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Best Breakfast Place In Town??

angelfoodmaker Mar 24, 2008 07:56 PM

What's the best Breakfast place egg dishes etc. in Austin or Williamson County. Also any Diners in town?

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    nosh Mar 24, 2008 07:59 PM

    Kerbey Lane. But you don't want to travel far for breakfast. Please specify your hotel or neighborhood.

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      angelfoodmaker Mar 24, 2008 08:20 PM

      I live in Cedar Park area. I don't mind a drive south for a good breakfast. I go to Hoovers on 183 sometimes.

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        Rene Mar 24, 2008 10:56 PM

        If you aren't being particular about ambience, the chorimiga taco at Jardin Corona in Cedar Park is really good. It's a little spicy and very full of flavor. Probably a ton of calories. The other locations don't seem to do it so well, though.

        I posted about diners several months ago and came up with nothing in this area.

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          angelfoodmaker Mar 25, 2008 04:49 AM

          Jose Corona in Leander which is owned by the same person is very good. A diner would be great in the Austin area.

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      danoc Mar 25, 2008 05:23 AM

      In Georgetown, the Monument Cafe is unbeatable. Nicer diner atmosphere, very clean and spacious. Locally owned and they use local or organic produce and milk. Lots of pancakes, omelets, serious oatmeal. If you're ever in town later in the day, a stop just for the coconut cream pie is worth the trip. Homemade and ADDICTIVE!!!

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        Gleep Mar 25, 2008 05:29 PM

        The Omelettry and Austin Diner on Burnet are great breakfast spots. As the name implies, the Omelettry specializes in egg dishes. Austin Diner is also a classic homestyle breakfast place.
        If you're into Tex-mex breakfast (migas, huevos rancheros, etc.), the best place in town will soon be gone, so enjoy it before the developers knock down the building :( Las Manitas Avenue Cafe (yes, that's the whole name) is on the corner of 2nd and Congress. You'll find great food and lots of Austin history there... as well as a great breakfast.

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        1. re: Gleep
          Hsien_Ko Mar 26, 2008 07:36 AM

          The closest feel I've gotten to a diner in this town would be Star Seeds, but I wouldn't heartily recommend the place.

          I love Las Manitas! There's nothing quite like it for me.
          I also love Taco Deli for their yummy breakfast tacos. They have a migas plate for breakfast as well.
          Probably my favorite breakfast tacos ever come from the Tamale House on Airport Blvd (closed Sundays). There isn't much of a restaurant ambiance to that place. I would usually enjoy their tacos while sitting on the front step watching the traffic, and keeping my napkins from blowing through the parking lot.
          The Original Pancake House on Parmer Lane has an old-style breakfast place (almost diner-ish) feel. Their OJ is freshly squeezed. I really enjoyed their crepes and DH loved his pancakes and hash. We didn't try their eggs though.

          1. re: Hsien_Ko
            ubilam May 2, 2008 08:53 AM

            2nd the Original Pancake House, Parmer & Metric. Consistent, friendly, and enough pancake varieties to satisfy anyone. I like the migas. But don't get there after 9:45 am on a weekend, you'll have a long wait.

          2. re: Gleep
            chub512 Mar 26, 2008 10:22 AM

            Again, misinformation about Las Manitas. It's moving not closing down.

            1. re: Gleep
              KPeff Mar 26, 2008 09:17 PM

              The omelets at Omelettry are extremely spotty, which I've said on here before. If you're just going for an a la carte sort of breakfast or a simple ham and cheese omelet, you'll be pleased with the price and the food. Their pancakes are also excellent, and the coffee is strong, too.

              Austin Diner is pretty good. Big gringo-mex breakfast specials like enchiladas with eggs on the side, toast, and a pancake. Really kind service and charming atmosphere (Alton Brown would dig the place. There are a bunch of vintage coffee makers and waffle presses everywhere).

              I think the best breakfast deals are found at Stallion Grill near North Loop and Airport Blvd. Their cornbeef hash comes out of a can and is too salty. Their hasbrowns are the shredded variety which I've never liked. But their biscuits, home-style potatoes, ham, and eggs are great. I happen to have a menu here so let me quote you my two favorite breakfasts there.

