Archive for January, 2014

ESPN will present the inaugural X Games Austin June 5-8, 2014, at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas. This year’s event will host more than 200 athletes at COTA and in downtown Austin. Action sports fans visiting COTA will enjoy many staple X Games disciplines at two different locations along the track’s 3.4 miles, including the newly added discipline of Stadium SUPER Trucks and the homecoming of BMX Dirt to U.S. soil after making its return last year at X Games Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil. Building on last year’s debut of the X Games Music Presents series, X Games Austin will also showcase a world-class music lineup to complement the world’s premier action sports competition, including internationally acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning artist Kanye West, Flaming Lips and Pretty Lights.

Utilizing the large footprint of the COTA venue, the X Games on-site experience will grow significantly in 2014, bringing fans a full festival atmosphere surrounding the sports competition, complete with live music, athlete autograph sessions, pit access, Austin’s world-renowned food and drinks, interactive villages for fans of all ages and more – all included with the purchase of a ticket.

“X Games Austin 2014, will be a four day sports, music and lifestyle festival,” said Scott Guglielmino, sr. vice president, programming and X Games, ESPN. “The best athletes, competing at the highest levels remain the core of X Games. But we’re incredibly excited about being able to create a full-scale festival around that, which celebrates some of the other elements of the X Games lifestyle – music, friends, family, food and fun.”

“We look forward to hosting the X Games this June and introducing tens of thousands of brand new customers to the world-class venues we have at Circuit of The Americas,” said Paul Thornton, president of TAG Presents LLC, the events management company for COTA and the Austin360 Amphitheater. “Austin is an ideal location for this international event as this city represents the bold and independent mindset embodied by the X Games. We’re ready to give action sports fans a Texas-sized festival experience with sports, music, rides and activities above and beyond what has ever been attempted before.”

In addition to the world’s greatest display of competition in action sports, X Games Austin will highlight the artistic and cultural elements inherent in the action sports lifestyle. X Games Music in Austin will present a lineup of top musical performers, including: Kanye West, Flaming Lips, Pretty Lights, Slightly Stoopid, Gary Clark Jr., Mac Miller, Bad Religion, Dillon Francis, Mayer Hawthorne, Wavves, Cash Cash, FMLYBND and Candyland. Headlining performances will take place at the acclaimed Austin360 Amphitheater, while other performances will take place at one of the multiple other stages or EDM tent, located at Circuit of The Americas. In addition to these featured shows, X Games Austin will showcase a local artist stage and dance hall offering some of today’s top DJs and EDM artists.






Big Air

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Enduro X (M & W)

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Speed & Style


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Tickets for X Games Austin will be available for purchase beginning Friday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. EST at http://www.ticketmaster.com/xgames. A special presale will take place that day at 9 a.m. ET before tickets are made available to the public. To register in advance for the X Games Austin ticket presale, visit http://www.xgamesaustin.com. Three-day tickets start at $89.

Events taking place at COTA will occur in four different locations within the venue; the main straight, the Turn 1 hill, Turn 19 and the stadium section located at Turns 12-16. Premium seat upgrades for those wanting the best views of specific disciplines will be available at Ticketmaster during the checkout process.

ESPN and ABC will televise a combined 20 hours of live X Games Austin competition in high definition, which will also be accessible via WatchESPN and WatchABC to viewers who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider. An additional seven hours of competition will be carried on ESPN3 as well as the latest coverage across ESPN digital platforms, including XGames.com, X Games app, X Games pages across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more.

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Spring Forward: The clocks are set ahead one hour during Spring Forward. In 2014, this occurs on Sunday, March 9th.

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For those of you that purchased a home in 2013 – time to file your Homestead Exemption.  It saves you some much needed CA$H and is super easy.  

There is no excuse not to save a little CA$H.  xo 


HERE is the form you need to fill out. 

HERE is a list of FAQ’s for Travis County.  


Happy happy filing! 

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Annies Cafe & Bar

319 Congress Ave. 512-472-1884, http://www.anniescafebar.com.

Brunch hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $8-$16.

Highlights: Brioche french toast, full English breakfast, eggs Benedict, beignets, farmers’ market salad with grilled salmon.

