Austin BBQ or Steakhouse
I am looking to buy a friend, a grad student at the University of Texas at Austin, a $50 gift certificate to a restaurant. I thought I would get him a certificate for a steakhouse or a barbecue place. Someone here suggested Stubbs to me, but I called there and they will not take payment over the phone. Another person suggested Jeffrey's, but I think that may be a little gourmet for him, judging from the Jeffrey's menu here (he likes good food but is not really adventurous). Ideally, the $50 would cover two people.
Do you have any suggestions? I have no idea where to start since I am in DC. Thanks so much!
This is possibly the best BBQ place in the state. (Lockhart is located about 20 minutes southeast of Austin). Give them a call and I'm sure they'll mail out a gift certificate and fifty bucks will buy enough grub (and beers) for your friend and about four or five of his/her buddies...
Sullivan's is nice and he'd like it.
It's a little more costly than some, but if you tried really hard, you get two people out of there for $50.
But what would probably happen is grad student and friend would add something to it. Even if they add $10-20 bucks, that would make it affordable for them to eat somewhere nice like Sullivan's, which they probably couldn't afford otherwise.
Although Howard's suggestion about Black's is a really good idea. Your friend could treat a lot of his friends for $50 at Black's - and it's my favorite 'cue joint, too.
PS - Be glad the "Stubb's" thing didn't work out.
Sullivan's serves choice, not prime. At their prices, that bugs me. I'd go with Fleming's for a steakhouse or Shoreline Grill, where the bone in tenderloin is sensational. He could go to Shoreline at lunch with a friend, have the incredible prime rib enchiladas and get out with appetizers and dessert for around $50.