Lavazza has been brewing rich, flavorful Italian espresso for 110 years, but guests didn’t have a place to sit down and enjoy it until Lavazza Espression cafés began popping up in 2007. At locations throughout the world, guests savor the renowned brew alongside a menu of freshly baked pastries, breakfast bites, and light café fare. Diners sip glasses of cream-topped café mochas and spoon bites gelato, or do both with chef Ferran Adria's signature edible Espesso—not espresso: think coffee with a solid, foamy consistency. Margherita pizzas, mushroom paninis, and goat cheese salads make for elegant light lunches, and bites of scones and Italian-style quiche greet the morning gourmet-style.
The modern refinement extends to the décor, as diners slip into retro-futuristic red and white chairs and pull up to glossy mod tables. Visually arresting photographs from Lavazza calendars cover the walls, along with shelves stocked with portable Modo Mio espresso machines and fair-trade coffee.
Founded by a former University of Texas student in search of frozen treats made from all-natural, organic ingredients, GoodPop blends fresh fruit and organic cane sugar into a variety of low-calorie pops. Devoid of high-fructose corn syrup, gluten, artificial colors, and unicorn byproducts, each flavor contains ingredients ranging from fair-trade coffee beans to hibiscus-flower extract to fresh fruits spiced with chili powder and basil leaves. Cool down after a workout by biting into a fresh watermelon pop sweetened with organic agave nectar or a piña colada pop forged from fresh pineapple and organic coconut milk. Or, replace a decadent dessert with the creamy sweetness of a banana-cinnamon pop plucked straight from the nearest Antarctic palm tree. Dairy-based bars contain 100–125 calories, and the vegan fruit bars scale in at a waifish 50–60 calories, placing them in the same weight class as a medium-size tomato wearing a soaking-wet wrestling singlet.
The first thing you notice while approaching Gonzo Juice is a giant rooster head perched atop a vintage 1949 trailer, which flashes multicolored feathers painted on its sides. The gargantuan bird and his towering coxcomb cast an imposing shadow over Gonzo's wooden picnic tables and grassy lawn. The food hut's eccentric façade hints at what to expect on its menu: either an inventive spin on classic American cuisine or an omelet made out of the world's largest rooster egg. Gonzo's chefs festoon made-to-order hot sandwiches, wraps, and salads with a variety of unique, all natural ingredients including slow-braised meats, tangy carrot slaw, fruit jam, and hawaiian rolls. Earning the spotlight of 365 Things to Do in Austin, Gonzo's freshly squeezed juices catch taste buds by surprise with a tasty blend of unexpected flavors such as ginger and jalapeño.
An admiration of European-style bistros and sidewalk cafés inspired Love Nance and Sherry Jameson to open Apple Annies in 1982. Then in 2008, the longtime Austin-residents moved their lunchtime café to a new location, added breakfast and dinner to the menu, and renamed their quarter-century-old eatery Annies Cafe & Bar. The dinner menu’s rapid success, fueled by farm-to-market dishes such as farmer's-market vegetable platters and roasted free-range chicken, helped the brasserie earn acclaim from various local media outlets and one interstellar radio transmission.
Each morning, Annies Cafe & Bar lures early birds by wafting the aroma of fresh-baked baguettes out its large front doors. Around noon, made-to-order lunches, sandwiches, and salads from the convenient deli case make their way into the paws of businesspeople, while evening heralds gourmet dinners and specialty cocktails from the zinc-topped bar.
Housed inside 24-Hour Fitness, Nature's Cafe has plenty of health benefits of its own. The shop quenches customers' thirsts with fresh-squeezed, nutritious juice blends and smoothies fortified with supplements. Customers can treat their bodies to the Forever Young juice blend (cucumber, spinach, and lemon juice), or they can bolster their workouts with a banana smoothie mixed with protein. Nature's Cafe also serves salmon, chicken curry, and other meals of the day, keeping all of them under 350 calories so that customers don't have to get out and do jumping jacks when they hit stoplights on the way home.