Instead of serving its sandwiches between buns or a pair of clean, white gloves, Fox’s Pizza Den takes a different approach. The pizzeria uses a fresh-baked, nine-inch pizza crust to create more than a dozen different versions of their signature Wedgies. The Italian, for instance, features ham, salami,and melted cheese slathered with gourmet Italian dressing, and the Veggie Wedgie loads up on mushrooms, onions, and green peppers.
Fox’s also uses its pizza crust for its original purpose: pizza. Ten different gourmet pies anchor the menu, including the steak rancher pizza, which chefs slather in ranch dressing and top with sirloin steak and mushrooms.
Helmed by a husband-and-wife team of seasoned shutterbugs, CherryBones Photography captures memorable moments with a stylistic, vintage flair. A three-hour CherryBones photo-booth rental lets party planners reap a windfall of fun, formal photos at weddings or effortlessly steal dozens of souls dressed in business-casual at office parties. One of CherryBones’s estimable imagists accompanies the booth, zooming in for close-up shots of lovey-dovey duos, expertly cropping pin-ups of photogenic foursomes, and manipulating space-time to capture festive wide shots of the entire House of Representatives. CherryBones can deliver the photo booth to any location in the greater Austin area, and a copy of all two-dimensional memory bytes will be made available to customers on a DVD as well as in an online gallery that will be posted after the event.
The Motley Menagerie’s hundred-year-old historic building brims with the burble of conversation fueled by full tea service and a menu of homemade soups, sandwiches, and desserts. Cheery duos gather for the Motley Teaser meal over the tile-mosaic tables of the colorful tearoom, or cluster outside on a patio in the shade of pecan trees. Bowls of soup brimming with a choice of vegetables; tomato and basil; poblano chicken; or broccoli and cheese provide the warming comfort of a teddy-bear bonfire. Egg salad, chicken or tuna stirred with fresh olives, and pimento salad crafted from homemade cheese beg for attention and a starring role on each plate's fresh-lettuce stage.
The culinary authors at Trattoria Lisina publish a menu listing an array of country-style Italian cuisine. An appetizer of fried calamari fritti, speckled with flour, semolina, and spices, ambles across taste buds with accomplices of pepperoni aioli and spicy tomato sauce ($10). The spaghetti carbonara, prepared with pancetta, egg, garlic, and Romano cheese, lends a noodly texture to cuisine quests ($12). An entree of costolette di agnello alla griglia plates locally acquired, grass-fed lamb chops grilled on oak and pecan with a balsamic glaze and mashed potatoes ($28). The capesante al Giovanni unites pan-seared scallops with sautéed spinach, creamy polenta, and a hickory-and-herb-smoked tomato puree ($23).
Head chef Kurt Ramborger harnesses local ingredients and interblends international flavors to fill seasonal menus. Shimmy into supper with an appetizer of Flapper bandits, outlaw chicken wings disguised in the choice of house rub, sweetened jalapeño, or other seasoned sauces and served with tequila-blue dip. The Helen supplies diners with a pair of hearty tacos, black-eyed-pea relish, and chipotle chayote, and Latin flavors invade The Drunkard to kick up wurst and farfalle pasta with roasted yams, Tejas slaw, and a sauce sauteed with Tito's vodka. Tongues sweat over the Viuda's 16-ounce bone-in yak sirloin, a grass-fed cut noted for being lean and juicy, much like a CliffsNotes tabloid. Though corkage fees aren't included with this Groupon, guests can bring their own bottle of wine from their personal collection or their neighbor's unlocked cellar.
It would take months to sample every single flavor of shaved ice at MamboFreeze?after tasting all of the traditional flavors such as lemon and apple, there are still over a hundred imaginative varieties to try. The little shaved ice trailer offers more than 200 varieties of the frozen treat, including unconventional flavors such as jalape?o stinger and buttered popcorn, along with a slew of sugar-free options. Servers top the frosty treats in an array of rich toppings, from cream to caramel. Additionally, guests can indulge in frozen yogurt or smoothies blended into vibrant flavors such as orange creamsicle and strawberry basil.