Great Breakfasts and Quick Lunches AT the Riverwalk in SA
I've been wading through the mountains of info on dining in SA, but I am wondering if anyone can give me a couple of great breakfast and quick and good lunch spots right around the Riverwalk. I'm going to be in town for an entire week, staying at and working in the Convention Center. I'm not going to have a car, or be able to walk very far, so I'm somewhat limited during the morning and at lunch to the immediate vicinity, and I'm hoping to avoid the hotel food.
I like all kinds of food - but I can't eat sushi right now, so that's my only limitation.
So what are the great breakfast and lunch spots people would recommend?
We wandered around the Riverwalk one morning trying to see if there was anywhere worth eating at. We almost gave up and went to Starbucks when we happened across the Zuni Grill and lots of people sitting outside eating what looked to be great breakfasts.
We were not disappointed, in fact this was the best breakfast we had on our cross-country sight-seeing trip! I had the South Texas Breakfast and hubby had the Eggs San Antonio. Both were flavorful and delicious. The potatoes were awesome, crispy outside, creamy inside, but not greasy in the least.
The service was OUTSTANDING! We had Lawrence as our server, who said he had been working on Riverwalk for more than 20 years and was a southern gentleman. The food was plentiful and cheap ($8.95) and the coffee was great. There is even the friendly duck that would wander up from the river and tap on your leg with his beak for a scrap from the table.
223 Losoya St, San Antonio, TX 78205
My trip was a mixed bag as far as food goes. Like others have pointed out all over these boards, the food is hit or miss in the Riverwalk area. Some of the biggest misses were at Casa Rio, Rio Rio, and Paloma Riverwalk. At Casa Rio, in particular, I had verde enchiladas that I found to be inedible - akin to day old chicken mircowaved, rolled up in rubbery, too-thick corn toritllas and covered with a pithy amount of what tasted like thin canned verde sauce. Really gross. Perhaps I had an off meal or ordered incorrectly? The place was packed everytime I walked by so there must be something redeeming about it.
I had some okay meals at a couple spots. Mi Terra wasn't great, but I see why people recommend it if atmosphere is more your thing than food quality. I also found the tapas at Las Ramblas in the Hotel Contessa inconsistent. How can you screw up olives? They just weren't great, and were served with definitely stale bread. Ironically, I also ordered the goat cheese in sofrito, which was great and served with fresh bread. The drinks there were excellent, though. Schilo's was also good - I had the corned beef and soup and it was better than average, but maybe it's because I had such high expectations, or maybe it's because I'm from an area with outstanding German food, but I felt it was overrated and overpriced. I paid $6.75 for the sandwich, which contained perhaps 2 slices of corned beef. Certainly not the stacked sandwich you'd get at most delis in my neck of the woods.
Much better were Boudrous and Acenar. Acenar had the delicious, flavorful enchiladas verdes that I was looking for, complete with fresh, smoky-flavored, tender chicken! Success!! Boudrous was also very good, as far as the Riverwalk went. We were told about their guac by multiple people, and it was tasty, but cmon - one thing to do before you die? Just make your own...but otherwise all of the food was high-quality, and priced comparably to some of the other, less-good stuff I had.
The highlights were off the Riverwalk, of course. Insignia, in the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel, was amazing. We enjoyed every bite of food, and the drinks were divine. The crab and corn fitters were outstanding, and lured me back for a quick app another evening. Azuca Nuevo Latino was also excellent. We ordered off the apps menu, because there were so many delicious sounding options, and I think it was a good decision. We had a wide array of fantastic flavors in our selections. El Mirador was perfect for more simple meals. The corn and flour tortillas were obviously homemade and fantastic, and the pico de gallo fresh and flavorful. This was my pick for best affordable breakfast, with the tacos all under $2.
I also had the contential buffet breakfast at the Grand Hyatt hotel's restaurant, on the riverwalk level. It was $11, kind of steep, but includes a wide array of cereals, pastries, fruit, yogurts, coffee, and juices. I'm just mentioning it here, because if you are either staying in the hotel or attending a conference in the Convention Center, and don't have the time to walk over to El Mirador, this is actually a good deal - oatmeal a a carte is $8, and coffee will run you $3, so the buffet works out well, and it's probably the highest quality buffet I've had.
306 W Market St, San Antonio, TX
430 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
1124 Ayers St, Corpus Christi, TX 78404
El Mirador Restaurant
722 S Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Ask for help at the desk of your hotel. Get a trolley schedule as that's the best way to get around San Antonio. The cost is peanuts and you can "hop on, hop off" all day and in the
evening until about 10. On South Alamo, try Azuca, LeFrite, Roasrio's all serving lunch and
dinner. Acenar in the Hotel Valencia is good for Mexican and has a lovely patio on the RW. Breakfast at the Guenther House (again, hop on the trolley to get there) eventho' it's
not on the riverwalk, you'll love the breakfast. Shilo's Deli has already been recommended and
it's a "don't miss".. A little farther afield, but still accessable by trolley is the Mercado where you'll find Mi Tierra, a San Antonio landmark...maybe not the best food in the area, but one of the most fun places, Far more years ago than I would like to admit, at La Margarita (also in the Mercado) I had my first ever sizzling fajita platter. The fajitas there are as good as ever! Enjoy your stay in San Antonio.
Guenther House Restaurant
205 E Guenther, San Antonio, TX 78204
Anaqua Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner a few blocks S of Convention Center. Azuca Nuevo is Latin that is outstanding with outdoor dining close by the CS. El Mirador is authentic Mexican a few blocks S of CS. Casa Rio has outstanding local cuisine. I love tamales, tacos and enchiladas. Paloma Riverwalk is great Mexican food on the RW for lunch or dinner.
Anaqua Grill @ 555 South Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 210 - 229 - 1000.
Azuca Nuevo Latino Restaurant @ 713 S. Alamo, San Antonio, TX 210 - 225 - 5550.
El Mirador Restaurant @ 722 S Saint Marys Street, San Antonio, TX 210 - 225 - 9444.
Casa Rio @ 430 E Commerce Street, San Antonio, TX 210 - 225 - 6718.
Paloma Riverwalk @ 215 Losoya Street, San Antonio, TX 210 - 212 - 0566.
555 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205