Brunch Outside the Box

*Photo by Rebecca

breakfast fruitWhen the weekend rolls around, there’s always catching up to do. Laundry, errands, all those things you put off during the week. Catching up with friends should be a part of the list, and what better way to do it than at Saturday or Sunday morning brunch. There’s something refreshing about people getting together to review the past week, recount weekend stories from the night before, and talk about future plans over coffee, a cold glass of OJ, and a hearty daytime meal. I’m sure you have a list of your go-to, ol’ reliable brunch spots. But, more and more restaurants are offering weekend brunch, and I Rebeccammend that you make the most of Austin by branching out, brunching outside the box, and trying some of these unconventional, reasonably priced, healthy, and maybe not top-of-mind restaurants.

The Steeping Room– This tea house and lounge, located at The Domain, offers an incredible brunch menu on Sundays from 10 AM-2 PM in addition to their lunch menu that can be ordered from starting at noon. Pair your Chai Spiced Challah French Toast, Scrambled Tofu, or Breakfast Strata with your favorite tea. Location: 11410 Century Oaks Terrace (at The Domain) Suite 112.

Manuel’s– Try their Jazz Sunday Brunch from 10 AM- 3 PM, featuring live music from 11:30 AM-2:30 PM. Enjoy Mango Daquiries or Mexican Mimosas with creative Mexican dishes including the Breakfast Quesadilla and Gorditas in addition to traditional Migas or Huevos Rancheros. Locations: 310 Congress Avenue and 10201 Jollyville Road

Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel– The Terrace Restaurant overlooks Congress Avenue, the Capitol, and downtown, making it the perfect setting for a scenic Austin brunch. Traditional brunch items are offered on their menu on Sundays from 10:30 AM-2 PM, including Eggs Benedict, Belgian Waffles, and Omelettes made to order. All brunch items are $7.95! Pair your selected meal with a Mimosa or Bloody Mary for $4 or under. Location: On the 2nd floor of the hotel at 7th and Congress Avenue.

The Belmont– The Belmont offers an “American classic” feel, with deep mohagany and brass lining the inside dining/drinking area, and an open outdoor patio that brings classy character to West 6th. Enjoy their brunch on Sundays from 11 AM- 3 PM. Go family style, for $14.95, or order a la carte from their menu including Spinach Salad, Quiche, Captain Crunch French Toast, Seafood Crepes, and the Belmont Burger. Location: 305 W. 6th

Primizie– This Italian cafe just East of I-35 is served Sundays from 10 AM- 3 PM. The menu includes Porcini Mushroom Crepes, Pandorato (French Toast with an Italian twist of vanilla and amaretto), Peach Blueberry Honey Mascarpone Crepes, pastas, pizzas, and salads, including one with peaches! Pair your selection with a Mimosa, Bloody Mary, or Bellini. Location: 1000 E. 11th

Zocalo Cafe– This Latin Clarksville eatery serves up some of the best salsas in town. Their decor is bright, clean, and modern, and their outdoor patio is a great spot for catching up with friends or family with some fresh air. Try their delicious brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM-2 PM. They even serve Churros, sweet pastries served with dipping chocolates, Apple Empanadas, and delicious, savory Mexican dishes, with avocado, queso fresco, black beans, and drizzled with a kick. It’s family friendly and a great casual brunch destination. Location: 1110 West Lynn

Weekend entertainment Rebeccammendation for friends, family, and out of town guests: This weekend, brunch it up and report back! I’ll use your favorite spots for upcoming meeting locations for the Austin Breakfast Club!

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