Possibly one of the best things about Austin in the fall is being able to enjoy its many unique outdoor restaurants. From food truck "parks" like South Austin's Trailer Park and Eatery to intimate patios at local eateries like Hyde Park's Dolce Vita Gelato and Espresso Bar, there is something for everyone.
Opa! Coffee and Wine Bar also fits that bill. Recently, a friend and I sampled delectable bits from its menu. The Mediterranean Plate, above, is a sampler that includes each of the eatery's appetizers from hummus and pita wedges to spinach and cheese pies.
The food was good but simple. For the price, $18, I would have liked to have had more variety than just bread and cheese. However, splitting the cost of the dish with my friend made it more reasonable. If you visit Opa during warm weather months, note that the patio and even indoors are rather warm. The structure is old and doesn't seem to have much insulation, and despite the patio having dew misters, there isn't much to ease the discomfort of a sweltering southern summer. Instead of a hot cup of Joe, consider whetting your whistle with the Peach Lambic. It's a tasty, refreshing and lightly sweetened beer that's perfect for the remaining days of warm weather.
Happy hour is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and includes half-off glasses of wine, $1 beer and cocktails and other super affordable drink and appetizer specials. They also have free wifi.