2019 is just flying by and it’s already Valentine’s week (initiate eye roll).  You may or may not be planning to treat your sweetheart to a wonderful night of food, wine and chocolate for the holiday, but you still have to stuff your face with a few of Austin’s other sweet surprises throughout the rest of the week.  Check out the latest and greatest happy hours, dinners and sweet treats being offered around town.


Mattie's Chicken and Dumplings

Mattie’s Family-Style Night

*NEW Featured Dish* Neighborhood Family-Style Night: Every Wednesday – Dig into Mattie’s newest Neighborhood Family-Style Night dish. Currently on the rotating menu is a recipe that is familiar, but updated with a little twist, Chicken & Dumplings. A fresh perspective from new Executive Chef Ethan Holmes, this Chicken & Dumplings special is gluten-free and paleo-friendly, yet just as savory and flavorful! Grab family and friends to enjoy this delicious family-style meal every Wednesday night.


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backYARD at Waller Creek

Valentine’s Day Weekend Cocktail Specials: February 14-16 – In honor of the romantic holiday, backYARD will be offering two drinks specials throughout the weekend. Cheers with a mini bottle of Moet & Chandon Rose ($20) and a Valentine’s Day exclusive cocktail, the Sicilian 75 ($12) with Dripping Springs artisan gin, fresh blood orange juice, Campari, champs, and an orange twist.



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On Thursday, February 14, smother your significant other with queso love. Freebirds is offering their legendary liquid gold for free when you dine-in on the special day. Top any burrito, bowl, taco or salad with melted goodness or ask to receive your queso on the side.



Sour Duck Market’s Dinner Plates

Sour Duck Market, Bryce Gilmore’s newest fast-casual, east side concept and baby sister to Odd Duck and Barley Swine is offering dinner plates which will be available after 5 PM while supplies last, featuring: Fried Red Fish ($19) w/ caper mayo, home fries, slaw; Beanie Weanie ($15) w/ borracho beans, beef sausage, kimchi; Fried Smoked Half Chicken ($18) w/ salsa dona, chicken fat mushrooms; and Half Pound Smoked Brisket ($21) w/ green chile grits, goat cheese.



Pluckers Anti-Valentine’s Day

Pluckers is excited for the return of their popular Anti-Valentine’s Day celebration on February 14 at 9 p.m. – this year, Pluckers will host a special version of their infamous Pluck Hunt, the scavenger-hunt style game you can play in your seat. Hosted by 101X, the emcees will ask teams to complete fun challenges and search for objects on their phones. The top scoring team will win one pair of SXSW wristbands. In addition to this fun celebration, all Texas locations will offer $1 Bud Lights and 75-cent wings on Valentine’s Day.


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Greenhouse Craft Food & Fall Creek Vineyards

Popular farm-to-table fast casual restaurant Greenhouse Craft Food will host a multi-course wine pairing dinner on Sunday, February 17. The one-of-a-kind event will be inspired and paired with wines by Fall Creek Vineyards and Winery and will feature an expertly crafted and curated menu — prepared by chefs Rob Snow and Todd Engel  to highlight the Driftwood, TX winery’s award-winning wines. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Sustainable Food Center, an Austin, TX-based nonprofit supporting the local food system and the health of Central Texas residents.


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Anthem’s Late Night Happy Hour

With a prime spot on Austin’s buzzy Rainey Street, it’s only fitting that Anthem offers a “late-night munchies” happy hour, made for bar hoppers. On Thursday – Saturday nights from 10:00 P.M. – 12:00 A.M., guests can indulge in discounted drinks and small plates.  What’s a happy hour without cheap drinks, especially those that start at 10:00 P.M.? Anthem offers select wines for $4 a glass, house margaritas for $4 and Lonestar drafts for $2. Select cocktails are also available for $6, such as the Island Mule, Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum, lime and ginger beer.



Launderette Partners with Favor

Launderette will be launching its first-ever partnership with Favor to offer a special Valentine‘s Dessert kit for two on February 14.  The dessert kit, which will be available exclusively through Favor’s app and website for $24, will feature two mini Boca Negra Cakes, as well as toppings including bourbon caramel, whipped crème fraîche, crisp chocolate pearls and heart shaped macarons. Interested buyers are encouraged to act fast though as less than 100 dessert kits will be available.


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Hayden Walker
Executive Editor | Co-Publisher

Hayden Walker is the Editor in Chief and Director of Operations for Austin Food Magazine

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