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A waffle from Mary’s Cafe.
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23 Vital Breakfast Spots to Jumpstart Your Day in Austin

Where to find great eggs, pancakes, and waffles

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A waffle from Mary’s Cafe.
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Breakfast is the first meal and perhaps the best meal of the day, and Austin has it down pat. The city’s morning array includes breakfast tacos, pancakes, plates of migas, sausages, biscuits, and so much more.

Here are Austin’s best breakfast restaurants, which means diner classics like Texas French Bread, hearty offerings from Magnolia Cafe, Tex-Mex findings from Mi Madre’s, morning sandwiches from Paperboy, bagels from Nervous Charlie’s, quiches from Upper Crust Bakery, barbecue breakfast tacos from Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, and much more.

For specific morning eating and drinking needs, check out Eater’s guides to breakfast tacos, essential brunches, new brunches, baked goods, bread, and coffee.

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Little Ola's Biscuits

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The biscuit sandwich shop dishes out excellent morning offerings, from the tomato-egg-cheese to the country ham-cheese. Orders can be placed online, and there is a patio for on-site dining.

Dan's Hamburgers

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The Austin burger mini-fast-food chain with multiple locations serves biscuits and breakfast tacos for breakfast, covering all Central Texas's bases, plus omelets and other egg-based dishes The restaurants are open for dine-in service, with takeout and drive-thru capabilities.

Nervous Charlie's

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The North Loop shop’s bagels come with all sorts of breakfast-ready fillings in the morning, like pastrami hash, Taylor ham, and so many eggs. The cafe is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in service, to-go orders can be placed online.

A bagel sandwich from Nervous Charlie’s
A bagel sandwich from Nervous Charlie’s
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The Omelettry

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The classic North Loop diner is all about delicious omelets. The restaurant is open for dine-in service, plus to-go pickup orders can be placed online, through its mobile app, or over the phone.

Pacha Organic Cafe

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The Rosedale cafe serves pies, quiches, pancakes (the pear-bacon-scallion is the best), and more, as well as a great cup of coffee. There is indoor and outdoor dine-in service; to-go and delivery orders can be placed online.

Mary's Café

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The Central Austin cafe offers a strong sweet and savory breakfast menu, from sandwiches made with croissants and bagels to liege waffles. The restaurant is open for dine-in service, and pickup orders can be placed online or in person.

A large waffle with a big dollop of cream.
Waffles at Mary’s Cafe.
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JP’S Pancake Company

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Those seeking breakfast for dinner should stop by the campus truck that is dedicated to miniature pancakes. The small pancakes are served in cups, which makes it that much easier to add toppings from fruit to syrups. There is dine-in service available via the outdoor table, and to-go orders can be placed in person.

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A cup of pancakes and toppings from JP’s Pancake Company.
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Bird Bird Biscuit

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Biscuit sandwiches are breakfast sandwiches, after all, and the Cherrywood shop serves just that. Fillings include the namesake Bird Bird Bacon with bacon, eggs, and cheese; and the Lovely Day with a chicken sausage patty, egg, cheese, and basil pesto. Pickup orders can be placed online.

Josephine House

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The Clarksville restaurant offers a fancier daily New American brunch. This includes its lemon-ricotta pancakes, the avocado toast with a sunny-side egg, and toast with jam. The brunch menu is available for dine-in daily, and there is a patio.

Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

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The daytime menu at the West Fifth Street restaurant ranges from light (granola bowl) to hearty (breakfast sandwich with eggs and hashbrowns). Coffee is also a priority here. The indoor dining room and patio are open for dine-in services; pickup orders can be placed online or in person.

A raised-edge plate with grains, broth, and a fried egg.
The greens and grain bowl from Better Half.
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Paperboy

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The trailer-turned-physical restaurant is still very dedicated to breakfast. with an expanded menu. This means more toasts and entrees, such as quiches, egg sandwiches, and migas. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in service; pickup orders can be placed online or through its walkup window.

Brunch Bird

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The South Congress restaurant relocated to East Seventh Street within the new Buzz Mill Coffee space this fall. It remains dedicated to vegan breakfast from morning to night. There are indoor and outdoor areas for dine-in service, takeout orders can be placed in person, and there are Uber Eats deliveries.

Forthright

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Breakfast at the downtown restaurant is solid, from the breakfast plate with eggs, breakfast potatoes, and toasted sourdough bread; the chicken and waffles; to the avocado toast. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor patio services, pickup orders can be placed online.

Forthright’s avocado toast
Forthright’s avocado toast
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Counter Cafe

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A diner is nothing without breakfast, and Counter Cafe’s daytime-only menu does it justice, with eggs every-which-way, hotcakes, porridge, and more. While the original location on North Lamar is permanently closed, the East Sixth and West 29th Street restaurants are open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services, plus there are online orders.

