Growling stomachs can hamper stealth operations, spoil belly dances, and, in extreme cases, induce dogs to attack. Quiet whimpering tummy tones with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Cali-Mex cuisine at Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant on West Avenue.
Lucy's serves a mouthwatering mélange of Cajun, Californian, and Mexican cuisine amid an atmosphere that’s as laid-back as a breezy beach. Diners feast on surfer-inspired handhelds such as todos santos fish tacos ($10.95 for two). Verdure votaries can dive into the spinach mushroom spinner, which features two enchiladas stuffed with baby spinach and mushrooms awash in a sea of jack cheese ($7.95). The po' boy shack ($9.95) can fire up mouths with buffalo chicken and blue cheese, as well as silence high-pitched whale calls with deep-fried gulf shrimp, oysters, or catfish doused in tartar or shrimp sauce. Appetizers, such as the flash-fried barrel rolls prepare teeth for cross-cultural chomping with two spring rolls jam-packed with sautéed crawfish, carrots, and poblano peppers ($10.95).
Lucy's welcomes diners with a warm, cantina-style interior, replete with surf-inspired décor. Local musicians take the stage from time to time for musical performances and intimate guitar interviews, and dogs are catered to with free bowls of crushed ice or the canine kahuna—a grilled, boneless, skinless chicken breast ($1).
Eight Yelpers give Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant a 3.5-star average:
506 West Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701