Food & Drink in Leon Valley

$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

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.

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

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

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

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

$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

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

$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

Sushi and Teppanyaki Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Hon Machi Sushi & Teppanyaki (40% Off)

Honmachi Sushi & Teppanyaki

Stone Oak

$14 $8.50

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

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.

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

$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

$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

$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

$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

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

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

Far West Side

$12 $6

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

$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

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

$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

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

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

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

$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

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

$15 for $30 Worth of Bar Food at Play Sports + Kitchen

Play Sports + Kitchen

Stone Oak

$30 $15

Spacious sports bar with 18 high definition televisions and seven projection screens, Offers a lot of delicious drinks and food

$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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 $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

$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

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

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

$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

$11 for $20 Worth of Mediterranean and Halal Cuisine at Darna

Darna

Northwest Side

$20 $11

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Dolmas and fried eggplant accompany sandwiches filled with falafel, lamb tikka, or chicken or beef shawarma

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

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

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

$12 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One Combo Meal at Papa's Burgers ($24 Value)

Papa's Burgers

Los Jardines

$8 $4

Casual dining stop serves up savory old-fashioned burgers, fries, and more

$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

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

$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

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

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

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

$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

$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

$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

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

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

Mexican Dinner at Encanto Mexican Cuisine (Up to 50% Off)

Encanto Mexican Cuisine

Schertz

$20 $11

Traditional Mexican cuisine prepared with modern cooking techniques; dishes range from mahi-mahi fish tacos to certified Angus beef fajitas

$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

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

$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

$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 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

Adult Night with Water-Park Rides and Live Music for Two or Four at Shore Club Restaurant & Bar (Up to 52% Off)

Shore Club Restaurant & Bar

Northwest Travis

$30 $15

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Club along Lake Travis offers special nights just for adults with water-park rides, live music, and a drink cozy

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

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

$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

$18 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $14 Worth of Mexican Food at Fuzzy's Taco Shop ($28 Value)

Fuzzy's Taco Shop Austin

Austin

$14 $9

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Menu of Baja-style Mexican food includes grilled fish and veggie tacos and enchiladas; art from local artists and TVs adorn the walls

$7.98 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Frozen Bananas at Bananarchy ($15 Total Value)

Bananarchy

Bananarchy

$5 $2.66

Frozen, Turbana bananas are covered in chocolate, peanut butter, vanilla or vegan chocolate and coated in 11 toppings like granola or toffee

$15 for a Food and Baked Goods Punchcard with Six $5 Punches at Liz’s Grill ($30 Value)

Liz’s Grill

Austin

$30 $15

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Burgers, philly cheesesteaks, and gyros made using family recipes and served quickly

Mongolian Cuisine and Sushi at Kublai Khan (Up to 43% Off). Two Options Available.

Kublai Khan

Parmer Center

$20 $12

Restaurant revives ancient traditions with stir-fry creations cooked atop a mongolian grill, along with roti and noodles

Ethiopian Food at Habesha Restaurant & Bar (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Habesha Restaurant & Bar

Windsor Park

$30 $16

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Traditional Ethiopian vegetarian and meat dishes served with injera, a type of flatbread used to scoop up bites of food

Fondue Meal with Salads and Entrees for Two or Four at The Melting Pot (Up to 49% Off)

The Melting Pot

Northwest Austin

$60.55 $32

Couples dip entrees, such as filet mignon and ravioli, into smoldering fondue pots and signature dipping sauces

Caviar Tasting Menu or $17 for $30 Worth of Russian Cuisine at Russian House

Russian House

Downtown

$30 $17

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Classic Russian dishes, including beef stroganoff and stuffed cabbage; caviar tasting menu with red caviar and premium sturgeon black caviar

Breakfast or Lunch Food at Freddie's Place (Up to 45% Off)

Freddie's Place

Bouldin

$20 $11

Relax outdoors beneath a grove of oak trees or inside near a fireplace while filling up on pancakes and frittatas or burgers and sandwiches

$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

Select Local Merchants

Although they both hail from the Mediterranean, pizza and falafel don't often appear on the same menu. Diners at Rome's Pizza, however, might be prompted to wonder why?it turns out it's quite possible for one kitchen to carry both dishes off nicely. In a 2004 review, the Current's Alejandro P?rez praised the pesto pizza's "light, crispy crust and full-bodied flavor" and the falafel sandwich's "hot, crisp patties."

