Snooze Finally Opens in Austin, TX

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We first stumbled upon Snooze on a trip to Denver back in November of 2014. At the time, we felt like it would fit right into the Austin dining scene. I mean who in Austin doesn’t love all-day brunch? Well, back in April of 2015, Snooze announced they would be opening an Austin location and we have been waiting (im)patiently ever since. After several delays (hey, they wanted it perfect), Snooze is finally open on South Lamar! The manager also mentioned a June opening for the North Lamar location.

Pro tip: don’t get lost

First word of warning. Don’t just type ‘Snooze South Lamar’ into Google Maps and then drive. Google doesn’t seem to know where Snooze is yet. That’s probably why we ended up at Zilker Elementary instead of brunch. Oops.

Actual photo from Google Maps. It appears Zilker Elementary has really upgraded their cafeteria.


Brunch at 6:30 a.m., really?

Not knowing what to expect on their first, full-service day, we decided to show up early. But John, who on Earth would wake up at 5 a.m. and drive 30 minutes for brunch? Well, I’m glad you asked. If Austin folks are ok with waiting in line 4 hours for Franklin BBQ, how long will they wait for a delicious brunch? And in my defense, there was a line when we arrived. Yes, it was only 10 people, but I’m not the only crazy person.

But what about the food? Did I mention how much I love brunch? The food was great.


Snooze offers a wide-variety of food, but the pancakes were a popular choice. My personal favorite is the blueberry danish pancakes, which are topped with blueberry coulis, sweet cream and almond streusel surrounding a center of lemony cream cheese filling. Our servers favorite was the Cinnamon Roll Pancake, which is super hard to find on the menu (it’s listed in the a la carte section), but definitely worth trying. We also tried ‘The Goodness Cake’ which is a pancake made with Whole Wheat and quinoa topped with blackberry maple syrup, honey-lemon yogurt and seasonal berries. Sounds gross, right? Wrong. It was SO good! That’s probably where the name came from.

So between 4 people, we ordered 11 pancakes. Technically we ordered 10, and then our sever gifted us with a bonus pancake. Clearly, 10 pancakes didn’t seem like enough. Let’s just say 11 pancakes was way too many for 4 people. Did I mentioned we ordered other food?

Not Pancakes

Snooze apparently makes more than just delicious pancakes. They also make other great brunch foods. I’ve had the Corned Beef Hash before, and I had a hard time resisting the urge to order it again. But alas, I did not order it.

I decided to try a Benny Duo, which was clearly added to the menu for indecisive orderers like myself. (Technically orderers isn’t a word, but I’m running with it.) The Benny Duo allows you to order two Benedicts on one plate. Two Benedicts, one plate! I went with the Chile Verde Benny which is slow cooked pulled pork over a stack of green chile sauced tortillas and melted cheese with poached cage free eggs and green chili hollandaise, pico de gallo and cotija cheese. My second choice was the Bella! Bella! Benny which is thin slices of prosciutto, Taleggio cheese, and poached eggs on toasted ciabatta, topped with cream cheese hollandaise, balsamic glaze and spinach. They had me at balsamic. I would totally eat both again.

Benny Duo: Chile Verde Benny and Bella! Bella! Benny

Benny Duo: Chile Verde Benny and Bella! Bella! Benny


Snooze has really adopted that Austin vibe using local ingredients, and serving Cuvee coffee. I love the atmosphere. The decor is great. I really liked the round booths. The staff was so friendly. I mean our server told us how proud she was at the amount of food we ate. I left full. I left happy. I left wanting to come back again in 6 hours when a normal person eats brunch. That’s a successful first dining experience at a place that I had very high expectations for.

Location, Hours and Stuff


Snooze is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


This is John. Don’t get lost like John. Plug this address into your phone: 1700 S. Lamar Blvd suite 301 Austin, TX. It’s in the same plaza as Picnik if you know where that’s at.


Visit Snooze online at The Austin menu isn’t online yet, but is similar to the Denver menu.



