5222 Burnet Rd., Ste. #550
Austin, TX 78756
They also have a new menu and have expanded to a 6am to 8pm format. And as always, the food is still very good. If anything, it’s even better.
I am a breakfast junkie and will go literally, any time of the day or night when the mood strikes. The Austin Diner’s breakfast fare is worth my drive from far south Austin. I don’t eat pancakes very often but when I do, the Austin Diner has some good ones. Jake’s Cakes, for example have cottage cheese baked into therm. This creates an unusual but extremely satisfying texture and taste profile. The Banana Nut cakes are also very tempting. These wheat cakes have a killer first bite “ah ha” moment that lasts until the final bite.
Another favorite is the Longhorn Skillet. For $8.99 this is a steal given that it contains sauteed hash browns, onions, bell peppers, mushroom and bacon topped with shredded cheese and two eggs (any style) and this is the coup d’etat, it’s smothered in a rich and savory sausage gravy. Interesting, no?
But my absolute breakfast fav is not even officially on the menu. Gotta ask for the Pancho Villa. And please do. This is a rich concoction of eggs, ranchero sauce, onions, beans, sausage, and mushrooms served on several layers of fresh flour tortillas. As much as I like to sample, I’m drawn to this like the moth to the flame. It’s that good.
There’s much more to The Austin Diner than breakfast. I love the Cheesy BLT hot off the grill and the Kitchen Aid Deluxe Burger, This has got double everything on it: meat, cheese, jalapenos, veggies. Fairly priced at $9.49 considering the cornucopia of goodies on this one. Great flavor as well!
The fried, farm raised catfish is another treat. No bottom feeding flavors here! And the Pork Chop Platter rivals Hoover’s version: and that’s saying something. Crispy and tender loin chops that just seem to disappear very quickly. 🙂
On the Tex Mex front try the new Fajita Nachos, This has all the requisite toppings you might imagine with either beef or chicken. And the texture stays firm till the end. No mushiness here after the first five minutes. The Sour Cream Enchiladas are also quite appealing. It’s a simple dish but the AD’s special sour cream sauce seals the deal and keeps everything moist. And the new Crispy Beef tacos are just that: crispy and full of immediate flavors. This also travels fairly well and is a good take home item.
So there you have it: day, or night, or late-late night, The Austin Diner is like a shining beacon of great flavors and that good old diner feel. See you there!