12 Kid-Friendly Brunch Places In Austin
For a while after our son was born, my husband and I thought our brunching days were over. We no longer had the time to wait around for a table at the latest hot spot, nor did we have the desire to slowly sip a beverage while twentysomethings whooped it up around us with their bottomless mimosas.
Eventually we started venturing out and discovered that there are plenty of places in Austin where we can brunch as a family. Low-key places that serve great food and don’t kick us out when our toddler runs around the outdoor area like a maniac. Granted, sometimes “brunch” is more like a 9 a.m. breakfast, but at least we’re getting out there.
Here are 12 of the best kid-friendly brunch spots in Austin.
1814 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (East)
As the casual sister restaurant of Odd Duck and Barley Swine, it’s no surprise that the food at Sour Duck Market is top-notch. They have a small kids’ brunch menu that includes an egg sandwich, pancakes, and rutabaga tater tots (which my son loved, and he has a pretty strict no-vegetable policy). You order at the counter and service is prompt. There’s a spacious outdoor area with a trailer that’s been converted into a play space, complete with a giant Connect 4 game. With its laid-back, trendy vibe, you’ll feel like a cool kid brunchin’ while your actual kids have a blast.
11721 Rock Rose Avenue #100 (Domain)
We almost didn’t make it to brunch because my son was having too much fun running around on the astroturf lawn that’s part of the patio at Culinary Dropout. They’ve also got cornhole and ping pong, and the restaurant is located next to the lawn at the Domain so kids can blow off more steam post-meal. The brunch menu has traditional favorites that have been elevated to be extra delicious, as well as unique cocktails. The kids brunch menu includes bread pudding french toast, PB&J on a homemade biscuit, and kicked up overnight oats.
4204 Manchaca Road (South)
A place that specializes in coffee and beer may not seem like the best spot for kids, but it definitely deserves to be on this list. Paperboy, an on-site food truck open daily from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., serves up some insanely tasty breakfast/brunch food made with produce and dairy from local farms. (My son and I devoured the cinnamon toast and B.E.C. breakfast sandwich.) You can also get breakfast tacos from the Veracruz All Natural truck. In addition to coffee and beer, they have cocktails like Bloody Mary’s, Irish coffees, and margaritas. The outdoor area is sprawling and filled with trees and flowers, and there’s a heated tent and indoor seating if it’s chilly.
1703 S. 1st Street (South)
With its relaxed vibe, breezy outdoor area, and awesome food, Fresa’s is the kind of place that makes you love Austin even more. They’re known for their chicken, but the breakfast menu (served daily 8-11 a.m.) is yummy, too—try the green apple guacamole, breakfast tacos, quesadilla, chilaquiles, and even a few churros for dessert. The staff is welcoming, and the creekside outdoor space kept my son occupied for hours.
222 West Avenue, Suite HR100 (Downtown)
11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Suite 100 (Domain – opening February 2019)
At True Food Kitchen, you can have a satisfying AND healthy brunch, and feel good about whatever your kids decide to eat, whether that’s the savory smashed avocado toast or the sweet quinoa johnny cakes. The restaurant is beautiful and airy, and the patio is next to the lawn in the Seaholm District, so your kiddos can run around while you finish your mimosa. They take reservations, and they validate parking for the nearby garage.
1400 E 38th-1/2 Street (Cherrywood)
Get brunch AND A show at this neighborhood favorite, which has a children’s music performance on their outdoor stage almost every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. They have all your favorite brunch dishes at prices that won’t break the bank. It can get a little hectic on Sundays, but if you come with a partner or friend they can wait inside to order at the counter while you and the kiddos enjoy the music outside.
There are four locations around Austin, but Lucy’s on the Lake stands out for its lakeside pavilion and beautiful views of Lake Travis. The south location, located off South Congress, also has a funky enclosed patio that’s great for kids. (We went there on a Sunday at 11 a.m. and walked right in.) And while it’s not exactly health food, dishes like the chicken and waffles, fried deviled eggs, and hangover fries are worth the splurge.
1110 W Lynn Street (Clarkvsille)
This Mexican restaurant, located in the charming Clarksville neighborhood, is super family-friendly and casual. The brunch menu includes breakfast tacos, huevos rancheros, and a breakfast burrito, as well as traditional dishes like eggs benedict and pancakes. And for dessert, get one of their delicious churros. The outdoor patio with picnic tables is ideal for families who want some extra room.
700 E. Whitestone Blvd. (Cedar Park)
212 W. 7th Street #105 (Georgetown)
Blue Corn Harvest is a great family spot with consistently great food and service, and brunch is no exception. Their Southern/Mexican brunch menu includes traditional choices like omelets and pancakes (there’s a $6.99 kids’ pancake and egg meal), as well as southwestern dishes like migas, Texas steak eggs benedict, and a breakfast quesadilla. And don’t miss the Bloody Mary bar! Both locations take reservations and have nice patios.
6406 North Interstate 35 #1100 (North)
The new north location of Easy Tiger, Austin’s popular beer garden and bake shop, just opened in December 2018, and it’s the perfect spot for a family brunch. It’s much bigger than the downtown and Cedar Park locations, with 150 outdoor seats, picnic tables, a stage, ping pong tables, and plenty of free parking. The brunch menu includes options like a breakfast platter, croque madame, and avocado toast. There’s no dedicated kids’ menu, but they have à la carte breakfast items and pastries that would satisfy little ones.
Jack Allen’s serves up delicious, locally-sourced food at four different locations around Austin. On Sundays they have an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet featuring indulgent comfort food with a Texas twist, like the layered enchilada casserole and green chile pork and eggs. Kids 12 and under are only $5.99 (adults are $17.99), and they take reservations.
A list of kid-friendly brunch spots wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Kerbey Lane. Their breakfast food is consistently good, with the highlight being the pancakes. (I think my son has personally tried all the rotating special pancakes.) The decor is fun and bright without being cheesy, and you’ll never feel out of place with kids in tow. They don’t take reservations, but you can skip the line on weekends by downloading the Yelp Nowait app. And as a bonus for Round Rock residents, that location has a small playscape.
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