Restaurants We Luv: Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen – Austin, TX

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Friday is a very important day for me. Not only is it the last work day of the week, but it’s also the day my department typically goes out to lunch. Being located downtown, we have so many options for great food. Sometimes, however, eating with a group can be a challenge, especially when it comes time to split the check and tally the final bill. Enter Lucky Robot. Not only does the recently opened Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen have tasty food, their iPad ordering system makes splitting the check a breeze.   Read More

Day 7 - Lunch

Whole30 Wrap-Up: Days 6 & 7

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For the next 30 days, I’ll be participating in my first Whole30. Check back for daily updates about my progress.

The first week of Whole30 is now behind me. I feel pretty good about where I’m at. Now that my body is more acclimated to my new eating style, I’m going to try to incorporate some exercise in week 2. I’m also not going to bed early enough, so I’d like to get more sleep in week 2.

Day 6 was pretty exciting for me. I finished up my physical therapy, where they had a little graduation ceremony. It was awesome. It’s hard to believe that I spent the majority of this year recovering from my knee injury. In fact, I was on crutches for more than 3 months. Now on to the food. Read More


Whole30 Day 4 & 5 Wrap-Up

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For the next 30 days, I’ll be participating in my first Whole30. Check back for daily updates about my progress.

My first weekend on the Whole30 and it went well. I’m feeling pretty good and I can already see my midsection tightening up a little bit. It’s hard to believe it’s only been 5 days. I got over my fear of eating paleo at restaurants during the Whole30, and had lunch at Threadgill’s celebrating my cousin’s, uncle’s and mom’s birthday. Read More

Day 3 - Dinner

Whole30 – Day 3 Wrap-Up

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For the next 30 days, I’ll be participating in my first Whole30. Check back for daily updates about my progress.

Day 3 was rough. I woke up and my allergies were terrible and I was tired most of the day. Apparently that’s the norm for Day 3 of the Whole30. It didn’t help that Friday is typically our Marketing Department’s go out to lunch day, which I’ve elected to skip during the Whole30. I’m bummed I will not be attending for the next 30 days. Oh well life goes on (at least I’ll save some money).

Things got a little more exciting when I got home. A paleo cookbook I ordered recently, Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat, was sitting on my door step. I quickly glanced through it and I’m already excited about all the recipes I will be making. Who knew eating paleo could be so exciting.

Traffic wasn’t bad, so I got home a little bit earlier than usual. This allowed me to spend some quality time in the kitchen (as you can see from my dinner below). Read More

Day 2 - Dinner

Whole30 Day 2 – Wrap-Up

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For the next 30 days, I’ll be participating in my first Whole30. Check back for daily updates about my progress.

Day 2 was relatively smooth. We went grocery shopping last night, so I had many more options to choose from today. I had a little bit of a headache in the afternoon, but my hunger level hasn’t been too bad. I overcame my first challenge today. We had a going away party at work today for our intern, which happened to be an ice cream party. I stayed strong and passed on an ice cream sandwich. One small step for man, one giant leap for me. Read More


Whole 30 – Day 1

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I hadn’t even heard of the Whole 30 until a couple of weeks ago. Shortly after I started my 30 x 30 Challenge I received a lot of great feedback about my diet. One reader pointed out that the diet I outlined for my challenge was nearly Paleo, so I started looking into the Paleo Diet. That’s when I found and their Whole 30 challenge. I picked up a copy of their new book It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways and thought that the program seemed manageable.

They had an official challenge starting on August 1. The timing couldn’t have been better. I just got back from Hawaii, and when I went on vacation, so did my diet. I was looking for something to get me back on track, and I believe the Whole 30 is exactly what I need. Read More

Golden Gate Bridge

Cheerwine Memories: From Childhood to Married Life

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It’s funny how food and drink can be so strongly tied to memories. This morning, I was randomly thinking of our trip last summer to San Francisco.   I don’t know exactly what it was that reminded me of the trip.  Maybe it was the fact that we just received our Tartine Bakery and Humphry Slocombe cookbooks (two of our favorite places in San Fran). Maybe it was the strawberry mousse cake Diana made last week, which was one of the first things we ate in San Francisco from Miette in the Ferry Building. Maybe it’s the fact that we tried Hopdoddy Burger Bar last night and every burger I eat for the rest of my life will be compared to the one I had at Wayfare Tavern. It’s hard to find something that doesn’t remind me of San Francisco, actually. Read More