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Mar 15, 2011 10:20 AM

Ultimate SXSW deals, happy hour dining and lunch specials?

This is a call for all of your favorite Austin restaurant deals!

Excluding the free food during SXSW week, what are some of your favorite restaurants around town that tip the scales in terms of deliciousness, ambiance, and value? I'm looking for:

-lunch specials
-daily specials
-happy hour menus
-delicious deals in general

My two votes are:

1. Happy Hour sushi at Uchiko's "social hour" between 5-7pm. The restaurant is gorgeous, and they have the delicious p-38 hamachi avocado roll for only $6! The rest of the menu is fantastic, and although not included, *don't* skip dessert! Desserts are incredible.

2. Cipollina in Clarksville has half-off pizza during pizza happy hour from 5-6pm. Delicious truffled pizzas for a great price!

What are some other ideas?

4200 North Lamar, Austin, TX 78756

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  1. I like the Wink happy hour in their wine bar. Basically, you get the appetizer portions and selections at a reduced (I recall half) price. You can certainly make a meal of it! Mussels, sliders, various salads--love the beet salad with goat cheese--and good deals on wine. Pretty good variety and all fresh.

    We go after work, about six and have never had an issue getting a table.

    1. Sounds like Parkside has a good happy hour too. What are the standouts there?

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      1. re: air

        The bar steak and frites and quail salad are delicious. They had the best oysters I've tasted in quite some time. You don't have to sit at the bar for happy hour either. We got a booth in the regular area. Service wasn't compromised either.

        1. re: tokyomonamour

          That's exactly what I ordered on my only visit so far. I loved it! The oysters were great, 4 each of 3 different types. Steak was tender and everyone was making a fuss over the fries. The four of us left very happy with the whole experience... excellent service and nice ambiance. A couple of folks had specialty cocktails which they seemed pleased with.