Food & Drink in South Dallas

$43 for a 1-Year Membership and One Box of Assorted Organic Produce from Johnson's Backyard Garden ($84 Value)

Johnson's Backyard Garden

Multiple Locations

$84 $43

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Members can pay to receive weekly or biweekly delivery of 10–12 in-season, organically grown vegetables, fruits, and herbs

$25 for $40 Worth of Locally Sourced Mexican Food at Peak & Elm Cocina Y Bar

Peak & Elm Cocina Y Bar

Dallas

$40 $25

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The owners of La Popular Tamale House helm this BYOB eatery, which serves authentic Mexican food made fresh from local ingredients

$12 for $20 Worth of Breakfast and Lunch at Garden Cafe

Garden Cafe

Dallas

$20 $12

Organic and free-range eggs, Vermont maple syrup, and made-to-order sandwiches

$12.75 for $20 Worth of Cajun and Creole Food at Alligator Cafe

Alligator Cafe

Deep Ellum

$20 $12.75

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Cajun and creole classics such as fried alligator tail with hush puppies, housemade chicken-and-sausage gumbo, and crawfish étouffée

Cooking Demo and Four-Course Dinner for One, Two, or Four at The Lockedoor Social Dining (38% Off)

The Lockedoor Social Dining

Dallas

$80 $50

Watch as chef Billy Brown cooks his signature dishes, then enjoy a special meal that encourages social interaction with neighbors

Pub Food for Lunch or Dinner at Lee Harvey's (Up to 40% Off)

Lee Harvey's

Dallas

$20 $12

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Tacos, burgers, panini sandwiches, and award-winning onion rings fill an ever-changing menu at a beloved bar with an outdoor picnic area

One-Hour Wine Education Class with Food Pairing for 2, 6, or 10 at Stoney's Wine Lounge (Up to 67% Off)

Stoney's Wine Lounge

Lowest Greenville

$57 $25

Guests learn about different varietals as they sip on wines and taste different cheeses and charcuterie

Thai Dinner with Appetizers and Soft Drinks for Two or Four at Bangkok Inn (51% Off)

Bangkok Inn

Lowest Greenville

$30.85 $15

BYOB eatery dishes out green curry, dunken noodles, basil fried rice, beef oyster sauce stir-fry, and spicy seafood with thai eggplant

Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Edison's

$60 $29

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

Pizzeria Food for Dine-In or Carryout at Greenville Avenue Pizza Company (Up to 50% Off)

Greenville Avenue Pizza Company

Lowest Greenville

$30 $15

Pizza by the slice or whole pies, orange-chipotle wings, calzones, and meatball subs make delicious lunch or dinner

$25 for $50 Worth of Savory and Sweet Fondue at Simply Fondue

Simply Fondue

Lowest Greenville

$50 $25

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Five cheese fondues coat meat and veggies, and 15 types of flambéed chocolate lure fruits, cheesecake, and other sugary morsels

Beer College Class for Two or Four with Growlers at The Bottle Shop (Up to 63% Off)

The Bottle Shop

Lowest Greenville

$100 $39

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In each 90-minute class, beer experts cover a topic such as German beers, local microbrewery and craft beers, or the art of home brewing

Sandwiches and Salads from the Regular or Catering Menu at Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

Ideal for parties, award-winning subs pack fresh ingredients such as coleslaw and roast beef, buried beneath hot or sweet peppers

Eight 12-oz. Striploin Steaks or Twelve 6-oz. Filet Mignons from Frontier Meats (Up to 51% Off)

Frontier Meats

Redeem from Home

$119.98 $59

Burgers, wild boar, bison, and aged steaks delivered to your door

$12 for $20 Worth of Barbecue and Comfort Food at Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse. 7 Locations Available.

Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

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Zagat-rated, Texas-style barbecue joint where brisket, pork ribs & onion rings keep connoisseurs coming back to all seven locations

$13 for a Sub Meal with Chips and Drinks for Two at Quiznos (Up to $21.14 Value)

Quiznos Subs

Downtown Dallas

$21.14 $13

Meats, cheeses, and vegetables piled on sandwiches crisp and melt when toasted in an oven or on a grill

Cheese, Meat, and Chocolate Tasting for Two or Four at Veritas Wine Room (Up to 47% Off)

Veritas Wine Room

East Dallas

$51.50 $30

Cheeses and meats from Texas and Europe served alongside award-winning chocolates at lauded wine bar

Two or Four Starters, Sliders, or Shared Plates at J. Black's Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge (44% Off)

J. Black's Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge

Dallas Knox/Henderson

$27 $15

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Eatery dishes out starters such as pigs in a blanket and wings; sliders with beef or pulled pork; or plates of crab cakes and steak frites

$8 for $15 Worth of American Food at BoomerJack's Grill & Bar

BoomerJack's Grill & Bar

Multiple Locations

$15 $8

Cheesy pub-style fries, Cajun-seasoned catfish, sizzling, homemade half-pound burgers with fresh-cut fries, and other hearty dishes

Local American Cuisine for Two or Four at Pyramid Restaurant & Bar (Up to 50% Off)

Pyramid Restaurant & Bar

Downtown Dallas

$130 $69

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Leigh Mills creates dishes such as Kaffir & Chili Crusted Ostrich using locally sourced ingredients and herbs grown in a rooftop garden

The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery and T-shirts for Two Through November 29 (Up to 43% Off)

The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery

Crowne Plaza

$173.90 $99

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Guests dig into appetizers and three-course meal while trying to solve interactive murder mystery, where actors blend in among diners

One or Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Coffee and Baked Goods at Urban Blend (50% Off)

Urban Blend

Dallas

$10 $5

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Historic West End coffee shop blends hot and cold drinks from locally roasted beans

Six-Course Omakase (Chef's Tasting) Japanese Dinner for Two or Four at Nobu Dallas

Nobu

Dallas

$130 $85

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Dallas outpost of acclaimed restaurant serves sushi and updated Japanese cuisine

Mediterranean Food at Cafe Izmir (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Cafe Izmir

Glencoe Park

$20 $11

Chefs prepare authentic Mediterranean fare such as hummus, grilled lamb chops & grilled quail, served family style on shareable plates

Thai Food at Naga Thai Kitchen (Up to 47% Off). Three Options Available.

Naga Thai Kitchen

Victory Park

$30 $17

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Creative contemporary dishes such as seared salmon in red curry served in dramatically decorated orange interior; free parking for two hours

One, Two, or Three Groupons, Each Good for a Hookah Session with Charcoal Refill at Kismet Hookah Lounge (Up to 60% Off)

Kismet Hookah Lounge

Dallas

$25 $12

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Hookahs with multiple flavor choices served inside a upscale lounge with full bar, cocktail and bottle service, dance floor, and DJs

Last Call Comedy Showcase at The Pocket Sandwich Theatre on August 29 or 30 at 11:15 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Last Call Comedy Showcase

The Pocket Sandwich Theatre

$15 $9

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Contestant on NBC's "Last Comic Standing" hosts two nights of uncensored standup after dark featuring nationally touring comedians

Japanese Lunch or Dinner for Two or More at Hypnotic Sushi (50% Off)

Hypnotic Sushi

Oak Lawn

$40 $20

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Bento boxes brimming with salmon teriyaki, plates of ton-katsu curry rice, and colorful maki

Dinner or Lunch for Two or Four at Lolita's (54% Off)

Lolita's

Oak Lawn

$45.97 $21

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Dig in to authentic Mexican dishes like carne asada or chicken street tacos, along with appetizers such as fresh guacamole, made table-side

Cajun and Creole Food at The Alligator Cafe (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

The Alligator Cafe

Dallas

$20 $11

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Chef Ivan Pugh prepares New Orleans–style entrees such as fried oysters, crawfish étouffée, and jambalaya with alligator and chicken

$11 for $20 Worth of Homestyle Comfort Food at Mama's Daughters' Diner. Three Locations Available.

Mama's Daughters' Diner

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

Dine on classic homestyle dishes in a choice of three locations: Dallas, Plano, and Irving

$12 for $20 Worth of Barbecue at Peggy Sue BBQ

Peggy Sue BBQ

University Park

$20 $12

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Plates of marbled brisket, dry-rubbed ribs, and juicy poultry rarely run out for guests who flock to this causal, '50s-style barbecue joint

$12 for Sandwiches, Soups, and Drinks at Short Stop Food To Go ($23 Value). Two Options Available.

