Finding a decent breakfast taco in Austin is like trying to find the haystack surrounding a needle. But as easy as it is, that doesn't mean that they're the be-all and end-all of morning meals here. In fact, the city has a huge variety of delicious non-taco breakfasts on offer too. Here are the best...
Chicken & waffle
24 Diner (address and info)
Chicken and waffles may seem like such a simple Southern thing until you’ve tried it at 24 Diner. For 24 hours a day, dine on chicken that’s crispier, yeast-risen waffles that are fluffier, and Vermont maple syrup that’s sweeter. Add brown sugar butter and gorge.
Whip In (address and info)
Made with oozy béchamel sauce and glorious Gruyère cheese, Whip In’s croque madame is your typically delicious French breakfast sandwich save for one thing: the optional side of sweet mango chutney loaded onto a fried egg, which is just the (metaphorical) cherry on top.
The Gloria Gaynor
Biscuits + Groovy (address and info)
In this day and age of excess and gluttony, it’s no longer enough to just smother your biscuits in gravy. Leave that to dieters. Instead, pile on the jalapeños, the maple bacon, the eggs, the sausage, the cheese, and the chives and understand that this is just how things are done in Texas.
Breakfast bánh mì
Elizabeth Street Cafe (address and info)
South First Street
How to improve upon an already classic Vietnamese sandwich favorite? Serve it for breakfast. Elizabeth St Cafe makes that dream come true with all the original trappings of a bánh mì plus the option to switch out traditional pork belly for pork sausage and the choice between eggs scrambled or fried. For dessert? A chocolate eclair, of course.
Swift’s Attic (address and info)
Tucked underneath an egg trumped up with Dos Lunas cheese peek turkey, home fries, and tomatoes ready for the eating. Tucked deep, deep down in your subconscious peeks a secret resolve to never eat eggs without Dos Lunas cheese again.
Breakfast Frito pie
Lamberts (address and info)
The whole point of being a grown-up is being allowed to scarf down poached egg over Fritos, chèvre, queso, and chopped beef at 11am. Frito pie for breakfast? Don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done.
Tiramisu French toast
Winflo Osteria (address and info)
West Sixth Street
French toast is always a fan-favorite and Winflo Osteria’s Italian iteration doesn’t disappoint. The standard six slices of challah bread are best used as tiny vehicles for the surplus of powdered sugar, cocoa, and syrup, as well as a healthy dollop of mascarpone cheese.
Josephine House (address and info)
Toast is the hallowed breakfast staple that so often gets overlooked for its French brethren, but Josephine House makes a version capable of standing on its own. With avocado, heirloom tomatoes, bacon, and aioli piled high on top of walnut sourdough, you won’t be quite sure how to eat it, you’ll just be sure that you want to.
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1. 24 Diner600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin
2. Whip In1950 S Interstate 35, Austin
3. Biscuits and Groovy5015 Duval St, Austin
4. Elizabeth Street Cafe1501 S 1st St, Austin
5. Swift's Attic315 Congress Ave, Austin
6. Lambert's Downtown BBQ401 West 2nd St, Austin
7. Winflo Osteria1315 W 6th St, Austin
8. Josephine House1601 Waterston Ave, Austin
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.