Ah, traditions: buying the turkey; anxiously cooking the turkey in hopes it doesn’t dry out; fighting over whose stuffing recipe to use; fidgeting about who should carve the turkey; lying about how good your mother-in-law’s pie tastes. What would we do without the rituals that surround Thanksgiving? Maybe just call a professional.
This year, more so than any I can remember in Austin, there is a staggering number of restaurants offering up their services for Thanksgiving. They are selling to-go meals that take the stress off of you, saving you time and allowing you the opportunity to watch more football. I mean, spend more stress-free time with loved ones. Call or email the restaurants for more details about pricing and information on ordering and pick-up. Gobble, gobble.
Apis. 23526 Texas 71, Spicewood. 512-436- 8918, apisrestaurant.com. This Spicewood gem is selling Thanksgiving meals to pick up on November 22 or 23. The packages cost $275, feed up to 10 people and include one whole roast turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, turkey leg hash, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy and two pies.
Boiler Nine Bar + Grill. 800 W. Cesar Chavez St. 512-220-9990, boilernine.com. The industrial restaurant built in the old Seaholm Power Plant has introduced a new Thanksgiving To-Go program. Thanksgiving meals are available for pre-order through November 15 (with rush ordering through the 17th). Whole meals can be purchased for two ($70), four ($130) and eight ($240). A la carte offerings include meats by the pound ($19), such as smoke roasted turkey breast and beer-braised brisket, and 16-ounce containers of sides, such as roasted Brussels sprouts and oak-roasted carrots, for $9.
Easy Tiger. The bakery located on East Sixth Street and at the Whole Foods 365 in Cedar Park is selling pull-apart dinner rolls ($8/dozen) and croutons made of levain and sourdough bread ($4/14-ounce bag) for the big day. Orders must be placed two days in advance of pick up, with ordering ending at 5 p.m. on November 20. Email email@example.com or call 512-986-7872 for more information on ordering from the Whole Foods 365 store and email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-614-4972 for downtown orders.
El Chipiron.2717 S. Lamar Blvd. #1085. 512-518-3618, elchipironaustin.com. The Spanish restaurant is selling Thanksgiving feasts that include a whole turkey or hen, along with mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread, stuffing, a selection of Spanish meats and cheeses and more. Meals feed two, four and six, and cost $105, $210 and $260, respectively. Add a bottle of Spanish red or white wine for $20. Email email@example.com or call restaurant Monday-Saturday between 5 and 10 p.m. by November 16 to order. Pick-ups take place November 21 and 22.
Freedmen’s. 2402 San Gabriel St. 512-220-0953, freedmensbar.com. The campus-area barbecue favorite is selling whole smoked turkeys for $120 (14-16 lbs. and feeds 8-10), smoked turkey breast ($80, feeds 8-10), along with half-pint ($5.50), pine ($11) and quart-sized ($22) sides of sides like brisket burnt-end cornbread stuffing, smoked cheddar mashed potatoes and more. The deadline for pre-ordering is November 16, with pick-up on November 22.
Fresa’s.1703 S. First St. 512-992-2946, fresaschicken.com. Mexican restaurant Fresa’s is selling meals that feed 8-10. Included in the bounty are a whole roasted turkey with turkey pan gravy, chorizo stuffing, citrus-serrano cranberry sauce and a selection of three sides that include poblano spinach gratin, sweet potato mash and roasted Brussels sprouts. Cost is $280, and executive pastry chef Laura Sawicki is also selling apple and caramel pumpkin pies ($30 each) and Mexican vanilla ice cream for $10 pint. Orders must be placed by November 20, with pick-up taking place at the South First Street location on November 22.
