Food & Drink in Parkway

Modern Mediterranean Lunch or Dinner for Two or Four at Sustenio (50% Off)

Sustenio

San Antonio

$30 $15

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Celebrity chef Stephan Pyles collaborates with Mike Collins to infuse Mediterranean dishes with a distinctly Texan flair

$9 for $16 Worth of Burritos and Tex-Mex Food at Habanero's Grill. One or Two Groupons.

Habanero's Grill

Multiple Locations

$16 $9

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Giant Tex-Mex-style burritos voted among USA Today's best, wrapped in housemade tortillas and spiced with unique salsas

Mediterranean Cuisine for Two on a Weekday or Weekend at Amore Cafe (Up to 45% Off)

Amore Cafe

Northwest Side

$20 $11

Aromatics from flavorful hookah smoke mingle with Mediterranean cuisine such as beef shawarma and spiced falafel in lounge-like eatery

Smoothies and Enhancers at Smoothie King (50% Off)

Smoothie King

Far West Side

$12 $6

Sample smoothies made with green tea & frozen yogurt or peaches blended with strawberries; enhancers include probiotics, caffeine, and fiber

Steakhouse Dinner Cuisine for Two or Four at Tejas Rodeo Company (Up to 42% Off)

Tejas Rodeo Company

Bulverde

$30 $18

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Cuts of Prime Akaushi beef and USDA Choice Angus from Beeman Family Ranch, seasoned with a signature rub and seared to order

Mexican Dinner for 2 or 4, Valid Any Day or Sunday–Thursday at Matamoros Restaurante Y Cantina (Up to 44% Off)

Matamoros Restaurante Y Cantina

Northwest Side

$44.97 $27

Dinners for two or four include appetizers, such as stuffed jalapeños with steak tampiqueño and chimichangas, amid TVs and live music

$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Yogurt Zone Blanco ($20 Total Value)

Yogurt Zone

Far North Central

$5 $3

Yogurt dispensers fill cups with flavors such as California tart, cookies and cream, and pumpkin pie, which guests customize with toppings

$12 for $20 worth Mediterranean Cuisine at Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill (40%)

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill

Northwest Side

$20 $12

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Made-from-scratch pitas, all-natural chicken shwarma, and more

$17 for $30 Worth of Hand-Dipped Chocolates and Truffles at Schakolad Chocolate Factory

Schakolad Chocolate Factory San Antonio

San Antonio

$30 $17

Hand-dipped chocolates and truffles made onsite fill boxes with assorted flavors in customizable combinations

One or Two Groupons, Each Valid for $15 Worth of Pizza at Trilogy Pizza & Wine Bistro (47% Off)

Trilogy Pizza & Wine Bistro

Stone Oak

$15 $8

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Brick oven pizzas are decorated with specialty toppings on Traditional New York, Chicago Deep Dish, and California Wheat crusts

$11 for $20 Worth of Mexican Cuisine for Two at Vida Mia

Vida Mia

Stone Oak

$20 $11

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Al pastor tacos, chicken fajitas, and brawny burgers made with family recipes pave the way for Monterrey chocolate cake for dessert

Mexican Food at Tink-A-Tako (Up to 48% Off). Two Options Available.

Tink-A-Tako

Oakland Estates

$20 $11

Traditional Mexican cuisine with a selection of different enchilada sauces and chilaquiles lauded on Great Day SA

Thai Food for Lunch or Dinner at Thai Topaz Medical Center (Up to 44% Off)

Thai Topaz Medical Center

Northwest Side

$14 $8

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Native Thai couple folds fresh herbs and produce into menu of authentic curries, noodle dishes, and innovative specialties

Two Groupons, Each Good for $16 Worth of Food for Two People at Ruby Tuesday San Antonio ($32 Value)

Ruby Tuesday San Antonio

Multiple Locations

$16 $8

Baby-back ribs roasted to fall-off-the-bone tenderness, hickory bourbon salmon, and a famous garden bar

