Last fall, my mom and I were downtown at the Pecan Street Festival and were mesmerized by the beautiful Driskill Hotel. We wandered inside and ooed and awed at the elaborate architecture. It was built in 1886 by Mr. Driskill for $400,000. Inside, the hotel has a cute little bakery called the 1886 Cafe and Bakery. We were drawn to it immediately! It was later in the day though, and we already ate, so we had to take a rain check.
Fast forward six months later to the spring 2015 Pecan Street Festival. This time, my mom and I planned our day around brunch at the Driskill. Plan accordingly! We got there at 10am and it was already packed. We had to wait about 40 minutes. It wasn’t a big deal though – we killed time by exploring the hotel’s common areas.
The food was excellent, priced well, and the service was wonderful. I had a beautifully cooked over-easy egg, with potatoes (regular, sweet, and purple – can you say perfection?) and sausage links. My mom got a cute Texas waffle with fresh fruit. Of course, no breakfast is complete without coffee. Basically, we started planning out return visit the second we left! If you’re ever downtown, I would recommend a meal at 1886 Cafe and Bakery. You get the benefit of dining in an upscale location, without the upscale cost.