Eat and Drink Your Tax Day Woes Away With These Offers

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Winner, winner chicken dinner on Tax Day!
In the United States, April 15 ranks up there as one of the worst days of the year. Tax Day. The day by which everyone must file their individual income tax returns to the federal government. Bye bye, money.

In an effort to lessen the blow, many businesses offer freebies or discounts on and around April 15. They're all chain restaurants, of course, but every little bit helps, right?

Now who wants a cookie?

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Special Discount on General Admission Tickets to Menu of Menus® Extravaganza

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The Houston Press Menu of Menus Extravaganza is going to be here before you know it. Seriously, it's less than a week away! In case you forgot, Menu of Menus is on Tuesday, April 8, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Silver Street Station. If you haven't purchased your tickets to this incredible food and wine event yet, then you need to right now.

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Voice Daily Deal: Final Day for Special-Price Tickets to Menu of Menus® Extravaganza

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Today is the last day to purchase reduced-price tickets for the 12th annual Menu of Menus® Extravaganza. This special deal will end at midnight tonight, so act fast.

The Houston Press Menu of Menus® Extravaganza takes place at Silver Street Station on Tuesday, April 8, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., and this year, for the first time, the entire venue will be air conditioned. Pretty sweet, right?

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Zelko Bistro's Anniversary Gift to You: Half-off Your Favorite Comfort Foods

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Zelko Bistro is celebrating its fourth anniversary with an exclusive offer for diners -- enjoy half off ($25 for $50) chef Jamie Zelko's award-winning menu with this Houston Press Voice Daily Deal.

Dive into Zelko Bistro's menu of delicious comfort foods, and enjoy the cozy ambience of its dining room, for half of the (already affordable) regular price and help the restaurant celebrate four years in the Heights. Here's the deal about the deal:

Vouchers cannot be redeemed until the day after the deal closes; limit one per person; redeem one per couple, per table. Dine-in only, vouchers not valid on Mother's Day, Father's Day or Easter; vouchers expire August 18, 2014.

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Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Chinatown

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The crispy whole catfish at our No. 4 spot is topped with fried pork skin. Need we say more?
We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town (See the complete list at the end of the post).

This week, we're moving to the dining mecca that is Chinatown. With its huge number of incredible and authentic restaurants -- from family favorites like Fung's Kitchen to younger, hipper joints like Mala Sichuan Bistro (where you'll want to spend more than $10) -- it was hard to narrow the list down. But, of course, we did.

With a focus on fantastic cuisine and even more fantastic prices, here's our list of the best cheap (less than $10) lunch spots that this area has to offer:

Honorable mention: Chicken pho at Pho Ga Dakao and Pho Thai Binh (for dry pho), the two lobster special at Confucius Seafood, sushi lunch specials at Sushi Miyagi.

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Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Clear Lake

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Expect spiced lamb and authentic tandoori chicken at our No. 5 pick.
We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town (See the complete list at the end of the post).

This week, we're moving toward the shores to the Clear Lake/NASA area. With plenty of old-time favorites and a couple of newer spots in the mix, here's our list of the best cheap (less than $10) lunch spots that this area has to offer:

Honorable Mention: Soups and sliders at Seabrook Classic Cafe and large-enough-to-split wood-fired pizzas at Boondoggles.

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Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Lazybrook/Timbergrove

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Don't be fooled by the plastic wrap; the sandwiches at our No. 5 pick are supreme.
We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town. (See the complete list at the end of the post.)

This week, we're moving just west of the Heights proper to the adjoining neighborhoods of Lazybrook and Timbergrove Manor. Here's our list of the best cheap (less than $10) lunch spots that this area has to offer:

Note: The boundaries for this list are as seen on this map.

Honorable Mention: Po-boys with chow-chow at Antone's Po-Boys.

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Hungry? Check Out One of Houston's Many Eating Contests, Sure to Fill You Up

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Can you conquer the Zellagabetsky?
They say everything's bigger in Texas, including our burgers, pizzas and bowls of pho. OK, so the pho thing might be unique to Houston, and that's just one of the reasons that Houston eating competitions are the best: They're incredibly diverse. From Bellaire to Baytown, Sugar Land to the Woodlands, Galveston, Downtown and everywhere in between, restaurants have created challenges to test the stamina of local eaters and tourists alike.

Just the other day, I received an email from a new restaurant called Fat Boy's Bar and Grill (opening in February), which claims to have the biggest burger in Houston and quite possibly the biggest burger in the state. Weighing in at 15 pounds, the burger will be the headliner in Fat Boy's eating competition: If you can eat the behemoth in less than three hours, you'll win your photo on the Wall of Fame, a Fat Boy's T-shirt and a free meal. Unfortunately, you'll lose your dignity.

But eating contests aren't about dignity. They're about eating the biggest, the spiciest, the most calorically outrageous items bored restaurateurs can dream up, often under a time limit and with the stipulation that you can't, you know, let the food come back up when it's all over.

Here in Houston we have more than a dozen contests. These are some of the most popular.

Happy eating, friends. And remember, no vomiting.

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Houston's Top 5 Bike-Friendly Bars & Restaurants

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Bike sharing program B-Cycle is helping to make tons of bars and restaurants bicycle-accessible.
We must start by saying how much we love this freaking city. Only in Houston can we put out a Bike-Friendly Restaurant list in the middle of January.

We're also happy to say that our fair city has come a long way in terms of bicycling accessibility in recent years. Sure, we have a long way to go, but these pedal-friendly bars and restaurants are helping to lead the cause:

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Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in the Heights

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Our No. 5 pick makes a Frito pie mac & cheese...Need we say more?
We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town (See the complete list at the end of the post).

This time, we're moving to the antique shop, bungalow, and dining mecca that is the Houston Heights. There were certainly no shortage of great eateries before, but in the past year even more have been popping up -- like the much-anticipated fried chicken joint Funky Chicken, market-restaurant-hybrid Heights General Store, and soulful Cajun spot Mozelle's Cajun Seafood Market.

We're excited about the new guys, but we've narrowed down the list to a few tried-and-true favorites. Here's our list of the best cheap (less than $10) lunch spots that this area has to offer:

Note: For the purposes of this list, "the Heights" is defined as south of Loop 610 West, east of North Shepherd, north of the Katy Freeway and west of Airline Drive.

Honorable Mention: Hot dogs at Happy Fatz and the new storefront of Good Dog Houston, the Tex-Mex lunch specials at Teotihuacan Mexican Café, and gravy-dipped beef sandwiches at Chicago Italian Beef.

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