Brunch in Austin isn’t your run-of-the-mill bacon and eggs affair. Here you’ll find everything from a Sunday Gospel Brunch with heaping helpings of barbecue to a buffet of Mexican specialties that go best with a frosty margarita. You’ll want to rise and shine early for these yummy morning meals.
Eggs Benedict at Freedmen's. Credit Ashlyn Allison.
At Freedmen’s, a laid-back smokehouse and whiskey lounge, start your morning with the Holy Mary. This smoked tomato bloody is a meal in itself, made with Forty Creek whiskey and topped with a half-pound of brisket, sausage and spare ribs. Or opt for the barbecue benedict, served with buttermilk biscuits.
Stubb's Gospel Brunch. Credit Ashley Dowgwillo.
Stubb’s Bar-B-Q 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.
Courtesy of Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden.
Meet the locals at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, where the tables are communal, 100+ craft beers are served and the menu consists of sausages (ranging from wild game to veggie) cooked on a sizzling grill. Come on Sundays for the Big Band Brunch, with live music from noon-3 p.m.
Croque Monsieur at Bonhomie. Credit Kristen Vrana.
Located in a cozy little cottage in Clarksville, Josephine House serves up delectable brunch dishes like lemon ricotta pancakes topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries. Or sink into a cozy booth and try the French fare at Bonhomie, serving comfort foods like croque monsieur and soft scrambled egg toast with shaved truffles.
Brunch Buffet at Fonda San Miguel. Credit Ashlyn Allison.
At Fonda San Miguel, escape to a charming hacienda known for its authentic Mexican specialties. Sunday brunch is a buffet affair, featuring tables loaded with everything from a variety of ceviches and guacamoles to migas and flan. Pair your meal with the watermelon-infused Silvercoin margarita blended with Patron Silver, Cointreau and fresh lime juice.
Cucumber Jalapeno Rita from Jack Allen's Kitchen. Courtesy of Rebecca Fondren.
Jack Allen’s Kitchen uses locally sourced ingredients to create its classic Texan fare with a modern twist. The Sunday brunch buffet includes mouthwatering dishes such as the layered enchilada casserole, green chile pork and eggs, and fresh tomato and basil pie.
Pitchfork Pretty Dining Room. Credit Laura Hajar.
The reinvented Southern fare, dubbed Hill Country cuisine, at Pitchfork Pretty includes gourmet breakfast sandwiches, grilled or chilled fresh oysters, and sweets such as pecan scones with maple bourbon glaze. Or, dine on farm-fresh American fare like fried chicken eggs benedict or steak and eggs during brunch outdoors under the towering live oaks or in the welcoming dining room of a turn-of-the-century farmhouse at Mattie’s at Green Pastures.
Paperboy. Courtesy of Jane Ko.
Fuel up for the day at Paperboy, a popular food truck with early-morning eats like sweet potato hash with braised pork belly, garlic-rosemary mayo and a poached egg. Or try banh mi for brunch at Elizabeth Street Cafe, where Sunday brunch at this French-Vietnamese cafe includes brioche French toast, breakfast banh mi and roasted pork with mushrooms.
Zucchini Bread & Coffee. Courtesy of Launderette.
The critically acclaimed Launderette serves an eclectic brunch menu that includes everything from salmon gravlax to a fried egg BLT with avocado and pimento cheese. Don’t miss the pastry of the day from noted Executive Pastry Chef Laura Sawicki.
Indulge in decadent breakfast dishes at Holy Roller, including cookies-and-cream pancakes, a meatloaf sandwich topped with mozzarella cheese and butter pickles, and “trash fries” smothered in gravy, a sunny egg, sour cream, corn, lime and cotija cheese.