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Where to Eat New Year’s Day Brunch in Austin in 2023

Start off on the right foot with lucky dishes (oh hi, black-eyed peas) and brunch

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Soon enough, it’ll be 2023, which means good riddance to 2022 (a familiar refrain). The first day of a new year requires hearty brunch food, good luck dishes (lots of black-eyed peas), and some mimosas for those who may have partied way too hard on New Year’s Eve and/or are seeking to start the new year on the right foot. From black-eyed peas at William Chris Vineyards to chicken and waffles at the Cavalier, here are the brunches your body needs to have you feeling for 2023.

Everything below should be open or available on Saturday, January 1, 2023. While you’re here, check out our roundups of the best New Year’s Eve dinners, parties, and takeout meals (to be updated soon).

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Salt Traders Coastal Cooking

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It’s the best of both worlds at Jack Gilmore’s seafood restaurant: warming, filling seafood chowder poured over French fries. Takeout orders can be placed online (including the Zilker restaurant), and there are indoor dine-in services.

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Salt Trader Coastal Cooking’s chowder fries.
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Seoulju Korean Kitchen and Bar

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Ramen plus cheese is a wonderfully hearty, soothing dish, and it can be found over at the North Lamar Korean restaurant. Takeout orders can be placed online, and there are indoor dine-in services.

Julie's Noodles

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Noodles and dumplings are considered good luck foods, and both can be found at the North Austin Chinese restaurant. Pickup orders can be placed online and there are indoor dine-in services.

Drink.Well

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The North Loop bar will be open on New Year’s Day supporting the charitable organization Barman’s Fund, with brunch cocktails and champagne, plus “luck and money” bowls for service industry workers. Cash tips and sales of a hoodie will go towards Casa Marianella. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Jeffrey's

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The fine-dining destination in Clarksville is offering its regular New Year’s Day blowout brunch with a seafood tower, carving station with prime ribeye and hot smoked salmon, desserts, and other breakfast specialties (think eggs Benedict, lemon-ricotta pancakes, and more). Prices aren’t available, but there is live music from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call to book reservations.

While details are scarce, the downtown hotel restaurant will host a New Year’s Day brunch for $55 per person. Reservations are available and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The Cavalier

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The East Austin bar is hosting what it is calling the Tracksuit Brunch, where attendees can wear comfortable clothing while dining on comfort foods like biscuits, gravy, chicken, waffles, black-eyed peas, bloody marys, and more. It runs from noon to 4 p.m., there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

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Biscuits and gravy from the Cavalier.
The Cavalier

Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop

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One of Austin’s best breakfasts can be found at the longtime Mexican restaurant. The barbacoa plate with eggs, beans, potatoes, and tortillas is particularly great. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone or in person and the restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in service.

A container of barbacoa meat, sunny-side up fried egg, sliced potatoes, and refried beans.
The to-go barbacoa plate from Joe’s Bakery
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The South Lamar seafood restaurant eatery is throwing a Bathrobe and Bingo brunch benefiting Cupid’s Charity for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Pajamas are recommended while enjoying brunch foods and drinks and playing bingo. Free RSVPs are recommended and it runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

William Chris Vineyards

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Hill Country winery William Chris Vineyards is hosting its annual New Year’s Day Party with a family-friendly black-eyed pea cookoff. For $50 adults and $12 kids, people will dine on plenty of black-eyed peas, of course, and also enjoy a toast and more. It runs from 1 to 4 p.m.

El Tacorrido

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Eater readers say the east side El Tacorrido’s menudo is the best bowl of tripe soup in town. Pickup orders can be placed in-person through the drive-thrus of all of its locations.

Taco More

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The pozole and the menudo from the Mexican restaurant are epic and hearty. Takeout orders for all locations (including Round Rock and North Austin) are available; all locations are open for dine-in services.

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Salt Traders Coastal Cooking

It’s the best of both worlds at Jack Gilmore’s seafood restaurant: warming, filling seafood chowder poured over French fries. Takeout orders can be placed online (including the Zilker restaurant), and there are indoor dine-in services.

Loaded fries
Salt Trader Coastal Cooking’s chowder fries.
Nadia Chaudhury/Eater Austin

Seoulju Korean Kitchen and Bar

Ramen plus cheese is a wonderfully hearty, soothing dish, and it can be found over at the North Lamar Korean restaurant. Takeout orders can be placed online, and there are indoor dine-in services.

Julie's Noodles

Noodles and dumplings are considered good luck foods, and both can be found at the North Austin Chinese restaurant. Pickup orders can be placed online and there are indoor dine-in services.

Drink.Well

The North Loop bar will be open on New Year’s Day supporting the charitable organization Barman’s Fund, with brunch cocktails and champagne, plus “luck and money” bowls for service industry workers. Cash tips and sales of a hoodie will go towards Casa Marianella. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Jeffrey's

The fine-dining destination in Clarksville is offering its regular New Year’s Day blowout brunch with a seafood tower, carving station with prime ribeye and hot smoked salmon, desserts, and other breakfast specialties (think eggs Benedict, lemon-ricotta pancakes, and more). Prices aren’t available, but there is live music from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call to book reservations.

Trace

While details are scarce, the downtown hotel restaurant will host a New Year’s Day brunch for $55 per person. Reservations are available and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The Cavalier

The East Austin bar is hosting what it is calling the Tracksuit Brunch, where attendees can wear comfortable clothing while dining on comfort foods like biscuits, gravy, chicken, waffles, black-eyed peas, bloody marys, and more. It runs from noon to 4 p.m., there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

A tray of biscuits and gravy
Biscuits and gravy from the Cavalier.
The Cavalier

Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop

One of Austin’s best breakfasts can be found at the longtime Mexican restaurant. The barbacoa plate with eggs, beans, potatoes, and tortillas is particularly great. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone or in person and the restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in service.

A container of barbacoa meat, sunny-side up fried egg, sliced potatoes, and refried beans.
The to-go barbacoa plate from Joe’s Bakery
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

TLC

The South Lamar seafood restaurant eatery is throwing a Bathrobe and Bingo brunch benefiting Cupid’s Charity for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Pajamas are recommended while enjoying brunch foods and drinks and playing bingo. Free RSVPs are recommended and it runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

William Chris Vineyards

Hill Country winery William Chris Vineyards is hosting its annual New Year’s Day Party with a family-friendly black-eyed pea cookoff. For $50 adults and $12 kids, people will dine on plenty of black-eyed peas, of course, and also enjoy a toast and more. It runs from 1 to 4 p.m.

El Tacorrido

Eater readers say the east side El Tacorrido’s menudo is the best bowl of tripe soup in town. Pickup orders can be placed in-person through the drive-thrus of all of its locations.

Taco More

The pozole and the menudo from the Mexican restaurant are epic and hearty. Takeout orders for all locations (including Round Rock and North Austin) are available; all locations are open for dine-in services.

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