Summer Moon has a few hooks in the water to get you to bite: (1) wood-fired coffee, (2) Moon Milk, and (3) hipness. Austin born, the folks behind Summer Moon roast their coffee the old-fashioned way with Texas oak in a hand-laid brick oven (when an upper atmospheric electromagnetic thermonuclear event zaps our electronics, Summer Moon will be my first stop for my last latte). I’m not exactly sure what Moon Milk is, but it has seven secret ingredients and, according to the barista, makes your coffee taste like a vanilla shake. Since I don’t typically add sugar to my Joe, I can’t say I loved it, but it was worth a try (and something you sweet toothers might enjoy). My unmooned latte was smooth and delicious with, perhaps by suggestion or perhaps by reality, a hint of brisket-bark smokiness. The space is bright, cheery, and hip with an enormous fireplace out front (at the Anderson location) that shocks this month (August) but will be welcome come January. Summer Moon offers the usual suspects from a coffee shop but also sports breakfast tacos till 11 am (or until gone), croissants, muffins, and danishes. Oddly, you can’t inspect the menu online unless you fake a remote order, so you may have to visit in the flesh to check it all out (which is not a bad idea).
– meh [think twice]
* OK [it’ll get the job done]
** good [solid neighborhood joint]
*** damn good [we’ll definitely be back]
**** yippity-yikes that was amazeballs [fantastic; one of the best]
***** holy sh!t [transcendental; best of the best]
I wrote this review for the Allandale Neighbor