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Restaurant Advice in San Antonio (Good SteakHouse and Chinese)

+1 on Frederick's, totally skipped my mind as we haven't been in a while. Still scratching my head over Minnie's- all the trouble AKW went to in redoing it, and it didn't last long at all. There seemed to be a good crowd every time we went....

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Sam Spade in Texas
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Restaurant Advice in San Antonio (Good SteakHouse and Chinese)

Steakhouse- Bohannons (downtown and pricey, but most of the others are chains you'd find in any city this size)
Chinese-Sichuan (NW Military Hwy)
French- Saveurs 209 (lower Broadway)
Burgers/breakfast- don't go out for either regularly enough to recommend. If pressed, would say Cove, Bigz (depending on where you are) Magnolia or Cappy's (Sun) for breakfast.

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Sam Spade in Texas
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Restaurant near JW Marriott San Antonio?

"...horrible reviews on yelp. Should I believe the critics.." It's a crowdsourcing site populated by self-styled "critics", some good, some bad, some looking to grind an axe. Take with grain of salt. Having been here a long time, I would trust most anything saeyedoc recommends.
Fogo is in downtown SA. There is Chama Gaucha on 1604/Stone Oak and a new Brazilian steakhouse (Galpao) further up Stone Oak by the Mormon temple (hard to miss) that are closer to JWM.

Jul 23, 2014
Sam Spade in Texas

San Antonio Review - Lots of Disapointment

I understand why visitors staying at the downtown hotels keep posting requests here for "good ___ on the riverwalk". Kudos to you for making it out a bit further, wish you'd have looked further into the Southtown/Pearl (besides LaGloria) places. I agree with saeyedoc's response in re. Dough. I will take visitors to Mi Tierra if they insist, but always with the "prepare to be disappointed" caveat. Was never impressed with Acenar or Boudro much, and haven't been to TF.

Jul 18, 2014
Sam Spade in Texas

Why Yelp Sucks!

Figured this thread was too long to read, and I already know that yelp is far from perfect. Unfortunately, Chowhound participation in San Antonio (which gets lumped in with Texas) boils down to the "Usual Suspects" (maybe a half-dozen myself included) and tourists/conventioneers looking for "the best Tex-Mex on the Riverwalk" (there isn't any!).
As a result, I'd become an avid user of Urbanspoon until their new administration's actions earlier this year basically froze out the prime community, not just in SA as described above.
Not certain that it is a redeemable site at this point, or whether it will join Myspace and others at the internet landfill.

Jul 16, 2014
Sam Spade in Food Media & News
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Urbanspoon erasing thousands of Photo's from long time Prime user's ???

As an Urbanspoon user since 2009 (and Prime for the past two years), I can vouch for the fact that the site has completely gone off the rails since the arrival of Mr. Haley (the BEN mentioned above) on the scene earlier this year.
To my knowledge only a couple people had ever been stripped of their prime status previously, that number has increased substantially as he has arbitrarily censured long-time, highly active contributors to the site. The noticeable result has been a pronounced decrease in the number and quality of review/photo content, even though the administration has promoted the mass uploading of third-party and promotional photos.
As with any business dependent on crowdsourcing, active user involvement is critical to a successful business plan. Urbanspoon is not equipped with the staff or resources to monitor/update the myriad of changes happening daily in the restaurant scene. In the past, I had seen the site function quite effectively (and nearly rival yelp) in my city. Sadly, that is no longer the case, the pages seem more populated with the "single review complainers" that would be filtered on yelp.
Participation in the "prime lounge" message board also appears to be at an all-time low, perhaps driven by the perception that complaints/suggestions about the direction of the site will not be tolerated.

Jul 16, 2014
Sam Spade in Food Media & News
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Ultimate Margarita Blind Taste Quest Phase 5: Key Limes or "Regular" Limes?

As I recall, song also mentioned "the fine Colombian"....would've made even Cuervo Gold taste good.

