Stroll Down Austin’s Historic District for Art, Music, Psychedelic Shops, and South Congress Café

Daily brunch served in a retro-modern setting at the bustling South Congress Avenue
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Leilani Lim-Villegas

Savor the award winning carrot cake French toast, dipped in cream cheese pecan syrup.

Sunday brunch. That particular day when it is perfectly acceptable to have mimosas before noon without being judged. In Austin, there is never a need to wait because brunch is served daily at South Congress Cafe!



Better known as SoCo, this historic hip strip offers an array of eclectic shops, farmers markets, antiques, music venues, and galleries. Well known for its infused Bloody mary, South Congress was rated top three in the nation by Huffington Post, and its classic mojitos featured by Texas Monthly.

At first glance, the brick walls and wooden door make this eatery look like it could be an antique shop. Enter South Congress Café and be surprised at how fancy it is on the inside with white leather booths and black napkins.

Other popular items on the menu include the shrimp and grits, braised pork hash, and eggs benedict. But the most notable superstar lives on the dessert menu, the Carrot Cake French Toast!

The dessert consists of carrot cake, cinnamon vanilla egg batter, topped with cream cheese pecan syrup, and a side of fresh seasonal fruit. The taste is sort of an interesting cross-breed between your classic banana bread with mini shreds of carrots, plus a hint of smooth custard.

The syrup is extra sweet, yet balances the slight bitterness of the carrot cake. The slices are thick, enough to please up to three cowboys and cowgirls. This sweet vegetarian delight is truly a slice of heaven.

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