Mexican Food for Two or Four at Fajita Express (45% Off)

Fajita Express

Far West Side

$20 $11

Fast, yet authentic Mexican dishes including tacos, tortas, fajitas, and tostadas, plus meats such as barbacoa and carnitas by-the-pound

Italian Dinner at Milano on Wurzbach (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Milano on Wurzbach

Whispering Oaks

$20 $12

Classic Italian dishes such as linguine di mare, beef ravioli, margherita pizza, tender filet mignon, and seared scallops

Steakhouse Dinner for Two or Four at Myron's Prime Steakhouse (Half Off)

Myron's Prime Steakhouse

San Antonio

$60 $30

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Bone-in USDA Prime fillets, Kansas City strip steaks, and savory sides such as creamed spinach or mashed potatoes with roasted garlic

$18 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Seafood at Mariscos Del Puerto ($30 Total Value)

Mariscos Del Puerto

Northwest San Antonio

$15 $9

Central American–style seafood dishes include poached tilapia, ceviche, and pasta de camarones

$16 for 2 Sandwiches or Salads, Soups, & Fountain Drinks at Druthers Cafe and Catering ($28.28 Value)

Druthers Cafe and Catering

Northwest Side

$28.28 $16

Sandwiches such as the Unforgettable Druthers and salads like tarragon chicken salad, paired with daily cups of soup and fountain drinks

European Cuisine for Two or Four at Mesón European Dining (42% Off)

Mesón European Dining

Stone Oak

$50 $29

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French, Italian, and Spanish cuisine; fettuccine alfredo with escargot and chicken marsala

Smoothies and Enhancers at Smoothie King (50% Off)

Smoothie King - N. Loop

Stone Oak

$12 $6

Enjoy health-boosting smoothies such as the carrot kale dream with protein powder or the berry punch with three types of berries and sorbet

Coffee and Cafe Fare at Copalli Cafe (44% Off). Three Options Available.

Copalli Cafe

Hill Country Village

$16 $9

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This homey cafe serves coffee drinks, plus soups, sandwiches, and baked goods made fresh in-house

Sushi and Teppanyaki Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Hon Machi Sushi & Teppanyaki (50% Off)

Hon Machi Sushi & Teppanyaki

Stone Oak

$14 $7

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Specialty sushi rolls and seafood, shrimp, and chicken teppanyaki meals for lunch or dinner

Three Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Yogurt Zone (Up to 45% Off)

Yogurt Zone

Yogurt Zone Stone Ridge Market

$6 $3.33

Self-serve frozen-yogurt shop with up to 16 flavors on tap, including birthday cake and pomegranate, and 55 toppings

$2 for $3 Worth of Pizza — Stoneys pizzeria

Stoneys Pizzeria

Leon Valley

$3 $2

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$11 for a Four-Visit Punch Card, with Each Punch Good for $5 at The Great Taste Cafe ($20 Value)

The Great Taste Cafe

San Antonio

$20 $11

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Sweet and savory crepes, spicy tamales, organic coffee, bagels, and salads

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Mexican Cuisine at Tilo Tex Mex ($20 Total Value)

Tilo Tex Mex

Far North Central

$10 $5.50

Shredded-chicken enchiladas draped in housemade mole sauce and melted cheese; sizzling shrimp fajitas; plates of carne asada tacos

Thai Cuisine at Thai Topaz (Up to 43% Off). Three Options Available.

Thai Topaz Castle Hills

San Antonio

$14 $8

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Original recipes, such as spicy basil fried rice and salmon in a green curry sauce, plus standbys, such as pad thai and panang curry

Mexican Cuisine at El Jarro de Arturo (Up to 44% Off). Four Options Available.

