Brunch on Burnet
The Burnet Road corridor boasts of a mix of dining options, from family-friendly eats and down-home classic to the downright indulgent. Many eateries also put their best foot forward during weekend brunch, serving creative and comforting specialties. Here are some of our favorites.
Apothecary Café & Wine Bar
For an elevated Sunday affair, tuck into this cozy wine bar with a few close friends. Ease into the morning with a daily selection of oysters and Champagne, then move onto sharing a cheese and charcuterie board before settling onto one of the inspired entrées. Quail ‘n Liege waffle with grits, lamb loin hash with herb yogurt, and breakfast tacos with housemade tortillas are some creative favorites. Pair each plate with a different pick from the curated wine list.
Épicerie Café & Grocery
This quaint neighborhood hangout offers lunch starting at 10:30 every day and designs a special brunch menu just for lazy Sundays. Épicerie specializes in French-inspired fare showcasing local artisanal products. Bistro classics like Croque Madame with a side of frites and French onion soup are sure to hit the spot. The brunch menu also features timeless Southern eats like biscuits and gravy with housemade bacon and shrimp and heirloom corn grits. Alternatively, pack a picnic basket from the selection of cheeses, meats and breads. And don’t forget to pick up a bottle of wine on your way out.
On Sundays, expect hearty and bold Asian fusion dishes, always with a fried egg on top. Crab pad thai and kimchi Spam fried rice are just two of the quirky selections at this Burnet Road spot. Rest assured, signature items like the banh mi taco and JapaJam Burger still make an appearance. Brunch cocktails are equally unconventional: The Heat of the Moment (pineapple, serrano, tarragon infused tequila, lime juice) and Wasabi Mary (vodka, house habanero wasabi Mary mix) are two spicy concoctions that can stand up to all the pronounced flavors. Peached Tortilla also designs a tamer menu just for the kiddos.
La Mancha Tex-Mex
Pork carnitas hash, stacked breakfast enchiladas and breakfast tacos are a few of the happy hour weekend brunch items here. And all hair-of-the-dogs are reduced to happy hour prices until 3 pm, including $3 margaritas and $4 Mexican martinis. This eclectic Tex-Mex joint with laid-back barn house decor and an expansive patio is family-friendly, too. The kid’s menu offers goodies like mini rice and bean bowls with beef fajita or grilled chicken and mini crispy tacos.
Blue Star Cafeteria
This bright and airy eatery dishes up comfort food for the whole family. Kids even eat free through the month of August. Classic brunch plates fill the menu, such as the sweet ham quiche Lorraine, bagel with smoked salmon and all the fixings, and vanilla battered French toast made with sourdough. On the lighter side, consider the maple almond granola with fresh fruit or the cinnamon, cranberry and almond oatmeal.
Noble Sandwich Co.
It’s no secret that meat is the name of this sandwich expert's game and the breakfast items are no different. We recommend picking several plates to share. Hearty dishes include housemade chorizo and egg with cheddar and salsa picante, oxtail on potato and leek waffle with an over easy egg, and grits with smoked cheddar and braised ham hock. For those with a sweet tooth, the apple ginger waffle with seared apples, scrambled eggs and ginger syrup is a solid pick.
For more than 60 years, neighbors of all ages have stopped by this diner for home-style cooking. Unapologetically retro, this diner serves breakfast all day alongside a wide selection of all-American eats. The Frisco certainly doesn't mess with what ain’t broken. Chicken fried steak and eggs and a grande breakfast burrito with the choice of three ingredients are classic menu options. Make room for cakes and pies.