Native Highlight: The Inspiration Behind Instagram Foodie @ATXBrunches

Native Highlight: @atxbrunches

Brunch goes up there with some of the most life-changing inventions of all time. There's the wheel, there's the car, and then there's brunch. It's this magical time between breakfast and lunch where you basically can choose whatever the heck you want!

The Austin brunch scene is on fire and Jess Watson, owner of ATX Brunches (@atxbrunches) is leading the way. Built with the mission to discover all the top brunch places in Austin, Jess has been uncovering one hidden gem after another.

We're highlighting why she started ATX brunches and giving you the inside scoop on her tops spots in Austin!

The Inspiration Behind The Account

I started atxbrunches in 2015 because I was looking for a brunch recommendation on Instagram, but it took a lot of scrolling through the food accounts to find brunch specifically. I wanted to create an account that primarily showcased the incredible brunches across Austin!


Instagram is a great resource for finding cool places in Austin, but what happens when you have something specific in mind - like new brunch places? That was the problem Jess faced that lead her to creating @atxbrunches.

In 2015, she took her passion for brunch and the city of Austin and created an account specifically for uncovering the best brunch spots in the city. As huge brunch fans ourselves, we can't get enough of her high quality photos of top brunch dishes!


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What got you so hooked on the Austin food scene?

From TexMex to sushi to (of course) barbecue, the choices are endless. I’m able to try a new spot for brunch two to three times a week and I still have so many more on the list! There are tons of unique places with creative dishes, it really makes the Austin food scene very exciting.


When we asked Jess about why the Austin food scene is so incredible, she proceeded to rattle off reason after reason. She explained that there are so many different type of food (and brunch options) that even though she gets to brunch 2 to 3 times a week, the list seems to be growing! Austin is definitely a city that prides itself on being "different" and their brunches definitely fit the mold.

Coffee newbie

I just started drinking coffee a few months ago. I love going to coffee shops and trying out different flavors, but I’m truly just there for the latte art most times! I can only have caffeine about once a week because I haven’t built up a tolerance yet and it makes me feel too buzzy.

As pretty big coffee drinkers ourselves, coffee only once a week seems unobtainable, but we can definitely agree that the latte art is a spectacle in its own right! Barista's are magicians when it comes to the pictures they can paint in a latte. It's a skill we definitely envy!

Why you need to follow @atxbrunches right now

I have a real passion for food and it shows with each post. I stay consistent and post a few times a week to try to keep up with not only the old Austin favorites but the brand new brunch spots that are popping up all the time.

ATX Brunches is a great account to follow if you like staying up to date with the new brunches popping up here and there. She is constantly feeling out the rumors to find out about the new top spots so all you have to do is check out ATX Brunches and be on your way.

Speaking of top spots (sub-par segue), you gotta check out her favorite places below.


The top spots from @atxbrunches

1) Native Hostels

807 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78702

Pro Tip: 

Not only is the food incredible, but you can stay the night here too!


2) Elizabeth Street Cafe

1501 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

Pro Tip:

If you’re there with friends, ask to split a few dishes so you can try a little of everything. You won’t regret it!


3) Le Politique

110 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78701

Pro Tip 

Try the French Toast...they put poached apples in the syrup and it’s delicious!


4) Blue Dahlia Bistro

1115 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

Pro Tip 

Make sure to sit out in their awesome patio to enjoy your meal!

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