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The best breakfast, the best lunch, the best dinner.....well, you get the idea. A local favorite, within easy walking distance of the house, the friendly staff and quaint atmosphere make this the perfect spot for a cup of joe or a full meal.
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Panchos & Gringos Deli
900 Nolan Street
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The best breakfast, the best lunch, the best dinner.....well, you get the idea. A local favorite, within easy walking distance of the house, the friendly staff and quaint atmosphere make this the perfect spot for a cup of joe or a full meal.
Great selection of comfort foods, from fried chicken and waffles to Eggs Benedict and wings. Open until midnight, it also hosts one of the best Sunday brunches in town, with a DJ and endless Mimosas! An Eastside and San Antonio tradition!
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Tucker's Kozy Korner
1338 East Houston Street
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Great selection of comfort foods, from fried chicken and waffles to Eggs Benedict and wings. Open until midnight, it also hosts one of the best Sunday brunches in town, with a DJ and endless Mimosas! An Eastside and San Antonio tradition!
There are other vegetarian and even vegan restaurants in San Antonio, but there's just no place like Senor Veggie! Organic, made-when-you-order-it dishes that will make even the most die-hard carnivore question the need to ingest animal products, the food is simply outstanding. Housed in an old auto repair shop from the 1930's, this now-legendary Southtown eatery doubles as a gallery for a monthly rotation of artwork, and triples as a performance space for local bands and open mic nights that are as good as anything you'll see in Austin or Nashville. As good as all that is, though, it's really the food that ya gotta get your yoga pant-encased derriere in for....it's just simply that good!
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Señor Veggie
620 South Presa Street
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There are other vegetarian and even vegan restaurants in San Antonio, but there's just no place like Senor Veggie! Organic, made-when-you-order-it dishes that will make even the most die-hard carnivore question the need to ingest animal products, the food is simply outstanding. Housed in an old auto repair shop from the 1930's, this now-legendary Southtown eatery doubles as a gallery for a monthly rotation of artwork, and triples as a performance space for local bands and open mic nights that are as good as anything you'll see in Austin or Nashville. As good as all that is, though, it's really the food that ya gotta get your yoga pant-encased derriere in for....it's just simply that good!
Great Burgers! Seriously....GREAT burgers!
Mark's Outing
1624 East Commerce Street
Great Burgers! Seriously....GREAT burgers!
Great sandwiches at this busy roadside eatery. Traffic is close and the all-outdoor seating can be a challenge during the hot months of the year, but the food - particularly the burnt-end sandwich and the mac-and-cheese - is, according to some, literally to die-for!
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Dignowity Meats
1701 E Houston St
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Great sandwiches at this busy roadside eatery. Traffic is close and the all-outdoor seating can be a challenge during the hot months of the year, but the food - particularly the burnt-end sandwich and the mac-and-cheese - is, according to some, literally to die-for!
Located just East of downtown and less than 1 mile from the famous Alamo and Riverwalk, J & I Café has been serving up some of San Antonio's finest Mexican food for over 22 years. At J & I Café, every dish is prepared fresh and daily, like their steaming Caldo (soup) and delicious Menudo. With a menu full of tasty choices to satisfy any hunger craving, and prices that fit into any budget, J & I Café is sure to offer a truly enjoyable dining experience. AND, they've got 3 breakfast tacos for $2.25!!
J & I Cafe
1431 E Houston St
Located just East of downtown and less than 1 mile from the famous Alamo and Riverwalk, J & I Café has been serving up some of San Antonio's finest Mexican food for over 22 years. At J & I Café, every dish is prepared fresh and daily, like their steaming Caldo (soup) and delicious Menudo. With a menu full of tasty choices to satisfy any hunger craving, and prices that fit into any budget, J & I Café is sure to offer a truly enjoyable dining experience. AND, they've got 3 breakfast tacos for $2.25!!
Somewhere between the classic R&B music that greets visitors and the Hummingbird Cake that ends a filling meal, the food, atmosphere and staff at Mrs. Kitchen can brighten a day!" That's what the Taste editor of the San Antonio Express-News had to say about this little slice of culinary heaven, located just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from the house and oh-so-very near the San Antonio National Cemetery (no correlation, we swear....) And, with a philosophy that ensures that you'll be warmly-greeted with true Southern hospitality and served-up food in a clean, cozy and comfortable atmosphere just like at Grandma's place, it's a good bet that you'll keep coming back for more! It's classic soul food!
