Food & Drink

The 8 Best Breakfast Dishes in Austin (That Aren’t Tacos)

Published On 07/14/2015 Published On 07/14/2015
Vanessa Escobedo Barba
Taylor Prewitt/Thrillist
J. Lach
Elizabeth Street Cafe
Swift's Attic
Lamberts
Taylor Prewitt/Thrillist
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1. 24 Diner 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703 (Downtown)

Open 24 hours nightly, which fits well with the name, 24 Diner has food that is head and shoulders above what you would normally expect from such an establishment; this is a greasy spoon gone swanky. Order up some delicious chicken and waffles topped with maple syrup and hot sauce and see what we're talking about. Bonus points for 24's grilled cheese!

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2. Whip In 1950 S Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

Whip In has a lot going for it: 72 beers on tap, growlers for you to take your brews home, live music every night of the week, and Indian cuisine with a Texas flare.

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3. Biscuits and Groovy 5015 Duval St, Austin, TX 78756 (Hyde Park)

Converted from a flat-bed trailer by the dude behind Texas Tea, B&G's a you-won't-believe-it's-vegan breakfast/lunch dispensary boasting buttermilk biscuits smothered in Bootlegger Brown Ale gravy, French toast stuffed with blood orange cream cheese or d

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4. Elizabeth Street Cafe 1501 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

The brainchild of barbecue and seafood masters Perla and Lambert, Elizabeth Street Cafe serves up Vietnamese dishes with French accents. Try a "Shaking" Steak & Eggs with Niman Ranch ribeye, sauteed spinach, spicy caramel, and toast, or a peach galette with homemade puff pastry and chia ice cream, slathered in ginger peach compote.

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5. Swift's Attic 315 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Located the second floor of the historic (and now defunct grocery store) Swift's Premium Food Co. building on Congress Avenue, the appropriately named Swift's Attic serves up eclectic small plates and creative cocktails for hipstered out Austinites. Among a brunch Bloody Mar bar and generous daily happy hour deals, Swift's offers sophisticated meats, seafood, snacks, and cocktails. Must trys are Korean BBQ flank steak, squid "fries," and the Pop Rocks charred edamame.

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6. Lambert's Downtown BBQ 401 West 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701 (Warehouse District)

Lambert's Downtown Barbecue, located in the Warehouse District, serves its version of finely crafted fancy barbecue ( brown sugar & coffee-rubbed angus steak, anyone?). Hosting nightly live music and serving over a dozen unique cocktails, a dinner can turn into a night to remember at this bar-of-all-trades. Located in a renovated old-style general store, Lambert's friendly, vintage vibes are sure to impress.

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7. Winflo Osteria 1315 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703 (Clarksville)

Perfecting the art of Italian fare and craft cocktails, Winflo Osteria serves up wood-fired brick-oven pizzas and homemade pastas. Stop by for a glass of vino and some live tunes at the Listening Room, an attached private event cellar that holds acoustic performances every Thursday. The intimate space also serves a seasonal, three-course prix fixe menu that varies weekly.

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8. Josephine House 1601 Waterston Ave, Austin, TX 78703 (Clarksville)

Josephine House, located in the Clarksville area, is the sister location of Jeffrey's, another fine dining location in Austin. Here you'll enjoy cozy little nooks to dine in in this little cottage establishment, as well as a patio and lawn on which you are also free to lounge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus use locally-sourced ingredients to craft their delicious dishes, and if you're around during the weekend, there's also a tasty brunch selection.