Oh hey there- time to share a comprehensive list of the absolute best breakfast and brunch spots in Austin. Austin is swarming with dozens (and dozens) of fantastic breakfast options from pancakes to breakfast tacos to biscuits and gravy, and today we’re sharing a collection of some of the absolute best in the entire city.
How To Choose The Best Breakfast and Brunch In Austin
There was certain criteria we followed when compiling our list of best breakfast and brunch in Austin, because when you’re making a list with anything touted as the “best”, it can easily become a free for all. We always ordered the most “signature” and/or popular menu item in order to have a taste of the all-star menu item, rather than something that randomly sounded good (we all have our tendencies when it comes to ordering).
Disclaimer (But Nothing New)
This list of best breakfast and brunch in Austin does not include any Sunday only breakfast/brunch options. Although there are arguably many fantastic Sunday only spots (Fonda San Miguel, Emmer & Rye, Bangers Sausage House, etc.), we wanted our recommendations for this list to be open *at least* twice each week. It’s also important to note that we tried the popular spots, the unpopular spots, and everything in between. There are SEVERAL breakfast and brunch restaurants in Austin that are incredibly popular that aren’t on our list, solely for the fact that we simply didn’t think the food was that good. That being said, we were overwhelmed by the insane amount of fantastic breakfast and brunch in Austin. Enjoy!
20. Texas French Bread
Texas French Bread is a fantastic starting point when it comes to the best breakfast and brunch in Austin. Their menu is simple but completely hits the spots with classics like omelettes, banana pancakes, and (of course) their famous french toast made with homemade challah bread. It’s thick, it’s delicious, it’s covered in the perfect amount of powdered sugar and served with warm syrup. Don’t forget to grab a loaf of bread or some of their pastries for later on your way out.
When you’re sorting out good vs. bad restaurants in Austin, it can be tricky sometimes because (truth be told) a lot of people are instagramming dishes or at restaurants solely based on the fact that they’re beautiful. Forthright definitely has a lot of hype, and although it’s slightly overpriced (not shocking, they’re right downtown) the food is really delicious. Their menu has a little bit of everything from chicken and waffles to breakfast tacos, plus plenty of GF options if that’s your thing, but we highly recommend trying their avocado toast. It’s the avocado toast of all avocado toasts, with thick cut bread, generous portions of smashed avocado, and crushed red pepper and pepitas. Ask for poached eggs on top and a side of bacon.
18. Café No Sé
Cafe No Se is a super trendy breakfast and brunch spot in the South Congress neighborhood in Austin, and we mention them here along with the masses because they do serve great food. Cafe No Se is a great spot to go to for some of the best breakfast and brunch in Austin if you’re looking for food on the healthier/lighter side but still delicious and worth eating out for. The oatmeal hotcakes are supppper popular here and we also endorse their beautiful and delicious gravlax bagel, too.
17. Le Politique
Also reigning from the New Waterloo group (like Cafe No Se mentioned above and other popular Austin restaurants like Sway and La Condesa) is Le Politique. Serving French food in one of the most central, downtown locations, this is a great spot to take friends or out of town visitors. Le Politique is one of the most stunningly gorgeous restaurants in the entire city with some of the best breakfast and brunch in Austin. The eggs benedict is perfect for any occasion but if you’re feeling adventurous try the Galette Norvégienne. The burger at Le Polotique has nice flavor and although it’s not on our list of best burgers in Austin it’s definitely an honorable mention. And whatever you do order one (or five) of the chocolate croissants. You have never had a pastry so truly sublime.
16. June’s All Day
If you’ve spent any time scouting out the Austin restaurant scene online, you know that June’s All Day is nothing short of trendy and everything that comes out of their kitchen is just as gorgeous as this Parisian style cafe with marble dining surfaces and checkered black and white tiles. Some say that they serve some of the BEST breakfast & brunch in Austin! Our take? Really delicious food and a really fun experience. To be more than straightforward, June’s is terribly overpriced, but no question a solid option for breakfast. Try the sourdough pancakes for something classic and deliciously buttery or the croque madame for a decadent dish that’s also their most popular (we loved it). June’s is a great breakfast or brunch spot if you’re not on a budget.
