My husband and I LOVE to go out to eat for breakfast on the weekends to escape the doldrums of our typical weekday breakfast (corn tortilla with a melted piece of cheese and a scrambled egg, with pepper and Crystal hot sauce, cup of coffee, side of fruit).
Our breakfast places must meet all of the following criteria:
Our regular list includes:
- Relatively close to our house (Central Austin)
- No wait (around 8:30am)
- Kid friendly
* Migas are (is?) a typical Austin breakfast dish, made with scrambled eggs, strips of corn tortilla chips, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos and sometimes cheese.
- Cheko's - This total scrappy Mexican place within walking distance of our house, where we are aiming to be regulars at. It's good and super cheap - Breakfast plates are $3.75 - 4.75! Also a favorite dinner place. They serve breakfast tacos, migas*, huevos a la mexicana, etc.
- Star Seeds Cafe - Picture a hipster dive bar but in a diner form, with a waitstaff that plays whatever the f*** they want for music. You wouldn't think it would be kid friendly, but we go so early in the morning that we pretty much have the place to ourselves. They have great diner food and their chocolate chip pancakes are to die for.
- Juan in a Million - I am a refried bean aficionado and this place has my favorite in town. You can smell the bacon grease when they're served. I usually order a pint to go and make chalupas later that week at home. The Don Juan taco here is legendary and the ultimate cheap breakfast dish - but I prefer to get a couple breakfast tacos instead.
- Austin Diner - Also within walking and/or biking distance from our house. Not outstanding, but not bad either. The typical fair of omelettes, migas*, huevos rancheros, etc.
- The Omelettry - Ditto to everything about Austin Diner, only I like the atmosphere more here.
- Kerbey Lane - This place is great, but just slightly more expensive that others, and gets crowded earlier too. They have a dish called Paris, Texas with french toast and migas* with queso.
Now, every once in a while I get to escape the rigid rules and go somewhere that's more expensive or further away, or not as kid friendly.
- Polvo's - My friend Laura visited a year ago and we ate here for dinner and then again for breakfast. Twice in one week totally burned me out on this place, but I do think their breakfast menu is incredible. Get something with mole on it.
- Threadgills - Buffets normally gross me out, but they have a killer Gospel Sunday brunch.
- Moonshine - I still have not made it for Moonshine's Sunday brunch because it opens at 10:00 am which is practically mid-afternoon for me, but someday I'll get to sleep in, and this will totally hit the spot.