Jul 14, 2014
Sam Spade in Spirits
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San Antonio without a car

Unless things have changed, B&D doesn't run their smoker all day, so when they're out-they're out. I wouldn't count on getting "market service" 'cue in the evenings. You might give Granary a shot also, if you're willing to stroll up to the Pearl.
http://thegranarysa.com/

Jul 11, 2014
Sam Spade in Texas

Two great meals this weekend, both firsts

Agree with you on both being among the best new places in SA. My only Hot Joy gripe is parking, then again, our last visit was on a first Friday...ended up about four blocks away-nice walking the KW neighborhood regardless.

May 28, 2014
Sam Spade in Texas

Road trip from San Diego to Austin

Agree with Jaymes on nothing between EP and the hill country....if you're staying on IH-10.
If you're willing to detour for a overnight in Marfa (home of the "lights" and a fabulous minimalist art museum), don't miss Cochineal, a culinary oasis if there ever was one.
http://www.cochinealmarfa.com/about.html

May 14, 2014
Sam Spade in Texas

San Antonio Riverwalk on Cinco de Mayo Suggestions

You should get entrees even at Biga on the banks in your pricepoint, Fans of Asian? Hot Joy on South Alamo is the best neo-Asian in the city. The riverwalk itself is over-priced, over-rated when it comes to food.

Apr 24, 2014
Sam Spade in Texas

Notable opening and closing

Have been quite impressed with Hot Joy on both our visits so far. I'd venture to say 80% of the dishes are "new", and they assured me they'd move into "off-menu" selections (that were among our favorites from the pop-up days) in the near future.
Haven't sampled cocktail menu yet, but, coming from Jeret Pena, I can't imagine being disappointed in that department. Riesling selection is awesome!!

Apr 22, 2014
Sam Spade in Texas

It's all about food at Mixtli in San Antonio

Had this on my wishlist for a while, but had also heard criticism on portion size that had me on the fence when it came time to buying a ticket. Speaking of, is it $75,80, or 100 pp? Have seen all three numbers quoted, are you expected to tip (never carry cash) as well, or is it considered a total (tax/tip inc) on the ticket?

Mar 26, 2014
Sam Spade in Texas

Only got time for 1 BBQ spot in San Antonio / Austin area - Which one should it be?

+1 on Black's- it being our favorite of the Lockhart trio a few weeks ago. Unless you're hitting it on a weekened with the attending crowds, you should have plenty of time to hit 2 or 3 easily; we did 1/2 lb brisket, 1/2 lb ribs at all three (3 adults) without a problem-no sides might've been the key to making this manageable.

Mar 25, 2014
Sam Spade in Texas

Jack Rudy Grenadine

Must admit my initial reaction was WTF, before realizing my brain had made the "b for d" switch.

Mar 08, 2014
Sam Spade in Spirits
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San Antonio / San Marcos advice

San Marcos is essentially just a college town, doubt if there's anything exciting. You're barely 30" away from Austin....go there.
As for San Antonio, this http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/930873 thread is fairly recent. Read that, maybe a couple of the other longish SA threads, then re-post specific questions.

Mar 03, 2014
Sam Spade in Texas

Where do you keep your liquor?

Closet under the stairs where I also added shelving for a couple dozen wine bottles not "wine fridge worthy". My mother in law has a beautiful 50's Japanese monkeypod carved bar that may, or may not, have my name on it.

Feb 22, 2014
Sam Spade in Spirits

Mezcal

Ran across a label I'd never seen before, Alipus at Twin in San Antonio ~$39. Glad I came home and did a little web research instead of random pick from their 4 varieties. Went with the San Juan after reading this thread http://www.blueagaveforum.com/forum/i... in Blue agave forum. Been a few years since I'd tasted most of the DM line, so not going to compare vs "gold standard". Pleasant, and affordable, will most likely make me return to sample a couple others.

Feb 22, 2014
Sam Spade in Spirits

First time in San Antonio--need advice

$plurgeworthy: Biga on the Banks, Gwendolyn, Bliss, Saveurs 209, Bohanans (steakhouse)
Don't miss: Monterey, Hot Joy, Tuk-tuk, Cured, Nao, Minnies, Kimura
Lunch would be an option at some, it really depends on what type of food/atmosphere intrigues you. March weather makes almost all of them walkable.

