My final meal in Austin was at South Congress Cafe. Its bustling interior is bright and warm: orange lanterns above tables, pale bricks juxtaposed with wood-paneled walls. Its aesthetic is purely Austin, with a dash of old-school diner, a bit of ’70s bohemian Los Angeles, and other slices of culture.
I went the brunch route—which is served daily—and had a spicy Bloody Mary and carrot cake french toast: carrot cake dipped in cinnamon vanilla egg batter, grilled to golden brown, and served with maple syrup and the cafe’s homemade cream cheese-pecan spread. I had to order this dish—carrot cake and french toast are two of my favorite sweet things to eat. (I also ordered a side of wild boar sausage for $5 to balance out the sweetness.) The verdict? Excellent. The bill was discounted, too, as they have a Sunday to Wednesday 20% off promotion.
For more on Austin, check out my write-ups via Trazzler:
- Lustre Pearl
- Hey Cupcake!
- Allens Boots
- Austin Motel
- Driskill Hotel Bar
- Hamilton Pool Preserve
- Pedernales River
More on Austin:
- Street Strolling on South Congress Avenue
- Swimming in Austin: Spots to Worship the Water
- Cottage Living in South Austin’s Bouldin Creek
Cheri Lucas Rowlands
Writer at Writing Through the Fog. Editor at Automattic.