Mrs. Kitchen Soul Food Restaurant and Bakery
2242 E Commerce St
Somewhere between the classic R&B music that greets visitors and the Hummingbird Cake that ends a filling meal, the food, atmosphere and staff at Mrs. Kitchen can brighten a day!" That's what the Taste editor of the San Antonio Express-News had to say about this little slice of culinary heaven, located just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from the house and oh-so-very near the San Antonio National Cemetery (no correlation, we swear....) And, with a philosophy that ensures that you'll be warmly-greeted with true Southern hospitality and served-up food in a clean, cozy and comfortable atmosphere just like at Grandma's place, it's a good bet that you'll keep coming back for more! It's classic soul food!
Literally just up the street from the house, in what always looks to us like a converted KFC franchise, sits what some call the greatest Chinese restaurant outside of Beijing and others feel is more dastardly than Tai Pei frozen meals. We leave that to you to decide....but, we do know that (a) there's not another Asian restaurant for miles, (b) they have a drive-thru lane, and (3) they're super cheap. Like, $5.99 dinner specials with entrée, fried rice and egg roll kinda cheap. Soooooo, as Donald Trump always says, "What have you got to lose?
Wen Wah Chinese Restaurant
Literally just up the street from the house, in what always looks to us like a converted KFC franchise, sits what some call the greatest Chinese restaurant outside of Beijing and others feel is more dastardly than Tai Pei frozen meals. We leave that to you to decide....but, we do know that (a) there's not another Asian restaurant for miles, (b) they have a drive-thru lane, and (3) they're super cheap. Like, $5.99 dinner specials with entrée, fried rice and egg roll kinda cheap. Soooooo, as Donald Trump always says, "What have you got to lose?
In Sunset Station....in the building formerly-occupied by Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is a BBQ restaurant so trendy and so completely carnivorous that it could only be located in Texas. The space is amazing, and the food....well, if the idea of a BBQ sandwich with meat instead of bread and sides of beef instead of beans is to your liking, then this is definitely the place for you. Smoke's website features images of roasted pigs and all manner of Mesquite-infused protein, so you know they're serious about their menu - and, the art of BBQ.
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Smoke BBQ Restaurant
1170 E. Commerce
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In Sunset Station....in the building formerly-occupied by Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is a BBQ restaurant so trendy and so completely carnivorous that it could only be located in Texas. The space is amazing, and the food....well, if the idea of a BBQ sandwich with meat instead of bread and sides of beef instead of beans is to your liking, then this is definitely the place for you. Smoke's website features images of roasted pigs and all manner of Mesquite-infused protein, so you know they're serious about their menu - and, the art of BBQ.
The Kolache. It's a beautiful thing. Born of warm, flaky pastry filled to the brim with unbelievable delicious fruits, kolaches have enchanted the world with their originality and scrumptiousness. With strong Czech origins, the kolache fits right into the Dignowity Hill neighborhood, itself famed for its Czech beginnings. Be sure to check-out their other offerings, including their famous barbacoa klobasnek aka savory kolache, quiches and other favorite sweets now up for the taking. We swear you can't eat just one. And when you're in the mood to party, we've got your kolache-loving back: we provide large orders for takeout. Wait no more! Head on over and get your kolache fix today. Like, now
Dignowity Kolaches
1629 E Houston St
The Kolache. It's a beautiful thing. Born of warm, flaky pastry filled to the brim with unbelievable delicious fruits, kolaches have enchanted the world with their originality and scrumptiousness. With strong Czech origins, the kolache fits right into the Dignowity Hill neighborhood, itself famed for its Czech beginnings. Be sure to check-out their other offerings, including their famous barbacoa klobasnek aka savory kolache, quiches and other favorite sweets now up for the taking. We swear you can't eat just one. And when you're in the mood to party, we've got your kolache-loving back: we provide large orders for takeout. Wait no more! Head on over and get your kolache fix today. Like, now
Drinks & Nightlife
If you've never been to San Antonio, then you may not know that, in addition to being the 7th largest city in the US and one of the top 10 recommended travel destinations in the world, it is quickly becoming the craft beer mecca of the western hemisphere. So, instead of buying-up Subway franchises, local investors are putting their money into beer gardens and brewpubs...and, earning high returns from the legion of crafty beer-types that firmly believe that paying anything for a glass of hops, barley and spices is perfectly acceptable. Big Hops has three locations in San Antonio, but this one on Austin Street is the only one anywhere near the downtown core and the cool part of the city.
