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Horrible Experience at Austin Java

caseythecritic | Apr 12, 200803:01 PM

I'm still trying to figure out why Austin Java was voted "best lunch place" by the Austin Chronicle. Are you a lunch place or a coffee shop/virtual office?
On my last visit there, I was meeting some old friends and we were looking for a table for 3. The time was 11:30 and their lunch business was heating up. I noticed 4 tables that could accomodate 4 people that were each being used by one person sipping a cup of coffee while working on their laptop. My party of 3 was forced to sit at a table for 2 and add a chair by the door to the outdoor patio. We were constantly interrupted by the opening and closing of the patio door and the sounds of "excuse me" as patrons were trying to squeeze by us on their way to the restroom. Some other coffee houses that serve lunch, turn off their wifi during the lunch hour to attract the lunch patrons.
And, I've never been impressed with their food. I ordered the tortilla soup and salad for $6.75. My soup measured to about 1/2 cup and my salad as they called it consisted of a few field greens, 1 cherry tomato cut in half and a handful of croutons.
Are you a lunch place or a coffee shop/virtual office? Apparently Austin Java cannot do both.

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