LeRoy and Lewis. 121 Pickle Road. 512-775-3392, leroyandlewis.com. The inventive barbecue wizards are preparing a slew of meats and sides to take home. The meats, all sound by the pound, include turkey with giblet gravy ($26/pound) and 44 Farms brisket ($24/pound). The sides, sold by the quart, include mashed potatoes and gravy ($18/quart) and macaroni and cheese ($24/quart). They’re also selling pumpkin gooey cake ($32) and smoked pecan pie ($40). Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, for family packages, or to place your order.Final orders due by Friday, November 17th. Scheduled to be picked up by 8 p.m. on November 22nd.
Mañana. 1603 S. Congress Ave. 512-872-3144, mananaaustin.com. The coffee shop at the South Congress Hotel, home to talented executive pastry chef Amanda Rockman, will be selling pies (chocolate bourbon pecan, caramel apple and pumpkin) through November 18th on South Congress Hotel’s website (shop.southcongresshotel.com) or for in-store purchase November 20th through November 23rd.
Mongers Market. 2401 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-215-8972, mongersaustin.com. The long list of items available for pre-orders at this seafood market and restaurant includes chowder, gumbo, fish dip, crab fingers, shrimp salad, oysters and more.
Olamaie. 1610 San Antonio St. 512-474-2796, olamaieaustin.com. You can serve some of the best biscuits on the planet at your Thanksgiving or holiday feast. The off-menu items are being sold for pick-up. You need to give the restaurant notice a week in advance of pick-up. Pick-up will be between 10 a.m. and 2pm on Thanksgiving Day, and the last pick-up day of holiday season is December 23. There is a one-dozen minimum for orders. Interested customers email email@example.com for more info.
Phoebe’s Diner. 533 Oltorf St. 512-643-3218, phoebesdiner.com. The diner from the Winebelly team is selling ham dinners (with all the fixins) for pre-order. Ham and sides are both sold by the pound. Those meals must be ordered by November 21. Call for more details.
Rudy’s “Country Store” & Bar-B-Q. Multiple locations. rudysbarbq.com. The barbecue restaurant is selling whole smoked turkeys for $47.95 ($53.95 with a bottle of sauce). Pick up days are November 20-22. Place orders at bbqgo.com.
Tiny Pies.5035 Burnet Road. 512-916-0184; 2032 South Lamar Blvd. 512-460-9697, tinypies.com. The pie makers are selling a dozen small pies (choose apple, pumpkin, cherry and brownie-pecan) for $51, as well as an assortment of regular 9”pies for $30. Pre-orders end November 15.
Vox Table. 1100 S. Lamar Blvd #2140. 512-375-4869, voxtableaustin.com. The restaurant across from the Alamo Drafthouse is selling packaged meals that feed six-eight people. Options include ribeye with red wine au just ($135) or turducken ($115) as the main course, and sides like mac and cheese ($8) and mashed potatoes ($8). Orders must be placed by the end of day November 18 and can be picked up November 22 between noon and 9 p.m.
Walton’s Fancy & Staple.609 W. Sixth St. 512-542-3380, waltonsfancyandstaple.com. Sandra Bullock’s bakery and cafe is selling full turkeys (ranging from $120 to $180), thyme-rubbed airline turkey breast with turkey gravy ($90-$150), rib roast ($138) and other entrees, along with sides like whipped Yukon potatoes and cauliflower; creamed sweet corn with crimini mushrooms and farmer’s cheese (all $29), and a variety of pies ($25) and spiced bundt cake ($19). They are accepting orders November 17-25 and December 18-January 1. They will close at 4 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving and will be closed on Thanksgiving.
The barbecue spot with the country vibe is getting an address in the heart of the city. Rudy’s “Country Store” & Bar-B-Q is slated to open in late spring at 3918 N. Lamar Blvd. in the space occupied for 22 years by EZ’s Brick Oven and Grill.
It will be the fifth Austin-area location, and first in the center of town, from local restaurateurs Ken Schiller and Brian Nolen, whose K&N Management is the licensed area developer for Rudy’s. Schiller and Nolen opened the first Austin-area Rudy’s in 1994. The restaurant will serve the same barbecue and breakfast taco menu as the other Austin-area locations, blend the familiar meat-market ambience with some nostalgic design elements from the building’s past and offer 81 parking spaces.
