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There’s a Breakfast Paradise in This Texas Town On the Road to Austin

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Are you in search of a great home-style breakfast? We’ve got the perfect spot for you! A few years ago I discovered a great way to enjoy Austin’s attractions without fighting their traffic. I make the almost 400-mile round trip south on I-35 from Dallas several times a month. Sometimes I even stay in Austin, since my sister and daughter both have homes there. But when I crave a little more privacy or don’t want to suffer through rush hour traffic (which is most of the time in Austin), I stop at a hotel in Round Rock. It’s a short 17 miles north of town, which allows me to choose a low traffic time to venture into Austin. I can arrive at my destination in a less frazzled state.

I’ve also found another good reason to stay in Round Rock, a comfort food restaurant that serves home-style food. It’s an offshoot of Austin’s Kerbey Lane (named for their original 1980 location). The Round Rock restaurant is one of eight now operating in the Austin area.

Austin Favorite Kerbey Lane in Round Rock

There's a Breakfast Paradise in This Texas Town On the Road to Austin

Photo: Amanda Kuda for Kerbey Lane

I love that this restaurant is open 24 hours, serving delicious dishes like breakfast any time of day. Kerbey Scramble features scrambled eggs, home fries, mushrooms, tomatoes, green onion, and cheddar jack cheese, with two sides. Their giant, incredibly fluffy biscuits, huge cinnamon rolls, and terrific pancakes are all addictive. Signature omelets like Chicken Verde sell for around $10. The extensive breakfast/brunch menu features specialties like chicken and waffles, or $3 mimosas.

The full bar at Kerbey Lane offers such attention-grabbing craft cocktails as Hill Country Tea on the menu. It’s a combination of Herman Marshall Whiskey, fresh-brewed iced tea, local honey, lemon, and pecan bitters. Texas Two Step is Reyka Vodka or 100% agave tequila, cooled down with cucumber, watermelon, dry vermouth and bubbles.

Kerbey Lane’s Summer Menu

There's a Breakfast Paradise in This Texas Town On the Road to Austin
Photo: Amanda Kuda for Kerbey Lane

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