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South Congress Cafe: A Staple in Your Brunch Circuit

01.06.2015 by: Kerri Ratcliffe
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  South Congress Cafe is located on the corner of South Congress and Monroe St. and serves both brunch and dinner daily. The café opened in 2003 and has been consistently delectable ever since. The restaurant itself is rather small and can make for long wait times on the weekends. They take limited reservations, however, their call ahead system is fantastic. What better place to wait for a table than on South Congress? I always pop into Uncommon Objects and find a few hidden treasures before receiving a text that our table is ready.

If you’re like us and need a little hair of the dog during a Sunday brunch, then this is the place to be. The Huffington Post recently ranked South Congress Cafe as having the third best Bloody Mary in the country. We all know how much Austin loves making it onto a “country’s best list”. We just had to give that Bloody Mary a try. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint! South Congress Café uses a pepper infused Tito’s vodka and a special mixture of tomato juices in order to create this delicious brunch cocktail. It pairs perfectly with the complimentary cornbread muffins that are delivered to your table upon arrival.

South Congress Cafe's famous Bloody Mary

The complimentary cornbread muffins are great to snack on while perusing the menu

This time around, our table enjoyed the Migas and the Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict. Migas is a pretty typical dish enjoyed all around Austin, but South Congress Café really gets it right! We opted to add bacon to give it a little extra flavor. 

South Congress Cafe Migas served with an addition of bacon

The Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict is a great twist on your typical benedict and is served with a spinach and cheese quiche on top of two crab cakes. It comes with your choice of regular hollandaise or chipotle hollandaise. The chipotle hollandaise gives it a tiny bit of extra spice, which is great with the crab cakes. Both dishes are served with a potato pancake, similar to a latke. 

Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict - an interesting twist on a brunch favorite


Our appetites weren’t huge, so we didn’t order too much, but in the past, we’ve tried the Carrot Cake French Toast, Short Rib Hash & Crab Enchiladas, and they’ve all exceeded our expectations. Not only is the food at South Congress Café consistent, but so is the great service! The wait staff is always available to give recommendations and quick to refill your coffee and water. We’d definitely recommend adding South Congress Café to your usual brunch spots!

  South Congress Cafe Official Website

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