Brunch in Austin is all about lingering, lounging and enjoying the company. Memorable meals and indulgent libations are an added bonus. If you’re looking for the perfect mix of social and delectable, here are five brunch picks that never disappoint.
Emmer & Rye
Ranked among Austin’s 15 buzziest new brunches by Eater Austin, this Rainey Street spot spins creative on New American bites planned around the farmer’s haul. Local, seasonal, daily menus and small plates with dim sum-influenced offerings are the name of this brunch game. Have fun with it and try a little bit of everything. Don’t miss out on the dessert menu, where the tres leches cheesecake and the Meyer lemon tart with grapefruit champagne sorbet sing.
Café No Se
Step inside the stylish South Congress Hotel for a California-inspired continental brunch. Menu stars at this all-day café include avocado toasts, breakfast cheeseburgers (top it with a sunny egg and crispy bacon) and fresh baked pastries like the apple frangipane croissant. Beyond the West Coast, the seasonal menu pulls flavors spanning Italy to the Middle East. Ask about the ricotta hotcakes with bananas and pecan butter or the crispy egg with speck, arugula and romesco.
Stubb's was founded in Lubbock in 1968, but its legacy continues in Austin, where Stubb’s is a music institution that serves up lip-smacking barbecue along with some of the best live bands around. Sit down for the Sunday Gospel Brunch and enjoy live music with your Southern comfort food and a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar.
Hailing from Key West and Connecticut, Heidi Garbo brings fresh Maine lobster rolls, crab cake sandwiches and a spread of brunch-worthy seafood dishes to hungry Austinites. She calls it New England cuisine with an Austin twist. Those who don’t order the famed lobster roll should try the seared scallops with butternut squash puree and crispy brussel sprouts or the fish tacos with avocado mousse.
Day drinking and nibbling is done right at this laid back East Austin 1920s home turned bar. Enjoy Mexican favorites like tacos and huevos rancheros, sided with draft spirits and a fantastic wraparound porch. Going for the "fun, house party" vibe, Craftsman nailed it with cocktails like the “What’s the Circumference of a Circle?” (vodka, chili liqueur, raspberry, lemon and Prosecco). Bring the pooch to Sunday funday and hang on the patio at a shaded picnic table.