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May 11, 2011 12:31 PM

Yummy food near Hyatt Hill Country??

Hi everyone! My hubby, toddler daughter, and I will be staying at the Hyatt Hill Country for 3 nights at the end of June. Due to her naps, we'll likely just eat lunch on the property. So, what 3 dinner restaurants would you suggest to get a small sampling of all the great food that San Antonio has to offer?

Items of note about us:

* We love trying local food (non-chain).
* We would prefer inexpensive - ($10-$15 max or an entree)
* With a 16 month old, we don't want to be driving for long stretches to get to our dining locations. No more than 15-30 minutes max.
* We are aware that Rudy's BBQ is extremely close to our hotel, but we also have a Rudy's in Dallas so it is not a very exciting option.
* We have great food options in Dallas so we are sometimes let down when we dine in other cities. =( I know this is most likely related to my failure to pick good dining options rather than the city's failure to serve good food. So, I know that San Antonio has great food, and I want to make sure we find the best that San Antonio has to offer so we can rave about it when we get back to DFW!

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    1. re: princess00

      I'm afraid this question is posed so often, SA folks are worn out! Search for San Antonio and you'll find a ton of suggestions.

      1. re: princess00

        I don't get out to the far northwest very often, recall seeing mostly chain restos and taquerias. Antler's was very good last time we were there but that was 6 years ago. If you're up for an unusual ethnic experience, I would heartily recomend Rocoto's Sabor Latino (Culebra Rd/1604 loop). It's the best peruvian food I've had since we last went south of the equator. It would definately be a kid friendly place and they do have a tex-mex menu but that would be missing the whole point.

      2. Princess,

        I cannot be of much help in identifying other options near HHC. But, the Rudy's in Leon Springs (the one close to HHC) is the original and, in my opinion, is much better than the satellite Rudy's dotted across Texas. So, it might be a worthy fall-back if you do not find other alternatives.

        Enjoy your trip.

        P.S. In the issue of full disclosure, I should add that while I enjoy the Original Rudy's, I do not think it is nearly as good the legendary BBQ spots of Taylor, Lockhart, and Luling.

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        1. re: DFWGuy

          Thanks, everyone for the feedback. I had a feeling that since the resort is near Seaworld, we may run into more chains than local eats in the area. We may be making a trip or two into town for some good food. I will definitely check out Antler's and Rocoto's.

          Regarding Rudy's, we have one in Dallas and it will be a nice choice since it is so close to our hotel (love their creamed corn!). I wish that we had time to try the BBQ spots in Taylor Lockhart, and Luling as I have heard a ton about these all over the chowhound boards! Maybe next trip. =(

        2. I would recommend La Fogata for Mexican food - absolutely great and would be worth the drive! Great patio and kid friendly.

          1. Scenic Loop Cafe is good too, and has an outdoor playground where you can sit on the patio and the kids can play.

            Scenic Loop Cafe
            25615 Boerne Stage Rd, San Antonio, TX 78255

            1. Yeah its the original rudy's and its way better than the chain ones. In fact, they're only loosely affiliated. If you're looking for a nice place The Grey Moss Inn is nearby and its delicious. You'll have to drive further into town for better place, but honestly El Mirasol, El Jarro, and La Hacienda are all relatively close so maybe check those out for Mexican.

              Grey Moss Inn Restaurant
              19010 Scenic Loop Rd, Helotes, TX 78023

              El Mirasol
              13489 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216

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              1. re: frostmo

                Cool! We leave this weekend ... I'll check out these additional suggestions. How far is it into downtown from the Hyatt? I'm thinking we may drive to eat at one of the Mexican restaurants around there ... ie. La Fogata or Rosario's...

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

                1. re: princess00

                  Did you particularly enjoy any restaurants on your trip? We will be going to the same hotel for a week in April, with our 4- and 2-year-olds. Also bringing their grandparents, so we might get a date night as well. Would love tips and recommendations.

                  1. re: a_s_mackay

                    I don't know if you're wanting only NW side recs or not but our favorite date night spot in San Antonio is Cappy's in Alamo Heights.

                    One place the kids might enjoy is Bigz Burgers on loop 1604.

                    1. re: San Antonio Sam

                      Thanks for the recommendations. Have saved both and we'll see what we get time for. Any more suggestions for family meals in the vicinity of the Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch are welcome! We don't go until early April.