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Top five brunch places in San Marcos

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Whether you are hankering for some omelettes or wanting to chow down on a delicious breakfast sandwich, many restaurants around San Marcos are perfect for any student or resident’s dining needs.

Students looking to have breakfast in the early afternoon and not pay an arm and a leg for standard brunch time prices need look no further. Below is a list of the top five places for brunch that are sure to leave you with a full stomach and a heavy wallet.

1. Root Cellar Café

Located on 215 North LBJ Drive, the Root Cellar Café is a short walk from campus and offers a great alternative to residence hall dining.

According to its website, the cafe serves breakfast and lunch from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. House Favorite Waffles are served until 3:00 p.m. and remain a favorite dish among many loyal customers.

What makes Root Cellar Café unique is the dedicated cafe staples and classic menu choices, along with college student-friendly prices, as everything on the breakfast and lunch menu is under $11.

Root Cellar Café’s reputation as a San Marcos brunch classic has been set in stone as it offers a cozy atmosphere with a variety of local art pieces on display, which allow the warm ambience of the café resonate.

2. Mochas & Javas

Mochas & Javas is much more than a destination for a quick caffeine fix. The cafe is also known as one of the best places in town to enjoy breakfast made with fresh ingredients.

Devin Carswell, general manager, said Mochas & Javas offers breakfast options for every nutritional philosophy, including gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, lactose-free, sugar-free and fat-free options in a variety of beverage and food products.

Carswell said Mochas & Javas, which has been open since 2003, now boasts four locations in San Marcos, including its North LBJ location by the Texas State campus, across the street from the Quad bus loop.

Carswell said the coffee shop’s most popular dishes include their breakfast sandwiches and salads.

He said the shop also offers sandwich combos.

“We have two sandwich combos for guests to choose from under $7.25,” Carswell said. “They come with a large iced tea or a small coffee, chips or a banana—and the iced tea is bottomless.”

Carswell said the coffee shop prides itself on the satisfaction of each customer.

“We brought ourselves up with our customers,” Carswell said. “We go above and beyond for them in both an upfront manner, but behind the counter with all the time and effort we put into our food.”

3. Cafe on the Square

 Photo by: Cassandria Alvarado | Staff Photographer Window Sign Nov. 11 at Cafe on the Square.
Photo by: Cassandria Alvarado | Staff Photographer
Window Sign Nov. 11 at Cafe on the Square.

Students looking for classic diner favorites should look no further than Cafe on the Square, a preferred spot for San Marcos locals situated in the center of the Square.

Noel Edwards, mass communication sophomore, said the restaurant is perfect for San Martians looking to eat a traditional American breakfast or lunch.

Breakfast is served from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., giving Bobcats ample time to stop in and try the menu.

Edwards said she started going to the restaurant based on a recommendation from her mother.

She said the diner’s friendly atmosphere makes it the perfect Saturday or Sunday morning brunch destination.

“I was looking for a local place to eat breakfast at,” Edwards said. “My mom recommended the Cafe to me and I ended up really enjoying the food here.

Edwards said meals such as the Ham Steak and Eggs, which remind her of her favorite dishes from home, and the hospitable wait staff keep her coming back.

“The waitresses here are really nice and friendly,” Edwards said. “And the view of the Square is just beautiful to look at while sipping on some great coffee and taking a bite of some great food.”

4. Rogelio’s Restaurant

 Photo by: Cassandria Alvarado | Staff Photographer Rogelios sign Nov.11 at Rogelios Restaurant.
Photo by: Cassandria Alvarado | Staff Photographer
Rogelios sign Nov.11 at Rogelios Restaurant.

Those in the mood for authentic Mexican food in an inviting, colorful setting should visit Rogelio’s Restaurant.

According to the website, this San Marcos staple has been owned and operated by Rogelio Nieto and his family since 1998.

Pablo Nieto, Rogelio Nieto’s son, said the restaurant’s daily breakfast and lunch specials will satisfy students’ stomach and their wallets, with breakfast specials that are less than $4.

Pablo Nieto said the restaurant’s menu has been filled with the same homemade family recipes since the day it opened.

“For breakfast a lot of people enjoy our migas and Consuelo’s huevos,” Nieto said. “And for dinner, our tortilla soup, which is really light and all fresh.”

He said both, their loyal customers and students who discover their restaurant for the first time, have helped foster an inviting environment.

“It has a small town feel to it,” Nieto said. “Seeing the students come every semester who are adventurous to explore the town, and when they find us they definitely have the same experience.”

5. Palmer’s Restaurant

 Photo by: Cassandria Alvarado | Staff Photographer Palmers Signage Nov. 11 at Palmers Restaurant.
Photo by: Cassandria Alvarado | Staff Photographer
Palmers Signage Nov. 11 at Palmers Restaurant.

Palmer’s Restaurant is located on 218 Moore Street and has been the go-to restaurant for celebrating special events and holidays in San Marcos since 1978.

According to their website, a weekend brunch is served between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The secluded outdoor courtyard is centered around a striking fountain that provides people with the ideal place to dine while enjoying performances by local musicians.

According to the website, the restaurant serves classic breakfast staples such as eggs Benedict and migas.