daughter beginning college in San Antonio; need some go-to places for foodie parents
open-minded . . . now living in Austin, but transplanted Californian.
Looking forward to your advice!
Liberty Bar: A quintessential South Texas bistro with a flair all its own. Beauty and Charm is the motto, classics to perfection is the name of the game. Hard to describe the appeal... just go!
Olorosa: seasonal cuisine in a hot part of Southtown. Really unique to the SA culinary scene.
Boudro's: The only restaurant on the River Walk you need to know about. (Oh, and Biga.)
Zinc Wine Bar: Owned by Boudro's, serves basically the same food but slightly more casual... at a third of the price. Kitchen is open until midnight, watch the mad rush of downtown service people ordering the phenomenal hamburgers at 11:50p. They have happy hour from 4-7, and from 11-midnight. Great place.
Taco Haven: Try the Ralphie's Special. I simply adore this place for classic Tex-Mex that isn't drowned in grease, a la Blanco Cafe.
Just a start...
3119 S Gevers St, San Antonio, TX 78210
5525 Blanco At Oblate Rd, San Antonio, TX 78201
South Texas Cafe
Highway 77, Harlingen, TX 78550
Any of Andrew Weissman's restaurants: Osteria Il Sogno, Sandbar, Bigz burgers
Any of Jason Dady's rests: Bin 555, Two Bros BBQ, Tre Trattoria, Lodge at Castle Hills
For Mexican, current faves are Ceilito Lindo, La Gloria, Guajillos
4003 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209
1001 37th St, Snyder, TX 79549
555 W Bitters Rd Ste 110, San Antonio, TX 78216
Forgot about that one! Excellent, was there for lunch yesterday for the umpteenth time. Had the Calzone which was great.
Some of the best pizza I've had anywhere, everything else on the menu very high quality also.
If you like chinese, there are a small handful of places that are close to authentic. Just found out recently that Phoenix Cafe delivers to my house, had some last night.
just back from college move-in day in San Antonio. Quick food report:
Thursday dinner at Bin 555. While a bit more out of the way than I expected, it was worth the trip. Very nice menu, with variety of tapas-style plates. Reasonably priced, with diversity in meats, fish, veggies, in all, an excellent menu. A little disappointed in the relatively low level of server expertise -- made it hard to get recommendations. But our guessing did the trick nonetheless. I would definitely return. (The only somewhat strange aspect of the restaurant is that it is divided roughly in half between two rooms, one kept somewhat dark and other brightly lit. So, the basic experience will differ depending on where you are sat).
Friday dinner at Dough's, a pizzeria/italian restaurant. Terrific. Had the heads-on shrimp appetizer, a wonderful caprese salad, and a margharita pizza with oak roasted mushrooms. Food was excellent, service was first-rate with good advice (including, impressively, being steered away from daily wine special to something less expensive, but very good).
Saturday morning brunch at Taco Taco. San Antonio institution, from what I gather. I thought it was pretty good, but I would continue to search around for other, first-rate Tex Mex. I had the Barbacoa plate, which was served a tad cold, and a bowl of Menudo (pretty decent).
Looking forward to other San Antonio restaurant adventures, per the good suggestions above. Thanks.
Taco Taco Cafe
145 E Hildebrand Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212
555 W Bitters Rd Ste 110, San Antonio, TX 78216
If you have the chance to get out to the Rim (across IH-10 from the Shops at La Cantera), try a little sandwich shop called Cosi. You can check out their web-site for the menu. I found the combinations creative and delicious. Interesting and not the usual fare.
Also, if you are driving around, there's Pam's Patio Kitchen on Wurzbach. This is a popular spot for outdoor lunches, with lots of homemade items.
If you prefer a server and a tablecloth, try Frederick's on NW Military at Heubner. We had excellent chef prepared foods with attentive service there. These are not downtown spots, but if you want to get out and explore, I feel they are worth the effort.
Pam's Patio Kitchen
11826 Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78230
17503 La Cantera Pkwy Ste 108, San Antonio, TX 78257
Be sure to try Damiel Vatel's superb Bistro Vatel in Olmos Park. There is also an Italian
restaurant in the same building that's getting good reviews. If you like the downtown area,
try LeFrite on South Alamo as well as Azuca, a few doors away. Where is the college? There
may be other treasures closer than these mentioned. Another poster mentions Weismann's
restaurants, but no one told you two are in the new Pearl Brewery Complex, along with LaGloria...great Mexican "street food". A trip to the complex is a treat. Terrific food, the new CIA's Cuisine of the Americas cooking school, as well as Melissa Guerra's grand Mexican kitchen utensil/ ingredient/cookbook/jewelry....well, you get the idea. Love the shop.
218 E Olmos Dr, San Antonio, TX 78212
Went to the Pearl Brewery complex recently. Enjoyed LaGloria and also Andrew Weismann's seafood restaurant., Sandbar. Impressive complex; hope restaurants and shops can make a go of it in today's troubled economy.
Happily, just five minutes from college.
Looking forward to going to places on Santone's list.