Brunch: The Most Important Meal of the Day.

If I had to choose one meal as my favorite meal of the day, I would choose breakfast, hands-down.  I’ve always been the kind of girl to eat a full-meal before I start my day.  But as I’ve gotten older, finding time to fit a hearty breakfast into my tightly-packed schedule is becoming increasingly difficult.  I’ve resorted to a quick bowl of cereal or oatmeal before rushing out the door, but I’ll still try to fit in a weekend brunch any chance I get.

On Sunday I went to brunch with two old friends at the Old Pecan Street Café, an Austin legend.  I have never been there, but I’ve heard great things.  While the atmosphere was nice, the food just didn’t live up.  Although I was craving something sweet, I went with a Greek omelet.  One look at my friend’s Pecan Pancakes made me second guess my selection.  A bite of my own plate simply cemented the fact that I made the wrong decision.  The flavor was lackluster, not at all what I had expected, and the missing feta cheese and capers took away all the Greek aspects of my omelet.  By the end of the meal, I was disappointed but not discouraged (I mean, you can’t get a legendary reputation for nothing, right?). Seeing how delicious my friends’ meals were, I knew there had to be some potential at Pecan Street.  Determined to find out what gives it its stellar reputations, I’m going to give it a few weeks and try again.

In the meantime, I want to list some of my favorite brunch spots here in Austin:

  • Max’s Wine Dive: It took me some time to realize that Max’s actually served food, but after tasting their fried egg sandwich, I knew I found a personal favorite.  Every item on the menu looked more appetizing than the next and a menu that changes constantly means you have plenty of reasons to go back.
  • Magnolia Café: A staple on Austin’s eclectic South Congress Ave for decades, Magnolia Café is known for their delicious Gingerbread Pancakes and home-style comfort food.  It even made a recent appearance on Food Networks “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives”.
  • FINO: Dubbed a “modern Mediterranean” restaurant, FINO boasts delicious food cooked with the most seasonal ingredients.  The intense punch of flavor makes up for the small portion sizes and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the restaurant’s relaxing patio provides a great space for me to bring my dog on those lazy Sunday mornings.

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