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Morning Motivation: The 10 Best Breakfast Places in Austin

In the early a.m., we would never have the nerve to tell you to rise and shine. Mornings are made for groaning and squinting into the dark, and the only thing that inspires us to rise at all is the smell of bacon (or tempeh for our vegan friends). If you’re like us and could use a good reason to get out of bed, head to one of the best breakfast places in Austin

Unlike the best brunch spots in Austin — which mostly serve their griddled goodies on Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. — these spots open early and serve breakfast every day of the week. Many also serve breakfast all day because sometimes you just need pancakes for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and a late-night snack. (Seriously, we’ve needed pancakes at all these times.)

So, head to these best breakfast places in Austin to satisfy your scrambled or griddled cravings. 

The 10 Best Breakfast Places in Austin

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From gourmet to good ol’ fashion comfort food, these diners, cafes, and restaurants serve up breakfasts so good you might stop hitting that snooze button.

1. Bouldin Creek Cafe

1900 S 1st St

Bouldin Creek Cafe serves the best vegan and vegetarian breakfasts in town. They whip up their morning menu fresh each day, and anything that’s not made in-house — like the bread and coffee beans — is sourced from local small businesses.

For a little Tex-Mex in the morning, try the Zucchini and Cheese Migas, featuring eggs scrambled in a spicy fire puree with zucchini, onions, tortilla chips, and house-made salsa, topped with cheddar-jack cheese. Swap the eggs for tofu and leave off the cheese to make it a vegan meal. 

And, don’t forget to order your morning coffee — Bouldin Creek Cafe is one of the best coffee shops in Austin. They serve up classic and creative drinks with any kind of milk you want, including soy, almond, oat, coconut, and dairy milk. 

Opens: 8 a.m. Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. on Sundays

Serves breakfast until: 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 9 p.m. on Sundays

2. Kerbey Lane Cafe

3704 Kerbey Lane 

This family-owned shop has its original location on Kerbey Lane in Rosedale, but it’s since expanded to seven other locations across the city. So, if you’re feeling ironic, you can head to a Kerbey Lane Cafe located far, far away from Kerbey Lane. 

The restaurant specializes in made-from-scratch comfort food (picture carbs, glorious carbs), and their fried chicken is a thing of ultra-crisp beauty. Try it in their Crispy Chicken Eggs Benedict with fried chicken, poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce, green chile sauce, and citrus-marinated onions, served on a house-made biscuit. 

For something on the sweeter side, try their French toast made with Texas toast. (Buh bye, Paris, France. Hello, Paris, Texas!) 

Opens: 7 a.m.

Serves breakfast until: 10 p.m.

3. Café No Sé

1603 S Congress Ave

Located inside the South Congress Hotel, Café No Sé serves breakfast on the boujee side. They have a critically acclaimed executive chef, Kendal Duque, who ran some of Chicago’s most sought-after restaurants before coming to Austin

Wake up your tastebuds with the creative flavor pairings in his Red Quinoa Porridge with berries, kiwi, cacao nibs, and pistachios. Or, try the breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, marinated tomatoes, almond pesto, cheddar, provolone, and brioche.  

Opens: 7 a.m. 

Serves breakfast until: 3 p.m.

4. Paperboy

​1203 E 11th St.

You wouldn’t think food this fancy could come out of a trailer, but seven days a week, Paperboy serves up some of the best breakfast in Austin from inside their stationary food truck on 11th St. 

Revisit Texas‘s southern roots with a taste of the stone-ground grits with roasted mushrooms, pickled onions, kale, cheddar, herb butter, and poached eggs. Or try Paperboy‘s take on Migas with goat carnitas, tomato, jalapeño, cotija cheese, serrano hot sauce, and grilled tortillas. (You can also add avocado, which seems like a no-brainer to us.) 

Opens: 8 a.m.

Serves breakfast until: 2 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, 3 p.m. every other day

5. 24 Diner

600 N Lamar Blvd

You might have to fight for parking in downtown Austin, but 24 Diner is worth it. Picture a classic diner from the 1950s and then mentally upgrade it with a little something called ambiance. That’s 24 Diner — no fluorescent lights, yes breakfast potatoes (or skillet fries as they call them). 

This diner makes classic Belgian waffles with a traditional yeasted dough that adds a layer of complexity to the flavor. Add a little Texas to this European classic, and try the chicken and waffles served with fried chicken and brown sugar butter. For a gluten-free breakfast, go for the sweet potato hash with roasted poblano peppers, sausage, and jack cheese. 