Jan 19, 2014
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RiverWalk: Need TWO great restaurants for business dinners

Whatever you do, DON"T EAT AT THE TOWER...if you want the view, just do the bar (even though Brooklynite, Bohanans and Esquire are much better bars). Not sure you want to walk (or river taxi) to the Pearl if it's cold out, though I'd certainly recommend it in nice weather, not more than 1.5 miles (if that) along the riverwalk. Other highly recommended places at/very near the Pearl:
Arcade, Nao, Boiler House, Sandbar, Sogno, Minnies, Tuk-tuk taproom

Dec 07, 2013
Sam Spade in Texas

RiverWalk: Need TWO great restaurants for business dinners

+1 on Bohanan's rec if you're on an expense account. Atmospherics also good at Biga and restaurant Gwendolyn. Have recently had two excellent dinners at Kimura (sit at the serving bar).
All have websites for more info.

Dec 06, 2013
Sam Spade in Texas

Recommend a Restaurant - Near Route from San Antonio Airport to Ft. Sam

Pearl brewery is a (long) stone's throw from Ft Sam, get off 281S at Josephine and you're essentially there. Great restautants:
Minnie's Tavern-french country cuisine
Arcade-new american
Sandbar-seafood
IlSogno-italian
Nao-latin american/CIA
Boiler House-wine bar/small plates
Tuk-tuk taproom-asian/craft beer
Granary-BBQ/craft beer
Most of these have websites....enjoy!

Dec 06, 2013
Sam Spade in Texas

Wineries near Fredericksburg TX

Almost all the tasting rooms are pleasant, with nice outdoor areas to enjoy a glass. My advice would to bring your own snack basket, as the edible offerings are pretty slim.
Viognier seems to be the best white varietal for the growing climate in TX. I would definitely recommend Hilmy as they do a couple very good renditions (oaked and "naked") of that grape. Becker does a good one, as well as a passable chard.
You'll find that sweet wines are the most popular at most of the tasting rooms....hopefully Texas palates will evolve in a positive direction over time.

Oct 19, 2013
Sam Spade in Texas

Is CH Austin on life support?

I used to bitch about how San Antonio didn't have it's own board, probably just as well from what I've seen here. Seen the same pattern on yelp and urbanspoon, guess crowdsourcing only gets you so far before folks get burned out providing free content.

Oct 14, 2013
Sam Spade in Austin

Innovative San Antonio cuisine?

Great review for what is imho one of the most underappreciated gems in SA dining!!!

Oct 14, 2013
Sam Spade in Texas

What restaurants shout "I am San Antonio"?

This is a 2007 post folks! Six years later some of these places are gone, and some are nostalgia rather than food-worthy.
In 2013 my advice is look a bit past the riverwalk for the best of what's happening in SA today. It's more than tacos and BBQ these days. If you feel compelled for the tower experience, go for drinks at the lounge and eat elsewhere.

Oct 14, 2013
Sam Spade in Texas

Innovative San Antonio cuisine?

Been gone for a few months. Chef went to Fig Tree if I recall. You might consider Saveurs 209 for something along the same line-funky location on lower B'way but great food.

Sep 28, 2013
Sam Spade in Texas

Asheville for two nights!

Admiral edged out Seven Sows as our favorite earlier this month. Our third night was Cucina 24-very good as well.

Sep 24, 2013
Sam Spade in Southeast

Need 3 recommendations for client dinners and one for me and hubby.

Bohanans for meat and potatoes.
Monterey (southtown) for adventurous.
Gwendolyn for romantic.
All are walkable from downtown.

Sep 24, 2013
Sam Spade in Texas

Uchiko - how long would an omakase meal take (pressed for time)?

I recall our omakase ran a bit over two hours, so wouldn't advise it if you're in a time crunch.

Sep 07, 2013
Sam Spade in Austin