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Headed to San Antonio for Women's Final Four in April - Need 5 days of great food. Suggestions?

We are on our 3rd trip to the Women's Final Four. This year it is in San Antonio. We are looking for great food at any price, any venue: street food to fine dining, breakfast through late evening meals. Sports bars to watch the Men's FInal Four Games. What are the must eat places in San Antonio and the surrounding 50 mile area? We will have a car, so driving is not a problem. Chefs specializing in locally source ingredients is a plus. Any one have a suggestion for a late dinner on a Sunday evening? It is usually a challenge to find anything decent after the games on Sunday evening.

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  1. It's hard to know where to start...

    Have you done any research on this board at all?

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    1. re: Jaymes

      Seen quite a bit of discussion on BBQ and tex-mex. Looking for where the locals go for great food.

    2. Drive to Luling to the City Market for lunch one day. (Get there early or late -- there will be a line) The brisket is what brisket hopes to be. Also good sausage and ribs. Also, it is a classic sort of Texas barbecue joint

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      City Market
      633 E Davis St, Luling, TX 78648

      1. Try the historic King William area of town close to downtown. There are some great restaurants there at a lower price than comparable River Walk restaurants but with equally good ambience. For good Tex-Mex try Rosario's or Tito's - both are open late. For a good brewhouse, try Blue Star, right on the river, and they often have live music playing into the night.

        1. Hi! We have some beautiful restaurants in San Antonio! The Fairmont Hotel has a new restaurant called Insignia-a Jason Dady Restaurant. The avacado and barbacoa pizza and the pralines with bacon are over the top. Be sure and go to La Fritte in Southtown. The mussels, frittes and hanger steak is to die for. If you can get to the Pearl Brewery and stop at The Sandbar you will love me. Go to Dolores del Rio for great country Italian food. Be sure and order the Spinach Salad and the linguini with baby clams. They have beautiful musicians and belly dancers and its a great hangout for locals. Boudros is somewhere you can have a great lunch with tableside guacamole and a shrimp and bacon sandwich or an awesome tuna salad with a prickly pear margarita. Be sure and go to Zinc's and sit on the patio and have incredible tapas and wine. Acenar has the most beautiful patio on the riverwalk and serves outstanding modern tex mex food. If you want the best mexican shrimp coctail go to the Mariachi Bar at Mi Tierra's and order it with a michilada. The Chart House at The Tower of The America's is beautiful. Be sure and ask them to seat you by a window. The restaurant revolves and they have great trout! The Little Rhine Steakhouse is beautiful and the food is wonderful. The patio is great. Mexican food. Go to Rosario's and get the shrimp tacos and the enchiladas verdes. Mexican Manhattan has really good nachos. Paloma Blanca has great tex mex enchiladas. If you need anymore info I am at Kevans@sachamber .org. Have a wonderful time in our beautiful city! Karen Evans! The Greater Chamber of Commerce 210-229-2127

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          Mexican Manhattan
          110 Soledad St, San Antonio, TX 78205

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          1. re: karenevans

            Thanks for the recommendations. Does anyone have any thoughts about:

            Los Barros - puffy tacos throwdown with Bobby Flay
            Casa Rio - Traditional mexican food.
            Salsa Moras - Breakfast and Lunch
            El Mirador - reviews all over the place
            Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor Tx
            Tip Top Cafe
            Azuza - Is this really good South American cuisine?
            Bin 555 - Is this a true tapas restaurant?
            Chris Madrids for burgers at lunch?
            The Cove for lunch?
            Fig Tree?
            Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia for late night dining - Sunday night?
            Paloma Blanca

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            Casa Rio
            430 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205

            Tip Top Cafe
            2814 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78201

            Bin 555
            555 W Bitters Rd Ste 110, San Antonio, TX 78216

            Fig Tree Restaurant
            515 E Villaret Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78221

            El Mirador Restaurant
            722 S Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78205

            1. re: foodieinraleigh

              I would never go to Chris Madrids for a burger. But absoloutely The Cove or Bombay Bicycle Bar.

