6 Great Brunch Places In Austin To Start Your Sunday Funday

Brunch isn’t just a meal to Austinites; it’s a way of life.

Okay that was really trite. But dammit, brunch is awesome and a Sunday Funday just isn’t one without it. There are so many great spots in Austin, I’d be a fool to try and rank them. So instead, I’m going to match the restaurant to what you’re feeling in the moment. It’s your Sunday Funday, after all.

If you need migas and mimosas STAT…

Takoba is here to rescue you. Their brunch menu has the Mexican breakfast classics Austinites love, including migas. However, may I suggest going outside the box and getting the huevos montuleños? This dish will change the way you think about how to eat bananas (okay, plantains) for breakfast. As far as mimosas go, I’m not sure there’s a better deal in town– $1 for a single or $7 for a carafe. You’re welcome.

The Huevos Motuleños at Takoba

The Huevos Motuleños at Takoba

If you just want to people watch while sipping a Bloody Mary…

Bar Chi is a great place for that. Get a table outside and enjoy watching the shoppers and tourists as they get lost trying to navigate the 2nd Street District. Even better, Sundays are all day happy hour at Bar Chi. Meaning you can enjoy their straightforward (read: not intimidating) sushi selection on the cheap. Also, you will not be disappointed by their signature Bloody Sake Mary. Check out their menu.

If you want to get all fancy and have food to match…

Launderette just started serving brunch in May, so you won’t be seeing the hoards of people waiting for a table like you do on a Tuesday night—for now. Their menu combines brunch classics with high-end ingredients. Think duck leg confit in the hash and a delicately fried oyster in the Florentine. The portions are perfect for sharing family-style, so have the crew clean up nicely and make it over there sometime soon.

One of the daily brunch pastry options at Laundertte

One of the daily brunch pastry options at Laundertte

If you’re feeling rough around the edges…

Betcha didn’t even know East Austin bar Yellow Jacket Social Club had a brunch, did ya? Okay, it’s not a secret or anything, but Yellow Jacket for brunch isn’t something you do when you’ve had a good Saturday night’s sleep… it’s more of a “hair of the dog” thing, get me? And even though you order at the bar, the food comes out quickly and is consistently delicious. The Mister is a friend’s favorite, but personally I’m a sucker for the Shrimp and Grits. Top it all off with a bucket (or two) of mimosas and you’ll be ready to keep the weekend going in no time.

If you’re wanting to do it big, Texas style…  

When people ask me about Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile, I have a hard time finding the right words. Something about this restaurant reminds me of Sunday night steak dinners as a child, but then again, I NEVER ate this good in my youth. Their brunch menu evokes that same nostalgia/confusion.  Sure, their buttermilk biscuits and gravy tastes exactly like the kind my Mimi made for me as a child, but what genius decided to put chicken fried steak on waffles? Nobody in my family, that’s for damn sure. That Jacoby’s clan… they’re really somethin’.

The Chicken Fried Steak & Waffles at Jacoby's

The Chicken Fried Steak & Waffles at Jacoby’s

If you want a side of mac n’ cheese with your breakfast…

Liberty Kitchen opened earlier this year on West 5th Street (right next to Tacos N Tequila), and they spread a great brunch on weekends and holidays. They also offer their lunch menu all day; so feel free to start your brunch with raw oysters (after 11am), or a crock of their delicious mac n’ cheese (available with or without king crab) for the perfectly rounded meal.

Shirred Eggs, Hot Smoked Salmon, Caviar & Cream at Liberty Kitchen

Shirred Eggs, Hot Smoked Salmon, Caviar & Cream at Liberty Kitchen

Written by Dani Barrow, a local Austin enthusiast.