Eat Local: Summertime Wine & Dine

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C&J Barbeque

C&J Barbeque

Summer is finally here, and what better time is there to wine, dine, and unwind at local restaurants offering special summer deals? From savory steaks and juicy burgers to crisp wines and delicious desserts, there is something for everyone to enjoy this summer!

C&J Barbecue
4304 Harvey Road, CS; 105 Southwest Parkway, CS; 1010 South Texas Avenue, Bryan
A family run business at C&J Barbeque, Wednesday night is Kids Eat Free, where any child age 12 or under can enjoy one free kids meal with the purchase of each adult meal of $6.99 or more. Kids Eat Free only applies between 5pm to close (which varies by location), and is a dine-in special only. They also offer a Senior Special (free drink with purchase of any meal plate) Monday through Friday, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, dine in only. www.cjbbq.com

Café Eccell
4401 S. Texas Avenue
Happy Hour for Café Eccell, available in bar and lounge area only, is served Monday through Friday, from 2:30pm to 6:30pm. Enjoy $2 off shareables and pizzas, $5 Puro Verde margaritas, $6 strawberry tart margaritas, $5 house wine, $6 Peach Palmers, and $1 off draft beers. www.cafeeccellbryantx.com

Luigi's Patio Ristorante

Luigi’s Patio Ristorante

Caffe Capri
222 N Main St, Bryan
This award-winning downtown restaurant has been serving creative and reasonably priced Italian dishes for 20 years. Caffe Capri has been playing around with different Cajun crawfish salad recipes for the summer dining season. www.theplaceforitalian.com

Cenare Italian Restaurant
404 University Dr E, CS
With weekly specials, you can enjoy the made-from-scratch flavors of Italy and the Mediterranean all summer long in the heart of B/CS. Cenare’s famous bread is baked daily and served with imported olive oil and Italian spices and the amazing desserts are made by Mrs. Cerone herself. Viva estate! www.GoToCenare.com

Downtown Uncorked Wine Bar!
206 West 26th St, Bryan
With more than 100 bottles to choose from, there’s a reason Downtown Uncorked Wine Bar was voted Best Wine By The Glass. Don’t miss out on any of their special nights, including Women Gone Wine Wednesdays, Half Price Bottle Thursdays, and Friday Night Flights.
(979) 823-4837

Grub Burger's Peach Pie Shake

Grub Burger’s Peach Pie Shake

Grub Burger Bar
980 University Dr, CS
The beginning of May means a new burger and shake for Grub Burger Bar. The Southerner, a Southern fried chicken with a pimento style cheese spread, pickled Anaheim peppers, lettuce, tomato and smoked paprika mayo, is the burger to bite into this summer. Add on a Peach Pie Shake, which is literally a slice of peach pie in a cup, during the months of May and June. Happy hour specials are available Monday through Friday, from 3pm to 6pm. www.grubburgerbar.com

The Honeybaked Ham Co. & Café
3975 Hwy 6 S and Rock Prairie Road
The HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Café offers specials for every holiday, including mother’s day, father’s day, and the Fourth of July. HoneyBaked Ham has also launched a new app that helps customers earn free meals. Becoming a part of the Lunch Club means that when you buy a certain number of sandwiches, you earn one free sandwich. www.MyHoneyBakedStore.com

Luigi’s Patio Ristorante
3975 SH-6 S, CS
The 10-year anniversary of Luigi’s Patio Ristorante is coming up, and to celebrate, Luigi’s is turning out a new menu this July. Luigi’s regular specials include the Wine Down Wednesday Special, 25 percent off Italian wines; live music every night starting at 7pm; Happy Hour Tuesday through Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, which includes $5 appetizers and specialty cocktails;  and the lunch trio for $15. www.luigispatioristorante.com

Madden’s Casual Gourmet
202 S Bryan Ave, Downtown Bryan
You know Madden’s for its comfy atmosphere and gourmet daily lunch dining and dinner Thursday through Saturday, but do you know about Saturday Brunch? Signature Madden’s Brunch Classics served every Saturday 10am to 4pm. ProTip: Walk through the First Friday crowds and into Madden’s for dinner – it’s a great night to escape the milling crowds and people watch while dining. Reservations are always a good idea for brunch and dinner. www.maddenscasualgourmet.com

Mr. G’s Pizzeria
201 W 26th St, Downtown Bryan
For 39 years, Mr. G has served handmade pizza dough made daily with all the freshest ingredients. Mr. G recently was awarded the title of Professional of the Year in recognition of leadership, performance and achievements in Restaurant Management. Located in Downtown Bryan, Mr. G’s is the ultimate summer getaway. Be sure to try the handmade gluten free pizza crust that is exclusive to Mr. G’s. www.GoToMrGs.com

Paolo's Bread Pudding

Paolo’s Bread Pudding

Paolo’s Italian Kitchen
809 University Dr #100, CS
Wine nights are always in season! Paolo’s Italian Kitchen will host wine tasting events the last Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm, as well as a wine dinner in June. Signature dishes include Baked Clams seasoned with garlic, Veal Marsala with sautéed mushrooms, Chicken Scarpariello – oven roasted with bell pepper, onion, and garlic. www.PaolosItalianKitchen.com

The Republic 1836 Steakhouse
701 University Drive E, CS
You know The Republic for award-winning steaks, wine and whiskey selections, but do you know about the Copper Bar at The Republic? Start any night with style at the place for hand-crafted specialty cocktails, martinis, and live music. The atmosphere and specialty cocktails make every night feel like a summer getaway. www.therepublic1836.com

Truman Chocolates
4407 S Texas Ave, Bryan
Don’t let the heat get you down, Truman Chocolates will be turning out new ice cream flavors this summer. They will be doing four caramel flavors for Mother’s day this year, along with their regular caramel chocolates for Father’s Day. www.trumanchocolates.com

Veritas Wine and Bistro
830 University Dr E, CS
You know the tradition of excellence established by Executive Chef Tai Lee at this French-American-Asian bistro gem, but if you haven’t come for patio drinks and casual dining, kick back and try it this summer. With the soothing sight and sounds of the giant fountain at the heart of University Drive, add the patios at Veritas to your summer To Do list. www.VeritasWineandBistro.com

Featured photo provided by Luigi’s Patio Ristorante