The first American cafés opened in the 1800s as places where friends gathered to eat, drink, and share their explosion-heavy Nathaniel Hawthorne fan fiction. Pore over fresh café fare and copies of Hester Prynne, Robot Slayer with this Groupon.
$20 for $40 Worth of Dinner Fare
Appetizers—such as duck-confit hash—start at $10, while entrees—such as seafood stew ($19), grilled eggplant ($14), and Lockhart quail stuffed with apple, bacon, and currants ($16)—run from $12 to $22. See the dinner menu.
34th Street Café
As a young chef just starting out, Jason Tallent had cooked his way up the ladder, working directly under James Beard Foundation Award–winning chefs. After moving to Austin, he took the reins on the 34th Street Café, designing a farm-to-table menu of upscale New American comfort food. He and his team layer hormone-free meats and local, organic veggies to revamp beloved lunch sandwiches such as the BLT, Reuben, or ham and swiss. During the dinner rush, the menu throws on its formal wear for dishes such as crispy risotto with truffle cheese or panko-crusted chicken picatta drizzled with beurre blanc and sprinkled with capers. Affable owner Eddie Bernal keeps the restaurant’s laser-like focus on serving ethical, delicious café cuisine, while high ceilings and a spacious dining room offer guests plenty of room to relax during lunch, dinner, or Twister matches that determine who’s picking up the tab.