Big Hops
306 Austin St
If you've never been to San Antonio, then you may not know that, in addition to being the 7th largest city in the US and one of the top 10 recommended travel destinations in the world, it is quickly becoming the craft beer mecca of the western hemisphere. So, instead of buying-up Subway franchises, local investors are putting their money into beer gardens and brewpubs...and, earning high returns from the legion of crafty beer-types that firmly believe that paying anything for a glass of hops, barley and spices is perfectly acceptable. Big Hops has three locations in San Antonio, but this one on Austin Street is the only one anywhere near the downtown core and the cool part of the city.
Just down the street from Big Hops is another hugely-popular brew vendor that is taking SA by storm. Unlike Big Hops, however, Burleson focuses on the outdoors with a huge patio complete with umbrellas to shield you from the hot, south Texas sun and hammocks to lounge-on when all of your beer-sampling takes the wind out of you. Pet- and kid-friendly, the Yard has Monday Movie nights plus a host of other special events and live music throughout the year, and the staff is possibly the best in the whole Alamo City, especially Daniel, the Bearded and Omni-present manager-cum-draft purveyor that makes everyone feel welcome and even remembers your favorite brew months after your last visit.
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Burleson Yard Beer Garden
430 Austin Hwy
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Just down the street from Big Hops is another hugely-popular brew vendor that is taking SA by storm. Unlike Big Hops, however, Burleson focuses on the outdoors with a huge patio complete with umbrellas to shield you from the hot, south Texas sun and hammocks to lounge-on when all of your beer-sampling takes the wind out of you. Pet- and kid-friendly, the Yard has Monday Movie nights plus a host of other special events and live music throughout the year, and the staff is possibly the best in the whole Alamo City, especially Daniel, the Bearded and Omni-present manager-cum-draft purveyor that makes everyone feel welcome and even remembers your favorite brew months after your last visit.
Everyone loves a dive bar, right? Ya know, the kinda place that's not pretentious; where the staff treats you like a long-lost friend; where the beer is cold and served in huge, really big glasses; where everyone is chill and the music comes from a jukebox and the clinking of glasses is drowned-out only by the clacking of the cue ball slamming into a set-up. That's Ringside, in a nutshell. In the shadow of Sunset Station and just across the freeway from downtown, Ringside only serves beer and wine...just like a real dive ought to
Ringside Sports Bar
1161 E Commerce St
Everyone loves a dive bar, right? Ya know, the kinda place that's not pretentious; where the staff treats you like a long-lost friend; where the beer is cold and served in huge, really big glasses; where everyone is chill and the music comes from a jukebox and the clinking of glasses is drowned-out only by the clacking of the cue ball slamming into a set-up. That's Ringside, in a nutshell. In the shadow of Sunset Station and just across the freeway from downtown, Ringside only serves beer and wine...just like a real dive ought to
Having lived all over the world, we can definitely attest to the allure of a good rooftop bar. Sipping a glass of wine or a cocktail while enjoying the sight of the twinkling lights of a downtown skyline is one of the single-greatest sigh-inducing moments in a lifetime. So, naturally, when Paramour opened, we were just verklempt in anticipation of that first sip. Having now experienced said sip, we can safely attest to the fact that, along with sighs and sips and twinkling lights, the other thing that stands-out about all of our rooftop imbibings is the decidedly pretentious air that circulates amongst those that flock to such experiences. It's a bar...not the second coming.
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Paramour
102 9th St
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Having lived all over the world, we can definitely attest to the allure of a good rooftop bar. Sipping a glass of wine or a cocktail while enjoying the sight of the twinkling lights of a downtown skyline is one of the single-greatest sigh-inducing moments in a lifetime. So, naturally, when Paramour opened, we were just verklempt in anticipation of that first sip. Having now experienced said sip, we can safely attest to the fact that, along with sighs and sips and twinkling lights, the other thing that stands-out about all of our rooftop imbibings is the decidedly pretentious air that circulates amongst those that flock to such experiences. It's a bar...not the second coming.
We spent years and years driving past the old Nairobi, always wondering what it was like inside...what the folks that called it their nightlife home were like. We have to admit, we were a wee bit nervous heading into the place...new experiences often make us a bit farklempt. But, we had nothing to worry about. The staff was A-MA-ZING...friendly as all get-out, and wanting nothing more for or from us than that we had a great time. And, we did! With grilling on Tuesday (wings and burgers, mostly, but you can always bring a brisket or some ribs and the grilling experts will be happy to make it all melt in your mouth,) Karaoke Saturdays and Ladies Night Thursdays, there's always something to do.
