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Rise and Shine at Counter Cafe

04.06.2015 by: Beth Stockwell
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When it comes to finding a great breakfast on a weekday, Austin doesn't have a ton of options. But one great option is Counter Cafe (and their East location, appropriately named Counter Cafe East). They're open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week, from 7:30am-4pm. While the petite location on Lamar, straddling downtown and Clarksville, can have  hefty wait times, you'll probably be seated faster at the larger East location.

Counter Cafe is usually packed with a very hip clientele, despite the fact that the restaurant is pretty bare bones. But sometimes you don't need frills or bells and whistles - classic is perfect at Counter Cafe. Many of the dishes served at breakfast and lunch are pretty standard breakfast options, but Counter Cafe manages to put a little special spin on everything. The Fruit and Granola is served with a lemon zest that gives it an awesome kick- that little touch goes a long way! The Southern Poached Eggs are super comforting, and the sauteed spinach and bacon kick it up a notch. If you're looking for a little bit of everything, Joe's Special will be right up your alley; it has all of the ingredients that come with a typical American breakfast. Breakfast Tacos, a Texas staple, are also available and one of the most reasonably priced items on the menu. And if you're looking for something a little more substantial, you can't go wrong with the Steak and Eggs.

A few things worth keeping in mind before you visit Counter Cafe include that the downtown location has very limited parking, tables for large groups can be very difficult to come by, and there's a chance small groups will be seated at communal tables. 

Fruit, yogurt with lemon zest, granola $8

Southern Poached Eggs $11
Stone ground artisan cheese grits, braised collard greens, bacon, 2 poached eggs

Joe's Special $11
Breakfast potatoes, sausage, sauteed spinach, two scrambled eggs, shaved Parmesan cheese, toast

Breakfast Tacos (photo by Counter Cafe) $7

Steak & Eggs (photo by Counter Cafe) $16

Counter Cafe Official Site

TAGS : Clarksville/North Lamar , Counter Cafe , Counter Cafe East