Austin knows a thing or two about brunch, particularly on the holidays. If you’re planning to go somewhere special on Easter, now is the time to make reservations. We know two spots that definitely do this mid-morning meal right…South Congress Café and the historic Driskill Hotel.
Let’s start with South Congress Café (SCC)…home of a legendary brunch service and the best Infused Bloody Mary’s in the ENTIRE COUNTRY! That’s according to the Huffington Post. They take Tito’s vodka and infuse it with bell peppers, onions, celery, lemons, limes, garlic, and jalapeños, then mix it with their spicy Bloody Mary mix.
Although they won’t technically be open for Easter Sunday, South Congress Café will be open Saturday.
Among their many menu highlights is SCC’s Crab Cakes Egg Benedict [above]…spinach bacon quiche and crispy prosciutto, dressed in chipotle hollandaise sauce and plated alongside their famous gouda potato pancakes!
Other highly sought-after fixin’s include the Shrimp and Grits, made with blackened jumbo gulf shrimp and grits ground fresh from South Carolina, as well as the Café’s Carrot Cake French Toast drizzled in a decadent cream cheese-pecan syrup…
Do a double take at The Driskill for Easter Sunday. This year, the landmark hotel in downtown Austin is offering TWO decadent Easter Brunch options. Choose from either a champagne brunch on the beautiful, spacious mezzanine or an intimate five-course champagne brunch in The Driskill Grill…
Plus, The Driskill’s afternoon tea service runs every Sunday, and also for the entire Mother’s Day Weekend with items similar to those found in this a three-tiered display:
Champagne Easter Brunch on the Mezzanine
On Easter morning, you’re invited to enjoy the family-friendly Easter Brunch buffet on the mezzanine. A beloved Driskill tradition, the brunch features favorites to include:
- rosemary brown sugar bacon
- personalized omelets
- chilled potato leek soup with crab
- oysters on the half shell
- oak smoked salmon with cucumber dill sauce
- locally-made cheeses with accompanying tapenades, jams and chutneys
- a Chef’s Station with chimichurri-grilled flank steak, roasted turkey with dried fruit chutney and
- brown sugar glazed ham
- fresh-baked selections from the Bakery
- a Tea and Coffee Bar featuring locally-roasted coffee
In addition, The Driskill will also have an Old Fashioned Candy & Dessert Shop with chocolate truffles, icebox cookies,éclairs and the delectable Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée Easter Eggs you see at the top of this page…
The crème brûlée eggs are a fun way to display a classic dish. They call for a touch of Grand Marnier Liqueur in the cream base, giving it a slight twist.
The full menu can be viewed here. RSVP by calling 512-391-7227.
The buffet will run from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and includes a glass of champagne. The cost is $82 for adults, $36 for children ages 5 – 12, and free for children 4 years old and younger. A service charge and sales tax are additional.
Champagne Easter Brunch at The Driskill Grill
For those looking for a more intimate setting, The Driskill Grill is hosting a five-course Champagne Easter Brunch. The five-course menu features a refined interpretation of classic brunch dishes, served from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The cost is $105 per person and includes a glass of Moët et Chandon “Imperial” Champagne. The full menu can be viewed here. Call 512-391-7162 for reservations.