Aside from Austin’s happy hours, stellar brunches, and tacos galore, the town offers up a good deal of daily specials available only during specific days and times, from steak frites on Mondays at Josephine House, Thursday night fried chicken from Contigo, to saag, curry and rosé at June’s. Here are Eater’s picks of the best once-a-week dish specials across the city.
Steak frites night at Josephine House
Josephine House’s three-course steak frites menu is sure to cure the Monday blues while relaxing in the warm Clarksville cottage. Start with a wedge salad or chicken liver mousse before choosing from three prime cuts, gulf shrimp, or prime tenderloin beef tartare, served with frites and aioli.
Location: 1601 Waterston Avenue, Clarksville
Bad Ass Burger night at Swift’s Attic
Every Monday Swift’s Attic offers up a weekly interpretation of America’s favorite sandwich with what some might call a burger and some might call a challenge. Keeping to the Swift’s Attic tradition of inventive creations that don’t adhere to any particular cuisine or genre, the burger changes weekly and includes toppings that range from braised Brussels sprouts and house-made squash bread to a crab cake and béarnaise sauce. The restaurant only makes 18 of each burger, served at 9 p.m., and they sell out quickly, so get there early and enjoy happy hour and $3 pints while you wait. 315 Congress Ave., 512-482-8842
Two-for-one burgers at the Hotel Vegas Concession Stand
End your Monday on one of East Austin’s favorite patios, where burgers from the Concession Stand are two-for-one and tallboys are only $3. Then, stick around for live music, trivia, or whatever other events the Volstead/Hotel Vegas duo have planned for the night. The burgers are good, beers are cheap, and there’s plenty of room on the expensive patio for all your friends.
Location: 1502 East 6th Street, East Side
Tony’s fried chicken at Hyde Park Bar & Grill
Aside from daily lunch specials, Hyde Park Bar & Grill serves up a special Monday night fried chicken dish available after 5 p.m. Tony’s signature buttermilk fried chicken is served with a fresh biscuit, mashed potatoes, and a choice of a side for $11.99. (Miss out? They serve the same special on Tuesday nights as well).
Location: 4206 Duval Street, Hyde Park
50 cent wings at Kung Fu Saloon
Create your own Monday Funday at Kung Fu Saloon, with 50 cent wings from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., old school arcade games, a full bar, and happy hour specials until 7 p.m. Choose your adventure with Sriracha buffalo, kung fu kick, teriyaki or barbecue sauces.
Location: 716 West 6th Street, Downtown
Dollar oysters at Foreign & Domestic
Ease into the week with the superb combination of dollar oysters, half-off white wine, sparkling and rosé, and Foreign & Domestic’s menu of locally inspired creations, from venison tartare to oyster mushroom risotto. The offer stands every Tuesday night from 5:30 p.m. until the oysters run out.
Location: 306 East 53rd Street, North Loop
Fajitas at Las Palomas
For those out in Westlake, Las Palomas offers a fajitas-for-two dinner special every Tuesday night, served with queso, guacamole, rice and beans, for an easy and affordable Tuesday date night.
Location: 3201 Bee Cave Road, Westlake
Carne asada tacos at Revelry Kitchen and Bar
Load up on carne asada tacos every Tuesday at Revelry. Five dollars will get you two tacos, while you sip on five dollars drafts and avoid rush hour traffic. This deal comes in addition to its regular weekday happy hour, which runs from 4 to 7 p.m.
Location: 1410 East 6th Street, East Side
Chile Rellenos at Guero’s
Guero’s Taco Bar offers a daily special every day of the week, but the Wednesday night chile relleno special is well worth the trip or a stop along your stroll up South Congress. Wednesday night is also a great night to check out the Texas Radio Live show on the outdoor Guero’s stage or hit up the Guero’s happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. with $2 off margaritas, $2 domestic beers, and $1 off chili con queso. Visit their website for other daily specials and offerings. 1412 S Congress Ave., 512-447-7688
Oyster platters at Parkside
Cozy up to the bar at Parkside every Wednesday for half-off oyster platters ($16 instead of $32), then stay for the smoked salmon tartine or the fried egg sandwich.
Location: 301 East 6th Street, Downtown
Fried chicken night at Contigo
Head to Contigo’s picturesque patio for some Texas ranch-style eats, from charcuterie to crispy green beans and rabbit and dumplings. On Thursdays, get there early for some of its celebrated fried chicken, at only a dollar per piece, limit two per person. The mouth-watering chicken is sold from 5 p.m. until it sells out.
Location: 2027 Anchor Lane, MLK
Tiki pork sandwiches at Irene’s
Every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Irene’s hosts a Tiki Thursdays night, with the bar mixing strong rum cocktails, Tiki pork sandwiches on the menu, and DJ Emily Rabbit spinning from 8 p.m. to midnight. 506 West Ave., 512-298-0853
Switch Sandwich at Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew
Each week the barbecue joint offers its own culinary and pit room collaboration in the form of a weekly changing sandwich. Past creations have included a smoked fried catfish sandwich, an everything bagel brisket sandwich with fried pickles and cream cheese, and the Texas brisket cheesesteak. Sounds like the perfect way to coast into the weekend.
Location: 6610 North Lamar Boulevard., Brentwood
Frito pie at Lambert’s
Downtown’s upscale take on barbecue still finds ways to offer up great deals from its menu, from happy hour to a discounted bar menu all night on Mondays to nightly specials served from 10 to 11 p.m. at their upstairs bar. On Saturdays, it’s the five dollar Frito pies paired with five dollar margaritas, as a perfect way to end the night or grab a bite after a show at the nearby Moody Theater.
Location: 401 West 2nd Street, Downtown
Pub Night at June’s
Although the South Congress restaurant is known for its wine selection, June’s also hosts a lesser-known but just as notable Sunday pub night, with five dollar pints of Old Speckled Hen, and a rotating selection of Indian delicacies, such as fish saag, Madurai chicken curry, and chana masala.
Location: 1722 South Congress Avenue, Bouldin
Steak Night at Chicon
Chef Andrew Wiseheart and his team at Chicon dedicate Sunday nights to 12-ounce ribeye, locally sourced from 44 Farms. The wood-fire grilled prime ribeye is served with additional $6 sides such as potato soubise, beer-battered peppers, and grilled avocado. A selection of wines and cocktails are also offered at $6 each.
1914 East 6th Street, East Side
Tallow-fried chicken night at Dai Due
Masters of all things meat, East Austin’s Dai Due butcher shop and restaurant reserves Sunday nights for a tallow fried chicken special, featuring a half-chicken from Dewberry Hills Farm, fried in tallow and served with mashed potatoes, buttered greens, gravy, and a biscuit.
Location: 2406 Manor Road, Cherrywood
Burgers and Burgundy at Nightcap
End the week at Nightcap with a featured burgundy list and a construct-your-own burger special from 5 to 10 p.m. Add-on options include pork belly, bacon jam, pickled fresno peppers, and truffle aioli. The Sunday night menu also includes some of Nightcap’s signature cocktails, a cheese plate, and selected desserts.
Location: 1401 West 6th Street, Clarksville