BEST Brunch and Breakfast Spots in Austin, TX.
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To be upfront, I'm definitely not a breakfast or brunch person. So most of the time when I go to eat breakfast or brunch food, it's not your typical brunch options! Anyways, here is my list!
Nervous Charlies $
Nervous Charlie's is my personal favorite spot for bagels in Austin, TX. The logo and name are actually inspired by the owner's dog. My favorite options are the everything bagel and the poppy seed bagel. I highly recommend trying their breakfast sandwiches, such as the Longhorn (2 fried eggs, cheddar cheese, breakfast potatoes, Charlie's hot sauce (contains dairy), and your choice of protein), the Big Apple (Turkey, sliced apple, brie cheese, and honey mustard), the Empire (Fried chicken cutlet, bacon, coleslaw, mozzarella cheese, and Russian dressing) pictured, or the Classic (2 fried eggs and your choice of protein and cheese). You can also grab some bagels to go - they sell out fast, but I believe you can order online. Check out their menu here.
Texas Honey Ham $
Texas Honey Ham Company is one of my go-to spots for affordable breakfast options in Austin, TX. It's a beloved community spot, so expect it to be busy! My personal favorite is their breakfast roll, which features a grilled roll with a fried egg, cheese, and your choice of meat. If you're feeling adventurous, I highly recommend trying their signature ham. Another delicious option is The Benny, an eggs benedict with a twist. It features a honey cornbread muffin topped with their smokey honey glazed ham, an over-easy egg, creamy queso, cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro. And don't forget to order a side of their shells and cheese – it's seriously amazing. Check out their menu here.
ElDorado Cafe $-$$
Eldorado is my new favorite spot for TexMex, chilaquiles, and salsas! I first discovered them when they reached out to help with my fundraiser, Dine With Ukraine. The owners are fantastic people who used to work at Taco Deli. Despite not being a fan of Taco Deli, I decided to give Eldorado a chance, and the food blew me away. You can enjoy breakfast items until 11 am, but I also love their lunch options. My top picks from their breakfast menu are the Glorias Chilaquiles and the breakfast tacos, while for lunch, I recommend the breakfast burrito, Dart Bowl enchiladas, and the salsa sampler. I've also heard great things about Joel's Happy Plate. You can find their menu here, and they also take reservations!
Casper Fermentables $-$$
This is a new spot that recently opened in South Austin. The bagels have been raved about as the best in Austin by the Statesman, but I believe the real star here is the focaccia! I highly recommend trying any of the focaccia options. They also have kombucha available. Although the bagels are a bit too chewy for my taste, they are still very tasty. You can find their menu here.
Spread & Co. $$
This is a beautiful, Instagram-worthy spot located in downtown Austin. While their cheese plates are popular, my personal favorite is the Croque Oui Oui - a delicious sandwich with prosciutto cotto, melty raclette cheese, and caramelized onions sandwiched between brioche bread and topped with bechamel sauce and a sunny egg. Another must-try is the avocado toast with smashed avocado, radish, soft boiled egg, and sunflower seed dukkah, served on your choice of sourdough or brioche. They offer breakfast and lunch dishes all day, and their menu can be found here.
Proud Mary $$
Proud Mary is an Australian coffee and brunch spot in Austin that prides itself on using ethically sourced ingredients for their artisanal coffee. While their menu changes frequently, I highly recommend their signature dish, the potato hash. Made with smoked pork belly bacon, a poached egg, kale salad, and bagna cauda sauce (a creamy sauce made with garlic and anchovies), this dish is consistently delicious. The bacon here is especially noteworthy for its thickness and flavor. Be warned, there's no sign outside, so it's easy to miss. Check out their menu here.
Brooklyn Breakfast Company $
I love this food truck! The owner, Ryan, is a great guy who used to work at Peached Tortilla before starting his own food truck. He makes everything from scratch, and it shows in the quality of the food. I highly recommend trying any of his fried chicken biscuits, which change every month. My personal favorite is the Sweet Heat - buttermilk fried chicken, house pickles, sweet heat sauce, and an egg on a biscuit. They are only open for breakfast and lunch, so make sure to catch them before they close. Check out their menu here.
