Counter Cafe

Counter Cafe

626 N. Lamar Blvd. (btw 6th & 7th), Austin, TX 78703, United States
Hours:
Closed until 7:30 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 7:30 AM–4:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
8.8/10

Based on 122 votes

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  • breakfast food
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  • sweet potato fries
  • steak
  • eggs
  • biscuits
  • crab cakes
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  • Eater

    This tiny restaurant serves some of the best locally-sourced food we've had in a town wild for locally-sourced food. And, yes, their famous burgers are amazing. [Eater 38 Member]

    Eater · January 14, 2011
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  • SPIN

    Order the burger. Avoid everything else. Savor the burger. Wipe hands thoroughly. Exit transformed.


    SPIN · March 8, 2010
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  • Austin American-Statesman

    Try the Counter Burger. The sweet, buttery bun forms a toasty halo around the beef. Draped with Cheddar, the Rubenesque hand-formed patty works in juicy accord with Bibb lettuce, red onion and tomato. Read more

    Austin American-Statesman · April 5, 2011
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  • Austin Chronicle

    This tiny spot offers excellent crab cakes, quail, and hanger steak alongside more typical diner fare. The Counter Benedict with pastrami and grilled pimento cheese sandwiches are standouts. Read more

    Austin Chronicle · June 19, 2013
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  • Serious Eats

    The Counter Benedict is the perfect hangover cure. Thick slices of Niman Ranch pastrami and two gooey-yolked eggs perched on a flaky, open-faced homemade biscuit.

    Serious Eats · February 28, 2013
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  • Ben B.

    If you are not sitting at the counter having a conversation with the chef about how he loves his ingredients and the dishes he makes, you are missing out!

    Ben Brown · December 27, 2010
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  • Serious Eats

    This retro diner serves classics with a Texas twist. It's so tiny that you'll inevitably wait for a table, but it's worth it for dishes like the Counter Benedict.

    Serious Eats · March 8, 2013
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  • Social N.

    Avoid going with more than one other person for seating's sake. Best bun around.

    Social News Network · June 22, 2012
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  • Josh L.

    Probably the best breakfast tacos I've ever had! Read more

    Josh Lloyd · September 5, 2011
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  • Tim H.

    Steak & Eggs, Steak & Eggs, Steak & Eggs! Nobody does steak & eggs like these guys do. Read more

    Tim Hayden · February 28, 2010
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  • adam l.

    get the grilled pimento cheese sandwich. careful, it's not for amateurs.

    adam lescalleet · April 14, 2009
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  • Kyle B.

    If you like blueberry pancakes, this is your spot.

    Kyle Bunch · February 24, 2013
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  • Aaron M.

    The eggs benedict is pretty solid. Best part about it is that they use pastrami for the meat. Hollaindaise sauce is a little lemony depending on the day you go

    Aaron Motsinger · April 15, 2010
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  • Desiree M.

    Ask for melted butter to put on your pancake. The butter that comes with it is hard and it can be frustrating to spread.

    Desiree Mata · January 31, 2010
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  • Matthew G.

    One heart is not enough for this place. Simple things done very well. Fantastic burger. Fantastic bacon. You should eat here.

    Matthew Gordon · February 28, 2013
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  • DATABOY

    Can't go wrong with any of the following: (in no particular order) burger, breakfast tacos, blueberry pancake (w/ honey butter) and the biscuits & gravy. Sit at the counter & watch the magic happen.

    DATABOY · January 13, 2013
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  • Richard

    I LOVE the breakfast tacos. Just the right amount of food.

    Richard · January 13, 2013
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  • Lucia B.

    Great Austin restaurant with true Austin values. Killer breakfast tacos an arguably the best burger in town! Seating can be a tight. Check out www.getaround.com on your iPhone while waiting in line!

    Lucia Briones · July 13, 2012
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  • Nam N.

    Ask what brand the soy milk is.

    Nam Nguyen · March 25, 2012
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  • The Spoon & Trowel

    Local food close to the convention center! Try the biscuits and gravy or the super popular burger.

