This local institution serves a full complement of the simple breakfast/brunch foods that Austinites tend to crave at all hours. The typical selection of sandwiches, omelets, salads, and desserts is supplemented by seven enchilada options and signatures like the Love Migas (eggs scrambled with crisp tortilla chips and fresh salsa, spiked with garlic-serrano butter and served with black beans). Breakfast, including stellar Frisbee-sized pancakes—buttermilk, whole wheat,
cornmeal, or luscious gingerbread—is available 24/7. Service is always friendly and the worn booths and tables host a diverse gamut of loyal patrons, from hungover UT students to old-Austin early birds.
Jan 28, 2015
Austin is shockingly short on breakfast-friendly diners, which probably explains Magnolia's morning-time popularity. The food is reliably good, the setting adequately funky. It's a winning formula. The wait is often long on Saturday or Sunday mornings, but the Congress Ave location's PA system is wired into to the next-door novelty shop, so you can browse some kitsch while you wait for a seat.