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San Antonio for 2 days- need help narrowing down options!

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CarolineC23 May 29, 2012 01:16 PM

I'll be in SA for 2 full days and need help narrowing down some options. I've only been once (about 10 years ago) and my boyfriend has never been.

Dinner--of the below, which one is the best for a FUN dinner? (we want Tex Mex so I'm trying to choose from these)
1) Rosario's
2) Acenar
3) Mi Tierra
4) Tito's--I don't know about if this kind of atmosphere is what we're looking for, but thought I'd throw it out there

Breakfast/brunch: which is better of the two --Madhatters or Guenther House? We may have time for both but just in case we don't.

I've also seen some stuff on Mary Ann's Pig Stand. Any thoughts on that?

How is the Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings? We will probably stop by. Any must eats there?

Thanks for all your help!

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    bronwen RE: CarolineC23 May 30, 2012 08:03 AM

    Rosario's has a fun atmosphere. The food at Acenar is better though. Mi Tierra is beautiful, have a drink there.
    I'd do brunch at Tre - Madhatters is claustrophobic and Guenther House has no alcohol.
    Pearl Brewery has a Sat. farmers' market.

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      randyjl RE: bronwen Jun 2, 2012 06:46 PM

      For a funky, fun hamburger experience got to do Chris Madrid's!

      http://www.chrismadrids.com/

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      Sam Spade RE: CarolineC23 Jun 3, 2012 06:18 AM

      I'd do Rosarios over Acenar unless you really feel like you need the SA Riverwalk experience, ditto for Mi Tierra (I'd consider lunch there if I was going to El Mercado). If you're here on a Sunday, consider adding the Monterey (no res) or Feast (res taken) to your brunch options, easily walkable from downtown and you might enjoy the food truck park on South Alamo on the way there.

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        MrsWilson RE: Sam Spade Jun 19, 2012 09:10 AM

        I second the suggestion for brunch at Monterey. It's true that Guenther House has no alcohol, but it's delicious food, and for all we know, you could not even drink. Just get to GH early--there are long lines. If you eat there, though, afterward you can walk over to the King William district and see some old houses. It's a relaxing walk, and there are even a few houses that are open for tours on some days.

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        RoKeIr RE: CarolineC23 Jun 11, 2012 08:40 PM

        Just back from Mi Tierra ... I'd call it mediocre Mexican. A step up from taco bell, but not worth the trip. The nachos were smothered in cheez whiz (ugh) and the chicken enchillada was dry inside and overly drowned in a thick mole sauce.

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          rexster314 RE: RoKeIr Jun 12, 2012 02:43 PM

          Honestly, the only thing good at Mi Tierra is the breakfasts, and then only if you have a good waiter that brings the food while it's still hot. The other food is just on top of the mediocre level

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            mckane63 RE: rexster314 Jun 13, 2012 03:09 PM

            Mit Tierra is very mediocre and expensive to boot. Their saving grace is their big bakery counter. El Mirador is great for breakfast on St. Mary's St & has alcohol . If going to the Mercado is a must, I would eat at La Margarita any day over Mi Tierra- way better food.

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              SAhomecooking RE: mckane63 Jun 16, 2012 04:01 PM

              +1 for El Mirador. Try the corn soup on Thursdays, I think. Also, Mi Tierra is complete tourist crap.

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                CarolineC23 RE: SAhomecooking Jun 18, 2012 07:20 AM

                Thanks for the feedback. I'm thinking we'll probably skip Mi Tierra and do Rosario's or Acenar depending on how the trip goes. Thanks!

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                  MrsWilson RE: SAhomecooking Jun 19, 2012 09:09 AM

                  Mi Tierra is yummy, and yes, it's a touristy type place, but of course the person asking this question is....a tourist! I often take people here when they visit from out of town. The atmosphere is fun, and the bakery counter is spectacular.

          2. arashall RE: CarolineC23 Jun 19, 2012 08:01 AM

            We just did Acenar on Friday night. After what I'd read, I was not overly impressed. We shared the "little bit of everything" platter. Portions were huge. It was a good variety of grilled stuff, nicely executed, but nothing unique or exceptionally flavorful about it. Icecream dessert was quickly comped when we complained to our waiter that it was delivered melted and not as described. There seems to be a major breakdown between the kitchen and service. Our waiter was obviously trying really hard, but the system was not functional. Apparently kitchen is on ground floor, we were seated on third floor. The waiter had to bring up elaborate carts for making table side guac, while the delivery people seemed to mess up orders at surrounding tables. Atmosphere was very nice, though. Nothing terribly wrong, just nothing terribly fantastic either.

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