With a delectable selection of chophouse favorites from land, sea, and sky, Austin's Seafood and Steak gives premium proteins new homes on plates and palates. Each of Austin's certified Angus steaks—from the 8-ounce top sirloin ($12.99) to the 14-ounce cajun ribeye ($20.99)—is hand-cut daily by kitchen beefmasters, preserving freshness and appeasing the cravings of the restaurant's eager-to-help meat cleavers. Fish and fowl round out the menu, as tender scallops ($16.99) bring familiar comfort to tables of off-duty mermaids. The Mardi Gras chicken ($12.99) throws a tablecloth Carnival with a colorful assortment of peppers, onions, and sauces served in the shape of a smiling-jester float.
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A sizzle rings throughout Lou’s Burger House’s kitchen as the cooks toss behemoth 10-ounce burgers onto grills. Nearby, friendly staffers sing and dance while washing dishes or joke with the customers, who lick flaky chicken-pot-pie crust off their forks and tear into barbecue pulled-pork sandwiches. Forks also dig into heaping sides of mac ’n’ cheese, creamed potatoes, and collard greens, as well as sweet-cherry and peach cobbler. Lou’s recently added the barbecue options to its menu—making its slogan, “Our butts will drive you nuts!” finally have more than one meaning.
When discussing the atmosphere at Meo Mio's Cajun Spirits, owner Brian Sabo told reporters from Nooga.com, "I want people to forget they are in Chattanooga, forget their worries." To that end, his restaurant abounds with New Orleans–style decorations, from the glittery masks that adorn the wood-paneled walls to the colorful Mardi Gras beads dangling from servers’ necks. Yet the roots of this Cajun feel grow within the kitchen, where chefs fold fresh seafood and spices imported from New Orleans into creamy pastas and po’ boys. These grill masters also sizzle up fine cuts of aged steak and fill buckets with boiled shrimp, fried oysters, and seasoned catfish until they overflow.
Back out in the double-tiered dining area, guests linger over long island iced teas and final bites of bread pudding beneath the glow of a towering television screen and the gaze of a 2,600-pound clay sculpture of Louis Armstrong. Live local bands toot horns and strum their guitars on the restaurant's stage, conjuring jazzy festivity by beckoning feet to twirl across the dance floor. Throughout the year, the restaurant also hosts special events, from costume parties on Halloween to ceremonial beard trimmings on the first day of spring.
It's clear from their menu that Blacksmith's Bistro & Bar's cooks don't take things too seriously. They named a burger crowned with pimento cheese and russian dressing the "Gooey" and affectionately called a pulled duck sandwich smothered in cherry barbecue sauce "Duck Duck No Goose." Still, fried-chicken sliders with tomato jalapeño jam and mac 'n' cheese with chunks of andouille sausage and crawfish prove that they can create some serious eats.
That southern influence can be found at brunch, too, with entrees ranging from spicy barbecue shrimp served over cheese grits to buttermilk biscuits smothered in sausage gravy.
Feasts unfold in a down-home space where tables line wood-paneled walls and menus top wooden barrels that can later be used on the nearby Tennessee River to float customers home. At the bar, mixologists whip up craft cocktails.