Austin >Food & Dining > Kerbey Lane Cafe
2606 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX | Directions 7870530.290546 -97.741322
Mon. - Sun. 24 Hours
Neighborhoods: University of Texas - Austin
Kerbey was our go-to college breakfast spot. And lunch too! Gingerbread pancakes for breakfast and kerbey queso for lunch or dinner were and still are staple picks for me. And I love the new look of the Guadalupe location -- it's refreshing and a nice change!
KERBEY QUESO! KERBEY QUESO! I can already hear you shouting. And you're right -- it's melty, cheesy ripples are sinfully good. But can we just talk about their gingerbread pancakes? Holy mother of Jesus. If pancakes are what you crave hungover, order those -- perfectly fluffy with just a touch of spice. And in the fall, you can order pumpkin pancakes!
Quality down and prices up. – I come back here every six-eight months to see if anything has changed. They are on a steady trend downward. They keep removing things from the menu like homemade potato chips or cinnamon buns. Prices have gone up a lot as well.
If for some reason you order takeout check everything carefully they often leave items out or get orders incorrect.
My latest trip resulted in chips and queso with no queso it was made incorrectly as well.
Average food Average Service – Kirby Lane is an ok place it has three things going for it LOCATION, its located right next to UT, collage students arnt picky with food I guess, Stays open late actually 24 hours I think and 24 hour breakfast as well, And a select good things on the menu. When I go to Kirby Lane I always get the same things pancakes and queso, yes together, cuz thats all I like there and the turkey club sandwich or whatever its called is ok too. I tried to stray away from these very few Items and it was not a good Idea on my part.
As for service its hit or miss just depends on how lucky you are that day sometimes you will get OK waiters, never excilent, or just plane lazy ones.
Good option for late dinning but then again setting yourself up for bad service cuz late night is when they are most busy and during the day you can find much better food for better price as well.
Decent Breakfast – Went to Kerbey Lane for a lazy Sunday morning breakfast. The place was buzzing around 10am even though UT classes don't resume for another another week, but only had to wait about 5 minutes for a table.
The food was just what you expect at a diner-- good, but not great. They use eggs only from local sources which I think is very cool. All in all, an enjoyable experience and a nice chance to read through the latest Austin Chronicle.
The best caterer ..... – We've used KLC several times for large luncheons. We chose them for our holiday party. We had a dinner for 120 folks that was cancelled within 45 minutes of serving. the delivery people hung with me on the phone for over an hour to make sure the food was delivered to a homeless shelter. They delivered to the shelter on a Saturday night and they waited to meet me. What a holiday joy!!! We donated food together. Great folks at KLC.
Decent and convenient location – Kerbey Lane has two things going for it...the location and decent pancakes. Their food isn't spectacular by a long shot and I would honestly prefer a chain restaurant like IHOP to a lot of their options. However the huge size of their decent pancakes does a lot to help them out. The servers aren't as rude as they are made out to be. If you are in the UT area and want a quick short stack and coffee then this is the place for you. However, if you are looking for a high quality and all around delicious saturday morning breakfast I recommend Hoover's or The Original Pancake House
Amazing Atmosphere – I went to Kerbey Lane across from campus for the first time pretty recently and had a fantastic time!
I had to wait, which could have been annoying, but the host was playing really awesome music and had the cutest little pandas on his stand!
He was pretty adorable, too! He was the perfect first taste to a really amazing staff. I don't think I've had a more hospitable dining experience in Austin.
The food was good. Excellent late-night munchies. Filled up on queso, but i was my own undoing there.
I would totally go back again just to chat with the host, though. He is an excellent face for Kerbey Land on the Drag.
Worst service ever!!! – I'm a student at UT and it's been 2 years since I first went to Kerbey Lane Cafe. I think I've been there enough to write an overall review. Food is always good if you are not seeking for something very special. Greek Chicken is my favorite, all dishes are around and above average except for burgers. I think overall food/price ratio deserves a "recommended-4 stars" for this place.
The service, however, has never been above the Austin standards. People are rude (except for a couple of guys served last year) especially when you go there after midnight. They think all customers coming after midnight are drunk and deserve bad attitude. Last night they shout out loud to a group saying not to go in and wait outside (those guys were drunk and did not care, obeyed the orders). We were coming from studying hard, not drunk (maybe we could perceive it as ok or even fun if we were drunk), shocked with that behavior. It was like an army camp, unbelievable. That same night, our food waited to be served more than fifteen minutes after they were cooked (cook time 15mins, serving wait time 15 mins more). We saw our dishes just sitting there and no one dealt with them. Really, really bad service. When I told the guy "I did not order this side but that", he first tried to show me his notes and saying "no you ordered this not that" and then realized I was right but did not even try to apology. I think UT students deserve much more even when they are drunk and careless.
Overall, if you don't care about service at all, Kerbey Lane offers good food with reasonable prices. But, if you think service is as important as taste, you should definitely go to another place.
Migas Review by The Melbourne Method – The Migas ? I asked to substitute the beans with potatoes, chose flour tortillas, and I selected the chipotle sauce as the topping. When the plate arrived it was certainly filled; however, of the thirds that it was divided into it seemed that the smallest third belonged to the Migas (while the rice took up far more space). The Migas were stacked ? there?s really no other way to explain it ? at the bottom were the eggs, veggies, and tortilla chips, on top of this was a layer of chipotle sauce and on top of this was a little bit of melted cheese.
They were good, not great, but definitely not bad and they were genuinely satisfying. The tortilla chips within were plentiful and still pretty crunchy and the chipotle sauce was evenly distributed and spicy. Indeed the great failing of the Migas (other than lack of quantity) was that they really weren?t very cheesy?at all. The layer of cheese was thinly grated and barely melted ? making the Migas more like scrambled eggs with a few chips thrown in and some chipotle sauce on top. The potatoes were decent, but the presence of the rice only served as a reminder that this was space on the plate being wasted. The Migas were pretty good, they really were, there just wasn?t a lot of them and what there was wasn?t all that spectacular.
Migas Score: 3 out of 7 (good but not exceptional)
See more of my Migas reviews at www.themelbournemethod.blogspot dot com
BIG PANCAKES – Breakfast at this place is really good, they have huge pancakes and serve food at a very reasonable price. Its mostly always packed with students and a loud crowd, lots of gatherings. Their servers are either very hyper or very emo, and its all a very relax crowd. Garlic Mashed potato is good! The sausage patties rock too
Inventive vegetarian dishes and breakfast served 24 hours a day, just a stone's throw from the UT campus. – In Short
A typical Austin mix of students, professors and hipsters recovering from a night imbibing on the town, this place is cozy and homey. You're sure to happen upon an interesting conversation or two. A short stack of fluffy gingerbread pancakes will make you unable to move. A dessert that has to be ordered to be believed is the rich tofu chocolate cheezecake.
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