Thunderbird in the Cherrywood district is an eclectic coffee shop with comfy mix-matched chairs that provide the perfect space for studying. The high-quality coffee is only brewed with direct-trade beans, so the coffee shop has a personal relationship with the people who grow its beans. The food menu hosts an impressive selection of sandwiches, such as the turkey-cranberry panini. Thunderbird is also a great place to meet friends for a beer.
Operating in East Austin for over 15 years, Thunderbird is a favorite among locals. It has the eclectic, down-to-earth vibe you want from an Austin shop. Indoor seating can be a bit sparse at times, but with all of the outdoor seating options, you won’t be hurting to find a spot. They have great specialty drinks like the Turning Violet Latte (espresso and blueberry lavender) and the Honey Nut Latte (espresso, hazelnut, honey, and cinnamon). The sandwiches are also delicious and make a great midday meal for anyone looking to stay a few hours. (Note to the lactose intolerant: sandwiches are premade and all have some sort of dairy.) Early birds can also enjoy the in-house breakfast tacos served until 11 am during the week and till noon on weekends.