My San Antonio
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H.E.B is a regional chain of grocery stores that has exactly what you're looking for -- literally. H.E.B. tries to tailor their products to suit the needs of a given neighborhood. It is really neat as you shop around various stores and various aisles and the various products that fit that community. Grocery shopping on Saturdays is the best day because they load you up with all kinds of free samples throughout the store. The prices are good and the variety is great. Many of their store sell gasoline at a great price. I would suggest that you get some of their fresh seafood. They have been upgrading quite a few of their stores to look a lot like their Central Markets, a higher, much higher, end store.
GET TEX-MEX TO GO
It all started with a taco stand in 1978 and now this is by far one of the best food-to-go Tex-Mex restaurant chains of (in)
SIT DOWN FOR TEX-MEX
For more than 50 years, the Karam family-owned Mexican Manhattan Restaurant has been the place for
GRAB A BURGER
A locally owned family business, Chris Madrid's is perfect for a family outing on a Saturday afternoon. The specialty of the house is the made-to-order tostada hamburger with homemade refried beans, chips, onions, and creamy cheddar cheese on a delicious beef patty then they top it with homemade salsa for a delicious treat.
GET BAR-B-Q TO GO
Bill Miller Bar-B-Q
For nearly 60 years, Bill Miller Bar-B-Q has been
ENJOY A BIG BREAKFAST
The Magnolia Pancake Haus
606 Embassy Oak, Suite 100 (between West Avenue and Highway 281-S, south of the Bitters Road-West Avenue intersection)
The Magnolia Pancake Haus has prided itself on offering the best breakfast experience seven days a week.
SATISFY YOUR LATE-NIGHT APPETITE
In business for over 60 years, Jim's Restaurant (or Jim's) is a family friendly coffee shop chain that caters to power lunches, late night bull sessions and cram sessions during final exam weeks.
DO LUNCH WITH THE LOCALS
A rarity: A themed restaurant that isn't tacky and possesses personality. Operated by a group of movie enthusiasts who also know how to cook and run a business, Bunsen Burgers is a 1950s sci-fi burger joint. With items like the Manhattan Project (chili cheeseburger), the Mushroom Cloud (mushroom burger), Atomic Fries (chili cheese fries) and Milky Way shakes, Bunsen Burgers is quickly becoming San Antonio's best kept secret for lunch or dinner.
EAT ASIAN FOOD
Il Song Garden
6905 Blanco Road
This family-owned Korean restaurant has relied on old-fashioned word-of-mouth to maintain its steady business.
Many of you know that Thai food is right at the top of my food chain. I could eat it everyday, if I had the chance. This is a nondescript establishment that happens to serve some of the best Thai food in the city. From soups (Thai chicken and rice) and spring rolls to basil eggplant and tofu to the catch of the day (basil fish, ginger fish), Thai Pikul is a welcome alternative to the typical buffet-style Asian restaurants.
ENTERTAIN THE KIDS
San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium
3903 N. Saint Mary's St.
Opened in 1914 (thanks to the generosity of leading citizen Col.
HAVE FUN FOR FREE
The Mission Trail and the
There are bike trails and nature walks that connect the unique missions to downtown and make up
The River Walk
This is a great place to get out and stroll through the heart of the city and get away from the noise above. The restaurants, photo spots, the hotels and all the fun this place offers is a must experience more than once because you will catch yourself saying, “When did they change that?” Something new to see each time you visit. See my review.
You can walk or stroll through the artisan shops that surround La Villita, which means "little village," a historic neighborhood on the south bank of the
Various locations throughout the city. I took some pictures of this branch. Wow, the colors, the architecture, the everything. Just walking around the outside is worth the price of admission, which is free.
Farmers Market at
514 W Commerce St
The Farmers Market at historic Market Square in downtown San Antonio always has live music from mariachis to conjunto bands on weekends. You will find fresh fruits and vegetables and specializes in Southwestern and Mexican foods. There are even some arts and crafts to buy.
First Friday ArtWalk
This is a free monthly event that my friends said used to be the area's best-kept secret, but after several stories in the local paper, the crowds can be quite large checking out the work of local artists in galleries and restaurants that line Alamo Street.
MEET NEW PEOPLE
Blue Star Arts Complex and Blue Star Brewery
This is one place that takes part in the First Friday Art Walk. The Blue Star Brewing Co likes to showcase a
1015 Navarro (in the basement of the Havana Riverwalk Inn)
Club Cohiba is a bar and grill with a Latin flavor that attracts a mix of singles, couples and young professionals looking for a place to meet up and/or hang out.
Sam’s Burger Joint
330 E. Grayson
The city's swing dancing society shows up every week for their events. The music and food are great, and this is a place where you are free to get up and cut a rug. Who would have thought you could have so much fun at a burger joint. Check out their extensive calendar of events on their web page as well as photos from past shows.
BE ACTIVE OR HAVE A PICNIC
3700 N. Saint Mary's St.
Adjacent to the San Antonio Zoo, Brackenridge Park is probably the most popular and most visited park in all of S.A. They say it is spread over 340 acres,
The dog park here offers plenty of room for your pets to roam. All the trails are well the cities dog lovers unite annually for the Pooch Parade in
ENJOY GREAT CITY VIEWS
There's always the panoramic views from the Tower of the
Only pedestrians are welcome, meaning no bikes, inline skates, etc. But there's plenty of hiking trails and an observation deck that show off the city skyline.
University of the Incarnate Word
The best-kept secret for beautiful views of the
SEE SOME GREAT HOOPS