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About The University Star is proud to support and recognize our local businesses. We used a combination of Yelp, Trip Advisor reviews and word of mouth to create a list of nominees for our readers to choose their favorites in 19 categories. The businesses listed were either locally-owned or …

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Root Cellar Cafe and Brewery is a beloved restaurant that made its mark on the San Marcos community. Its popularity has grown over the years and led to winning best date night in the San Marcos Stars. Root Cellar Cafe and Brewery is considered a “new American” restaurant, offering a twist on…

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The people have voted, and the best auto service in town is a tie. Nichols Tire & Automotive and Texas Express Lube & Auto are servicing students’ and local residents’ cars. Nichols Tire & Automotive is located on the Square at 301 N LBJ Drive and is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. M…

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The students of Texas State have spoken and one restaurant in San Marcos reigns supreme in the breakfast category: Dos Gatos Kolache Bakery. The kolache bakery has been serving the people of San Marcos since opening in 2009 across the street from campus on N. LBJ Drive. Dos Gatos offers a va…

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Made by hand and with the freshest ingredients, Rhea’s offers over a dozen flavors of ice cream. The store offers ice cream in a cup, cone, brownie, cookie sandwich, milkshake or even a pint or half-gallon container. Rhea’s also offers vegan ice cream for the lactose intolerant or dairy abst…

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Coming out on top for best liquor in town is Twin Liquors. With over 80 stores and four in San Marcos, Twin Liquors has served affordable wine, beer and spirits to central Texans for decades. Bobcats and local residents who are of age can visit one of the many local stores for beer, wine, cider…

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College students enjoy buying from small boutiques that sell clothes, accessories and school merchandise. Barefoot Campus Outfitters is one of the best boutique stores in San Marcos. Barefoot sells collegiate T-shirts, novelty items and its own brand of Barefoot and combined apparel for Texa…

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Texas State students’ usual go-to foods for studying, post-river floating or late night cravings need to be affordable and Torchy’s Tacos is a San Marcos favorite. Torchy’s Tacos is a well-known company in Texas. Starting with just a man in Austin selling his own queso and tacos from food tr…

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The “Italian Night Club” is one of the most popular choices at Jimmy John’s, the number one sandwich shop in San Marcos. With 2,630 locations Jimmy Johns is never too far away. It offers a quick meal between classes or a casual hang-out spot for students. However, what puts this sandwich sho…

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San Marcos Hair Company offers more than haircuts and styles, every hair service is a unique and high-quality experience in the heart of downtown San Marcos, which is why readers voted it the best for 2017-18. The salon, tasked with keeping Bobcats in style for 33 years, is known for its pop…

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Kent Black’s BBQ is a family-owned restaurant that started back in 1932 and is currently in its fourth generation. The BBQ restaurant was selected for the San Marcos Stars Best BBQ award, courtesy of The University Star. The restaurant won by one vote against AJ’s Ranch Road Grill. Kent Blac…

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Wake The Dead Coffee House was awarded with Best Coffee Shop due to its mix of different coffee drinks and tasty food choices. The quirky spot offers beverages like coffee, tea and beer while also serving soups, sandwiches and a variety of desserts. Wake The Dead offers students a great plac…

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Italian Garden has been deemed the best Italian restaurant and has served high-quality Italian entrées in San Marcos since 2000. The award-winning dining room serves Italian dishes at affordable prices, ranging from its popular chicken tetrazzini to tortellini served with creamy pesto sauce.…

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The Marc was voted best venue to hear live music and experience the nightlife of downtown. Omar Dawoud, The Marc’s owner, said he attributes most of the venue’s success to the experience it brings to San Marcos residents. “We do what we do for the community,” Dawoud said. “We try to provide …

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Due to its success, popularity and age as the first tattoo shop in the city, Mystic Marks Tattoo Co. was named the best tattoo shop in San Marcos. Mystic Marks Tattoo Co. was founded in 1993 by Texas State alumna Jan Van Zandt and her son Corey Van Zandt. Mystic Marks Tattoo Co. is located…