Vino 100 serves cheeses and imaginative pasta dishes in its cozy storefront, with live entertainment on Thursdays and Fridays. Start off a meal with a cheese plate, bedecked with one to four types of dairy ($9/one cheese, $20/four). Choose from brie, fontina, Brazos Valley–smoked gouda, and a Brazos Valley cheese of the month. Small plates such as the artichoke dip with crab and spinach ($12) or the goat cheese with raspberry-chipotle sauce ($6) whet appetites and fill bellies to half capacity. Send hunger packing with a stick and bindle by ordering a filling entree such as the truffle-oil mac 'n' cheese ($8), brimming with four italian cheeses, black-forest ham, egg noodles, and a dusting of smoked gruyere. Or try a savory shrimp-and-sausage cheesecake ($12), crowned with a crawfish rémoulade instead of traditional whipped cream and cookies. Polish off the meal with delectable dessert ($6 each), such as the s'mores panini, a combination of marshmallow fluff, graham crackers, and Nutella, encased in a ciabatta bun and grilled to gooey goodness. Stay alert by downing an affogato, a scoop of vanilla-bean ice cream topped with espresso, ensuring you never again fall asleep during an all-cymbal band recital.
For well-dressed American cuisine, dine at Max's Wine Dive. The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit. Be sure to complete your meal at Max's Wine Dive with a drink from the restaurant's full bar. Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at Max's Wine Dive. Looking to host a party but don't have the space at home? You'll love the private room offered at Max's Wine Dive — just right for large and merry gatherings. Home to one of the happiest happy hours, pop in after work for great drinks and good company. Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Max's Wine Dive's beautiful outdoor seating area.
If you plan to hit the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to fend off the crowds by calling ahead for a reservation. Take it nice and easy at Max's Wine Dive, where casual dress is the rule of the day. Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Max's Wine Dive also offers catering. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Parking is available in the lot next door, as is valet. If the lot is full, street parking is also an option.
A visit to Max's Wine Dive will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule. You can pay with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
For a quick bite to eat, Snack Bar's menu is packed with all-American options everyone will love. Snack Bar is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both vegan and gluten-free items on the menu. With Snack Bar's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening. Bring the whole family to Snack Bar, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms. Take advantage of great beer and tasty bites when you stop by for happy hour. Got the whole gang with you? Snack Bar is a great pick for large parties. Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Snack Bar's seasonally available outdoor seating. For no extra charge, utilize Snack Bar's free wifi. Dogs are welcome at Snack Bar, so feel free to bring Fido along.
Weekends tend to draw the crowds, so come ready to wait on Fridays and Saturdays. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead. Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Snack Bar as well.
For drivers that fail to find luck on the street, the nearby garage is another option.
Your tab at Snack Bar will usually run to about $30 per guest. All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Snack Bar serves up all three meals.
After 22 years in the air force, Water 2 Wine–founder John McFadden established his first custom winery in San Antonio seven years ago. Already the business has spread as far as Milwaukee to the north and Denver to the west, bringing the country's vinophiles more than 100 wines, each of which are fermented on site and available for tastings every day. Those who want to get more involved in the crafting process may sign up to make their own wine and steep themselves in each step of the operation, from selecting the grape varieties, beginning the fermentation process, withstanding a wait of about 45 days, and finally christening their creation by smashing a tiny boat against the bottle. All custom-made wines are plastered with personalized labels made from one of Water 2 Wine’s templates or images that customers design from the ground up.
Tired of simply dressing up her rooms, designer Kerry White needed a way to engage clients on a deeper sensory level. Adopting the motto of “wine, art, and song”, she opened House Wine to match her eye for interiors with the refined tastes of vintages and the lilting sound of live, local music. Sporting both an earth-toned dining area and sun-dappled outdoor lounge replete with cushy, white couches, the wine bar leaves plenty of space for guests to explore an extensive wine list, sample cheese plates, and clasp handheld bites of pineapple-cinnamon empanadillas. Bards from across Austin fill the space with tuneful sounds, and local artists bring life to walls with their paintings of abstract landscapes or other, more beautiful walls.
Today's Groupon gets you $60 worth of French cuisine for $30 at Aquarelle Restaurant Français, the elegant restaurant the Austin Chronicle calls "one of a handful of restaurants bold enough to offer rabbit, sweetbreads, and other organ meats to the sometimes squeamish Austin palate." It serves gourmet cuisine, such as black truffles and fresh duck foie gras, in a romantic turn-of-the-century home in downtown Austin.