The new restaurant, which will also incorporate the adjacent building that is currently home to Banzai Sushi & Grill, will be designed in collaboration by architect Morris Hoover and builder John King, who intend to “create a distinctive space that fits the neighborhood,” according to the owners.
There were 14 finalists for the hot and highly visible property that has a storied history dating back to 2-J’s in 1954. The property owners, the Moton Crockett Jr. family, chose K&N Management,which also owns Mighty Fine Burgers, Fries & Shakes, due in part to Moton Crockett Jr.’s great-grandson’s love for both Mighty Fine and Rudy’s, according to a news release.
“We are pleased to be working with the Crockett family, who embodies our commitment to supporting the local community,” Schiller said. “We are proud and honored to be able to bring Rudy’s to Central Austin.”
The original Rudy’s opened in Leon Springs in 1989, and there are now 32 locations in Texas, two each in Oklahoma, Colorado and Arizona, and three in New Mexico.
If you’re driving around this afternoon and evening, you might see lines of wide-eyed folks sprouting up all over town. Just ahead of one of the first cold fronts of the year, Amy’s Ice Creams will do that thing where they annually cause mild pandemonium, giving away a free tiny ice cream with a topping or a small ice cream with a crush’n or topping to guests from 3 to 7 p.m.
Food & Wine magazine was apparently smitten following visits to the latest restaurant from the McGuire Moorman Hospitality group. The important food magazine named June’s All Day to its list of the 10 Best New Restaurants in America Thursday. The restaurant named after partner and master sommelier June Rodil opened last summer on South Congress Avenue, and true to its name, serves morning, noon and night. When we reviewed the restaurant in December, we called it a mash-up of a Parisian bistro and the Peach Pit, and its menu delivers comforting eclecticism, from a pastrami salmon board in the mornings to meaty bolognese at night, as well as one of the city’s best burgers.
What made the restaurant grab the magazine’s attention?
“All of our Restaurants of the Year winners are defying convention in some fundamental way—and June’s All Day is a perfect example. On the surface, this easy-breezy Austin hangout looks like a stylish wine bar, with colorful design and a cool vintage-diner vibe. But here, the food supports the wine, instead of the other way around,” Food & Wine editor-in-chief Nilou Motamed said. “The kitchen has created small plates to go along with the brilliant wine list, curated by sommelier June Rodil. She comes up with the most unlikely yet spot-on pairings, like a briny South African rosé matched to a hearty matzo ball caldo soup.”
It had initially announced plans to also open restaurants in Cedar Park, Lakeway and near the Mueller redevelopment project in East Austin.
The closures are part of parent company Fiesta Restaurant Group’s “strategic renewal plan.” Fiesta also owns the Taco Cabana chain.
“Fiesta’s recent growth initiatives diverted resources from our core markets and some amount of renewal is required to restore momentum in these markets,” Fiesta president and CEO Richard Stockinger said in a written statement. “While the decision to close restaurants is never easy, we believe it is vital to focus the company’s resources and efforts on markets and locations that have proven successful for our brands.”
Some of the closed Pollo Tropicals may reopen at a later date as Taco Cabana locations, Fiesta said.
Like a phoenix rising from the barbecue ashes, John Mueller has another rebirth in store. The longtime Texas barbecue boss and grandson of Taylor barbecue scion Louie Mueller will soon be cooking again, this time at the Black Box Barbecue trailer in historic Georgetown. Owners Gary Brown and Justin Bohls will soft open the trailer at 201 E. Ninth St. next weekend during the town’s Red Poppy Festival.
The black trailer will serve Mueller’s famous brisket and beef rib, along with pork ribs, pulled pork, chicken and his various side dishes. The trailer is intended to be just the first step in Mueller’s reintroduction to the Central Texas market. His partners, with whom Mueller has been friends for decades, plan to open Black Box barbecue on the adjacent property, with construction to begin soon.
