After a busy week of work, school and parenting, it can be nice to have a laid-back weekend morning. Even if you had to be up at the crack of dawn, you can still treat yourself to as leisurely a brunch as your kids will allow. We’ve polled our contributors and come up with a list of our 10 favorite family-friendly brunch spots in Austin. Bon apétit!
At first glance, Contigo appears to be a place you wouldn’t think of bringing your kids. The menu caters to foodies, and it looks like a hipster paradise. However, the restaurant is mostly outside, so there are plenty of places for kids to explore while waiting for your food to arrive. Unlike some nicer eateries, there is ample noise coming from other patrons, so you won’t have to cringe when your kid seems to forget what “inside voices” means.
Brunch is served on Sundays from 10:30am-2:30pm. Reservations are not required, but Contigo takes a limited number of reservations online.
With four locations – in the Triangle, Clarksville, Westgate and Northwest Hills – it’s likely that you won’t have to travel far for brunch. With a large menu, fresh baked bread delivered daily, all-natural, free-range and hormone and antibiotic-free eggs, chicken and beef, you won’t feel guilty about indulging. What makes Galaxy family-friendly? Stepstools in the bathrooms for kids to wash hands, changing tables, counter service that’s fast and plenty of high chairs, for starters. There is also a gluten-free menu.
All Galaxy Cafes open at 7am. While there is not a set brunch menu, there is a kids menu, and you can order off the breakfast menu until 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. You don’t have to worry about making a reservation, as Galaxy is casual and it’s generally easy to find a table.
4616 Triangle Avenue
Austin, TX 78751
1000 West Lynn
Austin, Texas 78703
9911 Brodie Lane
Austin, Texas 78748
8127 Mesa Drive, Ste. A100
Austin, Texas 78759
Hoover Alexander got his start in the restaurant business while working at The Night Hawk, a restaurant which holds a special place in Austin’s history. He later opened his own restaurant, which soon became a fixture in the University area. Enjoy Southern favorites like biscuits & gravy, shrimp & grits and chicken and dumplings at this casual, kid-friendly spot. Just make sure to save room for some mouth-watering desserts!
Breakfast is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 8-11:30am. The restaurant does not take reservations.
Kerbey Lane Cafe
Kerbey Lane Cafe is kid-friendly and practically open 24 hours a day, so it’s no surprise that it’s a great place for a family-friendly brunch. Of course, the pancakes are a huge draw (my husband has even been known to plan our weekends around the Pancake of the Week), but there’s also migas, tacos and lots of healthy options to choose from. There is also a gluten-free and vegan menu guide. For extra credit, the new Round Rock location has a playscape.
Kerbey Lane locations are open as early as your early birds. While there is not a set brunch menu, there are breakfast and lunch items on the kids menu. You don’t have to worry about making a reservation, as Kerbey is casual and it’s generally easy to find a table.
3704 Kerbey Lane
Austin, TX 78731
3003 South Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704
13435 Hwy 183 N Ste 415
Austin, TX 78750
2606 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78705
4301 W William Cannon.
Austin, TX 78749512-899-1500
701 S, Capital of Texas Hwy.
Austin, TX 78746
2120 N. Mays St.
Round Rock, TX 78664
Lucy’s Fried Chicken
So, Lucy’s may not be the healthiest brunch in town, but it’s finger-licking good. Portions are generous, so you can share your order with your littles or order items of the a la carte menu. The atmosphere is casual and laid-back, and if your kids don’t agree, there is always the Juicy Lucy, which is a frozen watermelon margarita.
Brunch is served on Sundays from 10am-3pm. The restaurant does not take reservations, but you can call ahead an hour in advance and Lucy’s will do its best to get you seated as quickly as possible.
2218 College Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704
Stubb’s BBQ Gospel Brunch
We couldn’t make a list of places to go in Austin with at least one that offers up live music (and has barbeque, to boot)! There are several gospel brunches in town, but Stubb’s is our favorite. Unlike the hassle of trying to catch a nighttime show at this concert venue, it’s easy to park within blocks of the restaurant on Sundays (and street parking is free). Brunch is buffet-style and a set price. We usually pay less to have “no band” view since my kid has sensitive ears, but you can get right up front if that’s more your style. If your kids are like mine, you can still find a spot on the top floor and watch the band from the balcony or see if you can find a spot by the stairs to watch a few songs. Since there is little to no waiting for food, brunch isn’t an all day affair, so you have plenty of time to spend the rest of the day digesting.
Brunch is on Sunday only. There are two seatings at 11am and 1pm. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by phone at 512-480-8341 x4.
Tacos and Tequila
In my opinion, this brunch is the best people watching in town. There are plenty of hipsters and mustaches in spades. But families fit right into the mix. There is a DJ spinning tunes and a loud buzz from the patrons. There is both indoor and outdoor seating and the food is served buffet-style. There is something to please even the most difficult kid palates, and the price of brunch includes two free mimosas. Although TNT is close to downtown, the restaurant is located in a building with ample and free parking.
Brunch is on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-3pm. Reservations are recommended.
You might have gone to Takoba for date night or happy hour, but it’s a good option for brunch, too. The large, semi-enclosed outdoor crushed granite patio gives kids a place to run around if they need to. With kid-friendly food like aguas frescas, tacos, quesadillas and guacamole, your mini-gourmands will be content while parents enjoy the brunch drink specials.
Brunch is on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-3pm. While the restaurant doesn’t take reservations, you can call thirty minutes before you leave to get an estimated wait time, if there is one.
Owned by the same folks who own Galaxy, Zocalo has the same kid-friendly vibe, but with Mexican food and a larger outdoor seating area. If you are tired of eating the same old, mediocre Tex-Mex, Zocalo is definitely a cut above most places in Austin. There are always families at Galaxy, so you won’t feel out of place with kids. Bonus: aguas frescas for the kids and specialty bebidas for the grown-ups.
Brunch is on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-2pm. You don’t have to worry about making a reservation, as Zocalo is casual and it’s generally easy to find a table.
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