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Most know that the way to an iguana's heart is through its stomach, but it is useful to remember that human stomachs can be reached through the mouth, nose, eyes, and—if it's an emergency—the number written on the refrigerator's dry-erase board. Today's Groupon for Nicavid's artisanal bakery stimulates your gentle iguana heart with a sensational menu. Made-from-scratch pastries ($1.20–$2.40) include croissants, Danishes, sausage-stuffed kolaches, cinnamon rolls, muffins, and sticky buns. For lunch, Boar's Head meats and cheeses are artfully sandwiched between such delicious handles as flaky buttered croissants and flavorful beer bread and can be customizable creativity vessels ($7.25 for whole, $5.65 for half) or Nicavid's own established creations. The charming café is known for its Monterey chicken sandwich—homemade chicken salad served with bacon, provolone, lettuce, tomato, and avocado on a croissant ($7.95 for whole, $6.15 for half). The Tuscan roast beef ($8.25 whole, $6.38 half) rolls over the tongue like an Italian romance novel with blue-cheese crumbles, sautéed mushrooms and onions, lettuce, tomato, and honey-balsamic vinaigrette on toasted beer bread. Well-composed soups ($2.95–$3.95) and salads ($2.95–$6.95) are also delicious, such as the rabbit and redhead favorite: carrot-ginger soup.

5115 Fredericksburg Rd
San Antonio,
TX
US

Until legislators legalize the construction of cake hotels with lickable icing walls, our finest confectionary constructions will always fit beneath our forefather's top hats. For $10, today's deal gets you a 9-inch, two-layer cake from Sweet Secrets Cake Shop, a $20 value. Choose between French vanilla or fudge flavors, and pick a filling of your choice (call ahead to find out what fillings have been freshly made that day).

7423 Callaghan Rd
San Antonio,
TX
US

What?s Your Flavor curates classic American concession-style treats filling cups with syrupy shaved ice, sprinkle-topped ice cream, and a range of chips smothered in nacho cheese. Like Dr. Jekyll?s online dating profile, the menu features two distinct personalities. One half emphasizes frosty options such as smoothies and banana splits, and the other focuses on hot nachos and plates of spicy Cheetos topped with melted cheese. Alongside these nostalgic treats, the shop also sells a range of grownup salads and sandwiches.

4961 NW Loop 410
San Antonio,
TX
US

Since 1999, Rami's Pizza has packed its signature marinara sauce with fresh ingredients, filling calzones and topping pizzas, pastas, and Italian-style sandwiches made daily. Stone-baked pizzas crowned with traditional ingredients are made to-order, eliminating the need for tricks used by other pizzerias, such as hotboxes and adult-sized Easy-Bake Ovens.

7806 Callaghan Rd
San Antonio,
TX
US

With 45 locations, the aromas of hot soup and freshly baked bread greet customers across the nation as they approach Souper Salad's overflowing display of crisp salad greens and freshly prepared hot selections. Menus for the buffet change daily, but can include albóndigas soup, Tuna Skroodle pasta salad, A-MAIZE-ing cornbread, and other dishes. Dine-in guests are free to fill their bowls with their favorite soups and chilis, build their own salads from a plethora of crispy greens and tangy dressings, and see how much soft-serve ice cream they can pile atop a single cone. Patrons can also make a visit to the taco bar or flatbread pizza zone, and gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options are available.

4979 NW Loop 410
San Antonio,
TX
US

Owner Jackie "Nack" Harris whips up her old-fashioned treats via homegrown recipes and panache passed down through generations. Tasty menu items such as pies ($13.50 and up), bars ($15–$20 per dozen), cookies ($12–$15 per dozen), kolaches ($1.25 each), breads ($7.00 per loaf), and more are made in-house, each pairing deliciously with fresh-brewed coffee. Dessert Bits ($9 per dozen) are petite pastries packed with fillings such as peach cobbler, pecan, and sweet potato and are excellent for noshing or smashing into the faces of bite-sized frenemies and full-grown singing raisins. Arrive at a holiday party bearing treats without spending hours in the kitchen by picking up a family favorite such as Auntie Lou Lou's coconut-pineapple cake, "Party Over Here" rum cake, 7-Up pound cake, or butter rolls—pie crusts rolled up with butter, sugar, and spices, and then baked in a custard sauce.

2414 Babcock, Suite 103
San Antonio,
TX
US