When I visit San Antonio, Texas, there are some restaurants that I like to visit. I usually don’t make them all on the same trip, so I have to choose.
For Mexican food, this is the place. My first choice is usually Cafe Adobe, although it’s not the best mexican food. It is, though, a good, fast available option for my first night in the city. I enjoy watching the flour tortilla maker—she has such a rhythm of pick up a ball of dough, pick up the pressed tortilla, put it on the press, toss the raw tortilla on the grill, and keep going. Fajitas are good. So is the chicken-fried steak. Because of its location (at least the one on I-10 West, it makes a nice afternoon jaunt during a day at SeaWorld-San Antonio.
For steaks and prime rib, we like The Old San Francisco Steakhouse. The sour dough bread and the huge blocks of aged swiss cheese make it a memorable, albeit expensive stop.
For barbecue, including some awesome ribs, there is Rudy’s BBQ, in Leon Springs, Tx, just northwest of San Antonio. With the food served on butcher paper, this is is not a classy eatery, but that's not why we go there, either!
For fajitas in San Antonio, the place that can not be beat is La Marguerita in Market Square, east of Downtown and the Riverwalk. Be sure to use the trolley system to visit Market Square from the Riverwalk or vice versa. On the weekends, Market Square usually has an open-area market and entertainment. Enjoy sitting outside and watching the people go by or enjoy sitting inside. Strolling mariachis play guitars of various sizes and sing, too, to keep you entertained.
There are a number of excellent restaurants of almost any type along the famous Riverwalk. You can even schedule a dinner cruise on one of the river boats, if you schedule it early enough. The San Antonio River is one of the shortest rivers in the world, coming up from the ground and then going back down again, but San Antonio has taken advantage of its presence to add a large canal system with sidewalks on both sides (the Riverwalk) to be a tourist attraction.
For breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, there is Mi Tierra in Market Square. This indoor restaurant is almost always packed. Between the food and their bakery of sweet rolls and mexican candies, you can make yourself miserable.
We also enjoyed an afternoon touring Gruene Texas, followed by dinner at The Grist Mill in Gruene. Gruene is pronounced "green."
For other ethnic food, I don’t bother in San Antonio. I imagine they have excellent restaurants of other ethnicities, but, if I’m in San Antonio—my choice is Mexican.
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