Plates of breakfast dishes.
Breakfast at Counter Cafe.
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Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop

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Giant breakfast plates, like the migas and huevos a la Mexicana, from the longtime East Austin Tex-Mex restaurant, are available all day. Don't miss out on the wide array of baked goods too. The restaurant reopened for dine-in service, to-go orders can be placed in person via curbside or over the phone.

Sawyer & Co.

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All-day diner breakfast can be found at New Orleans-leaning Govalle restaurant. There are breakfast plates, omelets, tacos, burritos, scrambles, and more. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services, to-go orders can be placed online.

Halved biscuits topped with fried chicken and eggs.
Eggs Benedict at Sawyer & Co.
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Bouldin Creek Café

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The Bouldin Creek restaurant makes breakfast fare vegetarian-friendly with tofu scramblers instead of eggs. Curbside pickup orders can be made online. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Magnolia Cafe

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While the typically all-hours restaurant isn’t operating on a 24/7 schedule right now, the lauded Bouldin Creek diner is still open for daily breakfast with pancakes, breakfast tacos, and all sorts of egg dishes. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services; curbside orders can be placed online or in person; and there are Favor deliveries, too. The restaurant is open for dine-in service, too.

Phoebe's Diner

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The daytime South Austin restaurant serves up a breakfast-ready diner menu, ranging from buttermilk pancakes, French toast that’s deep-fried, bacon, eggs, to fried chicken with grits. The restaurant is open for dine-in service, and to-go orders can be placed online.

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An omelet from Phoebe’s Diner.
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Wholy Bagel

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Get ready for bagels, bagels, bagels from the Oak Hill shop (with a second location up on Far West Boulevard), where cream cheese and other sandwich fillings are ready to be devoured. The shop is open for dine-in service, pickup orders can be placed online or in person.

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Whole Bagel’s bagels.
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Ovenbird

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The delightful South Austin restaurant is all about Bavarian breakfast, which means breakfast sandwiches on Bavarian croissants, breakfast tacos on marbled rye tortillas, and loads of pastries. Orders can be placed online or in person, there are indoor and outdoor dining areas.

Brooklyn Breakfast Shop

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The breakfast-dedicated food truck in the far south Austin food truck park the Thicket features eggy sandwiches, bagels, biscuits, and more. Pickup orders can be placed in person or online. The outdoor tables are available for dine-in service.

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A breakfast sandwich from Brooklyn Breakfast Shop.
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Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

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The far South Austin truck marries the best of Texas’s favorite foods — barbecue and breakfast tacos — into some of the best breakfasts found in the area. Look no further than its Real Deal Holyfield taco, where the flour tortilla cradles a thick slice of brisket, a fried egg, and a bed of refried beans, potatoes, and bacon. Pickup orders can be placed in person, and there are outdoor tables available for dine-in service.

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Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ’s Real Deal Holyfield taco.
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Little Ola's Biscuits

The biscuit sandwich shop dishes out excellent morning offerings, from the tomato-egg-cheese to the country ham-cheese. Orders can be placed online, and there is a patio for on-site dining.

Dan's Hamburgers

The Austin burger mini-fast-food chain with multiple locations serves biscuits and breakfast tacos for breakfast, covering all Central Texas's bases, plus omelets and other egg-based dishes The restaurants are open for dine-in service, with takeout and drive-thru capabilities.

Nervous Charlie's

A bagel sandwich from Nervous Charlie’s
A bagel sandwich from Nervous Charlie’s
Nervous Charlie’s/Facebook

The North Loop shop’s bagels come with all sorts of breakfast-ready fillings in the morning, like pastrami hash, Taylor ham, and so many eggs. The cafe is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in service, to-go orders can be placed online.

A bagel sandwich from Nervous Charlie’s
A bagel sandwich from Nervous Charlie’s
Nervous Charlie’s/Facebook

The Omelettry

The classic North Loop diner is all about delicious omelets. The restaurant is open for dine-in service, plus to-go pickup orders can be placed online, through its mobile app, or over the phone.

Pacha Organic Cafe

The Rosedale cafe serves pies, quiches, pancakes (the pear-bacon-scallion is the best), and more, as well as a great cup of coffee. There is indoor and outdoor dine-in service; to-go and delivery orders can be placed online.

Mary's Café

A large waffle with a big dollop of cream.
Waffles at Mary’s Cafe.
Mary’s Cafe/Facebook

The Central Austin cafe offers a strong sweet and savory breakfast menu, from sandwiches made with croissants and bagels to liege waffles. The restaurant is open for dine-in service, and pickup orders can be placed online or in person.

