Founded by sisters Anni Zovek and Piroska Althauser, the two-story European Bistro houses a fleet of linen-topped tables and booths adorned with Hungarian, German, French, and Eastern European cuisines. Red-brick and wood-paneled walls serve as the base layer for the restaurant's rustic, Old-World character, enhanced by antiqued paintings, chairs reminiscent of 19th-century Europe, and a special table reserved for members of the Grimm brethren.
On weekends, an accordionist charms ears with German, French, and Hungarian tunes while patrons savor such entrees as wiener schnitzel, hungarian stuffed cabbage rolls, and duck liver. Meat-free fare includes tofu steak and vegetarian paneer cheese goulash. For larger groups, the eatery also boasts a banquet room that can host up to 175 diners.
Twenty catfish fillets, fries, coleslaw, hush puppies, lemon, and tartar sauce sail to tables, ready for families to feast upon. Shrimp, catfish, and oyster po' boys. A 10-acre pasture equipped with washer-pitching pits. All these elements combine to form the Good Luck Grill, owned and operated by a native Texan. The Grill welcomes patrons with a mix of comfort food and country charm: seafood hand-breaded with seasoned flour and cornmeal, an outdoor patio filled with live music on weekends, and burgers made from 100% Angus beef. Meanwhile, the restaurant's spacious wooden front porch and open interior beckon the famished masses like a Statue of Liberty that is constructed entirely of chicken-fried steak and holding a chili-cheese torch.
El Rincon brings the inventive flavors and hearty, comforting dishes of Mexican fare stateside. Make friends with the menu by opting for the Mexican plate, huddling together a wise-cracking cheese enchilada, a crispy taco, a charming chalupa, munchable mercenaries of rice and beans, and a guest appearance by pop star Guaca Mole ($5.99). The fajita plate wraps scene-stealing sizzling steak or chicken in steamy homemade tortillas ($8.49), and the hefty burrito dinner ($6.50) and the beef enchiladas plate ($6.39) sport the spicy couture of the restaurant's green salsa, named a favorite of the 2010 Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Fest. Providing weekly soundtracks to these dining epochs, the mariachis of El Rincon serenade diners with swooning, passionate ballads about the Battle of Carne Asada.
White rice and bright slices of vegetables add a colorful counterpoint to the traditional dishes served at Yazmyne'z Restaurant and Mediterranean Cuisine. Delicately spiced pieces of kofta get wrapped in pita sandwiches and savory slices of gyros meat get scattered alongside pepperoni and vegetables atop crispy pizzas. Patrons can inhale sweet puffs of smoke from hookahs packed with specialty flavor combinations, such as peach and mint, melon and kiwi, or Earth, Wind, and Fire.
At Morelia Mexican Grill, generations of the Arreola Family cook up recipes from their ancestral home in Morelia, Mexico, captivating diners with savory dishes of chicken, seafood, steak, and pork. The restaurants immerse guests in an atmosphere of Mexican art and culture, with stone pillars and friezes decorated in Mesoamrican-style carvings and colorful wall-sized Diego Rivera?style murals. The dishes that sparkle against that backdrop included the shrimp-stuffed avocado, Fajitas Romanas, and mixed grill plates of quail and steak.
Big River Grill?s cooks culled from myriad culinary traditions when crafting their menu. Toppings as diverse as baked ham and chipotle mayo top pizzas, and 15 burger combinations include the Slammin? Dam burger piled high with fried cheese sticks, bacon, and housemade ranch. Kebabs, crab cakes, and gyros arrive on the plate with a choice of dipping sauce, including cilantro-lime aioli and basil pesto. The chefs mix and match Breyers ice-cream flavors and crumbled mix-ins to craft such custom options as chili-pepper pineapple, Twinkie bacon honey bits, and pretzel brownie cookie cake.