“It feels frickin awesome,” Mueller said of his return to professional cooking.
Black Box Barbecue will be the third barbecue business the enigmatic pit masters has been associated with in the past six years in Central Texas. He opened J Mueller Barbecue on South First Street in 2011, but his involvement came to an end in 2012 following a fiscal dispute with his sister, LeAnn Mueller, who transformed the business into La Barbecue. Mueller then headed to East Austin, where he operated John Mueller Meat Co. at East Sixth and Pedernales streets from 2013 until last August, when the State of Texas closed that business, citing Mueller’s unpaid taxes.
Mueller says that those who may wonder about his business acumen and relationships this time around shouldn’t worry.
“I’m going to cook for people who’ve known me all my life, who’ve read everything there is to read about me and still want to work with me,” Mueller said. “We’re gonna have a really sound business and cook really good food.”
Mueller first came to recognition in Austin, almost as much for his surly attitude as his stunning brisket, while running John Mueller BBQ on Manor Road from 2001 to ’06, during which time a young Aaron Franklin cut onions and worked the register. Following that shutter, Mueller took a hiatus from Austin before returning for his tumultuous run of the last seven years.
As for any doubters or haters, Mueller laughs at the idea.
“Are there still any out there?” asked Mueller. “I don’t think anyone remembers who I am.”
One of Austin’s longest-running fine dining restaurants will see its 32-year run come to a close in the coming months. Carmelo Mauro will shutter his namesake Italian restaurant in downtown on Father’s Day, June 18. Mauro sold the property at 504 E. Fifth St. in March, according to county records, and cites rising property tax prices for the closure.
Mauro said he believes the new owners, listed as AHC-Seazen ODH LLC, intend to build a high-rise condominium on the plot of land at Fifth and Red River streets. According to state records, AHC-Seazen is connected to Houston-based firm Allen Harrison Company, which develops multi-family apartment buildings. The Statesman has left a message with a representative for the buyer.
Mauro first opened Carmelo’s in Houston in 1981 after arriving from his native Sicily in 1978, and opened the Austin location in 1985. The restaurant is located in the 145-year-old building that once the housed Old Depot Hotel, recorded on the National Register as a Texas Landmark.
Mauro said he never intended to sell the land, which he purchased in 1992, but that property tax increases in recent years made staying impossible. According to the Travis County Appraisal District’s website, the property was appraised around $3 million in 2014 and rose to just over $5 million last year. Mauro said his restaurant would have to do $8 million-$10 million in sales annually, a number he says is unfathomable, in order to remain profitable.
“We are not here to become wealthy but because we love what we do,” Mauro said. “But at one point if you work just for the tax man then it is not fun anymore.”
Carmelo’s parking lot had helped Mauro generate extra revenue in recent years. The space played a major role during South by Southwest for 2012 to 2014, with Doritos building a massive stage on the lot. But an ordinance passed by the Austin City Council in 2014 to regulate public safety during SXSW kept Carmelo’s from being able to obtain a permit to host such shows in its parking lost, according to Mauro. Mauro said the change cost his business hundreds of thousands of dollars, which he would have used to defray the rising tax cost.
Mauro thinks local government is making financial concerns the primary factor in Austin’s growth, a move that puts the city’s unique culture at risk.
“They are on a mission and their mission is to get as much money from the business community. The tragedy is there is no cap on businesses, so they can increase as much as they please,” Mauro said. “They forgot who made this corner. Now they are looking for the top bananas with a lot of funds.”
Carmelo’s was once one of the hottest spots in Austin, home to special-occasion family dinners and a regular dining destinations for some of the city’s power players. When Anne Richards was elected governor in 1990, the Statesman’s Lee Kelly wrote that lunches at La Zona Rosa and dinners at Carmelo’s Italian Restaurant were “in.”
