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LA 'hound looking for fabulous San Antonio Reccos... please help?

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Hello,

I'm going to be attending a conference in a couple of weeks at the Wyndham in San Antonio. Don't know if I will or will not have a rental car, but have no issues with cab rides either. Can anyone please recommend the best restaurants in San Antonio? Local food, high end dining, BBQ, nothing is off limits. Any great high end dining places in SA? Or other reccos? Thanks for your help.

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  1. Le Reve for high end if you can get a reservation. It's a short walk from your hotel or an even shorter cab ride.
    Liberty Bar is a great place good food, a fun building and bubbling crowd in the evening on the weekends. It's just north of downtown so a short cab ride.
    The best BBQ anywhere near downtown is Harmon's across from Alamo plaza next to the fudrucker's.

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    1. re: wendileigh

      Harmon's may be the best 'cue downtown, but you should know that it has no real competition. I second wendileigh's other recs.

      I also suggest that you scroll down to check out other recent threads on where to eat in or near downtown San Antonio. Here are a few links:

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/361594

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/358101

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/360510

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/325834

      These threads round up all the usual suspects. May I suggest that you post back with more details about what kind of food appeals to you, your price ranges, or what you've always wanted to try in San Antonio? That way, we can give you more specific recommendations.

      Best,
      MPH

      1. re: MPH

        Hi... Thank you very much for the recommendations thus far. As far as budget is concerned, there really isn't one. I guess I'd like to keep it under $250 per person, but will go higher if it is worth it. Cuisine is wide open. There are very few, if any, ingredients that I don't eat and no cuisine type at all that I dislike. I'm really looking for the "best tastes". On the high end stuff, I am very, very, very comfortable with multi (6, 8, 10, 12, 16+) course tasting menus at the finest of restaurants so, if there is a great place like that in San Antonio, I'm all in.

        La Reve sounds very interesting... is it worth a try?

        Some other places that have been suggested to me are Goro's Sushi, Godai Sushi - by the way... how did San Antonio get such great sushi? Just not a big option I would have expected in the middle of Texas... Are these Omakase style traditional places?

        Also other places are: Sandbar Fish House, Lodge Restaurant (is this far?), Biga, Korean BBQ House (again - in San Antonio? I'm Korean, so this might be a fun curiousity)...

        Any thoughts on these or others? I have three dinners in town (Sun, Mon, Tues) before leaving so please advise. I think the person who gave me the above just got them from Zagat.

        Thanks again!

        1. re: woojink

          Don't bother with the sushi places Zagat's rated highly. I was very underwhelmed (they don't even have real crab!).

      2. re: wendileigh

        Just to be safe, I've just booked a table at Le Reve.

        1. re: woojink

          Definitely take it. We just did the tasting menu with the premium wine selections ($200pp ++) two weeks ago and it's an excellent, leisurly evening. Definitley suggest Sandbar as well.

      3. Congrats on the reservation at Le Reve. I don't think you will be disappointed. Some people, myself included, think it is the best restaurant we have eaten at in Texas. Check out their website at restaurantlereve.com and see what you are looking at. Also try Sandbar, right around the corner from Le Reve, for pristinely fresh raw and cooked seafood. It is owned by Andrew Weissman, the owner/chef at Le Reve. Just my opinion, certainly disagreed with by some on this board, but I think Biga on the Banks is very overrated. IMO, fair food, inconsistent service, high (for SA) prices.

        1. The Lodge at Castle Hills is a 15 min Cab ride from downtown, but the food is really good, their duck confit was awesome. The restaurant is in an old home an is a neat lodge style place. One of my favorite places in town. I'm not sure SA is the best sushi place. The sushi isn't bad but it's not great either. If you want fish stick with Sandbar. I also like Sip on St. Mary's for breakfast and coffee/tea or a light lunch soup and salad.
          I think Weissman has his hand in this too.

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          1. re: wendileigh

            Tell us more about Sip. Haven't heard about it and didn't know Weissman was doing a third place.

            1. re: River Rat

              Weissman has a fourth place, too. Big'z burgar joint right outside 1604.

          2. Sip has been around for a while since before sandbar. It's a bistro lunch/breakfast place downtown. I have had soup and tea there before and it was wonderful. Not a lot of space inside but in good weather they put tables outside. They make sandwiches and have great pastries and desserts. It's the best place for coffee or tea downtown and is also good for baked goods.

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            1. re: wendileigh

              Thanks!

            2. Can anyone let me know how far away the Korean BBQ place is from the Wyndham and is it dificult to get to? Also, more importantly, has anyone tried it? Is it good? It might be a good oppy for me to take a couple of colleagues who have not had much experience with K-food.

              1. The Korean BBQ place (Kiku Gardens) is in northeast San Antonio and the Wyndham is in northwest SA. Take IH 10 "East" (the highway the hotel is on) and go south to the Loop 410 interchange. (Do not take IH-10 "West"; that goes to El Paso.) Then go east on Loop 410 to the IH-35 interchange, and go south on IH-35 to Rittiman Road. It gets complicated, so call the Kiku Gardens ahead of time for more directions. And, you better get there early because every Korean Q freak in San Antonio will be there. (Overall driving time will be 25 minutes in good traffic.)

                As far as overall Tex-Mex is concerned, Pico de Gallo will suffice just fine. Go on IH 10 East until you hit downtown and the road forks into a upper and lower deck. Take the upper deck and exit on the very first exit, which is Santa Rosa. At the second stoplight, take a right and you will run into the place. Order anyting you want, but I discovered that if you order the Rosemary Chicken Quarter, you get a bowl of borracho beans, a heapful of guacamole, and a stack of flour and corn tortillas. Then take a knife and fork, and make yourself about five or six chicken fajita tacos.

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                1. re: puddin

                  Thank you very much for the detailed info. Is the Korean place good? And, are we talking about the same place? I think that the place I was looking at was called Go Hyang Jib... it is on Rittiman... is your place the same place? Thanks for your help.

                2. I called the restaurant (210) 662-6699, and they never heard of the other place. This is the only Korean BBQ place in San Antonio, and it is practically on Rittiman Road. And, if you get there late, good luck trying to find a place to park. They prefer cash, and the place is always jammed. Does that answer your question as to whether it is any good?

                  Another tip, do not eat at any restaurant on the San Antonio River. If your travel mates suggest the "Landing" for Dixieland Jazz, make them take you to "Luna," which is halfway between your hotel and the airpoirt, about one mile south of Loop 410. This, the year 2007 style, is the real deal in terms of live jazz.

                  And, it goes without saying, do not to eat at La Fogata, Mi Tierra, or Casa Rio.

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                  1. re: puddin

                    Nothing goes without saying here. Even when it is said, it's really only meaningful if you explain how dishes either meet or miss your opinion of deliciousness.

                    A number of different opinons of Mi Terra can be found in these threads:

                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/350244

                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/329172

                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/93376

                    La Fogata has also gotten good notices from some 'hounds.

                    What dishes did you find better at Pico de Gallo than at these restaurants?

                    1. re: puddin

                      Thanks for the info... The person who gave me the original recco said they got it off Zagat. I checked the site and the number they have listed is 210-822-8846, and the address is on Rittiman, on the corner of Rittiman and Melton Dr... which looks (according to Mapquest) just off the 410. Also, according to Zagat, this place does take credit cards.