Elizabeth St. Café
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.
You can smell brunch radiating from Elizabeth Street Cafe before you even enter the front door—particularly, the scent of sweet morsels of doughy heaven, aka beignets. And while you could easily make a meal out of donuts alone (no judgment here), the savory options are not to be missed. The Braised Brisket Phở Bò is about as close as you’ll come to a miracle hangover cure, and if that doesn’t cut it, the Saigon Sidecar, with all the kick of fresh citrus and egg white, should sufficiently revive your weekend.
While this mainstay Vietnamese cafe and French bakery might be best known for pho and savory banh mis, true Austinites would never roll by Elizabeth Street Cafe’s blue-and-pink patio without grabbing an order of Ginger-chili Oil Dumplings. Marinated in a sauce with just enough spice, these pillows of dough are packed with pork, shrimp, water chestnuts, and herbs—each ingredient achieving the goal of being both distinct yet seamlessly melded into overall yumminess. Wash down each bite with a sip of the mezcal-based Hibiscus Paloma for a quick, buzzy palate cleanser.
How to order: Order takeout via Toast or get delivery via Favor.