We went last night, enticed by a two-fer coupon in our Entertainment Passbook. We arrived around 8:00 and the restaurant was empty, just one couple in a booth. I thought this not-a-good-sign. There was a man playing a guitar on a small sage at the front of the room. I thought the noise to loud and the room too small for an enjoyable dinner, and suggested going across to Soco Cafe (a favorite). Domestic Partner notice a sign for a back patio, and we went to check it out.
There we found a 4-piece jazz ensemble playing to several tables of people. No one was eating, but DP has an adventurous soul, and the music was very good, so we sat and ordered.
I had the corn-chip crusted catfish in chipotle cream sauce, with scalloped potatoes and a small salad. It was terrific. My only complaint was that they didn't serve me bread to wipe my plate clean with. I'm not a big fan of catfish. I like Eastside's version, and this was even better. Very nicely prepared potatoes and salad, too.
DP, the vegetarian, had spinach philo medallions. Four huge pieces drizzled in cream sauce and accompanied with asparagus. He declared them "big lumps of cream cheese", but made short work of two of them and brought two home for his lunch. Becks has several vegetarian options, so I will probably be able to convince him to return so I can have my new favorite catfish.
Overall it was a delightful evening: good food and good music under the stars and trees on a balmy winter night. One can continue this quintessential Austin experience at the Continental Club, which is right next door serving more cold drinks and great live music.