Brunch isn’t just a meal. It’s a lifestyle…or something like that. In the ever-hip city of Austin, there are a number of spots that offer both delicious food and an unforgettable experience as well.
Located in The Driskill, Austin’s oldest hotel, this charming cafe is a must-visit for those looking to really soak up the essence of ATX. Go for the Cowboy Breakfast, with bone-in beef rib, ancho barbecue sauce, two eggs, bacon, potatoes, pico de gallo, a homemade biscuit, and some sausage gravy for good measure. Or, if you’d rather have sweet than savory, order the Texas-shaped pecan waffle, with fresh berries, banana, pecans, mixed berry jam, and powdered sugar.
Moonshine specializes in homestyle comfort dishes with an atmosphere to match. While it has two locations in the area, the Avery Ranch outpost offers an unlimited Sunday brunch buffet that’s chock-full of southern specialties so you can chow down to your heart’s content.
Who says you have to grow up? Punch Bowl Social is a fun and funky local favorite with plenty of character and creative cuisine. Start things off with a Fernet and coffee. Then satisfy your sweet tooth with the monkey bread french toast or ricotta cheese pancakes.
Go all out at Banger’s, which serves up 30 house-made sausages and has more than 100 beers on tap in a cool environment with live music and a dog park. Try the corned beef hash, Banger’s benny, or pastrami-style house-cured smoked salmon.
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This “punk rock diner” has slightly wacky, totally delicious dishes like churro french toast, yellow cake pancakes, and the “beetstrami” sandwich with pastrami-style roasted beets, sauerkraut, and swiss on fried rye bread.
Practically brunch royalty in Austin, Chez Zee has been around for nearly three decades and has become an institution in the area. Mix your own mimosa, choosing from flavors like apple and pear, before filling up on hearty fare like southern grilled pork chops and eggs or shrimp and grits.