Drink specials: $5 mimosas, $8 Bloody Marys, $8 bellinis with white peach juice.

Blue Star Cafeteria

4800 Burnet Road, Suite C300. 512-454-7827, http://www.bluestarcafeteria.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9-$14.

Highlights: Quiche Lorraine, Florentine Benedict, vanilla-battered french toast, bagel with smoked salmon, Western omelet.

Drink specials: $3 virgin Bloody Marys (you supply the liquor), $5 mimosas, $4.75 poinsettias with cranberry juice.


1200 W. Sixth St. 512-297-2525, http://www.clarksoysterbar.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $10-$34.

Highlights: Lobster roll, wood-grilled shrimp toast, hangar steak and eggs, grilled cheese egg in the hole.


2027 Anchor Lane. 512-614-2260, http://www.contigotexas.com/austin.

Brunch hours: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $8-$12.

Highlights: Nopales and eggs, beef tongue hash, housemade breads, rabbit and dumplings.

Chez Zee

5406 Balcones Drive. 512-454-2666, http://www.chez-zee.com.

Brunch hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9.95-$19.95.

Highlights: Crème brûlée french toast, lobster and shrimp omelet, migas, 10 varieties of eggs Benedict, including one that has crab cakes.

Eastside Cafe

2113 Manor Road. 512-476-5858, http://www.eastsidecafeaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9.75-$19.95.

Highlights: Baked huevos Mexicanos, smoked salmon Benedict, apple-almond waffle, blueberry blintzes, garden vegetable enchiladas, wild mushroom crêpes, artichoke manicotti.

1886 Cafe & Bakery

614 E. Sixth St. at the Driskill Hotel. 512-391-7066, http://www.1886cafeandbakery.com.

Brunch hours: On Saturdays and Sundays, breakfast runs from 6:30 to 11 a.m., and brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $10-$12.

Highlights: Pastries, lox and bagel, pecan waffles, three-egg omelets, eggs Benedict, huevos rancheros, Hangover Burger.

El Naranjo

85 Rainey St. 512-474-2776, http://www.elnaranjo-restaurant.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $8-$14.

Highlights: Pan dulce, chilaquiles, huevos a la albanil.

Drink specials: $4 mimosas and sangria, $5 margarita dominguera.


1610 S. Congress Ave. 512-441-7672, http://www.austinvespaio.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9-$16.

Highlights: Poached eggs on focaccia with Niman Ranch ham or spinach and roasted tomato, crab cake with poached egg and hollandaise, croque madame sandwich, semolina and buttermilk pancakes.

Drink specials: $5 mimosas, bellinis and greyhounds, $6 Bloody Marys.


2307 Hancock Drive. 512-371-6840. http://www.epicerieaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $7-$13.

Highlights: “Mad dog” pancakes, croque madame, eggs benedict.

Fino Restaurant Patio & Bar

2905 San Gabriel St. 474-2905, http://www.finoaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9-$14.

Highlights: Manchego biscuits with quince jam, prawns and grits, tortilla Española.

Drink specials: $5 mimosas with orange, grapefruit or pomegranate juice. $25 for a carafe.

Fonda San Miguel

2330 W. North Loop Blvd. 512-459-4121, http://www.fondasanmiguel.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: Buffet $38.95. half price for children 12 and under

Highlights: Black drum ceviche, cochinita pibil, chicken mole poblano, chicken mole verde, corn budín, slow-cooked achiote agujas, jicama fruit salad, beans and rice, housemade tortillas, arroz con leche, bread pudding, almond flan.

Drink specials: Sangria for $14 a carafe and $28 a pitcher, $5 Bloody Marys and mimosas.


407 Colorado St. 512-494-6916, http://www.hotdogscoldbeer.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9-$15.

Highlights: Chicken and bacon waffles, shrimp and grits, Makers Mark toast with blueberry-bourbon syrup, pulled-pork Benedict.

Drink specials: $8 Red Headed Stranger with a Pearl chaser, $4 mimosas, $7 Frank 75, $7.50 Texas Pimms and BB Creme.


