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7 September 2010 7,501 views 64 Comments

Where do you like to get your brunch on? There are so many options, yet I found myself at a loss this weekend. For one, Sunday brunch happened on Monday since it was Labor Day. Also, my 80 lb. black lab/great dane was with me so I needed a spot with a dog-friendly patio.

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I went with Galaxy Cafe and it served the needs of my friends, my dog, and I nicely. The food was good but they really won my heart when they brought out a doggie bowl filled with water for Lucy. Other dog friendly spots recommended by Michelle and Jennie, fellow food bloggers and dog lovers, included Mulberry, Max’s Wine Dive, NXNW, Opal Divines, and Zax.

Spots in Austin that consistently turn out some good brunch food include 1886 Cafe and Bakery, Austin Diner, Casa de Luz, Chez Zee, Eastside Cafe, Enoteca Vespaio, Kerbey Lane, Magnolia, Moonshine, The Omlettry, South Congress Cafe, Tacodeli, Z’Tejas,

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On Sex and the City, Carrie and the girls brunched regularly

Some of my favorites, no matter my mood,  include 24 Diner, Annie’s, Counter Cafe, Flip Happy Crepes.

Great spots for celebrations (read: pricier) include Fonda San Miguel, Green Pastures, Lamberts, TRIO at the Four Seasons.

On my list to check out are FINO, Frank, Jack Allen’s, Mulberry, Olivia, Paggi House, Perla’s, Rio’s Brazilian, Tacos and Tequila.

What is your favorite brunch spot in Austin, and what do you like to order? If I had to answer my own question, right now it would be 24 diner. I love everything I’ve had on that menu — particularly the egg sandwich and the fried chicken and waffles. You can read all about my love for 24 diner here.

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Behold the egg and bacon sandwich on challah from 24 Diner

Also, they only serve real maple syrup. You would be surprised at how many brunch places only offer syrup with high fructose corn syrup without the option of maple. This is a very big deal to me and will be addressed in a future blog post.

So ignore the mini-rant and tell me about your favorite brunch establishments and dishes in the ATX!

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  • http://twitter.com/lindamessing Linda Messing

    Guero's is far too often overlooked at breakfast/brunch. Order a bigass bowl of their amazing tortilla soup and a side of rice to dump in to it. Have one of their terrific bloody Marys or Marias. And thank me later. ;-)

  • http://www.anotheraustinfoodblog.blogspot.com/ Laura

    We were just talking about this over the weekend! I love Fino, Enoteca, South Congress Cafe, 24 Diner and Curra's for brunch. Would love to try Perla's (when it's cooler), Paggi, Mulberry and Jack Allen's. I've also heard amazing things about Lambert's (only been there for lunch).

    I also think Chez Zee gets overlooked, even by me, probably because it's not as central as some of these others.

  • http://twitter.com/lindamessing Linda Messing

    Guero's is far too often overlooked for breakfast/brunch IMO. Order a huge-ass bowl of their amazing tortilla soup and a side of rice to dump into it. And a Bloody Mary. Bask in the glow of happiness. Thank me later. ;-)

  • Lisa G.

    Another vote here for Fino. I bought a Groupon for brunch there, and it was the best Groupon deal I ever made. They have so many wonderful options, and the fresh donuts are divine.

  • http://twitter.com/g_ack Greg Ackerman

    Thanks for the post Jodi. My friend and I thought the same about brunch in Austin about three weeks ago (you have this way of writing posts that seem to speak directly to me, eg. your late-night dining piece). We wanted brunch, but had no idea what was good. I had been going to Austin Java on Barton Springs for Jazz Brunch (great music AND food) but they ended the music portion and that was a deal-breaker for me.

    Threadgill's has music, but friends said the food is average. Moonshine IS wonderful but usually a long wait.