15. Biderman’s Deli
Every great city deserves a fantastic bagel spot and Biderman’s Deli in North Austin is unquestionably worthy to be mentioned on our list of best breakfast and brunch spots in Austin. Biderman’s Deli is a real deal Jewish style deli that serves incredible deli sandwiches, soup, salad, and *bagels*! You want the Lox Delux (bagel + schmear + nova lox + tomato + onion + capers) on a poppyseed or everything bagel. Quick, delicious, completely hits the spot.
Paperboy is so perfectly Austin in so many different ways and serves some of the best breakfast and brunch in Austin if you’re looking to enjoy things food truck style. Situated on 11th street, they serve simple breakfast items like cinnamon toast or homemade biscuits, and then there’s the Texas Hash and the B.E.C (bacon, sunny egg, pimento cheese, buttermilk bun). We have eaten here in the dead heat of summer and during windy “winter” months and the food is always consistently hot and delicious regardless of conditions and despite being made in small quarters.
Launderette is another “perfectly Austin” restaurant situated on the east side of town, and definitely serves some of the best breakfast and brunch in Austin. You may recognize them from being on our list of best burgers in Austin or even our list of best desserts in Austin, but the breakfast/brunch is worth coming for also. They have great classic breakfast options or a delicious fried chicken sandwich or burger if you’re looking to put more “lunch” in your brunch. Try the pork shoulder hash for our favorite savory brunch menu items and at the very least share some buttermilk pancakes with someone else at the table.
All hail Snooze. Totally a chain and totally not an ATX original but they undeniably serve some of the best breakfast and brunch in Austin. Period. It’s not only one of our top recommendations because the food is so delicious but they also endorse a dining culture of “custom creations” which means everyone gets sweet AND savory for breakfast and it doesn’t need to be complicated! We recommend ordering half of one of their eggs benedicts and half of whatever pancake piques your interest. It’s just that good.
11. Dai Due
We haven’t always had the best service at Dai Due and the menu is seemingly overpriced, but everything here is just so consistently delicious. From the same creators of Dai Due Taqueria (see our list of best places to eat at Fareground), Dai Due is basically the butcher shop of your dreams, serving up true Texan “farm to table” meals, with a huge emphasis on local meals like wild boar, chicken, beef, etc. If you’re feeling something sweet try the pancakes or for savory enjoy the biscuits and gravy with venison sausage, which are honestly fantastic.
10. Tamale House East
We have so much love for Tamale House and it’s hands down on our list of best breakfast and brunch in Austin! The food is simple yet delicious, so perfectly Austin with the beautiful patio, flavors, etc. We promise if you eat here once it won’t be your last time! For breakfast tacos try the migas and cheese taco or the potato, egg, bacon, and cheese taco. But if you want something really satisfying order the chilaquiles verdes or the migas breakfast plate and thank us later!
9. Counter Cafe
Counter Cafe isn’t anything novel but they serve some of the best breakfast and brunch in Austin! It’s a must try if you’re in the area and we are never disappointed by the food here. We’ve mentioned them before for their delicious burger (on my list of 15 best burgers in Austin) and the breakfast is at the same caliber of quality and deliciousness. Try the biscuits and gravy or the breakfast tacos and whatever you do split a pancake (or don’t split it) with you brunch buddy.
8. Hillside Farmacy
Aside from the absolutely stunning decor and ambiance (worth visiting alone just for this- we love the way they have repurposed this historic pharmacy), the food here will knock your socks off. For something delicious and a fantastically southern breakfast, try the ham steak and cheddar cheese grits. We’re also huge fan of pairing anything we get here (usually savory) with the bruleed grapefruit. It’s simple but perfect. And if you’re up for something really worthwhile, make sure and snag some of the delectable mac and cheese (add pancetta or eggs if you like).
