Choosing a weekend brunch spot is serious business—after all, it’s the most important meal of the day. No matter where you are on the weekends, we've got you covered with the best brunch spots to visit in these five Austin neighborhoods.
Great things are happening at developing Rock Rose in the Domain, and Mia Italian is no exception. Their hearty brunch menu features colorful mimosas in orange, grapefruit, or pomegranate—need we say more? The spaghetti carbonara, an Italian hangover standby, pairs salty bacon and cheese with creamy egg and delicate pasta to ensure you don't leave hungry. 11420 Rock Rose Ave. Suite 120, 512-215-9598
A sandwich board outside Stella San Jac advertises “short rib grilled cheese” and “bacon churros,” so it’s hard to believe there’s not a stampede to get in. The brunch lives up to the hype, from their famed flaky biscuits (rumor is, the secret ingredient is a slather of bacon fat) to the never-be-hungry-again chicken fried steak dish with over-easy eggs and, oh yeah, hash brown waffles. If searching for lighter fare, their fresh pressed juices are refreshing and addictive: We’d happily order gallons of the Inspire made with acai, pomegranate, and coconut. 310 E. Fifth St., 512-792-5648
Ever look at a menu and want one of everything? This was definitely our experience at Italian-inspired resto, Juniper. The oxtail and rosemary lasagna, delivered still-bubbling, was artfully cut with the fragrant herb and sinfully rich. The sweet ricotta tart and honey-dipped donut holes also had us salivating. Portions are reasonable and the coffee is strong, so Juniper is a great option for those who enjoy productive Sundays. 2400 E. Cesar Chavez #304, 512-220-9421
Walking into quirky Chez Zee feels like entering an art gallery, especially when passing the beautifully decorated and impossible-to-resist desserts. The decadently dense crème brûlée French Toast, so popular that entire loaves are available for sale, is served with buttery Meyer rum sauce. Of the many benedict options, the Southern crab cake is favorite choice. Don't forget to order a frozen peach bellini for a sweet accompaniment. 5406 Balcones Dr., 512-454-2666
For drinks as inventive as the dishes, head over to the cocktail masters at VOX Table. The flavorful salsa verde pork hash features sweet potatoes, veggies, and a gooey fried egg. The olive oil pancakes with fig and walnut butter offer that perfect and slightly crisp exterior while remaining light and soft. The tropical Monkey See Monkey Do cocktail mixed with rum, coconut milk, and spiced liquor is a beach party in a glass. 1100 S. Lamar Blvd Suite 2140, 512-375-4869
Honorable Mention: Jacoby's
Any list of the best brunches in Austin would be lacking without a mention of Jacoby’s and their scenic patio. The savory brisket hash (with beef from the family farm) and tart homemade blueberry bread as French toast are truly crave-worthy. 3235 E. Cesar Chavez St., 512-366-5808