Brunch in Austin is a year-round sport. Regardless of whether it’s winter or summertime in the city, you would be hard-pressed to find an empty patio on a Sunday in any of Austin’s central neighborhoods. East Austin, however, is a particular gem for the die-hard bruncher. With options ranging from farm-to-table to Mexican or Chinese fusion, no matter what you’re in the mood for, you can get it served alongside your favorite beverage. So take out a notebook, and start making your summertime weekend brunch schedule. You’re going to want to try all 11 of these spots.
Coming to Eden East for brunch is like taking a ride out to the countryside to enjoy fresh air and sunshine with even fresher food. This restaurant is located on a five-acre farm, where chickens roam, bees buzz, and plants blossom before they end up on your plate. The farm never offers their menu until the day before, but you can be almost certain that you’ll love every bite no matter what it is.
Whether it’s free yoga on weekday mornings at 8 a.m. or free children’s songs on Sunday mornings, there is always a free activity at Cherrywood Coffeehouse. This community coffee shop serves up burgers, breakfast tacos, and Cajun favorites. With so many activities happening throughout the day (often, there will be impromptu board game nights), part of the fun includes the seamless transition between coffee and beer hour, which seem to flow together.
La Holly may be the new kid on the block, but it is certainly shaking things up in a big way. Although La Holly itself is a bar, there is a food truck court right outside, where patrons can choose between tacos and Thai food, depending on their mood. This choice, however, makes brunch into an event rather than just a meal. In fact, the owner of Taco Flats is also the new owner of La Holly, so you know the food will be great. For National Brunch Day on June 11, La Holly offered a special breakfast “sammie.” The sammie featured a sausage patty made with Chameleon’s whole bean coffee and ground spices, soft scrambled eggs, and American cheese, topped with Chameleon’s cold-brew concentrate and mixed with maple syrup. Yum.
Coffee and pastries are two peas in a pod. Whether you’re enjoying them for brunch or lunch, at Café Nena’i, don’t expect your traditional offerings. Instead, get excited for South American drinks and pastries that pack a powerful punch of flavor and caffeine.
Bunch here is buffet-style and requires you to wait in a snaking line. For once, however, that’s a welcome task. The décor at Grizzelda’s is 1950s Miami meets the Yucatan Peninsula, with aqua and sunshine yellow sharing space with bold motifs and crystal coupes. You may not find yourself able to take your eyes away from the colorful cacophony as you help yourself to Mexican staples like black beans, rice, chiquachiles, and ceviche.
Who wouldn’t want bao for brunch? This Chinese-American restaurant reimagines American breakfast staples like bacon and eggs and puts them in a Chinese setting. The result is a delightful mélange of cultures and a tasty brunch.