Simplicity is an unappreciated characteristic for restaurants nowadays. It seems like way too many places are trying to be fad spots full of themes and décor that may just try to distract you from how bad the food tastes.
Alas, there is Red River Cafe, a small diner – and I really do mean small – located just outside the University of Texas campus. Its name is a bit misleading, considering it is not exactly on Red River Street but its location on the corner of 29th and Medical Arts streets make it visible from the Red River and 32nd streets stoplight. After all, it is hard not to notice giant eggs on the wall.
The menu is simple, for the most part, with essential breakfast items like pancakes and French toast. The cafe also has a good selection of breakfast tacos – a mandatory menu item for any true Austin breakfast spot. A friend of mine with whom I was eating had some of the Red River Cafe’s fluffy buttermilk pancakes while I opted for one of the weekend breakfast specials: pouched eggs on an English muffin with a side of hash browns.
Red River Cafe’s menu gets pretty diverse and creative come lunch time. It has a great burger selection complete with the always-excellent option of avocado as a topping. Customers at Red River Cafe can also enjoy a selection of chicken and fish dishes as well. Another friend of mine ordered a spicy chicken sandwich with a side of fries.
In all its simplicity, Red River Cafe still maintains a great environment of unique characteristics that make it a great dining experience in Austin. Its free WiFi is always nice considering its close proximity to the UT campus. Its outdoor patio makes a great way to enjoy the Austin weather and the place is very dog-friendly.