Under the direction of Chef Morris Buck, diners are treated to culinary delights every night such as crispy Statler chicken, served with green chili mashed potatoes, or pan roasted duck with a blueberry demi-glaze. Servers then transport this hearty, seasonal cuisine across hardwood floors, stepping to the swinging notes of live jazz bands.
Though sunset is the perfect time to drink in the patio’s glorious views with a glass of wine in hand, the staff doesn’t neglect its earlier visitors. Brunch serves up both sweets such as maple-drizzled, toasted challah and savories such as Texas skillets with potatoes o'brien, sausages, biscuits, gravy and eggs.
The chefs at Hill Country Pasta House have no quarrel with traditional Italian food—they whip up as mean a chicken rigatoni as anybody. But mastering classic Italian cooking is a mere stepping stone toward the restaurant's standout fusions of Italian and southwestern flavors. Besides tossing grilled chicken with jalapeño fettuccine and tequila cream sauce, the culinary team lends an extra kick to shrimp diablo by stuffing each bacon-wrapped crustacean with serrano peppers.
A serrano salsa likewise spices up the aptly named serrano pizza, but Hill Country's wood-fired pizzas can also host more common toppings, such as wine mushrooms. In addition to grain-heavy eats, gluten-free options are also available.
Plunge headfirst into a sea of organic, fresh-roasted goodness. Today’s Groupon offers $30 worth of naturally delicious brews and bites at Java Dive Organic Café, a caffeination station committed to creating imaginative espresso and latte drinks, cooking good-for-you whole foods, and providing options for the gluten-intolerant (all menu items can be ordered gluten-free). Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Murals of festive party scenes fill the walls inside Rocco’s Grill, an Italian restaurant that serves pizza, pasta, and hand-cut steaks. Awarded the title of Best Steak in Austin by CitySearch in 2010, Rocco’s offers several grilled specialties, most notably the Pepper Steak Marsala, a black-pepper-crusted tenderloin drizzled in a creamy, mushroom-Marsala reduction. Other options include the grilled tilapia and the New Zealand lamb—a personal favorite of the owner. All items on the menu are listed with a recommended wine and silly hat pairing. Diners can enjoy their meals inside a colorful dining room or on a veranda, which offers beautiful views overlooking the Yaupon Golf Course.
The traditional Italian pasta, steaks, and seafood on Ciola’s menu are crafted from family recipes passed down for more than 50 years. While sipping tomato-basil and minestrone zuppas ($3/cup, $5/bowl) and crunching a romaine-founded, red-wine-vinaigrette-drenched insalata di casa ($3/side, $6/entree), the tongue tap dances on a crispy stage. Since Italian eating would not be possible without nutritional noodles, Ciola’s submits various pastas for consumption. Slurp truffle-creamed ravioli al tartufo ($18) or shrimp linguine puttanesca ($16). Steaks and chops ($24–$28), pesce ($18–$22), and plenty of pollo e vitello ($15–$19) promise satisfaction to as many pabulum preferences as there are pizza-shaped constellations in the night sky.
Today's deal treats you to pizza made the way the 19th-century gangs of New York used to make it (before getting into vicious street brawls over the proper way to cook a pizza). For $20, you get $40 worth of coal-fired pizza, pasta, and Italian subs at Tony C's in the Hill Country Galleria. This cozy bare-brick eatery's pizza is "easily one of the top five in Austin," according to My Fox.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.