As luck would have it, National French Toast Day perfectly follows Thanksgiving on Friday, November 28. So go ahead, put on some stretchy pants, because you won't be able to say no to our favorite French toast dishes in town. From traditional plates to inspirational twists, you'll find all sorts of tantalizing options at these Austin eateries.
South Congress Cafe
$4-$12; Available for brunch daily
Take a stroll down SoCo and treat yourself to decadent carrot cake French toast with cream cheese pecan syrup — and one of South Congress Cafe's famous Bloody Marys while you're at it.
Chez Zee American Bistro
$1.95-$19.95; Available for brunch on Saturday and Sunday
Craving something extra sweet? Try Chez Zee's crème brûlée French toast made from soaked challah bread with an optional drizzle of Meyer's Rum sauce. You can buy a slice, get the platter or take home an entire loaf.
$9; Available for brunch on Saturday and Sunday
Russell's Bistro also serves a crème brûlée French toast, but this dish uses croissant and a splash of Brandy instead.
Kerbey Lane Cafe
$12.95; Available daily
Part of Kerbey Lane's seasonal pumpkin menu includes a classic breakfast plate with pumpkin French toast. The indulgent Paris Texas Platter meshes French toast with local favorite migas.
Perla's Seafood & Oyster Bar
$16; Available for brunch on Saturday and Sunday
Despite being known for seafood, Perla's hosts a weekend brunch that includes an interesting take on French toast that features coconut sorbet and toasted coconut on top.
Max's Wine Dive
$11; Available for brunch on Saturday and Sunday
Who says you can't have dessert for breakfast? Enjoy apple pie French toast with custard, topped with salted caramel at Max's Wine Dive.
$12; Available for breakfast daily
You can find another fruity twist on this traditional plate at The Carillon, which serves a decadent blueberry pecan French toast.
$10; Available daily until 4 pm
Check out the customizable French toast at Snack Bar, where you can opt for vegan brown rice butter and a variety of different breads, including banana bread.
Yellow Jacket Social Club
$7; Available daily during brunch
Take your French toast to the next level at Yellow Jacket Social Club with a date bread pudding iteration that includes cognac custard.
1886 Cafe and Bakery
$13; Available daily for breakfast and for weekend brunch
The 1886 Cafe offers a bread pudding version of French toast as well. This dish comes with Texas toast, pecan caramel and rum raisins.
Sugar Mama's Bakeshop
$3; Available on Sundays only
Sink your teeth into a French toast cupcake from Sugar Mama's. This sweet treat has maple and cinnamon flavors, cream cheese icing and — wait for it — bacon.
$7.95; Available daily
If you like your bacon with a side of French toast, then head to Bacon for thick, vanilla-battered slices.
$10.95; Available for brunch on Saturday and Sunday
For traditional French toast lovers out there, Eastside Cafe has a classic French toast option with a dash of cinnamon. You can also add savory garlic cheese grits on the side.
$15; Available as a daily breakfast plate
Splurge on TRIO's French toast stuffed with ricotta and topped with cranberries and hazelnuts on their daily breakfast menu.
These are some of the best takes on French toast in Austin, but there are more local faves to check out, too. Other weekend brunches that offer French toast include Olivia, Mulberry and Lambert's Downtown Barbecue. If you're looking for some good old fashion French toast, go to Galaxy Cafe, Magnolia Cafe, Old Pecan Street Cafe or Austin Java.