by Monika Kowalczyk - 65 Reviews - 40 List
If the thought of treating someone to a nice steakhouse outing conjures up nothing but dread, let us remind you of the beauty and magnificence of killer restaurant deals here in Austin. They're bountiful and lure just about anyone?even the broke college kid using student loans as beer money. Consider these options when wanting to take things up a notch in a super budget-friendly way.
(Pictured: Finn & Porter)
Updated: June 18, 2010
WHEN TO GO: The hours are a bit tedious, but hey--we'll take it! Happy Hour: Sunday 5:00-close, Monday 4:00-close, Saturday 4:00pm-7:00pm, Tuesday-Friday 4:00pm-7:00pm and 9:00pm-close. $1 oysters: All day Wednesday. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Minimum beverage purchase required. OUR PICKS: You just can't beat their $1.95 menu (the half-pound cheeseburger is stellar) or $4.95 steak fajitas marinated to perfection.
WHEN TO GO: Monday-Friday 4:30pm-7pm. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Available only at the bar and lounge. OUR PICKS: The $5 specialty martinis the bartender whips up are top notch, and their half-priced appetizer menu is full of our favorites, notably the veal osso buco.
WHEN TO GO: Monday-Friday 4:00-6:30pm. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Available only at Bar 79 inside Perry's. OUR PICKS: Both the ground Kobe Burger with sweet potato fries and the applewood-smoked bacon-wrapped scallops come in under $7.
WHEN TO GO: Thursday-Sunday 5:00pm-close. Monday-Wednesday 9:00pm-close. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Special-priced menu also available at Ring Side, the adjacent lounge. Live jazz begins at 5pm. OUR PICKS: The $5 menu here reigns supreme. The CEO martini is our libation of choice, while the huge gourmet burger, with its varying collection of melted cheeses and made-from-scratch potato chips, yields leftovers perfect for next day's lunch. Now that's stretching a buck.
WHEN TO GO: Monday-Friday 5pm-7pm. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Surf and Turf-centric Finn & Porter offer half-priced starters and sushi, carefully crafted by Master Chef Triet. Wine is also half-priced by the glass for the perfect pairing. Going for the bottle? Stop by every Sunday evening (from open to close) for Wine Night, when all bottles are discounted by 50%.