This juxtaposition isn't the only surprise on the extensive menu. Sure, you can get red sauce and pepperoni atop your pie, but Rome's specializes in white pizzas slicked with olive oil, herbs, and smoked garlic. Strombolis and calzones fold in on themselves to make for a hearty meal or a high-powered alternative to a water balloon, and sandwiches and pasta display the same love of big portions and off-the-beaten-path ingredients. On the Mediterranean side of the menu, there are also staples such as dolmas, hummus, and gyros.

12411 Bandera Rd
Helotes,
TX
US

Ara Celi and Robert Godines founded Matador Men's Grooming after gaining years of experience as Rooster's franchisees. They wanted to bring the same quality of service to a venue that felt a little more local, like a classic barber shop. They and their barbers still partner dashing, close-cropped haircuts with shaves, head and face massages, and hot towel wraps. They also offer waxing services particularly focused on grooming the eyebrows, and hair tinting to banish the flecks of grey that show up as people age or slowly become statues.

11881 Bandera Rd
Helotes,
TX
US

Babe's Old Fashioned Hamburgers delivers a sprawling lineup of delectable burgers and classic American eats. Fries are hand-cut, fried, and seasoned before accompanying juicy burgers piled with mushrooms, swiss cheese, or guacamole. Never-frozen chicken tenders arrive fresh and crispy alongside onion rings, fried mushrooms, or house salads with housemade dressings. Other options include pizzas topped with hamburger or veggies, milk shakes, and buffalo wings.

12415 Bandera Rd
Helotes,
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

In 1853, two founders of the colony that would come to be known as Castroville built a classic Sunday Haus near the center of the new settlement. A century and a half later, that structure stands as one of the oldest in the city, and the restaurant that now calls it home doesn't take that fact lightly. The Old Alsatian Steakhouse and Ristorante retains its historic air, seating diners in one of two main dining rooms lined with old-world art and antiques, while displaying many of the building's original structural elements. Here, they serve a menu that nods to tradition, anchored by a hearty lineup of hand-cut steaks and European dishes. The selection ranges from 6-oz. cuts of sirloin and 7-oz. filet mignon to 16-oz. rib eyes, which can be eaten onsite or brought home. Cooks round out meals with plates of alsatian sausage and bratwurst, served with mustard and pickles, as well as fried calamari, jumbo shrimp, schnitzels, and more.

With the historic nature of the grounds, it's not surprising that a recent archaeological dig revealed a bounty of artifacts dating back to the Civil War. Ginger beer bottles, leather holsters, saber belt-buckles—these and a trove of other 150-year-old finds line the shelves of the restaurant's former smokehouse, which now acts as the onsite museum. Both everyday diners and attendees of special events—the space also features a grape arbor, a patio, a spacious lawn, a beer garden, and a full event center—can peruse these unique finds to learn the history of not only the restaurant itself, but a great deal of Castroville as well.

1403 Angelo St
Castroville,
TX
US

At Le Chat Noir Eatery, owner and head chef Lynn Oefinger refuses to let her cooking lapse into routine. In addition to constantly updating the menus to incorporate seasonal ingredients, she fully commits her attention to seemingly minute details, making caesar salad dressing from scratch and branding her initials into every steak. As she told San Antonio Express News in 2011, "if you take time to make it something special, people will appreciate it."

A graduate of the Texas Culinary Academy, she uses her formally refined techniques to give traditional American dishes a fusion flair, coating a po boy's shrimp in Japanese panko breadcrumbs and spicing a duck breast with Indian chai.

Wooden beams line the white walls and ceiling of the dining room, which remain clean and blank except for a few pieces of framed artwork and an art nouveau thermostat. Sheer, gauzy curtains gently filter out lights shone through the window by search-and-rescue teams specializing in endangered crème brûlée.

1302 Fiorella St
Castroville,
TX
US