Casual al fresco dining and kid-friendly recreation come together at Beefy's Backyard to form a veritable family-fun sandwich, while Beefy's on the Green offers a slightly more formal dining area with an expanded menu. Like the North Star, Beefy's glowing menu provides guidance to peckish patrons eager to sink their teeth into bread-bound fare. Begin by foraging through a forest of crispy appetizers, sampling delicacies such as fried pickles, jalapeños, okra, and mushrooms ($4.99–$5.99). Beefy's bevy of burgers are dressed with edible accoutrements including bacon, grilled onions, cheese, salsa, and that unmatched new-clothes confidence ($4.29–$6.49). Symphonies of salads, including the southwest pulled chicken salad ($6.99) and the grilled sirloin salad ($7.49), await those who hunger healthfully. Satiation seekers can retire to the indoor dining room at Beefy's on the Green, or choose the Backyard's basketball court and AstroTurf field for rousing rounds of dunk-the-patty and kaiser roll keep-away.
With the historic town of Summerville as its backdrop, Firewater Grille situates fresh, local products at the core of its menu. Chef Perry Stone and his staff join forces to craft classic American dishes, most recently adding a steak and seafood spread that includes grilled T-bones and Dr. Pepper BBQ baby-back ribs. Throughout the week, diners can combine bites with specials and live entertainment, such as karaoke and acoustic music. Comedians seize the spotlight during free standup performances on the weekends, and on weekdays, happy-hour discounts melt stress into puddles that can be collected, frozen, and launched at an overbearing boss's car.
Each year, as February draws to a close, the energy in Bulverde, Texas builds towards one thing: the opening of rodeo season. Tejas Rodeo Company kicks off the festivities in style, hosting celebrations of colts, cowboys, and cattle every Saturday night. There, horses pull chuck wagons, ranchers lasso longhorns, and brave souls ride bulls to the delight of the crowd, who can emulate their heroes on a mechanical bull. Fans can even keep track of the rodeo rankings and return each week to cheer on their favorites in tie downs and barrel races. And after the last cowboy tips his hat to the crowd every night, live musicians steal the spotlight with country music that's capable of luring any age to the dance floor.
Few things complement that rodeo spirit like a steak, and Tejas' Steakhouse and Saloon has enough steak to act as currency should the dollar fail. Chefs source premium Akaushi beef from Beeman Ranch, cut it into two-ounce medallions, and season it with a signature rub before searing it to order. And those cuts of meat look right at home between the restaurant's walls. Wood paneling brims with saddles, chaps, pistols, and other authentic cowboy artifacts. The oldest item there? "Yellow Boy," a Winchester rifle made in 1870, the same year the color yellow was invented.
My Place Bar & Grille is devoted to serving steamy, fresh-cooked, and soul-satisfying fare. The menu features hearty burgers and other down-home eats. Among an assortment of appetizers, freshly fried corn tortilla chips dipped in spicy green chile queso ($4.99) will warm up your taste buds for a king-sized guacamole bacon burger ($8.29). My Place's famous chili (cup $4.99, bowl $6.29) is slow-cooked Texas-style with its own southern drawl and debutante ball. Diners craving a bunned meal without the beef can try a not so burger such as the nation-sized DeClucksemburger ($8.29), a grilled chicken breast piled high with smoked bacon, sautéed mushrooms, swiss cheese, mayo, lettuce, tomato, and onion. After tasting My Place's southern-style entrees, including fried catfish ($9.99) and chicken fried steak ($9.99), tone deaf taste buds find themselves serenading incisors with Kenny Rogers lyrics.
Sandra Arias was only 12 years old when her family first arrived on American soil. Her parents opened Tink-A-Tako to serve authentic tacos, enchiladas, and Mexican specialties, establishing a legacy that would grow across two decades to 11 locations throughout San Antonio. Today, Sandra, her brothers, and her sister still oversee the kitchens, directing culinary crews as they stuff savory meats into homemade tortillas, adorn enchiladas with a selection of different sauces, and simmer up the chilaquiles that have been lauded on Great Day SA. Out in the dining areas, colorful Mexican artwork, ornamental chili peppers, and an absence of Canadian flags give off an authentic Mexican feel. Many locations also boast full bars, outdoor patios, and drive-thru windows.
Amid GameTown Pizza's mélange of arcade consoles and analog challenges, chefs sculpt dough for New York–style pizzas and ensconce zesty ingredients within calzones and strombolis before baking them golden on sizzling pizza stones. The bustling game room challenges competitors to bouts of air hockey, basketball, and invigorating redemption games, whose ribbons of tickets garner well-earned trips to the prize counter. Party planners can host savory shindigs within the arcade's private party room, whose whimsical yellow walls display flat-screen TVs ideal for celebratory slideshows and virtual-reality birthday cakes alike.