El Jarro De Arturo

Northeast San Antonio

$25 $15

Cooks update Tex-Mex staples by creating dishes such as pasta with grilled shrimp and a cilantro-pesto cream sauce and portobello enchiladas

$12 for $20 Worth of Mexican Food, Including Vegetarian Options, at Mision De San Antonio

Mision De San Antonio

San Antonio

$20 $12

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Caldo de res soup jam-packed with beef and veggies; mini asada or barbacoa tacos; vegetarian dishes sub out meat for zucchini and soy

Burgers, Wings, Sandwiches, Seafood, and More for Two or Four at Malibu Shack Grill & Beach Bar

Malibu Shack Grill & Beach Bar

Thunderbird Hills

$20 $11

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100% beef burgers, wings with 10 different sauces, and battered seafood amid surfboards and potted fronds

Sushi-Making Class and Dinner for One, Two, or Four at Kai Japanese and Asian Cuisine (Up to 67% Off)

Kai Japanese and Asian Cuisine

Northwest Side

$99 $39

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Students enjoy edamame and green tea while preparing two sushi rolls before eating them; 90-minute classes offered Sundays at 3:30 p.m.

$10 for a Large One-Topping Pizza with Two Fountain Drinks at Poppys Pizza ($17.65 Value)

Poppys Pizza

San Antonio

$17.65 $10

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Large New York style pizzas topped with ingredients such as pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, pineapple, mushrooms, spinach, etc

$10 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Yogurt Zone ($20 Total Value)

Yogurt Zone

Far West Side

$10 $5

Self-serve frozen-yogurt shop with up to 12 flavors on tap, including Cake Batter Up and Watermelon Blast, and 55 toppings

Barbecue or Barbecue Meal at Fatso's Sports Garden (Up to 48% Off)

Fatso's Sports Garden

Inspiration Hills

$25 $13

Slow-smoked meats and savory sides create barbecue feasts at a sports pub outfitted with satellite TVs and outdoor volleyball courts

Mexican Food at Los Cocos Fruteria Y Taqueria (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available

Los Cocos Fruteria Y Taqueria

Donaldson Terrace

$20 $11

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Highlights of the Mexican-inspired menu include crispy tacos, mini taquitos, tortas, and aguas frescas such as mango and horchata

Mediterranean Lunch or Dinner for Two at Mediterranean Turkish Grill (Up to 50% Off)

Mediterranean Turkish Grill

Uptown Loop

$10 $5

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Traditional Turkish dishes such as kebabs, wraps, and stuffed eggplant are served at BYOB eatery

$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Yogurt Zone ($20 Value)

Yogurt Zone

Alamo Quarry Market

$5 $3

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Self-serve frozen-yogurt shop with up to 16 on-tap flavors, such as Dark Chocolate and Cheesecake, and 55 toppings

Gourmet Comfort Food for Dinner at MAX's Wine Dive (Up to 40% Off). Three Options Available.

Max's Wine Dive

Alamo Heights

$45 $30

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Wine restaurant lauded by OpenTable diners tinges comfort food with gourmet twists

European Cuisine at Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery (Up to 45% Off)

Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery

Oakwell Farms

$55 $30

European entrees and live music on select nights at award-winning eatery by scenic creek and woodlands

$10 for $20 Worth of Shareable Small Plates at Nosh

Nosh

San Antonio

$20 $10

Shareable servings of truffle-oil-drizzled french fries, margherita pizza, and burrata with fresh veggies on homemade bread

Elevated Cuisine for Two or Four at Silo Elevated Cuisine (Up to 45% Off)

Silo Elevated Cuisine

Alamo Heights

$60 $35

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Chicken-fried oysters headline a menu of globally accented beef, yellowfin tuna, and duck; voted one of OpenTable's top 100 restaurants

Cafe Food at Hearthstone Express (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Hearthstone Express

San Antonio

$12 $7

Fresh cafe choices include turbacca panini, turkey artichoke panini, tomato basil soup, and a signature caesar salad

One Day at the 54th Annual Greek FUNstival for 4, 6, or 10 on October 17–19 (50% Off)

