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24 Vital Breakfast Spots to Jumpstart Your Day in Austin

Where to find great eggs, pancakes, and hash

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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 brunch, baked goods, bread, and coffee.

As with all businesses right now, be sure to call ahead to make sure each business is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things do change. Follow the business’s rules, be sure to wear a mask, and tip well.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dan's Hamburgers

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5602 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 459-3239
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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 omelet and other egg-based dishes The restaurants are open for dine-in service, with takeout and drive-thru capabilities.

2. Nervous Charlie's

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5501 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 366-5305
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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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3. Upper Crust Bakery

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4508 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 467-0102
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For those quiche needs, the Rosedale bakery is the place. The quiche array is full of meat and vegetarian options, from bacon and tomato to spinach and mushroom. The bakery is open for in-person and online ordering (the latter includes same-day and 48-hour advance orders), plus patio dine-in service.

A quiche from Upper Crust Bakery
A quiche from Upper Crust Bakery
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4. Kerbey Lane Cafe

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3704 Kerbey Ln
Austin, TX 78731
(512) 451-1436
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All locations of the Austin diner chain offer every day and anytime breakfast. This includes plenty of pancakes and other morning dishes. All locations have reopened for dine-in service, and there are pickup/curbside orders and DoorDash deliveries.

Kerbey Lane Cafe’s pancakes
Kerbey Lane Cafe’s pancakes
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5. The Omelettry

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4631 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 453-5062
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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 through its mobile app or over the phone.

An omelette at The Omelettry
An omelette at The Omelettry
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6. Texas French Bread

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2900 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 499-0544
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The Heritage bakery/restaurant's breakfast menu is simple with the staples, including French toast with challah; breakfast tostadas with black beans, avocado, and ranchero sauce; and an egg sandwich. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in service, and pickup orders can be placed online, over the phone, or in person.

Pancakes at Texas French Bread
Pancakes at Texas French Bread
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7. Mary's Café

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3209 Red River St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 334-9460
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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.

Waffles at Mary’s Cafe
Waffles at Mary’s Cafe
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8. JP'S Pancake Company

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2512 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 200-3099
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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. There is an outdoor table for dine-in service.

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

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2701 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 761-4922
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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.

A biscuit sandwich from Bird Bird Biscuit
A biscuit sandwich from Bird Bird Biscuit
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10. Mi Madre's Restaurant

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2201 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 322-9721
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Look out for huge Tex-Mex breakfast classics like migas and breakfast tacos, as well as tasty huevos rancheros at the Cherrywood restaurant. There are indoor and patio dine-in services, and pickup and delivery orders can be placed online.

Breakfast at Mi Madre’s
Breakfast at Mi Madre’s
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11. Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

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406 Walsh St
Austin, TX 78703

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.

The greens and grain bowl from Better Half
The greens and grain bowl from Better Half
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12. Paperboy

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1203 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 910-3010
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The trailer-turned-physical restaurant is still very dedicated to breakfast. with an expanded menu. This means more toasts (including a Croque Madame) 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.

13. Forthright

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35 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 300-0886
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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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14. Counter Cafe

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1914 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 351-9961
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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 permanently closed, the East Sixth and West 29th Street restaurants are open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services, plus there are online orders and DoorDash deliveries.

Breakfast at Counter Cafe
Breakfast at Counter Cafe
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15. Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop

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2305 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 472-0017
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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.

16. Sawyer & Co.

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4827 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 531-9033
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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, and there are DoorDash deliveries.

Eggs Benedict at Sawyer & Co.
Eggs Benedict at Sawyer & Co.
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17. Bouldin Creek Café

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1900 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 416-1601
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The Bouldin Creek restaurant makes breakfast fare vegetarian friendly with tofu scramblers instead of eggs. Curbside pickup orders have to be made online.

18. Magnolia Cafe

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1920 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 445-0000
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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 to-go 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 has reopened for dine-in service, too.

19. Phoebe's Diner

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533 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 643-3218
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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, to-go orders can be placed online.

An omelet from Phoebe’s Diner
An omelet from Phoebe’s Diner
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20. Brunch Bird

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2209 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 462-4955
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Travis Heights shop River City Market features this counter-service restaurant dedicated to vegan breakfast. There are indoor and outdoor areas for dine-in service, and takeout orders can be placed in person or online, and there are Uber Eats deliveries.

21. Veracruz All Natural

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4208 Menchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 629-8238
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Breakfast tacos are morning perfect, and Veracruz never fails. There are six locations throughout Austin, but the truck parked at South Lamar coffee shop Radio is perhaps the best one. Pickup orders can be placed online or in person; Radio is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

22. Wholy Bagel

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4404 W William Cannon Dr
Austin, TX 78749
(512) 899-0200
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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.

Whole Bagel’s bagels
Whole Bagel’s bagels
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23. Brooklyn Breakfast Shop

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7800 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78745

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. The outdoor tables are available for dine-in service.

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

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11500 Menchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78748
(512) 221-4248
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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 only be placed online, and there are outdoor tables available for dine-in service.

A taco in a paper boat on a bright blue painted bench shown from above
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ’s Real Deal Holyfield taco
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1. Dan's Hamburgers

5602 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

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

5602 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

2. Nervous Charlie's

5501 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
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.

