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Counter Cafe

Counter Cafe

Diner, Burger Joint, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Old West Austin, Austin
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  • The experts at Eater and Serious Eats recommend this place
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  • Lindsey R.
    "Can't go wrong with the Counter Burger or the blueberry pancakes!"(5 Tips)
    Mikkel R.
    "Great breakfast tacos and the blueberry pancake is great as well"(9 Tips)
    Nick S.
    "blueberry pancakes for breakfast"(10 Tips)
    Serious Eats
    "The Counter Benedict is the perfect hangover cure."(4 Tips)
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  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleJune 19, 2013
    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
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 28, 2013
    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.
  • DATABOY
    DATABOYJanuary 13, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 8, 2013
    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.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Lucia B.
    Lucia BrionesJuly 13, 2012
    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!
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 14, 2011
    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]
  • Brandi L.
    Brandi LyonsJune 12, 2013
    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.
  • Aaron O.
    Aaron OrtegaOctober 19, 2014
    Steak and eggs was amazing. I ordered it medium and eggs scrambled. Salad with orange citrus dressing is amazing.
  • Josh L.
    Josh LloydDecember 23, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    If you appreciate good biscuits, you must try them at Counter! Some of the best I've ever had. Comes with warm butter & a side of strawberry jam.
  • 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
  • Dan G.
    Dan GladwellDecember 30, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Best Pure Burger I've ever had. Amazing beef and crazy-good bun. Perfectly cooked (get medium rare). You won't regret it!
  • Rachael T.
    Rachael Towler-RutledgeSeptember 25, 2016
    All food is fresh and delicious! Get the Joe's special with over easy eggs instead of scrambled. Egg sandwich looked fabulous.
  • Josh L.
    Josh LloydMay 6, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    How can 1 tiny place create both the best blueberry pancakes AND the best breakfast tacos?! I always get 1 of each.
  • Matthew G.
    Matthew GordonFebruary 28, 2013
    One heart is not enough for this place. Simple things done very well. Fantastic burger. Fantastic bacon. You should eat here.
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BobulaJuly 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Gdamn an extra $3 each to add shrooms and bacon...but gdamn was that one of the best burgers I've ever had or what?
  • Ben B.
    Ben BrownDecember 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Lindsey R.
    Lindsey RendonOctober 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Can't go wrong with the Counter Burger or the blueberry pancakes! Love that breakfast is served all day!!
  • The Spoon & Trowel
    The Spoon & TrowelMarch 9, 2012
    Local food close to the convention center! Try the biscuits and gravy or the super popular burger.
  • Seth K.
    Seth KoslovMarch 25, 2012
    Try a burger, they'll do as rare or cooked as you like. Eggs benedict and sausage also very good!
  • Courtney A.
    Courtney AnneDecember 6, 2012
    The chicken burger is spicy but delicious. Be sure to add goat cheese! Yum!!
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew AlvarezJanuary 28, 2015
    The Hang Town Fry, when available. Omelette w/ bacon, mushrooms, and fried oysters.
  • Visit Austin
    Visit AustinMarch 13, 2015
    Counter Cafe’s cakes and eggs or pastrami benedict are a mandatory a.m. must-do. Read more
  • April L.
    April LambertMay 28, 2014
    Excellent! Order the pork chop and eggs. Homemade jam is AMAZING!
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PombrioJune 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite burger in Austin. Get it with the pimento cheese and sweet potato fries!
  • Lauryn B.
    Lauryn BennettMay 3, 2013
    Eggs. Bacon. Biscuit. Fresh fruit. Top 5 Breakfast. And/but I'm a New Yorker so take that as you will...
  • Sam M.
    Sam MelnickJanuary 3, 2016
    Pancakes are thick and fluffy. The blueberry pancakes are particularly fantastic.
  • Aaron M.
    Aaron MotsingerApril 15, 2010
    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
  • Nick S.
    Nick ScottAugust 18, 2014
    Get the blueberry pancakes for breakfast and the chicken curry burger for lunch.
  • Mikkel R.
    Mikkel RossingJune 27, 2016
    Great breakfast tacos and the blueberry pancake is great as well
  • Megan S.
    Megan ShererJanuary 3, 2016
    No joke, the pancakes here could be eaten without syrup. They're that delicious.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 22, 2012
    Avoid going with more than one other person for seating's sake. Best bun around.
  • Cassandra S.
    Cassandra SchloserSeptember 26, 2013
    Great burgers & salads but when I want breakfast food they have it down.
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BobulaSeptember 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Five words: cantaloupe & mint leaf soup (and lovely, weird waitresses)
  • Patty R.
    Patty RathbunSeptember 20, 2014