    The Spoon & Trowel · March 9, 2012
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  • Erin O.

    Possibly the best burger in town.

    Erin O'Keefe · February 25, 2012
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  • Joanna L.

    Ask for some homemade jam with breakfast!

    Joanna Linden · February 16, 2012
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  • Todd C.

    Order something with bacon.

    Todd Carpenter · April 10, 2011
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  • thrilsekr

    They close at 4pm...

    thrilsekr · April 6, 2011
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  • Alex M.

    definitely get the grilled cheese. what the burger lacks, it makes up for.

    Alex Mccarrier · September 25, 2009
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  • Andrew A.

    The Hang Town Fry, when available. Omelette w/ bacon, mushrooms, and fried oysters.

    Andrew Alvarez · January 28
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  • Lauren H.

    Blueberry pancakes

    Lauren Harris · November 26, 2014
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  • Aaron O.

    Steak and eggs was amazing. I ordered it medium and eggs scrambled. Salad with orange citrus dressing is amazing.

    Aaron Ortega · October 19, 2014
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  • Patty R.

    Sweet breakfast spot. Good service, great Benedict.

    Patty Rathbun · September 20, 2014
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  • TV Food Maps

    Check out Counter Cafe as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Read more

    TV Food Maps · September 1, 2014
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  • Maxwell B.

    Burgers!!!

    Maxwell Berins · August 25, 2014
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  • John H.

    The blueberry pancakes lived up to the hype. My wife's home fries were very dry. Seemed old.

    John Hume · August 23, 2014
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  • Chefs Feed

    James Holmes, chef of Lucy's Fried Chicken, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Counter burger. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 22, 2014
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  • Nick S.

    Get the blueberry pancakes for breakfast and the chicken curry burger for lunch.

    Nick Scott · August 18, 2014
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  • Nick P.

    Great breakfast tacos

    Nick Prokesch · August 10, 2014
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  • Wendy K.

    next time will try breakfast. liked the salad with asiago dressing.

    Wendy Kalthoff · July 15, 2014
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  • April L.

    Excellent! Order the pork chop and eggs. Homemade jam is AMAZING!

    April Lambert · May 28, 2014
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  • Carmen M.

    Perfect cup of coffee...smooth and bottomless for 2.75.

    Carmen McFarlin · March 13, 2014
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  • Kyle B.

    The Blueberry Pancakes: DO IT. Trust me.

    Kyle Bunch · February 23, 2014
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  • Dan G.

    Best Pure Burger I've ever had. Amazing beef and crazy-good bun. Perfectly cooked (get medium rare). You won't regret it!

    Dan Gladwell · December 30, 2013
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  • Bob M.

    The egg sandwich is great!

    Bob Martin · December 21, 2013
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  • Scott A.

    Had the biscuits and gravy was not dissapointed

    Scott Abel · November 10, 2013
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  • Victor R.

    Best burgers in Austin!

    Victor Ramos · September 27, 2013
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  • Cassandra S.

    Great burgers & salads but when I want breakfast food they have it down.

    Cassandra Schloser · September 26, 2013
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  • Jennifer L.

    Portions are small, quality is good.

    Jennifer Liou · September 1, 2013
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  • Beth E.

    The Micheladas are delicious! If you like them spicey

    Beth Espinosa · August 3, 2013
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  • Brandi L.

    Every single time I eat here it is the best steak I've ever had. I also like the sweet potato fries and even the fruit sides are always fresh and excellent.

    Brandi Lyons · June 12, 2013
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  • Nick B.

    Breakfast Tacos are excellent choice

    Nick Braun · June 7, 2013
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  • Thien-Y

    Burger, yes. Sweet potato fries, noooooo!

    Thien-Y · May 11, 2013
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  • Lauryn B.

    Eggs. Bacon. Biscuit. Fresh fruit. Top 5 Breakfast. And/but I'm a New Yorker so take that as you will...

    Lauryn Bennett · May 3, 2013
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