Friday, September 10, 2010

Cafe Java on Metric - Austin, TX, August 7, 2010

I worked and lived near the Cafe Java on Metric for five years before eating there.  I had not heard anything bad about it, but since I don't drink coffee, there wasn't a lot of appeal there for me.  Someone eventually dragged me there in 2007 and it was a close-to-home breakfast revelation.

Cafe Java has become the go-to place for weekend breakfast, replacing previous favorite Jim's.  While Polvo's breakfast tacos (their only worthwhile menu item) and Juan In a Million's Con Queso Breakfast are still all time favorites, the distance, time, and trouble to get there make them special occasion breakfasts.  Unlike Polvo's however, the service is always prompt and friendly, and unlike Juan In a Million, wait times are reasonable and the restaurant is not full of hungover students and hipsters.  It is mostly full of people who were formerly hungover students and hipsters. 

We try to eat breakfast at home as it is one of the easiest and cheaper meals to make ourselves, and it never disappoints.  Cafe Java breakfast never disappoints either.  Their breakfast sausage and biscuits are amazingly tasty.  I don't even care if the sausage might be basic Sysco brand, it's very flavorful and has the perfect blend of breakfast sausage type spices.  The biscuits are very tasty, and split in half with the right amount of butter from being toasted on the griddle.  The best way to sample both of these delights are with the Hill Country Breakfast that is normally available on weekends.

Hill Country Breakfast has two eggs, two sausage patties, hash browns, two biscuits, and gravy.  I ask for no gravy and a small side of queso.  I'm not a big potato eater and I was getting tired of ketchup on the hash browns.  The queso has been a welcome addition.

I forgo the gravy as I use one biscuit to eat the eggs and sausage and the second biscuit purely as a dessert biscuit.  Cafe Java has individual sized Kraft jellies and jams that contain no high fructose corn syrup.  I can't find sausage this good in the store and we haven't been able to duplicate the biscuit at home.  On this particular day the only to-go container I needed was my stomach.

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