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lexusalhambra Mar 4, 2014 07:34 AM

What are some places that have a good atmosphere for reading a good book and having some lunch? Coffee houses or restaurants...
Give me your favorites...
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  1. rudeboy RE: lexusalhambra Mar 4, 2014 10:52 AM

    What part of town?

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      lexusalhambra RE: rudeboy Mar 4, 2014 11:15 AM

      I live southwest but work north. I am not a huge fan of East Austin due to 35 traffic, but I will pretty much drive anywhere.

    2. amykragan RE: lexusalhambra Mar 4, 2014 12:34 PM

      Zed's has a great patio/deck that overlooks a grassy area and water features. On a nice day it's great to sit outside. Plenty of seating indoors as well and quiet enough to focus on your book.

      1. slowcoooked RE: lexusalhambra Mar 4, 2014 02:54 PM

        North: Roaring fork Stonelake - good tortilla soup and a bunch of other things, open for lunch. Comfy cushioned furniture on the large outdoor deck.

        Downtown-ish: Mozart's on the lake. Pastries and breakfast tacos early, no lunch menu. Great deck on the water, but all wooden, no cushions.

        One of my new favorites: Whole Foods domain. Cozy cushioned furniture out front with fire features.

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          amysuehere RE: slowcoooked Mar 4, 2014 03:57 PM

          We've tried twice to go to WF Domain, and couldn't even get in the parking lot. I hear they have a biergarten I'd love to try, but the crowds have scared us to NxNW.

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            dinaofdoom RE: amysuehere Mar 4, 2014 10:40 PM

            when are you going? i'm crowd averse and i've had good luck so far, both on a weekday and on a saturday night.

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              Rptrane RE: amysuehere Mar 5, 2014 09:19 AM

              There is a big parking deck

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                slowcoooked RE: amysuehere Mar 6, 2014 07:11 AM

                I went on a weekday lunch and again on a weekday to pick up prepared food for dinner. Lunch time was great - I sat outside and ate a sammie. Dinner was more crowded but not insane. I bet an early lunch on a weekend it would be fine too. Forget Sunday afternoon. Parking was fine in the main lot in front of the store - I didn't wait more than a minute for someone to jump in their car and leave.

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                  amysuehere RE: slowcoooked Mar 6, 2014 03:06 PM

                  Man. The two times we went (Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon) we were sent to a dirt overflow lot and even that was full.

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                    slowcoooked RE: amysuehere Mar 7, 2014 06:19 AM

                    we had that happen two nights after grand opening but not since. It's wound down a bit.

                    The neon green calvestrano olives on the olive bar are worth any crowd issues and are my newest crack addiction.

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                      amysuehere RE: slowcoooked Mar 7, 2014 06:31 AM

                      Hubs does like his olives. Okay, you've convinced me to give it another try. I'll just carry my growler from NxNW along as backup.

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                  jwynne2000 RE: amysuehere Mar 12, 2014 07:00 PM

                  We've been to that WF 7 or 8 times and never had an issue with parking. The biergarten in the front is great. The oyster bar inside with 43 badass taps is also great, but seats maybe 15 people, so it's always SRO... probably not great for chilling with a book.

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                    lexusalhambra RE: jwynne2000 Mar 12, 2014 07:05 PM

                    Anyone know what the HH prices are for the oyster bar?

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                mollyjade RE: lexusalhambra Mar 6, 2014 11:09 AM

                I like doing this at Steeping Room. You get a whole pot of tea to linger over.

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