              For $4.99 you can get a country ham steak, two eggs (which are huge for some reason), a buttermilk biscuit, and grits/hashbrowns/homefries. They're also one of the few places in town that does red eye gravy (ham drippings and coffee, something Homer Simpson would create).

              But their best deal is on biscuits and gravy. For $3.29 you get two biscuits cut in half and covered with delicious homemade gravy with big sausage chunks in it. I made the mistake of ordering this with a single scrambled egg on the side. I barely finished and had to go home to take a nap. A single biscuit halved and covered in gravy is $1.69.

              Of course, you could always fight the crowd and spend $13 for breakfast and coffee at Kerby Lane. I only go there when my parents are in town and want gingerbread pancakes. And when they're paying.

              1. re: KPeff
                Rene Mar 26, 2008 10:31 PM

                Homer Simpson creation, you gotta be kidding! Red Eye Gravy? That is a traditional old southern delight which can't be found anywhere around here and so few people have a clue what it is. Is it tasty there? I haven't had it since my dad and grandmother both passed away over ten years ago. Grandmother would have been almost 100 years old today.... (Of course, I'm a young mid 40s). This posting is s such a find for me! I'm going there this weekend. Thank you, thank you, thanks, KPeff!

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                  amysuehere Mar 27, 2008 08:01 AM

                  did I hear Red Eye GRAVY? Holy cow! I'm SO there. Yes, I'm passionate about the r.e.g.

                  1. re: amysuehere
                    angusb Mar 29, 2008 09:32 AM

                    I wouldn't recommend rushing to Stallion Grill for the food or the red eye gravy. I went this morning and was not very happy. I will report more later in a new thread.

                    1. re: angusb
                      rudeboy Mar 29, 2008 10:12 AM

                      Thanks for taking one for the team - I was considering going!

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                        Rene Mar 29, 2008 10:38 AM

                        Something came up this morning and we couldn't make it so were rounding up the gang to go tomorrow! I will indeed look forward to your post and I echo Rudeboy's sentiments. You saved me a potentially nasty chow experience and the scorn of the gang. THANKS!

                    2. re: KPeff
                      Gleep Mar 27, 2008 10:43 AM

                      I'm still a fan of the Omelettry, but maybe that's because I always order the vegetarian omelette :)

                      Definitely going to have to try Stallion Grill! I haven't had red eye gravy since high school.

                      On a related note, does anyone remember HighLife Cafe on 7th? They had crispy waffles and fluffy eggs (no omelettes that I remember, though) that they cooked with the steam from an espresso machine. Any recommendations for similarly spectacular waffles?

                      1. re: KPeff
                        chascates Apr 28, 2008 02:18 PM

                        Is the Stallion Grill a spawn of the old Stallion that was on North Lamar? The late-night last-resort cheap eats of my ill-spent youth?

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                          TroyTempest May 1, 2008 09:11 AM

                          I think the name is an homage to the old stallion, but don't believe they are actually related.

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                      wwiggins Mar 26, 2008 09:44 AM

                      Counter cafe on Lamar, near Waterloo Records, is the best spot in town for steak & eggs, bacon, buttermilk buscuits and eggs benedict. Eastside Cafe also has fairly good eggs benedict and waffles. Breakfast Tacos at El Chilito on Manor and Taco Deli.

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                        Carter B. Mar 27, 2008 04:19 AM

                        Second on Counter Cafe. Their egg sandwich and counter benedict (eggs benedict with pastrami) are both extremely good. Place is tiny though--can be tough for parties of more than 2 and they open at 9am.

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                          femmenikita Mar 27, 2008 12:48 PM

                          THIRD on the C. Cafe! And let's not forget that (to my surprise) the tortillas used in their breakfast tacos seem to be *hand-rolled*! Not that they have the greatest tacos, by any means, but they are passable and the tortillas make them noteworthy. If they'd jazz up their salsa (tacos are served w/a nondescript pico de gallo) I'd order 'em more often.

                          My favorite menu item, though, is the pimiento cheese sandwich, which you may order cold or griled. Try it grilled and it's a gooey cheesey bit of wonderful, served with red onion, lettuce, tomato. I usually get mayo on the side (homemade aoili, sometimes garlicky). Mayo is hit or miss but when it's on, soo worth it.