    We found MIguel's (downtown and at Arboretum). I live on the north side of town so we went to the closer location. They met ALL my criteria. 1. great food (including some unusual but affordable dishes) 2. live music (latin-jazz 3-piece that wandered around the restaurant) 3. Great service (our waiter was helpful) 4. beautiful setting.

  • Allison

    Oh I love the egg sandwich at 24. I have them sub the bacon for a veggie sausage pattie–taste just like the real thing. Also the egg sandwhich at Max's is pretty devine.

    Overall for brunch, I can never go wrong with Migas!

  • http://twitter.com/g_ack Greg Ackerman

    Jodi, thanks for the post. Your posts seem to speak directly to my culinary needs in Austin like the late night dining post you wrote. This time I am between brunch places as my usual, Austin Java discontinued the Jazz portion of Sunday brunch which was a deal breaker for me.

    Love Moonshine, but I live on the north side and there is usually a wait there. Besides, I wanted some music. Enter Miguel's (downtown & Arboretum). They met all my criteria:
    1. Great food
    2. Music (3-piece latin jazz band that wandered around the restaurant)
    3. Good service. Our waiter was professional and helpful.
    4. Beautiful setting (plus easy parking at the Arboretum location)

    I'll definitely be going back there soon.

  • http://twitter.com/lindamessing Linda Messing

    Guero's is far too often overlooked at breakfast/brunch. Order a bigass bowl of their amazing tortilla soup and a side of rice to dump in to it. Have one of their terrific bloody Marys or Marias. And thank me later. ;-)

    Edited to add that dogs are welcome at those tables out front on the sidewalk!

  • http://www.anotheraustinfoodblog.blogspot.com/ Laura

    We were just talking about this over the weekend! I love Fino, Enoteca, South Congress Cafe, 24 Diner and Curra's for brunch. Would love to try Perla's (when it's cooler), Paggi, Mulberry and Jack Allen's. I've also heard amazing things about Lambert's (only been there for lunch).

    I also think Chez Zee gets overlooked, even by me, probably because it's not as central as some of these others.

  • Lisa G.

    Another vote here for Fino. I bought a Groupon for brunch there, and it was the best Groupon deal I ever made. They have so many wonderful options, and the fresh donuts are divine.

  • http://twitter.com/g_ack Greg Ackerman

    see below

  • Allison

    Oh I love the egg sandwich at 24. I have them sub the bacon for a veggie sausage pattie–taste just like the real thing. Also the egg sandwhich at Max's is pretty devine.

    Overall for brunch, I can never go wrong with Migas!

  • http://twitter.com/g_ack Greg Ackerman

    Jodi, thanks for the post. Your posts seem to speak directly to my culinary needs in Austin like the late night dining post you wrote. This time I am between brunch places as my usual, Austin Java discontinued the Jazz portion of Sunday brunch which was a deal breaker for me.

    Love Moonshine, but I live on the north side and there is usually a wait there. Besides, I wanted some music. Enter Miguel's (downtown & Arboretum). They met all my criteria:
    1. Great food
    2. Music (3-piece latin jazz band that wandered around the restaurant)
    3. Good service. Our waiter was professional and helpful.
    4. Beautiful setting (plus easy parking at the Arboretum location)

    I'll definitely be going back there soon.

  • Mer

    Mother's cafe is my fav. Affordable and all vegetarian. Their pancakes are some of the best.

  • Reid

    Sago Modern Mexican in the Triangle just came out with a new menu, and their brunch is fantastic! They allow dogs on their patio as well.

    Annie’s continues to be one of my favorites. The Andouille Hash is ridculously tasty!

  • http://twitter.com/kristifarm2tbl Kristi Willis

    Mulberry, Fino & Manuel’s are my three favorite brunch spots. But, if I want migas other Mexican breakfast, I head to Polvo’s.

  • Betsy

    Like Jodi, I could eat at 24 Diner pretty much anytime. Ditto for Kerbey Lane, TacoDeli, Sazon and The Omelettry. For more ‘special occasion’ brunches, my top picks are Lambert’s, Green Pastures and Fonda San Miguel. Stubb’s also has a fun gospel brunch – the food is pretty good and the entertainment is muy bien.

