traders Vostok did not immediately generate business. In fact, it took two months before Rc sold his first pound of coffee to an English-language newspaper called The Moscow Times. With a single sale in his bank account, Rc quickly discovered that business in Russia was conducted according to a different set of expectations than in the United States. Rc regularly visited embassies and hotels to make sales calls where he was often greeted by a mafia member looming by the entrance. To make it passed the guard, he admits resorting to bribery. Money never exchanged hands though. Instead, it only took a whiff of fresh roasted beans to transform a dubious reception into a warm welcome. “And then his eyes got

After discovering that coffee had a knack for opening doors, Montana Coffee Traders Vostok quickly found a place in dozens of hotel coffee urns and breakroom percolators around Moscow. In the process, Rc and his employees also found their way into peoples’ confidences. “Everybody was friendly. Everybody had a tragic story. Everybody had worked for the KGB,” he shares. Despite the struggles of the previous decades, Muscovites were entrepreneurial by nature. That mindset of hard work and creativity permeated the business, and, in short order, Montana Coffee Traders Vostok evolved into a sustainable business that has now weathered almost three decades and reintroduced quality roasted coffee to Russia.


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big. And we'd give him a half a pound of coffee, and into the place we'd go,” chuckles Rc. “The smell of coffee opened more doors than anything you can imagine.”

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Commitment to Quality In addition to roasting coffee, Rc and Beth, own a coffee plantation in Monte Verde, Costa Rica. This mountaintop farm not only produces 100,000 pounds of sustainably-grown, fair-trade coffee, but it also provides an opportunity for Rc to educate his employees and coffee enthusiasts alike about the coffee industry from plant to cup. Café Monteverde is sold at Texas Coffee Traders.

The History Texas Coffee Traders debuted in 1994. Shortly after opening, the business moved to the Eastside where they’ve served up fresh cups of Jo and bags of beans to locals for over two decades.

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“I’m so compulsive about recycling and repurposing in my personal life, I can’t possibly be different as an artist.”

Found Object of Desire

How one artist is breathing new life into forgotten materials WORDS BY Sam


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Amy Scofield, like many artists, admits that she has a “compulsion to create.” But this desire is often met with the conflicting notion that consumerism is impacting the environment. Driven by sustainability, she's found a happy medium in transforming found objects into works of art. 14 EASTside | Apr/May2020


rowing up in Colorado, Amy says her “connection to nature started from birth.” While she didn’t intend to become an artist focused on conservation, it was the natural path for a self-proclaimed environmentalist who is aesthetically drawn to “heaps of stuff,” as she puts it. Amy’s first major experience creating art from an unconventional material was fourteen years ago when she took interest in a chrome bead chain that was being used as decor at a nightclub. “When I see a pile of something and they’re all the same, I really dig it,” she admits. When the club shut down, she was determined to track down the bead chain and decided that if she was able to get her hands on it, then she would pursue her art seriously. Her efforts paid off as she

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found herself with a massive amount of chain that she has since used to make numerous sculptures over the years. From a metal chain to thousands of leftover materials to bike tubes to strips of Mylar to natural items like dead trees and stones, Amy has worked to create large- and small-scale sculptures and installations. Rarely does she procure new materials for her work as she’s drawn to objects around her and finds creative ways to piece it all together using as few materials as possible. Her work often comes with a message that reinforces conservation and highlights humanity’s role in it. While her mission to repurpose found objects will always be at the forefront of her work, one of Amy’s recent pieces took on a new meaning. As part of the city’s

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LA TORNADE: rescued tire, salvaged wood Art in Public Places (AIPP) program, Amy created an installation for Govalle Neighborhood Park. What initially began as one of her signature recycled objects sculptures took a turn when she spoke with community members to learn what they wanted to see represented at their park. “They wanted to see the strength and resilience of the African American community,” she says. “They wanted to see the long roots of the Hispanic community in East Austin, and they wanted to be reminded of happy times.”  Upon processing community feedback, Amy took the sentiments to heart and set out to create a sculpture that highlighted the community’s values while remaining true to her naturedriven style. Because it was being placed in a park, she wanted to make the installation “whimsical, childlike, and playful” and based

the final sculpture on a child’s drawing of a tree. The tree not only depicts childlike nature, but it also represents the neighborhood’s strength and resilience. “The roots bring these two communities together and create stability,” she explains. “The birds and bees on top are also based on kid’s drawings and represent aspirations and dreams.” While she continues to experiment with different mediums, whether public installations, a photo series, or small sculptures, the theme of conservation will always be present in Amy’s work. “I’m so compulsive about recycling and repurposing in my personal life,” she states. “I can’t possibly be different as an artist.” 

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Fun for All S Bullseyes, Bowling, & Beer WORDS BY Sam


Lauron Morales

For as long as axes have been in existence, humans have been hurling them, whether for survival, sport, or just for fun. But the act of axe throwing has evolved immensely from its primitive nature and, in more recent years, has even grown from a competitive sport to a form of entertainment.

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imilar to throwing darts, combined with the camaraderie evoked from bowling, axe throwing was originally a league sport that was popularized in Canada. The activity eventually became accessible to the masses due to indoor axe-throwing venues popping up in major cities across the country, Austin included. One reason for its popularity is because “there is some novelty to it,” says Earl Ball, co-owner of Hatchet Alley. He also believes that people are drawn to the activity because “anyone can do it, no matter the skill or athletic level.” Founded by Earl along with longtime Austinites Will Pitts and George Launey, Hatchet Alley opened November 2019 next door to Callahan’s General Store. After working at another axe-throwing venue, Earl set out to open a place of his own, with a focus on creating an “Austin centric” space that reflected the laidback nature of the community.  One step inside the massive 12,000-squarefoot venue reveals 24 throwing lanes lining two walls along the front portion of the space. Further back in the building, just past the larger than life mural, is a section for bocce ball and football bowling, a sport as straightforward as its name that entails throwing footballs at bowling pins. The decifind more at eastsideatx.com

sion to include additional activities at Hatchet Alley was made because Earl wanted the space to feel more like an entertainment center than a one-stop-shop. “We don’t want to tell people, ‘okay you’re done, now you need to leave,’ once they’ve completed their activity,” he shares. “We want people to hang out, finish a conversation on their own time, and enjoy the space for what it is.”