Nairobi Bar & Grill
514 N Hackberry
We spent years and years driving past the old Nairobi, always wondering what it was like inside...what the folks that called it their nightlife home were like. We have to admit, we were a wee bit nervous heading into the place...new experiences often make us a bit farklempt. But, we had nothing to worry about. The staff was A-MA-ZING...friendly as all get-out, and wanting nothing more for or from us than that we had a great time. And, we did! With grilling on Tuesday (wings and burgers, mostly, but you can always bring a brisket or some ribs and the grilling experts will be happy to make it all melt in your mouth,) Karaoke Saturdays and Ladies Night Thursdays, there's always something to do.
It might be pretty obvious that ice houses, brewpubs and beer gardens are a staple in old San Antonio...Latin culture has always had a focus on park spaces and outdoor activities, after all. So, the addition of the Alamo Ice House is not only expected, probably, but also eagerly-anticipated. But, what makes AIH so special? Is it the plethora of live music, the pleasing array of sandwiches and Tex-Mex favorites that come out of its kitchen, the friendly staff, the cyclists and rugby and soccer and football participants and enthusiasts that pepper the people on their mailing list, the family-friendly atmosphere....or, is it all of that? Whatever the reason, drop on in for some awesome beer.
Alamo Ice House
802 North Alamo Street
It might be pretty obvious that ice houses, brewpubs and beer gardens are a staple in old San Antonio...Latin culture has always had a focus on park spaces and outdoor activities, after all. So, the addition of the Alamo Ice House is not only expected, probably, but also eagerly-anticipated. But, what makes AIH so special? Is it the plethora of live music, the pleasing array of sandwiches and Tex-Mex favorites that come out of its kitchen, the friendly staff, the cyclists and rugby and soccer and football participants and enthusiasts that pepper the people on their mailing list, the family-friendly atmosphere....or, is it all of that? Whatever the reason, drop on in for some awesome beer.
If you're looking for the Best Margarita in all of San Antonio, then you simply must - MUST, do you hear - hit Oro Bar at the Emily Morgan Hotel, just absolutely next-door to the Alamo on Alamo Plaza. That's because their margarita - one of many luscious libations on offer - has been voted so by those that know about such things. And, to make matters even better, their rich roster of magnificent martinis has also been named one of the Top 3 offerings of such bevies in SA. The fact that you can enjoy such comely cocktails in a century-old building that now houses one of the city's most-cherished hotels, namely the Four Diamond Award-winning Emily Morgan, is just the olive in the martini...
Oro Restaurant & Bar
705 E Houston St
If you're looking for the Best Margarita in all of San Antonio, then you simply must - MUST, do you hear - hit Oro Bar at the Emily Morgan Hotel, just absolutely next-door to the Alamo on Alamo Plaza. That's because their margarita - one of many luscious libations on offer - has been voted so by those that know about such things. And, to make matters even better, their rich roster of magnificent martinis has also been named one of the Top 3 offerings of such bevies in SA. The fact that you can enjoy such comely cocktails in a century-old building that now houses one of the city's most-cherished hotels, namely the Four Diamond Award-winning Emily Morgan, is just the olive in the martini...
Just a pleasant walk, short drive or delightful bike trip from the house lies the resurrection of one of the most potent names in suds in the state of Texas, Alamo Beer. Originally brewed in 1884, but sidelined by Prohibition and other nasty events, the potent potable is adored by many, loathed by some and imbibed by virtually everyone. It's, once again, a tradition in the making, and it's a destination of choice for residents and visitors alike. Add great varieties, live music and a really awesome yard and you've got the makings of a life-changing experience.
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Alamo Beer Company
415 Burnet St
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Just a pleasant walk, short drive or delightful bike trip from the house lies the resurrection of one of the most potent names in suds in the state of Texas, Alamo Beer. Originally brewed in 1884, but sidelined by Prohibition and other nasty events, the potent potable is adored by many, loathed by some and imbibed by virtually everyone. It's, once again, a tradition in the making, and it's a destination of choice for residents and visitors alike. Add great varieties, live music and a really awesome yard and you've got the makings of a life-changing experience.
Sightseeing
About halfway between the house and Mrs. Kitchen Soul Food Restaurant and Bakery lies the San Antonio National Cemetery, one of 31 cemeteries in the 100 acre Old San Antonio City Cemeteries Historic District that are owned by different religious congregations, fraternal organizations and military groups. The earliest inhabitants of this amazing necropolis arrived in 1853 and, since then, some of the most prominent, wealthy and influential living residents of San Antonio submitted a change-of-address form for this multi-block neighborhood upon their passing. A host of awesome tombstones and the skyline of SA...what a way to go!
