Farmhand. Army mule tender. Insurance salesman. Ferryboat entrepreneur. Failed political candidate. Motel operator. This unconventional resumé belonged to Harland Sanders before he founded KFC at age 65. He opened his restaurant alongside a new highway interstate, serving up what he called “Sunday dinner, seven days a week” to those on the go. The highlight of his menu was—and still is—the top-secret spice blend coating his crispy fried chicken. He kept the recipe under lock and key, but word of his irresistible chicken quickly spread across the country. In 1935, Kentucky Governor Ruby Laffoon recognized Sanders's contributions to the state's cuisine by awarding him the honorary title of Kentucky Colonel.
The Colonel passed in 1980, though he lived long enough to see his humble restaurant rise to worldwide prominence. Diners still dig into buckets of his crave-worthy fried chicken, though the menu has expanded to encompass extra-crispy and grilled chicken as well as hot wings and chicken sandwiches. And it wouldn’t be Sunday dinner seven days a week without trusty southern sides such as mac 'n' cheese, mashed potatoes, and biscuits. In keeping with the down-home theme, chocolate chips dot cake and cookie desserts, honoring the 13 chocolate stars Betsy Ross sewed onto the first American flag.
The barbecuing buffs at Backyard Grill Burgers and Takos sear juicy morsels of beef bound for the menu's build-your-own or specialty burgers and behemoth tacos. Grill masters transform the classic American hamburger with eclectic toppings including chipotle, pineapple, ham, and jalapeños, and cooks can even crown eager beef patties with onion rings, signaling that the once-lonesome handhelds are newly engaged. Backyard Grill Burgers and Takos also loads colossal, oversized tortillas with upscale stuffings such as sizzling sirloin or rib-eye steak.
Watch San Antonio's top tamale masters compete to create the best traditional, contemporary, and sweet tamales. Both you and the judges will be plied with free samples, though only the pros will be allowed to judge the most accomplished husk-wrapped flavor bombs. The next day, the city's top eaters square off in a tamale-eating contest. If you wish to test your corn-pork-chomping mettle, join the lottery pool by dropping by any of Delicious Tamales' six locations more than 24 hours before the contest to enter your name and the name of your next of kin, who can finish the job in the event of fatal sudden-onset tamaleonditis. David Lee Garza and Los Musicales provide the headlining tunes. A portion of proceeds benefits several college and culinary scholarships, which means on April 16 and 17, you can finally eat your way to someone else's knowledge.
Montealban tables groan under sizzling fajitas, flame-kissed steaks, and chicken enchiladas drenched in sweet mole sauce. Traditional huevos rancheros and build-your-own omelets warm plates beside 12 styles of breakfast tacos such as chorizo and ham. Fourteen styles of lunch, dinner, and second-dinner tacos satisfy hunger pangs later in the day.
Putting together a volleyball squad is not only a fantastic way to sweat out excess undigested burgers, but it will also help you meet new people and exercise your competitive drive. The games begin Monday, May 17, or Wednesday, May 19, and last for seven weeks, including playoffs. Depending on the turnout, there will be up to three games a night, with the first starting at 7 p.m. and the last wrapping up by 10 p.m. Your Groupon covers the entire season, so the normally required deposit fee is waived.
Whether they're inside the dining room at Tilo Tex Mex, accented by rich red curtains, or outside on its sunny, Spanish-style patio, visitors can wash down tilapia fish tacos with top-shelf margaritas. During lunch and dinner, appetizers such as Mexican shrimp cocktail prep palates for soft tacos filled with shredded chicken or ground beef. On weekends, a breakfast spread kicks off the day with traditional huevos rancheros, chorizo and eggs, and breakfast tacos stuffed with pork chop.