From budget-friendly beer to never-ending pizza, local San Marcos eateries offer a variety of specials every day of the week.
Taproom Pub & Grub
Besides a wide selection of beers, Taproom offers traditional and unique hamburgers and sandwiches that can make any manic Monday worth surviving. This “pub and grub” has a lunch special that runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additionally, from 3 to 8 p.m. students can score a half-priced appetizer including fried pickles, cheesy broccoli and chicken cordon bleu bites to name a few. Of course, a visit to Taproom would not be complete without beer. The pub features a special from 8 to 11 p.m. offering happy hour prices on all German imports.
“(Taproom) has an interesting and upbeat vibe and the food has a unique taste that you can’t find just anywhere,” said Patricia Overton, marketing senior.
Pizza, the dietary mainstay of nearly every American college student, is always appreciated by Bobcats looking to beat the Tuesday blues. Valentino’s, locally owned and operated downtown, offers just that. Featuring a warm and inviting atmosphere, the restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $4.95.
“Every time I walk into Valentino’s I see a familiar face and a smile, they have great service,” said Saul Hernandez, English junior, adding, “every bite is orgasmic.”
Cedar’s Mediterranean Restaurant
For those who crave a more foreign experience, Cedar’s is the place to visit on Wednesdays. It is the only place in the city that offers authentic Mediterranean dishes and drinks. The lunch buffet, offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., boasts a variety of dishes including gyros, hummus, tabbouleh (salad), shish kebabs and falafels. If a few foreign delicacies are not enough, students can end hump day with a relaxing, half-priced Hookah session, with tobacco available in a variety of flavors.
Sean Patrick’s Irish Pub and Texas Grub
Thursday signals the beginning of the weekend for many Bobcats, and Sean Patrick’s is ready to help kick off the celebration. The pub’s fusion of Irish and Texan cultures is reflected in its menu. Sean Patrick’s $6 to $8 express lunch is served from 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features dishes such as shepherd’s pie, carnita tacos and boxty, a traditional Irish potato pancake. For those who are looking to quench the thirst that comes with Thursday, the pub has a “Pint Night.” Purchase a Sean Patrick logo pint glass and fill up every Thursday.
Gil’s Broiler and Manske Roll Bakery
Known for its Manske rolls, Gil’s Broiler is the perfect way to kick off the free-for-all frenzy that is the weekend. Hand-formed, fresh burgers are served daily, but it is Gil’s “Finally Friday” special that really draws Texas State students in. Offering a hamburger, fries and a drink for $3.95, it is ideal for the budget-conscious Bobcat. The eatery also has beer specials, including $1.85 domestic long necks and $5.95 pitchers from 5 to 10 p.m.
“I really like Gil’s because of the handmade Bluebell shakes, cheeseburgers and the atmosphere,” said Danielle Drummond, communication design sophomore. “It’s a great feel of San Marcos’ history.”