San Antonio National Cemetery
517 Paso Hondo
About halfway between the house and Mrs. Kitchen Soul Food Restaurant and Bakery lies the San Antonio National Cemetery, one of 31 cemeteries in the 100 acre Old San Antonio City Cemeteries Historic District that are owned by different religious congregations, fraternal organizations and military groups. The earliest inhabitants of this amazing necropolis arrived in 1853 and, since then, some of the most prominent, wealthy and influential living residents of San Antonio submitted a change-of-address form for this multi-block neighborhood upon their passing. A host of awesome tombstones and the skyline of SA...what a way to go!
In 2009, a new River Walk extension was completed and christened as the Museum Reach, a 1.33-mile stretch featuring San Antonio’s world-famous zoo; the Japanese Tea Gardens; Brackenridge Park; the historic, but funky Pearl District; and three very distinguished, but very different, museums – The Witte, The Doseum and The San Antonio Museum of Art. The Museum Reach is north of downtown, pedestrian-friendly, and a great way to explore and experience a variety of different activities for individuals and families of all ages. Don’t feel like walking? Hail one of our famous river taxis and see the city from an entirely different perspective.
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Museum Reach
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In 2009, a new River Walk extension was completed and christened as the Museum Reach, a 1.33-mile stretch featuring San Antonio’s world-famous zoo; the Japanese Tea Gardens; Brackenridge Park; the historic, but funky Pearl District; and three very distinguished, but very different, museums – The Witte, The Doseum and The San Antonio Museum of Art. The Museum Reach is north of downtown, pedestrian-friendly, and a great way to explore and experience a variety of different activities for individuals and families of all ages. Don’t feel like walking? Hail one of our famous river taxis and see the city from an entirely different perspective.
Southtown is just south of downtown San Antonio, Texas, where three unique areas unite: The King William Historic District, Blue Star Arts Complex and Lavaca, San Antonio's oldest existing neighborhood. It's an incredible array of galleries and shops, restaurants and clubs, history and future-facing that has drawn an eclectic assortment of movers and shakers and doers and thinkers that make the art scene more artsy, the music scene more musical and the literary world more literal....So, go, be artsy, musical and literary - you'll be so glad you did!
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Southtown
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Southtown is just south of downtown San Antonio, Texas, where three unique areas unite: The King William Historic District, Blue Star Arts Complex and Lavaca, San Antonio's oldest existing neighborhood. It's an incredible array of galleries and shops, restaurants and clubs, history and future-facing that has drawn an eclectic assortment of movers and shakers and doers and thinkers that make the art scene more artsy, the music scene more musical and the literary world more literal....So, go, be artsy, musical and literary - you'll be so glad you did!
When we first came to San Antonio, shortly after Daniel Boone lost his coonskin cap, we just assumed that the city's most-famous landmark would be out in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by brush and tumbleweed and arrowhead fossils...'cause that's what it looks like in all of those John Wayne, shoot-'em-ups, after all. So, when we arrived at the Plaza, in the middle of downtown....next to the old Joske's department store and across the street from a bunch of T-shirt shops and souvenir emporiums....well, we were disappointed. But, there's a McDonalds on the Champs Elysees and a KFC just a stone's throw from the Forbidden City, so we gave it a chance. And, you should, too!
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阿拉莫
300 Alamo Plaza
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When we first came to San Antonio, shortly after Daniel Boone lost his coonskin cap, we just assumed that the city's most-famous landmark would be out in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by brush and tumbleweed and arrowhead fossils...'cause that's what it looks like in all of those John Wayne, shoot-'em-ups, after all. So, when we arrived at the Plaza, in the middle of downtown....next to the old Joske's department store and across the street from a bunch of T-shirt shops and souvenir emporiums....well, we were disappointed. But, there's a McDonalds on the Champs Elysees and a KFC just a stone's throw from the Forbidden City, so we gave it a chance. And, you should, too!
The River Walk is a successful special-case pedestrian street, one level down from the automobile street. The River Walk winds and loops under bridges as two parallel sidewalks lined with restaurants and shops, connecting the major tourist draws from the Shops at Rivercenter, to the Arneson River Theatre, to Marriage Island, to La Villita, to HemisFair Park, to the Tower Life Building, to the San Antonio Museum of Art, to the Pearl and the city's five Spanish colonial missions, which have been named a World Heritage Site, including the Alamo. Not bad for something that started-out as a drainage ditch.