Short Stop Food To Go

Multiple Locations

$23 $12

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Pair sandwiches such as roast beef or tuna salad with soups from a rotating selection and wash it all down with soft drinks

Admission for Two, Four, or Six to The Great Texas Food Truck Rally (Up to 52% Off)

The Great Texas Food Truck Rally

Dallas - Reverchon Park

$20 $11

Guests chow down on food trucks' bites while listening to Beatles and '80s cover bands

$12 for $20 Worth of Barbecue at Big Al’s Smokehouse BBQ

Big Al's Smokehouse BBQ

Northwest Dallas

$20 $12

Meats simmered and smoked in accordance with secret recipes flanked by fried okra, beans, and coleslaw.

Tex-Mex Lunch or Dinner for Two at Chiladas (Up to 40% Off)

Chiladas

University Park

$20 $12

Tacos, enchiladas, and quesadillas made with farm-fresh onions, tomatoes, and avocados

One-, Three-, or Five-Day Juice Cleanse from Elixir Juice Bar (Up to 29% Off)

Elixir Juice Bar

Dallas

$95 $69

Advanced cleanse includes eight bottles per day of juices made from fresh, raw, locally sourced ingredients and ayurvedic herbs

Frozen Treats and Smoothies or Cakes and Pies at Tasti D-Lite/Planet Smoothie (Up to 53% Off)

Tasti D-Lite/Planet Smoothie

North Dallas

$10 $5

Low-calorie frozen treats come in dozens of flavors, from coffee toffee to pumpkin pie; smoothies are made from yogurt and fresh fruit

Krispy Krunchy Fried Chicken at Foodplus (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Foodplus

Dallas

$6 $3

Pop in to neighborhood store for some Krispy Krunchy fried chicken or a family combo with 12 pieces of chicken, 6 Cajun tenders, and sides

One or Two Dozen Cupcakes or a Custom Cake from Amazing Occasion (Up to 54% Off)

Amazing Occasion

Amazing Occasion Custom Cakes

$26 $12

Each cupcake or custom cake is painstakingly baked and decorated, making it easy to impress and feed a sweets-hungry crowd

Thai Cuisine at Bangkok Dee Thai Cuisine (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Bangkok Dee Thai Cuisine

Dallas

$20 $10

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Chefs prepare classic Thai dishes such as pad thai, fried rice, curry puffs, and mango sticky rice

Barbecue Meal with Veggies and Dessert, or Choice of Four Sandwiches at Barbeque Tavern (Up to 44% Off)

Barbeque Tavern

Mesquite

$52 $29

Slow-cooked meats served by the pound or stacked onto sandwiches

One, Two, or Three Hookah Sessions for Two with Snacks at Pipe My Hookah (Up to 62% Off)

Pipe My Hookah

Dallas

$21 $10

BYOB hookah lounge invites guests to relax and enjoy a hookah in a variety of flavors

Healthy Take-Home Meals from Pick a Fit Foods (Up to 50% Off)

Pick a Fit Foods

Dallas

$20 $10

The Pick A Fit kitchen prepares nutritious meals, such as grilled Southwest chicken with pico de gallo, that can be picked up and taken home

$129 for a 3-Course Prix Fixe Gourmet Dinner and a Scenic Flight for 2 at Delta Charlie’s ($275 Value)

Delta Charlie's

Dallas Executive Airport

$275 $129

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Salad; entrees of chicken, rib eye, tilapia, or pasta; and cake or sundaes precede a private skyline tour in a four-seater plane

$10 for $20 Worth of Greek Food for Dinner at Stratos Greek Taverna

Stratos Greek Taverna

Northwest Dallas

$20 $10

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Homemade Greek dishes such as moussaka and souvlaki at an eatery that features Greek & belly dancers and a roof top patio

Bakery Goods at Bocatti (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Bocatti

Midway Hollow

$20 $10

Specialty cakes or 3D gelatin made by skilled bakers

$30 or $40 Worth of Mexican Food at Cesar Taqueria (50% Off)

Cesar Taqueria

Dallas

$15 $7.50

Diners enjoy staple Mexican dishes such as tacos, enchiladas, and tortas at a restaurant with a sports bar and karaoke stage

Two or Four Dozen Cookies at Sweet Genius Treats (Up to 50% Off)

Sweet Genius Treats

Mesquite

$25 $12.50

Cookies in flavors such as classic peanut butter, caramel apple pie, cream cheese-filled snickerdoodles, and strawberry lemonade

An Evening with Chris Mitchell at MCM Eleganté Hotel Dallas on Saturday, August 30 (Up to 55% Off)

An Evening With Chris Mitchell

MCM Elegante Hotel & Suites

$55 $25

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Accomplished saxophonist, who is a Grammy Recording Academy Member, spreads smooth tunes

Dine-In or Take-Out Wings at Wild Over Wings (Up to 40% Off). Three Options Available.

