This post is for all of you that love great food. Our favorite part of traveling is experiencing the food in other places. We stumbled upon so many great places that I had to create a post with all the food we indulged in. Not just that, but Texas has a great array of beer. I do love my beer and this Portland girl is not used to so many choices in other cities besides my own.
I have another post, Not Your Typical San Antonio Travel Tips. In that post I shared how you need to get out of downtown for the good food. Even though the umbrellas on the river win you over with their quaintness, know that the food is not that great. But don’t worry, there is great food within walking distance.
After having sampled a few things downtown we decided to venture to the Pearl. There are 2 ways to get to this if you are walking or biking. You can take the road, which is shorter and not very scenic or you an walk along the Riverwalk all the way to the Pearl.
We walk into the Pearl and we see all the shops and I see from looking at my app that we are very close, we just can’t seem to find it. Then we both realize it takes up this whole historic building. Now we are both really intrigued by this place. Even though the building looks like an old bank, it is actually the old administrative building for the brewery that used to be there. The inside is restored very well and turned into the most stunning restaurant.
The food options were impressive. Our server was very knowledgeable and we eventually just had him choose some items for us. We started with a charcuterie, which is basically a meat plate with condiments and some kind of bread or cracker. I am a sucker for charcuterie. This one did not disappoint. We loved everything about it. There were plenty of options, just ask if you aren’t sure what things are as the servers know their stuff.
From there we decided to split a sandwich. He suggested the burger which is ground in house with bacon and he also suggested the salmon reuben. We couldn’t decide so we told him to surprise us. He brought us the salmon reuben and it was impressive to say the least. The sauerkraut was very mild and the salmon stole the show as it should have. Since we were walking we enjoyed some great beer and even a moonshine cocktail.
Before we left our server gave us a few other suggestions of places to try and sent us on our way.
As we were walking back to downtown on the Riverwalk we came upon the Luxury. This outdoor bar with shipping containers was so incredibly cool. Funky tables everywhere. A shipping container that had beers on tap, bottled and wines galore. The other shipping container was serving food. As we were leaving we also noticed another cart that had beer taps on the outside also serving some great beer.
This place comes alive on the weekends with the locals and I can see why. It’s a great place to just chill. Some people were there with their kids over by the bocce courts, others were just there alone, enjoying a beer and the river. We did not try the food, but we enjoyed a few beers.
Breakfast was probably one of our most unsuccessful meals in San Antonio, which is a bummer because it is a favorite meal of mine. Nonetheless we did manage to salvage our bad streak with a coffee shop. Sip Coffee is not only serving great coffee and loose leaf tea, but they have some really good breakfast sandwiches that are filling. We actually stopped here twice for breakfast.
Our server from Cured suggested we try Hot Joy. Bon Appetit says its a must eat place in San Antonio. This place is definitely different, to say the least. It has an Asian flair, but we had a fried rice with a Mexican twist and a pasta dish with an Asian twist?? I’m not sure. It was different. We didn’t hate it, but we didn’t love it. This place was packed. Not just packed, but 1.5 hour wait packed. If you are adventuresome try this place. I have no regrets about trying it. We ate our meal and enjoyed it, we just weren’t sure we would go back. The server was great. She really helped us decide what to get, which was a huge help.
THE FRIENDLY SPOT
The Ice House was what I was probably the most excited about, after I saw it of course, because prior to that I had no idea that Ice Houses even existed. The one that caught my eye was The Friendly Spot. The huge outdoor seating covered in colorful retro tables and chairs was so drawing to me. They boast 200 beers on tap. What we didn’t realize until we actually made our way into it was that there was even more taps out back and even more seating out back. Now you know why this beer loving girl was giddy.
I ordered my double IPA and sat there in pure amazement at how great this place was. People gathered everywhere, enjoying beers and the company of their friends. It’s the best gathering spot and it should not be missed. Even if you don’t drink beer, walk by and see how cool this place is. There is also a play structure for kids.
THE BOILER HOUSE
Last but not least was our most favorite meal of our trip. The Boiler House is also located in the Pearl. The inside has been remodeled and was stunning, we just chose to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine.
Since so many things looked great we just decided to share an entree so we could get an appetizer and salad. The appetizer was out of this world. Grilled mozzarella with pine nut salsa and bread. Wow!
Next came the salad. This salad was HUGE! I am so glad we shared because it easily fed two people and the dressing was a great lemon garlic vinaigrette. By now we are so pleased with our meal we could walk away full and happy, but don’t worry we got the Double Pork chop with spaetzle and peach jalapeno marmalade. This dish is what totally confirmed this as our best meal of the whole trip. This pork chop was cooked perfectly. It was most, flavorful and had the perfect, PERFECT accompaniment. I am still thinking about this restaurant. I know we have good eats here in Portland, but that place was stellar.
We also noticed that none of the drinks served in the downtown area were very good. Mixed drinks were more mix than alcohol. Double pours of bourbon were barely the size the a single pour else where, and the prices were very high.
Just for kicks, this was a “fruit plate” I got while dining on the river walk. I actually laughed out loud when the waiter dropped it off, accidentally of course.
Don’t judge us for not eating TexMex or BBQ. The one TexMex we had was not that great and the Boiler House Texas Grill was as close to BBQ as we got.
What places did we miss? Where should we have gone?