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Oct 3, 2009 02:01 PM

San Antonio-Help narrow choices and add a few recommendations

Hubby and I will be staying at Emily Morgan 10/17-10/20 without a car. I'm considering Tre Trattoria, Azuca, Guenther House for breakfast, Liberty Bar for drinks and appetizers, Tip Top Cafe for CFS. How is the BBQ at Augie's Barbed Wire? We're from Alabama and have great pulled pork and pork ribs here. I doubt we'll rent a car to drive to Lockhart for BBQ. We might try Le Reve but wondered about dress code and the probable crowds since it's closing. What options at Pearl Brewery should we consider? I'd like to try a good German place and we love seafood. And we need to try some Tex-Mex or Mexican while we're there as well. Also need recommendations for Sunday, as it seems that many places are closed.

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  1. Looks like you've done your homework. I haven't been to Augie's ... am sure someone else can give you a comparison.

    Not much German IN San Antonio. Schilo's is ok for rotkohl & wurst ... on the Riverwalk at street level ... not far from your hotel ... you'll see it as you are walking around. I've been to the Little Bavarian Restaurant 5512 FM 78 but haven't had a full meal ... just picked up sandwiches for a friend. But it's not close to the city center.
    The Beethoven Maennerchor has wursts und bier a few nights a week -- but nothing fancy. You can check the details @ They would be in walking distance (for me). It would just be a place to grab a quick wurst while you are walking the King William District.
    Since you won't have a car, The Alsatian in Castroville will be out of your range, I'm sure.
    I've had dinner once at Old World, 1546 Babcock ... the Kassler Rippchen was authentic & my German friend was content w/ the food.

    For TexMex, they are a dime a dozen, some more touristy than others ... the closer to the Alamo, the more touristy. It's harder to find authentic Mexican food here. I'm fond of El Siete Mares, El Rafas, I've been told La Paloma has a nice atmosphere & good food. I like Los Antojitos for breakfast or lunch. Folks have posted here that Tito's is good ... I haven't gotten there yet ... but it should be close to your hotel.
    If you just want a good selection of nachos & beer or margarita, Chacho's has maybe 20 types of nachos & their top shelf margaritas will resolve the pains of the day ... but don't expect candles or atmosphere. Their mango salsa is fairly good. Their Callaghan location runs 24/7, as I recall.

    As for seafood ... well ... this isn't a coastal town. If you like fried fish ... again ... lots to choose from. Water Street Oyster Bar used to be a favorite, but either I got tired of 'em, or they went downhill. Clear Springs Restaurant is a chain out of the Austin area ... fried catfish is their prime attraction. Fish City Grill was nice when they came to town, and seem to have more creative ideas than Water Street. Nice for lunch or mid-afternoon, but it's small & starts to get crowded in the evening. El Siete Mares again is good Mx Seafood. And I've seen folks rave about the Sandbar downtown next to La Reve for lunch ... but I avoid downtown like the plague.

    Oh yeah ... if over the weekend, there is a chef who cooks lunch (by reservation only) from only the fresh foods found in the farmers' market that day ... see ... that might be enjoyable for something different. I'd prefer that to waiting in line for Italian food.

    That'll get you started. Lots of folks can give you advice on the others. Enjoy your visit.

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    1. re: EdLagniappe

      Thanks for the recs!

      Tex Mex-what about Taco Taco, Los Barrios, Lisa's, Rosarios, El Mirador or El Mirasol, or La Fogata compared to those you mentioned? What are Puffy Tacos like? We don't have them here.

      Fried fish-not so much, and we have great fried catfish and hush puppies.

      I thought I read that SA was settled by Germans and some of the posts said things about the restaurants previously being German markets and running out of food? Maybe we'll scratch the German.

