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South Congress Cafe

(Now Closed)
Café and American Restaurant$$$$
Bouldin Creek, Austin
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  • Jacki C.
    Jacki CadoretNovember 21, 2014
    The carrot cake French toast is unreal. But the full entree is massive. Order something else and you can order a single slice as a compliment... Or dessert 😊
  • Juan Antonio S.heart icon on user image
    Seasonal food changes constantly, everything is fresh and made very quickly even when the place is packed. Try the breakfast Eggs Benedict, awesome!
  • Divya M.heart icon on user image
    Divya MulanjurFebruary 28, 2015
    Waited almost 2 hrs for Saturday brunch (at 12) but it was worth it. Download nowait app to skip the wait. They don't accept phone reservations. Definitely order the fried oysters and bloody Mary.
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The steak and migas eggs benedict are the best eggs in Austin, which is why it’s on our list of The Tastes That Make the City: Austin. Read more
  • Irinaheart icon on user image
    IrinaSeptember 5, 2014
    Great-tasting Bloody Mary made properly with a variety of garnish ingredients. Make a reservation. If there during a rush, periodically remind the host about you, lest she forgets (true story).
  • Chaffroheart icon on user image
    ChaffroSeptember 12, 2014
    Unless you're some kind of food masochist, you could quite easily get brunch here and not have to eat again until late in the evening. Carrot cake - with a side of sausage or bacon - is a good call.
  • Thomas K.heart icon on user image
    Thomas KnüwerMarch 16, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Seriously one of the best breakfast places I know in the world. They put a creative spin on everything. Try eggs Benedict or carrot French toast.
  • Rafi S.
    Rafi SyedOctober 13, 2012
    Migas = scrambled eggs with jalapeños, cheese, and crumbed tortilla strips. Get them with steak, and have the carrot cake French Toast. Share it with your friends or get a single slice for dessert.
  • Amanda C.heart icon on user image
    Amanda CummingsSeptember 7, 2019
    There was a long wait but the patio had open seats and is first come first serve. We sat at the bar which had fans to help with the Texas heat. Service was great!
  • Rob Z.heart icon on user image
    Rob ZaleskiMarch 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    You can almost always go with whatever the special is for a good meal. Also, top three best Bloody Mary in Austin.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MaddernMay 29, 2016
    Ignore indoors and go straight out to the patio to avoid a 2 hour wait and eat in the beautiful outdoor space!
  • Suprachibbyheart icon on user image
    SuprachibbyJuly 1, 2015
    Stopped by for a quick drink to beat the heat but did not anything here. The bartender was really great and I especially enjoyed their frozen lemonade cocktail!
  • Eater
    EaterMay 22, 2012
    Always packed, always tasty, the South Congress Cafe is a great place to show off the some of the very best of SoCo. [Eater 38 Member]
  • InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
    After your energetic morning start, it's time for a reward: brunch at South Congress Café will prepare you for the rest of the day. From healthy options to full-on breakfasts, you can't go wrong here! Read more
  • Ryan G.heart icon on user image
    Ryan GallagherMay 14, 2016
    Excellent brunch. Carrot cake French toast. The best black beans I have ever had.
  • Natasha R.heart icon on user image
    Natasha RamachandranDecember 9, 2015
    Carrot cake French toast, crab cake and potato pancake, warm goat salad sandwich which was all that we ordered. A red sangria and Texas sipper
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkMarch 8, 2012
    While the facade and interior are sleek and modern, the menu is full of hearty dishes like Carrot Cake French Toast, which is made with homemade carrot cake.
  • Emily B.
    Emily ButlerNovember 4, 2012
    If you can't go past the carrot cake French toast, ask for their smaller serving. The main serving is huge and not really for one person. Try it - you won't regret it!
  • Kyle B.heart icon on user image
    Kyle BunchAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're brunching, this is the spot. The Steak & Migas Eggs Benedict are two mounds of egg-and-meat heaven covered in chipotle-spiked Hollandaise and the Bloody Mary is as good as it gets.
  • Jenn L.heart icon on user image
    Jenn LeFloreOctober 5, 2015
    Literally AMAZING! Food was great. Drinks, including the Bloody Mary were delish. I will visit for brunch each time I'm in Austin
  • Sam M.heart icon on user image
    Sam MelnickNovember 23, 2016
    The migas enchiladas are incredible! Maybe get a glass of milk; they are surprisingly spicy.
  • Megan S.heart icon on user image
    Megan ShererOctober 21, 2017
    The staff are awesome, they comped my whole entree because the kitchen had to remake my food AND gave me a complimentary soup without even asking!