Greek Funstival

Tobin Hill

$12 $6

Annual festival celebrates Greek culture with music, food, dancing, and wine

1 or 2 Groupons, Each for $18 Worth of Authentic Mexican Cuisine at Los Frogs Mexican Bar-N-Grill (44% Off)

Los Frogs Mexican Bar-N-Grill

Tobin Hill

$18 $10

Casual, authentic Mexican street food; pastor and barbacoa taquitos, chilaquiles, huaraches, and chipotle-infused meatballs

Traditional American Grill Food for Lunch or Dinner for Two, Four, or More (Up to 50% Off)

Mid-Point Grill

Five Points

$20 $12

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Burgers, fries, and other American favorites crafted by chefs who rely on organic produce and all-natural beef sans hormones and antibiotics

$8 for $15 Worth of Mexican Food at El Nogal Mexican Restaurant

El Nogal Mexican Restaurant

Downtown

$15 $8

Restaurant serves up classic Mexican favorites, as well as specials such as San Antonio beef short ribs and brisket ranchero

$14 for a Mexican Meal for Two with Fountain Drinks at El San Luis Mexican Restaurant (Up to $23.56 Value)

El San Luis Mexican Restaurant

Northeast San Antonio

$23.56 $14

Steak and shrimp plates, stuffed tacos, and enchiladas for lunch, with breakfast entrees such as chilaquiles and huevos rancheros

ARTS San Antonio Presents Wynton Marsalis on Wednesday, December 10 (Up to 50% Off)

Wynton Marsalis

Multiple Locations

$29 $15

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Nine-time Grammy winner and Pulitzer Prize recipient plays trumpet in and leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in a holiday concert

Upscale American Fare at Houston St. Bistro (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Houston St. Bistro

Downtown

$30 $17

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Cozy bistro near Majestic Theatre serves up classic steaks, seafood, and chops alongside an extensive wine list.

$29 for a 12-Month Meal-Plan Subscription to Make 5 Dinners in One Hour ($72 Value)

Make 5 Dinners in One Hour

Online Deal

$72 $29

Monthly timesaving meal plans show clients how to do five days' worth of cooking in about an hour; feeds 4–6 people

Latin Cuisine at La Paloma Riverwalk (Up to Half Off). Three Options Available.

La Paloma Riverwalk

Downtown

$20 $11

Scenic eatery that abuts the river serves Latin-inspired eats such as chile poblano and steak fajitas

$25 for $40 Worth of Cajun Pub Food for Two at Pat O'Brien's

Pat O'Briens

San Antonio

$40 $25

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Cajun favorites such as jambalaya and fried alligator at a New Orleans-inspired speakeasy-turned-local-pub

Sushi at Bean Sprout (Up to 48% Off). Two Options Available.

Bean Sprout

San Antonio

$20 $11

Modern and traditional sushi selections such as California, dragon, and spicy tuna rolls alongside Chinese entrees

Pretzels, Pretzel Rolls, Pretzel Dogs, and Drinks at Pretzelmaker (Up to 45% Off)

Pretzelmaker

Rivercenter Mall

$10 $6

Soft, chewy pretzels wrapped around hot dogs, baked into pizza rolls, or decorated with toppings, served with lemonades and blended drinks

Mexican Meals for Two or Take-Out at Taco Haven (Up to 44% Off)

Taco Haven

Lavaca

$18 $10

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NY Times- and Food Network-praised Mexican eatery has been satisfying hearty breakfast, lunch, and dinner appetites for 40+ years

Burger Combo for Two, Breakfast Plate for Two, or Taco Plate for Two at Flaco's Burgers & Tacos (Up to 47% Off)

Flaco's Burgers & Tacos

Live Oak

$16.90 $9

Burgers topped with cheese, bacon, and grilled onions are served with fresh-cut fries; breakfast plate and two taco plate meals

$9.99 for Three Visits for Frozen Yogurt at Yogurt Zone ($18) 