Un Mundo De Sabor $
Located in the Thicket, this spot is a must-visit for brunch and tacos. They serve brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-3pm. Their Tres Leches is a standout dish, and I highly recommend their enchiladas. I've heard great things about their Huevos Rancheros and can't wait to try them next time. Be sure to arrive early as there can be a bit of a line and they do sell out. Check out their Instagram for the menu.
Granny's Tacos $
This spot is a must-visit for breakfast taco lovers! The owners are actually the parents of the Veracruz Tacos founders and they make their tortillas from scratch. In my opinion, their tortillas are even better than Veracruz's! I highly recommend trying the mole rice breakfast taco and the migas. Their corn tortillas are also noteworthy, with a smooth consistency and no graininess. Check out their menu here.
Foreign & Domestic $$-$$$
Foreign & Domestic is a beautiful restaurant that serves American and European fare, including a delicious brunch every Sunday from 10:30am to 2:30pm. I highly recommend the gruyere popovers and the Peach Pancakes - they're both absolutely delicious! And if you're lucky enough to spot Chef Heard, be sure to say hi - she's incredibly friendly! You can check out their menu here, and don't forget that they take reservations.
I have yet to venture to the brick and mortar but I used to go to the food truck location. They serve brunch plates at their restaurant but I've only tried their egg sandwiches! These egg sandwiches are very similar to Egg Slut in LA in my opinion. Their BEC sandwich has smoked bacon, pimiento cheese, pickled jalapeño, scrambled egg, on a toasted bolillo roll. Click here for the menu.
Bird Bird Biscuit $
One of my favorite spots in town for a delicious biscuit sandwich is here! The Queen Beak (with cayenne black pepper honey, bacon-infused chipotle mayo, and fried chicken breast) is my go-to chicken sandwich. I also recommend getting an order of their dough doughs! They also have delicious biscuits and gravy. Check out their menu here.
Jack Allens $$-$$$
Unfortunately, Jack Allen's no longer offers the brunch buffet, which is a bummer. Nonetheless, their brunch is still a must-try. They serve similar fare to Moonshine's, including their popular barbacoa eggs Benedict. Overall, the food here is delicious! Brunch is available on Saturdays from 11AM to 3PM and Sundays from 10:30AM to 3PM. You can view their menu here.
While Snooze isn't technically an Austin original, I can't help but rave about it. The Eggs Benedict are my absolute favorite in town, especially the Ham Benedict III (featuring shaved Tender Belly ham, perfectly poached cage-free eggs, and house-made smoked cheddar hollandaise) and the Spuds Deluxe (a mountain of hash browns with melted cheddar, jack cheese, scallions, and your choice of two fillings, topped with two cage-free eggs). I usually opt for breakfast sausage and bacon, and the Tender Belly bacon here is a standout. I appreciate that they provide Sir Kensington Ketchup and Yellow Bird Sauce as well. Additionally, the seasonal pancakes are always a hit. Pro-tip: ask for your hash browns to be cooked thin and crispy. Check out the menu here.
Tamale House $
Tamale House is an Austin staple since 1958 and a must-visit spot in the city. Their Tex-Mex menu is classic and I highly recommend trying their chicken tamales with mole and enchiladas. They have plenty of patio seating and offer free validated parking for customers. Check out their menu here.
Hillside Farmacy $$-$$$
Hillside Farmacy is located in East Austin and serves American-style breakfast dishes with some French influences. It's a great spot if you're visiting Austin or looking for a nice meal. While not perfect, their mac and cheese and pancakes are worth trying. Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 3 pm and they take reservations. Check out their menu here.
Moonshine's Sunday brunch buffet is an iconic experience that runs from 9 am to 2 pm every Sunday at their downtown location. While it's been a while since my last visit, they serve delicious Southwestern-style food. I highly recommend trying their hot chocolate as well! Check out their menu, which includes pricing information, here.
Here are some other spots for breakfast/brunch that I have not tried (Dan's, Phoebes, and Sawyer and Co) I will continue to update this list as I try more spots that I like!