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Visiting San Antonio

I am visiting San Antonio for two nights and am looking for two authentic moderately priced restaurants to try along the Riverwalk area for dinner. My colleague and I have never been to Texas before and won't be returning to Texas for at least a few years. Any recommendations?

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  1. For dining on the river, "Casa Rio" is a staple. Expect a long wait if you hit the dinner rush, though. But if you visit mid-week, not a problem. The food is decent, but come for the atmosphere and the CHEAP prices. With what you save eating at Casa Rio, try swinging a trip to Las Canarias, located at the La Mansion Omni hotel right on the river. The menu is full of local flavors, the wine selection and sommelier are top notch, and the service is impeccable.

    1. Although the Riverwalk is nice, you are going to be in the midst of the tourist restaurants. For a little more authentic experience, head over to Market Square (nearby) and eat at La Margarita or Mi Tierra. Both are on the cheaper side and will help you stay on budget. At La Margarita, I highly recommend you order the queso flameado...very tasty.

      1. I think the best restaurants on the Riverwalk are Boudro's, Biga on the Banks, The Fig Tree, Pesca and Las Canarias - they're all fairly expensive for here but if you're from New York, say, you'll think they're very reasonable! Perhaps you could do one of those for one night and then Casa Rio, Mi Tierra, La Margarita, Rio Rio or Cafe Ole, all very reasonable, the other.

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        1. re: bronwen

          I second Biga. Bruce Auden's food hits the spot on every visit.

        2. MiTierra in the market area. Much better than the riverwalk. Regular visitors to San Antonio eat here. The river is a great place to visit, but relax at MiTierra!

          1. Also we are looking for recommendations for good margaritas. My colleague who never drinks has agreed to have a margarita. Thank you!

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            1. re: hopeinmee

              Honestly, most of these places have good margaritas. SA palates are generally pretty demanding when it comes to margaritas and most places will offer a good handmade top shelf variety. Just walk by the bar and make sure you don't see any bottles of green Margarita Mix

            2. Hey- I'd try Acenar- It's a bit away from the River, and that's a good thing. It might be a stretch money-wise depending on how moderate your pricing is. Also, look for Rosario's. Kind of a staple in the area. After you eat, try Zuni for their Prickly Pear Margarita.But be careful- I had one the first time I visited San Antonio, and ended up moving here 6 months later! Have a great trip.

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              1. re: amberjazz

                Acenar is on the River - perhaps you mean it's a bit away from the very crowded part

              2. How 'bout suggestions for the best cheap eats, hole-in-the-wall Mexican food in SA? Anyone have favorites they'd like to share? Doesn't really matter where in town it is.

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                    1. re: MPH

                      I really liked Garcia's tacos. The smokey red carne guisada was one of the best, but I also liked the sausage a la Mexicana - spicy with big chunks of tomatoes, onions and chiles.


                      1. re: lizka_2


                        Thanks for the report. I'm glad to hear this place is still good. Garcia’s chorizo con huevo, brisket, and pork chops are also really satisfying. Dirt cheap, too.