Food & Drink

5 brunches you need to try this weekend

Published On 04/03/2014 Published On 04/03/2014
Natalie Paramore

Austin In Austin, brunch is not just a meal, it’s an institution (a delicious, rejuvenating institution). So, when new menus come onto our radar, we’re on them like, well, Austinites on an order of eggs Benedict. Behold, the newest brunches you can get your Hollandaise-loving mitts on.

The Hightower (click here for info and address)
East Seventh
The Hightower is not only showcasing casual New American (and a sweet patio), but they’ve just launched brunch. Try the Grit Waffles with pure cane blackberry syrup and blackberry whipped cream, plus a Hightower Bloody Mary (Dickel White Corn Whiskey, house Bloody Mary mix, and a smoked salt rim). Do not try any Police Academy quotes. Continue Reading

Porter Gastropub

Porter Gastropub (click here for info and address)
South First
Porter Gastropub is now doing a Badass Brunch with amazing-ness such as French Toast Sticks with caramel apples, pork belly, and bourbon-maple syrup. Your move, Burger King. 

Apothecary Cafe & Wine Bar

Apothecary Cafe & Wine Bar (click here for info and address)
With a new brunch (and dinner) menu in tote, Apothecary is dishing out delights such as Breakfast Potato Skins, stuffed with Roquefort and crispy prosciutto and topped with sunny-side up quail eggs. Also: ask about the duck fat tortillas (mmm... duck fat).


laV (click here for info and address)
East Seventh
laV’s Provencal-inspired French menu wouldn’t be complete without an outstanding brunch. The brunch selections are so next-level, you may have to Google some ingredients. We’ll take the wood oven-baked eggs with mushroom ragout along with Chef O’Leary’s brioche doughnut holes. 


Icenhauer’s (click here for info and address)
Rainey Street
Icenhauer's brunch breaks the mold in that it only happens on the first Sunday of the month, but… it involves FREE CHICKEN AND WAFFLES. Enjoy the complimentary grub with a $2 mimosa or a $5 Bloody Mary along with live music at this Rainey hangout.

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1. The Hightower 1209 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

The dishes at High Tower -- a friendly neighborhood spot in East Austin -- run the gamut from Tex-Mex to Asian, and though their flavor and presentation could compete with the best of Austin's white-hot culinary scene, they're still affordable enough to order any night of the week, not just for special occasions. Grab a spot on the outdoor patio and try the ever-popular and comforting roasted pork jowl, a Korean hot pot filled with rice, egg yolk, cucumber, pickled shallots, and house Sriracha. Another favorite? Grilled scallops with avocado and grapefruit.

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2. Porter Gastropub 3715 S 1st St Ste A, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

Porter Gastropub brings everything you could possibly want to South First -- 30 drafts, burgers with Brie, and pierogies.

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3. Apothecary Cafe & Wine Bar 4800 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756 (Rosedale)

A cozy interior, fresh ingredients, and affordable, inventive cuisine make Apothecary a great place to go and enjoy a delicious meal.

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4. laV 1501 East 7th St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

An impressive wine list, intriguing dishes like Wood Oven Bouillabaisse with squid, clams, and blue prawn, and a complimentary valet make laV the ideal spot to go when you want to feel like a celebrity... then treat yourself to a Meyer Lemon Cream and feel like a slightly larger celebrity.

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5. Icenhauer's 83 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

Icenhauer's is a casual Rainy Street suds spot, a two-roomed affair given a living-room vibe via wood walls, a chandelier made out of wine glasses, and vintage lime-green/cream-colored furniture. There's an extensive drink menu featuring infused liquors and seasonal drinks. Look out for live music nights and chicken and waffles on Sundays.



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