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Whether visiting Hatchet Alley with a large group or as an individual, all participants have access to the same amenities. A coach will guide the session, providing tips on both proper form and how to safely participate as either a thrower or a spectator. But don’t think of them as chaperones. The coaches at Hatchet Alley are “upbeat, positive, and helpful,” says Earl, and are meant to be more like party hosts, making sure everyone is having a good time whether they’re throwing axes or playing a round of football bowling. “That’s a big part of what we do here,” he explains. “It’s not just the activity itself; it’s the facilitation of enjoyment.” For those hesitant to give axe throwing a shot, Earl encourages everyone to try it at least once, comparing it to karaoke. “I can’t sing, but I still karaoke,” he smiles. “It’s the same thing here. No one is judging you because you’re terrible at axe throwing—in fact, most people are. It’s just a fun time with friends, that’s the goal.”


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East Austin is fueled by coffee. Whether a latte before work, an afternoon pick-meup, or a shot of caffeine for a late-night deadline, caffeine seems to find its way into nearly every part of the day. But not all coffee is created equal. Some search for a like-minded community; others have a fascination with the process of roasting beans. Whatever the reason, the local caffeine-fueled establishments provide a diverse map of sips and hidden gems that will resonate with a variety of personal preferences and keep Austinites coming back for more.

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“We roast all of our coffee; well, I roast all of our coffee."

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he mechanics of pulling a cup of espresso are what originally lured Eric Mann away from his job at Ducati and into the world of coffee. After forging a relationship over Ebay with an Italian purveyor of vintage coffee machines, Eric began experimenting with varying pressures, differing water purities, and finally trying to dial into the ideal roast for coffee beans in his pursuit of a good cup of coffee. It did not take long for this experimentation with the components of coffee to lead him to roasting his own coffee–first in a one-pound mini roaster and now in a two kilogram roaster that sits in his back shed. “We roast all of our coffee; well, I roast all of our coffee,” Eric corrects himself. “Anywhere between 50 and 150 pounds of coffee a week.” However, arriving at the point where each batch is roasted with nuance and depth took several years. When Eric was working at Ducati, he drank Starbucks along with the rest of the office. But with the discovery of the vintage coffee machines, he began testing their quality with the office staff as judges. One thing led to another, and he began swapping out Starbucks for hand roasted beans, which he produced

with varying levels of success. “I didn’t know how to roast coffee super well at that time. I made [a roaster] out of a Stir Crazy popcorn popper and a NuWave convection oven,” he recalls. “It was not very great, but it roasted the coffee, turned it brown, the coffee popped and the next thing you know, I started buying more roasters.” Six years later, his hobby has transformed into a shop where he teaches others how to roast coffee independently as well as pull espresso from analogue, post-war Italian machines. Eric doesn’t only use vintage machines for lessons though. At the LeverCraft coffee bar, a 1950s milkshake machine whips milk into a dense, silky froth that tops freddos, and a hand lever espresso machine creates a balanced shot to add to any beverage. Even though these manual machines can be slower than their contemporary counterparts, Eric says that the beauty of each beverage stems from the finesse and care it requires to operate the devices. Plus, he adds, “The quality that you can get out of these machines is just as nice as the modern machines today.” And some would argue that they’re even better. 3307 Oak Springs Dr., levercraft.com {the caffeinated side of austin}



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hanh Trang discovered good— some would say great—coffee in Utah. Up until that point, she drank coffee for practical reasons. Her ‘aha moment’ happened when the coffee she ordered didn’t taste like coffee. Khanh elaborates, “It wasn't bitter. It wasn't so dark that I had to do stuff to it. It was smooth. There was a lot of nuttiness to it.” At that pivotal moment, she began her quest for the perfect cup of Jo. That journey quickly became a passionate search to discover grains of industry knowledge and took her to Peru and Africa before she found her way to Austin and decided that coffee education should be accessible to anyone who walks through the doors of Greater Goods for a cup of Jo. Greater Goods is not only a local coffee roastery but also a cafe and coffee education center founded by Khanh and her husband Trey Cobb. Whether someone is interested in latte art or the roasting side of the business, Khanh and Trey offer courses that cater to a wide range of interests and skill levels. Khanh explains that the goal is to craft more discerning consumers and professionals who can enjoy a cup of coffee for more than just the caffeine kick. “I want

our legacy to be that we are the glue where the coffee community can come together,” she shares. Trey adds that since opening the training facility in 2018, instructors have trained the baristas at Caffe Medici to roast as well as Greater Good’s own baristas for competition at the national-level Coffee Championships. While learning can be fun and games, providing education is slowly increasing the city’s coffee quality while also raising Austin in the esteem of national coffee roasters. “And that's why all the big companies actually have taken note and are coming in,” says Khanh who points to the appearance of Counter Culture and Intelligentsia Coffee as evidence of Austin’s evolving coffee scene. While both Trey and Khanh agree that Austin is still working its way up to the world-class level of more traditional coffee cities, the capital city of Texas is far removed from its past of only identifying the difference between a drip coffee and a latte. Reaching a position that rivals Portland or Seattle is just a matter of continuing to provide education to those who are curious. 2501 East 5th St., greatergoodsroasting.com

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BEST COFFEE ART: CORONA COFFEE Green tea swan under a saffron moon? Perhaps a unicorn latte? Whatever the image, the latte artists at Corona Coffee can probably serve them up in a coffee drink made with handcrafted syrups and elegant espresso. There is also a gift shop for those who want to take home some art instead of just sip it. 1215 Corona Dr., coronacoffee.co



Put pedals to the metal or to the pavement and head to Flat Track where BMXing, road cycling and motor sports are all encouraged in tandem with coffee drinking. Okay, perhaps park the bike first. Then don’t forget to enjoy a lovingly-crafted cup of Jo before grabbing a pound of their locally-roasted coffee to go. 1619 East Cesar Chavez St., flattrackcoffee.com eastsideatx.com


Simplicity I

in a Cup at Flitch

n a community dotted with coffee shops on nearly every corner, Erica Foster shares the secret to success: slow and steady wins the race. “We're not trying to outgrow ourselves too fast. We're trying to take things step by step,� says Erica, owner of Flitch coffee shop. Flitch is an unassuming trailer with a graveled patio that is generally full of faces of all ages and descriptions. Although the patio is now sprawling with seating, the project started out as a barebones concept with one picnic table and the drive to create a community through caffeine.

“The interactions that you have with people in such a small space are kind of special because it is a trailer, and so it's hard to avoid interacting with someone you don't know.”

