Is there anything more satisfying than a really good brunch? We don’t think so… As an office of brunch lovers, we know that Austin’s booming brunch scene can make for some tough decisions– that’s why we put together this list of our favorite brunch spots that we think everyone needs to check out.
True Food Kitchen – 222 West Avenue
Brunch doesn’t have to leave you feeling weighed down and tired. True Food Kitchen has lots of yummy, but also good for you, dishes on the menu that will leave you feeling ready to tackle your day. Items like Quinoa Johnny Cakes, Organic Egg Sandwich with Avocado and Smoked Turkey, and a Garden Scramble with Asparagus, Sweet Potatoes and Sausage. They also have an impressive brunch cocktail menu featuring the Scratch Bloody Mary, Citrus Skinny Margarita and the Farmer’s Market Sangria.
WGPR Recommends: Sit outside on the porch and order the Johnny cakes with the Scratch Bloody Mary.
Hillside Farmacy – 1209 E 11th Street
Take a trip back to the ‘50s as you brunch in this fully restored old drug store that still features the original pharmacy cabinetry. Now a grocery store and restaurant, their brunch menu has become a favorite among Austinites. The menu offers classic, yet unique options like Green Onion Biscuits with Sausage Gravy and Ham and Parmesan Cheese Grits.
WGPR Recommends: Order the fried egg sandwich with a side of Mac and Cheese and a Hibiscus Lemonade.
Sawyer + Co. – 4827 E Cesar Chavez
Head on over to Sawyer + Co. for some “New Orleans Flavor and Texas Hospitality.”.Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. you’ll find brunch specials like NOLA-style French Toast, Classic New Orleans Pork Stew with Cheesy Grits, Buttermilk Pancakes, Eggs Sardou, Trailer Park Benedict, Cajun Scramble and so much more.
WGPR Recommends: Start out with Chef Happy’s signature Boudin Balls and then try the Bananas Foster French Toast.
Launderette’s – 2115 Holly Street
Launderette is relatively new to the Austin food scene, but has been a hit since the day it opened. Behind this Mediterranean-fusion style restaurant are executive chef Rene Ortiz and pastry chef Laura Sawicki of La Condesa and Sway (from which they parted ways to create Launderette). Brunch specialties include Fried Oyster Florentine, Asparagus Benny, Pastrami Hash and so much more.
WGPR Recommends: Order The Americana- sunny eggs, oyster mushrooms, grilled tomato, bacon, toast and then get the Pastry of the Day for desert.
Jacoby’s – 3235 East Cesar Chavez Street
This restaurant keeps it in the family with their “Ranch-To-Table” dining experience. Their meats come directly from the Jacoby family farm and ranching facilities. There are so many delicious options to choose from on the brunch menu like Duck Confit Migas, Country Ham Schnitzel and Chicken Fried Steak & Waffles.
WGPR Recommends: Start off with a Salmon Board for the whole table, then order the Duck Confit Migas with a side of cheddar grits and finish it off with a slice of Kelli’s Blueberry Bread.
Frank – 407 Colorado Street
Aside from the awesome location in historic downtown, Frank serves up amazing hot dogs & sausages. Lately they’ve become the talk of the town for their weekend brunch. For cocktails they offer the “Red Headed Stranger” – Frank’s take on a Bloody Mary with bacon infused vodka, “The Crankenstein” which includes cold brew coffee, chocolate and vodka, and many more. For a meal, try the Chicken & Waffles, the Breakfast Burger or the Shrimp & Grits.
WGPR Recommends: The Red Headed Stranger followed by the Shrimp & Grits.
24 Diner – 600 N. Lamar
“Chef inspired comfort food.” They are indeed open 24 hours a day serving up Chicken and Waffles, Veggie Hash, Meatloaf, Burgers and Milkshakes. All of the dishes have a unique twist on the classic favorite and offer farm to table, local and organic ingredients.
WGPR Recommends: You can’t go to 24 Diner and not try the Chicken & Waffles.
Blue Dahlia Bistro –1115 E 11th Street
Austin’s little piece of France. This place is absolutely adorable and charming and will make you feel like you’re dining in Paris. The French Crepes, Blueberry Blintzes and Egg Frittata are perfect for brunch.
WGPR Recommends: Order The French Crepes with a side of Fruit Salad.
Walton’s Fancy and Staple –609 W 6th Street
Sandra Bullock knew what she was doing with this one. Located in the hip and vibrant West 6th area, Walton’s is an adorable coffee and flower shop, as well as deli and restaurant. Saturdays and Sundays until 2 p.m. you can order off the brunch menu – Walton’s Benedict, Beignets, Seasonal Quiche and Belgian Waffles.
WGPR Recommends: Get the French Toast and then get some Macaroons to go!
Bouldin Creek Café – 1900 S 1st Street
Got any vegetarians in the house? Bouldin Creek Café is a completely vegetarian restaurant loved by both vegetarians and omnivores alike! While this is a great place to go to for brunch, they serve breakfast all day long! Breakfast for dinner, anyone?. They have an array of Omelets, a “Predictable Breakfast”, Migas and Tamales (pictured).
WGPR Recommends: Sit on the porch and soak in the South Austin vibes. Start off with Beet Lemonade and some Chips and Salsa, then order the Tamale Breakfast. Finish it all off with of their fresh baked goods.
What are some of your favorite brunch spots in Austin? Let us know your brunch “must-haves” in the comments below.