360 Nueces St. 512-320-8226, http://www.garridosaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $7-$13.50.

Highlights: Migas, lamb chorizo omelet, breakfast tacos with mushroom.

Green Pastures

811 W. Live Oak St. 512-444-4747, http://www.greenpasturesrestaurant.com .

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Prices: Buffet $38.

Highlights: Prime rib, shrimp cocktail, hot smoked salmon, eggs Benedict, dessert buffet. Coffee, tea and punch included.


3110 Guadalupe St. 512-537-0467, http://www.hopfieldsaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $8-$12.

Highlights: Eggs benedict (weekends only), pain perdu.

Hyde Park Bar & Grill

4206 Duval St., 512-458-3168; 4521 West Gate Blvd., 512-899-2700; http://www.hpbng.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9-$13.

Highlights: Eggs Benedict, migas, pork & waffles.

Drink specials: $4 mimosas and screwdrivers, $4 Bloody Marys.

Iron Cactus

606 Trinity St., 512-472-9240; 10001 Stonelake Blvd., 512-794-8778; 12912 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave, 512-692-8059. http://www.ironcactus.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. The Stonelake Boulevard location also offers brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Prices: Buffet $14.99. $8.99 for kids 5 to 12. Free for kids 4 and under. $12.99 for seniors.

Highlights: Fajitas, enchiladas, omelet station, guacamole, tortilla soup, migas, prime rib, roast pork, dessert station.

Jack Allen’s Kitchen

7720 W. Texas 71. 512-852-8558; 2500 Hoppe Trail, Round Rock, 512-215-0372, http://www.jackallenskitchen.com .

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: Buffet $15.99. $5.99 for 12 and younger.

Highlights: Biscuits and gravy, enchilada casserole, house-cured ham, Mama’s Sunday Chicken, chicken-fried pork tenderloin, tomato-basil pie, eggs cooked to order.

Drink specials: $3.50 mimosas, Bloody Marys, pomegranate sangrias.

Josephine House of Austin

1610 Waterston. 512-477-5584, http://www.josephineofaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées

Highlights: 9 grain pancake, rye granola, poached egg & Israeli couscous.

La Condesa

400A W. Second St. 512-499-0300, http://www.lacondesaaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9-$18.

Highlights: Huevos chilangos with wild-boar chorizo, huevos condesa.

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

401 W. Second St. 512-494-1500, http://www.lambertsaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $12-$24

Highlights: Coriander-maple pork ribs, brown sugar-coffee brisket, macaroni and cheese, deviled eggs with caviar, hanger steak Benedict, brioche french toast..


310 Congress Ave., 512-472-7555; 10201 Jollyville Road, 512-345-1042; http://www.manuels.com .

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $10-$22.

Highlights: Migas, scrambled eggs with venison chorizo, huevos Motulenos with ham and peas, three-egg omelets, grilled pork or beef tenderloin with eggs.

Drink specials: $5 Mexican mimosas, $8 mango daiquiris.

Max’s Wine Dive

207 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-904-0111, http://www.maxswinedive.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $8-$16.

Highlights: Fried chicken and waffles, fried three-egg sandwich with bacon and Gruyère, a bowl of jalapeño cheese grits with pulled pork called the SXSW.

Drink specials: Carafe of mimosas for $18 (five glasses), or $3.75 a glass.


303 Red River St. 512-236-9599, http://www.moonshinegrill.com.

Brunch hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: Buffet $17.95. $7.95 for ages 7-12, free for 6 and younger.

Highlights: King Ranch casserole, migas, green egg scramble, green chile cheese grits, deviled eggs, spiral ham with pineapple chipotle glaze, white chocolate bread pudding.

Drink specials: $4 mimosas and bloody marys.


360 Nueces St. 320-0297, http://www.mulberryaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $10-$15.

Highlights: Poached eggs with Calabrese salami and hollandaise, shrimp and polenta, brioche French toast.

Drink specials: $3 mimosas, $5 bellinis.

North by Northwest Restaurant and Brewery

10010 N. Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 512-467-6969, http://www.nxnwbrew.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $8.95-$10.95.

