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LoriAusTex Mar 3, 2007 09:14 AM

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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    Sam Spade RE: LoriAusTex Mar 3, 2007 03:58 PM

    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.
    http://www.bin555.com/
    http://www.pasionbistro.com/
    http://www.azuca.net/welcome.asp
    http://www.cafe-mariposa.com/page2.html

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      amazinc RE: LoriAusTex Mar 4, 2007 07:12 AM

      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!

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        Ms Ghost RE: LoriAusTex Mar 4, 2007 07:19 AM

        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.

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          Mr Zero RE: LoriAusTex Mar 5, 2007 08:38 AM

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

          www.SAeats.com

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            HalleyP RE: LoriAusTex Mar 5, 2007 10:51 AM

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

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              bronwen RE: LoriAusTex Mar 5, 2007 11:46 AM

              I like Pesca, Las Canarias, Le Reve. Is Sandbar open these days? It is always closed on the weekdays I try to get in.

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                LoriAusTex RE: LoriAusTex Mar 13, 2007 05:34 PM

                Thanks so very much for all your thoughtful replies! Will see if we can get into Azuca, since it's in the historic district and one of my friends is quite a sketch artist -- she'll enjoy the sights.

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                  monad RE: LoriAusTex Mar 15, 2007 09:58 AM

                  Biga on the Banks is a great restaurant, great prices, great food and service.

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