Breakfast/Brunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Breakfast/Brunch restaurants in Austin and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Lone Star Bakery / Round Rock Donuts thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Magnolia Café, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Breakfast/Brunch.

10 Taverna by Lombardi
This warm, inviting restaurant has three locations and Austin is lucky to have one of them. The restaurant prides itself on a range of northern Italian dishes and a flagship dish, Risotto. The restaurant is described simultaneously as 'quaint and like an old church' by some and still others refer to it as 'chic and hip.' Taverna creates an ambiance that encourages building relationships and hanging out. The food is prepared in a simple but fantastic way. Enjoy wonderful pasta filled with ingredients like walnuts and Gargonzola. Revel in ultrathin crust pizzas. Happy hour provides $1 mimosas and bellini's. Taverna boasts Italian cuisine to delight your palate but they don't stop there. They also serve up an award winning brunch on Sundays from 10am-3:00 pm. Feast on Shrimp with Asparagus Omelets or their Chorizo sausage and manchego cheese omelet. If you are in the mood for something sweet, try the Vanilla French Toast. It's served with mascarpone and fruit. Taverna is also friendly to diners with gluten free dietary needs and offers a gluten free menu. ((512) 477-1001)

9 Mrs. Johnson's Bakery
A beacon in the night, Mrs. Johnson's has been providing Austin night owls and early risers with hot fresh doughnuts for over 50 years. Plain glazed rings are the top sellers, but you'll also find several filled varieties, cake doughnuts, apple fritters, cinnamon rolls, and kolaches (rolls stuffed with sausage or cheese). Plus, there's always plenty of hot coffee. Hot doughnuts roll off the conveyors at 9pm, 10pm, 2am, 3am, and 5am, so time your visits accordingly. (512-452-4750)

8 Lone Star Bakery / Round Rock Donuts
Regionally famous, this bakery/doughnut shop's bright yellow doughnuts are known to produce sighs of bliss from adoring fans. Through changes in ownership and other travails, the doughnuts have endured, drawing crowds from open to close every day. For those people who don't care for doughnuts (impossible to imagine!), there are other options, including apple fritters, muffins, danishes, coffee cake, and freshly baked breads. (512-255-3629)

7 Nau's Enfield Drug & Soda Fountain
This old-fashioned drug store is constantly bustling, and while it's famous for its burgers and fountain drinks, it also does a brisk business during breakfast hours. Till 11am most days, you can get everything from breakfast tacos and fried egg sandwiches to omelets and huevos rancheros. Sink back into a booth, and give yourself over to the charm and the great food. (512-476-3663)

6 Magnolia Café
This homey, diner-style café serves breakfast 24 hours a day. The house specialty is gingerbread pancakes, but you can also enjoy a host of other breakfast favorites, including both basic and more elaborate omelets. (The latter include the Prima Dora, which features two cheeses, avocado, lemon sour cream, and chipotle sauce.) Other temptations include breakfast tacos, huevos rancheros, and migas. The brownies are also an absolute must. (512-478-8645)

5 Star Seeds Cafe
Without doubt Austin's best 24-hour eats. Star Seeds is quirky and cheerful, with a bevy of regulars who have been loyal since the place opened in the mid-1980s, but one visit is usually all it takes for newbies to become die-hard fans. You can get breakfast any time, and it's awesome: steak and eggs, migas, breakfast burritos and tacos, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, omelettes, and the "A Baum" (English muffin topped with sausage, scrambled eggs and queso). Sandwiches, burgers and a handful of comfort food classics round out the menu. (512-478-7107)

4 Kerbey Lane Cafe
This popular café serves good, healthy food 24 hours a day with an emphasis on fresh ingredients. Highlighted on the menu are a wide variety of omelets, pancakes, and other traditional breakfast dishes. Among the morning options you'll delight in are a chicken verde omelet, gingerbread pancakes, breakfast tacos, biscuits and gravy (with eggs), migas, and steak and eggs. Other menu options include sandwiches, salads, and lots of entrees that take their inspiration from around the globe, including Mexico. (512-451-1436)

3 Mother's Cafe & Garden
Comfortable, casual Mother's Cafe is an Austin mainstay, and it's quite a force on the local culinary scene. The food is top-quality, and all of it is vegetarian or vegan (much of it is organic too). The most popular dishes are mushroom stroganoff, spinach lasagna, and fully-loaded bueno burgers. As you might expect, salads are excellent — the house cashew-tamari dressing knocks them into the stratosphere. The menu also includes sandwiches, pastas, and several Tex-Mex options. There are even vegan desserts! (512-451-3994)

2 Katz's Deli & Bar
Whether you need a late-night fix or an early morning breakfast, this 24-hour New York-style deli can ably satisfy your hunger. Opt for Belgian waffles, deli omelets, corned beef hash, blintzes, cinnamon rolls, challah French toast, and much more. One of the few places in Austin to get lox and bagels. (512-472-2037, 512-851-7652)

1 Monument Cafe
Monument Café may be a 30 minute drive north of town, but if you crave a hearty breakfast, it's more than worth the travel time. At first glance the menu appears to be populated with nothing but standards. That's true, but the freshness of the ingredients, the generous portions, and the kitchen's expertise elevate the Monument well above average. You can order anything with confidence, from chicken-fried steak to migas to waffles. At other times of the day you'll find great meat-and-three meals with options that include fried chicken, Texas chili, salads, and homemade pies. (512-930-9586)

Maps and Directions

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Taverna by Lombardi 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Mrs. Johnson's Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery
Dining Options: Delivery, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: North Austin
COST: $
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Lone Star Bakery / Round Rock Donuts 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Round Rock
COST: $
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Nau's Enfield Drug & Soda Fountain 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: West Austin
COST: $
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Magnolia Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner, Tex-Mex
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: West Austin
COST: $
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Star Seeds Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner, Tex-Mex
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: North Austin
COST: $
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Kerbey Lane Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American, Tex-Mex
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: North Austin
COST: $
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Mother's Cafe & Garden 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Southwestern, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: North Austin
COST: $
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Katz's Deli & Bar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Deli
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: WAREHOUSE DISTRICT
COST: $
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Monument Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: GEORGETOWN
COST: $$