Today’s Groupon serves up casually elegant cuisine with a side of breathtaking scenery. For $25, you’ll get $50 worth of food and drink at the Grille at Rough Hollow, a cozy eatery praised for its sunset-soaked views, well-plated rustic treats, and general lack of things that are rough or hollow.
Grille's new chef, former Perry's Steakhouse food-maker Casey Simmons, helps cook up delicious savory eats. Start with an order of hand-cut potato chips served with a variety of dipping sauces (roasted tomato salsa, jalapeño ranch, or roma tomatoes, scallions, bacon, and blue cheese), a sophisticated upgrade from your standard grease-soaked spuds ($5). For an entrée, the Grille features surf and turf options including 8 oz filet ($26), grouper ($19), or scallops ($22). Look to the chef’s menu for imaginative dishes, like the ginger snapper served with seared mushrooms and ginger beurre blanc ($23), or the George Bank scallops seared with macadamia nuts and Michigan cherries, garnished with a micro herb salad ($24). If you're a vegetarian, sink your teeth into The Austin, a sandwich piled with grilled zucchini, mushrooms, roasted red bell peppers, sprouts, and goat cheese pesto ($10)
Watch as the ice cream cone-sky poetically melts into beautiful Lake Travis from the Grille’s spacious patio or perch up at the wood, granite-topped bar inside. Get this multisensory Groupon, and enjoy a mouth and eyeful of memorable sights, sips, and savories.
Revered restaurant critic Rob Balon praises the Grille at Rough Hollow on his blog:
- With Shane Street at the helm and former Eddie v’s alumnus J.P. Lacoste running the kitchen, this place has slam dunk written all over it. This is a seriously qualified exec team. – Dining Out With Rob Balon
- We have been several times to The Grille,and everytime [sic] it impresses me more and more. Chef J.P. La Coste out does [sic] himself. – Dennis, Urbanspoon
- Great chef, great view, great service, great ambiance. How lucky we are to have the Grille at Rough Hollow in the Lake Travis area! – Lillian Hardcastle, Urbanspoon
Detective Hollow Always Goes By the Book
Fans of unpopular TV crime dramas may remember the short-lived cable program Rough Hollow, which followed a narcotics task force led by the grizzled Detective Ron "Rough" Hollow. He and his team did things their own way—strictly by the book. Here are the synopses of their highest-rated episodes:
Kill or Be Killed: Ron sends one of his men undercover to infiltrate a vicious gang. When he still can't get the info he needs, Ron flies off the handle and fills out the appropriate paperwork for a search warrant. Basketball great Isiah Thomas guest stars.
Blood of a Traitor: There's a rat on the Task Force and everyone's a suspect. In a rage, Ron cooks everyone on the team a big meal and hopes that the mole steps up and apologizes to everyone. Former Vice President Al Gore guest stars.
Means to an End: When a snooping reporter begins investigating the Task Force, Ron writes a strongly worded letter to the editor, but does not send it. Roberto Benigni guest stars.
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The Grille at Rough Hollow
Down the rocky bluff and to the many slips that line the harbor, The Grill at Rough Hollow overlooks the marina where water gently laps at the skiffs that float there. On the breezy patio, lunch and dinner is served, consisting of classic American staples from cobb salads and pecan-crusted catfish to bistro steak under swipes of zesty chimichurri sauce. Inside, take a seat at the curving marble bar to sip on house-made margaritas, glasses of wine, and unlimited water cocktails while enjoying live music.