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When Food Network celebrity chef Guy Fieri roams the country in search of down-home eats on his show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, he follows his gut. Rarely, though, does he stumble upon a “culinary compound.” But such was the case when he and his film crew visited Texas Pride Barbecue, where “It’s all about Texas,” as owner Tony Talanco told the San Antonio Express-News.

The haven of Texas-style barbecue juts out from the tall grasses, mesquite trees, and barbecue-sauce waterfalls that fill the surrounding fields. As an old filling station, Tony’s restaurant not only greets guests with the smoky scents of slow-cooked brisket, ribs, and sausage, but also with waves of nostalgia surging from antique gas pumps, jukeboxes, farm equipment, and artifacts from the 1920s through ‘60s that Tony has salvaged. In the kitchen, Tony and his cooks lavish time on their two most popular items: the brisket and the homemade barbecue sauces. After dry rubbing the brisket with seasoning, they cook it for 12 hours in a pit fueled by mesquite wood. This smoky flavor comes to life when dipped in hot or regular sauce, both of which begin with onions caramelizing in bacon fat.

Texas Pride Barbecue continues celebrating its state heritage with live music and special events that include a Bike Night and a fish fry. Such activities may have been part of the reason the San Antonio Express-News declared Texas Pride Barbecue its “Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests”—one of many awards the eatery has racked up.

2980 E Loop 1604 S
Adkins,
TX
US

MEDermis Facials' board-certified medical director captains a team of certified laser specialists and medical aestheticians, who help their clients reach aesthetic goals with the help of advanced technology. Together, the team has safely erased more than 200,000 unwanted tattoos of all shapes, sizes, and colors using Lutronic Spectra lasers. The cutting-edge apparatuses emit q-switched beams of high-energy light, which help disband ink particles and prepare them to be naturally jettisoned from the body via the lymphatic system?technical speak for "laser eraser". The lasers flit over skinscapes, fostering smooth, even skin with minimal risk of scarring, disrupting natural pigments, or attracting bored cats. In addition to getting rid of unwanted ink, the talented staff can also help to correct skin troubles with peels, microdermabrasion, and other skin care services.

540 Oak Centre Drive
San Antonio,
TX
US

China Garden was founded with a passion for sharing home cooking with the community, and to that end they present an all-encompassing scope of Chinese, Thai, Korean, and Hunan cuisines. With that wide spectrum of dishes on hand, the menu bulges with an expansive selection, tempting guests with simple, elegant choices such as pork lo mein, egg drop soup, and general tso's chicken. The chefs prepare each dish made-fresh-to-order, unlike the cooks at fast-food restaurants. For convenience, China Garden offers both lunch and dinner for sit-down dining, carryout and specialize in delivering while providing easy ordering through its website.

8022 Kitty Hawk
Converse,
TX
US

Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Jeep of Downers Grove employs an experienced crew to help drivers find and fix their four-wheeled steeds. Within this comprehensive automotive dealership and service center, a team of seasoned salespeople helps customers navigate a well-stocked showroom and peruse an extensive inventory of new, used, and Fabergé cars. Technicians feed nonsynthetic oil to buggies of all makes and models and outfit engines with shiny new filters at Express Lane Oil Change. The parts department culls an extensive array of high-quality equipment, and knowledgeable staff members can swiftly order out-of-stock or subordinate items.

9280 Farm-to-Market (FM)78
Converse,
Texas
US

On Paintball Knights' nine pristine grassy play fields, combatants take cover behind inflatable obstacles and large tin drums while waging good-natured warfare against the opposing team. A referee for every 10 participants keeps things civil and fun by promising to foil cheaters and inaccurate Braveheart reenactments. Between matches, players can hatch master plans in the 50-table gravel staging area or refuel at the snack bar. The staff supplies biodegradable, easy-break paintballs that leave minimal stains and bruises, as well as complimentary lens cleaner and paper towels to scrub away colorful specks from skin, clothing, and monocles.

13289 La Vernia Rd
Saint Hedwig,
TX
US

There are two ways cars, SUVs, and trucks wash up at Squeaky Clean of Valley Stream. They either inch their way into the automated tunnel for a quick and painless scrub down, or they park in the garage for a thorough wash and hand wax. Detailing crews babysit rides for up to four hours, during which time they restore exterior shine and free interiors from dirt, debris, and mittens that don't belong in the glove compartment. Aside from sprucing up autos, the staff keeps engines purring with express oil changes.

9280 Farm-to-Market (FM)78
Converse,
Texas
US