Austin’s Best Healthy Brunch Spots

Austin’s Best Healthy Brunch Spots

Austin will always be the breakfast taco capitol—mimosas, syrupy french toast, and cheesy grits have honorable mention—but it has been refreshing to see restaurants take on healthy spins of brunch classics.

Austin is full of healthy brunch options to cater to our most indulgent cravings after a long night out without the typical self-loathing that comes with it. Rather than put you into a food coma, these meals will leave you feeling satisfied, recharged, and ready to take on the day.

  • Café No Sé

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    Café No Sé occupies the elegant South Congress Hotel and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner creations to die for. The all-day cafe offers innovative takes on healthy dishes with the freshest ingredients. Think quinoa bowls, tuna poke, kale salads, and the best grilled octopus you’ll ever have in your life. The environment is great too — the kind you can’t help but Instagram, so have those phones close by.

  • The Steeping Room

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    Definitely a favorite of northern Austinites, The Steeping Room has plenty of gluten-free, vegan options. The Gravlax and Latkes are super popular and for good reason: jasmine tea-cured Atlantic salmon served on potato pancakes? Yes, please. If you’re craving something on the sweet side, the Organic Oatmeal and Banana Brulee is beyond satisfying. If you just can’t decide what you’re in the mood for, then the loaded Breakfast Bowl with black beans, potatoes, and vegan cashew sauce will surely give you everything you need. And, of course, there’s tea from nearly any region to go along with whatever you choose.

  • Snooze, An A.M. Eatery

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    If novels are your thing, you should check out the Snooze menu — or menus (plural!). They have a whole section for just eggs, and it has nine different plates. All jokes aside, this North Lamar spot has everything you could possibly want for brunch, and then some. Some of their best light recipes include the Quinoa Breakfast Bowl, the Snooze Continental (with homemade granola), and the Egg White Frittata. Need a pancake done gluten-free? No problem at all. They’re also committed to giving back to the community, and having a business focused on sustainability. What’s not to love?

  • Pacha Organic Cafe

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    With bleach-free grains and organic fruits and veggies, Pacha is the go-to spot for local, healthy eats near Burnet. Check out the smoked wild salmon plate with tomato-dill pico for a yummy protein fix, or the unique pear and scallion whole wheat pancakes to delight your savory-sweet senses. With a mission to serve humanely-raised meat and dairy products from sustainable local farms, you’ll leave feeling good about your body AND your conscience.

  • Bouldin Creek Cafe

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    No list of healthy delights is complete without this South Austin staple. Bouldin Creek Cafe is a vegetarian (and mostly vegan) treasure nestled just far enough from downtown to avoid long waits, while still being a stone’s throw away from a post-brunch paddleboard on Lady Bird Lake. Kickstart your lazy day with the Southwestern flare of their killer zucchini migas and sweet potato tamales, or get your entire day’s worth of vegetables in by ordering the Veggin’ Out Plate with steamed greens, organic brown rice, and vegan cornbread. Fitt tip: Brunch menu served all day, everyday!

  • Picnik

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    Picnik fits the bill if you’re looking for a paleo-friendly brunch. Priding themselves on real food, Picnik serves up dishes like the Southwest Hash in the AM and Eggplant Rollatini by night. Plus, count on lots of Butter Coffees (they’re the butter coffee connoisseurs around here), and a Gold Matcha Latte that is to die for. At either location, you can find lots of real (and local) foods without any gluten, corn, peanut, or soy products.

  • Cenote

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    French pressed coffee in a circa 1887 house in East Austin is an interesting way to start the day. Cenote has all of the city’s favorites—like migas, fish tacos, and fried chicken—and every ingredient in those favorites is selected with care. You’ve got local veggies from many Texas farms, pasture-raised eggs from Vital Farms, and bacon from Flying Pig Provisions too. Bonus: they have gluten-free options for bread and tortillas.

  • The Beer Plant

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    Imagine a gastropub with all your favorite beers on tap. Now imagine it with a plant-based menu. Except you don’t need to dream — it’s real. Welcome to The Beer Plant, the first vegan gastropub! All of your Sunday morning indulgences, like chicken and waffles or french toast, are now 100% plant-based. Other brunch plates include smoked carrot lox, a skillet with portobello mushrooms and house-made sausage, and delicious sourdough avocado toast!

  • Paperboy

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    Healthy and fast — not two things that usually are associated with each other. However, Paperboy is changing that with their food truck brunch. Depending on the day of the week, they could be at one of two locations: 11th Street in East Austin or at Radio Coffee & Beer. When you do find them, expect to find great coffee from Texas Tweed Roasters alongside a seasonal menu. And all of the produce and dairy come from local farms. Fitt Tip: Try the melon salad to a refreshing AM treat — it’s got watermelon, cucumber, feta, and salsa.

