Food & Drink

The Best Austin Brunches to Enjoy From Home

It's the most important meal of the day.

Brunch is critical to the Austin weekend infrastructure even (and maybe especially) in quarantimes. The good news is that, with new takeout and delivery options, you now can brunch from the comfort of your couch, meaning post-brunch naps are just a matter of getting vertical. Naturally, not all of our brunch crushes have reopened, but we’ve compiled a list that will definitely provide the cure for your brunchy blues. Plus, there are plenty of extravagant pre-order Mother's Day specials if you're looking for a way to celebrate.

Colleen’s

Colleen’s channels that sweet Southern charm into everything. Instead of cutting back in light of our current situation, they’ve expanded their brunch offerings. Now you can dive into deviled eggs, buttermilk biscuits, and their fried chicken and waffles every day. Their full brunch is available from 10am - 2pm Saturdays and Sundays and includes tasty treats like doughboys, breakfast hash, and a newly debuted Quiche Florentine. Put in an advance order on an all-meals Mother’s Day menu with breakfast (quiche florentine, biscuits), snacks (salmon rillettes), dinner (a Tenderbelly ham, mac and cheese, and veggies), four slices of cheesecake plus a $15 gift card. And you can add a margarita kit.
Order here for pickup and GrubHub for delivery

Phoebe’s Diner

Serving breakfast, brunch, and lunch every day of the week, this charming and sunny spot on Oltorf has a menu that won’t quit. During non-pandemic times, this is the kind of place where you can easily become a regular, hanging at the counter or plunking down in your favorite booth with a steaming coffee in hand. Their curbside menu is just as loaded with deeply indulgent dishes like crab cake Benedict, fried chicken and grits, hatch migas, and the best hash brown casserole in the city. Normally their mimosa carafe is $10, but on Mother's Day, they’re only $5. 
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Sawyer & Co

Sawyer & Co is one of those places that makes you feel good -- there’s something about the inviting retro digs that encourages lingering brunches with pals. While you’ll miss sitting at that long bar, you can still bring those N’awlins diner feelgoods to your home with takeaway brunch and a BYO Jazzfest playlist. Sawyer is doing three menus and an a la carte offering for Mother’s Day. Each meal serves four and if you don’t add on drinks and some praline bacon your mother's going to doubt your love for her.
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Old Thousand

Not everyone is into syrup-y piles of pancakes and for people looking for something different, Old Thousand delivers (literally and figuratively and in actual panda suits). Their pre-order Sunday brunch brings Asian flavors to your table with a choice of a main entree, some dim sum, and mimosas. Instead of biscuits, try Char Sui Buns or some brisket fried rice. Eschew cheddar grits for chili wontons and cabbage pickles. Delight your mom with one of their pre-order Sunday Dim Sum Brunch menus for two (with rose, natch) or take advantage of the poached Dewberry chicken special with chicken fat rice.
Call 737-222-6637 for pickup and delivery

Jack Allen’s Kitchen

Jack Allen’s Kitchen serves comfort food at its finest, and we’re all looking for a little comfort right now. While the brunch menu isn’t available per say, you can pick up a country club fancy chicken salad or  some slow roasted green chile pork tacos and call it brunch. They’re also selling their margarita and Tito’s sparkling lemonade for your pairing pleasure. Pre-order a Mother’s Day brunch package that feeds six to eight people and features pastries, Mason jar pimento cheese, cured ham, mama’s chicken, mac and cheese, a tomato basil pie, plus a Blondie pie for dessert.
Call 512-852-8558 for pickup

Mattie’s

Mattie’s has long been a cornerstone of the Austin brunch scene. Their decadent Southern-style dishes paired with one or four milk punches is just the thing for a lovely Spring weekend. Fluffy buttermilk biscuits, andouille and duck gumbo, brioche french toast with berries, Mattie’s finger-licking fried chicken, and more are all available curbside. While you can’t “set and stay while” on the lovely grounds, it’s still fun to make the drive for a glimpse at their famous peacocks. Currently they’re also taking advance orders for a three-course sumptuous Mother’s Day spread and specialty brunch drink kits.
Call 512-444-1888 for pickup and use DoorDash for delivery

