Saturday morning, the Dallas ladies (let's call them Dallas #1 and Dallas #2) and I got off to a late start. Waking up at 9:30am means waiting in line at Franklins BBQ is completely out of the question. But for the promise of good coffee, we ended up visiting Cenote instead.
Cenote (pronounced say-NO-teh), is located on the east side of Austin, right past I-35 on E. Cesar Chavez. It's hard to miss with its white picket fence, bright teal-lined windows, and the giant sign that says "Cenote." We pulled up to the cafe around 10am expecting to fight for a table. I suppose Austin was just waking up after a long Friday night because the cafe was very modestly filled. The line was short, and the wait was no longer than 10 minutes to receive our food. For the short time we did wait, we enjoyed our coffee and the cafe's ambiance and decor.
I ordered a house coffee (which I added about 2 tablespoons of honey to) and their signature Grilled Rockstar bagel. My coffee was served hot, and it was overall smooth and good. Dallas #1 ordered the first pumpkin latte of the season, which she proclaimed as "so good." I didn't have a taste of it, but apparently it was delicious enough for her to order a second.
Dallas #2 ordered the eggs florentine. Since I did not taste it, I'll reserve comments for later date when I feel confident writing about it. It does look beautiful though, doesn't it? The way that most of the orders looked coming out of the kitchen made us wish we had a bigger stomaches.
My order, the Grilled Rockstar Bagel, was made up of your typical bagel and lox ingredients: bagel, cream cheese, onions, lox, and capers. The bagel was grilled to just the right amount of crispiness. Cenote was generous with the amount of lox and capers, but they also smartly portioned the amount of cream cheese and onions. I personally like thicker cut onions and lox, but I do think thinner slices would have helped the bagel be "less tall." Possibly due to the mountainous placement, I had lox and tomatoes slipping out at each bite. Regardless, the bagel was incredibly tasty, and I was a very satisfied customer who finished every bite happily and hungrily.