I will be in San Antonio for 3 or 4 nights in late November / early December, staying at the Wyndham. I'm a Hounder from the east coast of Canada, so the regional/ethnic culinary possibilities in SA are quite exciting. I have been once before and had a couple of good meals, but I didn't do enough research and wasted several opportunities.
Any recommendations for great restaurants, especially any authentic regional cuisine (i.e. great Tex-Mex, interior Mexican, BBQ (esp. cabrito (sp?))? I generally like value for money, including really, really expensive meals that are transcendent. I don't care about the wine list. Generally I am at my happiest in a dive with great food and cold beer.
I will mostly be eating in the downtown area, but will also be renting a car for a day or two while in SA and am willing to drive some distance for good eats. I will be traveling alone, so a place with a nice bar and friendly staff would a bonus, but food is the priority.
I will also spend a couple of days touring the region (maybe a couple of nights in Austin?). Any spots in the region that I should consider? I hit Lockhart on my last trip and will be returning. I had Kreutz (sp?) last time and, frankly, wasn't blown away. Brisket was good but not great - quite chewy really, which I wasn't expecting. I think I will hit Black's this time.
Thank for your advice - I can't wait to visit!