Eat, Drink and Be Lively! That’s the slogan of the Domain’s latest resident, Blackfinn Ameripub. Right in the middle of the action, Blackfinn is bringing some competition to the neighboring upscale restaurants.
Blackfinn is offering a large selection of food ranging from simple pub fare to damn near fine dining, and they are doing it all at a reasonable price. What about washing it down, you ask? Well, they have you covered there too, with a great selection of craft beers, hand crafted cocktails and a pretty impressive wine selection. If you’re going to get into the craft beer game in Austin, you have to bring an amazing tap list. While there are many familiar beers on the list, Blackfinn is bringing in some of the smaller Texas breweries like Franconia and newcomers Pedernales Brewing Co. One of the best things about Blackfinn is that they offer a few different pouring sizes. Whether you are you just sampling or having an evening of drinks with friends, they are offering anything between sample pours to growlers. As the business grows they plan to keep many of the taps rotating while bringing in many of the local seasonal brews. Thursday nights will be a big hit for the craft beer fans because Blackfinn will be offering their Craft Beer and Burger combo with fries from 7pm- Close for only $10. If that’s not good enough they will also be offering Happy Hour from 3pm-7pm Monday through Friday and Reverse Happy Hour from 10pm- Close Sunday through Thursday which will feature $3 domestic drafts, $4 local drafts, $5 wells and $5 wines. Another big hit will be their signature cocktails on draft like the Kickin’ Mule (A Moscow Mule with a Texas flare thanks to Tito’s Vodka) and Blackfinn Tea (Arnold Palmer with a kick). For the wine lovers Blackfinn is offering half price off glasses and bottles on Thursday night. It looks like the Domain has a new place to not only eat but to drink as well.
Just when you thought that Blackfinn put all their focus on their bar, they hit you with a menu that reads like a book. This isn’t your ordinary pub grub; Blackfinn is taking your taste buds to a new level with appetizers like New Orleans inspired crab cakes which are surprisingly more crab then cake. The flavors of the fresh crab, spices and pico blend wonderfully with their homemade remoulade sauce. To perfectly compliment the dish I went for a crisp IPA beer. For the wine buffs, I would recommend their Blackened Brie which is a slice of ciabatta toast topped with apples, apricot cranberry chutney and of course the blackened Brie. I am usually not a fan of Brie cheese but the combination of flavors melted together magically and went amazing with a glass of Chardonnay or Riesling. Once you are ready to move onto the main course Blackfinn will continue to dazzle. It will leave you wanting to order multiple entrees because everything sounds delicious. They make it their goal to have a little something for everyone whether you are going meatless, gluten free or a full on carnivores dream. With a symphony of Salads, Pastas, Steaks, Sandwiches and Burgers don’t expect the ordinary. These aren’t you average chain style plate. The portions are huge and they all have a little bit of fusion flair to keep you taste buds in heaven. I went for their 12oz NY Strip with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Maple Glazed Carrots. After a night of drinking eating light is the last thing on my mind. The Maple Glazed Carrots might not be healthy but they sure are delicious. The sweet and savory juice from the carrots compliment the dry rub seasoned steak. The Garlic Mashed Potatoes are going to make you forget all about your mom’s. These fluffy potatoes will smack you in the face with flavor. By the time you are finished eating, if you can even manage to save room for dessert, make sure to check out the short but oh so sweet list. The Pineapple Upside Down Carrot Cake is one of the most unique desserts that really caught my eye. What could be better than a Pineapple Upside Down Cake and a Carrot Cake making love on your plate? To sweeten the deal even more, they toss in a seductive scoop of cream cheese whipped cream. But if you are looking for a chocolate fix, then order the Blackfinn Hot Chocolate. It’s a chocolate, peanut butter soufflé concoction with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and caramel sauce, in other words, it is a diabetic’s wet dream.
Blackfinn is definitely going to be a big hit in the Domain. Forget the pretentious stigma that comes with the area. Blackfinn is a great destination whether you’re looking for a casual date or an evening with friends. I expect as the spring temperatures rise, the patio will be a huge buzz with live music on the weekends. The prices are pretty reasonable ranging from $11 burgers to low $20’s for steaks, and everything else within the mid-teens. They also have two private rooms for special occasions and a huge round bar to service everyone quickly. I honestly can’t wait to get back to Blackfinn and I hope they eventually open one up for the south side of town.