In: Eating9 Mar 2010
Economists love to say there is no free lunch. Well, during the last week of Austin Restaurant Week, you can get lunch almost free here — three courses for just ten bucks. Lakeside’s interior feels like a casual, family-oriented, sports bar/pizza joint. But their menu has higher aspirations, showcased in their special $10 lunch.Your first course is a choice of Caesar Salad or Seafood Stuffed Avocado. The ripe avocado slices were piled with super-fresh shrimp and crab, with a little chopped celery and jicama mixed in. The ginger-aioli dressing really spiced things up.
For the second course, we went with Blackened Jumbo Shrimp. Fortunately these were not blackened, more like grilled, and served with a creamy cilantro lime-butter sauce over roasted garlic mashed potatoes. The potatoes had little chunks of potato and potato skins mashed in, and the sauce was so creamy, it was almost like a hollandaise.
We also went for the Mini Lakeside Philly and Fries. They say this is a smaller version of their regular Philly, but it’s plenty big. It’s hard to tell here because it’s covered with melted provolone and gorgonzola, but inside there’s thinly sliced sirloin sautéed with mushrooms, onions, swiss chard and red pepper. Delish. The flat-sliced fries came out perfectly crisp and crunchy.
The two dessert choices are Brownie S’more and Mango Lime Soup. The “soup” seemed pretty exotic – fresh, ripe mango pureed with lime, topped with raspberry sauce and a teeny bit of whipped cream. The brownie was dense, with hunks of chocolate inside, chocolate ganache piped over the outside, topped with vanilla whipped cream and a dusting of crushed graham cracker.