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Jan 28, 2011 02:22 PM

Austin brunch for group of guys on a bachelor party

Greetings Austinites!

I am a Yankee coming to town with a bunch of fellow Northerners and we are dead set on having an authentic Austin experience. I have been given the task of setting up brunch for a group of about 15 people. I've spent a good amount of time pouring over the Austin board for recommendations. We're staying at the W Hotel on Lavaca St. The places that seem to get the most love on this board for brunch are Polvo's, Fonda San Miguel, Lambert's and Green Pastures. Any I missed? What's the best brunch option for a group of 15 guys on a bachelor party? We are planning to head to Salt Lick for BBQ one night. I (or at least some of my compatriots) wouldn't want to do a BBQ brunch and a BBQ dinner on the same day. In the event they want to have the brunch on the same day as the Salt Lick dinner, what's our best brunch option? Feel free to recommend your #1 brunch rec and your #1 non-BBQ brunch rec.

Many thanks! I look forward to my first visit to your fine city.

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

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

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  1. i wouldn't do polvo's for brunch.

    fonda san miguel is picturesque, but very pricey; some would also argue the food has gone downhill.

    big thumbs up for lambert's brunch menu, but not sure they could accommodate such a large party.

    green pastures would be very austin-y (they have peacocks!) and has southern stuff like milk punch.

    my other recommendation is moonshine.
    it's not as pricey as lambert's or green pastures, can probably take your party size with little to no problem, and has an array of southern style comfort food buffet style.
    i have only been during warmer months, and everyone around us were really jovial and talking, etc.

    i imagine those last two points would do your group well, as it would be a pain to have a 15-top for a non-buffet meal.
    and, you don't want your table to be the noisiest, that everyone else hates, haha.

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    1. re: dinaofdoom

      Dina has you covered pretty well. I'm a huge Lambert's fan, and Moonshine would be a solid runner up. (I wouldn't do Polvo's for dinner or lunch either though. ha!)

      I'll throw Frank out there though for Brunch. The atmosphere is pretty rockin, the coffee is amazing, and the food surprises on the upside more often than not.

    2. Fonda San Miguel is indeed very pricey, and probably has gone down hill some, but I don't think they've fallen so far as to not be a destination for a big occasion. The food is still good, even if the price is high.
      Lambert's puts on a pretty good brunch, though it's small, and the room is always sort of noisy. I also don't know that they could host that big a party. Call and ask maybe.
      Green Pastures would be a quintessential Austin experience, but you need to make sure they can seat you. Call ahead, for sure.

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

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

      1. Thanks so much for your replies. My friend is considering La Condesa or Hula Hut for Friday night. Any thoughts on either of these joints?

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

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        1. re: Desidero

          they are completely different...

          la condesa is pricey neuvo mexican downtown; it's scene-y but has great people watching.

          hula hut is very casual and the menu is consists of things like coconut shrimp, etc.
          the view is what people go for, in my opinion, as it's right on the water.
          the owen brothers used to show up on ocasion when they were in austin.

          guess it depends on what kind of vibe you are looking for.

          1. re: Desidero

            I actually liked Highball for brunch this past Sunday. It is sort of surreal to be in there during the day, but it would be interesting on a vacation.

            1. re: rudeboy

              were you bowling too?

              when i was there over the summer, there was wax (grease?) all over our hands from the bowling balls.
              i was skeeved out by how dirty my hands were.
              meanwhile all the other bowlers were munching out on the complimentary nuts they bring your group.
              the bathrooms are too far away to keep running back and forth to wash your hands.

              1. re: dinaofdoom

                It sounds like we had different experiences! No, I wasn't bowling. I just ate boudin balls and quiche while sitting at a table and drinking a bunch of $1 mimosas.

                Yeah, when I do go bowling, I go to Dat Bowl. The enchiladas are so greasy already, I don't notice and extra on my hands. Plus, they're not communal.

                1. re: rudeboy

                  i would probably like it more as a restaurant.
                  the bowling is ridiculously expensive, and as i wrote above, presents issues when noshing.

          2. Thanks again for all your responses. Do any of the places you've recommended do brunch or breakfast on Monday? We're going to be in Austin for a long weekend.


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            1. re: Desidero

              brunch on weekday is tricky, unless it's a place that offers perpetual breakfast.

              here are two good options:

              south congress cafe
              -- this is where i usually go, because the decor/vibe is more refined and there's a mix of non-brunchy things so everyone can find something.
              -- i am also a yankee (boston reprazent!) and this place has a nice tex-mex slant.

              --the website doesn't really distinguish between breakfast and brunch hours so you should call.
              --haven't been yet, but lots of CHs seem to like it.

              there are also places that are pretty much built on 24/7 breakfast.
              but, people's opinions on them really vary.
              if you go to #1 or #2, try one of the speciality quesos because you won't find that in new england.
              and yes, in austin it's perfectly acceptable to eat a queso and chip appetizer while waiting for your brunch entree.

              magnolia cafe
              --like kerbey lane, it's an austin institution (for better or worse) and the food is pretty solid in general.

              kerbey lane
              --i like the paris texas, which is migas topped with queso and french toast on the side. mmmm.

              24 diner
              --never been. some people like it, some don't.

              1. re: dinaofdoom

                Thanks for coming through again, dinaofdoom! One question: Are any of these spots near the W Hotel?

                Thanks again.

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