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River Walk
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The River Walk is a successful special-case pedestrian street, one level down from the automobile street. The River Walk winds and loops under bridges as two parallel sidewalks lined with restaurants and shops, connecting the major tourist draws from the Shops at Rivercenter, to the Arneson River Theatre, to Marriage Island, to La Villita, to HemisFair Park, to the Tower Life Building, to the San Antonio Museum of Art, to the Pearl and the city's five Spanish colonial missions, which have been named a World Heritage Site, including the Alamo. Not bad for something that started-out as a drainage ditch.
When people think about San Antonio - and they do - they often think of the Alamo, the famed Spanish mission of film and fable that played such a huge part in both the city's and Texas' storied history. What they may not know is that the Alamo is just one of five significant padre palaces that dot the landscape from downtown to the far southern reaches of the city, all accessible simply by strolling or biking the River Walk. These outposts were established by Catholic religious orders to spread their beliefs to the locals, and have all been restored to near-perfection. Begin with the Alamo, then head south to Missions Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan Capistrano, and Espada.
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San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
6701 San Jose Dr
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When people think about San Antonio - and they do - they often think of the Alamo, the famed Spanish mission of film and fable that played such a huge part in both the city's and Texas' storied history. What they may not know is that the Alamo is just one of five significant padre palaces that dot the landscape from downtown to the far southern reaches of the city, all accessible simply by strolling or biking the River Walk. These outposts were established by Catholic religious orders to spread their beliefs to the locals, and have all been restored to near-perfection. Begin with the Alamo, then head south to Missions Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan Capistrano, and Espada.
Every city has one....that place that is recognized as the birthplace of the city. In Houston, it's Allen's Landing, in Los Angeles it's Olvera Street and, in San Antonio, it's La Villita. At its founding, it was an American Indian settlement and then a collection of primitive brush huts, called jacales, for the Spanish soldiers stationed nearby at the Mission San Antonio de Valero. After a flood in 1819 washed away most of the huts, more substantial adobe houses replaced them and still stand today. There are art galleries, stores selling souvenirs, gifts, custom jewelry, pottery, and imported Mexican folk art, as well as several restaurants - and, it's oh-so-close to HemisFair Park!
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La Villita Historic Arts Village
418 Villita Street
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Every city has one....that place that is recognized as the birthplace of the city. In Houston, it's Allen's Landing, in Los Angeles it's Olvera Street and, in San Antonio, it's La Villita. At its founding, it was an American Indian settlement and then a collection of primitive brush huts, called jacales, for the Spanish soldiers stationed nearby at the Mission San Antonio de Valero. After a flood in 1819 washed away most of the huts, more substantial adobe houses replaced them and still stand today. There are art galleries, stores selling souvenirs, gifts, custom jewelry, pottery, and imported Mexican folk art, as well as several restaurants - and, it's oh-so-close to HemisFair Park!
As one of the oldest cathedrals in the United States (the original cathedral was built between 1738 and 1750 and its walls form the sanctuary of today's structure,) the Church of Nuestra Sonora de la Candelaria y Guadalupe is both the seat of the Archbishop of San Antonio and an important cultural landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also in the heart of downtown, between Market Square (with its shops and, more importantly, the permanent Christmas light display, margaritas and renowned Tex-Mex fare of Mi Tierra's) and Big Red, the historic Bexar County Courthouse on Main Plaza. It's also just a block off the River Walk, so a pleasant and easy diversion.
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圣费尔南多主教座堂
231 W Commerce St
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As one of the oldest cathedrals in the United States (the original cathedral was built between 1738 and 1750 and its walls form the sanctuary of today's structure,) the Church of Nuestra Sonora de la Candelaria y Guadalupe is both the seat of the Archbishop of San Antonio and an important cultural landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also in the heart of downtown, between Market Square (with its shops and, more importantly, the permanent Christmas light display, margaritas and renowned Tex-Mex fare of Mi Tierra's) and Big Red, the historic Bexar County Courthouse on Main Plaza. It's also just a block off the River Walk, so a pleasant and easy diversion.
Parks & Nature
Just a stroll away from the house, on a hill overlooking the ever-changing skyline of San Antonio, sits Dignowity Park, a pleasant two-square-block greenspace that provides ample proof of why the Hill was San Antonio's first posh address. High above the pedestrians of downtown, wealthy sophisticates could breath the clean air while sipping mint juleps on their wide verandas and wonder how the less-fortunate masses coped. Today, the park plays host to exercise equipment and a basketball court and, each 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 9am until 1pm, the Dignowity Hill Farmers Market. And, if you're really lucky, you may even spot SA former Mayor, Ivy Taylor, gardening in her front yard...
