What You'll Get
Brunch—like twilight, sporks, skorts, friends with benefits, and so many other things that make life worth living—is not quite one thing and not quite another. Celebrate everyone's favorite mutant mealtime with today’s Groupon. For $15, you get $30 worth of Sunday brunch items at FINO Restaurant Patio & Bar in Central Austin. Brunch hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The brunch menu is a savory-sweet blend of Spanish, Greek, and North African influences, with a healthy peppering of stiff cocktails to wash away the bitter memories of Saturday night. Sip a mimosa made with cava and orange, grapefruit, or pomegranate juice ($5 for a glass, $20 for a carafe), nurse a spicy Bloody Mary blended with Hangar One Chipotle Vodka and house-made tomato juice ($9), or soothe a throbbing head with Spanish iced coffee, a blend of Caffee du Monde cold-brew coffee, cream, and Licor 43 ($7). Stomach activities include a variety of small plates, such as sea-salted pork pinchitos ($5) or made-to-order doughnuts ($6) in cinnamon-sugar and vanilla-crema varieties. For a healthy torso purse, freshen up with a baby romaine and feta salad ($9), garnished with cucumber, kalamata olives, tomato, onion, parsley, mint, and oregano. The spicy fennel-sausage flatbread ($9) pairs sweet apple with savory manchego cheese and pine nuts, while more breakfasty egg-filled dishes include the FINO benedict ($12), scrambled eggs with cured salmon, yogurt, onion, and watercress ($9), steak and eggs ($15), and tortilla Espanola featuring red peppers, onions, and tomatoes ($10).
FINO’s is a second-story restaurant clad in wood accents and large windows that frame a charming, outdoor dining patio. The effect is at once upscale and Tarzan’s tree house, though wild men swinging from vines will immediately be arrested. The interior décor relies on the light, airy space and a low-key color scheme. Backed by a well-stocked bar, FINO is a lovely spot to catch brunch with a sleepy loved one, spitefully alert parent, or hungry-eyed, chainmail-clad stranger.
Your Groupon is not valid for Mother's Day, Father's Day, or Easter Sunday.
Texas Monthly says Finos' appealing atmosphere is ideal for a leisurely meal:
- Fino’s broad second-story concrete patio is perfect for sipping a drink on a comfy sofa. It’s also just right for a leisurely lunch or dinner amid the treetops. The only frustration you might experience at this appealing, contemporary space is deciding what to order from the menu. Are you in the mood for Italian? There’s plenty to be had. If you’re feeling like something a bit less mainstream Mediterranean, there’s also French, Spanish, Greek, Lebanese, and North African. – Texas Monthly
The Austin Chronicle loves Finos' cuisine:
- The tapas-like offerings range in price from $3.50 to $11 and make satisfying appetizers for one diner or a few savory bites for sharing. The Seared Scallops With Cilantro and Pumpkin Seed Pesto ($9) and the Oven-Roasted Shrimp With Goat Cheese and Tomatoes ($9) were both marvelous – perfectly cooked seafood paired with well-balanced sauces. … Regular dining at Fino is a fine choice. The Foxes' second effort is another definite winner. – Virginia B. Wood
Austin360 says Fino's has the entire package:
- That atmosphere might be outstanding, but it's the food, service and teamwork that are the ultimate keys to a restaurant's success, and those ingredients are mixing so well that Fino might be the best three-star restaurant in Austin. – Dale Rice
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 15, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Valid only for Sunday brunch 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Limit 1 Groupon per 2 people at table. Reservations recommended. Not valid on Mother's Day, Father's Day, or Easter. Tax and gratuity not included. No cash back. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.