                          1. re: femmenikita
                            Carter B. Mar 31, 2008 04:20 AM

                            We ate at Counter Cafe yesterday for breakfast (served all day on Saturday and Sundays) and my friend had the tacos and the tortillas most definitely came from a bag. Still the tacos were good and we jazzed them up with some Sirachi (sp) sauce to give them some heat.

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                              femmenikita Mar 31, 2008 12:47 PM

                              I know Carter B., I was devastated there on Saturday! I went to CC and these were NOT the same tortillas used the last couple of times I tried the tacos. The waitress (owner?) teased me that she'd "see [us] next weekend" and I vow that when I go back I'm going to get to the bottom of this tortilla thing. Maybe they use homemade til they run out or only use them when they have time to make 'em.

                              1. re: femmenikita
                                Carter B. Mar 31, 2008 01:19 PM

                                We were there right at 9am and it was straight to the bag for tortillas. Maybe there normal tortilla maker was out or maybe they didn't have the right ingredients.

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                        mkwng Mar 27, 2008 08:23 AM

                        I need to try the Stallion, both for breakfast and lunch.

                        I know I've posted this before, but for diner-style breakfast, I think the Frisco Shop and Dan's Hamburgers are very good options. I have had mixed luck at Austin Diner.

                        If you're ever in the mood to stuff yourself silly, the Orlando's Plate at Taco Shack is great. Big plate of fresh eggs, sausage, and chorizo scrambled together and topped with cheese. You also get beans, potatoes, sliced avocado, and tortillas.

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                          TroyTempest Mar 27, 2008 10:25 AM

                          the biscuits are excellent at the Frisco, and the waitress will call you hon. I like the omelettery on a weekday, its just not worth the wait on a weekend.

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                          angelfoodmaker Mar 27, 2008 06:39 PM

                          Hoovers is pretty good anyone try there .

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                            rudeboy Mar 27, 2008 07:54 PM

                            Yes. What did you like? I used to like their carribean ribs. The sides seem pretty flavorless to me, for the price.

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                              angelfoodmaker Mar 28, 2008 06:46 PM

                              For breakfast I usually have their eggs bacon and Grits, but they also have elgin sausage I know is a big dish for them. I want to try that next time.

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                              ArsenicJulep Mar 30, 2008 12:38 PM

                              Honestly, I think someone needs to say that Emperor Hoover is not wearing any clothes. The food there has always tasted to me like institutional steam-table food. The mac and cheese is elbow noodles in orange glop--no real discernable cheese content or flavor. Their vegetables have that boiled-to-death consistency like my late grandmother used to make. So it may taste like home cooking, but I'd just as rather not get invited to *that* home.

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                                wwiggins Apr 11, 2008 10:26 AM

                                Second on Hoover's being mediocre. It's always tasted like bland cafeteria food to me.

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                              shelbyk Mar 30, 2008 08:14 AM

                              Speaking strictly to the eggs: the scrambled eggs with biscuits and gravy small plate at Lambert's brunch blew my mind the last time we ordered it. I can't imagine the amount of butter and cream used in those eggs, but they are delectable. They were cooked just right, not over-scrambled or dried-out, and they are actually craveable.

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                                Eatsomemore Mar 30, 2008 11:49 AM

                                Original Pancake House

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                                  Eatsomemore Mar 30, 2008 03:15 PM

                                  I agree, Hoovers is terrible food.

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                                lovemywolfie Mar 30, 2008 05:16 PM

                                Thanks danoc! I was looking for a great breakfast place to celebrate my birthday today and I saw your recommendation for Monument Cafe in Georgetown. It was on our way to the Waco Zoo, so we decided to stop by. It was great! I was originally going to order french toast, but I saw a plate of it come by and it looked kind of skinny just sitting there with only berries and nothing else, so I changed my order to migas. The migas came with hashbrowns, peppered bacon, refried beans, and toast and all were excellent! I hate to eat out for breakfast because it's usually so greasy and disgusting and full of fakeness. But Monument Cafe had free range yard eggs, organic produce and Kobe beef! And nothing was even slightly greasy or full of fake yellow butter flavored substance like at IHOP. Great recommendation danoc! You saved my birthday!