District Kitchen + Cocktails

Both iterations of the beloved District Kitchen + Bar aren’t playing around when it comes to brunch and that also applies to their curbside. Served Saturday and Sunday until 3pm, the brunch menu echoes their in-house menu in terms of diversity. Diners can opt into everything from bacon beignets to king crab rolls, pumpkin bread french toast to chicken karaage. Don’t forget that “+ Cocktails” part of their name because they’re slinging Hendricks French 75s, Tito’s Mules and more en masse. For yo mama, they’re putting out a couple of specialty quiches -- veggie and swiss and prosciutto and arugula -- plus bottles of wine from a female-owned and operated winery.
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Emmer & Rye

Emmer & Rye’s brunch is not to be trifled with. Their local, seasonal brunch is similar to other meals in that it incorporates the dual opportunity to order off the menu and off of a “dim sum” style trolley cart. Naturally the menu is a bit altered currently so you’ll have to scrabble together your own version but really, fresh Johnny Cakes, a butter leaf salad, and some chicken liver mousse sounds pretty darn brunchy. Along with sister restaurants Hestia and TLV, Emmer & Rye is putting out special (pre-order) Mother’s Day brunch and dinner menus that look incredible. Choose from crab eggs benedict, shakshuka, prime rib, sausage or mushroom lasagna, dark chocolate brownies and more plus wine and cocktail kits.
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Juliet Italian Kitchen

Brunch with a side of jazz is what you’ll find at this sweet Italian eatery on Barton Springs. Though enjoying an aperol spritz on their patio isn’t an option currently, getting an aperol spritz kit and firing up your own jazz playlist is. Popular dishes include the gnocchi hash with Italian sausage and bacon, the prosciutto and fig pizza with parmesan-mushroom cream, and the mascarpone risotto with peas, bacon, with a pair of poached eggs. On Mother’s Day, they’re adding two delectable items to the menu: a frittata for two served with hash potatoes and strawberry mascarpone crepes. 
Call 512-479-1800 for pickup or use Uber Eats for delivery

Foreign & Domestic

Tables at this North Loop long-timer are forever in high-demand, so good news is you can now get their brunch without the table wait. You won’t feel deprived either -- their takeaway brunch menu is awesome. Cardamom cinnamon rolls, their famous popovers, a vegetarian benedict with creamed collards, a fried chicken biscuit with red eye cream gravy, and so many other tempting options. You can add on wine and beer and make it a one-stop-curbside-shop. For Mother’s Day, they’re throwing in a free chocolate dessert for moms. 
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Moonshine Bar & Grill (Avery Ranch)

Moonshine is essentially synonymous with brunch in Austin. Though their downtown location isn’t doing curbside right now, it’s worth the drive to Avery Ranch to get in on some of that green chile macaroni, chicken fried steak, and sweet potato tots. Go whole hog (pun very much intended) with St. Louis pork ribs or a center cut pork chop. Pair your brunch haul with a spicy bloody mary, silvermoon margarita, mimosas, or their legendary bourbon slush to-go. 
Call 512-551-8669 for pickup

Fixe Southern House

Fixe is making life just a little bit better for us with brunch delivery or curbside. Their biscuits are buttery and fluffy and only made more delicious by the addition of bacon, eggs, sausage, a crispy fried chicken thigh, and other accoutrement available daily. Go all in this Mother’s Day with a biscuits and bubbles brunch that delivers the ultimate carb smackdown of cinnamon rolls, biscuits, biscuit breakfast sandwiches, and a champagne mimosa kit. 
Call 512.888.9133 for takeout and delivery

Halcyon

Way back in the day three months ago, it wasn’t uncommon to stroll Mueller Lake Park, take the dog on a little wander, and stop in for some brunch and a caffeine hit at Halcyon. Now you'll have to opt for takeout if you want deep fried and delicious items like chicken and waffles, eggs Benedict, and fresh-baked blueberry muffins. Mother’s Day specials include scratch-made fried chicken, lobster mushroom risotto, and the classic croque madame. 
Call 512-472-9637 for takeout

Pacha Organic Cafe

This unassuming mom-and-pop on Burnet Road has a cult-like following and with good reason. Their hearty breakfast and brunch menu covers all the bases -- French toast, pancakes, tacos, omelettes, hashes, migas, and more. You can family size it with one of their platters and a half gallon (yes, you read that right) of their proprietary Pacha latte. For mama, order a whole quiche with a flaky butter crust and the mimosa brunch kit and claim that favorite child status.
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Kelly Stocker wasn't born in Austin, but she got here as fast as she could. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.