San Antonio -- but not Tex-Mex?
Any recommendations for a Saturday dinner with out-of-town guests? Wanted to try The Sandbar, but I saw it was only open for lunch and not Saturdays. Want to share something other than Tex-Mex (not that I don't love it, but we're up for something different.)
Thanks in advance for any and all help!
I would heartily recomend Bin 555 (Chef Dady of The Lodge at Castle Hills in a relaxed casual atmosphere with an outdoor patio) , Cafe Paladar (ex Cafe Mariposa in a now enlarged Loop 1604 location), or Azuca (southtown)/Pasion (loop 1604). Latter two are Latin inspired but definately not Tex-Mex. I doubt if you would be disappointed at any of the four.
The recs. are terrific, but I'd like to add a little known gem in the northwest part of SA. Meson...on DeZaval, just off I-10... is a treasure. Soothing room, candlelight colors and some of the best food in town. The pastas are very good; the tableside cesare salad is scrumptious; the veal dishes are heavenly. If they offer cream of asparagus soup, don't miss it. Too good. I can't imagine why there isn't a line out to the parking; the food and the service is that good!
Depending on your location and whether you want to drive, I second the recommendation for El Meson Europeo---as noted the veal is terrific and so is the pasta carbonara. In Southtown very close to Azuca is La Frite Belgian Bistro. They have a super steak tartare, the mussels are terrific as well as the bread (same owner as Bistro Vatel) and the shrimp appetizer. It's a livelier atmosphere than El Meson so it also depends what you're looking for in terms of a dining experience.