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                                  sweet100s Mar 30, 2008 05:47 PM

                                  I've enjoyed every meal I've had at the Monument. They seem to really care about their ingredients. The Chicken Fried Chicken is delicious.

                                  Have never tried their Migas for breakfast. (the day I tried, their breakfast ended at 11:00am, and I was there at 11:15...)

                                  Their entrees come with 3 sides. I can't eat 3, so the third I usually order with someone else in mind.... I DETEST fruit salad (from growing up with ick fruit salads), so I ordered one for my Dad. Oh my goodness their fruit salad is excellent. Dad only got a couple spoonfulls.

                                  Even their house salad is special. (walnuts, delicious Sweet 100's cherry tomatoes, etc :-).

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                                    angelfoodmaker Mar 30, 2008 06:58 PM

                                    The Monument is great I enjoy their Biscuits and Gravy and love their Bacon my one problem with them is that they are always crowded. But it's a Great place I would recommend it to anyone. It's worth the drive to Georgetown.

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                                      mikegtwn Mar 31, 2008 11:00 AM

                                      THe Monument has been a Georgetown tradition for years. They will be moving sometime soon to a bigger location on Austin Ave. But for now the best way to get there from Austin is north on 35 to the Leander road exit. Right off the frontage road and left at the stop light. It will be on your right hand side. Parking can be tight but there is a lot on the far side of the restaurant across the street.


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                                        danoc Mar 31, 2008 12:32 PM

                                        I'm so glad you liked it lmwolfie. It's like an old-fashioned diner with a conscious. I love taking my kids there, it's food I feel good about feeding them.

                                        Now you'll have to make a trip back for lunch or dinner. The pies are DIVINE!!! All homemade. I strongly suggest the Coconut Cream.

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                                          mrnyc Apr 16, 2008 01:49 PM

                                          what? THE MONUMENT is moving? oh no. it's set in such a scenic deco diner building. glad they will still be around, but what of the building itself? anyone know the story?

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                                            danoc May 13, 2008 05:22 AM

                                            The Monument is moving to the old car dealership just south of the square on Austin Ave. Looks like really cool plans for a green building with a lot more space and parking.

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                                    foodiegal71 Mar 30, 2008 07:32 PM

                                    For a Mexican breakfast, I'm a Sazon addict...chillaquilles with green sauce, eggs over easy, refried black beans and corn tortillas (and a Coke if I've been drinking the night before :)

                                    For a regular breakfast, I really do like Hoover's. It's been a while since I've been but it's simple and good. Also, OHOP (Original House of Pancakes). They have bacon waffles. I haven't had them, bu the idea just makes me smile.

                                    1. MPH Mar 31, 2008 01:23 PM

                                      Don't forget Arkie's Grill. I haven't tried it yet, but it comes highly recommended from scrumptiouschef, Twill, and other 'hounds. Here's one thread that mentions their breakfast fare: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/46218...

                                      The best potato-and-egg taco that I've *ever* had can be found at El Rico, a taco truck on Vargas Road in the Montopolis neighborhood. I'd also highly recommend Abarrotes Mexicanos and El Rinconsito as off-the-beaten-track spots that make great Mexican breakfast fare.

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                                        sweet100s Mar 31, 2008 02:45 PM

                                        MPH or scrumptioschef or Twill, do you know if Arkies Grill serves breakfast through lunch hours?

                                        (And why doesn't everyone eat breakfast for lunch darnit....)

                                        1. re: sweet100s
                                          Eatsomemore Mar 31, 2008 06:30 PM

                                          I've been to the Monument Cafe once for dinner, had the fried catfish for $15.95. In my opinion it is over priced and way over rated and the service was terrible by all the teenagers they had working there and I was at the counter! Two eggs and bacon is $8 lol, I'll pass on that showcase Bob even if they are free range :-)

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                                        stephanieh Apr 11, 2008 11:48 AM

                                        I love Mother's banana walnut pancakes on the weekend brunch menu. The flavor reminds me of my mom's homemade banana bread, and the texture of the pancakes are perfectly soft and melt in your mouth with the organic maple syrup. I wasn't a fan of the soysage, though. It had a cumin-y flavor that didn't go well with my pancakes.

