Everybody has one…a spot they like to go for a greasy weekend breakfast. Whether you had one too many drinks the night before or just feel like a calorie laden meal, it is always good to have a go-to joint that satisfies these urges.
My chosen spot, Cisco’s, in Austin, Texas feels like a well-kept secret. Though, it is a secret that is being shared with more people every day. Cisco’s restaurant is a little dive in east Austin, a well-established Hispanic neighborhood. The restaurant front is very nondescript. One must park in the gravel lot across the street. I always grab a newspaper outside before entering.
The front room has a brightly lit, slightly shabby “diner” feel. But, no one “in the know” ever sits in the front room. This space is unofficially reserved for neighborhood locals and old timers. Most patrons walk to the two large back rooms that feel as though they haven’t changed since being decorated in the 1970′s.
Glass topped wooden tables are packed full of business cards so you can see who has dined there before you. The walls are covered with pictures of Cisco, the owner, next to different local celebrities, like Willie Nelson and Mac Brown (the Texas football coach). Gaudy art work also adorns the walls. Visualize half-naked mermaid paintings with gilded frames and signs that say, “Refried beans, served only when in season”.
Cisco’s serves Mexican breakfasts and lunches to hungry Austin patrons and has been doing so for decades. They have super-fast service and good basic coffee. I always order the breakfast migas that consist of scrambled eggs with onions, cheese, tomatoes and peppers cooked with strips of tortilla chips. My husband always gets the Juevos Rancheros or their large filling breakfast tacos. Their refried beans are always in season and very tasty!
The best part, they serve all food with baskets of fluffy biscuits and tortillas. There is honey and butter in squeeze bottles on the table and you can drizzle this onto warm biscuits to finish off the meal.
I love to indulge in a Cisco’s breakfast and the Sunday crossword when I go back to Austin. It is a seasoned classic and near the top of the pack for old Austin Mexican eateries.
I always leave filling full, satisfied and ready to take on the weekend!
What is your favorite place to get a greasy breakfast?