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Phx Hound Needs San Antonio Fine Dining Recs

Bill Hunt | Oct 19, 2008 06:11 PM

We are two Phoenix “hounds,” who will be in San Antonio in two weeks: starting Oct. 31. We’re staying at the Marriott downtown, 555 South Alamo Street. Many of our nights are taken up with events, but we’re looking for near-by recs. for three nights, Friday (later, as we are flying in), Sunday and Monday. We’ll not have an auto, but do not mind “cabbing it.”

Decades ago, we used to come over from New Orleans, for Fiesta Week and ate all over town. Unfortunately, we moved much farther away, so only got into SA every few years. These were most often trips from Denver to New Orleans, but we discovered La Fogata in the NW quadrant. We’d actually drive out of our way, just to dine there. I do not know if they are still in operation, or if they are still any good. Also, for us, they are a bit far away.

I’ve poured over the SA recs. on the board, but most of the folk are looking for a quick and inexpensive taste of SA. Except for Friday night, I’d like to find the best “fine-dining” in this general downtown area. I have no budgetary concerns, and, as I said, cabbing it is definitely an option. The restaurant gets extra points, if they have a really good wine list.

For Friday, I’d love to get a rec. for a great higher-end Tex-Mex restaurant. Going back to before most of you were probably born, La Paloma used to be a good one. I did not find mention of it, except for the “boat ride.” While a boat down the river is nice, I’ve done that a dozen times. I’d rather go for the food. Also, it has been too many years, since we have had really good Tex-Mex. In Colorado (for 20 years) it was an amalgam of New Mexican, Sonoran and just a hint of Tex-Mex. In Phoenix, no one even knows what Tex-Mex is. Everything here is Sonoran, Sinoloan or Bajan. Good, but not anywhere near the same (or as good, IMO). Even in the threads on “Mexican cuisine” on the SW board, very few understand what I am talking about, when I try to define “Tex-Mex.” Obviously, the wine list for the Friday night restaurant will not be that important, unless they have some big, juicy Zinfandels, like Turley or Biale, or a Central Coast Pinot Noir, that thinks it’s a Syrah, like Sea Smoke or Brewer-Clifton. Otherwise, we’ll be very contented with the Margaritas.

As far as the cuisine for Sunday and Monday nights, we are open to any cuisines. We are not in the least adverse to “jackets required,” especially as we’ll be in tux and gown during some of the events. Price is no object, but great food and really good wine are.

Thank you for your considerations and recommendations. I promise to do full reviews.


La Fogata
2427 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX 78213

La Paloma Riverwalk
215 Losoya St, San Antonio, TX 78205

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