Charmingly nostalgic diner leveling up classic brunch favorites
Serving breakfast, brunch, and lunch every day of the week, this charming and sunny spot on Oltorf has a menu that won’t quit. This is the kind of place where you can easily become a regular, hanging at the counter or plunking down in your favorite booth. The menu is loaded with deeply indulgent dishes like crab cake Benedict, a fried chicken biscuit, and goat cheese grits all served up with a side of the best hash brown casserole in the city. Top it with red-eye gravy, if you dare.
Family-owned Mexican joint serving up a brunch buffet and excellent cocktail deals
You might think that El Mesón is a great Mexican restaurant… and you’d be right, but it’s also a fantastic spot for brunch. This sprawling, Saltillo-tiled, female-chef-driven restaurant off South Lamar has been delighting South Austinites for almost a decade with its from-scratch interior Mexican specialties. El Mesón brings the joy back into brunch with a $25 all-you-care-to-eat buffet that brims with dishes like Huevos Rancheros and Motuleños (a Yucatan specialty), Chormigas (migas with chorizo), Pambazo (a Pueblan specialty), Barbacoa, and Chilaquiles. You can also score a great deal on mimosas and margaritas, with the pitchers ringing in at $18 and $22, respectively.
Spacious backyard bar serving a solid brunch menu
Little Darlin’ knows that the key to a packed Sunday crowd is keeping the people in delicious brunch dishes. This dive bar moonlighting as a gastropub nails the basics, like the Buscemi’s Breakfast (eggs, home fries, bacon, pancake, toast, and jam) and the breakfast sandwich, while also featuring an Impossible burger and a hearty Reuben eggs benedict with housemade corned beef. Make sure you grab a $20 mimosa bucket or a Sanchez Michelada (beer + a Bloody Mary popsicle) to level up your day.