  • Blue Dahlia Bistro

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    Blue Dahlia is one of the best cafe-bistros in Austin. It’s your go-to for fresh, simple + local salads, sandwiches, and cheese boards that put all others to shame. They also serve breakfast all day (always bonus points in our book), which makes brunch a lot less stressful. Sit on the patio and people-watch at either their East 11th location or the Westlake shop. Both are quirky, reasonably priced, and always deliver healthy, delicious meals.

  • Forthright

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    Forthright took little to no time establishing itself as one of the best healthy eateries in Downtown Austin. With its tall windows and natural lighting, it’s always a pleasure to stop and grab a quick bite. They have amazing salads and sandwiches as well as a great brunch menu. Notable menu mentions: quinoa porridge, wild mushroom toast, superfood bowl. Order a matcha latte or fresh cocktail with your meal and you’re all set.

  • The Peached Tortilla

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    Southern food with an Asian-flare—not the first that comes to mind when you think of brunch… but it will be from now on. The Peached Tortilla started as a food truck, but was so successful they opened a brick-and-mortar. Their brunch menu features vegetable-rich options like charred Brussels sprouts and smoked shiitake and kale toast. They also have a Wasabi Mary, which is just what you think it is—a bloody mary with wasabi.

  • Mother’s Cafe & Garden

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    If you’re more of a North Austin dweller, Mother’s Cafe and Garden is just the spot to feast with your friends, recounting weekend tales while filling your belly with non-GMO, socially responsible eats. No matter your dietary needs, there’s something for everyone here. The gluten-free spinach omelette with sauteed mushrooms and white wine is pure decadence at a modest price, while the vegan banana walnut pancakes (topped with vegan margarine!) will please your sweetest tooth without the guilt.

  • Modern Market

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    The popular eatery from Boulder, Colorado just opened up their third location in Austin, and that’s reason to celebrate because they’re finally downtown! So what do you have to look forward to? Breakfast sandwiches, burritos, decked-out avocado toast, and breakfast bowls. Every ingredients is locally sourced, and they have options for all kinds of diets paleo, vegan, veg, gluten-free, or whatever else.

  • Josephine House

    Josephine House is a sister restaurant of Jeffrey’s, and a part of the McGuire Moorman Hospitality Group, who own other successful Austin eateries like June’s, Clark’s Oyster Bar, and Elizabeth St. Cafe. At Josephine, hang out at the marble bar for Stumptown coffee or a specialty cocktail, lounge on the patio, or sit down to enjoy a memorable meal in the cottage. Even better: they use only locally-sourced ingredients, and have a brunch menu that features dishes like an Heirloom Rice Bowl, King Crab and Avocado Toast, and a Beet Burrata.

  • Flower Child

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    Flower Child believes that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice flavor when you’re eating healthy, and after brunching with them, we believe that. Their menu is full of treats like Yuzu Brussels Sprouts, Indian Spiced Cauliflower, and Red Chili Glaze Sweet Potatoes, but also Mac N’ Cheese, and a Flying Avocado wrap. Visit their Domain or downtown location for delicious, scratch-made, healthy fare in a relaxed atmosphere.

  • Citizen Eatery

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    Citizen Eatery is a plant-forward, modern cafe on Burnet Road that we’re sure is going to be your new go-to vegetarian restaurant. They have an entirely meat-free menu with local brews, wine, and Citizen Smart cocktails made with freshly-pressed juices. The best news? Breakfast is served all day, so you don’t need to get up early to enjoy a Chorizo Omelette or Californian Toast.

  • Galaxy Cafe

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    With fresh produce delivered daily, and only hormone- and antibiotic-free eggs and meat, Galaxy Cafe is the perfect spot for a light and healthy brunch. Their breakfast wraps are particularly awesome, with a ton to choose from, or you can build your own. There are also menu options from “Around the Galaxy”, featuring more worldly dishes like the Mexican Breakfast with homemade migas or the Mediterranean Breakfast with scrambled eggs and feta. Everything comes in under $10 and can be topped off with fresh-squeezed OJ or lemonade.

  • Counter Culture

    East Austin is more than dive bars and art galleries; it’s also home to some of the best healthy brunch spots in town. With its sunny patio, you can comfortably hide last night’s damage with big sunglasses while you enjoy any number of Counter Culture’s vegan delights. The raw oatmeal banana split will meet all of your gluten-free needs, while the breakfast burrito with its tofu scramble, seitan sausage, and cashew cheeze will satisfy your most complex craving. Even better, no brunch menu item is more than $10.