Opens: 7 a.m. 

Serves breakfast until: 11 p.m.

6. Cenote

1010 E Cesar Chavez St

This east-side treasure has two locations: one in the East Austin neighborhood and one in Windsor Park. The original location on E Cesar Chavez is in a historic building — Cenote even won an award for their preservation work on the place. 

The restaurant is one of Austin‘s best cafes with incredible coffee, plus a menu that includes local veggies and eggs. To get a breakfast loaded with fresh, local fare, try the Cenote Scramble with tomatoes, onions, arugula, pesto, capers, goat cheese, and sprouts. 

For a lighter option, order the parfait with house-made granola, yogurt, and fresh fruit. 

Opens: 8 a.m. 

Serves breakfast until: 4 p.m.

7. Josephine House

1601 Waterston Ave. 

Another amazing Austin restaurant that sources its ingredients locally, Josephine House is tucked away in a cozy cottage in the Clarksville neighborhood. You can head straight to the counter cafe to order your morning coffee or find a shady spot on the patio to savor your meal. 

We have nothing but respect for a breakfast place whose first menu item is a fine French cheese. Try the Brillat Savarin, which has a soft texture similar to Brie or Camembert. It’s served with green tomato, strawberry, sourdough crouton, and Mexican marigold-infused honey. 

For something less savory, opt for an upscale breakfast classic, and try the lemon ricotta pancakes with strawberries, blueberries, maple syrup, and house-cultured butter. (Yeah, they make their own butter — nuff said.)

Opens: 9 a.m. 

Serves breakfast until: 4 p.m.

8. Magnolia Cafe

1920 S Congress Ave

This South Congress staple is one of our favorite spots in South Austin. (During the non-breakfast hours, you’ll catch us here gobbling up three kinds of hot, melty cheese — Magnolia serves some of the best queso in Austin.) 

Try more of their Tex-Mex flavors by ordering their Huevos Rancheros, which are served on a grilled corn tortilla topped with two eggs, arbol sauce, and cheddar-jack cheese, plus rice, beans, and more tortillas on the side. 

Instead (or should we say also because only quitters stop at just one breakfast) you can make the morning sweet with Buttermilk Banana Pecan Pancakes. They’re exactly as decadent as they sound.   

Opens: 8 a.m. 

Serves breakfast until: 10 p.m. 

9. The Omelettry

4631 Airport Blvd. 

This no-frills American diner serves up all the breakfast classics, but let’s be real, with a name like The Omelettry, you need to try the omelettes. They’ve been serving up omelettes for over 40 years, and we think they’ve mastered it.

Get your veggies first thing in the morning with the Broccoli Sour Cream Omelette. It’s made with sautéed onions, broccoli, cheese, and a lemon sour cream sauce. 

If you absolutely must break the mold, skip the omelette and try the Burnet Road Benedict. It starts off classically with basted eggs, bacon, and spinach on an English muffin, but this Benedict is topped with queso instead of Hollandaise sauce.   

Opens: 7 a.m. 

Serves breakfast until: 3 p.m.

10. Snooze A.M. Eatery 

1700 S Lamar Blvd

This mid-mod diner is part of a larger chain, but don’t let that scare you off — it’s still one of the best breakfast places in Austin. Their menu features creative pairings of responsibly sourced ingredients. And with locations all over the city, including in North Austin, South Austin, and East Austin, your next morning meal is never too far away.

Start your day with Juan‘s Breakfast Tacos. It’s a build-your-own taco experience that might excite us even more than a brunch-time Bloody Mary bar. 

The tacos start off with corn tortillas, scrambled eggs, hash browns, green chile Hollandaise, and pico de gallo. Then, you choose your protein from options that include lox, chorizo, and soyrizo (among others). Add your favorite veggies, cheeses, and sauces, then chow down.    

Opens: 6:30 a.m. 

Serves breakfast until: 2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Austin Is Always Sunny Side Up 

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All this talk of breakfast food has got us feeling hungry. We think we’re finally ready to hunt down our going-outside pants and get ourselves over to one of the best breakfast places in Austin

After all, one of the hottest things about this city is the food. Maybe after our breakfast burritos and French toast wear off, we’ll head to one of Austin‘s best lunch spots or see how our breakfast tacos stack up against the best tacos in Austin. There’s always more to experience in the Texas capitol.

Shari Lefler

Shari Lefler is a writer, traveler, and condiment enthusiast. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her dog and throwing shade with her cat.

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