Biscuit Breakfasts in Austin
The best places to grab a biscuit breakfast in Austin
Night Hawk Frisco Shop6801 Burnet Rd., 459-6279
Breakfast, 7-11am weekdays, 7am-noon weekends
In a new location, but Ricky Nelson is still on the jukebox, and the breakfast cooks still smile when you show up. Fluffy golden biscuits come with various breakfast combinations, but go for Eggs Decorated with chili, beans, grits, and biscuits. Order a side portion of Laurence's sausage gravy, about the best around. No measly little packets of butter and preserves here – you get a generous saucerful.
Lamberts Downtown Barbecue401 W. Second, 494-1500
Sunday brunch, 11am-2pm
Too bad Lamberts only makes biscuits for Sunday brunch. There's much to like on the buffet, but do order this town's tallest buttermilk biscuits that come with mildly spiced sausage gravy and eggs beautifully cooked your way.
Arkie's Grill4827 E. Cesar Chavez, 385-2986
Arkie's is an Austin institution and a great place for a traditional Southern diner breakfast. Two eggs to order, sausage patty, pond of creamy grits, with light biscuits and beautifully seasoned sausage gravy on the side.
Cisco's1511 E. Sixth, 478-2420
Biscuits and migas are an inspired match, reflecting much about Central Texas food culture. This could be the definitive Austin breakfast – a big beautiful plate of migas with a griddled sausage patty, pinto beans, a pool of red salsa, and dense, brown-topped biscuits to mop it all up.
Daily, 8am-4pm; breakfast served all day
In this tiny 21st century diner, get the big crumbly biscuits with quality cream gravy, or go all out for the excellent eggs Benedict – poached eggs with hollandaise and fresh spinach, but served on split biscuits instead of an English muffin.
TRIO at the Four Seasons98 San Jacinto, 685-8300
Breakfast, Monday-Friday, 6:30-11am; Saturday, 7-11am; Sunday, 7-9am; Sunday brunch, 10am-2pm
TRIO is a steak house at night, but breakfast on the sunny patio overlooking the river is a fine way to start the day. Pamper yourself with lovely, silky buttermilk biscuits and creamy gravy, along with freshly squeezed juice and a tender omelet.
PopeyesNine locations in Austin
Sunday-Thursday, 10am-11pm; Friday-Saturday, 10am-12mid
Yes, Popeyes is a fast-food chain, but these are seriously good biscuits – light, flaky, buttery, with the right touch of salt. No butter is served, but it would be redundant; avoid the honey "sauce." Just eat the biscuits, preferably with hot, crispy fried-chicken tenders tucked inside.
1886 Cafe and Bakery, Driskill Hotel116 E. Sixth, 391-7121
Breakfast, 7-11am weekdays; 7am-2:30pm weekends
Don't let the idea of jalapeño-corn biscuits stop you; these are spicy, crumbly, corny, and delicious. They're fine alone, but go crazy, and order the Austin, Texas, Benedict: poached eggs and smoked bacon on split biscuits, dressed with amazing chorizo cream gravy.
Kerbey Lane CafeFour locations
Kerbey Lane serves breakfast 24/7; this is the place for a biscuit in the afternoon or at 3am. Big buttermilk biscuits are fluffy rather than flaky, perfectly salted, and served with lovely cream gravy – plenty peppery. Alongside a couple of eggs and two patties of breakfast sausage, you'll be good to go.
Dan's HamburgersThree locations in Austin
Breakfast daily, 6-11am
Join savvy South Austin retirees at Dan's for hearty biscuits, sausage, and gravy. You may need to wait for a table, or you can get your biscuits to go. These big boys are light and a bit crumbly; the thick, tasty gravy is rife with flecks of black pepper.