Brunch by Neighborhood
5 delicious brunch spots to try in North Central Austin
Family-friendly is the central theme among the eateries along North Central Austin's Anderson Lane. This new culinary hub features a range of weekend cuisine. Here are our top brunch picks that are fitting for boozy get-togethers and family gatherings alike.
Fork and Vine
This chic yet comfy restaurant offers an indulgent Sunday brunch. Creative dishes such as goat cheese grits with vanilla butter and roasted butternut squash chilaquiles pay homage to Austin cuisine. Don’t miss the jalapeño cheddar biscuits with bacon fat gravy. Fork and Vine smokes meats in-house, including brisket, pork belly, sausage and applewood bacon. This is also one of the few spots in town that serves mimosa flights. Diners can kick back on the patios or visit the wine tasting room housing 250-plus labels.
For more of a splurge, enjoy a refined meal at this sleek location. Lunch begins at 10:45 am daily and features a variety of elevated burgers, sandwiches and salads. On Sundays only, diners can chow down on the Texas burger, which uses meat ground in house daily and is topped with firehouse chili, cheddar and onions. Gluten-free peeps can breathe easy and pick from many GF options, including herbs de Provence roasted chicken with quinoa and crushed fennel. Bartlett's boasts a handsome selection of local craft brews and seasonal wines picks.
Sports fans won’t need to debate between having brunch and watching the game here. Tex-Mex influence shines bright at this spacious, buzzy venue decked out with big screens. The kitchen serves up familiar faves like migas, breakfast enchiladas and chilaquiles. Texas-centric ingredients such as seared beef tenderloin and fried oysters spice up reimagined eggs Benedicts.
Eat while you play at this lively hangout known for bowling, karaoke and interactive games. The kitchen dishes up brunch using locally sourced ingredients and even house-cured meats. Chef Bressler throws a playful spin on each classic item. He uses thick sliced challah bread for the French Toast and tops it with amaretto custard, Nutella ganache and toasted hazelnuts. The chicken fried wild boar is served with jalapeño cream gravy, eggs and home fries. Plus, Texas-sized mimosas and draft beers are 10 bucks for a hefty 32 ounces.
This renowned burger bar needs no introduction, but it would feel amiss not to include it. Hopdoddy is best known for fanciful burgers and hand-cut fries, with a combination to suit every palate. Lovers of spice can opt for an El Diablo that’s loaded with habanero and serrano chilis, while the Primetime with brie cheese and truffle aioli suits those with luxe tastes. For the more adventurous, Hopdoddy also dishes up bison, lamb and Ahi tuna. Although this is a kid-friendly establishment, the bar serves plenty of grown-up drinks, including local craft brews, margaritas and a playful cocktail menu. For brunch, try the Hey Neighbor, a version of a bloody Mary made with beet and tomato juice.