Tucked between a pawn shop and a vintage clothing store, Eberly doesn’t look historic, but in fact it dates back to 1866. Its bar, originally built in New York City out of pure mahogany wood, the name was not “Eberly,” but “The Cedar Tavern Bar.” For over a century it developed a reputation for strong drinks and for a hip atmosphere that drew such names as Jackson Pollack, Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix. In 2006, the Cedar Tavern Bar shut its doors in the Big Apple.
The partners that would later open Eberly purchased the bar, had it taken apart piece by piece, and moved to a storage unit in Austin, Texas. In 2016, the opportunity arose for the partners to rebuild the bar out of its original materials and pair it with their new restaurant, which offers classy cocktails and eclectic food to Austinites.
Eberly’s interior took our breath away the moment we entered on a cool Sunday morning. Wood tones and velvet and leather seating options bring warmth and coziness to the atmosphere, complemented by white tile floors and hanging flower pots overflowing with leafy green plants. Because prices for dinner and drinks can be on the more expensive side, we opted for the laid-back, budget-friendly brunch menu, available Saturdays and Sundays until 2pm.
To start things off, our table ordered fried chicken and waffles. The skin of the chicken is perfectly crisp, offering audible crunch with each bite. The waffles are soft and buttery, served with maple syrup. To offset the main dish, cabbage slaw with hunks of granny smith apple is served on the side, giving the meal a fresh twist.
Next came buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy that is rich and savory, speckled with plenty of fresh-chopped parsley. The flaky biscuits are baked fresh in the open kitchen each weekend morning. Their sausage gravy is packed with smoky flavor and a creaminess to rival grandma’s recipe.
Eggs Benedict features poached eggs, Canadian bacon, and velvety bearnaise sauce piled high atop English muffin halves. It’s a beautiful dish, sided by a fresh green salad.
For a fantastic atmosphere, friendly and passionate staff, and unique food and drink, look no further than historic Eberly.