Combining breakfast and lunch, a brunch is not only a great weekend pastime, but also the perfect remedy to hangovers. And Rainey Street offers plenty of options:
Address: 88 1/2 Rainey St., Austin, TX 78701
L’Estelle House includes a walk-up kitchen and a yard bar where guests can enjoy comfort food inspired by the Southern and the French cuisines, alongside wine, beer, and prosecco.
Brunch occurs on Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and includes standard food, like burgers, grilled cheese, pomme frites, plus treats like rosemary biscuits, house gravy, and baked French toast casseroles. In season, the rooftop garden supplies fresh herbs, while the family garden in Wimberley provides greens and root vegetables.
Emmer & Rye
Address: 51 Rainey, Suite 110, Austin, TX 78701
This restaurant’s menu is focused on local cuisine and seasonal dishes offered from circulating carts. Brunch is served every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and includes Spanish mackerel, spaghetti with cheese and dandelion greens, ice cream sandwiches, panna cotta, cheesecakes, scones.
Address: 605 Davis Street, Austin, TX 78701
The restaurant and bar that takes its name from the guinea fowl that were once a common sight down Rainey Street, overlooks Lady Bird Lake while also offering a downtown view. Through its dishes, beverages, and music, Geraldine’s strives to render the authentic flavor of the city.
Brunch hours are a little different here, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Sunday. The meal is accompanied by live jazz music. The chef uses local ingredients to infuse every dish with a taste of Austin’s culture, while a fine selection of cocktails, American whiskeys, agave spirits, wines and beers make every meal perfect. Brunch options range from yogurt chiffon with almond, oat granola, and seasonal berries, to braised pork rib with poached eggs.