Hatched from a simple creole cottage in Mandeville, Louisiana in 1996, Another Broken Egg Cafe has expanded to more than 20 locations in the South and California. The homey eatery flaunts more than 130 menu items that spotlight southern and creole twists on breakfast classics such as omelets, scrambles, pancakes, and benedicts. The Hey Ricky omelet, a Spanish-inspired creation filled with chorizo, avocado, green chilies, and house-made salsa, even caught the journalistic eye of the Dallas Observer, who named it Best Omelet in 2009. Another Broken Egg Cafe's French-country charm welcomes locals, tourists, and off-the-clock roosters from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily.
Without relying on toxic cleaning products such as Perchloroethylene and hydrocarbon solvents or a bucket of melted action figures, EcoClean delivers professional garment cleaning and laundry services that are as good for the environment as they are easy on your skin. Thanks to a special wet cleaning process that uses biodegradable detergents and state-of-the-art equipment, clients can have their dirty shirts and blouses ($6.75), pants ($7), and regular dresses ($9) cleaned to a point of earth-friendly squeakiness. To prep for an important job interview or a mistakenly formal appearance at a paintball field, sport coats ($8), two-piece suits ($15), and full-length formal wear ($40) can be rid of their annoying aromas faster than coating a skunk with body spray. EcoClean also provides free pick-up and delivery (limited area available; call for details). Additional charges apply to items that are lined, beaded, stained, pleated, ruffled, or heated frequently in microwaves.
Aromas of baking sourdough, amber rye, and brioche bread waft from the ovens of Texas French Bread, winner of the Austin Chronicle's Restaurant Poll Readers award for Best Bread in 2009, 2010, and 2011. For the past three decades, these ovens have been churning out artisan breads, pastries, and desserts made from scratch, and under the helm of brothers Ben and Murphy Willcott, the ovens now cook a dinner menu of local and sustainable rustic French fare, earning a place in the top five on the Growers Alliance of Central Texas's Truly Local 2011 restaurants survey. Yet neither of the brothers set out to be bakers. Murph, a Harvard law-school graduate and lawyer, and Ben, a student of English literature, both enjoyed staying up late, cooking, and coordinating aprons with spatulas so they decided to take over Texas French Bread with the goal of turning it from bakery into bistro because, as Murph claims, "rock star and/or Hollywood movie mogul seemed like a stretch."
In the kitchen, Ben crafts a weekly rotating menu hewn under the guidelines of famed chef Alice Waters, with local, fresh, and simple ingredients from the urban farms of Boggy Creek and Angel Valley, served in season at their peak. Meanwhile, the pastry chef sculpts key-lime tartlets, cupcakes, and cream puffs to accompany cups of coffee or espresso drinks made with locally roasted beans from Anderson's Coffee Company. The house blend combines premium East African beans with a Costa Rican hard bean, barrel-cooked to a medium-brown, full-city roast to jump-start mornings without licking a car battery.
Only steps from the University of Texas campus, a blue neon sign flashes the name of one of the city's most iconic diners: Kerbey Lane Cafe. The location on Guadalupe reflects the retro style and ethical consumerism of the neighborhood: Austinites can't get enough of their locally sourced, seasonal food and large range of comfort dishes, including vegan and vegetarian options, of course. They even compost! Kerbey Lane is known equally for their breakfast items and their Tex-Mex. Specialty pancakes, like seasonal lemon-glazed flapjacks, are not to be missed, and the gooey Kerbey Queso is a beloved late night snack. This UT-adjacent Kerbey Lane outpost is newly remodeled, with soothing birch walls and a gleaming breakfast counter, updating the 13-year old location for a new generation of diner food lovers.
Lil' Mama's Corner Café's resident pastry maestro Heather Biagas whips up scrumptious, scratch-made baked goods from all-natural ingredients. Visitors looking to stimulate blasé taste buds without eating a book of haiku can indulge in the cook's signature bite-size homemade cheesecakes. Flavors such as plain, fudge swirl, and caramel swirl add variation within the box of 12 creamy treats. Groupon customers who order a second dozen also receive 10% off their order, valid only at the café. Though not included with this Groupon, visitors to Lil' Mama's Corner Café can peruse a menu of full-size cheesecakes, brownies, cookies, and fresh bread.
Stroll or back flip into the pleasant hang-outable confines of O’s Campus Café before perusing the A.C.E.S. or McCombs menus. Stop by in the morning to savor a mouthful of breakfast tacos that include bacon, egg, and cheese ($2), or stock up on tasty scones ($2.55) and assorted bagels ($1.25 each). Energize during lunch with sandwiches such as the tuna salad ($5.50) or roast beef ($6.50), paired with a bottle of juice ($1.75) or a gulp of nitrogen-enriched oxygen (free). Top off a grub tank with a tantalizing brownie ($3.25) and wind down amid the relaxing ambiance while engaging in gripping conversations on the proper technique for breaking a meadow-strolling stallion.