    Sweet breakfast spot. Good service, great Benedict.
  • Beth E.
    Beth EspinosaAugust 3, 2013
    The Micheladas are delicious! If you like them spicey
  • Carmen M.
    Carmen McFarlinMarch 13, 2014
    Perfect cup of coffee...smooth and bottomless for 2.75.
  • Richard
    RichardJanuary 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I LOVE the breakfast tacos. Just the right amount of food.
  • Meg G.
    Meg GoodNovember 27, 2011
    The Counter Burger is the best burger I've ever had in my entire life.
  • Stacie B.
    Stacie BrunnerOctober 3, 2010
    veggie burger was delicious. my friend got the quail and was quite disappointed as it was basically a bag of spinach with a tiny bit of meat.
  • Wendy K.
    Wendy KalthoffJuly 15, 2014
    next time will try breakfast. liked the salad with asiago dressing.
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LiouSeptember 1, 2013
    Portions are small, quality is good.
  • Joanna L.
    Joanna LindenFebruary 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for some homemade jam with breakfast!
  • Desiree M.
    Desiree MataJanuary 31, 2010
    Ask for melted butter to put on your pancake. The butter that comes with it is hard and it can be frustrating to spread.
  • John H.
    John HumeAugust 23, 2014
    The blueberry pancakes lived up to the hype. My wife's home fries were very dry. Seemed old.
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchFebruary 24, 2013
    If you like blueberry pancakes, this is your spot.
  • Paolo S.
    Paolo SalazarApril 1, 2016
    Counter café has Great food but the hostess they have a very bad attitude and very rude. Please go at your own risk to be treated like animal probably. She is the trump apprentice.
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchFebruary 23, 2014
    The Blueberry Pancakes: DO IT. Trust me.
  • Ariel A.
    Ariel ArroOctober 23, 2010
    just had the banana pancakes. it was a revelation!next up, the sweet potato soup!
  • Maria B.
    Maria BurkeApril 30, 2015
    Awesome granola and biscuits & gravy
  • TY
    TYMay 11, 2013
    Burger, yes. Sweet potato fries, noooooo!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 1, 2014
    Check out Counter Cafe as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Read more
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    James Holmes, chef of Lucy's Fried Chicken, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Counter burger. Read more
  • Bob M.
    Bob MartinDecember 21, 2013
    The egg sandwich is great!
  • Josh L.
    Josh LloydSeptember 5, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Probably the best breakfast tacos I've ever had! Read more
  • Kelsey O.
    Kelsey OhmanOctober 25, 2015
    The best pancakes in Austin/the world.
  • Rachel G.
    Rachel GreenfieldFebruary 12, 2011
    Did not care for the mushy textured veggie burger. Biscuits yum!
  • Ty C.
    Ty ClarkJanuary 8, 2013
    Breakfast tacos, boom! Legit!
  • Nick B.
    Nick BraunJune 7, 2013
    Breakfast Tacos are excellent choice
  • Nam N.
    Nam NguyenMarch 25, 2012
    Ask what brand the soy milk is.
  • Doug K.
    Doug KissnerDecember 15, 2015
    Counter Benedict rocks!!
  • Victor R.
    Victor RamosSeptember 27, 2013
    Best burgers in Austin!
  • Tim H.
    Tim HaydenFebruary 28, 2010
    Steak & Eggs, Steak & Eggs, Steak & Eggs! Nobody does steak & eggs like these guys do. Read more
  • Scott A.
    Scott AbelNovember 10, 2013
    Had the biscuits and gravy was not dissapointed
  • Nick P.
    Nick ProkeschAugust 10, 2014
    Great breakfast tacos
  • Aida N.
    Aida NavaOctober 13, 2012
    The pancakes are awesome
  • Erin O.
    Erin O'KeefeFebruary 25, 2012
    Possibly the best burger in town.
  • Andres C.
    Andres Calles WeillApril 8, 2011
    Wait for CC's amazing Gingerbread pancakes! Usually out by October
  • Todd C.
    Todd CarpenterApril 10, 2011
    Order something with bacon.
  • Alyssa A.
    Alyssa AlsheimerMarch 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The pimento cheese sandwich here is no joke.
  • Adrian C.
    Adrian CastrlliNovember 6, 2011
    Biscuits to die for
  • Benjamin A.
    Benjamin AmaefuleDecember 15, 2012
    Breakfast burritos are the jam
  • Antuan E.
    Antuan EgeauxSeptember 24, 2016
    Eat here and you will be shitting out of ur mouth
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HarrisNovember 26, 2014
    Blueberry pancakes
  • Alex M.
    Alex MccarrierSeptember 25, 2009
    definitely get the grilled cheese. what the burger lacks, it makes up for.
  • Maxwell B.
    Maxwell BerinsAugust 25, 2014
    Burgers!!!
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LMarch 12, 2012
    Do y'all remember Gus?
  • Cori C.
    Cori CarlMay 1, 2016
    Cute, but super loud
  • Holly C.
    Holly CrabtreeMarch 26, 2013
    Counter Burger
  • Jonathan B.
    Jonathan BrownFebruary 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The burger. Duh.
  • SPIN
    SPINMarch 8, 2010
    Order the burger. Avoid everything else. Savor the burger. Wipe hands thoroughly. Exit transformed.

  • adam l.
    adam lescalleetApril 14, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    get the grilled pimento cheese sandwich. careful, it's not for amateurs.
  • thrilsekr
    thrilsekrApril 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    They close at 4pm...
  • Christian Ryan C.
    CHILLED PEACH SOUP.
  • Neeraj B.
    Neeraj BansalApril 22, 2010
    eat a breakfast sandwich
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