    Jodi – looking forward to that upcoming post/rant on real maple syrup:)

  • jodibart

    For the longest time, I would head straight to Guero's for a bowl of caldo at the first sign of a cold. The tortilla soup/bloody mary combo seems like a nice way to fight a hangover ;-)

  • jodibart

    Ooh…fresh donuts!

  • jodibart

    I'm looking forward to trying Max's for brunch one day soon.

  • jodibart

    Great to know about Miguel's in the Arboretum! I'll keep that idea in my back pocket since there are so few good brunch places up there. Thank you for sharing and I'm glad some of my posts have been helpful to you, Greg.

    As for Miguel's, I'm a big fan of their chicken tortilla soup. It's different than most others in the city, and will cure what ails ya!

  • jodibart

    Mother's is a great option and not one I would normally think of for brunch. Thanks, Mer!

  • jodibart

    Thanks, Reid! At Annie's, I love the Real English Breakfast. $10 for eggs, toast, tomato, potatoes, bacon, and fresh fruit.

  • jodibart

    One of these days, I want to brunch at Mulberry with you, Carla, and Jenna. I still haven't been and am dying to go!

  • jodibart

    Thanks, Betsy! Also, I appreciate you for turning us on to Sazon and turning me back on to Kerbey Lane.

  • jodibart

    For the longest time, I would head straight to Guero's for a bowl of caldo at the first sign of a cold. The tortilla soup/bloody mary combo seems like a nice way to fight a hangover ;-)

  • jodibart

    Ooh…fresh donuts!

  • jodibart

    I'm looking forward to trying Max's for brunch one day soon.

  • jodibart

    Great to know about Miguel's in the Arboretum! I'll keep that idea in my back pocket since there are so few good brunch places up there. Thank you for sharing and I'm glad some of my posts have been helpful to you, Greg.

    As for Miguel's, I'm a big fan of their chicken tortilla soup. It's different than most others in the city, and will cure what ails ya!

  • jodibart

    Mother's is a great option and not one I would normally think of for brunch. Thanks, Mer!

  • jodibart

    Thanks, Reid! At Annie's, I love the Real English Breakfast. $10 for eggs, toast, tomato, potatoes, bacon, and fresh fruit.

  • jodibart

    One of these days, I want to brunch at Mulberry with you, Carla, and Jenna. I still haven't been and am dying to go!

  • jodibart

    Thanks, Betsy! Also, I appreciate you for turning us on to Sazon and turning me back on to Kerbey Lane.

  • rachel r.

    We had an amazing brunch this weekend at baguette et chocolat http://www.baguetteetchocolat.com/ in Bee Cave/Westlake. Fantastic pastries and crepes, though they sell out early because the place is packed!

  • Brendan

    great pancakes and really pleasant waitstaff!

  • Brendan

    great pancakes and really pleasant waitstaff!

  • http://sacrebleuwine.com/ ashleylauren

    I love Austin Diner. I just wish I got there more often. Nice post.

  • http://twitter.com/foodiethenew40 Michelle Cheng

    I also like brunch at Blue Star Cafeteria, but it's not dog friendly. Alas.

    Also, their booze options are ehhhhhhh.

  • http://twitter.com/foodiethenew40 Michelle Cheng

    I also like brunch at Blue Star Cafeteria, but it's not dog friendly. Alas.

    Also, their booze options are ehhhhhhh.

  • Rebeccammendations

    The Steeping Room is by far one of my favorite places to brunch in a relaxed setting. I could visit every weekend and still never try every tea on their menu, and their brunch and lunch options are delicious and go way beyond tea sandwiches, though it comforts me to see them on the menu!

