Accolades for Counter Cafe
20 BEST AUSTIN BREAKFASTS: Austin Monthly: February 2017
Housed in a former 1950s diner not much bigger than a shoebox on North Lamar Boulevard, the original Counter Cafe has the heart of farm-to-table cuisine and the soul of a greasy spoon. Try the breakfast tacos stuffed with nitrate-free bacon and organic eggs or the in-season fruit atop locally made yogurt and granola.
THE 50 GREATEST HAMBURGERS IN TEXAS: NUMBER 2
Texas Monthly: August 2009
The Counter Burger and Fries. During any given lunch hour, more than half the customers are having burgers, despite a menu with first-rate crab cakes and fried oysters. That’s what happens when you have a monster hit. This simple, flawless burger is like an expertly composed three-minute pop song:
COUNTER CAFE EAST GIVES A SOLID PERFORMANCE
Austin Chronicle: February 2015
When we visited the new Counter Cafe location during their soft opening back in November, owner Debbie Davis compared the kitchen workouts in each of her Austin diners to dance moves. Running the busy grill at the tiny original diner on Lamar is the result of a well-practiced two-step, she pointed out, while the bigger line at the new location requires a jitterbug to get food out to the customers.
COUNTER CAFE’S NEW LOCATION: BIGGER, BETTER, STILL CLASSIC
Eater Austin: April 2014
Counter Cafe co-owner Debbie Davis’s goal is for regulars to walk into their new location and say, “This is Counter Cafe.” Davis’s emphasis on re-creating the feel of the original goes beyond a desire to create a successful second outpost.
Austin Chronicle: November 2014
Debbie Davis and her business partners were not about to find themselves casualties of the rapid redevelopment of Downtown, so they were proactive in finding an alternative home for their popular Counter Cafe.
OTHER MEDIA PLACEMENTS
Foursquare, The 15th Best Breakfast Places 09/15/2016
Eater, Vital Breakfast Spots 09/15/2016
The Austinot, 10 Best Breakfast Sandwiches 08/22/2016
TimeOut, 25 Best Burgers in Austin 08/09/2016
Thrillist, Best Burgers in Austin 07/28/2016
CultureMap, Best All Day Breakfast 06/02/2016
Thrillist, Best Burgers in Austin 03/01/2015
Tribeza, Dining Pick 03/01/2015
Austin Monthly 01/28/2013
Austin American Statesman 5/19/2019
Fed Man Walking 08/21/2012
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives 04/30/2012
Austin Metblogs 05/21/2010
INsite Austin 05/12/2010
Texas Monthly “The 40 Best Small Town Cafes” 12/01/2008
Austin Chronicle 11/16/2007