Nestled in between San Pedro and Jones Maltsberger is the quiet enclave of Olmos Park. The Olmos Basin Park and tons of local restaurants and businesses make it an ideal place for a weekend morning of leisure. And of course no weekend would be complete without brunch and a morning cocktail (or two), so here are our four top recommendations for brunch in Olmos Park:
Alberico Fine Wine
This upscale wine retailer and restaurant is a relatively new addition to the area; the restaurant side of the business opened at the end of 2015. However, it has already become a hot spot for locals, with guests raving about the simple yet elegant atmosphere. Traditional American fare plus the extensive wine list make it a great brunch option. An added bonus is that, unlike many restaurants, the wine at Alberico is sold at retail price with no corkage fee. The menu is affordable, with brunch entrées ranging from $10 to $14. Indeed, Alberico describes itself as "a five star restaurant with a blue collar price tag."
Must-try dish: Alberico Philly
This open-kitchen eatery is a mainstay in Olmos Park. Combining New American fare with lively music and artisan cocktails, Folc is casual fine dining at its best. And regulars know that no trip to FOLC for brunch on Sunday is complete without a visit to the Bloody Mary and michelada bar at sister establishment, Park Social. The restaurant keeps things interesting with its seasonal menus, but regardless of the time of year, you can expect the brunch selections to be cooked to perfection. With dutch babies, fried chicken, and cinnamon rolls on the menu, how could you opt out?
Must-try dish: Folc Burger — a brisket patty topped with pork belly and a fried egg. This burger was rated No. 1 burger in the state by Texas Monthly.
For a lighter brunch, try this cafe. It keeps things simple yet delicious by serving soups, salads, sandwiches, and panini. The best part of Hearthstone, though, is that everything — from the breads to the desserts — is homemade and fresh baked daily. The portions are generous, and diners love the casual and friendly vibe. The breakfast options (served till noon on the weekend) are another highlight: a fresh baked, buttery croissant or a panino filled with breakfast favorites like eggs and bacon.
Must-try dish: chocolate chip scones
With its dark-stained wood, cozy interior, and wine wall, dining at Tribeca is like dining inside an expansive wine cellar. During the weekend, you will find guests at the outdoor patio bar partaking in the Tribeca brunch special (the pairing of any entrée with bottomless mimosas for $27). While the menu is limited, Tribeca constantly rotates the dishes, so regulars always have something new to try. Tribeca serves classics like steak and eggs while also creating twists on old favorites like the pork belly Benedict or the fried quail and waffle. Customers also love the flavored mimosa carafes like peach, cranberry, and pineapple.
Must-try dish: seafood crepes