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Jun 20, 2007 09:41 AM

Austin area breakfast

I know this questions was asked before a few years ago, but things change, so I thought I'd ask it again. We're looking for good places for breakfast, and it seems like we've tried everything out there. Magnolia, Kerbey, Omelettry, Waterloo, and so on. We're not looking for breakfast taco places, as he doesn't like eggs, but more something with gourmet pancakes, belgian waffles, french toast, etc. He used to live in Dallas, and we both miss Breadwinners and Dream Cafe for their slightly more unique, upscale breakfast offerings than we've found in Austin. Mag and Kerbey are fairly pedestrian compared to those gems, but they seem to be the best thing going, as far as we've found in our searches.

Ideas? We'd go to Lakeway, Round Rock, wherever for a good stuffed french toast, crepes, or gourmet pancake. Thank you in advance!

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  1. Enoteca has brunch that is more upscale than places like those you've mentioned i.e. kerbey lane and they have delicious french toast. If you like polenta, theirs is nice and creamy; espresso is some of the best I've had in Austin.

    1. I'm not sure if you're referring to Sunday brunches as well, but I wrote about a recent experience at Lambert's ( ), and if your SO can get past a smattering of egg, their brioche french toast may fit the bill for him.

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      1. re: Twill

        He's okay with eggs as long as they aren't served as their own dish. In other words, egg used in the creation of french toast is fine, but scrambled eggs or a breakfast casserole made of egg isn't.

        Thanks for the recommendation! I wish they had something other than the buffet option; we usually order something and split it or get an order apiece and take half home, so $44 for the two of us would be a bit spendy (and with no leftovers! :( ). Perhaps we might try this on a special occasion!

        1. re: ParticularPalate

          Hey PP
          Another try might be Moonshine for brunch.

      2. Since the site’s search-function isn’t working well, I thought I’d let you know about some other relevant links:

        I’m sorry to say that delicious “gourmet” and “upscale” waffles and pancakes may not exist in Austin. Judging just from Twill’s earlier description, Lambert’s sounds really good [you can read it by clicking on the second link, above]. I haven’t personally tried this place yet. I know that tom in austin thinks Eastside Cafe does a great brunch, but he loves their eggs benedict. Personally, I’m not a fan of the chow at Moonshine, but you’ll see that some people love it. I like the pizzas and supplì at Enoteca Vespaio, but, in my opinion, their espresso-based drinks and their pastas, among other things, leave a great deal to be desired. They do offer crepes at brunch, which I haven't sampled.

        If you wanted to change your parameters a bit, you could try the down-home chicken and waffles at Tony’s Southern Comfort (get the waffle with chicken wings or drumettes). You’d have to lose all “gourmet” expectations, though. On the other hand, Fonda San Miguel has a “unique” and “upscale” (and correspondingly expensive) brunch spread, but they don’t serve pancakes.

        In San Antonio, on the other hand, you’d have some good options. . . if you head that way, just post a query on the Texas board.


        1. the crepes at Flip Happy are pretty awesome. i had the smoked salmon w/ lemon cream cheese (delish!), hubby had the cuban-inspired one, and we shared a chicken/goat cheese one. the dessert ones could be kind of breakfast-y and they had some breakfast specials when i was there.

          Original Pancake House up on Parmer has all kinds of pancakes, waffles, and crepes. not upscale, but they have every type of fruity (and non) pancake and a bunch of yummy-sounding crepes. i had the apple pancake last time and it was huge.

          and i've never actually been, but Chez Zee is supposed to have good brunch. i've been dying to try the Creme Brulee French Toast. which reminds me, once on a Sat. morning, Central Market south had a special, this crazy Brie-stuffed French Toast w/ Berry Compote. so they have some creative breakfast-type items on weekends.

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          1. re: NirvRush

            The creme brulee french toast at Chez Zee is quite good, but absolutely gigantic. I've gone with a friend and each of us have ordered a side (eggs or bacon) and then split the toast. It is also quite sweet (as a warning) which might not appeal to all. I've been underwhelemed by the food at Chez Zee for dinner but the breakfast is quite good. My only complaints are the cheesy (read annoying and showtunes/70s&80s soft rock and slow james) piano playing the the hordes of often not well behaved children.

            1. re: NirvRush

              I'll enthusiastically recommend the Original Pancake House at Parmer and Metric. As NirvRush pointed out, it's not an upscale place, but the food is fantastic. They have crepes, waffles, pancakes (including bacon pancakes! yeah!), blintzes, and dutch babies.

              I suggest getting the apple pancake, which is a specialty of the house. It's really nothing like a normal pancake. It's a huge baked pastry/pie thing with a delicious eggy custard. It's hard to explain, but easy to love. Your best bet is to split the apple pancake, which is WAY too much for one person, and get a variety of their fantastic breakfast meats to go along with it.

            2. Have you tried Hyde Park & Grill? They have a niec breakfast. Also, Austin Java serves breakfast all day and the french toast looked GREAT. Of note, they may not be crowded since many people are boycotting them due to the cutting down of Pecan trees in Pecan Grove. Currently their location at Pecan Grove has no parking due to construction and you have to pay like $5 for valet! So the food looks good, but there are some convenience negatives. The Bake House on Manchach also serves a good breakfast.