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Austin Food Deals – Apps, Happy Hours, Price Fixe

5 October 2009 3,775 views 15 Comments

Welcome to the second in a series of three Austin Food Deals posts. Yesterday, the topic was “Freebies and Groceries.” Today the focus is on complimentary appetizers, happy hours, and price fixe menus.

Thanks again to Moriah Butler, communications major at the University of Texas, for her generous fact checking help.

Complimentary Appetizers

When I go out for a nice meal, I love a little gesture that makes me feel welcomed and special from the get-go. An easy way to do that — warm up some rolls and serve some whipped butter with it. Some of the best I’ve had in town?

  • Eastside Cafe: Jalapeno cornbread mini-muffins.
  • Paggi House: Freshly baked sourdough and Plugra butter with black sea salt.
  • TRIO at the Four Seasons: Dinner is Parmesan crusted popovers; Lunch is sundried tomato rolls, lavash flatbread. [UPDATE 10.13.09: complimentary with any drink, Lobby Lounge snack caddies include Wasabi Iso Peanuts, Afghan Chickpeas & Spanish Peanuts]

popped corn moonshine

Other fun complimentary treats include:

  • Five Guys: whole peanuts
  • House Wine: free apps on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m.
  • Koriente: Complimentary miso soup and salad during lunchtime.
  • Moonshine: Popcorn with spices including celery salt and cayenne pepper.

Happy Hours

free-beer-tuesday

While not all of the below specials happen during what we think of as a traditional “happy hours” between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., they all do take place during hours where establishments offer discounts or free alcohol. Some of fun examples:

  • 219 West – 1/2 price apps and martini shaker specials from 5-9 pm on weeknights.
  • Blu Cafe: $6 bottomless mimosas from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sundays.
  • Fino: Happy hour on weekdays from 5pm to 7pm, with half-off sparkling and pink wines, $2 off cocktails and beers and small plates for $2-$3.
  • I Luv Video: Free Lone Star beer on draft Tuesdays at their 4803 Airport and 2915 Guadalupe locations.They also offer 2-for-1 videos Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Guadalupe location.
  • jo’s: Sinner’s Brunch at jo’s on S. Congress on Sundays offers the Speedball — a long neck beer and a cup of coffee for $3. Guests relax on the porch while listening to a live band from 12-3 p.m., people-watching on South Congress.
  • McCormick and Schmick’s: From 4-7 p.m., this upscale bar offers $3 cheeseburger AND fries, $4 fried calamari or potato skins, $5 kobe beef sliders.

happy hour

  • Sullivan’s: From 4:30 – 11 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays, enjoy $5 bar entrees (for example — a STEAK with spinach and mushrooms), half-priced featured martinis, $5 glasses of select wine.
  • Taverna: $1 Mimosas and Frozen Bellinis during Saturday and Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. with the purchase of an entree.
  • Zocalo: $2 sangrias and $6 carafes all day on Wednesdays.

For more Tasty happy hour specials, check out a previous post, “Best Happy Hour.”

Price Fixe

I love a Price Fixe for two reasons:

1. It’s often the same price or less than some of the more expensive entrees on their own.

2. It automatically comes with dessert.

mealOne of my favorite special occasion restaurants in town, Chez Nous, offers a $25 price fixe all the time. It comes with a choice of Soupe Du Jour or Salade Lyonnaise or Pate Maison; One of 3 entrees changing daily; Either Crème Caramel or Mousse Au Chocolat or Brie.

Cipollina offers at least two price fixe dinners a month:
1st Wednesdays (6-8pm): Farmers’ Dinner – Three courses focused on ingredients from specific local farms ($35 per person).
3rd Wednesdays (6-8pm): Wine & Food Pairing Dinner – Six courses of fresh, local foods paired with three wines ($40 per person).

Austin Restaurant Week is twice a year and donates 5% of proceeds to nonprofits in Austin. The GO Texan Restaurant Round-Up just ended last week and encourages eating local and giving back to our community. FLAVORS of Austin is a new restaurant week that just started and offers price fixe meals at a different spot each week. Check out their current restaurant, Cipollina, this Tuesday or Wednesday for $35 or $38 with wine.

Please chime in and tell me which of your favorites I missed! I got some great tips from the folks who commented on yesterday’s list: Freebies and Groceries.

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  • http://www.petertsaiphotography.com/ Peter Tsai

    Great post! You are giving away (and sharing) all of our foodie secrets.

    Roys offers pretty much the same $35 prix fixe menu they had for Restaurant Week all the time: Here are the details: http://www.roysrestaurant.com/prixfixemenu.asp

    Thanks Jodi!

  • http://www.funwithyourfood.com/ Teddy

    ah another reminder that i need to go to both 219 and Eastside Cafe… I've been in town a little over a year now and haven't made it to either yet! Shame on me…

  • jodibart

    I've been very conflicted about giving up these secrets but I figure there will always be more to come that I can keep to myself for a while. That menu looks fabulous from Roy's. I've never been there. The Melting Hot Chocolate Souffle is calling out to me!

  • jodibart

    You have only lived her for a year? I think I must have met you shortly after you moved here, huh. Hope to see you tonight!

  • http://www.petertsaiphotography.com/ Peter Tsai

    I've had that Souffle twice. It's extremely delicious

  • http://www.petertsaiphotography.com/ Peter Tsai

    Great post! You are giving away (and sharing) all of our foodie secrets.

    Roys offers pretty much the same $35 prix fixe menu they had for Restaurant Week all the time: Here are the details: http://www.roysrestaurant.com/prixfixemenu.asp

    Thanks Jodi!

  • http://www.funwithyourfood.com/ Teddy

    ah another reminder that i need to go to both 219 and Eastside Cafe… I've been in town a little over a year now and haven't made it to either yet! Shame on me…

  • jodibart

    I've been very conflicted about giving up these secrets but I figure there will always be more to come that I can keep to myself for a while. That menu looks fabulous from Roy's. I've never been there. The Melting Hot Chocolate Souffle is calling out to me!

  • jodibart

    You have only lived her for a year? I think I must have met you shortly after you moved here, huh. Hope to see you tonight!

  • http://www.petertsaiphotography.com/ Peter Tsai

    I've had that Souffle twice. It's extremely delicious

  • http://www.petertsaiphotography.com/ Peter Tsai

    Great post! You are giving away (and sharing) all of our foodie secrets.

    Roys offers pretty much the same $35 prix fixe menu they had for Restaurant Week all the time: Here are the details: http://www.roysrestaurant.com/

    Thanks Jodi!

  • http://www.funwithyourfood.com/ Teddy

    ah another reminder that i need to go to both 219 and Eastside Cafe… I've been in town a little over a year now and haven't made it to either yet! Shame on me…

  • jodibart

    I've been very conflicted about giving up these secrets but I figure there will always be more to come that I can keep to myself for a while. That menu looks fabulous from Roy's. I've never been there. The Melting Hot Chocolate Souffle is calling out to me!

  • jodibart

    You have only lived her for a year? I think I must have met you shortly after you moved here, huh. Hope to see you tonight!

  • http://www.petertsaiphotography.com/ Peter Tsai

    I've had that Souffle twice. It's extremely delicious