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San Antonio -- LeReve, La Fogata, Paesanos & Scenic Loop Cafe

River Rat | Mar 11, 2007 02:47 PM

Was in San Antonio on business Thursday - Saturday and got another opportunity to eat at LeReve. Had another stellar experience there -- great food, great service, great ambience. Also had meals at La Fogata, Paesanos Riverwalk and Scenic Loop Cafe. Four very different places, but all have something to offer.

LeReve -- Thursday night, March 8

Hors D' Oeuvres: Seared Hudson Valley foie gras, tropical fruit "shish kebab"
Caramelized onion tart, French goat cheese and balsamic drizzle
Pan roasted duck glazed in its own juices, croutons and berries
LeReve "Breakfast Special," truffled egg and braised bacon
Wild mushroom, lobster and shrimp crespelle

Salads: Hydroponic baby lettuces, red tip and oak leaf with LeReve champagne
Watercress salad with grapefruit and candied walnuts

Main Courses: Crispy black sea bass, croquette potatoes incrusted in almonds
Colorado rack of lamb with eggplant and flageolets
Monkfish with roasted peppers, chicken stock reduction and saffron

Desserts: Orange peel pound cake with macerated berried and vanilla ice cream
Hazelnut and chocolate and poached pear, Belle Helene

Far and away the best meal I've had in Texas since my last meal there. We just
returned from St. Barth, where the food is ethereal, and this matched anything we
had there. Can't say which dishes were the best. The "Breakfast Special" is a
humorous take on breakfast, with a small poached egg, tiny "ranch fries" and a
piece of braised pork belly. Fois gras was incredible. Our rack of lamb connois-
seur pronounced her entree "the best I ever had." Black sea bass was a substi-
tution for the Australian sea bream that was originally on the menu and the monk-
fish was an addition to the menu. Both were delicious. Service was wonderful and
the nearly three and a half hours there passed too quickly.

La Fogata -- Friday lunch, March 9

La Fogata is our favorite Mexican/Tex-Mex place in San Antonio. Food is good, but
no better than several other places there, but we like the atmosphere, the guacamole
and the service. Had some excellent Green Enchiladas, Chile Relleno and Chile Po-
blano stuffed with grilled chicken.

Paesanos Riverwalk -- Friday dinner, March 9

After LeReve the night before, Paesanos had little chance, but it was OK. I know not
to really expect good food on the riverwalk, but tried it anyway. We had Shrimp Pae-
sano (the signature dish and the best of what we had), a pretty good sea bass dish
and a penne with chicken and sausage. We were surprised to be seated within five
minutes after arriving at about 7:15 and the service was really excellent. They only
take reservations for 10 or more, so I was concerned about a long wait on a Friday
night, but had no problem.

Scenic Loop Cafe -- Saturday lunch, March 10

This one was new to us -- recommended by friends. It's about 20 miles outside San
Antonio, three miles off I-10 West on the Boerne Stage Road. It's a big, hill-country
style place (white rock and metal roof) with several dining rooms, a large bar with
band stand, large outdoor patio and room for a lot of folks. They apparently have
live music on a regular basis. The menu is large diverse with a sort of upscale
Chili's feel. Spinach Artichoke Dip was good -- better than the Shrimp Artichoke Au
Gratin, which was just OK. Chicken fried steak was OK. Fried Stuffed Avocado,
filled with shrimp and artichokes, was interesting. Not a bad place for lunch out-
doors on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

We would have been better off to have done these places in reverse order. When you start with LeReve the rest of the places can't help but suffer by comparison. Even so, I would go back to the other places in the right circumstance.

Bon Appetit!

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