Highlights: Baked eggs Milanese, brunch pizza, migas, poached eggs with shrimp-and-crab cakes

Drink specials: $2.95 mimosas, $3.25 frozen bellinis, $3.50 Bloody Marys and screwdrivers, $8 Chandon Brut.


2043 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-804-2700, http://www.olivia-austin.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $11-$25.

Highlights: “Picnic-stye” fried chicken, Willie Nelson chicken-fried steak and eggs, Olivia Benedict with braised flatiron, buttermilk pancakes, shrimp and grits.

Drink specials: $6 bellinis and mimosas, $30 trio of juices with a bottle of sparkling wine.

Opal Divine’s

Marina, 12709 N. MoPac Blvd. (Loop 1), 512- 733-5353; Penn Field, 3601 S. Congress Ave., 512-707-0237; Davenport, 3801 Capital of Texas Hwy N., 512-369-3709, http://www.opaldivines.com .

Brunch hours: Marina: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; Penn Field and Davenport: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $5-$12

Highlights: Migas, eggs Benedict, french toast, breakfast tacos, an Austin omelet with tomatoes, sprouts and avocado.

Paggi House

200 Lee Barton Drive. 512-473-3700, http://www.paggihouse.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: Buffet $30. $15 for children.

Highlights: Chicken and waffles, french toast, bread pudding, eggs to order.

Perla’s Seafood & Oyster Bar

1400 S. Congress Ave. 512-291-7300, http://www.perlasaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $10-$25.

Highlights: Oak-grilled trout scramble, lobster omelet, breakfast bouillabaisse, crab Florentine, hanger steak and eggs, brioche french toast, breakfast crab cake, oysters on the half-shell.

Red’s Porch

3508 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-440-7337, http://www.redsporch.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $7.95-$10.95.

Highlights: New Orleans beignets, shrimp and grits, chicken-fried steak and eggs, migas, fried chicken and waffles, Tex-Mex omelet.

Drink specials: $2.50 mimosas, $4.25 Voodoo Queens, $3 special beer tap, $12 sangria carafes.

Roaring Fork Stonelake

10850 Stonelake Blvd. 512-342-2700, http://www.roaringfork.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9-$15.

Menu highlights: Green chile pork, Elgin sausage migas, honey-dipped fried chicken, biscuits and gravy.

Drink specials: $5 frozen margaritas, mojitos, Bloody Marys and sangria.

Russell’s Bistro

1601 W. 38th St. 512-467-7877, http://www.russellsbistro.com.

Brunch hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9-$17.

Highlights: Banana-pecan pancakes, crème brûlée french toast, eggs Benedict, Russell’s migas.

Drink specials: $5 Strawberry mimosas, $6 Prima Perla Prosecco mimosas

Second Bar + Kitchen

200 Congress Ave. 512-827-2750, http://www.congressaustin.com/second.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $12-$17

Highlights: Texas benedict, brioche French toast, pork belly fried rice, black truffle grits.

Snack Bar

1224 S. Congress Ave. 512-445-2626, http://www.snackbaraustin.com.

Brunch hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $7-$12.

Highlights: Quinoa salad, French toast, granola parfait, eggs & gravy biscuit, migas.

Drink specials: Saturdays and Sundays, $3 Odwalla mimosas, $14 mimosa flasks

South Congress Cafe

1600 S. Congress Ave. 512-447-3905, http://www.southcongresscafe.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9-$17.

Highlights: Spinach-portobello-artichoke omelet, steak-and-migas Benedict, smoked short rib hash, carrot-cake french toast, crab enchiladas.

Drink specials: $8 infused Bloody Marys.

Stubb’s Bar-B-Q

801 Red River St. 512-480-8341, http://www.stubbsaustin.com.

Brunch hours: Seatings for a gospel brunch at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: Buffet $20.95 with a stage view, $18.95 without. $8.95 for kids.

Highlights: Southern-style grits, migas, fried catfish, brisket, sausage, chicken, spinach enchiladas, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, cowboy beans, nopalitos, pies, cakes.

Drink specials: Make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Prices vary by brand of liquor.

