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Restaurant advice in San Antonio..

Hello everyone...

I am looking for an advice about where to eat in San Antonio Downtown and in the north star mall area, I will be there for one week I will be staying in the area of the north star mall I will have a car...and I don´t mind to drive.

My personal preferences:
One good Chinese...
A good but moderate price steak house.
A good traditional homemade Italian Restaurant.
If you also have any favorite place for breakfast, lunch or a most go in San Antonio please mention it.
Mhhh also a good place to buy some desert

I am a big fan of the public markets with food...If you have any good choices please let me know.

As always I am open t suggestions by locals all the counseling and advice is welcome and truly appreciated.

Thank you all.

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  1. Dough Pizza Napoletana, on Blanco right near the mall. Great pizza and Italian food.

    Blanco Cafe
    5525 Blanco At Oblate Rd, San Antonio, TX 78201

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    1. When you say "breakfast," are you talking about a traditional American breakfast?

      Or would a Mexican breakfast suit?

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      1. re: Jaymes

        I am open to suggestion if you have In mind a good Mexican breakfast let me know...

      2. Tre Trattoria is great italian food. The pork ragu is my favorite. The pizza is excellent too Everything is homemade and it is a great place for a group or just a meal for two. They also have excellent homemade mozzarella.

        Tre Trattoria
        4003 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209

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        1. re: Emilykb

          Mhhh great, thanks for sharing I will add it to my list :p

        2. What about a good steakhouse?

          And a good Chinese?

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          1. re: josephml1

            Steakhouses are mostly the chains (Morton's, The Palm, Ruth's Chris). Bohanan's is local, but it is very expensive and I didn't like the way they try to upsell on everything.
            Good authentic Chinese is difficult to find here. China Inn on NW Military can be good, make sure you order from the Chinese menu, not the americanized one.
            Kim Wah BBQ on Bandera is also good and there is a good asian market across the street, it's a haul from DT though.

            7660 S Highway 377, Cresson, TX 76035

            1. re: saeyedoc

              Talk about upselling, we went to Little Rhein Steakhouse on the river on our honeymoon. It was a nice enough experience, good but not exceptional food, a romantic outside table on a beautiful fall evening, but the upselling started immediately. How a about a bottle of xyz wine, ninety bucks, or how about some bottled water, eight dollars. I like Ruth's Chris just fine, it never seems to be crowded, and they do a good steak.

              Little Rhein Steakhouse
              511 Villita St, San Antonio, TX 78205

              1. re: James Cristinian

                I agree! Little Rhein has a great location on a beautiful section of the River Walk, but definitely expensive / overpriced for the quality level they offer.

              2. re: saeyedoc

                Thanks for the advice...I am taking notes...I am a big fan of a good steak, so maybe I will go to Morton´s...

            2. Best Italian in town is Piccolos. San Antonios best kept secret. Everything is homemeade. Authentic, quaint, delicious.

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              1. re: ShannonYoung

                I am taking notes,,, I have a list :),

              2. Chinese - try Phoenix Chinese Cafe off of West Ave. The location is meh but the food is great. My fiance and I will drive from Boerne just to go there when we're craving good duck.

                Steak house - stick to a chain in my opinion... there aren't any great local ones that I've been to. I could be wrong.

                Italian - for pizza Napoletana go to Dough Pizzeria Napoletana off of 410 and Blanco (there's a Denny's by it). I lived in Naples for a year and I will personally vouch for their pizza Margherita... it tastes like it came out of the brick oven in Naples. They have daily burrata specials and their in-house handmade mozzarella is to die for. For pasta dishes I'd say try Paesano's.

                Breakfast - I'd have to say Magnolia Cafe if you're looking for a traditional pancakes, waffles, eggs Benedict sort of breakfast. It's usually pretty busy but it's always been worth the wait in my opinion.

                I hope those help!

                Dough Pizzeria Napoletana
                6989 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216

                Blanco Cafe
                5525 Blanco At Oblate Rd, San Antonio, TX 78201

                Phoenix Chinese Cafe
                11821 West Ave, San Antonio, TX 78216

                Paesanos Restaurant
                555 E Basse Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209

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                1. re: liz.eats10

                  Yes very helpful, and very useful, definitive I will be in the Chinese and also the Italian.

                  Thanks for sharing and for taking the time to post in this thread.


                2. Change of plans I will be staying at the Omni Hotel - San Antonio

                  9821 Colonnade Blvd San Antonio...

                  Please let me know if that will affect my dinning plans or if you have another choices near the Onmi...

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                  1. re: josephml1

                    No real changes. You won't be far from Dough, Guajillos.

                  2. I need you opnions about this restaurants in San Antonio:
                    The melting Pot,
                    The buckhorn saloon,
                    john the greek,
                    mad dogs,
                    ounce steakhouse,
                    Tost Bistro

                    Thank you all.

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                    1. re: josephml1

                      I think the Melting Pot is horrible, but my 16 yo daughter likes it. I don't get cooking your own, overpriced, medicocre food in a vat of flavored oil or broth. There are some thread on the chains board if you want other opinions.
                      Went to Ounce once or twice, not much different than any other steakhouse IMO. It used to be a pet store, we swore we could still smell it.
                      Haven't been to the others.

                      Melting Pot
                      14855 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216

                      1. re: saeyedoc

                        Thanks for the reference, about that restaurants.. :)

                    2. josephml1, did you go yet?

                      If not,
                      I love Formosa Garden and Taipei, which may at one time have been linked. All the great American Chinese stuff done to perfection. Great Sesame Chicken, Egg Rolls, Crab Rangoon!

                      Reasonable Steak:
                      -Barn Door
                      -Texas Land and Cattle

                      With all due respect, if you don't eat TexMex while you are in San Antonio, you are crazy. Do you not like it? This is Mecca for TexMex. See other listings if you want to enjoy what San Antonio does best!

                      The above recommendations wouldn't be on my top 100 for dining in San Antonio overall, but just giving you what you asked for...

                      Good Luck!

                      Formosa Garden
                      1011 NE Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78209