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Mar 23, 2010 10:27 AM

Sunday Brunch

I will be in Austin for 5 days starting Sunday. I am staying Downtown at the Omni. I would appreciate any recommendations for a Sunday brunch. After looking at the boards I see that Maria’s Taco Xpress is a popular option for their gospel brunch. I also see Fonda San Miguel mentioned a lot, but that seems a bit expensive. I am definitely looking for a tex-mex type place. I will have a car so driving is not a problem, although walking distance from downtown would be great.

Speaking of downtown, most of the posts here indicate that Downtown is generally not the best place to find a good restaurant. Any one think differently?

And finally, I will be in town for 5 days, and although I have already gleaned a lot of helpful info from the boards (i.e. BBQ in Lockhart), I would love any other random suggestions (perhaps a bar walking distance from the Omni good for people watching, live music, etc.)

Thanks in advance and I will be sure to post some reviews when I get back.

Taco Xpress
2529 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Fonda San Miguel Restaurant
2330 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756

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  1. Some cool places downtown for brunch are:
    La Condesa (Mex)
    Lamberts (Texan)
    Mulberry (Italian-american)
    Best part is they are all walkable

    La Condesa
    400-A W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

    1. There are TONS of good restaurants downtown. Frank, Chez Nous, El Sol Y La Luna, Annie's (I hear), Jo's, Eddie V's, Truluck's, Parkside, 1886 at the Driskill, Moonshine (ish, good cocktails), Aquarelle, just off the top of my head.

      Not much in the way of Tex-Mex downtown proper, but lots of stuff on the Eastside.

      Chez Nous
      510 Neches St, Austin, TX 78701

      1. Todd, Bookgrrl--Thanks so much for all of the recs. I will be sure to post some feedback. Thanks again.

        1. Threadgills has an amazing sunday (gospel music included) brunch buffet - pancakes, bacon, sausage, grits, beans, fresh fruit, omlet station, ham, eggs, etc. I have only been to the one on riverside and barton springs.

          Threadgill's Restaurant
          6416 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

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          1. re: texangurl

            the north one has a similar brunch buffet, but with bluegrass instead of gospel. Its a really nice environment.

          2. went to fonda san miguel for brunch today and was underwhelmed. It felt like they didn't season anything at all and most of the dishes were misses for me. Considering the high price as well I can't recommend this place at all.

            I'm looking at future brunches at green pastures and trio. I hope to have a better experience at those places!