A large waffle with a big dollop of cream.
Waffles at Mary’s Cafe.
Mary’s Cafe/Facebook

JP’S Pancake Company

A cup of cream with a green leaf garnish and blueberries.
A cup of pancakes and toppings from JP’s Pancake Company.
JP’s Pancake Company/Facebook

Those seeking breakfast for dinner should stop by the campus truck that is dedicated to miniature pancakes. The small pancakes are served in cups, which makes it that much easier to add toppings from fruit to syrups. There is dine-in service available via the outdoor table, and to-go orders can be placed in person.

A cup of cream with a green leaf garnish and blueberries.
A cup of pancakes and toppings from JP’s Pancake Company.
JP’s Pancake Company/Facebook

Bird Bird Biscuit

Biscuit sandwiches are breakfast sandwiches, after all, and the Cherrywood shop serves just that. Fillings include the namesake Bird Bird Bacon with bacon, eggs, and cheese; and the Lovely Day with a chicken sausage patty, egg, cheese, and basil pesto. Pickup orders can be placed online.

Josephine House

The Clarksville restaurant offers a fancier daily New American brunch. This includes its lemon-ricotta pancakes, the avocado toast with a sunny-side egg, and toast with jam. The brunch menu is available for dine-in daily, and there is a patio.

Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

A raised-edge plate with grains, broth, and a fried egg.
The greens and grain bowl from Better Half.
Courtney Pierce/Eater Austin

The daytime menu at the West Fifth Street restaurant ranges from light (granola bowl) to hearty (breakfast sandwich with eggs and hashbrowns). Coffee is also a priority here. The indoor dining room and patio are open for dine-in services; pickup orders can be placed online or in person.

A raised-edge plate with grains, broth, and a fried egg.
The greens and grain bowl from Better Half.
Courtney Pierce/Eater Austin

Paperboy

The trailer-turned-physical restaurant is still very dedicated to breakfast. with an expanded menu. This means more toasts and entrees, such as quiches, egg sandwiches, and migas. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in service; pickup orders can be placed online or through its walkup window.

Brunch Bird

The South Congress restaurant relocated to East Seventh Street within the new Buzz Mill Coffee space this fall. It remains dedicated to vegan breakfast from morning to night. There are indoor and outdoor areas for dine-in service, takeout orders can be placed in person, and there are Uber Eats deliveries.

Forthright

Forthright’s avocado toast
Forthright’s avocado toast
Forthright/Facebook

Breakfast at the downtown restaurant is solid, from the breakfast plate with eggs, breakfast potatoes, and toasted sourdough bread; the chicken and waffles; to the avocado toast. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor patio services, pickup orders can be placed online.

Forthright’s avocado toast
Forthright’s avocado toast
Forthright/Facebook

Counter Cafe

Plates of breakfast dishes.
Breakfast at Counter Cafe.
Counter Cafe/Facebook

A diner is nothing without breakfast, and Counter Cafe’s daytime-only menu does it justice, with eggs every-which-way, hotcakes, porridge, and more. While the original location on North Lamar is permanently closed, the East Sixth and West 29th Street restaurants are open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services, plus there are online orders.

Plates of breakfast dishes.
Breakfast at Counter Cafe.
Counter Cafe/Facebook

Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop

Giant breakfast plates, like the migas and huevos a la Mexicana, from the longtime East Austin Tex-Mex restaurant, are available all day. Don't miss out on the wide array of baked goods too. The restaurant reopened for dine-in service, to-go orders can be placed in person via curbside or over the phone.

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Sawyer & Co.

Halved biscuits topped with fried chicken and eggs.
Eggs Benedict at Sawyer & Co.
Sawyer & Co./Facebook

All-day diner breakfast can be found at New Orleans-leaning Govalle restaurant. There are breakfast plates, omelets, tacos, burritos, scrambles, and more. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services, to-go orders can be placed online.

Halved biscuits topped with fried chicken and eggs.
Eggs Benedict at Sawyer & Co.
Sawyer & Co./Facebook

Bouldin Creek Café

The Bouldin Creek restaurant makes breakfast fare vegetarian-friendly with tofu scramblers instead of eggs. Curbside pickup orders can be made online. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Magnolia Cafe

While the typically all-hours restaurant isn’t operating on a 24/7 schedule right now, the lauded Bouldin Creek diner is still open for daily breakfast with pancakes, breakfast tacos, and all sorts of egg dishes. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services; curbside orders can be placed online or in person; and there are Favor deliveries, too. The restaurant is open for dine-in service, too.

Phoebe's Diner

A plate with an omelet with a drizzle of thick green sauce next to a pile of potatoes.
An omelet from Phoebe’s Diner.
Phoebe’s Diner/Facebook

The daytime South Austin restaurant serves up a breakfast-ready diner menu, ranging from buttermilk pancakes, French toast that’s deep-fried, bacon, eggs, to fried chicken with grits. The restaurant is open for dine-in service, and to-go orders can be placed online.