Archive for the ‘Breakfast’ Category

Kicking off the holiday season with pumpkin muffins

In Breakfast, Dessert, DIY, Jasmin Sun, Snacks on December 5, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

By Jasmin Sun

Nothing says “festive” to me more than pumpkin.  Especially when scented with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, it’s the quintessential holiday fragrance. Sure, the veggie might be more appropriate for Thanksgiving, but bake it into a muffin with chocolate chips and you have a delicious snack or on-the-go breakfast fit for any day of the year.

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Juan in a Million: The Famous Taco Challenge

In Breakfast, Dish Review, East Austin, Mason Scheer on December 5, 2010 at 8:44 pm

The Don Juan Taco. Photo by Mason Scheer

By Mason Scheer

Juan in a Million has been featured on the show “Man vs. Food”. The host faced the Don Juan Challenge. In order to win, he had to eat 8 Don Juan Tacos, and set the new record. In one of the rare losses for the host, he didn’t even come close, eating 4.

So I had to at least try it.

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Where the locals go for eggs in East Austin

In Breakfast, Dish Review, East Austin, Food Cart, Lunch, Rebecca Adams, Restaurant Review, Sandwich Search, Vegetarian on December 5, 2010 at 6:49 pm

The Florence at The Local Yolk. Photo by Rebecca Adams

By Rebecca Adams

If you’re not yet tired of Austin restaurants touting their “organic” or “local” cuisine, then you might just enjoy The Local Yolk, an East Austin food cart that serves fried egg sandwiches.  I have developed an affinity for food carts, partly because I’m a sucker for kitsch outdoor decor and partly because I think there is just a little more love in the food.  Owner Shelley Speer started up The Local Yolk after she “fell in love” with the egg (her words, not mine) to promote wellness by serving up fresh healthy sandwiches.

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Bacon Cinnamon Rolls: A Sweet and Meaty Way to Start the Day

In Bacon Week, Breakfast, Mason Scheer on November 21, 2010 at 6:06 pm

A tasty treat you can make at home. Photo by Mason Scheer

By Mason Scheer

I really love to cook, but I am not a chef. People have told me that I am more of a scientist with an apron on. I mix and match things that don’t usually go together, just to see what kind of result I’m going to get. I’d say I have about a 75% success rate.

When we announced bacon week, I scrambled (that pun should have been saved for egg week) to think of something new and exciting you can make at home. Breakfast is usually the meal made at home. So how can I make bacon even more interesting? What usually does not go together? Then it hit me.

Bacon Cinnamon Rolls.

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Bacon Week: Bacon + Donut = Best Idea Ever

In Bacon Week, Breakfast, Dessert, Dish Review, Food Cart, Rebecca Adams on November 20, 2010 at 9:29 pm

The Flying Pig donut at Gourdoughs. Photo by Rebecca Adams

By Rebecca Adams

“You’ve got to be kidding me.”

This was the first thing that came out of my mouth when a friend told me about the Flying Pig donut at Gourdoughs.  This delectable, heart-attack inducing monstrosity consists of a fluffy donut doused in maple syrup icing, topped with a mound of crunchy bacon.  It isn’t too hard to imagine my surprise that this mythical creation actually exists.

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Pleasant Surprises and Shocking Upsets at Gypsy Picnic

In Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Dish Review, Festival, Food Cart, Jasmin Sun, Lunch, Vegetarian on November 7, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Chimichurri Seitan Wrap at Conscious Cravings. Photo by Jessie Wang, Editing by Jasmin Sun

As you might have garnered from my comrades’ previous posts, the Gypsy Picnic food trailer festival took place this past Saturday (Nov. 6) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  It goes without saying that there were plenty of delicious eats to be had at the event–which was, for the record, like Austin City Limits for food–so I’ll be concentrating on what I found to be the most unexpectedly tasty dish as well as a cart that wasn’t all it was hyped up to be.

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Sandwich Search: One of Austin’s best kept sandwich secrets

In Breakfast, Dish Review, Lunch, Rebecca Adams, Restaurant Review, Sandwich Search, Vegetarian on November 3, 2010 at 6:17 pm

The Chicken & Eggplant Sandwich at Food Heads

We here at Austin Eat Cetera are constantly on the lookout for the perfect sandwich.  While there’s definitely no shortage in amazing local sandwich joints, my favorite has to be Food Heads.  It’s easy to miss because it’s located in a house, tucked away from the drag just north of the UT campus on 34th street.  I’m a sucker for quirky outdoor furniture and crafty decor so the kitsch feel of the place made me feel right at home and ready for a good meal.

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Where to Eat Cheap Today

In Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Free, Rebecca Adams on October 26, 2010 at 12:15 pm


Relax and enjoy a beer (or two) tonight


  • Start the morning off with donuts at Mrs. Johnson’s Bakery on Airport.  I am in no way a “donut person” but I’m seriously addicted to these.  I dare you to just eat one.
  • Grab some fusion deliciousness at The Peached Tortilla on your way to class on 24th St.  I recommend the two bbq brisket sliders and fries combo The Daily Texan agrees.

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East Austin Unveiled: Rio’s Brazilian Café

In Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, East Austin, Gluten Free, Jasmin Sun, Lunch, Restaurant Review, Vegetarian on October 25, 2010 at 1:54 am

Dinner at Rio's Brazilian

Like most everyone in Austin, I am hit with a slight tinge of paranoia when venture across Interstate 35 into the east side of the city. It’s seen as the “dangerous” part of town, somewhere you should aim to avoid when the sun goes down. Either that, or white hipsterville. While the area does have its fair share of sketchy neighborhoods and artsy-fartsy establishments, the food there certainly should not be discounted. And in this case, I am telling you to run, not walk, to Rio’s Brazilian Café.

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Great experience in a small diner

In Breakfast, Joshua Avelar, Lunch, Restaurant Review on October 24, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Pancakes, bacon an hash browns at Red River Cafe. Photo by Joshua Avelar

By Joshua Avelar

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.

Red River Cafe. Photo by Joshua Avelar

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.

Pouched eggs. Photo by Joshua Avelar.

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.

Spicy chicken sandwich with fries. Photo by Joshua Avelar.

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.