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The Best Breakfasts In Austin

Our picks for where to find the best breakfast in Austin.
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Austin is famous for a lot of different things: music, barbecue, tacos, being the current coolest city to move to (although anyone who’s lived here for more than five years will tell you that’s always been the case). Austin's also a brunch town, but what people don’t realize is that Austin should also be famous for its breakfast. Between breakfast tacos, bakeries, and countless places that serve the most important meal of the day all day, Austin is a certifiable breakfast mecca. So whether you’re meeting your boss before work, eating with friends, or grabbing a solo meal—here’s where you’ll find the best breakfast in Austin.

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A cute neighborhood house turned restaurant in Allandale, Epicerie is just as easy on the eyes as it is good for the stomach. Serving up breakfast every day of the week (except Tuesdays) Epicerie’s menu might not be the longest, but what they do, they do very well (our go-to is the croissant breakfast sandwich). If you need to meet someone for a semi-professional breakfast, Epicerie would be perfect.

Swedish Hill is an all-day cafe and bakery from the team behind Clark’s, Lamberts, and Elizabeth Street Cafe. Check out all the salads, baked goods, and other items at the counter before you place your order and choose between indoor or outdoor seating. The best options here are in the breakfast category, like the bagel and lox or soft egg toast with avocado and bacon. 

Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop is an East Side staple that’s been around since 1962 serving exceptional Tex-Mex/Mexican diner food. We’re big fans of the breakfast tacos here, made with fluffy house-made flour tortillas. Get the miga taco con todo, with still-crispy tortilla chips, as well as the super-crispy bacon that defies all the laws of pork belly physics. And don’t miss the super-tender carne guisada taco, here made with pork.

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With its fancy takes on classic breakfast foods (think bagel and lox board, ricotta hotcakes, and quinoa porridge), Cafe No Se inside the South Congress Hotel is one of the better new spots in town for a morning meal. The design of the place is also extremely attractive, so you’ll be greeted with good looks along with your first cup of coffee. Sit outside and people watch as the tourists hang out along South Congress and the rest of the world goes to work.

Breakfast and lunch are the specialty at La Cocina De Consuelo, featuring a range of classic, morning-friendly Mexican comfort dishes, like machacado and eggs, barbacoa, and huevos rancheros—all served with a side of fluffy, housemade flour tortillas (you can also get corn or whole wheat). Grab a mug from the bookshelf and serve yourself a cup of coffee at this converted Rosedale house. Before 11am, order a burrito to take all the assembly work out of the picture. Otherwise, grab a breakfast plate (served all day), and find out why this place gets packed in the mornings. 

The brick and mortar location of Rosen’s Bagel Co. on Burnet Road, right by The Domain, evokes classic appetizing stores like Russ & Daughters Cafe in New York City with its cheerful lighting and white tiles. The traditional bagels here are among the best in Austin—slightly chewy, with a golden-brown and crisp outer crust. Like a proper bagel, they don’t need to be toasted. Additionally, Rosen’s makes housemade cream cheese, schmears, lox, and whitefish salad for their bagels (you can also get it all by the pound). Where Rosen’s truly shines are the artfully composed bagel breakfast sandwiches.

Located in one of Austin’s most charming neighborhoods, inside an even more charming house, Josephine House is ideal if you have one of those jobs where you can “work remote” and start your morning off at a slower pace. Really enjoy that first cup of coffee and sit outside on the patio—especially when the weather is on point. Menu-wise, there’s everything from highly fancy cereal to huevos rancheros, and you really can’t go wrong here.

The menu at the trailer Biscuits + Groovy is simple—biscuits, a few toppings, and some form of sausage (either traditional or vegan). This is a no-frills spot to grab a hearty breakfast in Hyde Park, with a few picnic tables out front where you can enjoy your meal while you watch people wheel their fixies into the bike shop next door. Grab The Village—it comes topped with white pepper gravy, sausage, jalapenos, colby jack cheese, black pepper and chives—and an order of fresh-squeezed OJ. You can even bring your own champagne and turn that breakfast into a mimosa brunch. 

