Many American bistros differentiate themselves from their European counterparts by serving region-specific dishes and replacing waiters with Bruce Springsteen. Satisfy a hungry heart with this Groupon.
$15 for $30 Worth of Bistro Food
Entrees include roasted free-range bistro chicken with potato gratin and haricot verts ($18), BLT pasta with broccolini, leek, and tomato ($13), and an arugula pizza with prosciutto and parmesan ($13). See the full menu.
Annies Cafe & Bar
An admiration of European-style bistros and sidewalk cafés inspired Love Nance and Sherry Jameson to open Apple Annies in 1982. Then in 2008, the longtime Austin-residents moved their lunchtime café to a new location, added breakfast and dinner to the menu, and renamed their quarter-century-old eatery Annies Cafe & Bar. The dinner menu’s rapid success, fueled by farm-to-market dishes such as farmer's-market vegetable platters and roasted free-range chicken, helped the brasserie earn acclaim from various local media outlets and one interstellar radio transmission.
Each morning, Annies Cafe & Bar lures early birds by wafting the aroma of fresh-baked baguettes out its large front doors. Around noon, made-to-order lunches, sandwiches, and salads from the convenient deli case make their way into the paws of businesspeople, while evening heralds gourmet dinners and specialty cocktails from the zinc-topped bar.