Brunches Past: Walton’s Fancy & Staple, Austin TX

In late August of 2014 hubby and I went on a great trip to Texas. Although many great brunches (and meals in general) were had, few were photographed. Here is one that did make it.

While visiting relatives in San Antonio, we decided to the a little day trip to Austin to check out what “keeping it weird” was all about. The first stop of our day was Walton’s Fancy and Staple, which provided some tasty treats that gave us a great start with the energy needed to take on this funky city.

Hubby's sandwich and my almond latte with challah french toast
Hubby’s sandwich and my almond latte with challah french toast

I had read a few reviews ahead of time raving about the Challah French Toast, so (though I’m not usually a sweet girl) I gave it a go with the addition of an Almond latte. The french toast arrived warm and custardy topped with maple syrup and some beautiful, fresh berries. Overall a good choice that left me satisfied, but not stuffed. Hubby enjoyed a lovely open face sandwich I can’t really recall, but the bread was crusty and great covered with some ooey-gooey melty cheese.

My only regret was not getting the Shrimp and Grits. I pondered it at the register, but stayed with the initially researched item only to see the Shrimp and Grits arrive at someone else’s table. The creamy grits were topped with succulent looking Gulf shrimp nestled atop some grilled, green chiles (maybe poblanos?) then drizzled with a little pan gravy and a sprinkling of cheese. Regret. I felt it and knew I must return for them one day.

That being said and hubby saw my forlorn expression, and allowed me quite the assortment of macaroons to take back and share with the family members we were staying with in San Antonio. Walton’s macaroon flavors ranged from the standard chocolate and vanilla to some more fun and exotic passionfruit and Mexican hot chocolate. I was in love with the pistachio and peaches n’ cream. Each macaroon was a pretty tinted pastel hue, crunchy cookies containing creamy or fruity centers of joy. You could not go wrong with any of the pastries as far as I gathered though, as the case was a gorgeous array.

The rest of the day was split amongst quirky shops and an amazing sculpture park. The Umlauf Sculpture Garden is a lovely place to pass an afternoon with an art lover or sweetheart to admire the art with. It is certainly a nice place to walk off some food if need be too, but the sculptures are quite stirring and poignant.

Umlauf sculptures
Umlauf sculptures
stone mother and child sculpture
stone mother and child sculpture

Many were religious or romantic in nature, the emotions well captured in the patina’d bronze. Hot as it was (it being August in Texas) I still got a chill looking at a few of these works. I also love the expressive detail in the contours of the bodies.

detail of a saint
detail of a saint

The range though was fairly impressive as we did also spy some cute little animals, like Lotus here.

Lotus
Lotus

If you have an afternoon or morning you would like to devote to a little stroll, there are surely worse places to go.

In conclusion we found Austin a cool town with friendly folks, that we can’t wait to visit and taste more of. Sadly on our first adventure we only stayed the morning, but with family in San Antonio I’m sure we will get the chance to visit again.

Hope you enjoyed this short and sweet brunch from back in Austin last year. Keep brunching hard with a great partner in crime.

Today’s brunch past: Walton’s Fancy & Staple, 609 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

Also featured: Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Rd,  Austin, TX  78704

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