You know you’ve found one of Jo’s two Austin locations when you spot the iconic red balloon sign. But what you might not know is that even a non-coffee drinker like me can find at least a dozen delicious reasons to make a stop every time the sign comes into view.
Let’s start with Jo’s on West 2nd Street. We found this place when we were hungry and tired after checking out all the booths at Barkitecture. The menus at most of the restaurants in the area were kind of pricy for a family, or didn’t offer much for vegetarians. And then there was the matter of our dog. So we wandered until we saw Jo’s and checked out their menu.
Sure, there were pastries…and of course, coffee. But it was more. It was burgers and hot dogs with all the fixings and then some…and vegetarian versions of both. Ditto for the bar-b-que — meat and vegetarian versions to suit every taste. Griddled 3-cheese sandwiches and equally griddled eggplant sandwiches — and yes, that is spelled correctly. This was real food, delicious food even — at a coffee house! We feasted! And the dog-friendly outdoor dining meant our pup did, too.
Later, we found the second location on South Congress. Smaller menu by a bit, but equally tasty options. Another dog-friendly patio, but this one with live music on Sunday mornings and some evenings, too. And right there amid the fun of SoCo.