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Thanks & San Antonio Trip Report - Long

MsAC | Feb 6, 2006 01:36 PM

Thanks to the San Antonio hounds who helped me out on the breakfast question. We enjoyed our two days in your city, and I wanted to report back... Also, I find other people's trip reports to be very helpful when I'm planning, so here's one for the record:

Breakfast
Our first breakfast was at Blanco Cafe. The "made there" flour tortillas were the star of the breakfast tacos we all ate. Thick and chewy, they had that great sweetness that comes with a good tortilla (most likely from lard!) and they held the fillings solidly. Around the table we had Guacamole (bland on first bite but by the time of swallow, it had bloomed into something more than its parts), Migas, Chilaquiles, Papas y Chorizo, Barbacoa, Huevos y Papas and one other essentially egg based choice. I think the star was the barbacoa - really really soft but so much flavor - the taste changed the longer I chewed it and I was smitten. And sad, because it was on my husband's plate! His Migas and my Chilaquiles were similar, though I think I might have liked the crunch of the migas a little more than the softness of the chilaquiles. Everything was good, the service was friendly and efficent and the price couldn't be beat. We liked the "families out to breakfast" vibe.

Sunday morning we took the easy route and ate breakfast at Mi Tierra. I know it is touristy, but it *does* look great in there in an over the top sort of way. The barbacoa (again on my husband's plate) was really quite good - more spice taste than the Blanco version and not as soft but still luxurious tasting. My dad swears that they make good pancakes. My chilaquiles were good, though they didn't *look* good on the plate, and I think they could have used a little more cheese? liquid? something... My hot chocolate was good - not as thick as I would have liked but with a nice spicy taste under the chocolate. I wanted pan dulce, but was the line when we left was a zoo.

Lunch/Dinner
We had planned on Karam's for dinner Saturday night - but we got sidetracked by BBQ in the late afternoon and then the Riverwalk at night, so we didn't end up there until Sunday lunch.

We're BBQ eaters, so after a drive through Hill Country and up to Austin, we decided that the best use of the remaining daylight was to stop in Lockhart for BBQ. Wow. SO glad we did! The first stop was Kreuz - and I think I am spoiled for life, because I don't know that I will ever get Brisket that good again. I'm NOT usually a brisket fan, but Kreuz made me a believer. We had a pound of the fatty brisket and one link of sausage. The sausage was great - but next to the brisket it seemed like a waste of space. That brisket - it melted - MELTED - in my mouth. The sweet fat, soft meat, salty edge. It is brisket nirvana. I'm convinced.

After that, I don't know how Smitty's stood a chance, and honestly, it didn't. It was GOOD brisket, but it didn't approach that melting perfection. There was still a fair amount of connective tissue in the meat, the fat sat on top of the meat and it had that odd dry edge that has always kept me away from brisket. Now, I have to say, this is the best brisket I've ever had - other than Kreuz's - so it shouldn't be taken as bad. The pork chop - WOW. That was amazing. It had that sweet softness I wanted from the brisket, and while my husband didn't think it was all that, I did - and for once, the thing I liked best was in front of ME. ;-) I was pretty happy to drink sweet tea there too.

Saturday night, food-wise, is probably best left lightly commented. We listened to a great sax player @ McCullum's Landing on Riverwalk and we needed something to cushion the drinks. I think my husband's chicken fried steak was pretty good (I liked the mushy fries that came with it) and my Queso was as well, but I think the best thing on the table was the cheese and olive plate my mom ordered. Drinks wise, though, we loved Swig (on street level next to Hard Rock). Great drinks, great service, nice cigar choices. I like seeing "old" or "classic" cocktails on a menu, rather than all frufy sweet things. AND they made a pretty decent Sazerac.

We did make it to Karam's for lunch before we went to the airport Sunday and I'm glad. The cheese enchiladas were just the way I like them - goopy, cheesey, saucey and messy. I really can't complain! The sangria knocked me for a loop though - it came with a good inch of Midori on the bottom. Yikes! A little sweet and a little stronger than I was expecting at 2pm, but I didn't notice any left, either.

Overall - good chow! The BBQ was amazing and the TexMex good. I think that I expected TexMex to be a little different than what I (as an Angeleno) think of as "gringo Mexican" - that satisfying goopy saucey cheese fest. :-) Nevertheless, I liked it a lot!

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