Over the last five years, the space has grown through a patchwork of tables and a slowly expanding menu of beverages. “I think for us it's just about getting the basics really well,” explains Erica. Those basics are often dictated by the customers. “What's been easiest for us is just to kind of see what people are asking for… that was matcha at one time. At another point, that was vanilla. We didn't have vanilla for a while,” laughs Erica. That simplicity is the backbone of Flitch’s model. For over a year, Erica ran the shop singlehandedly, bootstrapping the project with her own funds and energy. Every year since then, the shop has grown by one employee, but the small ensemble of staff continues to approach the coffee program with moderation. By maintaining a limited menu and limited hours, Erica works to keep

BEST COFFEE SHOP TO WORK: CUVÉE COFFEE Cuvée is a roastery and coffee bar that encourages tinkering. Whether it’s a work project or a widget-activated nitro cold brew can, innovation and inspiration have reigned supreme in this open-plan coffee shop since 1998. Since a bag of beans and face-to-face conversation are frequently the preamble to great ideas, be sure to visit this Eastside staple for an infusion. 2000 E 6th St., cuveecoffee.com

BEST COFFEE SHOP TO GET A BUZZ: BUZZ MILL With no closing hours and a neighborhood-centric vibe, Buzz Mill peddles both kinds of brews for all occasions. Additionally, the coffee shop focuses on giving back to the community through various volunteer events that take place within two miles of the coffee shop. Fans can also join the Lumber Society, which is akin to boy/girl scouts for adults where members learn basic survival skills. 1505 Town Creek Dr. & 5012 E 7th St. buzzmillcoffee.com {the caffeinated side of austin}

employees from overextending themselves and keeps the business thriving sustainably. Undeniably, Flitch strikes a balance between the hustle and bustle that accompanies caffeine and the relaxed atmosphere that one hopes to encounter when entering a café. According to Erica, the secret is the approachability of the shop and its clientele. Part of the reason for the approachability of the café is its size, which Erica believes lends itself to igniting relationships between customers. “The interactions that you have with people in such a small space are kind of special because it is a trailer, and so it's hard to avoid interacting with someone you don't know.” That forced proximity necessitates conversation, which has become the foundation that created the community that makes Flitch an understated, but beloved, stop. 641 Tillery St., flitchcoffee.com

BEST SOUTH AMERICAN COFFEE: CAFÉ NENA’I Sip and savor the flavors of South America at Café Nana’i where Elena Sanguinetti serves up cafecitos and hallmark hospitality. The café is filled with small nooks where patrons can be found nibbling on both sweet and savory pastries that redefine the breakfast game. Perhaps the best part are the espresso drinks that Elena pulls between conversations which are as powerful as they are flavorful. 1700 Montopolis Dr., Suite A, CafeNenai.com eastsideatx.com


Community Coffee at Cherrywood Coffeehouse


herrywood Coffeehouse is more than a coffee shop. It is a community that thrives seven days a week from 7 am. to midnight. Ryan Marks describes the one-room shop as a headquarters for real food and real company. “Our whole focus is to have a great place. If people want to come through every day, they can do their work, they can have their breakfast, they can have their lunch, they can bring their family. Just a comfortable place where you want to come,” he emphasizes. The atmosphere at Cherrywood is a little bit 20th century Austin, a little bit family-friendly, and a little bit neighborhood watering hole. In 2009, Jen Marks and Ryan Marks started the business in hopes of bringing the duo’s popular sandwiches and smoothies from their other café, Garden District, to the neighborhood in which they lived. Though the formula of being a onesize-fits-all neighborhood hub works today, the

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beginning was not as smooth as Jen and Ryan anticipated. “We got this place in the middle of the very beginning of the Great Recession, and really, that first year was rough," says Jen, as she recalls running between the newly-opened coffeehouse to grab supplies to transfer to Garden District before starting her day down south. Things have become more manageable in the subsequent years, and now Cherrywood Coffeehouse is an established fixture in the neighborhood that hosts weekly trivia nights, Sunday morning shows for kids, and weekday morning yoga sessions for patrons. “Nobody's becoming a millionaire out of this, but I'm really proud of the place,” smiles Ryan. “I feel blessed to have the opportunity to do it and to make a living doing it… I don't know what the hell I'd be doing otherwise.” Even with its wide variety of offerings, this spot on 38 ½ Street remains a no-frills establish-

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ment. The coffee is particularly indicative of this approach. “It's going to be a good quality cup of coffee, but it's going to be straight forward where anybody could come in the door and not be intimidated,” explains Jen. With an easy-going atmosphere readily apparent to anyone who enters, the clientele that regularly frequents this establishment is as varied as the activities and menu items it offers. Regulars like John Aielli intermingle with visits from the likes of Beto O’Rourke. The only difference is that the regulars know to order the tacos. Beto, according to Jen, came by and ordered pastries to go. Ryan laughs as he exclaims that Jen missed a valuable teaching lesson. In hindsight he would have told him, “If you want these people to remember you or remember what you brought, bring them some of these breakfast tacos. This is Austin.” 1400 E 38th-1/2 St., cherrywoodcoffeehouse.com

FRIENDLIEST BARISTAS: REVIVAL COFFEE Revival coffee brings together good coffee and good people with good vibes. Its cozy, yet tasteful, décor complements the artisan beverages that baristas craft while they regale customers with facts about East Austin, local events, and insider tips. Plus, 10% of the business’s proceeds are donated to a local charity selected by customers. 1405 E 7th St., revivaltexas.com

BEST COFFEE SHOP BACKYARD: THUNDERBIRD COFFEE For those looking for some quality time in the sunshine while sipping coffee, look no further than Thunderbird Coffee. At the Manor Road location, not only is Vitamin D in ample supply, but so is caffeine. The locally owned café sells both single origin and coffee blends that, because they are direct trade, are ever-changing. So, stop by and see what is available. Try something new and maybe take home a bag to make sure when a craving strikes, there is a backup supply in the kitchen. 2200 Manor Rd., thunderbirdcoffee.com

THE BEST SELECTION OF BEANS: FIGURE 8 COFFEE PURVEYORS Coffee at Figure 8 doesn’t joke around when it comes to their beans. Although the vibe is as low-key as the crowd, this coffee shop has cultivated a high-brow assortment of roasters from all over the nation, including Texas-based Tweed and Wild Gift. It also happens to be a great place for music enthusiasts who are looking to catch a local band or relax to the sound of some LPs. 1111 Chicon St., figure8coffeepurveyors.com

BEST 24/7 COFFEE SHOP: BENNU COFFEE There is never a bad time to visit Bennu. This late-night institution serves up a legendary menu of mochas topped with homemade whipped cream that patrons can sip while reclining in a hodgepodge of furniture with friends or plugging into the digital world with one of the outlets that dangle from the ceiling. 2001 E. MLK Blvd., bennucoffee.com



