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Thanks to all the hounds for your tips on the good or not so good places to eat. I just got home from my trip, and here is my report of my eating experience in the Lone Star State:

MONDAY
Breakfast: A Cliff Bar at BWI Airport with a cup of coffee. A hamentaschen in flight accompanied by Southwest Airlines coffee. No More needs to be said.

Lunch: Immediately after getting my heels, I hit the Taco Grage on Broadway. They were still recovering from the lunch rush, and the service was a bit slow, but still adequate. I got the carne guisada lunch plate. The "carne" seemed a little lighter incolor than beef, I hope it wasn't the "other white meat," but given what I eat, if the Lord hasn't struck me down me for eating forbidden foods by now, He shouldn't expect anything different. Anyway, it was tasty, but I think I need to start a discussion about how to distinguish carne guisada from chili con carne. The corn tortillas were great. And after 4 years, it was great to get back to real Tex Mex.

Dinner: I went to the Liberty Bar at their new location on South Alamo. It's a nice place,but I kinda miss the old spot, with building that looks like it's going to blow down in the next strong wind gust. I tried their "unique" minguchi appetizer, which was good, but a bit too much food for one person. I'm glad I ordered only one grilled quail. The quail was good, especially with the mole verde, but I was so filled up, I didn't enjoy the grilled tomato or grilled potato as much.

TUESDAY
Breakfast: A greek yoghurt and a pumpkin empanada form HEB in my room. And the hotel coffee, which was horrible. When I got off work, I went to Central Market and got some fresh ground Turkish coffee for Israeli "botz," the on;y decent bagels I've ever found in San Antonio, cream cheese and a pack of nova salmon.

Lunch: Went to Rudy's off TX151 for BBQ. The vibe was good, as usual, with the open fire by the picnic tables a nice feature on the cool windy day, but the brisket seemed a bit dried out, even though I ordered "moist" and they gave me cuttings from the point.

Dinner: Acenar on the Riverwalk at Houston St. "Creative" Mexican and very nice. I had a ceviche appetizer and the duck chalupas, along with a Tuna Margarita. (That's a margarita made with prickly pear juice, not fish.) The strolling musicians were a nice touch, but the margaritas at $10.25 were a bit overpriced, though tasty. The fod items were more reasonably priced, and I'm going to try chlupas more often in the future when I hit Mexican joints.

WENDNESDAY:

Breakfast: Greek youghurt and a lox&bagel sandwich

Lunch: My colleagues took me to Casa Reale, a traditional Mexican place located in a half-dead shopping center off Ingram Road. The place didn't seem too busy, but the food was pretty good. I got chicken enchiladas in green sauce. Pretty good, and I ate too many tostadas, the salsa was that good.

Dinner: I knew the stereotypes about Texas are nonsense, so I had to try a vegetarian restaurant. I went to Green on Flores. I't not only vegetarian, it's kosher, too! So maybe I'll be forgiven for partaking of the "other white meat." I had the chicken fried "fake" with mashed potatoes and their signature kale salad. The fake steak was very well done breaded and fired and not greasy at all. I especially appreciated the use of a brown sauce. I know that's not traditional, but to me white sauce looks disgusting even when it tastes good.

Thursday:

Breakfast: greek yoghurt and a lox&bagel sandwich

Lunch: On the recommendation of my local colleagues, I tried the Saltgrass steakhouse near my hotel. It was actually one of the better steaks I've had in Texas, especially considering that the ribeye lunch portion was $17.95 and included a salad and mashed potatoes. The steak was cooked just right, though the cut was a little thinner than my preference.

Dinner: We were doing some field work south of town that evening and 8 PM rolled around and I still hadn't eaten. The nearest exit with food had the choice of a Whattaburger, a Burger King, and a Bill Miller BBQ. I decided to try the Bill Miller to see if it was a bad as a lot of people posting here seem to think. Well, though it was mass-market corporate food, it really wasn't all that bad, except the portions are kind of large. The brisket was vaguely smokey, and I wonder f this was accomplished out of a bottle and not by wood. The coleslaw and green beans were actually pretty good by any measure. They give you enough tea to ensure that you'll be looking for roadside restrooms every half hour for the rest of the evening.

Friday:

Breakfast: I went to Regio Cafe on McCullogh for a Mexican breakfast. I got the green chilaquiles with the over easy egg, but with corn tortillas. Was my first time for chilaquiles, but it won't be my last.

Lunch: I had a 1:55 flight, so I checked in to the airport before eating lunch because I didn't want to cut it too close, and figured I could pick up something at the airport. Well, I was flabbergasted that at the San Antonio Airport you can't get tacos or BBQ. The alternative seemed to be fried chicken fingers, Italian, Mc Donalds, and some sort of sports pub. There was also a wine bar called Vin Volo, which is where I decided to stop because the seats looked more comfortable than those at the gate, and I'm a white knuckle flier, so the prospect of some vino seemed like a good way to self-medicate. And it worked. I had 2 glasses of a Spanish red, at $7 one of the cheaper on the menu, and it was a pretty good wine. I also had a half portion of penne in cheese sauce to slow the adsorption of the alcohol, so I could keep my relaxed state until at least the plane cleared the bumps after take-off.

Dinner: At home. My wife made some nice baked chicken. It was good to be home.

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  1. You can get tacos at Las Palapas opposite Vino Volo or in the other terminal at Rosario's.

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    1. re: bronwen

      I didn't see it when I passed through, perhaps it was closed due to the construction in Terminal A.