The perfect sandwich, like serving subpoenas on roller skates or pirouetting atop a sleeping friend's nose, requires a delicate mix of balance and pizzazz. Bite into a spirited production with today's Groupon: for $12, you get a chips-and-salsa appetizer, two entrees, two scoops of Blue Bell ice cream, and two sodas at Oma Gruene's Secret Garten in New Braunfels (up to a $24.90 value).
Nestled in the frondescence of a quaint pecan grove, Oma Gruene's Secret Garten welcomes diners to enjoy savory sandwiches and German specialties and absorb a festive garden ambience. Dining duos will kick-start meals with chips and salsa (a $4 value), a heaping pile of corn chips adorned with a spicy homemade salsa. Next, entrees can be chosen from a straightforward menu stocked with local ingredients, such as sausage from a neighborhood smokehouse showcased on the bratwurst plate (a $7.95 value) or in a kraut dog (a $6.95 value). Culinary architects erect turkey-and-swiss sandwiches (a $6.95 value) atop foundations of marble-rye bread, and a Reuben (a $6.95 value) demonstrates the dexterity of corned beef by getting served warm, cold, or mid-handspring. Sweet-teethed twosomes can finish feasts with palatable scoops of Blue Bell ice cream, and then wash down bites with a sweet soda deluge before using empty cups as maracas during impromptu limbo challenges.
Wooden picnic tables pepper the garden's vivacious grounds as diners are free to seat themselves around a decorated music stage, where local bands and musicians provide a full schedule of grooves in the form of blues, folk, and a new genre that fuses bluegrass with Morse code.