Wild Over Wings

Garland

$20 $12

Spicy and mild wings arrive in baskets in one of 13 flavors, sided with cookies and cold beer

$12 for $20 Worth of Jamaican Food for Two at Reggae Wings & Tings

Reggae Wings & Tings

Garland

$20 $12

Jerk chicken and curry goat, fried plantains, and several types wings (jerk and lemon pepper) encompass Jamaican food

American Cuisine and Drinks for Two or Four at Front Yard (Up to 50% Off)

Front Yard

Farmers Branch

$50 $25

Inside Sheraton Dallas Hotel by the Galleria, diners feast on American classics such as rib-eye steaks and burgers

Fine Dining for Two or Four at Le Meridien Restaurant (50% Off)

Le Meridien Restaurant

Dallas

$50 $26

Globally inspired cuisine ranges from comforting southern fried chicken wings to upscale ahi tuna au poivre

Hibachi Cuisine and Sushi for Two at Hibashi Teppan Grill & Sushi Bar (Up to 40% Off)

Hibashi Teppan Grill & Sushi Bar

Broadstone Galleria

$20 $12

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Fresh sushi rolls, Korean short ribs, and hibachi seafood and steaks prepared tableside

American Food at Rocky's Bar & Grill (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Rocky's Bar & Grill

Richardson

$20 $12

Laid-back eatery filled with TVs, pool tables, and weekly events dishes out burgers, wings, and chicken tacos

Italian Food for Lunch or Dinner at Siciliano's A Taste of Italy (Up to 50% Off)

Siciliano's A Taste of Italy

Garland

$20 $12

Southern Italian cuisine such as baked ziti and hand-tossed pizzas with complimentary garlic rolls

$12 for $20 Worth of Cakes, Baked Goods, and Sandwiches at The Lovin' Oven Bakery

The Lovin' Oven Bakery

Lancaster Historic Neighborhood District

$20 $12

Old-fashioned bakery whips up chocolate-mousse torte, Snickers pie, and gooey chocolate-chip cookies

$12 for $20 Worth of Southwest-Style Seafood, Steak, and Sandwiches for Two at The Wild Turkey

The Wild Turkey

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

Seafood, steak, and sandwiches with southwestern twist, including seafood combo fajitas and home cooking

Thai Food for Two at Tom Yum Thai Restaurant (Up to 38% Off). Two Options Available.

Tom Yum Thai Restaurant

East Park Village

$16 $10

Thai fried rice dotted with egg and garlic, shrimp or tofu tom yum soup, and panang coconut curry

$10 for $20 Worth of Mediterranean Dinner Sunday–Thursday or Friday and Saturday at Fadi's Mediterranean Grill

Fadi's Mediterranean Grill

Pepper Square Shopping Center

$20 $10

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Award-winning vegetable dishes, creamy hummus, and sizzling skewers of lamb, chicken, and beef served cafeteria-style

Summer Catering Package for 10 or 20 from Low Country Quisine (Up to 50% Off)

Low Country Quisine

Parkside Center - North Dallas

$225 $125

Handcrafted cupcakes or slices of layer cake cap off gourmet meals that incorporate fresh, seasonal ingredients

Brazilian Steakhouse Dinner for Two or Four at Blue Charcoal (47% Off)

Blue Charcoal

Northrich

$72.90 $39

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Gauchos wander around tables carrying skewered meats, including picanha and bacon-wrapped chicken, which they carve directly onto plates

One or Two Hookah Sessions with Charcoal Refills at Cloud 9 Hookah Lounge (Up to 62% Off)

Cloud 9 Hookah Lounge

Arapaho

$25 $12

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Lounge on couches and cushions and savor classic hookah flavors such as vanilla or rose, or experiment with combo flavors such as apple-mint

