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All-Day Cafe Better Half Brings Burgers and Breakfast Galore to Austin

Take a look inside the new restaurant and bar from the team behind Wright Bros. Brew & Brew

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Better Half
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Austin’s latest restaurant is an all-day affair from the team behind Wright Bros. Brew & Brew. Better Half, found on 406 Walsh Street off West 5th Street near downtown and Clarksville, is now limited-open. The counter-service restaurant will operate under limited service until it fully opens next Tuesday, February 27.

The neighborhood restaurant’s easygoing menu spans dishes like cheeseburgers made with 44 Farms ground beef, chicken fried steak, redfish tortas, bowls, salads, hash browns, biscuits, hush puppies, and more. Desserts include buttermilk pies, s’mores cakes, and beignets. There are slight menu differences between the early one (served from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and late option (from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.).

Coffee is front and center when it comes to drinks, boasting of beans from Heart Roasters and Flat Track Coffee. The stellar espresso machine set-up is courtesy of Mavam Espresso. Then, for boozier options, there are draft and mixed cocktails (there are house vodka sodas, and the draft Chili Parlor uses Guyanese rum and toasted Thai chili syrup), plus wines by the glass or bottle, and beers/ciders via draft, can, or bottle. Scope out the full menus below.

Overseeing the kitchen are chefs Rich Reimbolt and pastry chef Jennifer Tucker. Both are formerly of McGuire Moorman Hospitality restaurants, Reimbolt from Josephine House and Tucker from Jeffrey’s.

Eater photographer Courtney Pierce took a tour of the casual airy space with light wood details, and pale ceramics. For seating, there are booths, bar stools, and a front-and-center nook for lounging. There’s an expansive patio as well and large parking lot out in the front.

Hours are from 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday and Tuesday through Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, and 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. The kitchen is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Co-owners Matt Wright, Matthew Bolick, and Grady Wright are keeping busy otherwise. First, there’s Better Half’s next-door brewery Hold Out Brewing with head brewer Brent Sapstead, which is pegged to open later this year. Then there’s Rainey coffee and booze bar Little Brother, also opening this year.

Better Half
Inside Better Half
Better Half’s booths
Better Half’s booths
Two plates of food, one with a sunny-side-up egg and a broth and the other with a sandwich with a cup of latte and a drinks menu on a wooden table.
Food and coffee at Better Half
A raised-edge plate with grains, broth, and a fried egg.
A breakfast dish from Better Half
A sandwich on a light plate on a table.
A sandwich from Better Half
Coffee from Better Half
Coffee from Better Half
Behind the counter at Better Half
Behind the counter at Better Half
The espresso machine at Better Half
The espresso machine at Better Half
Better Half’s back bar
Better Half’s back bar
Better Half’s logo
Better Half’s logo
Better Half’s neon signage
Better Half’s neon signage

Better Half

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