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20 Best Austin Breakfasts

Austin Monthly: February 2017

Housed in a former 1950s diner not much bigger than a shoebox on North Lamar Boulevard, the original Counter Cafe has the heart of farm-to-table cuisine and the soul of a greasy spoon. Try the breakfast tacos stuffed with nitrate-free bacon and organic eggs or the in-season fruit atop locally made yogurt and granola.

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The 50 Greatest Hamburgers in Texas: Number 2

Texas Monthly: August 2009

The Counter Burger and Fries. During any given lunch hour, more than half the customers are having burgers, despite a menu with first-rate crab cakes and fried oysters. That’s what happens when you have a monster hit. This simple, flawless burger is like an expertly composed three-minute pop song:

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Counter Cafe East Gives a Solid Performance

Austin Chronicle: February 2015

When we visited the new Counter Cafe location during their soft opening back in November, owner Debbie Davis compared the kitchen workouts in each of her Austin diners to dance moves. Running the busy grill at the tiny original diner on Lamar is the result of a well-practiced two-step, she pointed out, while the bigger line at the new location requires a jitterbug to get food out to the customers.

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Counter Cafe’s New Location: Bigger, Better, Still Classic

Eater Austin: April 2014

Counter Cafe co-owner Debbie Davis’s goal is for regulars to walk into their new location and say, “This is Counter Cafe.” Davis’s emphasis on re-creating the feel of the original goes beyond a desire to create a successful second outpost.

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Austin Chronicle: November 2014

Debbie Davis and her business partners were not about to find themselves casualties of the rapid redevelopment of Downtown, so they were proactive in finding an alternative home for their popular Counter Cafe.

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Other Media Placements

Foursquare, The 15th Best Breakfast Places  09/15/2016

Eater, Vital Breakfast Spots 09/15/2016

The Austinot, 10 Best Breakfast Sandwiches 08/22/2016

TimeOut, 25 Best Burgers in Austin 08/09/2016

Thrillist, Best Burgers in Austin 07/28/2016

CultureMap, Best All Day Breakfast 06/02/2016

Thrillist, Best Burgers in Austin 03/01/2015

Tribeza, Dining Pick 03/01/2015

Thrillist “The 21 Best Breakfast Spots in America” 08/17/2014

Garden and Gun, The South’s Best Breakfast Joints 07/16/2014

Thrillist 07/18/2013

Austin Monthly 01/28/2013

Austin American Statesman 10/25/2012

Fed Man Walking 08/21/2012

CultureMap 05/25/2012

Diners, Drive-ins and Dives 04/30/2012

Austin Metblogs 05/21/2010

INsite Austin 05/12/2010

Texas Monthly “The 40 Best Small Town Cafes” 12/01/2008

Austin Chronicle 11/16/2007



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