Brunch. A day out of the weekend that we all dream about during the mid-week work grind.
Austin’s brunch scene has become a whirlwind of Eggs Benedicts, pancake flights, chicken and waffles, breakfast tacos and mimosa madness. With so many new restaurants and brunch offerings popping up in Austin, our team had a bit of a hard time pinning down their favorite brunch spots.
Keep reading to invigorate your taste buds as you scroll through our team's must-try places to grab brunch from Georgetown through Austin and down to San Marcos.
Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, 79 Rainey Street, Austin, TX
Full transparency – we work with these folks and my husband runs the operations. HOWEVER, there is truly no more fun, rollicking, tasty brunch anywhere else in Austin. The biscuits and gravy are heaven, and the Yonder Way Special is usually too good to resist. This is where to go for a hearty brunch with a serious side of mimosa, aptly titled the Manmosa (1 liter, limit one per person). If OJ and bubles aren’t your thing, there’s the awesome, but often overshadowed make-your-own-Michelada bar. Not only will you get total culinary satisfaction, but the live music from the Urban Achievers brass band will have you in a great mood well after you leave the beer garden.
Snooze, two locations – North and South Lamar
This recent addition to Austin’s breakfast, brunch and lunch scene is a home run. I am working my way through the menu, slowly but surely. And, the Bloody Mary offerings are bountiful and creative. There’s also a Morning Marg – brilliant. Anything I’ve ordered, from pancakes to huevos rancheros and one of their many variations on Eggs Benedict, has been delicious. In fact, these are some of the best pancakes I’ve ever had. Huge, yet light and flavorful. I once had a French Toast sampler of three delicious flavors; the bacon is fantastic. Snooze has a lighter section for those who don’t or can’t have as much fun with their order. I’m sure it’s great too, but when I’m out for brunch, I’m down for the calorie count.
El Monumento, 205 W. 2nd Street, Georgetown, TX
If I lived further north, I’d be at El Monumento pretty often. Beyond a gorgeous space with a wonderful patio that overlooks Blue Hole, they serve a delicious Mexican breakfast with great drinks. I had the El Mon Benedict on my most recent visit, which was cooked perfectly. My son’s Chilaquiles Verdes were also tasty. And El Monumento’s Breakfast Margarita was fresh-squeezed goodness.
Insider tip: since I was last at El Monumento, they’ve shifted to a Quick Service format. Assuming this hasn’t put a kink in good service and fare, it's all good and guess you save a few bucks on tip!
AquaBrew, 150 S L B J Dr, San Marcos, TX
Being an avid lover of breakfast and brunch, I had to make sure to try this new hotspot in San Marcos. Aquabrew reminds me a lot of the restaurant scene in Austin featuring a progressive brewhouse meets restaurant. In the midst of San Marcos’ square, you will find Aquabrew serving up delightful brunch dishes paired with dollar mimosas every Saturday and Sunday. I decided to go with Aquabrew’s stuffed french toast prepared to perfection with a corn flake crust on brioche bread filled with mascarpone cheese and topped with berries. Another brunch must try is the Sausage Croissant Bake that will blow you away with its richness and subtle spice.
Tyson’s Tacos, 4905 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX
Who doesn’t love a savory breakfast taco? Tyson’s Tacos is an East Austin hidden gem featuring rustic outdoor patio seating. They bring an authentic Mexican twist to their breakfast/brunch tacos and leave you tapping your feet from taco bliss. You can’t go wrong with the following tacos: Robinsonian, Queen Barret and the Wild Feminist. Tyson’s Tacos offers plenty of choices to meet your taco needs including lunch and dinner options. They also don't skimp out with the fillings so be ready for a fat taco!
Insider tip: Whip out your inner ukulele skills before ordering and you might score yourself a free taco or three.
Eastside Café, 2113 Manor Rd.
I hadn’t heard of this cute refurbished home on the east side until I stumbled upon the Austin Convention Center and Visitor’s Bureau list of Top Brunch Places. My friend and I both opted for sweet dishes – the Blueberry Blintzes and the Belgian Waffle. Both dishes come with a side of bacon or grits to balance out the sweetness. I cannot say enough about the blintzes – sweet and fresh without being overwhelming. And although maybe not a brunch food, I highly recommend the baked brie appetizer.
South Congress Café, 1600 S. Congress Ave.
This is a classic Austin brunch place and they earn their reputation. Located right in the heart of busy, trendy SoCo, the South Congress Café serves brunch daily. I had one of my favorite dishes, Croque Madame, which was well-made and big enough for me to take some home. My friend swears that their Short Rib Hash is some of the best hash she has ever had and their Bloody Mary’s are freshly made in house.
Insider tip: If you have a sweet tooth, you can order an appetizer or “to share” serving of the Carrot Cake French Toast.
Lucky Robot, 1303 S Congress Ave
As a general rule, my brunch go-to’s are a fusion between my favorite cuisines and classic breakfast. One of the best examples of this is Lucky Robot. Right on South Congress, this hip spot sports trendy decor and props, including swing seating and R2D2 soy sauce dispensers. LR is well known for it’s sushi, but should get more credit for bringing together high quality Japanese cuisine and zingy Austin brunch perfectly. I always start with an ice-cold carafe of peach blossom breeze sake punch, and an order of spicy edamame. Then my best friend and I normally split a “rising sun”, which consists of pork belly, a farm egg, scallion vinaigrette, crispy garlic, and rice. Plus they have a Tokyo Brunch happy hour! 30% off all food Saturday and Sunday 10 to 11:30am. What’s not to love?
Dai Due, 2406 Manor Rd, Austin, TX
My favorite brunch spot in Austin right now is Dai Due. The interior is charming with a white-tiled butcher shop in the front and restaurant seating in the back around an exposed wood-fire grill. The food at this diner and butcher shop is sourced from local farmers and ranchers, so it’s very fresh. I usually order the Woodrow’s Deli Hash, which consists of cured and smoked meats, home fries, onion, two eggs and beet ketchup. In addition to the flavorful dishes it offers, this is a great eatery for late sleepers as breakfast options are available Tuesday thru Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Josephine House, 1601 Waterston Ave, Austin, TX
Whether you’re a fan of sweet or savory brunch dishes, Josephine House delivers. The in-door/out-door cottage-esque venue on the corner of West Lynn and Waterston Avenue offers a mix of sweet, baked goods, salads, Huevos Ranchero, and more. Duck Hash was one of the visually enticing specials on-menu the day our crew dropped in, but we couldn’t pass up the egg, bacon, avocado Breakfast Burger, Nutella morning bun, and pancake dishes. This classy spot is open 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for brunch (Saturday & Sunday).
Paper Boy, 1203 E 11th St, Austin, TX
I love this quirky spot for a quick Sunday Brunch al fresco. Located in East Austin near Hillside Pharmacy, Paper Boy has breakfast sandwiches, hash, eggs and grits, toast as well as both hot and cold-brewed coffee. It’s situated on a small xeriscaped plot with picnic tables adorned with papers and cacti. Try the Goat Sausage Sandwich, it’s D-lish! (Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 7am-2pm; Saturday - Sunday, 8am-2pm)