Dignowity Park
701 Nolan St
Just a stroll away from the house, on a hill overlooking the ever-changing skyline of San Antonio, sits Dignowity Park, a pleasant two-square-block greenspace that provides ample proof of why the Hill was San Antonio's first posh address. High above the pedestrians of downtown, wealthy sophisticates could breath the clean air while sipping mint juleps on their wide verandas and wonder how the less-fortunate masses coped. Today, the park plays host to exercise equipment and a basketball court and, each 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 9am until 1pm, the Dignowity Hill Farmers Market. And, if you're really lucky, you may even spot SA former Mayor, Ivy Taylor, gardening in her front yard...
In 1968, San Antonio hosted the official World's Fair as part of itsomething celebration of the 250th anniversary of the city's founding. Dubbed "The Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas," the event boasted pavilions representing more than 30 nations and was opened by then-First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, and attended by Prince Rainier of Monaco and his wife, Princess Grace. Now, as the city's 300th anniversary approaches, HemisFair Park is still home to the iconic Tower of the Americas, and also includes the beautiful Yanaguana Garden - a landscaped outdoor wonderland for both kids and adults - and, soon, the Civic Park and a newly revitalized Tower Park.
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Hemisfair
434 South Alamo Street
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In 1968, San Antonio hosted the official World's Fair as part of itsomething celebration of the 250th anniversary of the city's founding. Dubbed "The Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas," the event boasted pavilions representing more than 30 nations and was opened by then-First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, and attended by Prince Rainier of Monaco and his wife, Princess Grace. Now, as the city's 300th anniversary approaches, HemisFair Park is still home to the iconic Tower of the Americas, and also includes the beautiful Yanaguana Garden - a landscaped outdoor wonderland for both kids and adults - and, soon, the Civic Park and a newly revitalized Tower Park.
Arts & Culture
The Witte Museum promotes lifelong learning through innovative exhibitions, programs, and collections in natural history, science and South Texas heritage. Founded in 1926 the story of the Witte Museum is one of community vision and dedication that created an institution and has sustained it for 80 years. It is the story of men and women from diverse walks of life whose creativity was challenged as they raised funds literally one penny at a time to establish the museum that we still enjoy three quarters of a century later. The Witte Museum has proven as resilient as those who founded it. It has survived the Depression and wars, and in the 21st century remains the most heavily visited museum.
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Witte Museum
3801 Broadway Street
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The Witte Museum promotes lifelong learning through innovative exhibitions, programs, and collections in natural history, science and South Texas heritage. Founded in 1926 the story of the Witte Museum is one of community vision and dedication that created an institution and has sustained it for 80 years. It is the story of men and women from diverse walks of life whose creativity was challenged as they raised funds literally one penny at a time to establish the museum that we still enjoy three quarters of a century later. The Witte Museum has proven as resilient as those who founded it. It has survived the Depression and wars, and in the 21st century remains the most heavily visited museum.
The DoSeum is San Antonio’s only museum just for children, where kids learn by doing, creating and tinkering—instead of just looking and listening.
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The DoSeum
2800 Broadway Street
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The DoSeum is San Antonio’s only museum just for children, where kids learn by doing, creating and tinkering—instead of just looking and listening.
Certainly not one of the great museums of the world, SAMA is definitely not even close to being one of the worst and, actually, boasts pretty significant Egyptian, Greek, Roman, European, Islamic and Asian collections. But, it's the Latin American collection, housed in the Nelson A Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art, it's very own building, that makes a visit an essential part of one's stay. The collection spans 4,000 years and contains paintings, sculpture, works on paper and other objects from Mexico, Central America, South America and countries of the Caribbean. It also contains an important collection of Spanish folk art from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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San Antonio Museum of Art
200 West Jones Avenue
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Certainly not one of the great museums of the world, SAMA is definitely not even close to being one of the worst and, actually, boasts pretty significant Egyptian, Greek, Roman, European, Islamic and Asian collections. But, it's the Latin American collection, housed in the Nelson A Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art, it's very own building, that makes a visit an essential part of one's stay. The collection spans 4,000 years and contains paintings, sculpture, works on paper and other objects from Mexico, Central America, South America and countries of the Caribbean. It also contains an important collection of Spanish folk art from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The McNay, founded in 1954, was the first modern art museum in Texas and was created by Marion Koehler McNay's bequest of most of her inherited oil fortune, her significant art collection and her 24-room Spanish Colonial Revival-style swankienda that sits on 23 acres of broad lawns and a Japanese-inspired garden that includes fountains and a fishpond. The painting palace features the 19th- and 20th-century works of Cezanne, Picasso, Gauguin, Matisse, O'Keefe, Rivera, Cassatt and Hopper, and is one of the finest collections of contemporary art in the Southwest. Thursday nights are free general admission.