  • Rebeccammendations

    The Steeping Room is by far one of my favorite places to brunch in a relaxed setting. I could visit every weekend and still never try every tea on their menu, and their brunch and lunch options are delicious and go way beyond tea sandwiches, though it comforts me to see them on the menu!

  • jodibart

    Dying to try that place. Maybe I'll take my dad when he's in town to show him that they serve things other than Tex Mex and BBQ in Texas.

  • jodibart

    Austin Diner is good people. Thanks for sharing, Ashley!

  • jodibart

    I hear very mixed things about Blue Star Cafeteria. What do you recommend on the brunch menu?

  • jodibart

    Thanks for the tip, Rebecca!

  • http://donnacooks.wordpress.com/ Donna

    New foodie who just moved to Austin here. Had brunch at Fabi & Rosi a week ago and the braised pork belly eggs benedicts were tasty (service was slow though).

  • http://donnacooks.wordpress.com/ Donna

    New foodie who just moved to Austin here. Had brunch at Fabi & Rosi a week ago and the braised pork belly eggs benedicts were tasty (service was slow though).

  • Sweet Leaf April

    Olivia's fo sho. Fan-freakin'-tastic brunch whether you roll with breakfast or their incredibly delicious fried chicken, you'll be thrilled. And blood orange juice?!?

  • Sweet Leaf April

    Olivia's fo sho. Fan-freakin'-tastic brunch whether you roll with breakfast or their incredibly delicious fried chicken, you'll be thrilled. And blood orange juice?!?

  • Melanie

    We just had brunch at Max's this weekend. Really loved it. I had the jalapeno cheese grits with pulled pork (YMMV on that one!) and a seemingly bottomless mimosa. My husband had the egg sandwich and I think that he would advise diners to ask the chef to go easy on the truffle oil.

  • Melanie

    We just had brunch at Max's this weekend. Really loved it. I had the jalapeno cheese grits with pulled pork (YMMV on that one!) and a seemingly bottomless mimosa. My husband had the egg sandwich and I think that he would advise diners to ask the chef to go easy on the truffle oil.

  • Dlbrcp

    Freda's in N austin Has a nice sunday brunch as well

  • Dlbrcp

    Freda's in N austin Has a nice sunday brunch as well

  • Liz

    I'd have to say my fave brunch spot of the moment is Taverna on W. 2nd. Always get the breakfast calzone–consistently amazing, and big enough to share. And, hey, how can you argue with $1 mimosas?

  • Liz

    I'd have to say my fave brunch spot of the moment is Taverna on W. 2nd. Always get the breakfast calzone–consistently amazing, and big enough to share. And, hey, how can you argue with $1 mimosas?

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  • FoodieIsTheNewForty

    Jodi, just wanted to say that I am in love with this blog post.  I have referred back to it so many times.  I rarely eat brunch, so I can never remember who offers it, and having this easy reference has been invaluable!  Thank you!

  • jodibart

    I'm so glad it's been helpful to you, Michelle!

  • jodibart

    I'm so glad it's been helpful to you, Michelle!

  • http://shefskitchen.wordpress.com/ shef

    ok thanks to this list, i've updated mine on evernote!  i must second the steeping room. don't like the domain really except my need to go to anthropologie, but i'll go just for the steeping room. their turkish tea is amazing. and love their creative tea sandwiches. but their scones are THE BEST.

  • http://shefskitchen.wordpress.com/ shef

    ok thanks to this list, i've updated mine on evernote!  i must second the steeping room. don't like the domain really except my need to go to anthropologie, but i'll go just for the steeping room. their turkish tea is amazing. and love their creative tea sandwiches. but their scones are THE BEST.

  • FoodieIsTheNewForty

    Visiting it again…have I mentioned yet how useful this post is?  :)

  • FoodieIsTheNewForty

    Visiting it again…have I mentioned yet how useful this post is?  :)

  • FoodieIsTheNewForty

    Visiting it again…have I mentioned yet how useful this post is?  :)