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josephml1 Nov 2, 2010 10:15 PM

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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    Uncle Luigi Dec 20, 2010 07:26 AM

    josephml1, did you go yet?

    If not,
    Chinese:
    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!
    Luigi

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

    1. josephml1 Dec 8, 2010 05:03 PM

      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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        saeyedoc Dec 9, 2010 07:20 AM

        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.

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        Melting Pot
        14855 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216

        1. re: saeyedoc
          josephml1 Dec 9, 2010 06:36 PM

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

      2. josephml1 Nov 16, 2010 07:38 PM

        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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          saeyedoc Nov 17, 2010 07:16 AM

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

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            josephml1 Nov 19, 2010 07:46 PM

            Great thanks...

        2. liz.eats10 Nov 12, 2010 01:28 AM

          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!

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          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
            josephml1 Nov 15, 2010 06:34 AM

            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.

            :)

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            ShannonYoung Nov 6, 2010 10:10 AM

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

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              josephml1 Nov 15, 2010 06:33 AM

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

            2. josephml1 Nov 3, 2010 08:41 PM

              What about a good steakhouse?

              And a good Chinese?

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                saeyedoc Nov 4, 2010 07:03 AM

                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.

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                Bandera
                7660 S Highway 377, Cresson, TX 76035

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                  James Cristinian Nov 4, 2010 03:28 PM

                  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.

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

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                    TexasAggieMama Nov 23, 2010 12:39 PM

                    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.

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                    josephml1 Nov 5, 2010 09:33 PM

                    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...

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                  Emilykb Nov 3, 2010 04:02 PM

                  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.

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                  Tre Trattoria
                  4003 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209

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                    josephml1 Nov 3, 2010 08:41 PM

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

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                    Jaymes Nov 3, 2010 09:21 AM

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

                    Or would a Mexican breakfast suit?

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                      josephml1 Nov 3, 2010 08:40 PM

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

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                      saeyedoc Nov 3, 2010 07:01 AM

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

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

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                        josephml1 Nov 3, 2010 08:39 PM

                        Sound good thanks :)

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