I was invited by Fox Restaurant Concepts to try their new north Austin restaurant, Culinary Dropout, and was given complimentary brunch samplings which helped provide content for this Best Brunch in Austin: Culinary Dropout restaurant review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Weekends are all about brunching! With a complex drink menu and a simple yet modern brunch menu, Culinary Dropout can definitely be added to the best brunch in Austin, Texas list!
Since I am always cooking and testing recipes, we only eat out a handful of times a month. But I always welcome this break from the kitchen (and a sink full of dirty dishes) and enjoy the time to visit distraction free with Eric and occasionally friends and family members.
One of our favorite days of the week is Sunday. We love our lazy Sunday mornings, waking up later and lounging around before getting ready for the day. Since we typically have a lazy/lounging state of mind Sunday mornings, we always crave a big brunch but never want to make it ourselves.
Luckily for us, Austin has a great brunch scene and we have a good handful of places we love to brunch at but also like discovering new places. So, when I heard great reviews of Culinary Dropout, one of Domain Northside’s newest restaurants, I was eager to stop in and give it a try.
Immediately we were drawn to this hip and modern gastro-pub with its open and covered patio, filled with plenty of seating, including seating at the bar, dining tables and lounge chairs, and games like corn hole and Foosball. In addition to a welcoming patio (I’m a sucker for restaurants with a great patio space) the restaurant itself was filled with tables, the bustling of a busy open(ish) kitchen, and live music.
The laid-back atmosphere and personable service provided a great back drop for the brunch menu filled with modern twists on brunch classics, like the crispy, slightly sweet Cap’n Crunch French Toast (pictured below); and a thoughtfully crafted cocktail menu.
Other delicious brunch items we tried was the Bistro Steak (pictured above), cooked perfectly rare and served with a spicy horseradish cream, peppercorn bordelaise and crispy herb fries and the simple Breakfast Burrito filled with classic breakfast ingredients like eggs, sausage, potato, chiles and pepper jack cheese. Other menu items I’ve heard great things about and can’t wait to check out on our next visit include the House Smoked Salmon, the Soft Pretzels and Provolone Fondue, and the Thai Chile Chicken Wings.
The cocktail menu featured more twists on brunch classics like The Room Service, a light and bubbly pink drink made with champagne and fresh strawberries and the Capital Green made with white tequila, cilantro and mint verdita, pineapple and sparkling wine.
And we couldn’t leave this latest brunch hot spot without trying their Bacon Bloody Mary (pictured above) with in house made bacon-infused vodka, Worcestershire sauce and spiced tomato juice. I’m typically not a fan of this popular brunch drink, because I’ve tasted many bad Bloody Marys over the years, but this Bacon Bloody Mary was smoky and a little spicy and one of the best bloody marys I’ve had in a while.
If you are looking for a new brunch spot to try out, be sure and check out Culinary Dropout and add it to your best brunch in Austin list!
Have you tried Culinary Dropout? What is on your best brunch in Austin list? Please share in the comments below!
For more information about Culinary Dropout see below:
Address: 11721 Rock Rose #100, Austin, TX 78758
Phone Number: (512) 777-3394
Hours: Mon.-Thurs.: 11am-11pm, Fri. 11am-1am, Sat. 10am-1pm, Sun. 10am-10pm,
Happy Hour (Mon.-Fri. 3pm-6pm), Brunch (Sat.-Sun.) 10am-3pm
Other locations include: Las Vegas, Nevada and Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona
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