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Cenote Coffee, Bites, and Sips

26 May 2012 3,489 views 11 Comments

I’m relaxing in Cenote on Cesar Chavez in East Austin on a quiet Saturday night in Austin. Cenote is as a re-purposed historic 1800′s home that has been given new life as a coffee shop on steroids. It feels like the right place to be as I’m writing my 500th post on Tasty Touring.

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Built in 1887 on what was then called Water Street, the building is on Austin’s first hand-drawn map, produced for the City of Austin in 1889. The owners received the Heritage Society of Austin’s “Merit Award for Adaptive Use” in 2011. Check out a photo of the home both before and after renovations.

Order

Order

Specialties include Cuvee coffee, food sourced from local and organic producers as much as possible, gluten-free pastries, and Rockstar Bagels. Cenote is great for breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch. I’m also finding it a wonderful spot to work on the computer with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

pour over

pour over

Cenote is also one of the few businesses, including Houndstooth, Frank, and Patika,  in Austin serving single-cup or pour-over coffee right now. If you don’t know what the pour-over method is, check out this article in the New York Times.

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Ashley shows off Cenote's parlour

How lovely is the sitting area above? I can imagine sitting here for hours and just chatting with friends. During Happy Hour on Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m., draft beer is $3 and glasses of wine, bottled, and canned beers are $1 off.

Have you been to Cenote? What do you think?

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