With the weather warming up in preparation for summer, brunch season is upon us and the Austonia team has some thoughts.
Whether you’re looking for something lowkey to roll out of bed for, like Andrea's pick, a South Congress outing, where Sonia's pick will take you, or something a little more on the wild side like Figi’s pick, there’s a brunch in Austin for everyone.
If you haven't already, check out some of our Austonia-approved favorites.
Andrea’s pick: Magnolia Cafe, 1920 S. Congress Ave.
Serving Austin since 1979, Magnolia Cafe is synonymous with Austin and even served President Barack Obama at its now-closed Lake Austin location once. Andrea likes the option to sit either indoor or outdoor and the pleasant waiting experience, since they don’t take reservations. If she's feeling savory, Andrea orders the tropical turkey tacos. If she’s feeling sweet, Andrea recommends the royal toast.
Claire’s pick: Blue Dahlia Bistro, 3663 Bee Cave Rd.
With fond memories of visiting the San Marcos location throughout college, Claire has been enjoying Austin-based Blue Dahlia Bistro. Claire often sits on the gardeny outdoor patio with a prickly pear or white peach mimosa and orders some of the bistro’s “legendary waffles.”
Figi’s pick: Vixens of Volstead Drag Brunch, 1500 E. 6th St.
When I go out on weekends, I’m looking for brunch and a show. The patio at Hotel Vegas and Volstead is the place to be when drag queens Mars, May Magdalene and Veronica Valentine take the stage from 1-3 p.m. for Sunday brunch. Grab a crispy chicken sandwich and some sriracha ranch tots from Vegas Concessions, the adjoining food truck, a cocktail of your preference and get your cash out for an exciting show from start to finish. Don’t forget to tip the Vixens!
Isabel’s pick: Paperboy, 1203 E. 11th St.
If you can manage a reservation at the buzzy East Austin restaurant, Isabel recommends making a stop at Paperboy. Isabel says to sit upstairs on the patio if you can, grab a cold brew martini and enjoy the vibes. Try her favorite, the migas with goat carnitas, or a kale salad for a light choice.
John’s pick: Jo’s Coffee, 242 W. 2nd St.
A tried-and-true Austin classic so popular it has its own airport location, you can find our operations manager visiting Jo’s downtown location on weekends. Though it’s not your typical brunch setting, John says the joint has great coffee, “phenomenal” lunch sandwiches and despite not having a dog, he enjoys seeing other people’s pups on the patio. Seasonal specials, like a pistachio latte or matcha palmer, keep the menu fresh and free parking keeps the downtown location accessible.
Mark’s pick: Pool Burger, 2315 Lake Austin Blvd.
For those warm summers, our publisher enjoys the outdoor atmosphere and a Mai Tai (with a dark rum floater) at Pool Burger’s tiki bar. Mark orders a hippy burger with a fried egg and crinkle fries and soaks in that casual, carefree and beachy vibe.
Sonia’s pick: Joann’s Fine Foods, 1224 S. Congress Ave.
A lowkey tropical vibe along South Congress, Joann’s Fine Foods is great for people watching or enjoying the sights and sounds of the strip. Our Sonia likes to sit on the back patio, since you often don’t need to make reservations in that section, with some white bean hummus and some great migas. The laid-back atmosphere is perfect for long jaw sessions!
In her first court appearance since being on the run for over a month, Kaitlin Marie Armstrong pleaded not guilty to the murder of cyclist Anna Moriah "Mo" Wilson.
Armstrong, a fellow cyclist and yoga instructor, is accused of shooting Wilson on May 11. Wilson, who was in town for a nearby race, met up with Armstrong's ex-boyfriend earlier that day. Armstrong fled the country days later, evading arrest from the U.S. Marshalls before being caught June 29 in Costa Rica with a changed appearance.
On July 5, she was booked into the Travis County Jail on a first-degree murder charge. Since Armstrong pleaded not guilty to a judge, the case will now go to trial. Armstrong hired Austin-area attorneys, who additionally asked for a speedy trial.
The judge set the docket call for the case for Oct. 19, with a jury trial the week after.
Additionally, Armstrong was also facing unrelated charges for allegedly failing to pay for a Botox procedure several years ago but a hearing on that charge has been postponed.
Armstrong's vehicle was caught on video leaving the East Austin home Wilson was staying at on the day of her murder. Additionally, shell casing found at the scene belonged to a gun of Armstrong's.
For a complete list of events leading to her capture, click here.
A $155 million hotel tower at West Fifth and Lavaca streets is plunging ahead as a development-related filing is set for city review.
The 28-story hotel will have just over 450 rooms offered by Embassy Suites and Motto by Hilton. Plans for the first two floors involve a national steakhouse operator and a smaller retailer. Plus, 7,700 square feet of meeting space.
While the operator and architect are currently waiting to be determined, Austin-based firm Merritt Development Group is behind the project.
With this project slated for downtown Austin where tower announcements have been booming, Merritt has taken on hotel projects in other prominent areas. There’s the Velocity Crossing Tempo Hotel adjacent to Giga Texas and the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, as well as a Residence Inn at The Pearl in San Antonio.
It’s unclear when construction is set to start for the tower, though the project’s demolition permit was approved by the Historic Landmark Commission earlier this year. Demolition would involve taking down two buildings at 209 and 213 West Fifth Street. While one is vacant, the other is the site of ping-pong bar Smash ATX.
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