The stunning Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa deserves the many accolades it regularly receives. Set in the natural Texas Hill Country landscape, this golf resort and luxury spa property covers 4,000 secluded acres west of Austin that includes four championship golf courses, the full-service Three Springs Spa and the 309-room luxury hotel. Guest rooms are stylishly appointed with casual elegance, and all offer great views of the spectacular grounds. Four top-notch dining options onsite and meeting/event facilities are available to guests, but the real draw here is the golf. Fairways abut cliffs and waterfalls, and wildlife is abundant in the natural surroundings. The spa offers many specialty treatments using locally-sourced ingredients, and the gourmet dining here is a real pleasure.
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Today's deal treats you to pizza made the way the 19th-century gangs of New York used to make it (before getting into vicious street brawls over the proper way to cook a pizza). For $20, you get $40 worth of coal-fired pizza, pasta, and Italian subs at Tony C's in the Hill Country Galleria. This cozy bare-brick eatery's pizza is "easily one of the top five in Austin," according to My Fox.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Hang Town's menu lists an array of diner fare, including burgers, salads, and pizzas, over which newcomers oft flash back to making eyes at high-school sweeties and wanton french fries. Each of Hang Town's burgers ($5.50–$7) is made from 100% ground chuck, and unless you specify otherwise, your burger is prepared medium-well. Try the classic Hang Town burger; or opt for something less Aristotle and more Epicurus, such as the Southwestern-inspired green-chile cheeseburger (with chipotle mayo, green chiles, and jack cheese) or a savory veggie burger. More handhelds include such sandwiches as grilled tuna (yellowfin tuna steak with pesto-ranch dressing, $8.25) and the Hang Town chicken sandwich (dill-pickle slices on boneless chicken breast, $6.25).
People looking for the best pizza in the world flock to two places: New York and Italy. Debbie, the daughter of Austin Pizza Garden's owner, and an award-winning pizzaiola, was no exception. To hone her culinary craft she visited both locales on a transatlantic quest for the perfect pizza recipe. Once she felt she'd mastered one—preferring the thin-crust variety for its unmistakable texture—she flew home to Indianapolis, where she founded Bazbeaux. In no time, the pizzeria took off, earning it a top spot in Indy's pizza scene, an honor that still endures nearly three decades later. To spread her success, Debbie taught her recipe to her family in Austin, who set up a pizzeria of their own in one of the city's century-old historical buildings.
Today, the chefs at Austin Pizza Garden still lovingly make pies using Debbie's carefully crafted recipes, and spice up the original flavor with their own distinctive spin. They throw jalapeno slices into the mix of the texas fajita pie, for example, which is crowned in fajita chicken and avocado and served with a side of sour cream. They've even expanded beyond the traditional pizza sauce, swapping out classic marinara for walnut pesto or black-bean dip. Whether baking up familiar flavors or unique creations, Austin Pizza Garden blows a longhorn of plenty that gathers Austinites near and far.
The traditional Italian pasta, steaks, and seafood on Ciola’s menu are crafted from family recipes passed down for more than 50 years. While sipping tomato-basil and minestrone zuppas ($3/cup, $5/bowl) and crunching a romaine-founded, red-wine-vinaigrette-drenched insalata di casa ($3/side, $6/entree), the tongue tap dances on a crispy stage. Since Italian eating would not be possible without nutritional noodles, Ciola’s submits various pastas for consumption. Slurp truffle-creamed ravioli al tartufo ($18) or shrimp linguine puttanesca ($16). Steaks and chops ($24–$28), pesce ($18–$22), and plenty of pollo e vitello ($15–$19) promise satisfaction to as many pabulum preferences as there are pizza-shaped constellations in the night sky.