Even in the beginning, Elvis presented a complicated image: the haircut was borrowed from rockabilly, the hip-shaking from R&B, and the lip-snarling attitude from...Billy Idol? Now showcasing every aspect of The King, Beale St. Tavern.
From the owners of Bikini's, Beale's a memorabilia-packed, mezzanine-equipped, Memphis-style dive bar, restaurant, and music venue that plans to go well beyond their towering life-size Elvis statue by presenting bands covering each of the Blue Suede One's stylistic influences -- rock & roll, blues, gospel, country, and R&B -- as well as impersonators, all in keeping with Elvis' most accommodating album title, "Something for Everybody".
So that you can really feel Elvis' growth as an artist, they're offering girth-enhancing sandwiches like the King-beloved Fried PB & Banana, an overstuffed Philly cheesesteak, and a fried egg-, crispy onion-, and pimento cheese-topped burger called the Heart Stopper -- perhaps an exaggeration, but it will turn you into a hunk of burning love.
Grease-born comfort food includes chicken fried steak, Beale St. Chicken (grilled w/ bacon, 'shrooms, Jack, honey mustard), and fish & chips, as well as munchies like Loaded Tater Tots (queso, bacon, sour cream, chives), fried pickle chips, and ranch-drizzled sliced peppers called Jalapeno Bottle Caps (if yours contains the winning code, you get a Zune!).
Even though Elvis wasn't known as a boozer, Beale's got plenty, from 20 mostly domestic bottled beers, to various bourbons and scotches, to a flavored liqueur menu stretching from butterscotch to sour apple, best ordered with a Rebel Whimper.
Published: March 22, 2010 at 4:00am EDT
214-B E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
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