Austin Java incorporates fresh, local ingredients into its menu whenever possible, serving only cage- and hormone-free eggs and organic, fair-trade coffee, prepared locally using a low-emission, biofuel-powered roaster. Sample the community-minded cuisine by diving fork-first into breakfast (served all day), lunch, and dinner. The Caesar Chavez salad, a highly organized concoction of romaine lettuce, leads croutons and parmesan cheese on a victory march to your mouth ($5.99), while vegetarian-friendly options such as the confetti pasta ($8.99) and the spicy African peanut soup ($3.99 for a cup, $4.99 for a bowl) keep hungry herbivoyeurs in check. Build your own burger ($7.79, with additional ingredients $0.59–$0.99 each), or decode the DaVinci chicken sandwich, topped with marinara, parmesan ($8.29), and the blueprint for a flying machine. Austin Java also offers all-day breakfast, with options such as omelettes ($7.29–$8.99), eggs benedicts ($7.79–$7.99), and build-your-own-breakfast tacos ($1.99 with three ingredients; $0.69 for each additional item) pleasing palates. The Barton Springs location also boasts a new full bar, allowing for savory sips of brews and booze between burger or breakfast taco bites.
Chicago-style stuffed pizzas. New York–style thin pizzas. Round pizzas. Six different sauces. Flatbread crust, gluten-free crust, wheat crust, white crust.
Pies at The Pizza Bistro's two locations are endlessly customizable and handcrafted from a 60-year-old dough recipe. Toppings include Italian-imported meats, beef raised in Yoakum, Texas, and locally grown veggies. With specialty pizzas like Texas BBQ Brisket and the rosemary-laced Potato, Bacon & Egg, it's clear that some Italian creations flourish with an Austin flare. Chef-curated, patron-customized, or woven on a dough-and-cheese loom, every pizza can be complemented with one-of-a-kind libations: The Pizza Bistro infuses local Texas liquors in-house, and servers fill frosty glasses with Austin craft beers. Rounding out the menu is an eclectic selection of Italian-American dishes that include homemade pastas, sandwiches, and small plates.
DoubleDave's Pizzaworks serves up an assortment of hearty, hand-tossed pizzas, Peproni rolls, stromboli, and more. Choose a pie from DoubleDave's selection of specialty pizzas ($19.99 for an 18", $15.99 for a 15", and $12.99 for a 12”)—the buffalo-chicken pizza outfits its surface area in mozzarella, chicken strips, wing sauce, and ranch dressing, while the duplicitous Dave's Fave offers carnivore-coaxing meatball and sausage or veggie-baiting tomato, garlic, and spinach variations on its olive oil, garlic, and oregano sauce base. Do-it-yourselfers are welcome to design their own pies ($10.99 for a 15", plus $1.59 per topping), choosing size, toppings, and the type of crust, and diners wishing to cram their cuisine into claustrophobic confines can opt for a half-dozen Peproni rolls ($7.99), with pepperoni and cheese wrapped into dough. Or escape the boot-shaped grip of the Mediterranean with a Philly cheesesteak stromboli ($10.99 for large, $5.99 for small).
When the first Pizza Patrón store opened in 1986, the Hispanic community felt welcomed by a staff that spoke their language both literally and culturally. Over the years, both the menu and the ever-expanding family of stores has come to reflect this Latin influence, seen in specialty pies such as the La Mexicana with chorizo, ground beef, bell peppers, and jalapenos. A spicy selection of sides includes lime-n-pepper chicken wings and garlic-con-queso wings, and dessert offers the Latin favorite, cinnamon-dusted churros filled with caramel. Additionally, the corporation’s owners are committed to going beyond simply marketing to Hispanic people, and instead, work to create a company that “respects and honors the multifaceted traditions and heritage found within Latin life.”