No, I am not suggesting that you laugh at your date. But laughing together during your date? Now that would be a good idea.
That’s what we decided when we headed to Austin Java on 12th and Lamar for a late supper and their free comedy show. And it turned out to be a good choice on both accounts.
First, there was the menu. Not your ordinary selection of tired sandwiches and boring soups. Not with things like a spicy African peanut soup, Avocadeaux Salad featuring Crawfish tails & greens or a Chicken Satay sandwich (yes, you read that right! Sandwich!) on the menu. And everything was delicious! I ordered the veggie plate, and was thrilled with my huge servings of red pepper humus, peanut soup, steamed veggies, tangy black bean and corn pico, fresh smashed potatoes, salad and crunchy french bread. The Avocadeaux salad was pronounced “perfect!”, and well dotted with flavorful pieces of crawfish.
The show (no cover charge, by the way, so do be kind and order at least something to drink) featured about a half-dozen comics, ranging from polished to working on their act, but all of them kept us laughing. A word of caution, though. Before we went, we called and asked about the show’s content, and were told it was PG-13. Most of it was, but some parts were downright raunchy and clearly well into the adults-only realm, so I wouldn’t suggest it for families with teens (and certainly not for younger kids!)
The area for the comedy show is small, so do get there early especially if you want to have a table so you can eat while you watch. There’s table service in that section, too, so no need to order at the counter before you find your spot.
After the show, we checked out the rest of the place. The cozy setting was full of people eating, talking, working on computers or just enjoying a coffee or beer for a low-key Austin Saturday night. We will definitely return, and also plan to check out their location on Barton Springs Road.