Austin Eats Round-Up (ed. 18)

Welcome to another edition of Austin Eats Round-Up! Think of these posts like little glimpses into what I’m loving right now for the month of June. Where should I go in July? Send me recommendations – what are your current favorite places?

My short list right now for July includes Oz Tap House, Sugar Pine, Drink Well, Foreign & Domestic, Domo Alley Gato, Lucky Robot (I’ve never been!), and Desert Door. That’s not a very short list… but I’m going to try!

Previous editions can be found here: Austin Eats Round-Up.

Ok. June Round-Up. Let’s go!

Circle Brewing Co.
2340 W Braker Ln, Ste B Austin, TX 78758
I’ve always been a fan of Circle Brewing’s hefeweizen, Circle Blur, so when I heard they were having an event for Pride month, I knew I had to go. BEER FOR ALL was the debut of their newly designed Pride Fanny Pack cans. The event benefited Equality Texas, which made it even more awesome (what’s not awesome is companies that use Pride Month as a marketing tactic, but don’t actually donate any of the money). $1 from every 6-pack sold during June went to Equality Texas. I’m always happy to support companies that support equality.

Tiny Boxwood’s Milk and Cookies
1515 W 35th Street, Bld. C, Austin, TX 78703
Milk and Cookies is a walk-up coffee shop run by the Tiny Boxwood’s restaurant. They serve various pastries, coffee, ice cream, and cookies. The chocolate chip cookies are absolutely DELICIOUS. I think about driving back there to get their cookies all the time. I went a little overboard when I was there and ate their ice cream (this is lavender honey) AND a cookie. If you haven’t visited, it’s worth a quick trip. There’s no indoor space to sit down or anything, so you’ll have to take it on the go.


Lucky Lab Coffee
2421 San Antonio St. Austin, TX 78705
If you’re into good branding, you have to check out Lucky Lab Coffee. It is SUCH a cute space. All their merch as a labrador head on it, along with their catchphrase, “Life is better with coffee and dogs.” The interior is super small. There are really no places to sit inside, other than at their bar which is like, right in the way of everyone waiting for coffee. They do have a nice outdoor patio space though if it’s not too hot. Parking is a pain, considering it is right by UT… but you can find cheap street parking if you circle enough.

Turntable Eatery
5111 Airport Blvd. Austin, Texas 78751
Turntable Eatery is a chill pizza joint. They have a fun retro vibe, complete with working jukebox. The pizza wasn’t bad, but I’d definitely had better in Austin. It’s super fresh – they make it right when you order it, but still… It’s not going to be my go-to pizza place. What’s best about Turntable Eatery is the environment. Brian and I had about an hour to kill, so we stopped here, had a few beers, and ordered a pizza. It was the perfect place to hang out for a bit. It’s a good mix between a pizza parlor and a bar. They also have a pretty great $3 pint happy hour special.

Cold Cookie Company
2512 Rio Grande Street, Austin TX, 78705
In June I was able to do a fun giveaway with Cold Cookie Company. I’ve featured them in my “Top Places to Get Ice Cream in Austin” blog for the past two years. That’s how much I love them! They do these fun things called “unshakes” where it’s a layered cup with ice cream and toppings. It’s a massive amount of sugary goodness and I love it!


1110 W. 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78703
Happy hour at Z’Tejas is always a good deal. During happy hour (M-F 3-7pm; Sa-Su 3-5pm) all appetizers are HALF OFF, $1 off all beers, $2 off all glasses of wines, $2 off all Margaritas, and $3 off all 6th St. signature drinks. Appetizers include, chile con queso, quesadillas, street tacos, catfish beignets, tableside guacamole, grilled shrimp tostada bites, blackened catfish tacos, cast iron skillet dumplings, and more! Other specials include Monday ALL DAY happy hour (boom!), Tuesday half price on all Tequila drinks, Wine down Wednesday half price bottles, and Rock N Roll Thursday with free live music. So basically, whenever you visit Z’Tejas for happy hour, you’re going to score BIG TIME on deals.

Iron Cactus
606 Trinity Street, Austin, TX 78701
Another good deal in Austin is the Sunday brunch at Iron Cactus. The price is what gets me: Adults: $15.99, Seniors: $13.99, Kids 12 to 5: $9.99, Kids 4 & under: Free. It’s a super good deal for a family with kids! The buffet includes a carving station, made-to-order omelets, fresh fruit, salads, waffles, bacon and an assortment of desserts.  You’ll also find Mexican classics like Huevos Rancheros, cheese enchiladas, chicken fajitas, chicken tortilla soup, migas and more. Seriously, there is something for everyone at the buffet. It’s the perfect place for large groups – affordable with a huge selection. My favorite deal is their mimosas! Its $5.50 for the first one (already a great price) and then they’re ONE DOLLAR after that! Awesome.

Let’s add a June BLOG Round-Up as well!
In addition to these favorites, last month, I blogged about:

I was also super candid about my feelings regarding rejection and working as a photographer. I wrote a post about my new project called #Roadto100Rejections. I’ll be giving an update on how it’s going in about 3 weeks.

There you have it – that’s what I was loving in June! Where should I go in July? Any suggestions? Comment below or hit me up on Instagram @DiscoveringATX.

Author: Kelly

Kelly Phillips is the writer and photographer behind You can view more of her photos on Instagram @DiscoveringATX and her photography portfolio at

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