Zagat Austin: 13 Best New Brunches to Try in Austin

From Zagat Austin's: 13 Best New Brunches to Try in Austin

  • Bullfight
    Spanish flavors meet American brunch every Saturday and Sunday at Shawn Cirkiel's Hyde Park restaurant. The menu consists of tapas, grilled open-faced montaditos, egg dishes and several specialty cocktails.
    Must-order: Don't leave without trying the baked eggs with chickpeas, spinach and braised duck (pictured), best accompanied by a spicy gin Bloody Mary.
    4807 Airport Blvd.; 512-474-2029

  • June's
    There's so much to love about the brunch at this SoCo spot, including a picture-perfect pastry spread, croque madame, niçoise salad, chicken pallaird and French onion soup. Plus, brunch service runs until 3 PM all weekend.
    Must-order: Try the matzo ball soup (pictured, at right), which is given a Texas twist with jalapeños, avocado and cilantro.
    1722 S. Congress Ave.; 512-416-1722

  • Foreign & Domestic
    This winter, Ned Elliott launched Sunday brunch at his North Loop mainstay, blending classics like biscuits and gravy with newly imagined dishes like braised baby octopus. And fans of past Bake Sale pop-ups (which gave Jodi Elliott her start) will be happy to see Bribery Bakery cinnamon rolls represented on the menu as well.
    Must-order: You won't be disappointed by the breakfast burger, which is topped with aged cheddar, fried egg, pastrami, pork belly and pickles.
    306 E. 53rd St.; 512- 459-1010

  • L'oca D'oro
    Satiate all your sweet and savory cravings at this supper club turned Mueller brick-and-mortar, where the brunch ranges from an egg sandwich with rabbit sausage to brioche bread pudding French toast with blueberry compote and crème fraîche.
    Must-order: Do it right with the "Full Italian," which includes poached eggs, prosciutto cotto, slab bacon, grilled tomato, mushroom conserva, arugula and toast.
    1900 Simond Ave.; 737-212–1876

  • Forthright
    Sometimes you want chia pudding and other times you want pork belly hash. Good thing you can have all that and more in Forthright's sun-soaked dining room or tree-shaded patio.
    Must-order: You can't miss with the signature waffle sandwich, filled with smoked bacon, Gruyère, an over-easy egg and maple syrup. Pair with with Dublin iced coffee, amped up with Tullamore Dew and Guinness.
    98 San Jacinto Blvd.; 512-433-6155

  • Sophia's
    This West Sixth Street supper club brings brunch with an Italian twist (think pancetta in lieu of bacon, polenta instead of grits) to the 'hood, plus Prosecco cocktails like Bellinis and more.
    Must-order: Chef Mark Sparacino's take on eggs in a basket comes with focaccia, poached eggs, pancetta and sun-dried tomato beurre blanc.
    500 W. 6th St.; 512-580-9990

  • Second Bar & Kitchen at the Archer Hotel
    SBK recently launched a new weekend brunch at the Domain location in the Archer Hotel. Choose from greatest hits like the classic Congress burger or go healthy with new dishes like the fried egg and avocado over grains and greens.
    Must-order: Take brunch to the next level with SBK's fried chicken and bacon cheddar waffles with maple gastrique, brown butter and black pepper aïoli.
    3121 Palm Way #101; 737-300-4800

  • Citizen Eatery
    It's always technically brunch at Citizen Eatery, since the new meat-free cafe's breakfast and lunch menus run all day. Choose from scrambles, toasts, salads, burgers and more.
    Must-order: The gluten-free parsnip waffle can be ordered sweet, with nut butter and fruit, or savory, with barbecued pulled "pork" and wilted greens.
    5011 Burnet Rd.; 512-792-9546

  • Brentwood Social House
    This neighborhood cafe and coffee shop features an all-day menu of housemade pastries, quiches and pies, both savory and sweet, accompanied by locally roasted Greater Goods coffee and Zhi tea.
    Must-order: The breakfast pie is only available until 11 AM, so plan accordingly to get yourself the potato, tomato and onion pastry topped with a fresh farm egg.
    1601 W. Koenig Ln.; 512-362-8656

  • The Factory
    This adorable Allandale cafe specializes in fried chicken, waffles, pastries and coffee, but don't let the short menu fool you. Prepare to settle into a pillow-strewn corner with friends and stay awhile.
    Must-order: The fried chicken waffle is definitely the thing to get, but be sure to try one of the housemade "pop-arts" and a matcha drink while you're at it.
    7718 Burnet Rd.; 512-888-9766

  • Vinaigrette
    This South Austin restaurant, known for its many plant-based options, pays homage to its New Mexican roots with a brunch menu focused on red and green chiles plus veggie-packed cocktails like the Kale Mary.
    Must-order: The savory-sweet cilantro-corn pancakes, griddled with green chile and onion and topped with a fried egg, lime crema and red chile maple syrup, is unlike any other brunch plate in town.
    2201 College Ave.; 512-852-8791

  • Delicious
    Ever wake craving a lobster roll, Korean fried chicken wings and a burger all at once? Fulfill your dreams at this Lamar Union counter-serve joint, where the new brunch menu offers all that, plus eggs Benedict and toad-in-the-hole French toast.

  • Must-order: You can't go wrong with a #1, an English muffin egg sandwich made with Canadian bacon, pimento cheese, fresh arugula and housemade hot sauce.
    1100 S. Lamar Blvd. #1105; 737-802-3807

  • Patika
    This popular South Lamar coffee shop recently launched a menu of tasty toasts, bowls and sandwiches to accompany its coffee and tea program.
    Must-order: The Not A PBJ toast, topped with peach compote, candied pecans and ricotta, makes for a perfectly delicate, yet filling snack any time of day.
    2159 S. Lamar Blvd.; 512-535-3955