Weekend Breakfast at Turf n' Surf & Lavaca Street Bar
I officially have a new favorite breakfast/brunch spot in Austin! The Turf n’ Surf & Lavaca Street Bar location at Rock Rose just launched a weekend breakfast menu and it is AMAZING. Plus, they start serving it at 9am - about 2 hours earlier than every other restaurant at The Domainopens. Before this weekend, I actually hadn’t been to their Rock Rose location, I usually head to the downtown spot to watch football games and grab some food; but since this breakfast menu is only served up at the Domain, I will definitely be heading there for a few Sunday Fundays - especially now that football is back in season.
So why exactly is this my new favorite breakfast spot? If you know me, you know I absolutely love fresh seafood and good southern cooking - Turf n’ Surf delivers on both of these. Ralph Gilmore, owner and head chef, was also there when I stopped in; his passion and love for food was obvious when he spoke about it and really came through in the food itself. Plus, Lavaca Street Bar has some great breakfast drink specials to go along with the new menu items.
With omelettes, biscuits, pancakes, big ass tacos (really, really big), chicken fried steak and more - making a decision on what to order was not an easy task. Luckily, I had a friend with me to help eat all of this because not only did I want to try multiple things, but the portion sizes are HUGE. As their menu says - eat good, why the hell not?!
CHEESY CRAWFISH THREE EGG OMELETTE
Cheese & crawfish are my #1 and #2 favorite foods so this dish had my name on it from the moment I looked at the menu. The eggs were fluffy and stuffed with a cheesy-crawfish filling and served with hashbrowns, a biscuit and fresh strawberries. I would eat this for breakfast every day of the week.
CHEESY GREEN ONION SAUSAGE THREE EGG OMELETTE
This omelette was similar to the crawfish omelette, but instead of crawfish it was stuffed with green onion sausage. The sausage was super flavorful and delicious when stuffed inside the fluffy eggs and topped with queso. This was also served with a biscuit and hashbrowns - I really have to shout-out the biscuits because they were SO good - flaky and buttery, everything you look for in the perfect biscuit.
PANCAKES - BANANA & BROWN SUGAR AND PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN
We couldn’t decide on one pancake flavor so we ended up getting two! Both flavors were great but the pineapple upside down was my favorite :) These pancakes are the size of your face and come three to an order; they reminded me of classic diner pancakes!
BIG ASS MIGAS TACO
When I read “big ass tacos” on the menu I was picturing a slightly oversized taco...boy was I wrong. This taco is made in a 12-inch tortilla and is the biggest taco I’ve ever seen, and probably will ever see. Ralph told us that he wanted to make tacos this big because they reminded him of tacos he ate when he was a kid - I don’t know where he grew up but I wonder if they have other super-sized foods because this was insane. Although the size was a bit intimidating, the taco was absolutely delicious. Migas (for those of you not familiar) are scrambled eggs with peppers, onions, tomatoes, cheese and crispy corn tortillas mixed in. I had never had a migas taco before I moved to Austin and they quickly became my favorite type of breakfast taco so I really enjoyed this HUGE version of it - plus, I had leftovers for breakfast the next day :)
COLD BREW IRISH COFFEE
As I mentioned above, Lavaca Street Bar created some great breakfast cocktails to serve with the new menu. This Cold Brew Irish Coffee has homemade cold brew, Jameson and Irish cream - the only way to drink an Irish Coffee in the 105 degree Texas heat!
I’m seriously counting down the days until I can go back and I already have a list of meals I want to try next - Breakfast Po’boy, Shrimp & Grits, Biscuits & Gravy and Chicken Fried Steak. I have no doubt that the rest of the dishes will be just as delicious as the ones that I already tried :)
This Babe Eats was invited to dine at this restaurant in exchange for an honest review and opinion.