Exploring Austin: Best Brunch
When you move to the South, you get to partake in the region’s cornucopia of incredible food, and the Lone Star State Capital does not disappoint. In Austin you’ll find amazing dining options with selections from across the globe. This growing city has attracted many impressive chefs who work their magic at restaurants all over the city, all with their own unique backgrounds and specialties. Brunch forms part of the average weekend routine here in Austin, so it comes as no surprise that we have some amazing options to choose from when Saturday and Sunday roll around. There’s no better way to start, or end, your weekend than with mimosas, Texas comfort food, and good company.
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Where to Find the Best Brunch in Austin
1886 Café & Bakery
Address: 604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
In the heart of Downtown Austin, housed in the historic Driskill Hotel, you’ll find the delightful 1886 Café & Bakery. The Driskill is famous for being one of the oldest and most historic hotels in Austin. Founded by Colonel Jesse Driskill in 1886, the building’s ambiance conjures up its long history of hosting impressive events, like Governors’ inaugural balls, and housing famous patrons, such as President Lyndon B. Johnson. At the 1886 Café, you will feel like you stepped back in time with the Victorian architecture and classical décor. However, with a history dating back over a century, you may find yourself brunching with a few unwelcome guests because the Driskill is rumored to be haunted by a few eerie spirits. Who knows if the Driskill is truly as haunted as they say? What we do know is dining at the Café means indulging in some of the best Texas breakfast options.
What to Eat: Be sure to try one of their massive Texas shaped waffles and a homemade Bloody Mary!
Address: 1800 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
If dining with historical ghosts doesn’t appeal to you, perhaps you’ll feel more at home at Suerte in Austin’s quirky East Side. This modern spot serves delicious Mexican specialties in a vibrant and lively atmosphere. You’ll feel like you’re eating at an art gallery as Suerte’s walls are decorated with contemporary art pieces. The menu at this East Austin staple changes seasonally, so you’ll want to come back time and time again. Suerte’s Chef Fermin Nunez is a native of Mexico and successfully brings the flavors of our Southern neighbor to the people of Austin. Using locally sourced ingredients, you’ll taste the freshness of Suerte’s menu every time. Brunch wouldn’t be the same without a refreshing cocktail, and Suerte has you covered with skillfully crafted drinks for everyone’s taste preference.
What to Eat: Fill up with an order of Suerte’s pupusa and feed your sweet tooth with a pan de elote (Mexican cornbread).
Address: 605 Davis St, Austin, TX 78701, located in Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt
What sounds better than signature cocktails, a creative contemporary menu, and a breakfast charcuterie board? All of that plus skyline and lake views of downtown Austin. Find this perfect setting and so much more at Rainey Street Historic District’s Geraldine’s. Named after an infamous guinea fowl that once lived on Rainey Street, Geraldine’s creates the perfect combination of a moody, yet inviting atmosphere. They serve up dishes for every palate, from sweet to savory, and everything in between. Check out this classy rooftop spot before heading to the unique bars on Rainey Street for the day.
What to Eat: Split the breakfast plate with the table before indulging in the brioche French toast for yourself. Make it the perfect brunch by trying Geraldine’s specialty cocktail, Elvis Presley’s Bodyguard, made of peanut butter whiskey and banana liqueur.
Address: 811 W Live Oak St, Austin, TX 78704
Dining at Mattie’s for brunch is everything you never knew you needed. Mattie’s rich history dates back to when its namesake, Martha “Mattie” Faulke, and her family resided in the home, starting in 1916. This beautifully restored historic farmhouse turned restaurant offers an experience so elegant and charming that you’ll feel like you slipped away to the Southern countryside for the day. The atmosphere becomes even more magical when you see the gorgeous peacocks that roam the grounds of this unique space. Mattie’s is located in South Austin, off of South Lamar Boulevard, and serves creative southern dishes.
What to Eat: If Mattie’s isn’t famous for their buttermilk biscuits, they certainly should be. Start your meal with some biscuits and the mimosa package for the table, and try their Milk Punch French Toast as your main course.
Café No Se
Address: 1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
On the lively South Congress Avenue sits a café just as vibrant and fun as its location. If you plan to spend the day shopping on one of Austin’s most iconic avenues, start the day with brunch from Café No Se. Coffee, cocktails, croissants, oh my! You’ll find all this and more at the café. This is a great spot to grab a healthier meal, with plenty of delicious salad and health-conscious options, as well as classic breakfast scrambles and hashes. We recommend using those extra calories you saved to treat yourself to one of the tasty baked goods, or one of the café’s signature “boozy pour overs,” where you can get a full ice pop in your cocktail!
What to Eat: A stop at Café No Se would be incomplete without trying the rosé or blueberry pour over. Pair that with their lemon-ricotta hotcakes, and you’ll be ready to shop ‘till you drop the rest of the day.
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About the Author: Brett Hayden is a native Wisconsinite turned Texan who loves exploring Austin and beyond. She has a passion for writing and traveling, which she showcases on her blog, “by, Brett Nicole.”