Who doesn't want to dine al fresco along the river in springtime? Though many consider downtown (particularly along the River Walk) to be a tourist trap, there are many fantastic places to eat — the trick lies in knowing which spots to avoid and which ones to try. From fine dining to delis, here are six great places for brunch downtown.
La Villita Cafe
Nestled in the Historic La Villita, this cafe is definitely inspired by the art community that surrounds it. The lively and social atmosphere makes it a great spot to go with friends. Though most of the food is traditional breakfast fare, all of it is delicious, fresh, and locally sourced. Artisan house sandwiches and wraps are a highlight. We recommend the Bolivar Brisket Wrap— brisket, melted cheese, lettuce, tomato, and guacamole in a sun-dried tomato wrap.
A quintessential River Walk dining experience, Las Canarias boasts a beautiful and lavish brunch buffet every Sunday. Everything from omelets to prime rib to bananas Foster is served along with all the traditional breakfast favorites. The brunch buffet also includes all-you-can-drink mimosas, so prepare to leave feeling extra satiated.
Nectar Wine Bar and Ale House
Nectar considers itself a wine bar that serves food, not a restaurant that serves wine, and we recommend it to those looking for a more liquid brunch. However, don't let the limited dining options discourage you, as patrons rave about the food. If you are feeling adventurous and up to a challenge, try the Ultimate Mimosa: a 16-ounce mimosa with skewers of doughnut holes, cheese, fruit, lobster tail, and smoked salmon.
Pete's Tako House
For a spot downtown where you can find many locals, look no further than Pete's Tako House. And be prepared for a bit of a wait during brunch. Pete's serves traditional Tex-Mex breakfast dishes like chilaquiles and huevos rancheros and, of course, breakfast tacos. Brunch is all about indulgence, so spring for the chocolate tres leches while you're there.
Saveurs 209 is one of the best places for French cuisine in the city, and with its quiches, crepes, and baguettes, French cuisine is perfect for brunch. This small restaurant frequently changes its menu, always serving elegant and tasty dishes. If you're near during the week, Saveurs 209's accompanying bakery next door, La Boulangerie, is open Tuesday through Saturday. The almond and chocolate croissants are to die for.
This German deli is another local favorite on the list. Its doors have been open since 1917, and the most famous item on the menu is the homemade root beer (seriously, try it). For a casual, low-key downtown brunch, Schilo's is a great choice. You can't go wrong with any of the sandwiches, but we recommend you try one of the house specialties, like the potato pancakes or bagel and lox.
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