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Old 07-13-2018, 10:41 AM
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San Antonio Tex-Mex try Jacala's. Get the platter. Alamo Cafe is awesome but you may fill up on tortilla's before you even order.

If you are down by the Alamo head over to the Menger Hotel and go to the bar where Teddy Roosevelt established the Rough Riders.
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Old 07-13-2018, 08:00 PM
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In San Antonio...

I second the recommendation to spend some time in the new Pearl Brewery Development located on the north end of the riverwalk. They have a new 5 star hotel - HOTEL EMMA. The rooms are nice but very pricey. The development is built around the culinary institute and has some amazing restaurants and shops in the immediate surrounding area.

In the downtown area, I recommend staying at the La Mansion (OMNI), Hotel Contessa, Hotel Havana, Mokara

Restaurants to check out:
Mexican:
1. Soluna - in Alamo Heights
2. La Fonda on Main
3. Rosarios - Southtown
4. Mi Tierra - in the Mexican market downtown
5. Paloma Blanca - in Alamo Heights

Favorites:
1. La Frite- Belgian restaurant - My favorite restaurant in town. Incredible mussels
2. Zinc Bistro and Bar - dinner / lunch
3. Boudro's - dinner / lunch
4. B&D's ice house - BBQ - in southtown or Two Bros (sister restaurant)
5. La Fruiteria - breakfast/lunch/dinner Southtown
6. Stella - Pizza in southtown

Fine Dining:
1. Bohanan's
2. Fig Tree
3. Bigga On the Banks

Bars:
1. *Esquire Tavern* - my favorite bar in SA
2. Sternworth - inside Hotel Emma - pearl brewery
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Old 07-13-2018, 09:37 PM
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So many great places we will try what we can.

I have a list of places written down and will report back. Thanks guys.


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Old 07-14-2018, 09:34 AM
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One place not mentioned yet is "Ski Shores" on Lake Austin. This is a great lake side hang out, and a total "Austin" experience. It's literally right on the water. Decent food, good boat watching, and great drinks.

BBQ is so subjective. If you stop in New Braunfels on your way to SA, there is Coopers and Blacks BBQ. I recommend the brisket at either place. Another cool stop near New Braunfels is the little town of Gruene. This is home to the oldest dance hall in Texas. Hit Mozie's for a stiff drink and a great burger, or the Grsitmill.

Check out www.wineroad290.com and be careful. I've ended up blasted out there a few times.

Think about taking the back roads to SA from Austin (290 east to 281 south). This is a beautiful hill country drive with lots of options along the way. Horseshoe Bay Resort - sits on Lake LBJ, with a great pool/bar...

If you're into sushi, find Uchi in Austin. It's simply the best sushi in Central Texas.

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Old 07-14-2018, 02:11 PM
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I second Rosario's and La Fruiteria in SA. Plus lots of dining at the Pearl. Avoid the touristy food along the Riverwalk for the most part.

And if you were to hit one winery along 290, I'd find Pedernales. A cut above the others in terms of wine and just a beautiful setting up on a hill.
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Old 07-16-2018, 09:30 AM
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could also swing thru Lockhart on the way from Austin to SA, multiple BBQ places ... Kruetz, Blacks (original) are my two favorites there.

The Bob Bullock Texas State Museum is another good option while in Austin.

looks like everyone else pretty much covered the other hot spots.
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Old 07-26-2018, 12:47 PM
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Update:

We ate dinner at Fonda San Migel last night and it was awesome. Very fresh and authentic food, I stuffed my face lol!

Had coffee and tacos at Jos this morning ha no wasn't disappointed.

Loving all the tacos around here. I'm a Tex Mex guy so I'm in heaven. Going to try some BBQ today. Bell man gave me a good recommendation.

On a side note, Austin is a very cool city. UT is massive and I'm comparing that to LSU.


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Old 07-27-2018, 01:10 PM
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In San Antonio...

I second the recommendation to spend some time in the new Pearl Brewery Development located on the north end of the riverwalk. They have a new 5 star hotel - HOTEL EMMA. The rooms are nice but very pricey. The development is built around the culinary institute and has some amazing restaurants and shops in the immediate surrounding area.

In the downtown area, I recommend staying at the La Mansion (OMNI), Hotel Contessa, Hotel Havana, Mokara

Restaurants to check out:
Mexican:
1. Soluna - in Alamo Heights
2. La Fonda on Main -
3. Rosarios - Southtown
4. Mi Tierra - in the Mexican market downtown
5. Paloma Blanca - in Alamo Heights

Favorites:
1. La Frite- Belgian restaurant - My favorite restaurant in town. Incredible mussels
2. Zinc Bistro and Bar - dinner / lunch
3. Boudro's - dinner / lunch
4. B&D's ice house - BBQ - in southtown or Two Bros (sister restaurant)
5. La Fruiteria - breakfast/lunch/dinner Southtown
6. Stella - Pizza in southtown

Fine Dining:
1. Bohanan's
2. Fig Tree
3. Bigga On the Banks

Bars:
1. *Esquire Tavern* - my favorite bar in SA
2. Sternworth - inside Hotel Emma - pearl brewery


La Fonda on Main -Greatness
Esquire Tavern-More Greatness

Sanchos is great too!
Hit them all this week!
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Old 07-27-2018, 02:04 PM
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La Fonda on Main -Greatness
Esquire Tavern-More Greatness

Sanchos is great too!
Hit them all this week!
Was at Esquire Tuesday, always a good time. Check out Downstairs while you're there as well
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