              1. re: foodieinraleigh

                Of the places you mentioned that I've been to:
                Los Barrios-wider variety than your usual tex-mex, recommended
                Casa Rio-great location, food is nothing to write home about-touristy
                Azuca-great latin fusion (not traditional) menu-highly recommended
                Bin 555-tapas with touches of molecular gastronomy, patio is delightful this time of year-highly recommended (also check out Las Ramblas at Hotel contessa for very good tapas menu)
                Chris madrids-overrated IMHO, Cove is much better
                Fig Tree-overpriced, wasn't tremendously impressed the only time we went. If I was doing a blowout dinner downtown it would be tasting menu at Biga
                Mi Tierra- open 24/7, it's more about the atmosphere than the food...cabrito is good!
                Paloma Blanca-one of our favorite mexican places, nice patio for lunch
                I'd definately recommend Chef Weissmans restaurants (Sandbar/ Sogno)at the Pearl-no reservations taken.

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                Las Ramblas
                306 W Market St, San Antonio, TX

                1. re: foodieinraleigh

                  I always go to El Mirador for breakfast when I'm in San Antonio. I would probably do Rosario's instead for dinner. You could also do a lot worse than Mi Tierra for a late dinner.

                  It's 115 miles to Louie Mueller. Don't get me wrong, LM is awesome, but so is City Market in Luling.

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                  City Market
                  633 E Davis St, Luling, TX 78648

                  El Mirador Restaurant
                  722 S Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78205

                  1. re: Bulldozer

                    Any thoughts on Jacala or Ceilito Lindo?

                    1. re: foodieinraleigh

                      Here's a recommendation for breakfast (in addition to those already mentioned): The Guenther House.... it's near the Riverwalk, but you'll need to drive. It's sort of upscale comfort food; the Belgian waffle with fresh strawberries and whipped cream is excellent. It's located on the grounds of the Old Pioneer Flour Mill, and it also has a neat gift shop. Here's a link: http://www.guentherhouse.com.

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                      Guenther House Restaurant
                      205 E Guenther, San Antonio, TX 78204

                      1. re: foodieinraleigh

                        Cielito Lindo is great, my favorite MX in SA. Amazing Chile Rellenos, Tampiquena Plate, Mole, Margs....

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                        Cielito Lindo Restaurant
                        31303 Fm 2920 Rd Ste A, Waller, TX 77484

                    2. re: foodieinraleigh

                      I second City Market in Luling, Acenar, and Boudro's. I'd also go to Lockhart after Luling and go to Smitty's for prime rib and the other meats. I'd get to Luling around 11 am and head to Lockhart. These places are meat market style, meaning you can order as little or as much as you want. I like the fish and chips at Waxie O'Connors on the river set in a pub imported from Ireland. Avoid Landry's and Joe's Crabshack, and while I've never been to Casa Rio, I've walked by it dozens of times and saw nothing interesting at all.

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                      City Market
                      633 E Davis St, Luling, TX 78648

                  2. Friday - April 2nd: When to Bin 555 this evening. The food was outstanding, unfortunately we got there a little late and could not sit out on the patio. We had the Oven-baked olives, Patatas Bravas (fried potatoes with a piquillo tomato sauce), sauted spinach catalan style, braised pork belly (tonights was a Thai theme with coconut sticky rice, curry and green mango) and a and the veal meatballs. Everything was outrageous and incredibly unique. There is nothing that we would not have had again, but the serving of the pork belly following the meatballs was a bit out of sync. Needed something in between to clear the palate. The was a defintite homerun. Hope our remaining 4 days worth of meals are as rememberable - in a good way.

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                    Bin 555 Restaurant and Wine Bar
                    555 W. Bitters Rd., San Antonio, TX 78216

                    Bin 555
                    555 W Bitters Rd Ste 110, San Antonio, TX 78216