Austinites' recommendations for lunch in San Antonio on Saturday [Moved from Austin board]
I will be making a trip to San Antonio tomorrow, and I was hoping to get a recommendation from some Austinites about a place to eat. I will be at the Coliseum Complex on E. Houston St. (pretty close to the Alamo), and I will have a car. If you had one afternoon in SA, where would you eat, and what would you get? I have searched the boards, and have found some recommendations and reviews, but most give a list of 5 or 6 places. I'm leaning toward Tex-Mex/Mexican in whatever form, but am open to anything. Extra points for good margaritas. Any ideas?
Edit: I placed this on the Austin board since that is the board I follow, and I know most of the people there, but it has been moved to the Texas board. I'm certainly willing to accept recommendations from anybody.
Nice to see you here. Based on your posts on the Austin board, I think you might enjoy Cascabel on South St. Mary's Street for Mexican food. I can't find a menu, so I'll post a link to a review of their food:
El Mirador is very good, too, and is in the same general area. They have excellent corn tortillas, but skip the flour. The only caveat is that, excluding soups, I prefer their dinner menu to their lunch menu: http://www.elmiradorrestaurant.com/menus.html
I've only had one meal there so far, but I'd agree that Sandbar might be a good option for you, too. The chef turns out desserts at his casual spin-off restaurants (like Sandbar and Big'z Burger Joint) that are of the same quality as the ones served at Le Rêve, though maybe not as fancy.
Given your appreciation of baked goods in general, you might also consider Guenther House in the King William district. I think their lunch food is really unimpressive, but they offer a delicious basket of biscuits and other breads with their "Guenther's Favorite Breakfast Platter," which is served all day. They make a good waffle, too, though I prefer the ones at Magnolia Pancake House (which is on the other side of town entirely). Another option would be to have lunch somewhere else and then stop at a panadería or Mexican bakery. Mi Tierra is probably the easiest to find from your location on East Houston. Just head east on Commerce. MT is not my favorite, but they have an extensive selection:
Given how bad the flour tortillas are here in Austin, you should be sure to pick some up if they're available by the dozen at Mi Tierra.
There are a lot more options, but I hesitate to give you too many choices. . .
Thanks radiowh0re and MPH, I had considered Cascabel already, based I think on your recommendation in another topic, MPH, but it was hard to find much info at all about it. That review definitely helps. I think that may be the place I'll try, although--I have a weakness for biscuits and gravy, and I recall somebody saying the the ones at the Guenther House were the best they'd ever had, so...maybe I'll end up having two meals.
usually, i would reccomend a place with a great patio to enjoy the weather and have a margarita... but tomorrow it's supposed to barely break 70 degrees. someplace like la fonda on main. That may still be your best best. I'm a big fan.
but... if you want some indoor spots.
if you're downtown, the first thing that comes to mind is sandbar. it's a seafood place, run by the same folks who run le reve. saturday, i believe, it'sopen 12-2.
as far as tex-mex... rosarios is just south of downtown, el mirador is just south of downtown.
I know you said you have a car, but i don't think people understand how flippin big san antonio is. I'd love to say, yes... go up to someplace on the northside... but that's literally an hour drive. I'm trying to be considerate of your time.
The coliseum complex... or the freeman coliseum... is east of downtown. There's not much in the close area.
if you want a sammich... I would reccomend texas farm to table. It's in the pearl brewery comlex, which is pretty close to where you'll be.
very good lunch stuff. I'd go there. no margaritas, tho.