There’s something about brunch that makes me smile. In my Food Porn: Brunch Edition post, I talked about the last time I brunched, and how sad it was making me to realize it had been SO long ago… I hadn’t enjoyed one of the greatest meals in years. I talked about how I could vividly remember the relaxed vibe, the gossip, the laughs and the pure indulgence in the foods we ate at my last brunch.This month, I was motivated to participate in #NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) where the challenge is presented to bloggers to write a post for each and every day during the month of November. Today is Day 6.
My last brunch until yesterday! Yes sir’s and ma’am’s, you read that right. I had occasion to go to an amazing, relaxing and very delicious brunch at a new restaurant in Austin, TX: Another Broken Egg Café.
In preparation for my visit to Another Broken Egg’s brand spakin’ new location at 3016 Guadalupe St. in Austin , I did some reading up on the place. What can I say? I’m a sucker for research… and I’m a sucker for new restaurants.
According to their website, President and Founder Ron E. Green had a moment of clarity while working the typical 9 to 5 grind in a corporate office. He realized he wanted something more from life than working for the weekends. He also realized he couldn’t find a really amazing brunch anywhere. It became very apparent that there were just a couple of things missing from his life: being in charge of his destiny and a damn good brunch.
The first Another Broken Egg Café was born from a dream in the spring of 1994 in Mandeville, Louisiana, and the rest is history! Now there are 18 locations around the country, and some more said to be coming soon.
Like Mr. Green, I felt that I was being unfairly kept from a delicious brunch for FAR too long. But thanks to being the 102nd person to “like” the Another Broken Egg Café – Austin’s Facebook page during a contest a few weeks ago, I won a free meal for yesterday, November 5 during their soft-opening event!
Let me tell you, I’ve never won a contest before. Ever. I enter. I never win. UNTIL NOW!
This was one of the single most exciting things ever. Yes, it’s true, I get excited over the little things. So when one of the owners of the Austin franchise, Mr. Cody K. Day, messaged me telling me I had won, I couldn’t believe it. VERY exciting news. I immediately planned on a 1 p.m. visit to enjoy some yummy grub, and I decided to invite my mom for a relaxing brunch date.
We arrived in the West University neighborhood a bit early, found easy parking right next to the restaurant, and decided to walk around a bit and take in the beautiful (finally felt like fall) afternoon. After we explored a cute little vintage boutique, and a strange little co-op, our tummies began to grumble. Brunch time!
First off, the interior of the place was truly so inviting and really what one would expect from a clean, comfortable, warm and inviting place to slow down, and enjoy a beautiful afternoon and meal. They do offer outdoor seating, but my mom and I really just wanted to take it all in and enjoy people watching, and honestly I wanted to see what everyone else was getting.
The first course my mom and I decided on was a bowl of Blackberry Grits. Blackberry grits are basically southern style grits topped with blackberry compote. Let me tell you something: I’ve never been able to actually LIKE grits outside of my home, but these were something special. My mom said they were the best thing she’d had in a while.
They were so creamy, and a they actually had a bit of a chew which provides an amazing texture. The blackberry lent an almost desert-like-decadence while still being completely appropriate for breakfast. Basically, you should go get some.
For our entrees, I settled on quite possibly the least brunchy thing on the menu: The Grilled Tuna Wasabi salad - fresh gulf tuna, seared rare and sliced over mixed greens with cucumber, red onion & mandarin oranges. Drizzled with wasabi mayo, served with Oriental vinaigrette.
|Grilled Tuna Wasabi Salad|
My mom got the second least brunchy thing on the menu: The Southern Shrimp Salad - Marinated, grilled shrimp atop a bed of spring mix, with cucumber, mandarin oranges, sliced strawberries, feta & sprouts.
Yes I wanted brunch, and some of you might be confused about the salads, but isn’t that the beautiful thing about brunch? You can get whatever the heck you want! We had grits, and salad. To add more breakfast to the mix, I got a side of some country potatoes to even everything out.
I can’t finish talking about Another Broken Egg Café - Austin without mentioning the franchise co-owner Cody. The passion he has in this business and the drive he embodies is really very stimulating as someone who shares similar passions. The excitement he had in his smile and the truly charming nature about him made the experience very special. He made the rounds around the restaurant, taking time to talk to each and every person, and made a genuine effort to shake everyone’s hand and share a few moments with each party. I was impressed, to say the least.
I will for sure come back next time I need my brunch fix, and this time I won’t wait years in between!
3016 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78705
Mon-Sun 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.