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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. http://www.diningoutwithrobbalon.com/...

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          1. re: topodrinko

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

          2. are you up for something more spendy, but definitely "southern" brunch?
            here are some suggestions that are quite delicious and unlike what you can get elsewhere.
            it's in ascending order of price.

            southern comfort food. drinks served in mason jars. rocking chairs on the porch.

            fancy bbq. sometimes surly service, but really decadent and delicious food.

            green pastures
            austin institution. peacocks! and good southern food of the fancy variety.

            1. I like the Austin Diner on Burnet.

              Austin Diner
              5408 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756

              1. I agree with the Dan's/Fran's suggestion. They are burger joints with several locations around town.

                Other suggestions:
                Arkie's Grill on far East Cesar Chavez. Closed weekends, though.
                Stallion Grill on Airport Blvd.
                As mentioned, Frisco Shop on Burnet Rd. Last survivor of the Night Hawk diner chain here in town.
                Kerbey Lane/Magnolia Cafe - 2 similar Austin institutions. Good pancakes and queso dip, can get very crowded on game days.

                Stallion Grill
                5201 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

                1. Threadgills gospel brunch buffet on sundays. Excellent. Eggs, pancakes, bacon, fruit, refried beans, omlet station, cheese grits,ham, sausage, crepes, etc. $10 I think. I have only been to the riverside/barton springs location...but i love it.


                  Threadgills Restaurant
                  301 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

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

                  1. Don't forget about Hoover's weekend breakfasts (the Manor Road location, please!).
                    In addition to more the more commonly recognized breakfast platters, you will find Southern specialties like Shrimp and Grits, Chicken and Cakes, Biscuits and Gravy, a Breakfast Muffuleta or maybe Chicken Fried Chicken Etouffee & Biscuits. Choose pancakes or Hoe Cakes with flavors ranging from blueberry or banana nut to sweet potato. http://www.hooverscooking.com/6093779...

                    Other than that, the suggestions for Dan's, the Frisco, or Jim's are all great.
                    Moonshine has a fine buffet, but with slightly hip but tasty variations on dishes such as biscuits and "chipolte" gravy.
                    Green Pastures is superiour, but it concentrates on the lunch side of brunch and is light on the Breakfast items.

                    Arkie's is unfortunatly closed weekends, but gets an enthusiastic recommendation for those browsing this post at a later date who might be eating on a weekday.

                    If a small buffet with a big atmosphere will do ya, you could head over to Galloway's Sandwich Shop. Really better known for their soul food lunch, you'll find fried eggs, biscuits and excellent sausage patties served every morning except Sundays.

                    Threadgill's and the Austin Dinner have both seemed to go downhill lately. Threadgill's buffet when I was there a couple of weeks ago was about the same quality as a breakfast buffet in a Holiday Inn - not bad, but there's better to be found. Austin Dinner has just been having quality control issues. It's a shame 'cuz I used to love both places.

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

                    Green Pastures Restaurant
                    901 W Live Oak St, Austin, TX 78704

                    Galloway's Sandwich Shop
                    1914 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78702

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                    1. re: Alan Sudo

                      "A Very Fine Southern Breakfast:Galloway Sandwich Shop"

                      Tried to put a link up but had no luck. If you search the above you can get a full review of Galloway's breakfast.

                      Highlights are slow cooked grits and handmade sausage. The hospitality of the family that runs this tiny diner is not to be taken lightly.

                      It's my favorite southern breakfast in Austin and the one that most reminds me of the style you find in Alabama or Mississippi