Yogurt Zone

Yogurt Zone McCreless Market

$6 $3.33

Frozen-yogurt shop serves healthy but tasty desserts in sweet and tart flavors with candy and fruit toppings

$11 for $21 Worth of Casual American Cuisine and Drinks at Cypress Creek Cafe

Cypress Creek Cafe

Wimberley

$21 $11

A cozy restaurant by day and rocking concert venue by night, Cypress Creek Cafe pairs hearty casual American cuisine with local music

$11 for $20 Worth of Southern Food for Two or More at Bill & Rosa’s Steakhouse

Bill & Rosa’s Steakhouse

D'Hanis

$20 $11

Steak house hosts live music and serves up Southern-style cuisine such as chicken-fried steak and shrimp and catfish platters

$12 for $20 Worth of Mexican and American Cuisine at Tres Hermanas Restaurant & Cantina

Tres Hermanas Restaurant & Cantina

San Marcos

$20 $12

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Eatery dishes out Mexican and American food such as nachos, wings, chicken fried steak, quesadillas, burritos, and jalapeño avocado burgers

Pub Food and Drinks for Two or Four at Bobcat Nation Sports Bar & Grill (Up to 50% Off)

Bobcat Nation Sports Bar & Grill

San Marcos

$20 $11

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While games play on 25 flat-screen TVs, guests dine on wings, fried shrimp baskets, burgers, and regional hot dogs, including The Chicago

Shaved Ice, Smoothies, or Frozen Yogurt at MamboFreeze (Up to Half Off). Three Options Available.

MamboFreeze

The Hitch Food Trailer Park

$5 $2.80

Shaved ice in more than 200 flavors, frozen yogurt showered in toppings, and smoothies such as orange creamsicle and strawberry basil

$14 for Two Burgers with Fries and One Appetizer at The Guadalupe Grillhouse ($23.45 Value)

The Guadalupe Grillhouse

Seguin

$23.45 $14

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Enjoy appetizers such as nachos, paired with fries and freshly made burgers, with toppings such as American cheese and chili

4-Course Meal with Beef, Cornish Game Hen, or Beef and Lobster for 2 at The Emerald Restaurant (Up to 61% Off)

The Emerald Restaurant

West Austin

$175.50 $69

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Chateaubriand beef, cornish game hen, or chateaubriand beef and lobster tail served in a cottage setting with soup, salad, and dessert

One-Dozen Cupcakes or $11 for $20 Toward Dessert Treats at Sweet (Up to 51% Off)

Sweet

Lakeway/Austin Area

$20 $11

Cupcakes, cake pops, and cookies made with flavors such as red velvet and italian cream from a boutique bakery

Argentinean Dinner Cuisine at Buenos Aires Café (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Buenos Aires Café

Hills Country Galleria

$30 $18

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Empanadas filled with spiced beef and raisins, housemade cinnamon-pumpkin gnocchi, and roasted pork tenderloin topped with chimichurri

Southwestern Cuisine at Chisos Grill (Up to 50% Off)

Chisos Grill

Hill Country Galleria

$20 $11

Southwest-inspired cuisine includes steaks, burgers, fresh seafood, and a menu 80% naturally gluten free

Asian-Polynesian Fusion Food at Rockadive Austin (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Rockadive Austin

Native South Food Park (Next to Moontower Saloon)

$20 $10

Food truck blends Asian, Polynesian, Filipino, and Latin flavors into dishes such sweet pulled pork, fish tacos, Spam sandwiches, and lumpia

$13 for $24 Worth of Pizza, Sandwiches, and Drinks at Austin Pizza Garden

Austin Pizza Garden

East Oak Hill

$24 $13

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Chefs create classic and unique pizzas from award-winning recipes and other Italian specialties from stromboli to eggplant-parm sandwiches

Cajun Cuisine at Cypress Grill (Up to 45% Off)

Cypress Grill

East Oak Hill

$20 $11

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Jambalaya and fried catfish served on shaded patio amid live Cajun and jazz music at restaurant voted one of Austin’s best

