The other day we went to Mattie’s at Green Pastures for brunch in Austin with some of our dear friends. I was extra excited to go to this place because a) we had driven past it numerous times and b) the other couple was actually getting engaged that day! Obviously my homegirl didn’t know about it, so we had to keep mum during the whole brunch, which just made brunch that much more exciting!
Mattie’s is located off of the very busy and constantly growing S. 1st Street. Mattie’s is a part of Green Pastures. If you aren’t familiar with Green Pastures, it’s a beautiful space in the heart of Austin. This venue has been used for corporate and private parties, elegant rehearsal dinners, and weddings for over three generations. Seriously, gorgeous. You gotta go. When you do, you can either valet park or park on the side of the road. As we walked onto the property, it felt like a classic country club. The trees populating the grounds gave us much-needed shade while we made our way toward the large house in the center.
After we gave them our name from our reservation, our host seated us at a gorgeous wooden table. We spent the first couple of minutes looking at the food that the servers were bringing out to other tables. Oh mah goodness, I am not sure if we did or not, but I felt like we were drooooling. We started off our brunch with an order of Mattie’s signature buttermilk biscuits. All I’ve got to say is butter my buns and call me a biscuit, because these are simply divine! Perfectly soft, salted on the inside, with a slight crunch on the outside. And the butter was creamy galore. A good friend once told me that butter is a health food. I still sort of live my life like that makes sense. The local honey is a nice touch too.
After the biscuits, we decided to order our mains (you can check out the brunch menu here). I ordered their vegetable breakfast bowl. This comes with two poached eggs, local butternut squash, kale, cilantro, avocado, and chipotle-yogurt sauce. I opted for scrambled eggs instead of poached, but otherwise I didn’t change much. My girlfriend ordered their brioche French toast, which is topped with candied pecans, fresh berries, and bourbon-maple syrup. A-ma-zing. The lads ordered the fried chicken eggs Benedict, which came with buttermilk biscuits, hollandaise, and green salad.
While I waited for my food, I looked around the restaurant. For decor, I give this place a 10 out of 10. It’s colorful, comfortable, and charming. My architect husband says that it is art deco and ’70s inspired. You can check out a couple of the images below to get the vibe. Even though it looks like a classic plantation home on the outside, the inside decor is really what sealed the deal for me on this gorgeous space.
Our food came out within 15 minutes, and our server was nothing but gracious. She filled up our waters constantly (looking at you, my darling husband, who drinks ten glasses of water a meal).
After we blessed the food, we armed ourselves with fork and knife and attacked. I think the next 30 seconds we sat in silence as we just savored every single bite. And then after that silence, it was a round of “Oh my goodness” and “Oh this is divine” and “Hallelujah, my taste buds are crying.” This has got to be one of my favorite brunch spots in Austin ever. Like I’m thinking top three. It has the feel of a classic brunch space without the crowd because you have to make a reservation weeks in advance. It may be a little bit pricier than Torchy’s Tacos or Taco Deli, but heaven almighty is it worth it. They have a wide spread, plus you can just enjoy the venue as much as the food.
After brunch, we went outside and walked around on the grounds. These grounds are known for their giant trees, peacocks, and beautiful spots to just sit and relax. This is a great place to bring your family or friends. I especially think it was a great place for two people to have a meal before he proposed *heart eyes*. This is definitely a brunch spot I will never forget and hope to go back to soon! Oh and yes, she said yes!
So tell me, where do you like to go to brunch in Austin these days?
Give me some recommendations below! Have you been to Mattie’s at Green Pastures yet?