According to the Austin Business Journal, the city of Austin, Texas, is “great for food snobs.” New restaurants are constantly opening, with 16 restaurants expected to open up throughout 2015. Each establishment brings its own unique style to traditional cuisine menus, and Austin’s brunch scene is no different. At some point after enrolling at an Austin culinary arts school, students will probably end up working a couple of brunch shifts. These weekend shifts are some of the most hectic in any kitchen, due to the popularity of the meal. Interestingly, brunch did not become popular in the United States until the 1930s, and it is now considered a staple in many restaurants.
The following are some of the best brunch destinations located in the Texas city that is home to many food snobs:
Don’t judge a restaurant by its storefront. JR’s Tacos may not give off typical brunch vibes, but its food does. The menu offers a wide variety of options, from sausage, egg and cheese sandwiches to egg and chorizo breakfast plates. And the best part? It’s relatively inexpensive.
Fork & Vine
A twist on local Austin cuisine with plenty of seating options can best describe Fork & Vine. Though it only serves brunch on Sundays, its menu features options like salads, hash brown casseroles and roasted butternut squash chilaquiles. But this being Austin, barbeque obviously has to be on the menu, and it is. Patrons can order pork ribs, smoked brisket and more.
This establishment is a little over two years old and offers quite the brunch selection, available only on Sundays. Odd Duck also has a bit of an odd history, as it originally started out as a food trailer. The standalone restaurant opened in 2013, two years after the trailer closed. Its brunch items are a mix of many foods and one of the standouts is the cast iron duck eggs plate, served with carrots, turnips, chevre, sunchoke and hazelnuts. In keeping with its tradition, Odd Duck strives to support local farmers.