Austin Brunch Guide
I’m so excited for this post because two of my favorite things are my city and brunch! I love playing tour guide when friends come into town, so I figured it was high time to make some of my recommendations into posts — and what better place to start than with Austin brunch?
For me, brunch is like a religion. It’s a routine to go most Sundays and celebrate the lazy weekend morning with coffee, mimosas, and something sweet.
As a side note: I am vegan, but my partner is not, so all of these places have been omnivore-approved, even if they’re veggie spots 🙂
3110 Windsor Rd | Vegan Gastropub
This all-vegan gastropub is a relatively new option and has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants in town! I especially love the variety of brunch options, from savory fried chick’n and waffles to the fanciest chia pudding I’ve ever seen. Grab a coffee (with coconut creamer!) or a mimosa of your choice and pick your brunch standard. Be sure to try the house-made butter — I never thought I’d be a vegan butter enthusiast, but it is absolutely fantastic.
Recommendations: Chick’n and waffles, brioche french toast, buttery croissant
11410 Century Oaks Terrace Suite 112 & 4400 North Lamar Blvd Suite 102 | Tearoom
The Steeping Room has long been one of my go-to places in town. The menu makes it easy to fit any dietary restrictions in your party with clearly labelled vegan and gluten-free options. Trying a new pot of tea each time I go has become a tradition. For tea lovers, enjoy their massive selection of tea blends — they’ll even bring out your sweetener and milk of choice. Not a tea fan? You might surprise yourself with a flavorful iced tea of the day or a tea-infused smoothie. Food-wise, choose from traditional brunch stylings or tearoom bites. I love the tempeh BAT sandwich (tempeh “bacon,” arugula, and tomato with basil vegan mayo) with a cashew-caesar salad on the side!
Recommendations: Chai spiced french toast (vegan style), tempeh BAT sandwich
701 E 53rd St | Vegan fine dining food truck
This vegan food truck is known for elevated vegan cuisine. This is the type of spot where I can read the menu, comprehend all the ingredients in a dish, but have no clue what they’d be like when combined — and it’s always, always delicious. Their weekly special French toast is a must for brunch, and if you have never tried a true Czech-style kolache, you have to grab one! Say hi to Chef Craig; he’s most likely the one taking and cooking up your order.
Recommendations: Rotating French toast, kolache, cinnamon roll
5015 Duval St & 1210 Barton Springs Rd | Biscuits and gravy food truck
At first glance, this trailer looks the opposite of veggie-friendly, but the secret nestled in the very bottom of the menu in tiny text is that everything on the menu can be made vegan! In fact, from what I hear, this trailer is owned by a vegan, but expanded to offer non-vegan options to cater to a wider audience. Go on a day it’s not-so-warm and enjoy peppery gravy, fluffy biscuits, and some sun.
Recommendations: Johnny Hash, Bee Gee with the jam of the day
1900 S. 1st St | Vegetarian coffeehouse and cafe
A staple in Austin’s vegetarian scene for almost two decades, Bouldin Creek Cafe is loved by vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. I consider Bouldin’s tofu scramble to be the quintessential tofu scramble. As a result, I pretty much always order breakfast, no matter what time of day it is. Bouldin also boasts an extensive coffee/tea and drink menu, with everything from sake cocktails to lavender lemonade. My personal favorite is the tofu scramble Renedict, a veganized eggs Benedict with tofu bacon and vegan hollandaise sauce.
Recommendations: Lavender almond milk latte, Tokyo Fog, The Renedict, Predictable Breakfast
Multiple locations | 24-hour diner
It’s not a food list of mine without Kerbey Lane Cafe! More often than not, this is where I end up. The extensive menu includes breakfast all day as well as more dinner-y options at reasonable prices, and since it’s open 24 hours, it’s the perfect way to start or end a day. There are so many locations that no matter what part of town you’re in, you’re probably no further than 10 minutes from the nearest Kerbey Lane. The tofu scramble isn’t great and neither is the vegan queso (sorry, Kerbey, you know I love you!), so skip those and order the vegan pancakes or a veggie burger. The pancake flavor rotates weekly, and my favorite I’ve tried is the pumpkin cinnamon roll. Pro tip: You can add a cinnamon swirl to any flavor of pancake!
Recommendations: Weekly vegan pancake shortstack, home fries, $2 mimosas
What are your favorite brunch places in your town?
I know I’m missing some popular Austin brunch spots (probably because of a lack of vegan options) — lay ’em on me!