Carrot cake french toast at South Congress Cafe. Austin, TX.

Brunching at South Congress Cafe

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.

Bloody Mary at South Congress Cafe. Austin, TX.

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.

Carrot cake french toast at South Congress Cafe. Austin, TX.

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