Swift’s Attic

315 Congress Ave. Suite 200. http://www.swiftsattic.com.

Brunch hours: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $11-$28.

Highlights: Korean BBQ strip steak, forbidden rice bibimbap, chicken-fried Lockhart quail tenders, foie gras PB&J pancakes.

Drink specials: $1 mimosas, Build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, roasted pepper infused Tito’s.


1411 E. Seventh St. 512-628-4715, http://www.takobarestaurant.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $6-$9.50.

Highlights: Menudo, chilaquiles, lamb birria, migas, french toast with caramelized plantains, egg-and-chorizo torta.

Drink specials: $1.50 mimosas, $5 Bloody Marys, $7 mimosa carafes.


258 W. Second St. 512-477-1001, http://www.tavernabylombardi.com.

Brunch hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9.50-$12.

Highlights: Shrimp and asparagus omelet, vanilla french toast, frittata.

Drink specials: $1 mimosas and bellinis with entrée.


301 W. Riverside Drive, 512-472-9304; 6416 N. Lamar Blvd., 512-451-5440; http://www.threadgills.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. Bluegrass Brunch (North Lamar), Gospel Brunch (Riverside).

Prices: Buffet $12.95. $5.95 younger than 12.

Highlights: Migas, grits, biscuits and gravy, omelet station, pancakes, fruit.

TNT/Tacos and Tequila

507 Pressler St., Suite 400. 512-436-8226, http://www.tntgrill.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: Buffet $18.95. $6.95 for children 6-10. Free for 5 and younger.

Highlights: Eggs Benedict, Belgian waffles, huevos rancheros, brisket, omelets, desserts.

Drink specials: Fresh fruit mimosas, Champagne and aquas frescas included.


200 Lavaca St. at the W Austin. 512-542-3660, http://www.traceaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $13-$17.

Highlights: Farmer’s breakfast, croque madame, stuffed donuts, chicken fried Lockhart quail and waffles.


98 San Jacinto Blvd. at the Four Seasons Hotel. 512-685-8300, http://www.trioaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: Buffet $52. $22 ages 6-11. Free for 5 and younger.

Highlights: Crab claws, sushi, smoked fish, charcuterie, omelet station, cheese board, pastries, ceviche, eggs Benedict, pancakes, dessert station including cheesecake, crème brûlée and a chocolate fountain.

Drink specials: Mimosas and champagne included.


1110 West Lynn St. 512-472-8226, http://www.zocalocafe.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $7.99-$8.99.

Highlights: Fajita steak and eggs, pancakes, huevos rancheros or verde, eggs Benedict, chilaquiles with eggs, breakfast tacos and burritos.

Drink specials: Mango bellinis, frozen sangria, mimosas, inquire for prices.


1110 W. Sixth St., 512-478-5355; 9400A Arboretum Blvd., 512-346-3506; 10525 W. Parmer Lane, 512-388-7772. http://www.ztejas.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (Arboretum and Sixth Street). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays (Parmer Lane).

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $7.75-$11.95.

Highlights: Breakfast enchiladas with smoked chicken or barbacoa, chicken-and-potato hash, migas, pancakes, breakfast quesadilla.

Drink specials: $4 build your own Bloody Marys, mimosas, Bloody Marias or screwdrivers.

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Buying a house is a stressful thing, but Chris (Mortgage consultant) solved problems quickly and efficiently and gave solutions without causing any panic on our end. 
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“Picking just 10 stories for the year is no easy task in an economy that’s moving as quickly as Austin’s.

Overall, the news from 2013 was positive. The unemployment rate continued to drop. Companies are bringing jobs here fast enough to keep up with equally impressive population growth.

Of course, all of the population growth and rapid expansion have created problems. Traffic is tough, and the city is still a decade away from a solution. Project Connect made big strides, but a handful of transit activists have reminded everyone that the proposed plan wont breeze through a ballot election.

The city continues to tweak its rules and regulations to deal with new and expanded businesses. Some changes have been easy and others, such as a proposed change to the lucrative events business, have companies on edge. A similar plan to restructure Sixth Street’s infrastructure and remake the area has businesses wary.

