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May 6, 2010 11:13 AM

Hard Hat Report Vol 5

Just drove by what once was Moo-Ya's, then was briefly another name (but same burgers from what was rumored - I didn't manage to make it in in the brief time is was) now has a banner saying something like Caroline's Cafe.

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  1. Hardhat Report [outlining new restaurants that are about to or have actually opened] is now up to volume 5.

    In the 4200 block of North Lamar has opened. If you've enjoyed coffee at Caffe Medici then you may want to visit Houndstooth as one of the baristas formerly employed there has landed running with his own joint.

    Expect articulate versions of the mad scientist coffee currently in favor on the west coast. I haven't been yet but these guys are professional baristas and one can expect the attendant attention to detail that that entails.

    Caffe Medici
    1101 W Lynn St, Austin, TX 78703

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    1. re: scrumptiouschef

      I'm not a coffee geek, but if you are this place is probably exciting to you. As a layman, the coffee is good. With Tacodeli open next door for lunch and the crews working feverishly to get Uchiko going, Its a pretty good vantage point from which to work on the laptop and get a caffeine fix.

      12001 N Mo Pac Expy, Austin, TX 78758

      1. re: scrumptiouschef

        Houndstooth has the siphon!

        It's 8.50 for a 4 cup portion. Perfect for a coffee date night.

        Ran by this morning and had an Americano. Roughly on par with Once Over, minus the ambience.

        Nice viscosity, plentiful tones of tobacco and cherry. They're sourcing from Intelligentsia, Cuvee and I believe Counter Culture.

        Nice lads running the joint. If coffee's not your thing, they're doing beer as well but mysteriously no Live Oak. Hopefully that issue will be addressed in the near future.

        Lots of baked goods, free internet, cool looking-small space. I don't get up that way too much [4200 block of N. Lamar] but it's nice to have another source of premium coffee to compliment JP's,Medici and Once Over.

        Austin's rampant growth has a couple upsides and better coffee is definitely one of them.

        1. re: scrumptiouschef

          There is a Gumbo's going in next to Best Buy in the 620/71 area.

          Also a sign for Los Cucos in old El Arroyo space at Bee Caves and 71.

          El Arroyo
          7023 Wood Hollow Dr, Austin, TX 78701

        2. Foreign and Domestic, a really interesting looking upstart on North Loop by a husband and wife team with a serious pedigree, is about to open next week. Austinist just posted a preview and a link to their menu. Looks like the dominant theme for their menu is "creative uses of pork."

          1. How long ago did Sampaio on Burnet Road close?

            Sampaio's Restaurant and Bar
            4800 Burnet Rd # 200, Austin, TX 78756

            1. Red Robin on 183 North (13301 US 183) is set to reopen again June 3.

              Red Robin Restaurant
              4809 W Highway 290, Austin, TX 78735

              1. I saw signage in the old Saba blue water cafe that M2 will be opening soon. That seems like a quick turnaround to open a new restaurant. looks tasty!