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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
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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
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Jack Rudy Grenadine

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

Mar 08, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Innovative San Antonio cuisine?

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

Oct 14, 2013
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Asheville, one dinner:Admiral or Seven sows?

Have got lunches lined up but were looking for one special (casual dress) dinner. Had got recs for Curate as well, but just did Jaleo in DC and thought it might be similiar.

Sep 07, 2013
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Bourbon Trail help

From our recent visits, would rank Woodford's corn to cork (6 max,book in advance, $25) as our favorite tour even if they had only one sample at the end. Buffalo Trace (hard hat tour) was a close second (and free to boot!), Maker's guide was least knowledgeable. Would advise skipping Heaven Hill. Willett was a good tour of a small scale operation.

Aug 17, 2013
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Best Italian food in San Antonio???????

Just an FYI in 2013: the reply from 2004 includes a lot of places that are no more...Ciao, Massimos, Grissini, LaScala.

Jul 24, 2013
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QUI opening june20th!

Answering my own question for anyone's future benefit....You could walk in and get a table mid-week until just before six, any later and you'll be waiting at the (limited seating-no food) bar or patio (a bit hot these days-but they do have bar service). The pace of courses doesn't lend itself to rapid diner turnover.

Jul 11, 2013
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San Antonio Help

While it is fun to stroll the riverwalk, wouldn't recommend much there dining-wise (other than a couple places that fall into break the bank territory). Head for the Pearl brewery complex or Southtown if you have an interest in where the SA food scene is headed. You can take a river taxi to the Pearl and walk to Southtown. Check out the Monterey, Feast, Bliss, Bite, Arcade, Minnie's Tavern, the Luxury, NAO, the Granary, Saveuers 209, Alamo St Eat bar, Brooklynite.

Jul 07, 2013
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Driving from Marfa Texas to Santa Fe New Mexico

There's nothing between Marfa and El Paso. We've had some decent Mexican food in Las Cruces/Mesilla but it's been a long time and I can't recall any names off the top. Don't recall there being much between Las Cruces and Albuquerque.

Jul 01, 2013
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Any opinions on Husk-Nashville?

Big fans of chef Brock's Charleston SC location and were wondering if his new venue in Nashville is up to the same standards. Will be spending one night in the city and were wondering if it should be our destination.

Jul 01, 2013
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QUI opening june20th!

For anyone who has been since Thursday: What time did you get in line to get a 5PM table?

Jun 23, 2013
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Bourbon Trail help

Was driving through Kentucky later this summer and thought of doing a day (or two) visiting some distilleries. Any tips on which ones offer the best tours appreciated. Have been through small local (Garrison Bros) distillery and kinda have a good idea of the process. Are appointments required or is it drop-in style like most wineries?

Jun 09, 2013
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San Antonio restaurants

It's a bit of a drive, and 281 traffic can be an issue. Bin555 is about 2 miles W of 281 on Bitters, can also sit at the kitchen bar there. If you're intrigued by the food truck scene check out the Boardwalk on Bulverde-will not be too far from JW.

http://www.urbanspoon.com/t/39/41/San...

May 31, 2013
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The Luxury

Broadway on the block just south of Grayson, sounds like it's a joint venture with The Friendly Spot...really looking forward to this!

May 19, 2013
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What's your favorite "Texas" products?

Remember Snook exit on 46, too bad I quit driving to A&M a few years back...some great Czech bakery in Caldwell whose name escapes me.

May 17, 2013
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