If you ask my photo roll, San Antonio’s claim to fame is the margarita. I’ve got frozen, on the rocks, topped with prickly pear, extra salt…the list goes on! Needless to say, my mom and I had some tequila-filled afternoons and evenings!
We chose San Antonio for a couple of reasons. We’d never been to Texas. River walk. Warm weather. And lots of tex-mex. Our four day trip managed to meet all four expectations.
We stayed at the Saint Anthony hotel (Wyndham) smack dab in between the river walk and the Alamo.
What is the river walk, you say? San Antonio has this fantastic take on waterfront amenities. The river walk runs along the San Antonio river, one block below street level. Paved with pedestrian pathways, bridges and footpaths, the river walk is a gorgeous setting for outdoor cafes, art shows, museums and shops.
After arriving Thursday, mid-day, we found ourselves quickly at Cafe Ole for an early afternoon marg and snacks. Surprisingly enough, as we recapped the trip on the way home, we agreed our first set of margaritas and chips and salsa were actually the best of the trip!
After our fill of salt and lime, we hopped on the river barge for a quick tour around the town. Well worth the 8 bucks, our guide gave us lots of interesting and humorous info about the area around the San Antonio river, including La Villita, the Alamo, HemisFair, Pearl brewery and the King William district. We took a few of his suggestions to fill our remaining days in town.
Over the course of the weekend, we definitely had our fair share of margaritas and tex-mex around town. We joked on the plane ride home that if w don’t see another tostado chip until next summer, we’ll manage just fine!
Thursday evening, we hiked it to Rosario’s in the King William district for fish tacos (good) and coconut flan (ahhh-mazing).
Friday night found us at Bourdro’s for guacamole (deliciously fresh), prickly pear margaritas and an upscale take on south of the border – my scallops with a bean and corn salad were delish. The very best part of this meal was the company, as my good friend from college, Jake, joined us from Austin. I could have cared less what we ate, it was just fantastic catching up with my old bud!
Then Saturday afternoon, we indulged in tortilla soup and gooey nachos at Guadalajara Grill. Seriously in cheese heaven! My Dos Equis washed it down perfectly!
A little shopping was in order as well, so we pursued the cowboy shops and artisan studios in La Villita.
While eating, drinking and shopping were a fantastic way to relax and experience the town, we did manage to be somewhat useful during our stay. Stay tuned for part two – the San Antonio missions, the river reach and the farmer’s market at Pearl Brewery.