Cooking at home involves the risk of small burns, spilled liquids, and the advances of an oven in heat. Avoid stove-top suitors with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Hungarian dinner fare at European-Bistro in Pflugerville. Dinner is served Tuesday and Wednesday after 5 p.m., and after 11 a.m. Thursday–Sunday.
European-Bistro’s skillful chefs set tongues on a trans-continental tour of Hungarian, German, French, and Eastern European cuisine. The dinner menu burbles over with fun-to-say entrees such as jägerschnitzel, a breaded veal dish doused in gravy ($20); the gypsy pork tenderloin soaks sautéed meat medallions in a creamy Hungarian sauce made from slow-roasted umlauts ($16). A choice of sides, such as traditional Hungarian sauerkraut with paprika or savory German potato salad, reinforces each entrée, and vegetarian options such as tofu steak in mushroom sauce ($16) offer a contemporary take on a continental classic, like the rap battle between rival Russian landlords in The Cherry Orchard.
Founded by sisters Anni Zovek and Piroska Althauser, European-Bistro carries on Old World cultures in the New World's heartland with accordion-borne musical performances every weekend. Though not included in this Groupon, connoisseurs can also sip an extensive list of imported wines and beers as they practice their best clog-dancing routines within the space’s rich wood paneling and exposed brick walls.
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.