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Jun 21, 2005 06:42 PM

Andrew Weissman's Sandbar Oyster Bar in San Antonio

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Sandbar is now open for lunch, any been there yet? Any feedback for us?

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  1. What can I say, its an oyster bar.

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    1. re: Brian T.

      Another one just opened down the street from it actually, "Oyster on the half shell", by another well known chef as well. I thought they (Sandbar) would do lunch and dinner?

      1. re: Alma

        I have not been to Sandbar, but the other place, to which Alma MAY be referring is "On The Half Shell" on
        Navarro St. If this is indeed the place, it ain't run by any well-known chef. The joint is nice enough. It opens in the later afternoon and has live music until the AMs towards the end of the week. If you are looking for fresh-shucked oysters, however, keep
        a-walkin'. They serve oysters right out of a plastic
        bucket on pristine, well-washed shells. That would be marginally acceptable at 25 cents each....maybe. But at San Antonio River prices that make them around $10 per dozen, get outta here. After pointing this out to the very friendly bartender, he told me that I was the first person to notice this. OTHS is a cool place to drink, and they do have some good boiled shrimp and a nice remoulade, but for a joint with OYSTER in its name well, I think that you get the picture.

        1. re: astros56

          Oyster on the half shell is a joke.

          I have heard Sandbar is wonderful for lunch
          Try the salt cured scallop

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      Paul Soupiset

      the lobster bisque is very good and affordable. similar recipe to weissman's earlier Le Reve recipe, but no chunks of fresh lobster this time.

      1. Went on a Friday evening recently. Had a dozen oysters and my wife had the crab cake. Both were good but compared to their counterparts on offer at Perla's in Austin were disappointing. Both wines (one white Muscadet and a red Italian) were superb. The key lime pie was excellent, and the staff attentive and knowledgeable. Look forward to trying out Il Sogno.

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        1. re: kilifiman

          Please note that all the 2005 posts here refer to the original location accross from the bus terminal. They have relocated to the old Pearl brewery complex, reachable on the new riverwalk extension (it'll be about a mile from downtown-river taxi service also available).
          That being said, I consider this the best seafood option in SA, with nobody else even coming close. Reservations are now available (wish same was true for Il Sogno) and they finally have a website.

          1. re: Sam Spade

            I was speaking with the chef yesterday, you can now call ahead and get put on the list at Il Sogno. He told me Rick Bayless loves Sandbar, eats there several times a week. He wanted him to open one in Chicago, but Andrew is too busy.

            1. re: saeyedoc

              Sorry to diverge, but, Rick Bayless lives in/regularly visits SA?

              Forget about exporting our good food, lets petition for Xoco around here. Authenticity aside, it is some of the most delicious food I've had in its price point.

              1. re: kindofabigdeal

                Doesn't live here, I guess he visits a few times a year though. I'd take a Topolobampo here too, got to eat there last fall. Was blown away by the flavors, not like any Mexican around here.

                1. re: saeyedoc

                  ahh... so you meant "several times a year" in the post above?

                  Chicago's a great place to explore all manners of Latin flavors.

                  1. re: kindofabigdeal

                    Yes, per year. Didn't realize I wrote per week, can see how you'd be confused.

        2. The food was delicious. I had a sandwich, don't remember what it was called but I loved every bite of it.