SXSW Breakfast at Kerbey Lane

I almost had a heart attack this morning at the Austin airport! They couldn’t find my computer at the airport baggage services desk – turns out it was stored in a different area but that took 30 minutes to figure out. Once my Mac and I got reunited, we stopped by the Convention Center to pick up our SXSW bags/badges, then headed to meet some of the Surrogate Valentine crew for breakfast at Kerbey Lane Cafe.



The restaurant has a few locations – this is the original.


There’s a wait, but there’s also free wi-fi!


Somany options.  Lots of vegan-friendly items as well.  A number of readers recommend their pancakes. I can’t decide between pumpkin (the seasonal specialty) or gingerbread.  The waitress suggests a short stack of both.  So, she is a genius.


I share with Abe. Here’s the Migas + verde sauce that he orders.



Although the eggs/rice/beans rock, the pancakes are a little disappointing.  Particularly the gingerbread. They are lukewarm, and need a lot of syrup.  By the way, the syrup isn’t very good, either.


We spend the rest of the afternoon napping and shopping.  There’s a mall within walking distance of my hotel.  I’m a Jersey girl, so that makes me really happy.  Tonight, we start SXSW-ing! Christy Meyer’s movie Sound of My Voice is playing, so I want to try to see that. There’s also Tech Munch (a food blogger conference) going on in Austin, but I think I may have to skip the opening party and focus on one festival at a time.

Oh yeah – and my podcast interview with Sound of My Voice is live! I don’t have time to listen to it right now, but if you do, lemme know how it turned out!


17 thoughts on “SXSW Breakfast at Kerbey Lane

  1. suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic]

    I’ve been to Austin once, and I totally ate at Kerbey Lane! 😛

  2. Amy @ Second City Randomness

    I LOVE hitting up an “original” location. You get the “this is where it all started” feeling. Along with usually being cute and cozy…

  3. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)

    That stinks about the pancakes. The rest looks amazing though! Have fun tonight!

  4. Cindy

    Oooohhhh Nooooooo! I’m heartbroken and stunned you had crappy pancakes. I’m not surprised by the free wifi there. They used to have a sign in the window that said, “Bibliophiles Welcome.” Hope your food experience picks up while you are in town.

  5. Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel

    yea i can see how the pancakes weren’t as good as they sounded. i mean they still look great but they also look a little dry and spongy just from the texture. but the rest of the food looks REALLY YUMMY! <3

  6. Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine

    yay Kerbey Lane!! LOVE that place and go every time I’m in Austin 🙂
    The tacos are delish! And I love their lunch/dinner menu- the chile rellenos are so good! (If they still have’s been a while!)

  7. Sues

    Looks like so much fun!! I’m totally jealous your at SXSW and getting to eat all the yummy Austin food 🙂 Have a blast!

  8. kimbirdy

    oh man, i’m so glad you got your computer back safe and sound. i would have had a heart attack if i’d thought i lost mine! i hope everything goes swimmingly for you this weekend. have a great time!

  9. Monet

    You were so close to my house 🙂 How fun! I’m not a big fan of their pancakes either. But it can be a fun place to go late at night. I hope we can connect!

  10. Lindsay

    So glad they sorted out the missing mac…I would have had a panic attack!! And although the pancakes were less than scrumptious, the rest of your plate made my tummy growl!! have a great trip!!

  11. eatdreamtravel

    Love the pics of Kerbey Lane and especially the migas w/verde sauce! I think it might be my favorite meal in the whole world.

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