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May 29, 2012 01:16 PM

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

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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  1. 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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    1. re: bronwen

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

    2. 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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      1. re: Sam Spade

        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.

      2. 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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        1. re: RoKeIr

          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

          1. re: rexster314

            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.

            1. re: mckane63

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

              1. re: SAhomecooking

                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!

                1. re: SAhomecooking

                  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. 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.