Mar 10, 2015

Travel Tuesday // San Antonio Dates: Food!



San Antonio has become very dear to my heart since I met my boyfriend there and have visited him four times in the last year. So, I thought it would be fun to share some fun date ideas for those traveling to (or living in) San Antonio. I am sure there are still plenty things to add to the list, so it is in no way exhaustive, but it's a start! So whether your significant other, a group of friends, or even your mom, here are some date ideas to explore what San Antonio has to offer!

I'll start it off with something that is always on my mind: food! San Antonio is bursting with the food scene! There's a bit of everything! Of course you have your Tex-Mex and authentic mexican food, but there are also a myriad of other choices if you can't look at another taco for a few days. Bonus points: For the gluten-free, each of these have delicious GF options!

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Modern Tex-Mex: Urban Taco near the Alamo Quarry Market, Iron Cactus on the River Walk, and  Acenar on the River Walk all have upscale Tex-Mex delicacies such as the duck chalupas at Acenar. They each combine iconic Latino flavors and spice it up with contemporary twists.  A bit pricey and all three are sit-down restaurants (which may not be ideal if you're trying to save time), but were worth the unique experience! Torchy's Tacos in the Alamo Quarry is a quick stop, but once you bite into one of their signature masterpieces, you'll likely want to hang around a while and try a few more! With taco names like Trailer Park, The Democrat, The Republican, Dirty Sanchez, and the Independent, you're in for a surprising twist on classic tacos! The price is reasonable (around $3.50/taco) but can add up if you want to try a few (you definitely will!). 
(G's duck chalupas were delicious!)
Classic Tex-Mex: You can't go wrong with the classic! Whether an enchilada, tacos, sizzling fajitas, or any other favorite, we were definitely satisfied after meals at Rosario's , Chuy's, Pappacito's. And I cannot forget to mention this historic gem: Casa Rio. As the first business to open on the River Walk, it boasts both history and a delicious and authentic menu! Plus, if you visit during the weekend, you can catch the iconic mariachi band serenading you as you eat outside beside the river. 

Breakfast: The perfect way to start the day is with a great breakfast. We had the breakfast of champions at Cracker Barrel, Magnolia Pancake Haus, and The Guenther House. Whatever you like for your breakfast fix (omelets, bacon, pancakes, waffles, sausage, etc), you will get a delicious and hearty start to your day at each. They each have their own charm: Cracker Barrel has a general store full of gifts and knick-knacks; Magnolia Pancake Haus has a German theme and an outside porch to sit on a warm day; The Guenther House has a museum, gift shop, and the location is in the historic King William District).

BBQ: You can't leave Texas without tasting some authentic BBQ, y'all! For a quick, affordable, and lip-smacking-good BBQ, take your date to Rudy's. Don't even think about leaving without trying the brisket, creamed corn, sausage, and slaw. For a fancy dinner

Meat, Meat, & More Meat: Along with BBQ, quality steak is a Texan staple. San Antonio has a myriad of fancy steakhouses to choose from. G and I enjoyed delicious, fancy, meat-themed dinners at Saltgrass on the River Walk and downtown's Texas de Brazil. I am not a huge meat eater, but dating a Texan certainly changed that, especially with the help of these two restaurants! Texas de Brazil was extra fancy and had the best salad bar I have ever seen as well as hostesses who did acrobatics behind a glass window to retrieve wine bottles!

Don't Forget: These restaurants don't really fit a category, but are worth a try as well! Liberty Bar is a pink former convent and packs a punch with various creative appetizers and drinks. Located in the heart of King William District, it was a perfect lunch spot after we toured the district on rented bikes. We loved the Pear & Stilton Salad, Chili Relleno en Nogada, and the Smoked Fish Plate. Yum! So much flavor. Are you craving Mediterranean? Pasha's is our favorite! Want a fancy dinner to celebrate an anniversary? Head up the Tower of America to the Chart House (and make sure to order their lobster bisque!) for a 360 view of downtown San Antonio. We celebrated our one-year of dating up at the Chart House and it blew me away! I felt so spoiled! And, I'll just mention that lobster bisque again because it was that good!

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These are my favorite restaurants in San Antonio so far, though I am sure I have left out many that I have yet to discover. For those who've been to San Antonio, what are your favorite places to share a meal?

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