Updated July 25, 2016
One of the oldest neighborhoods in Austin, Clarksville sits on the western outskirts of downtown. Commonly referred to as “quaint” and “charming,” this area is rich in history and style.
But what I like best about Clarksville: I practically don’t have to make any decisions when it comes to food. There are a handful of great restaurants that offer multi-course, prix fixe dining events on designated nights every week.
Josephine House Monday Steak Frites Night
Missed Sunday Funday Brunch with your friends? Make up for it on Monday–it’s a carnivore’s utopia. If red meat isn’t your style, there’s always a pescatarian option. I had the grilled diver scallops last visit, and loved them almost as much as the medium-rare filet I had the time prior.
The three-course meal starts with your choice of an iceberg wedge with blue cheese crumbles and buttermilk, a roasted beet salad topped with pecans or chicken liver mousse with toasts. The main course is steak and a heaping portion of frites. Dessert and house wine are included and prices range from $40-65, depending on the prime cut of meat you choose:
- Tenderloin filet, 7oz
- New York strip, 11 oz
- Ribeye, 13 oz
- Tenderloin beef tartare
Website – 1601 Waterston Ave.
The Experience at Café Josie
If you have an affinity for exotic food and a dislike for limits, check out The Experience at Café Josie. The event includes unlimited dishes of everything that’s on the chef’s tasting menu. The price is $40 per person. The Experience takes place every night of the week.
Here’s a sampling of menu:
- Fried Brussels sprouts with a Dijon rum glaze
- Smoked salmon tartare, topped with fig balsamic and lemon creme fraiche
- Picked watermelon with bacon chicken liver mousse and thai chiles
- Smoked cheddar and gouda shells and cheese
- Fried oysters, topped with honey chipotle
- Chicken and biscuits with lemon thyme honey butter
- Smoked brisket with bacon cheddar new potatoes
- Grilled shrimp with chile lime corn relish
The dinner items are also available al la carte, but why have a few things when you can sample them all?
Website – 1200B W. 6th St.
Jeffrey’s Sunday Chicken Dinner
When you want to feel like you’ve stepped into a Wes Anderson film, make a reservation for the chicken dinner feast at Jeffrey’s of Austin. The valets don pink seersucker and sweatbands, the bar décor is drenched in deep royal blue velvet and the bartender is so dapper he’ll make you curse your mother for not sending you to finishing school.
For $75, you and a guest (or two) can feast on a whole, locally-raised chicken, roasted on Jeffrey’s wood-burning oven. Sides typically include a starch, such as fingerling potatoes prepared in duck fat, and a seasonal salad. Wine is half-priced. Be sure to call in advance, as private events may interfere on Sundays.
Website – 1204 West Lynn St.
There are plenty of options for dining in Clarksville. But when you don’t want to make too many decisions, check out some of these prix fixe options. And let us know your favorite, too!
@theAustinot wants to know:
What’s your favorite prix fixe spot in Austin?