Currently sitting in Epoch coffee at midnight writing this post. I mean what can beat a 24 hour coffee shop that serves pizza! Last time I was here I did indulge in a slice of "Moon Tower" pizza and some Ethiopian coffee but this time I tamed it down with a giant breakfast muffin and a guest roasted coffee in a giant Texas mug. [To give you a little ambiance, they're yelling "pizza!" over and over again for someone to come pick up their slice. If they don't want it, I might claim it.] It's definitely an Austinite spot, filled with bearded men and college students studying hard for the class they've put off for the past few weeks. They even have extension cords that can be pulled down and retract back up to the ceiling. Not sure if I've seen that before, but a coffee shop that gets as packed as this place definitely needs some ingenuity and Epoch definitely has it. An eclectic, funky spot, inside and outside seating with good coffee and small eats to keep you going, Epoch is my favorite 24 hour spot that I've been to in Austin. Got a couple more to check out, but it's hard to beat a pizza and coffee combo for me. [In case you were wondering, someone finally claimed the pizza. *sad face*]
Let me forewarn you, this place is not for the vegan-hearted. Barely for the vegetarian. With a name like Cured you can imagine that there's a lot of meat on the menu. Infact, there's a giant meat freezer with clear glass windows right as you walk through the the door. It's definitely a centerpiece in the beautiful space. I had Basque Cake (Almonds, Mountain Rose Apples, Thyme Ice Cream) and some delicious coffee. My friend had the Chicken and Donuts (Lemon Sugar, Jalapeno Syrup). And we were both beyond satisfied. I got to take a little bite of the donut and it was the perfect paring for the fried chicken - not too sweet but a perfectly paired piece of the meal. She loved it. And I fell in love with Thyme Ice Cream and Mountain Rose Apples. The cake was delicious, which goes without saying, but when everything on the plate is perfect, that is impressive. If you think granny smith apples can get a little too sour and regular red apples are boring, these mountain rose apples are amazing. The color was exciting but the taste was even better.
If you can't tell by this post, I loved everything on my plate. :)
Lastly, I have to mention the little notebook I photographed up above. If you're a first timer to the restaurant, they ask you to sign it and drop them a line. Then, when the book is filled up, they put it up on their archives for everyone to read. I'll need to take a picture of that when I got back next time (because there definitely will be a next time!).
Yes. Cured was great. I would recommend it. But again, not for the Vegan-hearted.
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