Perla’s Seafood and Oyster Bar has one of the best patios for brunching in Austin. Located on popular South Congress, their nautically themed patio gets relief from the blazing Texas sun by their sprawling live oak tree. Enjoy the dappled sunlight, along with a Soco Fizz or Bloody Mary as you wait for your table.

Since seafood is what Perla’s does best, the Breakfast Bouillabaisse is a perfect choice for any seafood lover. The broth is well seasoned with notes of saffron and just the right amount of saltiness that is expected from a shellfish base. Filled with shrimp, whitefish, and mussels, there is no shortage of variety to keep you interested in the next bite. It’s topped with a perfectly cooked poached egg that isn’t your normal breakfast fare. Similar in style to a Scotch egg, sans the sausage wrapping, it’s coated in breadcrumbs to give it a thin crispy outer layer. Sweep up the runny yolk with the grilled French bread that add the finishing touches to this wonderful dish.

A newfound favorite of mine is shrimp and grits. Their perfectly spiced jumbo shrimp, served with lemon butter and fresh herbs is served alongside a large portion of rich cheesy grits.

Perlas Flat Top CheeseburgerYou might not think of ordering a cheeseburger at a seafood restaurant, but the Flat Top Cheeseburger is one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. It’s a classic American – double patty, perfectly seasoned, topped with American cheese, lettuce, onion and tomato with a secret mayo sauce. Served with homemade shoe string fries, it’s juicy, a little messy, and totally awesome.

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