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                                          MustHaveFood Apr 12, 2008 11:32 AM

                                          I like the Carrot Cake French Toast at South Congress Cafe. Have also heard that their Migas are awesome, as is the fresh OJ.

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                                            jdae Apr 30, 2008 08:28 AM

                                            I live south of the river, and have enjoyed breakfast at The Bakehouse on Manchaca (just north of Stassney) for years. Very consistent, great food, excellent prices. My favorite is the eggs benedict (for less than $6!).

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                                              amysuehere Apr 30, 2008 02:03 PM

                                              I'd be scared of a place that Chef Ramsey considered for "Kitchen Nighmares"

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                                                amykragan May 2, 2008 10:01 AM

                                                Wonder what the real story is with him pulling out and deciding not to makeover their place.

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                                              TheSprinkler May 12, 2008 03:03 PM

                                              I recommend Cafe Java on Metric Blvd. (in the little strip right next to the ACC). They have great simple breakfast food, cheap prices, and a broad selection. Plus, they serve breakfast all day which is always an added bonus. My favorite meal there is the "Java Melt, which is your choice of bagel (they have several kinds, I get the whole wheat) with one egg cooked any style and your choice of bacon, ham, or sausage plus cheese. It's the perfect breakfast sandwich- and it comes with hashbrowns too! I believe that costs $5.29 just to give an idea of pricing. As for their coffee, I'm the type that tends to load up my coffee with cream, sugar, and flavorings but their coffee is so good that I'd rather just drink it black - even better iced.

                                              They also have lunch food as well, but I've never tried it - even when I'm there at 7:00pm, just because I'm so attached to their breakfast dishes. However, I've taken many friends there that have raved about their philly cheesesteak and burgers. The only disappointment is that they come up with really awesome unique daily specials, and if that becomes your new favorite then you're out of luck because chances are it won't show up on the menu again any time in the near future.

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                                                cstrombe May 14, 2008 11:47 AM

                                                I wholeheartedly concur. Great standard breakfast fare at Cafe Java, at a good price. I also recommend Jim's--breakfast served all day and done well, for standard eggs/bacon/hash browns/grits.

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                                                  sweet100s May 14, 2008 02:15 PM

                                                  I LOVE the flavor of Jim's pancakes. Anyone know what causes that flavor?

                                                  Like their coffee too. I bought a case of it (a cardboard box of their packets) but it still tastes better out of their coffee makers than my Technivorm.

                                                  1. re: sweet100s
                                                    rudeboy May 14, 2008 04:08 PM

                                                    Is that flavor in the cake or in the syrup. Hopefully the cake (I haven't been to Jim's in 20 years). Most syrups in restaurants are from corn, rather than a maple tree.........

                                                    1. re: rudeboy
                                                      sweet100s May 15, 2008 07:12 PM

                                                      Of course in the cake you silly rudeboy! ; - )

                                                      Now you have to go back and try their pancakes!

                                              2. Kaya_n_Austin May 15, 2008 01:44 PM

                                                Gotta try the Don Juan taco at Juan in a Million. One of the best egg/bacon/potato/cheese tacos in town, hands down. Otherwise, I love the Omelettry although I'll agree that breakfast has gotten a little hit or miss, still the pancakes are good. Also tasty if it's a weekend is Taverna's brunch--has a variety of offerings on the menu. If it isn't jampacked with people lined up out the door then I'll go to Magnolia Cafe for the Love Migas.

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                                                  mkwng Jun 19, 2008 09:56 PM

                                                  I almost never have time for a sitdown breakfast, but I popped in to the Texas French Bread on 29th today and had their bacon & eggs. Their menu and website make a point to mention the free-range eggs and artisanal bacon, and I have to admit both were tasty. The eggs come scrambled; I'm not sure if you can order them another way. They are fluffy and yummy. You also get a couple of slices of wheat toast and a few home fries (again, the menu glowingly calls them "pommes frites," which, whatever). The coffee comes from Anderson's. It's pricier than I would like - 10 bucks for the plate plus coffee - but it tasted good.

                                                  Someone needs to go to Fuegos and report on the lemon ricotta pancakes!

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