BEST ASIAN COFFEE HOUSE: SA-TÉN COFFEE & EATS It turns out that both matcha lattes and classic cappuccinos go well with Japanese toast. But so do Lemon Ginger Matcha, Charcoal Detox Lattes, L’Orange Cortados, and Tiramisu Cappuccinos. At Sa-Tén, drinks are presented with an irresistible aesthetic that is clearly derived from the Japanese art of plating. Everything is thought out, all the way to the tenmori, or the final touches. 916 Springdale Rd., Bldg. 3, Ste. 101, sa-ten.com


Self-proclaimed “tea freaks” are the minds behind the Zhi Tea house. Complete with an aroma bar and hand-made tea pots for sale, this cozy space is a great place to leisurely pursue a book or catch up with friends. It’s also a great place to learn the art, timing, and history behind tea-making. 1023 Springdale Rd., 7A, zhitea.com

MOST INVENTIVE COFFEE DRINKS: FLEET COFFEE Within the walls of this pocket-sized coffee bar are some of the most inventive caffeinated beverages in Austin. Try The Ritual, which is a churro infused cortado topped with a Mexican wedding cookie. Naturally, the staples are served too. So, if an eggnog cappuccino sounds like too much, Fleet’s simple espresso will also do the job nicely. 2427 Webberville Rd., fleetcoffee.com



Find a wide variety of teas and an even larger library of information at Cup & Leaf Café where tea from all over the world (including an array of colors) is served up alongside a quaint atmosphere and quality conversations. 1700 E 2nd St. cupandleaf.com

Located at the bottom of Arrive Hotel, Cartel Coffee Lab occupies a little nook where coffee is served to locals and out-of-towners, alike. Its busy corner location ensures that there is a continuous flow of company with whom to have a conversation. Their coffee is also available via a mail order subscription service for those who don’t actually live within walking distance and can’t be bothered to find parking. 1813 E 6th St., cartelcoffeelab.com PHOTO BY

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t would be great if you could clean your house once and never have to clean it again,” Rodney says jokingly. “But that’s not the case—and it’s the same with our city.”

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In Austin, a spacious park, a bike trail, or even a small body of water is often just a stone’s throw away. But in order to maintain the city’s lauded natural surroundings and enjoy them for years to come, residents have a civic responsibility to take care of those spaces, according to Rodney Ahart, executive director of Keep Austin Beautiful. 30 EASTside | Apr/May2020

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Since 1985, Keep Austin Beautiful has been on a mission to ensure that everyone has access to clean, safe, and beautiful outdoor spaces, a notion Rodney describes as “beauty equity.” To do this, the nonprofit implements several cleanup programs that focus on removing litter, beautifying public spaces, cleaning waterways, and reducing waste in neighborhoods all around the city. A majority of their volunteer cleanups are community-generated and led, meaning people will reach out to Keep Austin Beautiful about a certain site that needs to be cleaned up, and the organization will provide the resources to make it happen. Keep Austin Beautiful also hosts community engagement days, which are larger cleanups led by the nonprofit. These events encourage all residents to get involved by coming out to a site, whether it’s a park or a street intersection, and connect with the outdoors. Rodney finds that “once people participate in a cleanup or one of our volunteer activations, they become stewards of that area.” 

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In recent years, these community engagement days have been more focused on areas in East Austin, an initiative that Rodney proudly supports as a third-generation Eastsider. In fact, it was the mission of the organization—which he’s been with for ten years now—that drew him to Keep Austin Beautiful in the first place. “Growing up in East Austin and then eventually being exposed to West Austin, I saw the disparity between the two areas, whether it was full parks or cleaner roadways,” he recalls. “That really resonated with me as a kid.” By leading Keep Austin Beautiful’s initiatives, Rodney feels as if he’s better able to unify Austin and connect people from all areas to the city’s outdoor spaces.  “At the end of the day, we all want the same things,” he states. “We want to live in a safe home, a clean neighborhood, and go to great schools.” He goes on to say that “spaces matter, and it’s [important] for everyone to realize that we’re all neighbors and residents of Austin.”


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The nonprofit also hosts the annual Keep Austin Beautiful Day which has now been postponed until Fall 2020. Keep Austin Beautiful Day is a citywide community cleanup that brings together over 3,000 volunteers each year. The day is dedicated to servicing more than 100 sites that include creeks, parks, schools, and other public spaces through beautification initiatives like litter cleanups and landscaping. Learn how to get involved at keepaustinbeautiful. org.


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eastside | go&do Pomegranate trees take longer to produce fruit, but if fig trees are planted now, most likely they will bear fruit by next year.


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This plant has a green trunk and beautiful yellow flowers. It’s easy and functional for yards requiring little water and love. It does especially well in a desert-like environment. Pallo Verdes are found growing all over Austin in rocky landscaping. Their nectar seeds are also a favorite of wildlife, bringing birds and other creatures to the yard.



These plants are not native to Texas but have adapted well as they love full sun and thrive with little watering and care. They are a perfect small shrub, but “the best part is that the flowers taste like marshmallows,” Melissa shares. Their blooms are a bright pink and red color—making for a tasty and pretty accent in the spring.

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This eye-catching understory tree is beautiful in the spring. It is easy to care for once it is established. Starting out as a big shrub, this native Texas plant can grow to be up to 12 feet tall. Its fragrant flowers attract butterflies and bees, and if trimmed, it can provide great shade. “These trees are just really striking,” Melissa exclaims. “I always get really excited when I see these in people’s yards.”



Two kinds of redbud trees, Mexican Redbud or Texas Redbud, thrive in

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Unlike the plants above, this plant does well in the shade. Melissa says, “These plants can survive the winter and still look great.” They can be planted in a pot or in the ground, they handle the winter well, and don’t need to be brought in for a freeze. The Leopard plant is an evergreen with big green leaves and will stay green throughout summer and winter.


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the Austin climate. These redbuds are also small understory trees which grow wild in Texas. They need minimal care and watering.“A redbud is the first thing you notice in the spring,” according to Melissa because they offer the perfect pop of pink color to any yard.


