Best Brunches in Austin: The 10 Best Breakfast Restaurants in Austin
by Brad Pauly
on Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 at 10:43am.
With its extraordinary BBQ, classic Tex-Mex, and innovative food trucks, Austin has long been one of the country’s best cities for foodies. Recently, restaurants have been stepping up their brunch game to new heights.
Largely due to the rise in popularity of “Sunday Funday”, Austin restaurants are seeing more business for brunch than ever. Which restaurants can say they boast the best brunch even amid such fierce competition?
South Congress Café might be our number one pick for a classic Austin brunch. Unfortunately, we aren’t alone in thinking this, as the wait time for brunch is almost always at least an hour. Thankfully, they offer a call ahead wait list for Sunday brunch. It may seem like an odd pick for breakfast, but we recommend starting with their ceviche, a delicious recipe with scallops, gulf shrimp, and guacamole.
I don’t know about you, but a cafe that offers brunch every day for 8 hours sounds pretty good to us. Café No Sé, located just across the street from South Congress Café in the South Congress Hotel has something on its menu for any diet. Our picks are the smoked salmon croissant and the quinoa bowl
Chain restaurants usually aren’t as good as local ones, but we made an exception for Tiny Boxwoods’ Austin location. Based out of Houston, this casual restaurant offers specialty drinks including smoothies, juices, and coffee drinks. They have their own twist on all your favorite breakfast plates, like eggs and bacon, avocado toast, and yogurt parfait.
As far as vegan-friendly brunch restaurants go, our pick is Bouldin Creek Cafe. They serve vegetarian and vegan breakfast items, tacos, salads, sandwiches, and more all-day. The only exception is The Benedict, a tofu scramble breakfast plate so popular they usually run out in the early afternoon.
If you’re looking for a paleo-friendly brunch restaurant, Piknik is calling your name (though ATX Cocina deserves a shoutout for dinner paleo restaurants). Previously only a food trailer, Piknik Austin’s brick-and-mortar location on Burnet serves paleo and keto diet staples like butter coffee, tortilla-less tacos, and sweet potato hash.
No list of Austin restaurants would be complete without at least one tacos joint. If you aren’t familiar with Veracruz All Natural, you need to stop by. It’s not only one of the best taco trucks in Austin, but it’s also one of the city’s best food trucks period. The migas and al pastor tacos are favorites, but you can’t go wrong here.
Known for its “Gospel Brunch”, Stubbs offers gospel music, one of the best brunch buffets in Austin, and excellent drinks. Be warned, if you start off your day at this historic BBQ restaurant/concert venue, you may end up bar hopping all day. It’s located right in the heart of downtown in the heart of Red River Cultural District, just a few blocks from “Dirty Sixth.
Suerte is brought to us by one of the founders of Odd Duck (an excellent choice for dinner). Since it opened in March of 2018, this restaurant has become one of Austin’s best Mexican restaurants. Austinite’s especially love their brunch menu, which features dishes such as duck confit flautas, shrimp tostadas, delicious tacos, and the traditional migas plate.
This punk rock diner just off West Sixth serves brunch-centric food seven days a week. Holy Roller has its own spin on your favorite brunch classics like steak and eggs, migas, and pancakes. But they also have unique brunch dishes like churro french toast and trash fries, which are topped with green chili, a sunny egg, sour cream, cotija, and jalapenos.
It’s almost an obligation to include Kerby Lane on any best brunches in Austin list, but it’s deserved. Starting in a small house on Kerbey Lane near UT campus in 1980, the 24-hour brunch spot has expanded to eight locations in the Austin metro area. Though its menu changes frequently, Kerby Lane stays true to our original values of serving thoughtfully-sourced food made from scratch. And their pancakes are still the bomb.
Whether you eat keto, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, or anything served on your plate, Austin has a brunch place for you. The restaurants on this list of best brunches in Austin separate themselves for the others by offering something special. Be it live music, 24/7 service, a unique ambiance, or just crazy good food, each brings something special to the table (pun intended).
If you’re looking for a new place to live near your favorite brunch restaurant in Austin, contact Pauly Presley Realty today. Did we miss your favorite Austin brunch restaurant? Comment your favorite below!