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Foodie heading to San Antonio Need 4 Dinners

Needing your help, have done a great deal of research on up coming San Antonio trip but still am struggling with finding 4 dinners. I am looking for a quintessential SA experience. Cheaps to Fine Dining does not matter on price - just want to walk away from SA feeling like I got a great taste of what this city is known for. The struggle is you appear to have a blooming higher end culture at the moment, mobile trucks are just starting but not enough to write about, and then there is the quesiton of BBQ & TexMex...can any of you help define the quintessential SA experience? Much gratitude!

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  1. Go to Bohanan's and Boudro's for fine dining for lunch or dinner.

    Bohanan's @ 219 E Houston St # 275, San Antonio, TX 210 - 472 - 2600.
    Boudro's Texas Bistro on the Riverwalk @ 421 E. Commerce, San Antonio, TX 210 - 224 - 8484.

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    1. re: Littleman

      thank you so much. Are there places around not on the riverwalk that screams SA? I Have a car.

    2. La Fogata
      Il Sogno
      Celito Lindo
      search for details

      La Fogata
      2427 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX 78213

      1. The quintessential SA restaurant is Mi Tierra.

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        1. re: bronwen

          thanks so much.
          What about El Mirador?

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

          1. re: hammocc

            The owner of the Mirador just celebrated her 100th birthday! I find the service to be terrible but I actually like the place. Go on the weekend for the fantastic soups. Rosario's is just up the road and is probably SA's most popular Tex Mex restaurant, it's always packed and a fun place to go. Also, the Tower of the Americas restaurant is the Chart Room which isn't very San Antonian in itself but has a fantastic revolving view of the city - I'd go for drinks. I'd also pop into the Menger Bar for a drink as it is the most famous hotel in town.

            Tower of the America's
            701 S Bowie St, San Antonio, TX 78205

        2. Go to Guenther House Restaurant for outstanding breakfast and lunch in a beautiful historic setting. Go to La Gloria for outstanding Mexican street food served in a classic atmosphere.

          Guenther House Restaurant @ 205 E Guenther, San Antonio, TX 210 - 227 - 1061.
          La Gloria @ 100 East Grayson Street, San Antonio, TX 210 - 267 - 9040.

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

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          1. re: Littleman

            great suggestions thanks- I have eaten at Biga - Cuzco salad was so so...bread looked like it would be amazing but stone cold like bread from the frig cold - gross.
            The entree pork tenderloin was actually very good. So underwhelmed. I tried Il Sojono last night just for a light bite knowin it was not Tex Mex but Weissman being one of your top dogs couldn't resist. The Antipasta I had 2 of the 3 were delicious. The spinach salad was very fresh - sat at the counter so watched everyone in action. The famed nutella tart for dessert was worth the calories - but honestly was most impressed by the house made Madagascar Vanilla suagr for coffee and the diverse coffee offerings like Afrikana, Shakerata etc....

            The house made ricotta with anchovy paste and pistachio is worth returning for alone! Though Italian in style and not Texan - worth the trip for a great experience all around.

            Tonight we try the Lodge, tomorrow La Gloria and El Mirador.

            La Gloria
            1001 37th St, Snyder, TX 79549

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

          2. I agree with saeyedoc about La Fogata. It's located in a real neighborhood, not a strip center, with a very laid back atmosphere. Even after 20 years in San Antonio, I still judge enchiladas verdes against the first ones I ever had at this place. I also like La Paloma Blanca for a little nicer dining environment and a decent menu. For upscale bistro type foods, try The Grill at Leon Springs. It's a little west of San Antonio off IH-10. Nice service, interesting menu, decent wines--it's right next door to a place called Rudy's that is (to me) an example of the quintessential Texas roadhouse/barbecue place. Rudy's offers a smoked meat heavy menu with the usual sides in a very casual (bench seats, paper and plastic serveware) setting.

            La Fogata
            2427 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX 78213

            La Paloma Restaurant
            615 E Cano St, Edinburg, TX 78539

            1. I joined just to reply to your request. I was recently in San Antonio and stayed at the Hilton on the River Walk. I asked a few locals and an attendant on the flight about where to dine in S.A. Several of the restaurants already recommended were mentioned. On the shuttle from the airport to the rental cars, I asked our driver, a man who looked like he knew a thing or two about BBQ, where to go for the best food in S.A. He replied there was only one place that he went, Texas Pride, and even went as far as telling us how to get there. He rhapsodized over their food and how it was served on paper, not plates, in plastic soda trays. Brisket and sausage were his favorites. Best advice I've ever had on dining. About a 30 minute drive out into the country, to the town of Adkins, but oh so worth it. When I pulled into the parking lot there was a horse and rider arriving! Guy and D,D&D have already been there. Fantastic food! Perfect smoky (mesquite) and tender ribs, pork shoulder, and unbelievable brisket! We tried everything, including pulled pork, smoked chicken and turkey, and their two sauces, in two visits in 24 hours, a first, one of the owner's family told us, as we were there at closing and back at opening on Sunday morning! We thought about the other places closer in town and decided, no, Texas Pride was too special, and we went straight back. It was THAT good! Look at the website for video. Live concerts, three bars out back, a play area for the kids, parking for motorcycles: this place has everything. Worth flying to San Antonio for! Very reasonable prices, by the lb. being a great value. They triple wrapped our order when they heard we were taking extra back on the plane, and sneaked in a pecan cobbler (great!) with our sides of tasty green beans and cheesy potatoes! This place is the real deal and NOT to be missed! Five stars!

              Texas Pride Barbecue
              2980 E Loop 1604 S, Adkins, TX 78101