Austinites may wake up early most days, but when it comes to the weekends there is no city that embraces brunch like Austin does. From the traditional American brunch to Southwestern- style cooking, there is no shortage of fun morning restaurants in Austin, Texas. We’ve been busy updating our previous guide to brunch to bring you the top 10 places to have a quirky, laid- back breakfast this Sunday.
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The Eastside Cafe has been providing a fresh mix of eclectic food for years, with dishes ranging from healthy to indulgent. Eastside provides meals like steaks and chicken, as well as vegetarian entrees using fresh veggies and ingredients that are locally sourced. The brunch is known for the smoked salmon benedict, which features poached eggs and smoked salmon on an English muffin. If that doesn’t sound appealing, try the baked brie with apple chutney — sure to get your taste buds tingling. Located in a cute, homely center, the dining experience is fun and cozy.
Eastside Cafe, 2113 Manor Rd, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 476 5858
Welcome to La Condesa—a modern Mexican restaurant nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award for ‘Best New Restaurant’ upon opening. Developed by Chef Rene Ortiz and currently operated under the direction of Chef Rick Lopez, La Condesa features an expansive menu that is perfect for Texas. Alongside the craft bar program, La Condesa is known for its prime location right in the 2nd Street District where City Hall stands. But to draw people in further, La Condesa has a meaty brunch offering roasted chicken, poached shrimp and braised fennel. While not the perfect spot for vegetarians, there is something for everyone and the portions are generous.
La Condesa, 400 W 2nd St, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 499 0300
Looking for an authentic Italian dining experience without leaving Austin? Taverna provides just the thing with its warm, neighborhood feel, even though it rests in a prized spot on 2nd Street. The chefs at Taverna attempt to recreate Italian fare using seasonal ingredients in surprising entrees that range from pan-seared sea bass to delicate risotto. Risotto is actually the flagship dish at Taverna, which is made out of only Carnaroli rice (often known as the king of rice). If dining during brunch, however, be sure to try the eggs benedict or create your own omelet
Taverna, 258 W 2nd St., Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 447 1001
Manuel’s is known for having regional Mexican-style cooking, thanks to the training that founder Greg Koury received from his grandparents. Manuel’s moves beyond the traditional tex-mex fare to create interior and coastal Mexican foods served in a contemporary setting. Manuel’s has a relationship with the city of Austin, providing food for charitable organizations and fundraising for the performing arts. In fact, some regular customers refer to themselves as ‘Manuelians’. To join this proud group, stop by for brunch and enjoy the Mexican mimosa with huevos rancheros. These eggs served alongside tortilla chips are topped with exquisite salsa made in-house.
Manuel’s, 310 Congress Ave, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 472 7555