Mauro, who served as president of the Texas Restaurant Association from 2007-2008, was recognized in 2001 by the National Restaurant Association as the group’s Cornerstone Humanitarian of the Year, and he regularly participated in charity and community events, including last year’s “Austin Loves Amatrice” benefit following the devastation earthquake in Italy.
“The beauty of Austin through the years is we were able to get involved with a lot of charitable organizations and helped raise substantial amounts. So we were part of the community, and we will always be a part of the community,” Mauro said.
Mauro gave three months notice to his staff, in hopes they’d have time to find new jobs. Some of the employees at Carmelo’s are children of some of the restaurant’s original employees, according to the owner.
The closure in Austin will not affect the original Houston location in that city’s energy corridor.
“Houston is more sensitive when they increase,” Mauro said. “Five or 10 percent.”
Carmelo will spend time in his restaurant in the weeks leading up to the closure, hoping to get a chance to say goodbye to many of his longtime customers and employees.
He closes the Austin chapter of his restaurant life with mixed feelings.
“It’s a shock to each one of us. So even though I cashed in, there is no celebration,” Mauro said. “The heart tells you one thing but the brain says it’s time.”
The sabor of South Texas will soon be rolling up to Austin. Beloved Laredo-based Taco Palenque, which has locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley and north to Houston, San Antonio and New Braunfels, plans to open a food truck in Austin this summer.
Owner Juan Francisco Ochoa (Don Pancho) opened the first Taco Palenque in Laredo in 1987, several years after selling the American rights to El Pollo Loco, which he also founded. The fast-casual restaurant specializes in grilled beef and chicken plates and tacos, and is well known for its massive pirata, a taco slathered with refried beans and draped with juicy grilled fajita meat and melted cheddar cheese.
The restaurants make their own excellent corn and flour tortillas, the latter soft, chewy and spotted with marks from the grill, and feature fresh salsa bars, with several salsa offerings, grilled jalapenos, pickled and raw onions, cilantro, pico de gallo and more. A visit to Taco Palenque will make you totally rethink the idea of fast-casual Mexican food.
Ochoa and his team told me last week in Laredo that the truck will feature several of the restaurant’s most popular items on a smaller menu than that found in their 20+ locations throughout Texas. They are not sure where the truck will be located and say there is a strong possibility the truck could lead to multiple Austin brick-and-mortar locations of the massively popular family-owned chain of restaurants, which expanded to New Braunfels four years ago.
Blue Dahlia Bistro. 1115 E 11th St. 512-542-9542, bluedahliabistro.com. The French-inspired bistro is sweetening its brunch offering of crepes, waffles and croissants by giving away an Easter basket with chocolate prizes by Maggie Louise Confections to guests who buy an entree. Kids under five eat free.
Brix and Ale. 1101 Woodlawn Ave. Georgetown. 737-444-2700, sheratongeorgetowntexas.com. The Sheraton Georgetown’s restaurant hosts brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with omelets and a buffet of hot and cold items including roasted salmon, quiche, shrimp cocktail and much more. Cost is $50 per person inclusive of tax, gratuity and a glass of sparkling wine or a mimosa. Cost is $25 for children six to 12 and free for children under 5.
Cannon + Belle. 500 E. Fourth St. 512-493-4900, cannonandbelle.com. The revamped restaurant at the downtown Hilton will serve a brunch spread from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.that includes omelet and oyster bars, a charcuterie table, prime rib carving station and more. Cost is $42, $16 for children seven to 14, and free for those six and under.
The Carillon. 1900 University Ave. 512-404-3655, thecarillonrestaurant.com. The fine dining restaurant on the University of Texas campus hosts brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The meal includes an omelet bar, ricotta cheese pancakes with strawberry fig syrup, cold seafood, Blue Point oysters, an assortment of sushi, a carving station and more. Price is $68 for adults. A special kids’ buffet will feature macaroni and cheese, pecan-crusted chicken tenders, and more for $30.
