breakfast

Moved: The Omelettry

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This has been a long time coming, but it’s still sad to see a business that is so iconic closing down shop. The good news is, it will still be in Austin, but the cute little muraled building (above) at 4811 Burnet Road will no longer be its home.

The Omelettry is moving a little further north (and closer to me!) to 4631 Airport Blvd. (right). Yes, it will be in a shopping center and yes, it seems it is keeping with its cash only policy. I am hoping that in its new location I’ll think of it more often.

I’ve always loved the bright oilcloth tables, the laid-back atmosphere and the old-timey feel and I can’t wait to try the new restaurant, which opens this month. The menu includes lots of omelettes of course, but also, pancakes, oatmeal, granola, French toast, huevos rancheros and more.

I wish I had gotten to say goodbye to the old location, but alas, it was not meant to be. See you on the flip side, The Omelettry!

Homemade Wheat Pancakes with Chokecherry Jelly

imageWhen you’re a food blogger you tend to get food gifts from people. Not just for Christmas or your birthday, but for other reasons, too. Here—this made me think of you. Here—I think you should try this. Or in this case—Here, I have no idea what to use this for.

That’s how I came across chokecherry jelly from New Mexico. My co-worker, Frank likes to vacay in New Mexico while we’re on break. Recently, he bought a jar of chokecherry jelly and brought it home only to realize he wasn’t sure what to do with it. A few months went by and he decided to give it away—to me. Not a problem. I can find something to do with it, I told him. Then I told him if I were him, I would have made a stuffed grilled pork and drizzled the sauce over the meat (you know, if I ate meat). I could see the internal struggle on his face: Should I ask for the jelly back and make the pork? That sounds really good. But, alas, he had already given it away and he allowed me to keep this interesting gift.

Finally, this morning I prepared some wheat pancakes. A craving I rarely have, but, hey, everyone’s entitled to pancakes on occasion, I suppose. So, I whipped up these babies from Freckleberry Fit.

Then I realized I was completely out of maple syrup. How did that happen? I considered using molasses, but then I did a quick taste and decided that would be a bit much. I wasn’t about to run to the store before 7 a.m., so I kept digging through my pantry. Lo and behold, I finally rested my eyes on the chokecherry jelly. Well, I’ll give it a try, I thought. The consistency was already smooth and runny, so it was soaked up by the cakes immediately. I drenched the pancakes in it, as that’s the only way I eat them, and then I took a bite. Yum. That was just right.

So, in the rare chance someone went to New Mexico and gifted you with chokecherry jelly, no need to fret. Just make some pancakes and you are set!

Review: Magnolia Café

magnolias eggs benedictBy Tiffany Young

In Austin, we love our brunch. Breakfast? Closer to the lunch hour? Brilliant. Saturdays and Sundays you should expect to wait a couple hours to eat if you wake up past 10. But that’s OK, because mimosas and bloody Mary’s are likely to be involved.

One of my favorite brunch places, especially to take people from out of town is the tried-and-true Magnolia Café. Open 24 hours, this classic diner has its breakfast menu down. From the love migas to the eggs benedict and eggs zapatino to the Magnolia omelet, there’s an option for everyone’s taste. Not to mention the delicious pancakes and daily specials.

I love the Lake Austin Boulevard location, where you can see runners trekking  around Town Lake. Parking is slim, but you can always park in the neighborhood and have a lovely, hilly walk to your destination to especially appreciate the good food.

They do expect you to have your entire party before being seated, so respect the rules–the staff is trying to make everyone’s visit nice, not just yours. It’s the least you can do. After all, they keep fresh flowers on the table for you each and every day.

I especially love the eggs zapatino–basically the eggs benedict for vegetarians, it comes on an English muffin, topped with an egg and smothered with queso. Yum Yum!

If you’re at a loss for where to go, Magnolia Café comes through for you, no matter the time of day–breakfast is always served.

Review: Biscuits & Groovy

In all honesty, I love biscuits and gravy. But as a near-vegetarian, I just can’t order it very often. Few places make a vegetarian gravy and fewer still make a vegan sausage, so needless to say—I crave biscuits and gravy—a lot. While Mexican breakfasts are generally my thing, I’m still a Southern girl at heart.

So … when I heard about Biscuits and Groovy I was so excited! So, so excited! And for some reason, Antonio has not shared in this excitement. I don’t get what he is not getting, but you can buy biscuits and gravy from a trailer topped with goodness all over it in Austin! What is there not to love?

Anyway, I hear about it and yet week after week he takes me to breakfast—anywhere but there. Not that it was a rule or anything, but still. So, my friend Lindsay said she wanted to get together. I was leaving for my parent’s in the morning, but I thought maybe we could meet up for breakfast. She asked where and it took me a few minutes to think before it dawned on me—I knew just the place! Luckily she was game and we met the next morning at Biscuits and Groovy, a trailer in Hyde Park.

Was it everything I thought it would be?

You bet!

I ordered the Biscuits & Groovy ($6) as a meal—biscuits, gravy, sausage (I got vegan) sprinkled with chives—It was heavenly! Such a good meal to eat before a car ride, too, since you know it won’t leave you hungry in an hour. The biscuits were perfect, the gravy—oh-so-good, the vegan sausage could have fooled any meat-eater and the chives added a nice fresh element to the table.

In addition to its biscuits and gravy options, there were also quite a variety of drinks to choose from, ranging from O.J. to pressed coffee.

While I hadn’t thought about how hot the sun would be on a warm July day, we still enjoyed sitting outside on one of the picnic tables and catching up on what was going on in each other’s lives.

I will definitely be going back for more gravy goodness. Whether or not I have convinced Antonio of its greatness … well, we’ll just have to see.