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Yogurt Zone is one of the few places where dessert has a wealth of health benefits. Frozen yogurt—which comes in flavors such as pineapple tart, cookies and cream, strawberry, california tart, and watermelon sorbet—is high in calcium and protein, can lower cholesterol, and has active cultures that facilitate the digestive process. After pumping any combination of these healthy swirls at Yogurt Zone, customers pile on toppings from a selection that includes granola bars, walnuts, yogurt-covered raisins, and brownie bites before a staffer weighs it to price it.

21025 US Highway 281 N
San Antonio,
TX
US

A menu stocked with savory gourmet burgers greets guests at Gourmet Burger Grill, whose palatable patties helped lasso My San Antonio's 2007 Reader’s Choice Award for Best New Restaurant. Appetize your stomach parts with a big serving of beer-battered onion rings ($5.59) in preparation for the main attraction—fire-grilled half-pound burgers served on artisan rolls and topped with tomato, red onion, pickle, and the manly satisfaction that comes from consuming a slab of meat or out-drinking Ernest Hemingway. Go for the classic hamburger model ($6.99) or a cheeseburger with monterey jack ($7.99), or opt for one of the specialty items, such as the crab-cake burger, a pan-seared crab patty styled with lemon remoulade ($10.59). Burger barons can always construct their own lavish villas of beef from 12 cheeses, including goat cheese and smoked gouda ($1 each), 26 toppings, and freshly prepared sauces, such as basil-pesto aioli ($0.50) and turkey chili ($1.50). Guests can imbibe fresh iced tea (sweetened or unsweetened), IBC root beer, and fountain drinks (all $1.99) while snacking on cheesecake ($5.99) or the bittersweet memory of teenage love for dessert.

18414 US Highway 281 N
San Antonio,
TX
US

Coco Chocolate Lounge has more to offer than just chocolate. That's why readers of the San Antonio Express-News voted the spot Best Neighborhood Restaurant and Best Nightclub in North Central San Antonio in 2011. Though there are plentiful cacao-based desserts served, including single-origin chocolate mousse and chocolate fondue with housemade marshmallows, Chef Hector Villarreal also experiments with savory dishes. Among his creations are stone-baked pizzas topped with house-smoked brisket and venison steaks with fried okra and béarnaise sauce.

The cuisine complements decor the San Antonio Express-News called “scrumptious with plenty of chandeliers, candlelight, and plush ruby-red velvet booths and bar seating.” As the sky darkens and everybody throws away sundials that seemed cool during the day, Coco Chocolate Lounge transitions into a nightclub, and chocolate martinis, wine, and champagne flow more freely. DJs on a dance floor and an outdoor patio spin Latin music, hip-hop, and club hits until 2:30 a.m.

18402 US Highway 281 N
San Antonio,
TX
US

Crafting notably delectable frozen treats in small batches, Marble Slab Creamery uses high-quality ingredients and makes all of its treats and waffle cones on-site to percolate palates with super-premium ice cream. Just like tax forms, chef-inspired concoctions are prepared on frozen marble slabs to ensure optimal freshness and easy customization.

1141 N Loop 1604 E
San Antonio,
TX
US

Tangerine, lime, and lemon are the dominant colors inside Aspen Leaf Yogurt in San Antonio. The citrusy walls mirror the fresh fruit toppings, and some of the flavors, that visitors choose from to cobble into custom sundaes. There are dozens of frozen flavors, all accessible for mixing and matching via hand-held, wall-mounted levers. Yogurts range from the classically-flavored to the exotic, and even count gluten-, sugar-, and dairy-free options among their numbers. In addition to fruit, toppings include candy and nuts. Cushy seating and complimentary wifi, meanwhile, comprise the simple Aspen Leaf amenities that make the spot a favorite hangout among sweet-toothed friends.

22506 U.S. 281
San Antonio,
TX
US

Touting the Best Burgers in the Full-Service Chains category according to the 2010 Zagat Fast-Food Survey, Red Robin features gourmet burgers stacked high with manifold fixings. The chain started in the 1940s under the name Sam's Tavern, where its proprietor Sam could be heard singing "When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along)." He loved that old tune so much that he changed his tavern's name to Sam's Red Robin. Today, Red Robin still serves up the same gourmet burgers that put it on the culinary map in 1973—such as the Royal Red Robin burger topped with a fried egg—but the menu also includes more than 15 fire-grilled burgers, hearty mac 'n' cheese with riblets, zesty mexican grilled chicken, and towers of crispy onion rings.

Red Robin's aptly named 'Green Team' ensures that the chain implements green initiatives. All of Red Robin's produce is pesticide-free, and all of its eggs come from suppliers that do not use battery cages. The company is also dedicated to using recycled and recyclable packing and shipping materials sourced from suppliers certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and high-fived by Mother Nature.

1750 N Loop 1604 E
San Antonio,
TX
US