7. Tiny Boxwoods
Tiny Boxwoods should be on everyones list of best breakfast and brunch in Austin for the ambiance and experience alone, but the food is stellar and it’s one of the best places in town without a doubt. Menu items here have a higher price point, but in our opinion it’s still worth it. The avocado toast is hugely popular here, but the “egg and avocado” is our favorite savory menu item. Trust us on this one- the tomatillo salsa is what dreams are made of and the charred homemade tortilla brings everything together perfectly. Love ending our meal with something sweet. If we’re feeling “healthy” we order the Santa Barbara acai bowl and if we’re feeling “comfort” we get one of their perfect warm chocolate chip cookies and a couple for later (see my list of the 20 best desserts in Austin).
6. Bird Bird Biscuit
There’s breakfast that you sit down and enjoy with your friends and family on the weekends and then there’s practical breakfast that’s quick and fast or maybe “on the go” as you head to a weekend soccer game or nearby hike. Bird Bird Biscuit is our favorite breakfast on the go and is no question one of the best options for breakfast and brunch in Austin. These deliciously salty homemade biscuits (fluffy on the inside, perfectly flaky on the outside) are complimented with simple ingredients like eggs, cheese, and bacon are prepared thoughtfully by a team of passionate food lovers and will make your breakfast sandwich heart sing. We can’t recommend this place more.
If you’ve been reading any of our other Austin posts on Female Foodie, then you already know how over the moon we are for Jacoby’s (the burger and their strawberry cake to name a couple) and the brunch is no exception. You can expect on of the most stellar patio scenes in all of Austin here and the weekend only brunch is top quality. Start with deviled eggs or the smoked salmon board to get your brunch juices flowing. You can’t go wrong for the main event but the chicken fried steak and waffles with sausage gravy and maple syrup is truly unforgettable. So southern, so decadent.
4. Veracruz All Natural
A guide to the best breakfast and brunch in Austin isn’t complete without mention of breakfast tacos. We have an entire post dedicated to the best tacos in Austin (which includes a lot of breakfast and non-breakfast taco recommendations), but the shining star for breakfast tacos in Austin will forever be Veracruz All Natural. They offer homemade corn tortillas (flour are made locally but not in house) with the most flavorful symphony of breakfast ingredients. Fav breakfast tacos are the migas originales- egg, tortilla chips, monterey jack cheese, cilantro, tomato, onion, avocado, or the “el traditional” for your standard bacon, egg, cheese, and potato taco (sans the beans). Be sure to wash down all of the savory goodness with one of their aguas frescas.
3. Elizabeth Street Cafe
Austinites will unanimously agree that Elizabeth Street Cafe offers one of the best breakfasts in ATX because the food is just THAT GOOD. You can come here for delicious Vietnamese food for lunch or dinner but the breakfast and brunch is not to be overlooked. Go early to get a seat on the patio and start with smaller plates from the bakery like the croissants or the beignets. For the main event you want the house baked brioche french toast- the brown butter syrup is everything.
2. Josephine House
Josephine House is a must try for the best breakfast and brunch in Austin. Sister restaurant to Jeffrey’s, this beautiful restaurant is situated in the timeless Clarksville neighborhood just a few minutes from downtown. But regardless of charm or ambiance, the food here is fantastic and well worth your time. The shining star are the lemon ricotta pancakes. These moist, fluffy, golden hotcakes are served with fresh fruit, cultured butter, and maple syrup. A breakfast dish that will truly make your heart sing.
If you can only have one brunch experience from this list of best breakfast and brunch in Austin, we whole-heartedly endorse a morning at Mattie’s for a meal to remember. Mattie’s is a restaurant in a 19th century home situated on the beautiful 23- acre historic Green Pastures property. You’ll be smitten instantly by the gardens and wrap around porch, but the menu items stand alone and are truly some of the best your brunching days will ever behold. A meal here isn’t complete without starting with the buttermilk biscuits- the saltiness of this carby and buttery perfection is complimented with a brush of local honey on top. For the entree we strongly recommend the fried chicken eggs benedict- truly one of the best savory breakfast items you will ever have. Literally the most decadent and delicious eggs benny we’ve ever had. Feeling something sweet? Indulge in the brioche french toast served with candied pecans, fresh berries, and a bourbon maple syrup.