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San Marcos Brunch

March 2, 2017

Delicious food, relaxed atmosphere and great company – what’s not to love about a good San Marcos brunch? Sweet, savory and everything in between, brunch has something for everyone! Here’s a roundup of our favorite San Marcos brunch spots. Warning: you won’t want to read this while hungry. 

(512) 353-2719

AquaBrew Brewery + Gastropub's mission of providing an excellent dining experience that stimulates all the senses is certainly translated through their delectable brunch menu. Our favorite brunch item is the Stuffed French Toast with brioche, mascarpone cheese, corn flake crust, maple syrup and seasonal berries. You’ll want a nap after devouring it – mark our words! We must also mention that the AB Coffee is a non-negotiable staple of the menu. Trust us on that one… 

KIVA Lounge & Bar
(512) 392-3031

A non-traditional, yet scrumptious, brunch option is KIVA Lounge & Bar. Their signature Bloody Mary is a monster of a concoction with a strip of bacon, a grand assortment of vegetables and a burger to top it off. Yes, you read that correctly – a burger on top! KIVA offers the “Mega Mary” on Saturdays starting at noon. It’s a delight you surely won’t forget. 

Root Cellar Café
(512) 392-5158

Surrounded by local artisan creations, Root Cellar Bakery truly captures the local San Marcos atmosphere. Root Cellar Café has a plethora of delicious brunch options, but our tried-and-true favorite is a brunch classic - Eggs Benedict. The perfectly poached eggs and roasted potatoes are excellent when paired with a fresh and sweet blueberry mimosa. However, a word to the wise, make sure you show up early, or call ahead, Root Cellar Café is a hot place to be around brunch time! 


Cody’s Bistro and Lounge
(512) 393-2867

A Saturday-only specialty, Cody’s Bistro & Lounge serves traditional brunch dishes with an elegant twist. You can never go wrong with the Whipped Jalapeño Spread to start off and then order the Chicken and Waffle for a flavor-filled finish. Since we are currently in perfect patio weather, we suggest requesting a table on the patio, where you have a great view of the Texas Hill Country. 

(512) 353-3500 

Palmer’s courtyard is the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely weekend brunch. We suggest sitting by the fountain for a serene atmosphere and ordering the Meatloaf Benedict, a bacon-wrapped meatloaf on Texas Toast with poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce and a light drizzle with chipotle ketchup. If you have room for dessert, order a New Orleans Beignet – your stomach will thank you. 

Do you have a favorite San Marcos brunch spot or menu item? Let us know in the comments below.

Photos courtesy of: AquaBrew, KIVA, Palmer's Cody's Bistro and Root Cellar Cafe.