$10 for $20 Worth of Mexican Cuisine at Mercado Juarez Cafe

Mercado Juarez Cafe

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

Fajitas, enchiladas, and authentic Mexican specialties served with freshly made flour tortillas and homemade salsas

$10 for $20 Worth of Cigars or Upscale Bar Fare at Elite Cigar Cafe

Elite Cigar Cafe

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

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More than 1,000 cigars fill a walk-in humidor alongside a café serving southwestern dishes

Chinese Dinner for Two or Four at May Dragon (45% Off)

May Dragon

Addison

$44 $24

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Restaurateur and former mayor Joe Chow warmly welcomes guests with stir-fried shrimp, sesame chicken, and lettuce wraps

$12 for $20 Worth of Pub Food at Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill

Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

Sports bar dishes out pub food such as spicy chicken wings, quesadillas, and nachos amongst a huge patio, pool, and darts

$12 for $24 Worth of Mediterranean Food at SanabelS

SanabelS

Addison

$24 $12

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Mediterranean cuisine with live performances from belly dancers on weekends

Indian Food for Dine-In or Carry-Out at Bawarchi Signature (40% Off)

Bawarchi Signature

Addison

$20 $12

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Chicken, goat, or vegetable biryani, deep-fried shrimp, and other North and South Indian delicacies

$12 for $20 Worth of Mexican Food at Nuevo Leon Mex Mex Restaurant

Nuevo Leon Mex Mex Restaurant

Farmers Branch Shopping Center

$20 $12

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At a Texas Monthly top Mexican restaurant, chefs make beef tips in mole-plantain sauce and young goat wrapped in banana leaves

Mexican Dinner for Two or Four with Tacos or Combo Platters and Soft Drinks at Tacos Y Mas (45% Off)

Tacos Y Mas

Richardson

$21.96 $12

Chefs craft Mexican street-food classics, including traditional tacos with beef and shrimp and sprawling combo platters

All-You-Can-Eat Brazilian Churrasco Dinner or Lunch at Villa's Grill (Up to 38% Off)

Villa's Grill

Multiple Locations

$40 $25

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Waiters deliver cuts of just-grilled meats such as parmesan-crusted pork and bacon-wrapped filet mignon to your table; includes side buffet

$15 for $30 Worth of Fast, Casual Italian Food at Arezzo Italian Street Food

Arezzo Italian Street Food

Addison

$30 $15

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Fast, casual Italian food made using from-scratch dressings, wood-fired meats, and stone-baked breads

Pub Food for Dine-In or Carryout at The Hub Sports Bar and Grill (40% Off)

The hub sports bar & grill

Addison

$20 $12

Twenty-eight HD televisions and eight HD projection screens offer zoomed-in views of sports as burgers and tacos grace tables

$16 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Thai Cuisine at SaWaDiKa Thai Zone ($30 Value)

SaWaDiKa Thai Zone

Richardson

$15 $8

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Red, green, and yellow curries, eight noodle dishes, and stir-fried beef marinated in lemongrass and served atop steamed jasmine rice

Hookah with Snacks or Two-Hour E-Hose Session at Casanova Hookah Lounge (50% Off). Four Options Available.

Casanova Hookah Lounge

Richardson

$23.98 $12

Mix two flavors in a single hookah, served with Mediterranean snacks, or smoke from an electronic hose

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Indian Dinner for Dine-In or Takeout at Flavors Indian Restaurant

Flavors Indian Restaurant

Addison

$10 $5

This family-run restaurant turns out tasty, traditional Indian cuisine, from lamb vindaloo to chicken tikka masala

Jerky, Bacon, and Barbecue Goods at Meat Maniac (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Meat Maniac

Richardson

$20 $10

Novelty items such as wild-game jerky and bacon-flavored salsas, ketchups, and sodas; barbecue sauces and seasonings

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Kenneth Donald Rogers—an American country-music star, photographer, producer, actor, and fellow with a nice beard—has won three Grammys and more than a dozen American Music Awards for his sweet, stirring crooning. Though he won't be toting his dozens of awards, Mr. Rogers will be bringing an impressive showcase of selections from his extensive collection of country hits. To prep the crowd for the main event, The Herndon Brothers—a local act lead by Ray Herndon, a country star known for livin' the dream—will layer the crowd in hometown vibes from their wide library of inspiring and honest tracks.

