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Mar 3, 2007 09:14 AM

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!

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  1. 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.

    1. 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!

      1. 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.

        1. Le Frite Belgian Bistro
          Green Vegetarian - This place is quickly becoming a favorite.
          Niki's Tokyo Inn on Hildebrand
          Biga on the Banks

          1. La Reve is lovely, French, possibly the best restaurant in texas.