Thai Food at Thai Passion (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Thai Passion

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

Artfully crafted, traditional Thai cuisine served in a dining room bedecked with the chef-owner’s original carved artwork

$10 for $20 Worth of Indian Food at Royal India

Royal India

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

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A tandoor oven roasts chicken and ground lamb; eight types of curry season meats; vegetarian options feature housemade cheese

$6 for $12 Worth of Mexican Food or Enchiladas for 2 at Jalisco's Restaurant & Bar (Up to 50% Off)

Jalisco's Restaurant & Bar

Sweetbriar

$12 $6

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Orange-tinged walls and live music evoke a pastoral cantina as diners feast on dishes such as beef enchiladas, chicken mole, and carne asada

$15 for 5-Punch Card, Each Punch Good for $5 Worth of Food/Drink Items at The Juice Bar ($25 Value)

The Juice Bar

South Manchaca

$25 $15

All-natural smoothies and juice blended with fresh fruits are free of added sugars and syrup; eaters can also select from food options

American Cuisine at Zack's American Bistro (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Zack's American Bistro

Steiner Ranch

$20 $11

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Upscale American food like crab cakes, Cajun-seasoned burgers with blue cheese, shrimp fra diavolo, and white pizza, made from scratch daily

Fro-Yo with One Chocolate Square or Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Fro-Yo at Froyoyo (Up to 45% Off)

Froyoyo

West Lake Hills

$12.50 $7

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Create your own self-serve frozen yogurt, with an optional pairing of a tasting square of the shop's bean-to-bar artisan chocolate

$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Thai Cuisine at Trai Mai Thai ($24 Total Value)

Trai Mai Thai

Austin

$12 $6

Food trailer slings crab rangoon, pad thai, curries, and other Thai-style cuisine that “reeks of authenticity” according to Austin Monthly

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of American Diner Food at Huddle House ($20 Value)

Huddle House

Lockhart

$10 $5.50

Southern smothered biscuits topped with cheese and sausage gravy; Triple Huddle burgers with three beef patties each; country-fried steak

Select Local Merchants

Boo Dawg’s Backyard was designed by owner Mike Buie to be a laid-back hangout for friends and family. But that comes second to its most important assets: the kitchen’s mouthwatering burgers and steaks. The menu stars grilled and seared burgers and hand-cut aged steaks, with fresh seafood, sandwiches, and kids’ items filling out the chalkboard menu hanging above the ordering counter. Live music several times a week entertains diners as they sup at wooden tables in the warehouselike restaurant, whose corrugated and wood-paneled walls show off mounted buck heads and rustic artwork. A spacious outdoor patio⎯complete with shade for warm months and electric heaters to set perms in winter⎯offers the chance to catch a breeze with a burger in hand.

30775 Interstate 10 W
Boerne,
TX
US

More than 40 years ago, Charlie and Mary Garcia founded El Chaparral Mexican Restaurant to share their culinary heritage with the local community. Though the business has now been passed down to the next generation of the family, the restaurant adheres to the made-fresh recipes of its early days, delighting diners with hearty enchiladas, fresh seafood dishes, and its signature bean soup.

707 S Main St
Boerne,
TX
US

Strings of multicolored lights twinkle above Mi Casa Tamales' three spacious acres, which are home to an intimate dining room, a cantina, a breezy, tree-shaded patio, and a kid-friendly play area. Known for their Texas-sized tamales that weigh more than 3 pounds per dozen, Mi Casa's chefs ably combine Texan and Mexican cuisines into appetizing dishes accented with house-made sauces including avocado salsa, cowboy stew, and tomatillo sauce. Music floats on the air during warm summer nights, serenading diners with guitars, piano, and tacos thumped rhythmically on drumheads.

