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Saturday Brunch

Parents coming in from El Paso for Saturday morning. Suggestions on a good brunch on Saturday? Of course, there's Cover 3, but we've already taken them there. Was thinking maybe Lamberts, but meh...

They get great Mexican in EP, so Pinos is out.

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  1. Any more specifics on your goals / budget?

    And agreed, Lamberts underwhelmed us once for brunch, and we haven't been back.

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    1. re: slowcoooked

      Not really, but have a lot of limiting issues.

      They're headed to Dallas and we're NW Austin, so something up here is probably easier (however, land of the bland and all that).

      We don't want a long wait, so Jack Allen's has been ruled out.

      Husband Hates anything Domain (he says the place gives him the creeps).

      Already took them to Cover 3 and Franklins (back when the wait wasn't awful).

      NxNW was awful the last few times we tried, and Iron Cactus should just go away.

      Like I said, they can get super-great Mexican anytime in EP, so even though Z Tejas has an amazing view, they'll be completely disappointed in the food.

      We were actually toying with Spin, but have never been and they're not open for lunch on Saturday anyway.

      Congress Cafe is on the opposite side of town and always has a wait.

      Max's might be an option, as is Zax P&P (haven't been there either, but Rudeboy has said many good things).

      1. re: amysuehere

        Have you tried Roaring Fork - Stonelake? I can't tell if their brunch is available on Saturday from the website.

        1. re: ssouth

          I looked, the website says "Sunday Brunch" so it seems Saturday's option is lunch. I like RF a lot and second the recommendation, but their menu does lean heavily toward southwest/Mexican flavors (even though they do have other options, I'm fond of the trout).

        2. re: amysuehere

          I love Spin, one of my favorite places in Austin. Im working my way through the menu. I've only been for dinner. Get the full Spin or the roasted chicken. The dishes can be shared. Duck wings are good too.....
          I've got it. Noble Pig. It's in your area, they do breakfast and sandwiches. Very solid although breakfast portions are small the execution is great.

      2. I like Max's for breakfast. If you are thinking buffet style brunch that seems to be an exclusively Sunday thing around here though.

        1. If you can go on Sunday. (THEY ONLY DO THE BUFFET ON SUNDAYS) Jack Allen's has an awesome Brunch for about $15 that has a great selection. I go to the Round Rock location and haven't been disappointed. I know

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          1. re: amykragan

            Came across this thread searching under "parents". Took mine there (RR) previous Sunday & the three of us enjoyed it very much.

            Highlights were "applewood smoked & kissed on the grill" brussels sprouts salad, green chile pork, wild boar with beans, apple muffin & the deliciously light, flaky apple streudel. Come to think of it, all their salads were tasty.

            Best of all, the price, oh the glorious $15.99 price which includes coffee/tea, AND biscuit, eggs, pancakes made to order. Dad took advantage of the latter. Wait, there's more...mimosa wasn't bad @ $3.50.

            1. re: ceekskat

              We tried to go once and arrived at or very near 11. There was a line through the dining hall and out the building for the buffet. No thanks.

              1. re: amysuehere

                We walk right past that line (twice in a row now) at the RR location and go toward the bar. Anywhere in there is basically free seating and if it's an empty spot at the bar or the little four top tables you can snag it. Prices have risen, even though I still think it's a reasonable bargain for the quality of the food. Two buffets, one iced tea, and one water rang up to 37 dollars before tip. I think it's 15 or 16 a pop for the brunch. And to hijack another thread, they serve RR doughnuts and they're not as good as my favorite little donut crown on burnet. Too bad my glycemically challenged constitution can't have them more than a few times a year.

                1. re: amysuehere

                  They take reservations! In fact, we arrived at 11:35 for our 12:15 reservation from Waco (forgot that speed limit on I-35 was 70-75mph, I'm from SF area) & they were able to seat us right away. Sunday after Christmas may not be a busy time?

            2. It's somewhat overpriced, but the lady and I love the Saturday lunch at Bartlett's and almost always get the grilled fish sandwich and french dip au jus and split them, and usually get the brussels and spinach as our sides. With a bloody mary or two we're typically out the door with tip for 50 ish bucks. I have never had anything but smiles for those offerings. But alas, you said brunch not lunch. no breakfast offerings that I know of. I bet I've eaten there 50 times in my 8 years here for lunch and it's always solid, go to the bar and sit right down usually with no wait and a booth fit for four.

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              1. re: slowcoooked

                Hmmm. That's a great idea. Haven't been there in forever.

              2. Olivia does brunch on Saturday 10-2:30. It's not a buffet and it's sort of expensive, but it's delicious. Menu is here: http://olivia-austin.com/brunch/

                1. El Alma on Barton Springs knocks it out of the park every time. The duck mole enchiladas are divine.

                    1. re: TroyTempest

                      Sadly, parents convinced me to go with them up to Stephenville to visit extended family. Ate some of the saltiest, nastiest gumbo ever...

                      1. re: amysuehere

                        ouch !! was it a restaurant or home made?

                        1. re: slowcoooked

                          "Homemade" mix. Blech. And I'm sorry to say my father and I are the only people who know how to cook in our family. The others are mixes, and lots of Sarah Lee type cooking. They obliterated the shrimp (curly, chewy and tough). Think Baptist church social food.

                          1. re: amysuehere

                            Hah, I know that genre well. I grew up in a Baptist minister's home and my mother's idea of cooking was to warm a can of green beans, throw morton's iodized salt and pepper on chicken breasts in the crockpot with some butter, and make a box of mac n cheese (but actually, who doesn't secretly somehow like that stuff). sweetest lady on the planet but she admits she hates to cook. and it shows.

                            best thing I ever ate at a church pot luck was brocolli florets baked in a velveeta cheese sauce in a big rectangular baking dish topped with a mixture of butter and crumbled ritz crackers.

                            1. re: slowcoooked

                              hi amysuhere - sorry about your Smithville gumbo apocolypse. It reminds me of my own gumbo story in Pt Arthur. Did you ever think about Dim Sum?

                              Re: boxed mac-n-cheese. I'm a sucker for Pasta Roni "Shells in White Cheddar."