      1. re: glecroy

        There are a lot of Germans in the area. The king William district was settled by Germans, but even years ago there weren't really any places of much note around here that served german food. I never as a kid remember going to dinner at any german restaurants. Plus, my dad was picky about his german food. He was from Milwaukee, and grew up eating it since that's were his grandparents came from.
        That's like there used to be a polish and Hungarian restaurants here in SA, but they too have disappeared,even though the families still live here, and there is a Polish American Club.
        Clear Springs Catfish in Clear Springs south of New Braunfels is good, but you need a rental car to get there.San Antonio was never noted for it's seafood.Waterstreet Oyster Bar has changed from when my sister and I ate there in the late 1980s, early 90s. There was a very good place back in the 1980s on Broadway we went to when my sister graduated from college.
        However, it too is long good.The food and service were excellent, unlike Chrisite's, where the peas they served were canned. They used to be good, but went down hill.Only in really recent years have places like Biga and Le Reve taken off.But that is because others have moved here in recent years.
        There seemed to be a lack of fine dining places.Or if there were any, most people unless rich didn't go there.
        Puffy Tacos are torillas that fire up and puff, they remove them from the grease, and then kind of fold them and put the filling in.Check out Henry's Puffy Tacos,they may have a website explaining it better than I can.

    2. I've read and heard such great things about Sandbar in SA. That is where I would go for seafood, assuming they are still open.

      1. Too many choices, too little time! After looking at the maps in the official travel guide I received yesterday, this is my tentative plan: Saturday afternoon after arrival at 2 PM, check into Emily Morgan and tour Alamo, dinner at Sandbar, walk along Riverwalk and get prickly pear margaritas at Boudros. Sunday or Monday, depending on what's open, either go south and hit San Jose Mission, King William District, Blue Star Arts Complex, La Villita, etc. and eat lunch and supper at two of the following (please help eliminate) Rosarios, Titos, El Mirador, Guenther House, and Azuca. Hopefully we can take the bus or cab where the trolley doesn't go. Monday (or Sunday if it works better) go north (ride river taxi maybe) to Pearl Brewery, Witte Museum, Botanical Garden, San Antonio Art Museum, maybe zoo if it's great, but no kids along, and eat at Liberty Bar and Tre Trattoria. Tuesday our plane leaves at 12:30, so time for checkout and breakfast or brunch -where? Should we go to Market Square or skip it and go to Blanco for breakfast tacos? I hope I don't get in trouble for mixing attractions with food, but is there anything that I must see or attractions to skip on the list? We've never been to SA and will not have a car. Husband into history, me not so much. Will it take us the entire day both north and south? Some of the restaurants seem too far for us to try, given the number within reach by trolley or water taxi. Thanks for any help!

        1. On the RIverwalk Azuca, Boudro's and, for seafood, Pesca (they have an oyster bar too).
          You will like the King William/Southtown area, take the trolley and go to La Frite or Olorosa for dinner.
          As for Sunday, go to t he brunch at Las Canarias or Guenther House (but it is very crowded on Sunday).

          1. WOW! I'm from Birmingham! I hope you enjoy San Antonio while you're here! There is no better BBQ than Alabama in my opinion, I certainly haven't found any here in Texas yet. How I miss Jim N Nicks and Rib It Up. Try Mi Tierra downtown for Mexican. They are 24 hours and there's always a party in that place. The food is cheap and good! Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda ate there a few weeks back and Rachel Ray as well. It's a fun and filling place to eat. The best seafood here is at Sea Island or Pappadeaux hands down, that's if you rent a car. Pappadeaux is the best!! Pearl Brewery has a great Farmer's Market and shops and what not for Saturday morning activity! Sunday you could have a great Texas steak at Saltgrass which is excellent! Enjoy your trip and have a safe journey back to sweet home Alabama!

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            1. re: SaTownHoney

              We live in Madison, just outside of Huntsville. To me there's no better BBQ than the BBQ chicken with white sauce! Well, the pork ribs are pretty good too, depending on where you get them. Thanks for the post.