Chez Zee. 5406 Balcones Drive. 512-454-2666, chez-zee.com. The longtime Northwest Hills stape will serve a brunch that includes scallops two ways, smoked lamb chops, prime rib and more savory items, along with owner Sharon Watkins’ banana cream pie that she personally created for Jimmy Kimmel. And, for an interesting touch, a professional magician, non-scary clowns and more.
Dai Due. 2406 Manor Road. 512-524-0688, daidue.com. The bakery’s Easter menu includes challah, French bread, honey whole wheat loaves and rolls, buttermilk grits pie, lime pie with a cornmeal crust, pecan frangipane and candied orange pie, Mexican wedding cookies, and more. The butcher is advance selling a rabbit stuffed with a mix of cream, sweetbreads, bacon, mushrooms, brandy, thyme and breadcumbs ($24/lb.), a rack of lamb ($32/lb.), achiote-rubbed lamb shoulder ($19/lb.) and more.
Driskill Grill. 604 BrazosSt. 512-391-7162, driskillgrill.com. Austin’s grand dame will serve its lavish spread under the direction of new executive chef Christian Apetz for the first time. The three-course menu starts with pastries and includes foie gras torchon, confit rabbit benedict, chorizo and smoked cheddar pancakes, and more. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $110, and an additional $12 for the mimosa bar.
Duchman Family Winery. 13308 RM 150 W. Driftwood. 512-858-1470, duchmanwinery.com. The Hill Country winery will serve brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The three-course meal costs $40 ($12 for kids 10 and under) and includes a spinach and arugula frittata and grilled quail.
Eden East. 755 Springdale Road. 512-428-6500, edeneast.com. The al fresco dining at Springdale Farms will serve a brunch with complimentary mimosas from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m. with smoked red fish, whole roasted pig, angel food cake and more. Cost is $90; $25 for kids 6-12; and kids five and under eat free.
Freedmen’s. 2402 San Gabriel St. 512-220-0953, freedmensbar.com. The campus-area barbecue restaurant is serving a special barbecue lamb gyro sandwich for $10.
Goodall’s Kitchen. 1900 Rio Grande St. 512-495-1800, hotelella.com. The restaurant at the Hotel Ella will serve brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu includes an herb-crusted prime rib, deviled eggs, and ricotta hotcakes. The price is $68 and $25 per child 12 and under. There will also be a visit from the Easter Bunny and a petting zoo by Tiny Tails to You from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Greenhouse Craft Food. 1400 E. Old Settlers Blvd. 512-366-5567, greenhousecraftfood.com. Easter brunch at this Round Rock favorite includes roast beef mushroom demi and horseradish cream, ham with blackberry mustard sauce, fried chicken and biscuit, and more. Cost is $17.99 and $6.50 for kids 12 and under.
Hyatt Lost Pines. 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd. 512-308-4860, lostpines.regency.hyatt.com. The restaurant at the Hyatt resort in Bastrop will serve brunch from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Selections will include an omelet station,fresh seafood, a carving station, local cheese selections, chocolate fountain, and more. Cost is $62 and $28 for children ages six to 12. Children under six eat free.
Jeffrey’s. 1204 W Lynn St. 512-477-5584, jeffreysofaustin.com. Austin’s finest steakhouse gets decadent with a menu that includes pastries, truffled deviled eggs; terrine of foie gras; caviar service; a seafood tower; porchetta, prime rib, and more for $100. Cost is $50 for kids and free for kids seven and under.
Josephine House. 1601 Waterston Ave. 512-477-5584, josephineofaustin.com. Jeffrey’s polished kid sister will serve a three-course brunch for $55,with a menu that includes lemon ricotta pancakes, English pea and avocado crab toast, Belgian waffle with chicken sausage and more.
