We appreciate any excuse to plan a day on South Congress, and brunch at this longtime Austin staple is a great one. The food is modern American, and it’s crowd-pleasing all around. Get there early or plan to wait - either way you’ll find a way to use your time wisely.
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When you want a late-night karaoke spot with a crowd that stays high energy all night, head to Ego's on South Congress.
Habana Restaurant & Bar
Habana Restaurant offers Cuban and Caribbean food out of a large space on South Congress, complete with outdoor cabanas.
Joann’s Fine Foods
Joann’s Fine Foods is an all day spot in the lobby of the Austin Motel on South Congress with a big menu and a very cool space.
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Gourdough’s Public House
Towers of beer, sweet and savory funnel cakes, and a big bar. What more do you want?
Cenote is one of our go-tos for any great, casual meal on the East Side. Come for brunch, or if you have some work to get done on a weekend.
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Elizabeth St. Café
Elizabeth St. Cafe isn’t just one of the cutest spots in Austin - it’s also one of the best places for a healthy-ish (or not) meal.
Mattie’s At Green Pastures
Mattie’s at Green Pastures is a historical restaurant serving Southern food and a great brunch in Bouldin Creek.
Josephine House is a cute, all-day spot in Clarksville where you can be as healthy as you want.
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