  • Nicholle
    NicholleJuly 14, 2013
    Their Carrot Cake French Toast is on point. Add a little bacon cooked to perfection and you'll leave full. I was lucky enough to bring home leftovers.
  • Allie M.heart icon on user image
    Allie MahlerMarch 12, 2015
    Amazing brunch and lunch. The caesar salad is delicious. Great drink options, lots of eggs dishes for brunch. Sit at the bar!
  • Megan S.heart icon on user image
    Megan ShererMay 17, 2017
    The Butterscotch Creme Brûlée is a must try. Delicate and delectable!
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RuizJune 14, 2018
    Excellent brunch spot!! You can't go wrong with any dish, but my absolute favorite is the Crab Cake Benedict.
  • Janet
    JanetNovember 20, 2013
    Crispy Duck Confit with sweet potato poblano gratin and mole verde. Off the charts!
  • Jacqueline P.heart icon on user image
    Jacqueline PadillaJuly 14, 2013
    Excellent food!! 1 work Bloody-Mary's 🍹had delicious Lemon Zest Pancakes with goat cheese soooo good
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BernalDecember 30, 2013
    Awesome brunch, but don't go for drinks. They're pricey. Unless you want I pay $7 for a mimosa. Bloody Mary was fab, migas was awesome.
  • Kim S.heart icon on user image
    Kim SleeperSeptember 5, 2015
    The customer service is outstanding! Get the salmon and the crab cakes as well.
  • Deepak P.
    Deepak PadmanabhanAugust 31, 2014
    Try the Bloody Mary, margarita, salsa sampler, steak & migas and carrot cake!
  • Adrian C.
    Adrian CotterOctober 30, 2019
    Huevos rancheros was delicious and those potato gouda pancakes are amazing
  • Brian F.heart icon on user image
    Brian FleenorAugust 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Wild mushroom risotto with scallops is a delightful and healthy meal!!
  • Martínheart icon on user image
    MartínJanuary 31, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Just order Short Rib Hash with avocado slices on top and thank me later...
  • Mashable
    MashableMarch 8, 2011
    The food is great, nice staff -- great atmosphere. Try the purple salsa if you dare -- seriously, it's the hottest stuff you will ever put in your mouth. - Christina Warren
  • Danielle H.heart icon on user image
    Danielle HohmeierApril 13, 2015
    Short rib hash is a little expensive, but worth it. Friendly service.
  • Justin B.heart icon on user image
    Justin BradyMarch 30, 2015
    Best Bloody Mary I've ever had! Not too spicy, and made from fresh squeezed tomato juice!!
  • Chet M.heart icon on user image
    Chet ManciniMarch 20, 2016
    Get the carrot cake French toast to split for the table. So good but too much sugar for one person.
  • Kimberly B.
    Kimberly BarreroSeptember 16, 2013
    Migas. Bloody Mary. Carrot Cake French Toast. Quail....Located in the heart of SoCo. Can't get a bad experience if you try.
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeJanuary 5, 2020
    Gourmet-ish diner. Migas were solid. Burger less so. Extensive menu. People seem to prefer it for brunch
  • Dwayne J.
    Dwayne JudiceMay 31, 2013
    Never disappointed. Has been a favorite for a long time. Go with the specials! I had mussels and scallops.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SpitzMarch 10, 2014
    get the duck, seriously comparable to the ones I have had in China...maybe better.
  • Jes B.
    Jes BrownOctober 28, 2013
    One of my most favorite places in Austin! This is a must go if you've never been. Frozen Blackberry Mojito please!
  • Emily G.
    Emily GayJune 27, 2012
    The oyster gumbo is cajun approved :) My favorite gumbo in Austin!
  • Melon L.heart icon on user image
    Melon LSeptember 9, 2015
    Crab cakes and migas - what else do you need?
  • J P.heart icon on user image
    J POctober 7, 2015
    Migas and carrot cake french toast. The flour tortillas are the best I've had.
  • Josh R.heart icon on user image
    Josh RaelFebruary 15, 2015
    Get the French toast or the steak and migas benedict. Or both. Get both.
  • David H.
    David HullumMarch 25, 2012
    Smoked brisket hash is stupid good! Try the carrot cake french toast its the best thing I have ever had...
  • Bianca G.heart icon on user image
    Bianca GiorgettiDecember 30, 2017
    Loved the warm garlic bread on arrival, great food and nice vibe.
  • Stephanie H.
    Stephanie HackneyApril 20, 2012
    You MUST come here for happy hour-great drink and appetizer prices. Always great service at the bar.
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