There aren’t a ton of things that almost everyone in the city universally agrees on, but if any statement were to cross all party lines and gain universal support, it’s that Veracruz All-Natural makes the best damn migas tacos in town. Come here first thing in the morning—either to start a day of hopping around the East Side, or to recover from a long night out—and make your way through the ever-present line to enjoy some of the best breakfast tacos in Austin. Make sure to grab one of their great aguas frescas, or hop over to Fleet Coffee next door for a morning pick-me-up (we like the espresso and tonic).

Bouldin is the one-stop shop for all things breakfast if you’re a vegetarian or enjoy eating like one sometimes. The renedict is one of our favorite plates and usually runs out in about a few hours, which is just another reason to hit this spot before work (though if you call in “sick,” they also serve breakfast all day). The spiced oatmeal with apples is also great motivation to get out of bed.

A more traditional breakfast spot, Counter Cafe’s simple diner setup and classic menu make it great for a low-key breakfast situation. Somewhere between the steak and eggs, biscuits and gravy, and hot cakes, you’ll feel right at home here. If you’re dining solo, grab a spot at the counter and do like they did in the '40s (or whenever it was that people actually ate a real breakfast before work).

If you don’t know, now you know—Juan is, and always will be an Austin favorite for weekday hangover cures. The Don Juan is what this place is known for, but if you’re not quite ready to tackle what is probably the world’s largest breakfast taco, everything is good here—particularly the stuff that contains chorizo. If you haven’t eaten breakfast here, then you haven’t partaken in one of Austin’s greatest pastimes.

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A longtime Austin tradition and staple, Kerbey Lane is at the very top of the pack when it comes to breakfast in Austin. From pancakes to migas, Kerbey has it all—even serving queso as a socially acceptable option in the AM. Our favorite location (and the one with the most charm) will always be the original, inside a converted craftsman on Kerbey Lane. But they’ve gotten their formula down at their other six locations too.

Bird Bird Biscuit first opened in 2018 on Manor Road (it has since expanded with a second location on Koenig). It was an instant hit, drawing crowds from near and far for their biscuit-based breakfast and brunch sandwiches. First, try saying that three times fast. Next, take a deep dive into their menu and decide how many biscuits it’s going to take to soak up all the sins of last night—this is hangover food at its finest. 

Their “breakfast anytime” motto pretty much says it all, but the food and always-homey feel is what really seals the deal at Magnolia Cafe. You could come here every day for a month and probably not get sick of your options here—but our go-to is always a breakfast taco and a pancake. Or the huevos. Or the love migas.

Forthright is tucked away in the San Jacinto center right off Cesar Chavez. Once you find it, order the buttermilk waffles and avocado toast. Add the iced cashew milk latte and you’ve fully started your day off right—it basically tastes like melted ice cream. Forthright is a proven weekday breakfast MVP, especially if you live or work downtown.

Paperboy has come a long way from its humble origin as a popular food truck on the East Side, selling breakfast sandwiches, parfaits, and cinnamon toast. Now, they’re a quintessential breakfast and brunch spot, also on the East Side, but with a dining room and a rooftop patio. Their claim to fame may have been the BEC sandwich, but there’s a big menu of toasts, hashes, and even steak & eggs for your friend who’s still on a keto diet.

When you first think of Irene’s, two things come to mind: fancy toast and that fluorescent sign. But what deserves just as much attention is their housemade butterscotch almond-cream coffee. Irene’s is a strong move for just about any meal or situation—and that includes a killer breakfast. Stop by their window in the early AM and go for the savory bacon toast to feel better about the fact that you’re on your way to work.

Keeping the East Side caffeinated and fed, Cenote is a great spot to get some work done outside, people watch, and enjoy breakfast food much better than anything you’d expect from a typical coffee shop. Wash it down with one of the green juices from the fridge and you’ve officially started your day off “healthy.”

A pastry and a coffee really can’t be considered a real breakfast. Unless you’re talking about a pastry from Upper Crust—specifically the Upper Crust cinnamon roll. This thing is not only massive, but also incredibly good, and worthy of any morning that deserves a real treat. If you’re looking for something on the more savory side, they also do a great quiche.

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