Someplace snazzy in San Antonio, TX?
- Molly Mar 3, 1999 08:05 PM
Looking for a suggestion for an elegant dining
experience in San Antonio, Texas.
I've only been to San Antonio once a few years ago. 2
"snazzy" places I can suggest are BIGA, and Las
Canarias (in the hotel Mansion del Rio on the
I've eaten at BIGA and the food was very good. Sorry,
I lost the address and phone number. I have not eaten
at Las Canarias -- the only thng I know is that the
chef is Scott Cohen who used to cook in New York.
Would NOT recommend Boudro's. Food was pretty
re: Gary Cheong
If you want a great meal get OFF Riverwalk.
Downtown, there's a nice restaurant in the Fairmont
Hotel (which is a charming inn-like place to stay). For
the best food in town you'll need to head north to
L'Etoile....a french seafood restaurant where the chef
is sooooo.... motivated he drives to Houston to
personally bring back the freshest seafood.
Quite coincidentally I did end up at the Fairmount
Hotel--a very nice dining room called Polo's. The
atmosphere was quietly elegant and we enjoyed the jazz
bar after dinner. I very much enjoyed my meal of
brandied grilled vegetables served on a parmesan
risotto. I would recommend Polo's as an alternative to
the Riverwalk atmosphere.
I read some of the other posts and I'm sad to say that Biga's on Locust street closed. (However, Bruce Auden, the owner/chef is opening another Biga on the Riverwalk)...check to see if his restaurant is open yet.... it may be another month or so before itsd ready to go.... what I liked best there was his "Game Packets"... sort of lettuce tacos, (Raddichio, really)with a combination of quail, antelope and some other wild game inside.... they have two or three great sauces to go along with them... a habanero sauce, a sweet soy-based sauce and another one...all great.
Bruce's sous chef opened his own restaurant, called Silo, on the Austin Highway about eight blocks north of its intersection with Broadway. The owner/chef, Mark Bliss, is also a musician, and he really knows how to blend flavors with harmony... that's what you're looking for anyway, isn't it? A surprising meeting of flavors in your mouth? Mark can improvise a new tune that way every night. Enjoy!