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emperatures are finally warm enough to lounge at Secret Beach, but the season hasn’t heated up quite enough to make a day at Guerrero Park seem like a recipe for heatstroke. As a result, Austinites are venturing outside and taking along all the trappings associated with springtime activities. Rifling through seasonal storage looking for materials required for warm weather hobbies turns up not only the items that are wanted but also some that have been long-forgotten. Often the resurfacing of these objects brings back memories of old pastimes, but it does not always bring back the motivation to take them up again. It’s amazing how that slack line from three years ago is not as appealing as badminton seems this summer! For many, the appearance of these unwanted possessions results in cycling these objects permanently out of the house in favor of those that are of interest today. Instead of relying on the “out of sight, out of mind” instinct to donate or dump the things that are no longer a valuable contribution to hobbies, take a moment and recall that other old aphorism that “sharing is caring.” In fact, sharing through networks like Ruckify is an opportunity to rethink how to use one’s belongings, especially in Austin where the city is striving to become one of the greenest cities in America. Although Austin is well on its way to reducing its carbon footprint to net zero by 2050, the city can only go so far without the participation of individuals. As the average American will leave a lifetime legacy of 90,000 pounds of trash behind, it is going to require everyone to rethink what it means to consume.

With Ruckify, Austinites have the opportunity not only to reduce their personal carbon footprints by entering into the sharing economy, but borrowing and lending with other locals also opens the door to forging relationships and building community. By reaching out to others who have shared the same interests and passions, suddenly borrowing objects becomes an opportunity to connect with others nearby who are interested in similar activities. It might even turn out that those interactions spark a conversation that leads to the discovery of a wealth of information that would have otherwise been a missed opportunity had one chosen to make that purchase online from a big box retailer. At Ruckify, the goal is so much more than just providing access to products; it is to do so in a manner that reduces waste while growing community among residents.

Did You Know? In addition to cutting carbon emissions by promoting reuse and sharing, Ruckify also plants a tree for each sign up on its website and for every transaction that occurs through the app in order to reach the goal of planting 1 billion trees. 34 EASTside | Apr/May2020

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Arcing gracefully up from the center of Laura Loera’s open, airy living room are three long-stemmed echinacea flowers: a potent plant popular in traditional herbal medicine and the focal point of this East Austin home.

Laura Loera’s Home Brings the Outdoors In WORDS BY Jess

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tanding more than fifteen feet tall, the purple coneflowers form part of a mural created specifically for Laura’s home by Austin artist Rebecca Barbour. Lit by two opposing walls of windows, the mural anchors the rest of the home’s innovative architecture and, otherwise, minimalist design. “I wanted an interior courtyard,” Laura explains, “like my family had in Mexico—something to bring the outdoors in.” When the long, narrow lot on East 2nd Street limited her house’s possible footprint, at the advice of architect Mark Reynolds, she built up instead of out, incorporating enough natural light and “green things” (like the mural, as well as a plethora of potted plants) find more at eastsideatx.com

to make it “kind of jungly in here.” The rooftop patio, plus a shaded, second-story “outdoor reading nook,” don’t hurt, either! While echinacea isn’t Laura’s favorite flower—she prefers sunflowers—it grows abundantly in Mexico, as well as in the Holly neighborhood where Google Technical Account Manager Laura and her partner now reside. It also represents healing, a symbol Laura welcomed into her new home. Laura first bought the property in 2010. At the time, it came with a 1940s casita, which Laura describes as being “cute” and having “good bones.” After five years with only 1100 square feet of space, she was ready to “upgrade” in order to

The Tiles Steal the Show The Mexican tile in Laura’s home makes each of her bathrooms sing with whimsical luxury. She went directly to the manufacturer (located in Dolores Hidalgo, a city in Guanajuato that Laura’s great-grandmother called home) to source the hand-tinted, unusually-shaped tiles, which range from clean black and metallic silver diamonds on the floor of the guest bathroom, to grass green shards surrounding the mirror of the upstairs guest bedroom.

accommodate visits from her large extended family. She found a buyer willing to move the casita to Bastrop, leaving her a blank slate to begin again. The 2600-square-foot steel-and-concrete structure that now dominates the space is kept soft enough for this flower child, thanks to Patrice Rios of Troo Designs who helped Laura add “pops of color,” like a forget-me-not blue stove, a beautifully designed kitchen with rose-red leather stools, and lush goldenrod curtains, to the home’s monochrome color palette. Together, these details shape a garden that never needs watering.

Perhaps most striking is the “mermaid bathroom” in Laura’s master suite which was inspired by a painting of this fantastical creature that she picked up in San Antonio. The shower is stratified in “layers” of ombre aqua tiles cut like fish scales. Standing in Laura’s shower is akin to feeling the majesty of the sea engulf you as warm rainwater pours down from above.

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Located on the Gulf of Mexico, about 50 miles outside of Houston, Galveston has long been a place where Texans flock for a healthy dose of R&R. But there’s much more to this coastal city than sand and sea. Just a few steps away from the ocean, Galveston offers pockets of rich history just waiting to be discovered.

Friday Once you’ve made it to the coast after the three and a half hour drive from Austin, check into Carr Mansion, unpack

the beach bag and head to Galveston Beach. The beach is located off the iconic Seawall Boulevard, about 10 blocks away from Carr Mansion. As the main beach in the area, keep in

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mind that it can get crowded during the peak months. If finding a spot to set up the umbrella seems daunting, consider heading about 20 miles west on Seawall Boulevard to Jamaica Beach. While it is further away from the main part of the island, the quiet community is much more secluded and offers a chance to enjoy the waves without the extra foot traffic. After a full day under the sun, grab dinner at the iconic Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant, which has been serving up classic seafood dishes to islanders since 1911. Complete the evening at the Galveston Island

Enjoy a complimentary gourmet breakfast at Carr Mansion before spending the day exploring the Strand District. Located downtown in the heart of the island, the historic area consists of numerous shops, restaurants, and architectural delights, offering plenty to check out from sunrise to sundown. While there, consider visiting the Texas Seaport Museum to step aboard the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa, a National Historic Landmark that provides a glimpse into the lives of sailors at sea during the 19th century. In between strolling and shopping, pop into the nearly 100-year-old candy shop La King’s Confectionery to try their famous saltwater taffy or pecan logs and stock up for the trip back home. For dinner, head to

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Fisherman’s Wharf for excellent seafood in a casual waterfront setting on the bay, or Willie G's Seafood & Steaks for a more upscale meal. Wrap things up with a nightcap at Galveston’s only rooftop bar, The Rooftop Bar at The Tremont House.

Sunday Kick off the last day of this coastal trip by enjoying breakfast at the historic Hotel Galvez for their award-winning brunch. On the way out of town, don’t forget to stop at Moody Gardens. The iconic glass pyramids will be hard to miss. Visitors can immerse themselves in nature at the aquarium and rainforest exhibits where sharks, monkeys, and other wildlife creatures are waiting to be discovered. The attractions at Moody Gardens also include a 3D theatre, paddlewheel boat adventure, ropes course, and zipline, so there’s something adventurous for everyone to enjoy.