5501 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

3. Upper Crust Bakery

4508 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
A quiche from Upper Crust Bakery
A quiche from Upper Crust Bakery
Upper Crust Bakery/Facebook

For those quiche needs, the Rosedale bakery is the place. The quiche array is full of meat and vegetarian options, from bacon and tomato to spinach and mushroom. The bakery is open for in-person and online ordering (the latter includes same-day and 48-hour advance orders), plus patio dine-in service.

4508 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756

4. Kerbey Lane Cafe

3704 Kerbey Ln, Austin, TX 78731
Kerbey Lane Cafe’s pancakes
Kerbey Lane Cafe’s pancakes
Kerbey Lane Cafe/Facebook

All locations of the Austin diner chain offer every day and anytime breakfast. This includes plenty of pancakes and other morning dishes. All locations have reopened for dine-in service, and there are pickup/curbside orders and DoorDash deliveries.

3704 Kerbey Ln
Austin, TX 78731

5. The Omelettry

4631 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
An omelette at The Omelettry
An omelette at The Omelettry
Mimi L./Yelp

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 through its mobile app or over the phone.

4631 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

6. Texas French Bread

2900 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705
Pancakes at Texas French Bread
Pancakes at Texas French Bread
Texas French Bread/Facebook

The Heritage bakery/restaurant's breakfast menu is simple with the staples, including French toast with challah; breakfast tostadas with black beans, avocado, and ranchero sauce; and an egg sandwich. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in service, and pickup orders can be placed online, over the phone, or in person.

2900 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705

7. Mary's Café

3209 Red River St, Austin, TX 78705
Waffles at Mary’s Cafe
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.

3209 Red River St
Austin, TX 78705

8. JP'S Pancake Company

2512 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705
A cup of pancakes and toppings from JP’s Pancake Company
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. There is an outdoor table for dine-in service.

2512 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705

9. Bird Bird Biscuit

2701 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
A biscuit sandwich from Bird Bird Biscuit
A biscuit sandwich from Bird Bird Biscuit
Chelsea Laine Francis

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.

2701 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

10. Mi Madre's Restaurant

2201 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Breakfast at Mi Madre’s
Breakfast at Mi Madre’s
Mi Madre’s/Facebook

Look out for huge Tex-Mex breakfast classics like migas and breakfast tacos, as well as tasty huevos rancheros at the Cherrywood restaurant. There are indoor and patio dine-in services, and pickup and delivery orders can be placed online.

2201 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

11. Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

406 Walsh St, Austin, TX 78703
The greens and grain bowl from Better Half
The greens and grain bowl from Better Half
Courtney Pierce/EATX

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.

406 Walsh St
Austin, TX 78703

12. Paperboy

1203 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

The trailer-turned-physical restaurant is still very dedicated to breakfast. with an expanded menu. This means more toasts (including a Croque Madame) 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.

1203 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

13. Forthright

35 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
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.

35 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701

14. Counter Cafe

1914 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Breakfast at Counter Cafe
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 permanently closed, the East Sixth and West 29th Street restaurants are open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services, plus there are online orders and DoorDash deliveries.

1914 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

15. Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop

2305 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

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.

2305 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

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16. Sawyer & Co.

4827 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Eggs Benedict at Sawyer & Co.
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, and there are DoorDash deliveries.

4827 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

17. Bouldin Creek Café

1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

The Bouldin Creek restaurant makes breakfast fare vegetarian friendly with tofu scramblers instead of eggs. Curbside pickup orders have to be made online.

1900 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

18. Magnolia Cafe

1920 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

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 to-go 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 has reopened for dine-in service, too.

1920 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

19. Phoebe's Diner

533 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
An omelet from Phoebe’s Diner
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, to-go orders can be placed online.

533 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704

20. Brunch Bird

2209 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Travis Heights shop River City Market features this counter-service restaurant dedicated to vegan breakfast. There are indoor and outdoor areas for dine-in service, and takeout orders can be placed in person or online, and there are Uber Eats deliveries.

2209 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

21. Veracruz All Natural

4208 Menchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Breakfast tacos are morning perfect, and Veracruz never fails. There are six locations throughout Austin, but the truck parked at South Lamar coffee shop Radio is perhaps the best one. Pickup orders can be placed online or in person; Radio is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

4208 Menchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78704

22. Wholy Bagel

4404 W William Cannon Dr, Austin, TX 78749
Whole Bagel’s bagels
Whole Bagel’s bagels
Wholy Bagels/Facebook

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.

4404 W William Cannon Dr
Austin, TX 78749

23. Brooklyn Breakfast Shop

7800 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78745
A breakfast sandwich from Brooklyn Breakfast Shop
A breakfast sandwich from Brooklyn Breakfast Shop
Brooklyn Breakfast Shop/Facebook

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. The outdoor tables are available for dine-in service.

7800 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78745

24. Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

11500 Menchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78748
A taco in a paper boat on a bright blue painted bench shown from above
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ’s Real Deal Holyfield taco
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

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 only be placed online, and there are outdoor tables available for dine-in service.

11500 Menchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78748

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