WINNER: Local Coffee
> They might have a little competition with the Smoothie King right next door but things are hopping at Local Coffee's newest location in the Medical Center at 7338 Louis Pasteur Drive, Suite 204, after opening only two months ago (there are also stores at the Pearl, Alamo Heights and Stone Oak Parkway). And when we say hopping, we mean it in a lactose-free macchiato kind of way. Minimal in style with a hip ambiance that finds most patrons plugged into their laptops, Local Coffee has become the go-to place for those anti-Starbucks drinkers who aren't impressed with caramel drizzle. Instead, Local prides itself on serving coffee from Merit Roasting Co. and tasty treats via Bakery Lorraine. Their drink menu is simple and easy to maneuver: cortados, cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, espressos, Americanos and affogatos are a few of the choices. Not a morning person? The organic chai with Mill-King milk will change that forever.
2. The Fairview
3428 N. St. Mary's St.• (210) 731-8009
3. TIE: Barrio Barista
3735 Culebra Road • (210) 519-5403
203 E. Jones Ave., Suite 101 • (210) 277-8574