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Countless places to stay can be found on the island, from beach condos to major hotels, but Carr Mansion is the quaintest of them all. Housed in a building dating back to 1866, the historic eight-room bed and breakfast is nestled on a quiet street away from the commotion of the beach, though the ocean is just a bike ride away. After undergoing restoration before reopening as Carr Mansion in 2018, the house now features updates and amenities fit for the modern traveler while retaining its charm from its storied past.

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The Brewer’s Table WORDS BY

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Sitting around The Brewer’s Table, guests can feel the warmth surrounding them—whether it’s from the beer in their belly, the hearth bread they are breaking, or the care that has been clearly ingrained into every square foot of the brewery.


ake Maddux, owner of The Brewer’s Table, reiterates that this is no ordinary brewery. Snuggled between Springdale Road and East 5th rests a World War II era quonset hut— once part of Camp Swift army base— that has since been converted into a craft beer house. The history of the building is just as important to the integrity of the brewery as the wood the beer is made in. As it says on their website, “Wood embodies the wisdom and patience of time,” and the same goes for Jake’s story as a former marine, who grew up in a family of restaurant workers. He opened the doors of The Brewer’s Table (commonly referred to as TBT) in the hopes of creating an atmosphere where, no matter their background, diners can relax and unwind. With veterans in mind, he wishes the brewery to be a neutral space that serves those who have served our country. Much like Jake’s intention to blend tradition and history, TBT marries food and beer. Born out of the curiosity of what happens when a brewer and a chef share a pantry, the menu strives to put beer and food on the same playing field. All house beer is brewed in wood, inspired by the history of American craft beer before stainless steel. Experimenting with science and fermentation, a standout beer is the “OOOOOO MOMMY,” which blends malted wheat koji, smoked mushrooms, lemon peel, and black pepper. Maddux finds ways to intertwine the coveted umami flavor into his beer and menu items. He describes its flavor as being in the Blue Moon family: fruity and light. Whether it’s the fermented herbs that top the Akaushi beef tartare or the beer glaze over the

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smoked pork ribs, the menu innovatively fuses beer and food to create a dining experience unlike any other. Fermentation aside, there are plenty of other eye-catching brews and bites that are palatable to even the pickiest diner. Rated the best beer in Texas, the “Vor Ort” is a maizebased beer that is the right balance of hoppy and refreshing—the perfect complement to the gochujang glazed chicken wings. Although still playing with fermentation, the meju in the gochujang paste, the wings delightfully put an Asian twist on a nationwide staple. Spicy and sweet, it’s easy to reach for another one, and another one, or finish off the whole plate. For the less adventurous, TBT puts its own spin on an American classic: the BLT cheeseburger. Cooked to perfection and garnished with bacon, as well as all the standard fixings, it’s the cheesy welsh rarebit sauce drizzled over the patty that pushes this simple burger over the edge. Even with something as classic as a burger, the menu still finds a way to implement ale as a star ingredient without becoming overpowering. On the less hearty side, shareables like the roasted sweet potato dip and the hearth bread offer a fun spin on the traditional appetizers one would normally find at an ale house. For a small menu, the dishes offered are diverse. Whether sitting in the sunshine, sipping some brews, or sharing a charcuterie board over a romantic date night, The Brewer’s Table offers both the warmth and jovial ambience with its own historic flair.


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Shakshuka & Mushroom Crêpes

Brunch Classics from Both Sides of the Mediterranean WORDS BY

Justin Butts RECIPE BY Kayla Butts Benavides


Craving a brunch that is wholesome and hearty, yet elegant and sophisticated? These brunch recipes are bringing the colors and flavors of the Mediterranean to Austin with classic dishes from North Africa and France.


hakshuka is an ancient dish with origins in Libya on the North African coast of the Mediterranean. Shakshuka was adopted in the Middle East and is now one of the most popular dishes in Israel. Libya and Israel are really not so different from here with similar climate, similar vegetables and herbs, and similar flavors when it comes to breakfast. Shakshuka, with its rich colors and deep flavors, is deceptively simple to create. The ingredients are staples of any good farm: eggs, vegetables, herbs, cheese, and spices. The onepan preparation (a cast-iron skillet or a paella dish) moves seamlessly from the stovetop to the table. But simple does not mean plain; this recipe resonates with flavor. With a straight-forward dish like shakshuka, everything depends upon the quality of the ingredients, meaning each ingredient should be harvested at the peak of flavor. Mediocre ingredients make mediocre meals, and the freshness of the ingredients makes all the difference. Using home grown vegetables and herbs directly from the garden is the secret to unbelievably delicious shakshuka. If fresh eggs and other ingredients are not available, shop the local farmers’ markets. The results are worth the effort. To complement the bold flavors of our shakshuka, we traveled to the other side of the Mediterranean for mushroom chevre crêpes. Crêpes are the lightest and most delicate of pancakes, quite possibly the best thing ever to come out of France. Unfortunately, home chefs oftentimes shy away from crêpes because of their supposed difficulty. Don’t be intimidated by this brunch classic. When turning the crêpes, take a deep breath and flip them quickly, almost like turning a bedsheet. If the first one or two are not perfect, no worries because crêpe mistakes are exquisitely delicious, and you can keep right on making them. Crêpes can be sweet-topped, but we went savory because of this lovely chevre from the Dairy Farm along with great handfuls of freshly picked herbs from the garden. Let the availability of ingredients guide your choices as well. 46 EASTside | Apr/May2020

Directions: In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat for three minutes. Add onion and peppers, then sauté for ten minutes. Add garlic and spices, and cook for an additional minute. Stir in the tomatoes, breaking them apart with your spoon. Heat to a simmer, then crack eggs on top of the tomato mixture. Sprinkle feta cheese throughout. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or bake in the oven preheated to 375° until egg whites are opaque (about 10 minutes).

Shakshuka Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Ingredients: 2 T. olive oil 1 medium onion, diced 1 red bell pepper, diced 1-2 jalapeños, seeded and minced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 t. cumin 1 T. sweet paprika ¼ t. salt ¼ t. cayenne pepper 1 can whole tomatoes (recommend fresh organic and/or canned San Marzano) 8 whole eggs (preferably pastured) 4 oz. feta cheese, crumbled ¼ c. parsley or cilantro

Finish with fresh herbs, and serve with warm pita or your favorite crusty bread.