1818 First Ave
Dallas,
TX
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At each of several one-day festivals held throughout the country, thousands of revelers unite in an epic clash of pulp, beer, and live music. Armed with a cache of 300,000 tomatoes, participants don protective bathing suits and goggles and hurl the fruit at one another during a two-hour battle. Throughout the afternoon, live music and costume contests offer an entertaining respite from the front lines, as bartenders dispense drafts of beer to attendees older than 21, refueling soldiers' morale before they resign to writing goodbye letters to their produce vendors back home. All tomatoes used during the event are past ripe and already fated for disposal, making the battle an efficient means of tossing them before their cursed transformation into singing Muppets.

4800 Beeman Avenue
Dallas,
TX
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The course itself carries on that fun vibe, too. Winding through city streets and local parks, the 5K route is dotted with hydration stations that dole out hot chocolate. Holiday music, a giant Santa inflatable, and snow blowers help to set

3750 The Midway
Dallas,
TX
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Johnson's Backyard Garden puts customers in a direct partnership with East Austin farmers by sharing in their harvest of more than 60 types of homegrown, certified-organic veggies, fruits, and herbs. Cultivated from the 200 fertile acres of river-bottom soils along the Colorado River, the farm's fresh produce populates local restaurants, farmers' markets, and the doorsteps of its members who can pre-order crates of seasonal edibles. Members also get access to the Veg Guide and its storage and cooking tips for each included item, like a care manual that children never come with.

3615 Parry Ave
Dallas,
TX
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As far as fires go, it could have been much worse—the May 2012 blaze that sparked suddenly in Kalachandji’s kitchen was put out by firefighters, and no one was injured. However, the kitchen was destroyed, and smoke damaged the rest of the building. In the days that followed, the community was left to wonder if and when the beloved space would return to its former opulence. Kalachandji’s has been part of the neighborhood for more than 30 years, billing itself as Dallas’s oldest continuously operating vegetarian restaurant. As part of the local Hare Krishna temple, it bore a majestic charm that was somehow different from even the city’s most elegant dining establishments and treehouses. With devotion and patience, the temple members were able to reopen their restaurant in early 2013; the Dallas Observer celebrated their efforts, writing that “we're relieved to see the restaurant open and unscathed.” Inside, as before, there is a different stained-glass window in each booth, bathing shiny espresso tabletops with colorful swatches of light. A wide stone stairway leads out to the patio, where dark, swirled pillars support yellow archways that seem to glow in the light of hanging lanterns. In the center, a large tree draped with white twinkle lights stretches up to the open ceiling, hinting at the stars sparkling above its branches. Even the kitchen is a sight to behold—here, women wrapped in saris and men with the traditional yellow line painted down their foreheads prepare whatever meat-free dishes suit the staff's whims that day. The mainly Indian buffet has some permanent fixtures—vegetable curry, dal (a bean soup), and rice pudding—but a different international entree appears every day, sating appetites with lasagna one day and enchiladas the next. Many dishes are prepared using Ayurvedic techniques that, like the most respected gossip blogs, date back nearly 5,000 years, though some recipes are updated to accommodate vegan and gluten-free diets. Kalachandji’s is popular enough to offer cooking classes that teach people how to prepare the food served in the restaurant. But there’s something about being in the restaurant itself: as the Observer noted when they named it 2012’s Best Vegetarian Food, Kalachandji’s "finds its way onto our list year after year. … But we’ll never tire of sitting in their beautiful garden patio, eating dal and vegetable curry and drinking tamarind tea.”

5430 Gurley Ave
Dallas,
TX
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Whether stuffing cornhusks with hand-ground maize or hosting holiday meals for the hungry, the Moreno family radiates the spirit of giving, earning kudos from the Dallas Observer and the East Dallas community. Since 1984, the clan has welcomed visitors to La Popular with warmth, hospitality, and their lauded tamales. Made without lard or gluten, each leaf-wrapped tamale brims with hearty fillings such as pork, chicken breast, ground chuck, and spiced pinto beans. The Morenos gather many ingredients from the Dallas Famers Market, where they also prepare savory bites for passersby. On weekends, the flagship location serves Mexican classics such as slow-roasted barbacoa beef, fried pork feet, and carnitas as tender as a love poem's first kiss.

5004 Columbia Ave
Dallas,
TX
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