We started our meal with coffee and a Bloody Mary. The coffee was rich and smooth, refilled frequently by our attentive server. The Bloody Mary with olive, pickled okra and a partial salt rim was spicy, but just the type of spicy I enjoy. My son had a sip and was taken aback, so it may not be for everyone. We all ordered hearty savory dishes, although if I wasn't following a gluten-free diet, the sweet side of the menu would have been a huge temptation (items like Buttermilk Pancakes with blueberry maple compote and crème fraiche, or their special doughnut of the day sounded utterly decadent). I had the Duck Hash which was duck leg confit, potato, brussels sprouts with an enormous duck egg on top. This was a different type of decadence--the duck was flavorful and tender and seemed right at home with the brussels sprouts and potatoes. The duck egg was cooked to perfection and the yolk added it's own special element to the mix. This was a real treat like no brunch dish I have had before. My son had the Pork & Grits with poached egg, green chile and fresno peppers. The bite I had was complex with multi-layers of flavor. I wanted more but didn't want to push my luck. I did not try my husband's dish, The Americana because it was gone before I could ask. The dish had sunny side up eggs, hen of the woods mushrooms, grilled tomato, bacon and toast. The highest quality ingredients are what make this traditional breakfast dish stand apart from other renditions found at most places.
Since my original visit in March, I found that not too much has changed at Launderette. Their brunch food is as lovely and consistent as their dinner, the service is still genuine and conscientious, and the drinks remain at a high standard. Of course, the menu changes with the seasons and availability, and they have added a kids section to their menus (for both dinner and brunch), which cements the family friendly aspect of the place. Essentially, Launderette continues to live up to its reputation as one of the best restaurants in Austin, new or otherwise, and that is comforting.