Mushroom & Chevre Crêpes Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Makes: 10 crepes Ingredients: 1 c. flour 2 eggs ½ c. whole milk ½ c. water 3 T. butter, melted, plus 2 T. butter ¼ t. fine salt 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced ¼ t. salt dash of pepper

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4 oz. chevre 2 T. chives 2 T. parsley 2 T. mint 2 T. dill ½ t. freshly-cracked black pepper 2 c. arugula Directions: In a large bowl, whisk flour, eggs, milk, water, butter, and salt together until a thin batter is formed. Set aside to rest. In a separate bowl, fold fresh herbs and pepper into the chevre. In a medium pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add mushrooms, salt and pepper, and simmer until cooked down (about 5 minutes). Set aside. Heat a small pad of butter in a non-stick 12” skillet over medium heat. Ladle 1/3 cup batter into the pan, and swirl around until the pan is completely covered with a thin layer. Cook on each side for 1-2 minutes, until lightly golden. Cook the remainder of the batter using the same method. To assemble the crepes, spread 2 tablespoons of chevre/herb mixture on the crepe, place ¼ cup of arugula down the center, and spoon sautéed mushrooms on top. eastsideatx.com



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Arriving via a twisted trajectory through Israel, Spain, and NYC, Berty Richter landed with an inkling that Austinites needed real hummus in their lives. With Turkish and Israeli roots, his fresh-to-order hummus is bold and daring with just the right amount of spice. 1906 E Cesar Chavez St.

Colleen’s Kitchen

Celebrate any occasion—big or small— at a neighborhood favorite. The southern hospitality and down-home inspired menu includes fried chicken, smoked fish, savory biscuits, and warm chocolate chip cookies. 1911 Aldrich St. #100 | colleensaustin.com

Artessano Eden East

Under the wizened oak trees of a 4-acre farm is an unmarked trailer whose plain façade belies hyper-seasonal, farm-to-table dishes. Whether it’s a farm-fresh breakfast on market days where patrons can sit-down prix fixe dinner under the stars, Eden East reinvents the idea of eating local. Be sure to visit during their market days on Wednesdays and Saturdays for farm fresh veggies and more. 755 Springdale Rd. | edeneastaustin.com

The fresh tropical fruit juice and the arepas are why you need to visit Artessano. As a food trailer specializing in Colombian food, expect dance music and lots of friendly conversation when you visit. 1211 E 6th St.

S-H Donuts

This unassuming store-front houses an outstanding array of fluffy-light donuts, a variety of kolache flavors, and savory breakfast croissants. Even if the food wasn’t enough, the warmth of the owners Sochea and Sarong make the trip to S-H worth it every time. 5313 Manor Rd.

Flyrite Chicken

Disrupting the fast food industry one sandwich at a time, Flyrite is a drive-thru with all-natural, antibiotic-free chicken as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options. 2129 E 7th St. | flyritechicken.com

Hillside Farmacy Intero Restorante

Intero, meaning “whole,” is dedicated to the thoughtful use of every ingredient in their dishes. Homemade pastas, farm-totable plates, and artisan chocolates make up their bold, yet intimate, Italian menu. 2612 E Cesar Chavez St. | interorestaurant.com

La Fruta Feliz

A happy place where breakfast is served all day. Of course, you can also get lunch, but why would you when you can have chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, and authentic breakfast tacos at 8PM? 3124 Manor Rd.

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El Sunzal

El Sunzal is a quintessential hole-in-thewall that makes up for its bare-bones appearance with its exceptional El Salvadorian fare. Make sure to sample the fried yucca, seafood soup, and the pupusas. 642 Calles St.

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Something about Hillside Farmacy’s happy hour oysters, weekend brunches, and dinner cocktails just make you feel better. Perhaps that's due to its historical location in the lovingly renovated 1950s Hillside Drugstore. Or perhaps it’s because the fresh, carefully selected seasonal food that comes from local farms and onto your plate is just good medicine. 1209 E 11th St. | hillsidefarmacy.com

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Mum Foods

This local shop serves up deli-style sandwiches and is most known for their pastrami. Be sure to try The Original, which is made with hot pastrami, house mustard and served on sourdough from Swedish Hill Bakery. 2113 Manor Rd. | mumfoodsatx.com

Xian Sushi & Noodle

Fresh, hand-pulled noodles are the star of the show at Xian. Enjoy a bowl of Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry or the Dan Dan where noodles are pulled to guest’s preferred thickness then drenched in authentic Asian flavors. Visit for happy hour to enjoy their $5 menu. 1801 E 51st St., Ste. C370 | xianfresh.com

Sour Duck Market

An offshoot of Odd Duck, Sour Duck Market is bringing the same custom approach to the fast-casual dining scene. With a menu packed with local flavors, Sour Duck so deliciously captures the spirit of Austin. 1814 E MLK Jr. Blvd. | sourduckmarket.com

Although known for their ribs, brisket, and smoked lamb, if you’re headed to Micklethwait’s, you can’t forget about the sides. Your meal won’t be the same without a scoop of the jalapeño cheese grits, beet salad, or lemon poppy seed coleslaw. 1309 Rosewood Ave. | craftmeatsaustin.com

Expect to find vibrant dishes that match the food truck’s colorful personality. With cuisine that’s fresh and packed with flavor, the establishment offers a JapaneseHawaiian fusion menu that includes poké bowls, soba noodles, and dumplings. 1606 E 6th St.

Cherrywood Coffeehouse

With an expansive patio and a continual rotation of events, you’ll find yourself frequenting for the community as often as food, which is an inviting array of tacos, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and smoothies. 1400 E 38th 1/2 St. | cherrywoodcoffeehouse.com

Austin Daily Press Designed as a cozy neighborhood pub, Oddwood Ales provides a variety of flavorful ales, home-made pizzas, and Italian dishes in a relaxed atmosphere with arcade games and a pet-friendly patio. 3108 Manor Rd. | oddwoodales.com WORDS BY

This Southern-inspired menu features family-raised beef that comes directly from the Jacoby Ranch, served with heaping sides of veggies to match its freshness. Enjoy their signature chicken fried steak or a juicy burger on their cozy patio overlooking the Colorado River. 3235 E Cesar Chavez St. | jacobysaustin.com 

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Vixen’s Wedding

The heady mixture of Portuguese and Goan flavors immerse diners in a cloud of spice and sensation at Vixen’s Wedding. Opened by the husband-and-wife team behind Lenoir, the intense flavors in each dish demand attention. Land and sea unfold amid the scents of tamarind, cilantro, aioli, curry, and coconut that intimately blend the flavors of East and West. 1813 E 6th St. | vixensweddingatx.com

Austin Daily Press has spent the last five years honing their craft, and it shows! The ADP team, led by Chef Reed Faitak and co-owners Dustin Knef and Chase Rushing, have found their voice through creating incredibly flavorful experiences sandwiched between locally baked telera. 1900 E MLK Jr. Blvd. | 4620 E Cesar Chavez St. austindailypress.com

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he Austin native first stumbled across CBD a couple of years ago during his trip to Portland. “Something about the way it made me feel, so soothing specifically to my anxiousness,” Arthur admits. “[Then] the fact that I started seeing it infused into food and beverages got me infatuated with the idea of combining CBD with coffee.”

