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I am traveling to San Antonio for the first time soon for a long weekend. I am from out of state and am looking forward to some of the local cuisine. I will be staying on the Riverwalk but from what I understand, I don't believe I want to eat there. I will have a car, so getting around will not be a problem. I have done several searches and some of the results were a bit scattered and old. If you SAT chowhounders could help me out, I would be grateful.

1. Looking for the best Tex-Mex in town. Please do not send me across town to visit your local utility Tex-Mex, I am looking for the place that everyone drives across town to get to.

2. Looking for the best authentic Mexican.

3. Puffy Tacos - Does anywhere stand out for these?

3. Barbeque: Anywhere within 50 mile radius that is worth the drive.

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  1. 1. Los Barrios - Blanco Rd south of Basse.

    2. Los Barrios' puffy tacos are really good, and she won a throw-down against Bobby Flay for them. Henry's Puffy Tacos probably beats them for flavor and authenticity, though.

    3. Unfortunately, San Antonio doesn't have any really GREAT BBQ places. There are two within your radius that are truly worth the drive. One is Lone Star BBQ in Lakehills, due west of San Antonio inside Medina County. It is at the intersection of Park Road 37 and FM 1283.
    Another is in exactly the opposite direction, in Cibolo Texas, and is Harmon's BBQ. Easily Googled and worth the trip.

    1. Also i believe that Guy Feriere,or whatever his name is visited Texas Pride BBQ down in the Adkins -St.Hedwig area. they have every Friday a fish fry and music.
      they also have a lot of people who come out there on biker thursdays.

      1. Natives drive to Tom's Ribs for BBQ baby-back ribs and sweet potatoes.

        Authentic Mexican? If you mean authentic San Antonio Tex-Mex then everyone drives to La Fogata (Vance Jackson Rd).

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        1. re: TigerPaw2154

          Tom's Ribs is very good.

          Also, do yourself a favor and go to Chris Madrids for lunch. Get the tostada burger. Finest hamburger you will ever eat.

          Browns for enchiladas. They also have good tacos and puffy tacos.

        2. To be fair, I haven't been to Tom's Ribs or Texas Pride in about 5 years. The reason is that neither seemed to be the quality they had been before that. Not that the food was bad, it just wasn't great at either place anymore.

          Authentic Mexican, not Tex Mex, is not easy to find. I'd suggest Guajillos, on the north side at Loop 410 and Blanco Road. Another is Jacala Mexican Restaurant, at 606 West Avenue. Guajillos is definitelyd *not* Tex-Mex.

          1. I have heard of a restaurant south of austin that mey be close enough that is supposed to be a a coold texas bbq experience called the Salt lick, Rachel Ray went when in TX. not sure of quality, but I would love to go sometime,
            2. not that the food is AMAZING, but mi tierra's in the market area of San Antonio is a FUN expierience and great for hangover food on Sunday morning!!!! If you are in San Antonio and are going out for the night check out Howl at the moon on the Riverwalk, giant singalong. HAVE FUN