Lamberts. 401 W. Second St. 512-494-1500, lambertsaustin.com. The upmarket barbecue spot will run an Easter brunch buffet for $50. The spread includes prime rib from the carving block, brisket, pork ribs, and made-to-order items like French toast and breakfast Frito pie.
Lonesome Dove. 419 Colorado St. 512-271-2474, lonesomedoveaustin.com. Tim Love’s wild-game play on a steakhouse hosts brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $35, with selections like foie gras-huckleberry biscuit with rabbit-rattlesnake gravy, fettine Benedict with jalapeño hollandaise, lemon brioche French toast with raspberry-chipotle syrup and more.
Olamaie. 1610 San Antonio St. 512-474-2796, olamaieaustin.com. The $50 Easter brunch ($25 for kids) at this refined Southern restaurant will include dishes like pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and shrimp and grits.
Olive & June.3411 Glenview Ave. 512-467-9898, oliveandjune-austin.com. The special Easter menu runs from 11 a.m. through dinner and includes Italian easter bread stuffed with sausage and cheese topped with a soft boiled egg; grilled asparagus, hard boiled egg, and anchovy hollandaise;cavateli with sage pesto and summer squash; and grilled lamb leg. Cost is $39 per person and kids 12 or under eat free for dinner.
Pizzeria Sorellina. 23526 Texas 71. 737-222-6061, pizzeriasorellina.com. In addition to its regular menu of pizzas, charcuterie and sides, the pizzeria at Apis will serve a large-format wood-roasted lamb shoulder for four to six people available for pre-order. Call 512-436-8918 to place an order, $26 per person.
Revelry Kitchen + Bar. 1410 E. Sixth St. 512-322-5223, revelryatx.com. The brunch buffet at this East Austin restaurant runs from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m. features a carving station, chicken and waffles and more. Cost is $35 per person.
Salt & Time. 1912 E. Seventh St. 512-524-1383, saltandtime.com. The a la carte Easter brunch menu at this East Austin restaurant, butcher store and salumeria will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and feature a braised lamb empanada, steak and eggs, migas, pancakes, smoked pork chop and more.
Salt Traders Coastal Cooking. 2850 N Interstate Hwy 35. Round Rock. 512-351-9724, salttraderscc.com. Jack Gilmore’s seafood restaurant in Round Rock will serve crab cake Benedict, smoked salmon scramble and more, in addition to their weekend shrimp boil and $1 Gulf oyster specials.
Second Bar + Kitchen at Domain Northside. 3121 Palm Way #101. 737-300-4800, sbkdomain.com. The all-you-can-eat Easter brunch buffet at the North Austin location of chef David Bull’s bistro will be served from 9a.m.to 3 p.m. and include passed small bites, made-to-order individual plates and bowls. Cost is $38 per and $19 for children Kids four and under eat free.
TNT/Tacos and Tequila. 507 Pressler St. Suite 400. 512-436-8226, tacosandtequilatnt.com. The West End Mexican restaurant’s Easter brunch costs $22 and includes omelet stations, Belgian waffles with fresh fruit, eggs Benedict, huevos rancheros, a taco bar, carving station with brisket and ham, and more. Cost is $7 for children six-11, and children under five eat free.
Taverna Italian Kitchen. 258 W Second St. 512-477-1001; 3120 Palm Way. Suite 160. 512-356-9384, tavernabylombardi.com. The two locations of the Italian restaurant will serve an a la carte Easter menu that includes Italian wedding soup, parmesan-crusted lamb chops, shrimp and lobster lasagna and more.
Trace. 200 Lavaca St. 512-542-3660, traceaustin.com. The restaurant at the W Hotel Austin will serve a three-course brunch for $58 that includes options such as Gulf shrimp bisque, cold-smoked prime rib, and berry fruit tart.
Vox Table. 1100 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-375-4869, voxtableaustin.com. The modern restaurant in the Lamar Union will serve a three-course prix fixe brunch menu for $35 and $1 mimosas until 4 p.m.