Austin is famous for its breakfast tacos and laid-back, good times attitude, both of which lead to a vibrant brunch culture. But midday meals in the capital of the Lone Star state are as diverse as its residents. No matter what part of town you visit, there’s a delicious brunch to be found and a cast of characters (from college students to hipsters to longtime Austin residents) that congregate each weekend to indulge one of Austin’s favorite traditions - brunch.
An Austin institution since 1980 that originated on Kerbey Lane, there are now seven area locations of this 24-hour spot. The Kerbey Queso is a must, starring a scoop of guacamole and pico de gallo - and yes, you’ll want to get seconds on chips to enjoy every last drop. Afterwards score another serving of queso in the Eggs Francisco, which starts with an English muffin layered with scrambled eggs, bacon, tomato, avocado, and queso. This is the brunch treat that keeps on giving since breakfast is available all day, every day.
Staying in vibrant South Congress? Before hitting the shops or throwing on your swimsuit to enjoy the sunshine at Barton Springs, head over to seafood haven Perla’s for brunch. Sit on the patio to people watch while sipping the El Toro, a tequila drink with sweet St. Germain and the zip of citrus, jalapeno, fresno pepper, and sea salt. Keep brunch fresh with fish & shrimp ceviche with avocado & fresh fried tostaditos - because who said you can’t have a delicious ceviche before noon?!
Famous for its Mexican martinis, this Tex-Mex spot with three locations around town also boasts delicious brunch options. Spice lovers will appreciate the Mexican Eggs Benedict consisting of English muffins topped with migas, beef fajitas, chile con queso, and spicy pico de gallo. For a satisfying brunch entree, order the Migas Relleno, a breaded poblano pepper stuffed with migas and drizzled with suiza and chipotle sauces.
Head to south Austin for Matt’s El Rancho - not only for an out of this world margarita, but a fantastic brunch spread too. This Austin institution (since 1952) has fans coming every Saturday and Sunday for brunch favorites such as Matt’s Favorite Breakfast starring a carne guisada breakfast burrito, Mexican hash browns, and refried beans. The Fajita Omelet is also a fantastic pick, stuffed with either beef or chicken fajitas, grilled poblano peppers and onions, then topped with ranchero or tomatillo sauces, melted cheese, and avocado.
Sometimes a brunch buffet is the only way to cross all your favorites off the list, and Jack Allen’s Kitchen, with locations in Oak Hill and Round Rock, is a great choice for a wide variety during Sunday brunch. Mix Latin-inspired favorites such as layered enchilada casserole, migas, and jalapeno sausage with southern indulgences like chicken fried chicken, house cured ham, and Mama’s Sunday chicken with a side of fresh fruit, pancakes, and fresh pastries. Don’t forget to order Jack Allen’s Famous Pomegranate Sangria for a fruity refreshment on a hot Texas summer day.
This James Beard Foundation Award nominee for ‘Best New Restaurant’ is in the heart of downtown on vibrant 2nd street. A hot spot for dinner, the brunch is not to be overlooked and is a great value for a popular downtown destination on Saturdays and Sundays. Go with friends to try several of the dishes, but if you must pick one, get the Huevos Condesa featuring roasted chicken and fried eggs with poblano rajas, duck fat potatoes, grilled onions, bacon, swiss chard and tortillas. Enjoy with French press or a Spicy Paloma (herradura blanco, ginger liqueur, grapefruit, fresh ginger, and jarritos de toronja) to kickstart a festive Sunday.
From traditional ingredients to funky combinations, TacoDeli is the place to go for locally sourced and organic goodies in your breakfast tacos. There is ongoing debate on the best breakfast taco, but two winning options are the Jess Special (migas, jack cheese and avocado) and the Vaquero (scrambled eggs, grilled corn, roasted peppers and jack cheese) drizzled with one of four house-made salsas. Wash it all down with aguas frescas - go for the horchata or watermelon - which are all made in house with local and organic ingredients.
Burnet Road has gone from a sleepy street to a bustling food hot spot the last couple of years, with options all over the board. For a Latin inspired brunch, make sure to visit Taco Flats in the middle of the action. Order the Chilaquiles with tortilla chips, salsa roja, grilled jalapeño, fried egg, crema fresca, cilantro and queso fresco, and if you’re hungry, grab the San Chorizo as well with chorizo, scrambled eggs, grilled jalapeño and avocado. Keep things spicy with a Michelada Ojo Rojo with clamato, lime, worcestershire, Tabasco and salt and pepper.