The Morning Routine

Coterie

  • The digs: French-inspired café with gold accents
  • Look for: The treasure-filled bakery case
  • The crowd: 8 a.m. business meeting? Why, yes.
  • On the menu: Scrambled eggs, frittatas, warm pastries
  • Must-order: Parisian Breakfast (eggs with prosciutto and thyme-spiced roasted potatoes), paired with a Southside Coffee Roasters espresso.

EggHaus Gourmet

  • The digs: Instagram-friendly breakfast shop
  • Look for: The neon EggHaus sign
  • The crowd: Post-workout and pre-workday neighborhood folks
  • On the menu: Egg sandwiches, kolaches with King's sausages, gold-flecked croissants
  • Must-order: Hangover Sandwich—egg, queso fresco, and beer-simmered shredded chicken

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Tropicales

  • The digs: Cute Cuban-inspired coffee joint with a mid-century twist
  • Look for: The wall menu, written out with oversized Scrabble tiles
  • The crowd: Your soon-to-be best friends
  • On the menu: Good coffee, craft cocktails, breakfast tacos
  • Must-order: The pan con aguacate, best described as avocado toast on a blue corn tortilla, with a guava de olla—guava cream, almond milk, and matcha

The Evening Routine

Booza

  • The digs: Nouveau malt shop
  • Look for: Yes, that giant ice cream cone is a trashcan
  • The crowd: Influencers and older Persian dudes. Houston!
  • On the menu: Gelato, sundaes, and shakes
  • Must-order: The namesake booza—stretchy, rich Middle Eastern ice cream, in flavors like Turkish coffee, ishta (sweet cream), and orange blossom

Milk + Sugar

  • The digs: Hipster-schoolhouse ice cream shop
  • Look for: A+ astronaut chalk art
  • The crowd: Everyone you just saw at Paulie's. 
  • On the menu: Flavors with clever names, plus brown-butter waffle cones
  • Must-order: Cereal Milk, a creamy, sweet scoop clustered with crunchy Frosted Flakes

Snowy Village

  • The digs: Sleek Asiatown café
  • Look for: BTS vids on flat-screen TVs. Control yourself.
  • The crowd: Teens and their phones
  • On the menu: Bubble tea, s'mores toast, Korean shaved ice
  • Must-order: The taiyaki, a flaky pastry griddled in the shape of a koi, filled with not-too-sweet egg custard or Nutella
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