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.
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.
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.
Browse the regular menu at this South Austin New-American restaurant or start with raw oysters from the brunch menu followed by churro blini (potato churro, smoked trout, capers, pickled onion and egg), stuffed toast with roasted strawberries and aged balsamic, or salsa verde pork hash. The lively craft cocktail menu is reason alone to reserve a table. Sip a Hand on the Pump, a draft potion made of Texas produced Starlite vodka, apple and rosemary fortified wine, lemon, sugar and bubbles.
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.