Trying Austin's newest Cosmic cafe
Zoom in: The sandía agua fresca ($6) is a mix of fresh watermelon and cucumber limeade, with a sprig of mint tucked in and a sprinkling of paprika on top for a kick.
- It was bright, refreshing and pretty to look at — and a nice way open the day.
The vibe: Industrial chic.
- Original graffiti remains plastered across corrugated metal siding.
- Old cinder-block walls give a kind of abandoned-factory look to the place.
- A burbling water feature emanates from a rusted-out pipe.
Flashback: The new Cosmic is located in the rapidly changing Saltillo District, in a former warehouse complex known as the Texaco Depot.
- The depot was an early rail yard for unloading oil and other petroleum products.
- Once home to industrial businesses like an automobile tire warehouse, the buildings were then repurposed as art studio space.
Now you can get tacos — we scarfed down the arrachera steak and the al pastor, each perfectly good at $4.50 apiece.
Pro tip: Make sure to hit the rooftop garden, with prime views of the architectural and sociological transformation of East Austin.
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