Brunch in Austin: Olivia
Picnic style fried chicken? A meal that surely even Willie and Waylon would approve.
You know what’s really excellent? Brunch. It’s the meal that says “I got outta bed super late and I want something substantially more awesome than cereal or eggs”. It’s the meal that makes it ok to pour alcohol into your orange juice. It’s the meal that sets you up just right for a Sunday Funday session with your friends. Yeah, brunch, you’re alright by me.
One of the best brunch experiences I’ve had has been at Olivia (where, for the record, I went with a friend named Olivia. No relation). Better known for being a finer dining dinner establishment, Olivia’s owner has also received a ton of accolades for his highly successful fried chicken establishment, Lucy’s.
Brunch at Olivia seems to be less known than other more talked about brunches around town and doesn’t always make the top-10-brunch lists and, dammit, I WANNA KNOW WHY! No, but seriously. This place is the bomb. Screw you, breakfast buffet, I will forgo you any day for a sample of most of anything off Olivia’s brunch menu. For reals.
The only negative I can find about the entire experience here is that their beer and wine license means you cannot have that most awesome of brunch beverages, the Bloody Mary. Just as well a mimosa is an excellent consolation prize.
So to the menu, which is a delightful and approachable mix of breakfast classics with a strong Southern influence and even a bison burger thrown in for good measure. I sat there for at least ten minutes pouring over the options, finding it nearly impossible to make a decision. Finally, I settled on the “Picnic Style Fried Chicken” and agreed with the rest of the table that all dishes would be offered up for communal tastings.
Book yourself in here immediately. Let the food parade commence!
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