Cafes in Alta Vista

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The Foundry's bean barons orchestrate a menu that brims with organic-certified free-trade coffee and specialty drinks and a buoyant selection of light café fare. A local roaster delivers The Foundry's weekly bounty of coffee beans, which the crew grinds moments before brewing them and pouring the coffee into refillable cups that are as bottomless as a trap door in the Oval Office. Diners can pair the Elvis frappuccino––a blend of peanut butter, banana, and mocha ($4–$4.50)––with a solid savory, such as the spicy chipotle-chicken panini with a melted fusion of chipotle-cheese salsa, mozzarella, pico de gallo, and guacamole ($6.50). Cool off a piping hot palate with a selection of sweet fruit smoothies ($3.25–$3.75).

2720 McCullough Ave
San Antonio,
TX
US

Prime Cultures Frozen Yogurt is a locally owned yogury that crafts cool scoops from real yogurt and fresh, seasonal fruits. You can witness a festival of yogurts led by original tart and tangy frozen yogurt ($2.50 for a small, $3.50 medium, $4.50 large), followed closely behind by specialty flavors such as green tea, cranagranate, or lemon lime ($3.50, $4.50, $5.50), and rounded out with floats of daily toppings including almonds, walnuts, honey, granola, coconut, graham crackers, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Pebbles, and the fruit battalion of blackberries, kiwi, peaches, mangoes, strawberries, and more ($1 for one topping, $1.25 for two, $1.50 for three).

3910 McCullough Ave
San Antonio,
TX
US

Cosmic Cakery's owner, Brittney, believes that baking is just as valid an art form as painting or sculpture (in fact, it seems to borrow heavily from both). One look at Brittney's custom cakes will make you inclined to agree. Her edible creations have included a purple boom box, a cake shaped like Legos, and another cake topped with a pair of artfully crafted roller skates. But the taste is what matters most, and Cosmic Cakery certainly delivers on that front with everything from marshmallow fondant to peanut-butter cup cake pops.

150 West Olmos Drive
San Antonio,
TX
US

Both a quick pit-stop for grabbing a coffee and homemade pastry and a respite for sitting down for lunch and lingering a while, Hearthstone Express functions as a coffee shop and bistro. The cooks usher in the day with breakfast, scrambling eggs and tucking them into buttery croissants with spinach-artichoke spread and crispy bacon. Meanwhile, the bakers whip up pastries such as danishes, scones, and bagels to complement cups of coffee. For lunch, the cooks move on to gourmet sandwiches and paninis; best-sellers include Alicia's club?turkey, avocado spread, mozzarella, and honey dijon on a croissant?and the turkey artichoke panini, topped with spinach-artichoke spread. But the staff is open to customers' own creations as well, making Build Your Own sandwiches. Diners can pick their meat, bread, cheese, veggies, and dressings, and name it anything they want, such as Janet.

4212 McCullough Ave
San Antonio,
TX
US

More a coffeehouse for the evening set, Candlelight sets the scene with french doors, overstuffed couches and love seats, and cozy nooks perfect for losing oneself with a cup of coffee or one of the more than 60 wines. Pair a beverage with hearty entrees such as Moroccan-style chicken and rib eye steak or seasonal brunch dishes.

3011 N Saint Marys St
San Antonio,
TX
US

The chicken-fried steak at Lulu’s measures 15 inches side to side. Cooks dip it in buttermilk and hand-bread it twice, pan-fry it, then drench it in thick country gravy. Size is a common theme at Lulu’s; see also the three-pound cinnamon roll featured on Man vs. Food.

918 N Main Ave
San Antonio,
TX
US