Breakfast of Champions: King and Country

Every once in a while, I stumble across a dish at a restaurant that is so deliciously perfect, it becomes – in my mind – the touchstone by which all future similar dishes are compared. Such is what happened during a visit to a tiny diner in Brooklyn, NY a few years ago when I discovered an omelet to end all omelets. Since that time, my search to find an equivalent match in Austin has proved to be a sad and fruitless endeavor.

King and Country French Omelette

King and Country French Omelette

However, my search officially ended last week when an omelette at King & Country, a newly opened East Austin trailer eatery, washed away any residual longing for breakfast in BKY. Light, fluffy golden-yellow eggs were mixed with Parmesan cheese and expertly folded into a creamy French omelette. A flavorful blend of sweet and spicy homegrown peppers filled the inside of the delicate dish. Paired with Cuvee Coffee espresso, it was an incredibly satisfying breakfast I can’t wait to wake up to again soon.

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Representing a perfect marriage of simplicity, quality ingredients and execution, King and Country’s French omelette was by far one of the best, if not the best, I’ve enjoyed in Austin. As such, it should have come as no surprise to learn the chef behind King and Country earned his stripes cooking in some of the best kitchens in the Big Apple.

If omelettes aren’t your thing, King and Country also offers a number of breakfast dishes ranging from traditional any style eggs to rotating specials such as breakfast Cubans and eggs Benedict. Lunch options include comfort eats like fried chicken and pulled pork sandwiches as well as healthy options such as salads and hearty soups. In addition, the newly opened eatery plans to expand its service to include weekend brunch events complete with housemade bloody Mary setups. Though King and Country’s just off the beaten path location makes it a bit of a destination on a pre-work morning, I assure you, it’s worth it.

King and Country is located at 2921 East 17th Street, Building A, Austin, TX 78702. Current hours are Monday 8am-12pm and Tuesday – Friday 8am-3:30pm; Weekend hours expected in the near future. No website yet, but catch them on Instagram @kingandcountry or at 619.200.0088.

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