No 1. National Instruments could get $1.7 million from Austin for major expansion: Austin’s continued growth led the blotter in 2013. Companies continued to move jobs to the Texas Capital. National Instruments’ 1,000 job announcement was the highlight of a year that included 879 new jobs at Flextronics. National Instruments announced it would add 1,000 workers, making it the largest expansion this year. The move also reminded Austinites that incentives aren’t just for California companies. National Instruments was started in 1976 and employs about 2,273 people in North Austin.
No 2. Google reveals high-speed Internet plan in Austin: High-speed Internet is coming to Austin in a big way – both AT&T’s U-verse GigaPower and Google Fiber are promising some of the fastest speeds in the nation. The installation has economic development officials excited and entrepreneurs contemplating what they can do with high speeds. But how will Austin’s business use their new bandwidth? Will the high speeds accelerate business growth in Austin? We’ll begin to see in 2014.
No 3. Austin’s business leaders speak out on urban rail: 2013 was a big year for urban rail news. Project Connect endorsed the Highland and East Riverside corridors and a specific route selection is in the works. Of course, none of that will matter if transit leaders can’t garner enough support to pass a ballot measure funding the project. Austin’s business heavyweights recognize the need for mass transit, but there are some high-profile holdouts among business owners and transit activists.
No 4. East Sixth Street overhaul plans coming together: The city of Austin is drawing up plans to renovate (or is it rehabilitate?) East Sixth Street. The street has been a sore spot for some in Austin who want to see the area cleaned up. But will doing so homogenize another weird part of Austin? Business owners called the work long overdue, but are worried about the effects of construction and have their own ideas about what the remodeled streets should look like.
No 5. X Games mark the spot — for money-making: Austin scored another high-profile event when ESPN announced it would host the 2014-2017 X Games in the Capital City. The games are expected to bring in more than $50 million in economic impact, but those numbers are broad estimates. Can this event add to Austin’s weird reputation, or will Austinites bemoan more national attention and traffic jams?
No 6. Marriott developer files suit against Austin over wage dispute: Austinites have always had some measure of discomfort about tax breaks going to developers and companies. Discontent over the city and state’s economic incentive policy boiled over when the city revoked $3.8 million in waivers granted to the J.W. Marriott developer. This dispute was one of the major reasons the city would later rewrite its incentive policy to require a companies to include living wages and prevailing wages to qualify for incentives deals. Best case scenario: this isn’t a big story in 2014. Worst case: the higher prices drive companies and developers from Austin.
No 7. Council sends controversial event ordinance back for more adjustments: Austin businesses see big returns from the city’s festivals and events, but there has been some clamoring for rewriting how the city regulates those events. The ordinance that went before City Council this year drew criticism from big and small events alike — and was promptly kicked back to next year. Meanwhile, event organizers, neighborhood groups and city code enforcement are trying to strike a balance with new rules that will affect every part of Austin’s lucrative festival culture.
No 8. ABIA flying high with news of London flights, more gates: So there is an “I” in ABIA after all. Austin–Bergstrom International Airport launched a major international flight directly to London Heathrow Airport. The flight is expected to have an economic impact of $69.7 million for the first year and grow to $74 million annually after three years. If successful, it could mean more international flights for ABIA, which has been steadily growing for years but still lacks a major international direct flight offering.
No 9. Residential tower on Lamar clears final zoning hurdle: Turns out it’s possible to build more dense development south of Lady Bird Lake — it just takes a long time. The 96-foot tall 211 Lamar residential building passed City Council after months of postponements and strong opposition from neighbors. Will the city continue to allow developers to ask for more density when it moves to 10-1? Or will the next City Council block efforts that have traditionally been granted? The answer to that question will have big impacts on affordability as well as Austin’s future identity.
No 10. Downtown Austin bike-share locations revealed: The city of Austin invested heavily and gave up vehicle right of way to make room for bike infrastructure in 2013. New and better bike lanes went in across town, often linked to new bus routes. The biggest change was a new bike share system launched 11 stations just before the year ended. But will Austin’s commuters and drivers put down their keys and reach for their helmets? It’s a big ask, and we’ll have a chance to see in 2014.

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