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San Antonio / San Marcos advice

freshlycured Mar 3, 2014 10:29 AM

I'm heading to Texas soon and am badly in need of some dining advice. I'll be in San Marcos for a couple of nights before spending the weekend in San Antonio. I already have a side trip planned to Lockhart, so I think I'm in decent shape on BBQ. In San Marcos, I'm basically set for lunch and am looking for some tasty/casual dinner options. As for San Antonio, I'd like to do one great dinner and Sunday brunch - one of which should be Mexican/Tex-Mex. I'm staying on the south end of Riverwalk and would love to be able to walk to the meals (especially dinner on Sat.), but will have a car if necessary. Many of the current posts in this area seem dated, so a fresh perspective would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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    Sam Spade RE: freshlycured Mar 3, 2014 02:37 PM

    San Marcos is essentially just a college town, doubt if there's anything exciting. You're barely 30" away from Austin....go there.
    As for San Antonio, this http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/930873 thread is fairly recent. Read that, maybe a couple of the other longish SA threads, then re-post specific questions.

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      Rene RE: freshlycured Mar 4, 2014 05:50 AM

      I used to enjoy lunch at Palmer's in San Marcos but it's been a long time. The menu still looks good, though, for dinner and happy hour, as well. Maybe someone else has more current info.


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        James Cristinian RE: freshlycured Mar 7, 2014 08:16 PM

        San Marcos, Herbert's Taco Hut for Tex-Mex since the 70's. Love me some Gil's Fried Chicken.

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          KathannK RE: freshlycured Mar 7, 2014 08:55 PM

          Seconded: Herbert's Taco Hut in San Marcos. Specifically, the Herbert's Special combo plate. Much better than average old-school tex mex.

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            Becca Porter RE: KathannK Mar 24, 2014 08:50 AM

            Herbert's is great!

            I loved Bess Bistro in Austin.

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            bronwen RE: freshlycured Mar 11, 2014 09:34 AM

            Go to Bliss for dinner, not really walkable but not far.
            Brunch - go to Rosario's, Acenar or Mi Tierra for Tex-Mex

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