You went out on New Year’s Eve, celebrated, and had a joyous time. And now you are welcoming 2016 tired, hungry, and a bit dehydrated. If you don’t feel like cooking or need a little hair of the dog, we have the scoop on the best brunches in Austin with a variety of cuisines that will welcome you during the first day of the year.
The sports bar at the Hilton will extend its New Year’s Day buffet hours, serving from 7 am to 1 pm for $22.50 per person. Items include fresh migas; honey baked ham with black cherry glaze; and Chef Carlos Cruz’s family recipe menudo, lauded as an instant cure for New Year's Eve hangovers. A Bloody Mary bar is also available, as are live sports on the big-screen TVs.
The Southern-inspired East Austin fave will have a fabulous brunch buffet with items like duck confit migas, shrimp and grits, black eyed peas with ham hock and pickled red onion, smoked salmon and strawberry cake, plus $5 build-your-own Bloody Marys, $3 mimosas and $20 mimosa pitchers. The buffet is $40 for adults, $20 for kids 6 to 12, and free for kids 5 and under.
If the home cooking of interior Mexico is calling your name, don’t miss New Year’s brunch at this cozy SoLa establishment. Chef Marisela Godinez will serve family favorites like pozole blanco, pozole verde, suckling cochinita pibil, cafe de olla, hot chocolate, homemade tamales, and much more. Brunch is $24, $9 for kids 6 to 10, and $4 for kids 6 and under.
Jack Allen's Kitchen
Jack Allen’s Kitchen’s lovely outpost in West Lake will serve its regular Texas-centric menu alongside $4 cocktail specials (Bloody Marys, Screwdrivers, pomegranate sangria, and mimosas), and all tables will get a complimentary taste of black eyed peas for good luck.
The Barton Springs Road Italian eatery will serve its regular brunch menu, which includes a brioche bread pudding with apple, persimmon, basil seeds, vin santo, and honey and eggs Florentine served on focaccia with escarole, tomato, and calabrese hollandaise. Juliet's ample menu of libations will also be available.
The cute cottage and gourmet deli will host a New Year’s Day brunch with its usual dishes, plus a couple specials like crab omelet and, of course, black eyed peas.
One of our favorite spots for happy hour will serve its regular brunch menu on New Year’s Day until 3 pm, featuring items like duck fat biscuits and gravy and the popular green eggs and ham: poached eggs nestled atop pork belly on brioche with an herb sauce. Searsucker will have a number of tasty brunch-specific libations, as well as its infused cocktails.
Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden
If you’re looking for a laid-back, hangover-curing option, this Rainey Street sausage emporium will open for service from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be live music from Interrobang from noon to 3 pm for those who want to keep the party going.