Eureka Restaurant Grand Opening Thursday, June 25, 2015.
Eureka is located at 200 East 6th Street, Austin Texas.
Eureka specializes in American classics with a modern twist. They have bright green chairs at the high top tables, wrap around copper island bar and community booths for family seating and comfort. There is also a stage for live music.
We were invited to experience Eureka’s soft opening.
Eureka has 40 American craft beers on tap, 21 of them are rotating and over 40 small-batch whiskeys. There is a huge sign on the back wall with all the rotating taps and a separate beer list which includes bottles on the menu at each table.
Rich ordered Brooklyn Wild Porter and I decided to try their special Moscow Mule featuring Texas’ Dripping Springs vodka, house made ginger lime syrup, and citrus (I decided to save the beer for dessert). For Appetizers, we ordered cheese fries and Golden Ale muscles. The muscles were made with Hans’ Pils from Real Ale Brewing and jalapeño bacon stock. They were delicious and had a little bit of a kick on the back end.
For entree, I ordered Bone Marrow burger and Rich ordered Fresno Fig burger with sweet potato fries. I decided to skip the bun and just eat the burger. It was perfectly prepared. “They use locally sourced ingredients when possible.”
Dessert time came around, Butterscotch Rum Pudding sounded good but we were stuffed. There is always room for beer! We wanted something different that was not on the menu. We asked the bar manager if we can have a special beer float. Here is what we had: 1 Infamous Brewing Sweep The Leg Peanut Butter float, 1 Goose Island Bourbon County float and 1 Southern Tier Creme Brûlée float. I’m so glad I saved the beer for dessert. When you go visit Eureka, make sure you ask for their secret beer float and tell them Craft Beer Austin sent you! Most likely it will not be on the menu.
Here is the official press release:
(Austin; June 3, 2015)— Specializing in American classics with a modern twist and an expansive American selection of craft beer and small-batch whiskeys, Eureka! opens in Austin in one of the city’s historic landmarks on the world-renowned Sixth Street on Thursday, June 25. The all-American restaurant offers guests a unique dining experience complete with 40 American craft beers on tap, and over 40 small-batch whiskeys in a contemporary yet rustic atmosphere. Eureka! provides the surrounding community with a trendy casual place to dine, drink, and socialize while enjoying special events and live music throughout the week.
“Eureka! embodies what the city has to offer with an exciting ambiance while providing guests with exceptional hospitality, an innovative bar program, live music, televised sports, and a well-rounded dining experience for all to enjoy,” says Paul Frederick, CO-CEO of Eureka! Restaurant Group.
Located in a 140-year-old building, the design of Eureka! expresses historic yet rustic aesthetics and industrial influences. The 5,000 square foot restaurant seats 200 guests in a dining room comprised of eclectic seating options including extra large booths, high top tables, community tables, and the restaurant’s center piece, a stand-alone wrap-around copper bar. Eureka! incorporates tables and paneling handcrafted from hardwoods retrieved from historic American barns, factories, and whiskey distilleries. And of course there is a stage for live music performances.
Each dish is thoughtfully prepared to showcase quality ingredients, locally sourced when possible. The restaurant specializes in American classics with a modern twist with its diverse selection of appetizers, signature plates which includes all-natural, Angus chuck burgers, innovative salads and delectable desserts. Menu highlights include the Golden Ale Mussels featuring jalapeño bacon stock, crispy pancetta, golden ale, and petit herbs; the Cowboy Burger with shoestring onion rings, bacon, cheddar, housemade beer bbq sauce served with signature handcut Kennebec potato fries; a Slow-Roasted Beet Salad with toasted walnuts, apple, arugula, orange sections and watermelon pop rocks; and the Butterscotch Rum Pudding featuring housemade whipped cream, caramel sauce, and sprinkled sea salt.
The all-American restaurant features weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Offerings include Huevos Rancheros with bison steak chili, fried eggs, ranchero sauce, black beans, Jack and cheddar cheese, avocado, and sour cream; Creole Benedict featuring fried green tomato, Virginia ham, Creole mustard hollandaise, breakfast potatoes; Brunch Ham & Cheese topped with a fried egg, served with Jack cheese, Virginia ham, Alfredo sauce, and Texas toast; and Bananas Foster Crunchy French Toast topped with pecans.
The beverage program at Eureka! revolves around the restaurant’s commitment to serving all-American, small-batch whiskeys, and specialty cocktails, curated by small and locally owned artisans ensuring a premium product that is highly sought after. Signature cocktails include classic recipes like the house Old Fashioned, made the way your grand pappy drank it with Old Overholt Rye Whiskey, bitters, fresh orange zest and a block of ice; and the Penicillin with an American smoked whiskey, fresh ginger, hand squeezed lemon juice, and clover honey. Contemporary creations like the Moscow Mule featuring Texas’ Dripping Springs vodka, housemade ginger lime syrup, and citrus; and Rosemary’s Ruby Red with gin, rosemary, grapefruit, and citrus offer guests modern cocktails with quality ingredients. To complement the mouthwatering brunch and menu options, Eureka! serves Mimosas and Bloody Marys on the weekends for $5 and an extensive craft beer and cocktail selection. Highlights include Real Ale’s Hans Pils, Hops & Grain’s The One They Call Zoe, Cedar Creek’s Dankosaurus IPA, Lone Pint’s Yellow Rose IPA, and Karbach Brewing’s Rodeo Clown Double IPA.
Eureka! features 40 specialty craft beers, two wines on tap, accompanied by a selection of over 40 small-batch American whiskeys – sourced from artisans in California, Iowa, Tennessee, Kentucky, New York, Oregon, Texas and Utah – in tribute to the 21st amendment outlawing prohibition. Additionally, a special off-menu selection features various hard-to-get and strictly allocated whiskeys like Pappy Van Winkle and offerings from the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection available to the most discerning whiskey drinkers.
Eureka! is located on 200 East 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78701. Hours are from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursday through Saturday. Additionally, Eureka! features daily “hoppy” hours from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and reverse “hoppy” hour from 9 to 11 p.m. and weekend brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information on Eureka!, please visit www.eurekarestaurantgroup.com.