What You'll Get
The most common way to experience the Deep South is to find a street magician and hope he pulls a shiny Louisiana state quarter from your ear. Today's deal presents another option when there are no illusionists handy: for $12, you get $25 worth of Southern-style home cooking at Threadgill’s. This Groupon is good at both the north and south Austin locations. If you redeem your Groupon at the North Lamar location, you will receive a coupon good for $10 off your next visit to that location.
Threadgill’s offers customers a rich history of Americana music and delicious Southern home cooking. Put aside secondary historical sources and explore the restaurant first hand by biting into a basket of fried green tomatoes ($6.25) or crunching on fried pickle spears ($5.75). Then fill your internal torso purse with health by sampling a three-vegetable plate, which lets guests choose from a wide variety of vitamin-rich plants, such as collard greens, black-eyed peas, and steamed broccoli ($7.95). A hickory burger slakes the meaty appetite of carnivores with Canadian bacon, hickory sauce, cheddar, and chopped onion on a char-grilled patty ($8.45), as does Threadgill’s world-famous chicken fried steak, whose tender parts are hand-dipped, golden-fried, and covered with creamy gravy ($10.95). Fresh lemonade ($1.95, one free refill included) or sweet tea ($1.95) is available to sup upon while wrapping up your meal with a refreshing slice of strawberry rhubarb pie ($4.50) or classic dollop of Blue Bell vanilla ice cream ($2.25).
First opened in 1933, Threadgill’s original north Austin location is decked out with thematic décor from the 1930s to the 1960s. Since its earliest days, the restaurant has hosted talented musicians such as Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Janis Joplin and maintains this devotion to tunes by offering frequent live music. Both locations feature interiors decorated with historical memorabilia; the south restaurant, which is located next to the old Armadillo World Headquarters, includes a piano—played by the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis and Captain Beefheart—which hangs from the ceiling like the mellifluous equivalent of a neighborhood Spider Man or actual sleeping bat.
Not valid for alcohol. Not valid on New Year’s Day, Christmas, or Thanksgiving.
Theadgill's has been on the Austin Chronicle's best of list since the early '90s. In 2005, it was named the Best Sunday Gospel Brunch. TripAdvisors give the north Austin location an average of four owl-eyes and 77% of 136 UrbanSpooners recommend its south Austin location.
- Nothing goes with grits like gospel, so Threadgill’s south provides both every Sunday at brunch… It’s hard to get full on communion wafers, so when church lets out, head down to Threadgill’s to get some soul food on a whole new metaphysical level. – Austin Chronicle
- Excellent rolls and cornbread. If youy [sic] go away hungry it's your own fault! – NNMinAL, TripAdvisor
- Texas roadhouse food has become popular, but this is the real thing. You'll find staples like poboy's and catfish, but I love the sides: fried okra, butter beans, greens, red beans and rice, cheese grits, etc. noahsdad, TripAdvisor
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 20, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Not valid with other offers. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid on New Year's Day, Christmas, or Thanksgiving. Not valid toward alcohol. Not valid for cover charges for music/events or for merchandise. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
Kenneth Threadgill stood in line all night to be the first person in Travis County to get a beer license. It was 1933, and the bootlegger and country-music connoisseur had plans to evolve his filling station into something bigger—though even Threadgill probably couldn't have anticipated how big it would become.
It started with touring musicians stopping in for drinks after their shows. By the ’60s, Janis Joplin was on stage, polishing her unpolished sound for crowds from all walks of life. The evolution continued, with Threadgill's hosting artists from Jerry Lee Lewis to Captain Beefheart and expanding into a Southern-style restaurant where the love of music ironed out disagreements and engendered an atmosphere of tolerance.
Today, the original location on North Lamar harks back to Threadgill's beginnings, with current owner Eddie Wilson decking the place out with decor that evokes the Austin of the 1930s to the 1960s, including vintage signs that say, “I can’t wait for the internet to be invented.” The second location on West Riverside celebrates the 1970s music scene that thrived at the Armadillo—Wilson's former establishment at that location. At both venues, chefs churn out classic Southern food, such as chicken-fried steak and fried green tomatoes, while frequent live music entertains guests.