If your regular breakfast is a to-go bagel with sad creamless coffee, then you my friend deserve a treat. A quiche? Creme Brulee French Toast? Dare to dream! The world may not always be your oyster, but you can always eat oysters before you face the world.
So easy to miss, but so worth a visit: Tucked into a basement off W. 17th St, Arturo's sells some of the tastiest breakfast tacos around, like the octo-lavo-friendly Peace Taco: scrambled eggs, wilted spinach, sauteed mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes, and a heaping helping of cheese.
The Crème Brulee French Toast at Chez Zee is a baked affair, making it more cake-like and firm then your typical French Toast. But oh, there's so much more to the process: First, challah is lovingly dipped and soaked in rich Crème Brulee custard, then baked, and THEN served with rum sauce. It'll leave you speechless. (But not hungry.)
When a breakfast taco just isn't enough to absorb last night's fun, order one of El Chilito's breakfast burritos instead. I recommend the Migas Burrito, which is exactly the version you'd find on a plate (chip strips, tomato, onion, serranos, eggs, generous cheese), wrapped up in a tortilla so large it could double as a wrap skirt.
It's Austin Java's glorious brown sugar cinnamon butter that makes me covet their French Toast so. Remember the old, '80s era Cinnamon Toast Crunch commercials that depicted moist, thick slices of real French Toast? This proto-food porn looked like Austin Java's French Toast.
Some restaurants wow you with culinary fusion, others wow you with culinary classics. If you're the latter, like La Cocina de Consuelo, you better make sure your ingredients are impeccable - and this Tex-Mex mainstay lives up to it. The salsa is tomato-y and flavorful, the tortillas pillowy soft, and they serve up breakfast stand-bys like Huevos Rancheros and Migas with a smile. (Note to sensitive Citysearch reader - it's not closed.)
Way before it was cool Counter Cafe was doing the whole locally-sourced ingredients thing, and the South Austin hippies (turned South Austin yuppies) of Clarksville have been eating it up for years. Try the Counter Benedict, which is like the classic version, but comes with slices of seared pastrami placed lovingly on top.
Every time I come to Galaxy for lunch I get the exact same thing, because it's so downright sumptuous: The Leek and Canadian Bacon Quiche. Salty and oniony, you definitely don't want to kiss anyone afterwards -- except maybe the chef at Galaxy, who bakes this amazing savory pie.
My husband and I have literally sat in silence directly across from each other at Cherrywood Coffee House, absorbed as we were on the mind-boggling deliciousness of their Sol Tacos. Imagine hot corn tortillas stuffed fat with eggs, black beans, salty bacon, juicy sausage, potatoes, cheese and green onions. Unlike most breakfast tacos these are so big you'll only need one, and trust me. They'll leave you speechless, too.
Most buffets are, how shall we say? Dicey at best, lethal at worst. Not so at Moonshine, where gourmet southern comfort is served up in lovingly tended buffet fashion. Try the "green eggs" (eggs scrambled with pesto) for a fancy wake-me-up.