Although some of the best restaurants in Austin serve ridiculously satisfying meals, there is something about our selection of eateries below that makes their breakfast meals outstandingly memorable. From perfectly cooked eggs to crispy waffles (and lots and lots of coffee), these local restaurants and cafes will satiate your early morning cravings in no time and properly fuel you to tackle a day filled with only the best things to do in Austin. Happen to miss the early bird breakfast time for these? Worry not, check out our guide to the best brunch in Austin.
Best breakfast in Austin
Yes! Picnik’s Paleo-friendly cuisine, previously only found on a trailer, is now also available at the eatery’s stylish new digs. The impeccably-designed space is bright and airy with lots of natural textures found throughout, not to mention the staff’s handmade aprons. Whether you visit the trailer or the restaurant, butter coffee, designed to send your energy through the roof, is an absolute must. We’re obsessed with the golden milk matcha (coffee, butter, MCT oil, turmeric, coconut milk, matcha chai blend, maple, grass-fed whey and optional cayenne) and certainly recommend the harvest hash (roasted sweet potato, spinach, Brussels sprouts, grass-fed beef breakfast sausage, sage, apple, toasted pecans, maple vinaigrette and a poached egg). Breakfast is available starting at 7am daily.
On weekdays beginning at 8am, refined Clarksville eatery Josephine House serves a small menu of elevated dishes alongside Stumptown coffee, Steeping Room teas, fresh juices and house-made pastries. The indigo-colored bungalow is part of the Moorman McGuire Hospitality Group and boasts its signature white-washed walls and marble countertops. Just try to resist these standout dishes: lemon ricotta pancakes (blackberries, cultured butter, maple syrup) or the egg sandwich (fried egg and chicken sausage, Grafton cheddar, whole grain English muffin, harissa aïoli with a side of seasonal fruit) accompanied by a very dignified cup of Eastside Earl Grey tea.
Most people know about épicerie’s brunch but it is their Wednesday through Saturday breakfast menu that earns it a spot on our list. Trust us when we say that there is no better way to start your day than with pour-over coffee and artfully-presented breakfast in this crisp and welcoming space. The French-American cafe has a highly Instagrammable cured salmon toast with cream cheese, capers, dill and radishes served alongside cucumber salad and soft-boiled farm egg that ends up being a nice departure from heavier fare.
You may know Irene’s as the playful, modern Southern spot with the ivy wall and neon sign that begs to be Instagrammed. Irene’s vibe is inspired by one of the owners’ grandmother, Irene, who is described as a “drinking, smoking, gambling woman with an immense heart and a keen understanding of true hospitality.” While the dining room opens later, the counter window in front opens every day at 7am and serves coffee, pastries, fancy toasts… and even Kool-Aid. Everyone loves the sweet PB&J toast (Easy Tiger oat toast, Confituras jam, HomePlate peanut butter) and the savory avocado toast (tomato, feta, olive oil, sea salt). For your caffeine fix, we recommend Irene’s original coffee (hot or iced) with house-made butterscotch-almond cream. Yum!
If you haven’t tried Veracruz All Natural’s nationally-recognized tacos, you have been missing out. Order the migas taco and enjoy a handmade flour tortilla stuffed with scrambled eggs, crispy tortilla strips, pico de gallo, Monterey jack cheese and an avocado slice that are complemented by a homemade creamy red or green hot sauce.
Chef Andrew Curren (the genius behind Irene’s and Italic as well) and his team consistently deliver elevated comfort food using top-notch ingredients at this local diner. Open around the clock (with the exception of a middle-of-the-night cleaning session midweek), the diner serves breakfast all day. May we suggest ordering the biscuits and gravy (house-made buttermilk biscuit, two eggs, sausage gravy, side of fruit) and the chicken and waffle (marinated, boneless, skinless fried chicken breast and thigh, brown sugar butter, Grade A Michigan maple syrup) dish?
Paperboy owner Ryan Harms teamed up with Odd Duck’s Zecheriah Perez in developing the menu (which is small but ensures quick service). In addition to supporting multiple local farms and purveyors, Paperboy also exclusively serves coffee from Tweed coffee roasters (from the guys behind Houndstooth Coffee). The menu changes seasonally, so make sure to pay a visit fairly often.
The newest project from the Moorman McGuire Restaurant, June’s All Day boasts pastel walls, black and white tile and gilded cafe tables. The breakfast offerings will make you want to wake up a little earlier than you have to, we promise. Open at 8am during the week, the eatery offers coffee and grab-and-go pastries, like the crème fraîche cake donut and “lamb in a blanket.” Have time for a heartier meal? Try the cafe breakfast: your choice of sliced ham, gruyere and house-made jam with a buttered English muffin.
Handmade flour tortillas that are powdery and still warm? Sign us up. Amongst the standouts at Joe’s Bakery & Coffeeshop: the migas dish (scrambled eggs with corn chips topped with cheese and served with beans and two tortillas with onions, jalapeños and tomatoes) and huevos a la Mexicana (scrambled eggs with tomatoes, onions and jalapeños served with beans, bacon and two tortillas). Visit the eatery Tuesday through Sunday (opening time: 6:30am).
Yes, Bouldin Creek Cafe is a vegetarian/vegan-friendly restaurant, but that shouldn’t deter carnivores from visiting as the food’s flavor is delectable, no matter your dietary restrictions. Expect the space to be adorned by art from local artists, an unpretentious coffee bar and a colorfully not-basic staff. What to order? The potato leek omelet is a tasty option (three organic pasture raised eggs, caramelized potato shreds, leeks, Gruyère cheese, topped with black pepper sour cream and scallions) and so are the tofu and veggie chorizo tacos. Try the lavender mocha (latte, chocolate, lavender syrup) or the Mexican mocha (latte, spiced Mexican cocoa) when selecting your drink. The eatery opens at 7am Monday through Friday and at 8am on weekends.