Party Like It's 9am

12 ways to have breakfast all day during SXSW

Ah, South By. That time of year when the live music capital of the world becomes one massive block party. Days stretch into nights and back into days again. If nonstop entertainment, jetlag, or general laziness has you waking up craving migas and mimosas at 4pm, these 12 eateries ensure you can break your fast on your own schedule.

photo by John Anderson


600 N. Lamar
Open 24 hrs. daily, except Wed., 1am-6am

This upscale American diner covers the classics, while also offering chicken 'n' (Belgian) waffles, a killer shrimp and grits, and a decadent roasted banana/brown sugar milkshake. Cage-free eggs, nitrate-free pork, and local, organic produce comes standard here.

photo source: Vegan Nom/ FB


120 E. North Loop; 913 E. Cesar Chavez
Tue.-Sun., 7:30am-4pm

This all-vegan Tex-Mex joint now operates two trailers serving breakfast tacos all day. Try the SXSW BRK: tofu scramble, cheddar, and seitan brisket. Vegan migas, country sausage, chorizo, and tempeh bacon are all made in-truck.

photo by John Anderson


626 N. Lamar; 1914 E. Sixth
Daily, 7:30am-4pm

Southern poached eggs, crab cake Benedict, and biscuits and gravy are just a few of the Southern comforts at this American diner. Now serving more of Austin with east and west locations.

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3103 S. Lamar; @crepecrazy on Twitter for food truck location
Mon.-Sat., 9am-9pm; Sun., 9am-4pm

Making decisions before you've had coffee can be hard. At this deaf-owned and -operated South Austin crêperie, the important question is: sweet or savory? Is it a yogurt-banana-strawberry-toasted almonds-and-honey kinda day? Or more like smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, whipped cream cheese, and capers? We personally like a little bit of both – prosciutto, arugula, brie, apricot jam, and extra virgin olive oil. "Point and ye shall receive." 

photo by John Anderson


1707 E. Sixth
Tue.-Wed., 8am-3pm; Thu.-Sat.,
8am-10pm; Sun., 8am-5pm

The Valera family's tamaleria and patio is more than a hipster hangout. The breakfast tacos hit the spot, and the tamales are tops – duh. But we always go for Mom's Migas. And a Mexican iced coffee made with horchata. And a carafe of mimosas.

photo source: Omelettry/ FB


4631 Airport Ste. 131-A
Daily, 7am-5pm

This is our big plate breakfast go-to: eleven specialty omelettes, French toast, Benedict, flapjacks, and some of the most crave-worthy home fries in town.

photo source: Blue Dahlia/ FB


1115 E. 11th
Mon.-Fri., 8am-10pm; Sat.-Sun., 9am-10pm

We love this quaint French bistro and its secret garden back patio for a break from the bustle. Petit déjeuner options include the daily frittata, blueberry blintzes, an open-faced tartine with brie, walnuts, and jam, or a fresh Parisian baguette with butter, ham, Havarti, and dill cream cheese.

photo source: Mi Madre's/ FB


2201 Manor Road
Mon.-Tue., 6am-2pm; Wed.-Sat., 6am-10pm;
>Sun., 8am-4pm

Make your way to this Manor Road Tex Mex joint for a Texas-sized breakfast burrito and our favorite table chips and salsa. Or if you're on the go, stop in at the taco window. Grab a sweet horchata if your thirst need a quench.

photo source: Bouldin Creek/ FB


1900 S. First
Mon.-Fri., 7am-12mid.; Sat.-Sun., 8am-12mid.

This vegan/vegetarian cafe is a South Austin hot spot. Head here for the Granola Sunrise with vegan ambrosia; the eggs Renedict with tofu bacon and vegan hollandaise; or the zucchini migas.

photo by John Anderson


2305 E. Seventh
Tue.-Sun., 6:30am-3pm

Joe Avila's family has served Austinites for over 75 years. For under seven bucks, you get a mountain of migas. Still hungry? Grab a pumpkin empanada or an apple turnover from the bakery case on your way out. 

photo by John Anderson


1500 Spyglass; 4200 N. Lamar
Breakfast all day Sat.-Sun., 8am-3pm

The Vaquero taco with eggs, roasted peppers, and crunchy grilled corn is a favorite, but you can't go wrong with any choice paired with Tacodeli's award-winning salsa doña.

photo source: Cherrywood Coffeehouse/ FB


1400 E. 38th ½
Daily, 7am-12mid.

We love the fact that this neighborhood coffeeshop has a build-your-own breakfast sandwich, great espresso drinks, and free yoga – if you can get up in time. Shoestring potatoes in the breakfast tacos are also a nice touch.

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