Brunching is essentially a sport in Austin. This is the first sport I have ever been great at, mind you. Pick your priorities and make your reservations. Ready. Set. Go!
Not to imply you are ever anything other than classy. For #aesthetic that will knock your socks off, and incredible food to boot.
VOX Table Brunch
location: Lamar Union
hours: Sat & Sun 11-2
This is one of my favorite restaurants south of the water. The food is innovative, delicious, and will make you close your eyes alongside a “holy shit, that’s good”.
– The best Bloody Mary in the city comes with celery foam, a pipette of tabasco sauce, and a pony back of High Life
– The Crab Benedict, topped with prosciutto and bacon dust, nestled inside a yorkshire pudding (seriously, look at that, must order)
– Be served by some of the most accommodating and knowledgeable waitstaff in Austin
– They only have reservations up to 6 on OpenTable but if you call in you can get a larger table.
Odd Duck Sunday Brunch
location: South Lamar
hours: Sun 10:30-2:30
I always wonder how on earth the chefs at Odd Duck constantly one-up themselves with each new menu that comes out. How do they come up with these flavor combinations? Do they do a FoodNetwork style challenge, choose the most bizarre ingredients, and make them come together in ways that give your taste buds their own taste buds?!
– I genuinely cannot tell you what dish to order because this place is too innovative to keep a consistent menu. Oh well, just order them all!
– The homemade simple syrup accompanying their cold brew coffee puts whatever you drink on the weekdays to shame.
– Odd Duck exclusively uses Resy for reservations, which allows you to include any allergies or dietary restrictions
Jacoby’s Weekend Brunch
location: East Cesar Chavez
hours: Sat & Sun 10-3
The Jacoby’s patio is perfect for a gorgeous day in Austin. I love bringing visitors to Jacoby’s – they truly encompass so much of what makes our city awesome.
– The Mimosa Trio if you’re with a group – a full bottle of champagne along with an assortment of Juiceland juices
– The deviled eggs, the mac & cheese… honestly you can’t go wrong with this menu
– Smell every single candle in their adorable Mercantile shop. Every. Single. One.
– Ask your waiter to assist in your ordering, they won’t steer you wrong.
location: East 11th
hours: Sat & Sun 9-2
Some days you just wanna feel like a hip Austinite; sit on an East-side patio, admire the penny tiles, and pour a mimosa from your Erlenmeyer Flask carafe into your mason jar glass.
– The Fried Egg Sandwich: get it. Add the bacon.
– The Mac and Cheese: get it. Add the Pancetta, add the broccoli, add the poached egg.
THIS. IS. IMPORTANT. Do not stroll up to Hillside on a peak brunch hour and expect to be seated. It isn’t gonna happen. Accept this, strategize around it, follow my steps, and you will still enjoy your mac & cheese and leave happy.
- Show up early
- Put your name in.
- Take a nice stroll up and down 11th.
- Go grab a coffee, or a mimosa (hell, make it a carafe) at Quickie Pickie across the street
- Would you look at the time? Your table is ready!
Not to encourage debauchery at this establishment, but this is my favorite brunch drink deal in the city.
Wu Chow: Sunday Dim Sum
hours: Sun 11-3
This is genuinely my favorite place to spend a Sunday afternoon in Austin. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and will fully explain to you how to properly eat a soup dumpling so you don’t embarrass yourself or burn your mouth off. To clarify, this is not a ‘drunk brunch’ type of place – if it weren’t for their amazing drink deal they would be top of my “Classy Brunch’ options.
– Best soup dumplings in Austin
– $1 Chrysanthemum tea mimosas
– Make your reservation ahead of time
– Have your waiter order for the group