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Sep 19, 2010 10:16 PM

Breakfast in Austin

LA Hound coming to Austin this weekend for the UCLA-UT game. I've read all about the breakfast taco places on this board. I'm looking for places that serve the good old American country breakfasts. Dives are just fine, as long as they're clean.

Also, I was last in Austin 10 years ago. Back then I had breakfast, migas to be exact, at a small Mexican place on Congress St. just south of the capitol. I can't remember the name and have searched various sites hoping to find the name but to no avail. Does anyone remember that place and know of its status?

Thanks a lot for your help.

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    1. You're possibly talking about Las Manitas, the subject of a fair deal of controversy.

      I'm not sure where to go for a good old country breakfast in Austin, so I'll be sure to keep an eye on this thread. I sometimes go to the Frisco Shop / Night Hawk on Burnet for that sort of thing, but I'm not sure I can recommend it to an out-of-towner for their lone Austin breakfast.

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      1. re: tom in austin

        Not to hijack the thread, but has anyone heard anything about Las Manitas lately? Are there still plans to possibly open a replacement downtown?

        I like the Frisco for breakfast. Pretty standard eggs, bacon/sausage, hash brown breakfast, done well. I seem to recall mixed reviews, but based on two recent visits, I'm also a fan of 24 Diner for breakfast. Good waffles, country ham, etc.

        Las Manitas
        211 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

      2. Jim's has my favorite standard American breakfast. Kind of a regional chain, but good food and authentic diner vibe.

        1. When I'm looking for this kind of breakfast, I generally head to the nearest Dan's/Fran's. It's nothing fancy, but you can get good biscuits and gravy, eggs, hash browns and your typical meat sides for not a lot of money. I even like their breakfast tacos.
          You probably went to Las Manitas. As you can likely gather from upthread, it's gone now.

          1. Cisco's (1511 e. 6th street) is well-known and has some traditionally Austin, Texas breakfast fare. The biscuits are really popular, but I prefer mine to be on the flakier, less yeasty side.

            Frisco (6801 Burnet Rd) is good, but what they refer to as "hashbrowns" are more like "seasoned potato squares" - good for making hash, but definitely not hash browns. They have AMAZING biscuits. Screwdrivers were $2 the last Sunday I was there.

            Cafe Java (11900 Metric Blvd) has relatively consistent breakfast fare, with the most deliciously crispy, buttery, salty, oniony hashbrowns I have ever had. They make a good BLT and cheesy migas (make sure they melt the cheese on top).

            Bouldin Creek (1501 S 1st St) is a nice place to have breakfast anytime of the day and to soak up being in 78704 (South Austin, Keep Austin Weird, etc). They have an exceptional tofu scramble and rosemary potato cake. If you don't feel like breakfast, try the Kool Summer Sandwich.

            The Counter Cafe (626 N Lamar Blvd) has gotten decent reviews. I haven't been in a while, but I'd like to go back. American fare but slightly refined?

            Lastly, Dan's Hamburgers is a greasy, but clean Austin institution. I've only been for burgers, but the mornings always look busy.

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            1. re: topodrinko

              I second the Cafe Java recommendation... it's like bacon magic. Mmmmm