In the late 1800s, thousands of Texans struck it rich when they tapped into veins of thick, dark, tangy barbecue sauce (as chronicled in the Oscar-winning film There Will Be Sauce). Today's Groupon gives you the chance to taste this natural bounty while it's still hot from the earth: for $7, you get $15 worth of comfort fare and gelato at Cowboy Gelato.
Travelers poking along the historic Route 66 can journey to this family-run restaurant for a respite from atmospheric heat with a hearty sandwich and a cup of smooth, icy gelato. The menu sports savory and startable sides, such as crispy beer-battered onion rings wrapped in checkered paper ($2.99+) and crunchy fried pickles ($3.99+).
Starring options include the Bronson burger, which confronts bovine buffs with a monster slab of beef stuffed with cheddar, monterey jack, or pepper-jack cheese and is stylishly slathered in mayonnaise and outfitted with pickles, tomatoes, and onions ($7.49). After ingesting your daily dose of meatberg, saunter to the gelato bar, where chrome trays convey globs of creamy italian ice cream ($2.99–$4.99). Like the Texas triceratops population, the homemade gelato flavors evolve often, so check in to see scoopable selections.