With her slate of deli sandwiches, Angela Toler aims to please even the choosiest palate. As the owner and proprietor of The Picky Deli, she oversees a host of tasks, from baking the turkey and ham to cooking and slicing the deli’s meats. Using fresh ingredients, Toler’s staff stacks each sandwich made to order, from classic Reubens to turkey clubs. The deli is open Monday through Friday, and on Fridays, diners can stop by for chicken-sausage gumbo.
Overlooking downtown San Antonio, the Tower of the Americas stretches 750 feet into the sky and delights visitors with 360-degree views of the city. Situated at the top of the tower, Chart House Restaurant satiates diners with fish specialties and signature hot-lava cake while slowly revolving to reveal aerial perspectives and close-ups of low-flying superheroes. Meanwhile, the Flags Over Texas observation deck educates hungry minds with a series of murals detailing the history of the six flags that have flown over the state's buildings throughout its existence. Moving seats simulate the sensation of flight in the 4-D Skies Over Texas ride, where images enhanced by 3-D glasses leap out at viewers, showing Texas wildlife and festivals in full-dimensional glory.
Bright-red walls surround the inside of Flaco’s Burgers & Tacos, which serves a menu of hand-formed burgers given a satisfying crust from a flattop grill and a variety of intriguing sauces and toppings. The Texas burger comes with barbecue sauce and bacon, and a burger named after a mysterious Eric fellow belies his hearty appetite with double meat, two cheeses, and bacon. Tough taste buds rise to the challenge of the Flaming Flaco burger, which is stuffed with grilled jalapeños, cheese, and grilled onions before getting a topper of standard burger fixings—mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles. The eatery also folds tacos and burritos full of fillings such as carne asada, chicken fajita, or pork chop. Fresh-cut fries and free WiFi accompany meals, eaten while patrons chat among themselves or gaze at a large flat-screen TV along the wall.
Hearthstone BakeryCafe covers half of a hobbit's daily meals with an extensive menu of morning, midday, and midevening eats. Hungry humanoids who use their Groupon on breakfast will receive a free small coffee (normally $1.39), so start the ante meridiem with an energy surge of pastries ($1.79 or $1.99) or a wrap, panini, or bagel sandwich ($3.99 each) stuffed with spinach artichoke spread, bacon, and egg. Likewise, evening eaters will be treated to a complimentary dessert anytime after 5 p.m. Lunchtime office escapees, meanwhile, can indulge in the grown-up grilled cheese ($3.99)—a melty mass of American cheese, bacon, and tomatoes held together by two crispy pieces of wheat or white bread—and wax nostalgic for the days of Red Rover and recess before getting back to another tedious day testing playground equipment. Otherwise, test out Hearthstone's best-selling turkey artichoke panini ($6.99)—whose nude tender artichoke hearts pose gracefully atop a chaise lounge of turkey breast draped in a spinach-artichoke spread, fresh tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese—or the cranberry balsamic salad's ($5.89 for a full portion) garden of artichokes, shaved onion, tomatoes, candied pecans, and dried cranberries lightly dewed with a creamy balsamic dressing.