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San Antonio Report

Niki in Dayton | Jun 9, 2008 06:42 AM

I was in SA for five days for work, staying at La Mansion on the Riverwalk, although I didn't eat much on the Riverwalk itself. What many folks evidently don't realize is that if one goes out through the street level of one's hotel, there are many decent options within walking distance.

Monday evening, tired from an early flight and a late afternoon meeting, I ate at the hotel restaurant. La Canarais (sp?). I had the grilled quail appetizer, a spinach salad, and a glass of sparkling NV CA wine (Roderer). It was all good, but I was still a bit hungry, so I had the bittersweet chocolate cake with banana icecream, and a small glass of Port. OMG! Fabulous! This was an expensive meal, considering I didn't have an entree, at $60 with tax and tip.

Tuesday I had lunch at Acenar. A friend and I shared two lunch entrees, the chicken fried oyster tacos and the chicken empanadas with fried shoestring sweet potatoes. Both good!
We had an icebreaker thing on Tuesday evening, so the nibbles served there (nachos, jalapeno poppers, meatballs, etc.) were dinner that night.

Weds we went to Blanco Cafe on St Mary's for lunch. Chicken enchiladas verde were very good as were the rice and beans. Cheap, too! Weds night we drove up to 281 and Bitters Rd and dined at Bin 555. That was a really good meal. Four of us shared 8 small plates and 2 bottles of wine, and it was $45 each without the tip. The mini-paella and the white pizza were two of the best tapas, and there were several yummy cheese courses as well. The frites were also good, very thin cut and crispy and served properly with garlic aioli.

Thursday I had a working lunch at the Iron Cactus on the Riverwalk and the veggie wrap and jicama slaw were pretty tasty. Dinner that night was at a Latin Japanese fusion place on Houston, Yokoyuno? I know I don't have the name right, but the fusion rolls were very good, although it seemed that chipotle mayo and/or avocado were in them all. The tempura fried veggies were good, and they have a huge tequila selection. They're fairly pricey as well.

Friday breakfast was at Blanco Cafe again. I really liked the migas. Friday afternoon we walked over to El Mercado and I had fish tacos in one of the restuarants, but they weren't memorable, nor was the place. Friday night we ate at La Frite, on our way to the Art Hop in the King William Historic District. Friends recommended the fries and the mussels at La Frite, and they were both yummy, plus the wine list was very reasonable (a good Muscadet for $28). I haven't seen anything on this board about this place, but I really liked it!

We left San Antonio for the weekend, and returned Sunday night to stay near the hotel prior to flying home. We happened by Sawsedee Thai on Blanco Rd while looking for a gas station, and really liked their food. The fresh summer rolls with spicy peanut sauce, and the Weeping Tiger Thai beef salad made for a perfect ending to our trip.

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