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What do you get when you combine passion for design with problem-solving skills, attention to detail and love for cannabis? Arthur Furman is an architect and entrepreneur-turned-founder of one of Austin’s first ever nitro CBD infused cold brews, Sunriser.

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After ten years of running his own architecture and design firm, Arthur knew it was time for a change. With the intention of creating a compelling and powerful product, he started devoting time at home to experimenting with different combinations of nitro CBD infused cold brew. Unlike other CBD infused products, Arthur wanted Sunriser to stand for something more than just a novelty.

launching Second Wind, a two ounce espresso shot bottle. Lightly sweetened with agave, each

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Sunriser, which is now available for purchase across various states, is brewed from Ethiopian coffee beans and infused with water-soluble CBD powder from Colorado. It carries 30 mg of active CBD per serving, which is slightly more than the average 5-10 mg you can expect to find in many other CBD infused products. Arthur says, “It is very important that, with this product, people are actually getting a feeling, an experience, and a new sensation with every sip.” Consumers can also find it around Austin, in Quickie Pickie, Royal Blue Grocery, and the likes of these. Central Machine Works even has a full cocktail named after it, containing Sunriser, vodka, coconut and cardamom. One thing is for sure, you won’t find Sunriser in the “hemp” or “specialty” section. Arthur explains, “We want it to be in the cold brew and coffee section, to be seen as something normal and another staple of everyday life. You don’t have to go out of your way to get it.”


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Flyrite Chicken


Craving a chicken sandwich but don’t want to leave the couch? Flyrite makes that possible by offering three different ways to have food delivered. Choose Favor, Uber Eats, or Doordash to bring your favorite sandwich directly to your front door.

flyritechicken.com | 2129 E 7th St.

Paco’s Tacos

Old Thousand

Old Thousand is taking steps to make ordering easy for local residents. They are offering free delivery within a 3 to 5 mile radius of their establishment on East 11th, as well as curbside pick-up. All of the favorites from brisket fried rice to Kung Lao Cauliflower can be ordered online or by calling (737) 222-6637. oldthousandatx.com | 1000 E 11th St.

Cherrywood Coffeehouse

While they’re known for their community-centric atmosphere, Cherrywood Coffeehouse’s delivery service is one everyone should know about. From pile-high breakfast tacos to delicious burgers to filling smoothies, this local spot has a menu perfect for any meal of the day. Their website is easy to navigate, and ordering online is simple. cherrywoodcoffee-

house.com |  1400 E 38th 1/2 St.

Lazarus Brewing Company

For those who want at least $20 of authentic Mexican food without having to leave the comfort of home, Paco’s Tacos is ready to deliver. From chips and salsa made fresh in-house to the Chile Relleno Dinner Plate, everything on the menu is available for delivery. Call the restaurant or go online to order.

pacosaustin.com |  1304 E 51st St.

Bento Picnic

When the craving for Japanese bento hits, Bento Picnic has you covered by offering take-out and delivery services. Their current delivery zone covers a 7-mile radius surrounding their East Cesar Chavez restaurant. There’s nothing like a fresh and delicious bento box to nourish and comfort the soul while indulging in a well-balanced, healthy meal. bentopicnic.com |

2600 E Cesar Chavez St.

Whether you’re in the mood for tacos, tortas, or a tasty snack, Lazarus Brewing Company will deliver. Don’t forget a drink! Although alcoholic beverages are not included in the delivery service, a selection of coffee and bottled drinks such as Richard’s Sparkling Rainwater are available. lazarusbrewing.com | 

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Blenders & Bowls

With their entire menu available for takeout, curbside pickup or online ordering at any of their five locations, Blenders & Bowls is ready to help everyone. Also available via third party delivery apps. Plus, they are currently offering a free ginger cayenne wellness shot for all pickup orders. blendersandbowls.com |

1625 E 6th St.

Oddwood Ales

Shifting business models is no easy task, but like many, Oddwood Ales is making it happen. Their take-out menu and online order system is allowing customers to order ahead and have the food brought out to the car. While some days may have a limited menu, the team at Oddwood Ales is serving up meatballs, homemade cheesy bread, and hot pizzas.

3108 Manor Rd. | oddwoodales.com


Who better to trust in delivering delicious Chinese food than a restaurant concept created for takeout and delivery? Tso’s large menu provides a variety of appetizers and dishes that can be customized to fit anyone’s appetite. Besides the Blue Crab Rangoons and Chicken Lo Mein, guests can look forward to free delivery, and, best of all, no tipping allowed. tsodelivery.com

Xian Sushi and Noodles

Revelry Kitchen + Bar

While many restaurants are closing their doors earlier in the day, Revelry Kitchen + Bar is open for late night pick-up and delivery. Order food between 4pm and midnight and enjoy the simplicity of curbside or home delivery. Call (512) 322-5223 to place an order.

What’s more dangerous than having a great sushi restaurant close to home? Having a great sushi restaurant that has delivery! Stay home and order all the fried rice, Dan Dan bowls, spring rolls, and hand-pulled noodles you want from Xian Sushi and Noodles. xianfresh.com |

1801 E 51st St., Ste. C370

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Like many local restaurants, Cisco’s has closed their doors to dine-in guests in March. However, the community can still order curbside pick-up and delivery. Just call (512) 478-2420 or use Doordash, Grubhub, UberEats, and Favor to order favorites like some mouth-watering breakfast tacos or some comforting cheese enchiladas.

ciscosaustin.com | 1511 E 6th St.

It’s Your Community.

For a full list of local restaurants participating in take out, visit eastsideatx.com/best-places-to-order-delivery.

Be a Part Of It.

Local Pizza!

One cannot talk about delivery without mentioning pizza. East Side Pies, Via 313, Spartan Pizza, Southside Flying Pies, and Austin’s Pizza all have specials going on during this time and are offering pick-up and delivery options. Visit each of their websites for the current deals they are providing to the community.

100% of our readers are within a short drive or walking distance of your business, which creates frequent buying power that remains within the local community and produces lasting customer relationships. advertise@eastsideatx.com


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