25930 Interstate 10 W
Boerne,
TX
US

The Grill at Leon Springs is the answer to a hypothetical—what would you get if you mixed downhome Texas charm with European class? Chef Thierry Burkle took on this equation by crafting a menu full of international flair inside a glowing, rustic space. His Parisian roots and frequent travels to France inform much of the cuisine, from the escargot to the baked brie. Yet italian thin-crust pizzas emerge from the kitchen's brick oven, spanish chorizo dapples housemade pastas, and asian slaw adorns the crab cakes. The global nature of the food—and the catalog of wines that stretch across two cellars—foretells the grill's fondness for from-scratch cooking, variety, and accessibility. Alongside manager Armand Obadia, Chef Burkle aims to satisfy devoted foodies and simply hungry diners alike, a practice that helped win the 2010 award for Best Neighborhood Restaurant/Northwest from the San Antonio Express-News.

A unified atmosphere of community and charisma offsets the restaurant's eclectic offerings. On Thursday through Saturday, guests flock to the Hill Country Terrace for dance breaks, drawn by live music and the survival instinct that makes us look bigger when conga-lining. Parties mingle in one of three rooms—the Alamo Room, the Candle Room, or the Fireplace Room—as the staff prepares their meals in a separate catering kitchen, devoted solely to private events. The public dining room's rustic rock walls might contain gatherings and fundraisers, as well. For example, during a benefit for the San Antonio Food Bank, the San Antonio Spurs donned aprons and waited on grill patrons, raising $180,000.

24116 W Interstate 10
San Antonio,
TX
US

Near the idyllic balconied homes and 19th-century architecture of the Hill Country town of Boerne, Smittyville General Store exudes its own old-fashioned charm with tasty deli lunches, stunning pastoral scenery, and a bustling jewelry and housewares market. Past the open-air porch of the store's Old West–style façade, a treasure trove of freshly brewed coffee, piping-hot baked goods, and chicken-salad sandwiches headlines the food at Smitty's Lunch Box Cafe. The shop also stocks a selection of souvenirs and home accents, and a sun-filled garden building—a tree-framed pavilion—evokes a small-town amiability from bygone days when neighbors said "howdy" to each other and horses doffed their caps to passersby.

833 FM 289
Boerne,
TX
US

Originally founded in 1929, The Grey Moss Inn Restaurant gives the impression that the world has spent the last several decades growing around it. A canopy of Texas oak branches practically conceals the eatery's outdoor patio?complete with a low stone wall?and main dining room. At night, this canopy bursts to life as strings of colored lights flicker on above diners' heads.

The views are no less impressive during the daytime though. Whitetail deer, wild turkeys, and other animals occasionally meander across the nearby expanse of lush, green meadowland and blooming flowers are almost always within sight. "The number of couples who have held secret rendezvous here must be astronomical," posited Texas Monthly "But how could they resist? Romance fills the air like incense at this oak-shaded cottage in the woods."

The Fiery Heart of the Restaurant

The most eye-catching set piece on The Grey Moss Inn Restaurant's patio also happens to be the eatery's most used feature: a circular stone grill filled with smoldering mesquite charcoal. Originally, this pit served as the building's main water well. However, it was eventually capped off and converted into a massive pit where the chefs can roast everything from free-range chicken and lamb chops to Choice rib eye steaks and Pacific salmon. The subtly sweet smokiness of these freshly grilled meats helps lend a distinctively rustic and traditional charm to the menu of refined southern cooking.

Comfort Food With an Elegant Touch

There's no reason for the chefs to completely change the classics, although they do elevate these dishes whenever possible. Using organically grown herbs from the restaurant's own gardens, the chefs follow recipes that haven't changed in decades as they prepare everything from cumin-tinged squash casserole to chocolate pecan pie. At the same time, they are willing to experiment with new flavors to create entirely new dishes, such as the roasted Texas quail stuffed with homemade chorizo.

The selection of more than 500 wines?which earned a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence?features premier cru Burgundies alongside local Texan wines, similarly demonstrating the restaurant's dedication to refined dining.

19010 Scenic Loop Rd
Helotes,
TX
US