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Soda Tooth pries open kids’ inner paint buckets with three types of three-day summer art workshops in a variety of media. In the Experimental workshop, paint pros help tots get creative with contemporary art forms such as stop-motion animation, large-scale collaborative installations, and ambiguously worded text messages. Alternately, the Essential class tutors tykes in painting and drawing, and the Multi-Dimensional course lets them sculpt in paper, found wood and metal, or clay. Divided into two age groups, children absorb age-appropriate instruction from experienced instructors, most of whom are Texas State BFA graduates or reincarnations of Vincent Van Gogh. Each class of up to 12 students meets for approximately three hours per day, with breaks for gallery-provided snacks, juice, and creative vibes. Check the schedule for class dates.

1428 Old Ranch Road 12
San Marcos,
TX
US

An extensive menu of authentic Thai cuisine bursts in a frenzy of sour, sweet, and salty flavors at Thai Thai Café. Muffle tummy rumbles with appetizers ranging from a pair of soft spring rolls stuffed with shrimp or tofu ($3.95) to a 12-pack of warm boiled shrimp ($3.95). Thai Thai's entrees ($7.95 for most) enable guests to marry meat with merry noodles and veggies. Options include pairings such as garlic pork, teriyaki chicken, and stir-fried bamboo shoots, with most dishes available with vegan equivalents thanks to tofu, soy-based sauces, and the blessing of an ordained celery stalk. To turn any gathering into a chat worth talking about, simply extend a request for a tall, refreshing, and invigorating glass of thai iced tea or iced coffee ($1.95).

829 N Lbj Dr
San Marcos,
TX
US

Cuisine Type: All American home-style food

Established: 1975

Reservations: Optional

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Number of Tables: 50+

Parking: Parking lot

Most popular offering: Gourmet burgers and chicken-fried steak

Kid-friendly: Yes

Alcohol: Full bar

Delivery / Take-out Available: Take-out only

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Q&A with Paul Sutphen, Owner

What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?

Grins offers a Shiner Bock beer-battered chicken-fried steak. It is hand breaded in our special beer batter and then deep fried to golden perfection. Grins then smothers the chicken fried steak in our homemade country gravy.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

Since 1975 students and families have been discovering that Grins offers something for everyone. Even if you?re just grabbing a quick lunch, the unique tree-house atmosphere and rambling rooms retains the cozy atmosphere of the original house on which the restaurant is based.

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?

I would describe Grins food as Southern, home-style cooking. Most of the menu is made from scratch, including all of our desserts.

802 N Lbj Dr
San Marcos,
TX
US

Dedicated to satisfying seasoned gourmands and casual diners alike, Palmer’s menu offers everything from sizable steaks and chicken dishes to lighter, plant-based victuals and veggie-nestled seafood. Try the grilled ahi tuna steak with chipotle aioli, chef’s rice, and seasonal vegetables (4 oz., $14; 8 oz., $17), or nibble the tenderloin sandwich with tomato and portobello to harness the necessary brainpower to conquer your Sudoku-based home-security system ($14). A comfy atmosphere replete with multiple stone fireplaces colors the eatery’s interior, and a clean-air garden encourages postmeal relay races in the fountain courtyard.

218 Moore St
San Marcos,
TX
US

At Gtans, visitors have a wide variety of options when it comes to achieving a deep, even tan. A lineup of UV tanning beds ranges in tanning levels, so visitors can achieve color in as little as eight minutes, and both standup and standard beds are available. For those opting to go UV-free, choose from either Mystic HD or custom airbrush tans. The automated Mystic HD booth offers varies hues as well as tan extenders, so bodies stay bronzed through all of Texas's seasons?summer and bluebonnet season.

748 N L B J Dr
San Marcos,
TX
US

With doors that stay open until 3 a.m. most nights and items such as brisket tacos, foot-long corn dogs, and tator tots wrapped with bacon and deep fried, AJ's Ranch Road Grill is the perfect spot to grab a bite after a night of revelry. This is especially true if you're a Texas State student or alum?AJ himself graduated from TSU, and fellow bobcats have a special place in his heart.

But if you went to a different school or earned your diploma alongside a little redheaded orphan at the School of Hard Knocks, AJ and his family will still send you home with a belly full of tasty barbecue and Tex-Mex. They whip up everything from smoked chicken to breakfast tacos to an Angus burger topped with bacon and a fried egg. For dessert, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies fly out of the oven and onto plates.

205 Moore Street
San Marcos,
TX
US

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