When you’re too old for an egg hunt, brunch becomes the highlight of Easter celebrations (apart from the stop at church, of course). And what an improvement — no one hides the goodies, you sit down and have them brought to you, and you can order more than your big sister if you want.
Here are nine of Austin’s best Easter brunches, from tried-and-true favorites to a few brand new spots. Make reservations and book early, this is not an original idea!
Annie’s Café and Bar
Enjoy Easter at this downtown haunt. Brunch menu items such as shrimp and grits; brioche French toast; and other house-made, scratch-kitchen classics feature local and organic items whenever possible. 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.
Highlights of this brunch menu include steak and eggs, Southern-grilled pork chop and eggs, and crème brulee French toast. Don’t miss the strolling magician, and expect a few special menu items for Easter. 9 am to 3 pm.
This Austin favorite serves a classic brunch using herbs and vegetables from its own garden. Order smoked salmon Benedict, two poached eggs and smoked salmon on an English muffin topped with hollandaise sauce and served with homefries and a blueberry bran muffin. Specials offered just for Easter. 10 am to 3 pm.
The word refers to a French specialty food shop, and in keeping with that, this restaurant's brunch menu includes scrapple (brioche toast, parsley, onion, fried egg) and croque madame (ham, comte, mornay sauce, fried egg, frites) along with classics like biscuits and gravy and pancakes. The Easter menu promises a special rabbit dish, which seems perversely appropriate. 10:30 am to 3 pm.
Fonda San Miguel
No Tex-Mex here, this fine Austin restaurant serves interior Mexican food. The Easter brunch buffet bears special dishes in addition to the usual assortment of guacamole and ceviche, traditional breakfast dishes such as migas and cochinita pibil. Save room for Fonda San Miguel's flan and other delicious sweets. 11 am to 2 pm.
Hyde Park Bar & Grill
Celebrate Easter at one of Hyde Park Bar & Grill's multiple locations. Order the classic chicken and waffles (a buttermilk-dipped chicken breast breaded and fried and served on a fresh Belgian waffle) or migas made with scrambled eggs, bell pepper, sweet onions, corn tortilla strips, cheddar and asadero cheese. 11 am to 3 pm.
Jack Allen’s Kitchen
A generous brunch buffet includes fried chicken, chicken fried pork tenderloin, migas, enchilada casserole, green chile pork and eggs, tomato and basil pie and more, depending on what’s happening at local farms. Sip on the usual mimosas and Bloody Marys in addition to pomegranate sangria. 10 am to 2 pm.
A relative newcomer to the Austin brunch scene, this riverside restaurant’s morning menu features chicken fried steak and waffles, smoked brisket hash, and homemade kolaches. The star may be French toast made with Kelli’s blueberry bread, a family recipe. Easter brunch will be buffet style. 10:30 am to 2 pm.
Enjoy Easter on this Clarksville restaurant's expansive patio. Breakfast tacos and burritos, handmade tortillas and sauces, huevos rancheros, and churros. This may not be your typical brunch, but you will find eggs Benedict and pancakes on the menu, too. 10 am to 2 pm.