After a long day of circling wagons, cowboys loved nothing more than hearing a ringing dinner bell and seeing their favorite horse preparing a bubble bath for them. Heed the call with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Western diner fare at Patsy's Cafe.
Patsy's foodsmiths craft a menu of hearty classics accessorized by house-made sauces and live music in the evenings, satisfying the appetites of mouths and ears alike. The dinner menu offers a hand-breaded slab of chuck steak, which reclines within a sheath of Patsy's signature cream gravy to form the chicken-fried steak ($10.95). Chefs concoct The John Kelso burger by heaping jalapeno-jack cheese, grilled onions, bacon, and a homemade spicy green-chile sauce atop a rustler-worthy patty ($8.95), and servings of house-made pie ($4.95) reward diners for their adherence to the food pyramid's warnings against swimming immediately after meals.
The lunch menu tides over appetites with an arsenal of sandwiches ($6.95+), as well as with two cowgirl fish tacos, whose flour tortillas brim with a kaleidoscopic confetti of jalapeno coleslaw, lime and cilantro aioli, and pico de gallo ($9.95). Live music graces Patsy's vibrant dining room with foot-tapping and tail-wagging performances on select evenings, upstaging the restaurant's expansive sunset mural and spur-bedecked table legs.
Patsy's Cowgirl Cafe
In what was once a generic roadside warehouse, Patsy's Cowgirl Cafe now brims with inviting, kitschy personality. Shannon Sedwick and Michael Shelton, the entrepreneurs behind comedy hotspot Esther's Follies, decorated the ceiling with tumbleweeds and tree branches and built a bar inlaid with mosaic tilework. There's a stage for live music or tomato-throwing duels, behind which a mural depicts a cowgirl on horseback rearing up against the sunset. In the words of Austin Chronicle writer Virginia B. Wood, "Patsy's has great style and personality, the drinks are good, and the eclectic selection of local music is free."
The food is another popular reason to visit. Chefs prepare Texas staples such as hand-breaded chicken-fried steak with cracked-pepper gravy, and they also put their own spin on the classics with dishes such as chicken-fried portobello mushrooms in vegetarian cilantro-cream sauce. There's also a roster of burgers and veggie burgers named after local celebrities, and libations such as the mexican martini with tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and olive juice.
5001 E Ben White Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78741