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McNay Art Museum
6000 North New Braunfels Avenue
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The McNay, founded in 1954, was the first modern art museum in Texas and was created by Marion Koehler McNay's bequest of most of her inherited oil fortune, her significant art collection and her 24-room Spanish Colonial Revival-style swankienda that sits on 23 acres of broad lawns and a Japanese-inspired garden that includes fountains and a fishpond. The painting palace features the 19th- and 20th-century works of Cezanne, Picasso, Gauguin, Matisse, O'Keefe, Rivera, Cassatt and Hopper, and is one of the finest collections of contemporary art in the Southwest. Thursday nights are free general admission.
What the Kennedy Center is to DC, Tobin is to SA. Which means that, for plays and concerts and most any other artistic event, this beautiful and functional space is probably where you'll be. Located on the Museum Reach portion of the famed River Walk, it solidifies SA's cultural status, and provides its citizens with a stunning venue to enjoy a myriad of cultural events.
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Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
100 Auditorium Circle
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What the Kennedy Center is to DC, Tobin is to SA. Which means that, for plays and concerts and most any other artistic event, this beautiful and functional space is probably where you'll be. Located on the Museum Reach portion of the famed River Walk, it solidifies SA's cultural status, and provides its citizens with a stunning venue to enjoy a myriad of cultural events.
Shopping
Ya know how people always talk about finding things they never thought they'd need or running across something they used to have as a child that they never thought they'd ever see again? Well, based on results, they probably found or saw it at Yeya's, a purveyor of uniquities and oddities from across town and around the world. From mannequins and religious statues to car doors and wagon wheels, if you're looking for something or just feeling nostalgic and you have the time, you'll be in some version of heaven here. But, bring your wallet - fond memories come at a price!
Yeya's Antiques & Oddities
1423 E Commerce St
Ya know how people always talk about finding things they never thought they'd need or running across something they used to have as a child that they never thought they'd ever see again? Well, based on results, they probably found or saw it at Yeya's, a purveyor of uniquities and oddities from across town and around the world. From mannequins and religious statues to car doors and wagon wheels, if you're looking for something or just feeling nostalgic and you have the time, you'll be in some version of heaven here. But, bring your wallet - fond memories come at a price!
With Macy's as its anchor and popular trendy chain stores such as H&M, Aeropostale, American Eagle and Victoria's Secret - as well as a variety of local venues including Life in the Alamo City and Texas Treasures - you're bound to find the perfect gift or souvenir to commemorate your visit to the Alamo City. The mall also houses the Improv Comedy Club, an Imax theater, an AMC multiplex, a Dave & Busters and a host of incredible dining options - from Fogo de Chao and Morton's Steakhouse to Hooters and Margaritaville - that are bound to satisfy virtually everyone's palette!
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Shops at Rivercenter
849 E Commerce St
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With Macy's as its anchor and popular trendy chain stores such as H&M, Aeropostale, American Eagle and Victoria's Secret - as well as a variety of local venues including Life in the Alamo City and Texas Treasures - you're bound to find the perfect gift or souvenir to commemorate your visit to the Alamo City. The mall also houses the Improv Comedy Club, an Imax theater, an AMC multiplex, a Dave & Busters and a host of incredible dining options - from Fogo de Chao and Morton's Steakhouse to Hooters and Margaritaville - that are bound to satisfy virtually everyone's palette!
GOOD|goods offers a curated collection of goods in the Texas eclectic modern stylings of designer D'ette Cole in San Antonio's historic near-eastside neighborhood of Dignowity Hill. Just a hop, skip, jump, stroll, bike ride or drive from the house, and next door to Ponchos & Gringos and Chica Verde.
GOOD goods
904 Nolan St
GOOD|goods offers a curated collection of goods in the Texas eclectic modern stylings of designer D'ette Cole in San Antonio's historic near-eastside neighborhood of Dignowity Hill. Just a hop, skip, jump, stroll, bike ride or drive from the house, and next door to Ponchos & Gringos and Chica Verde.
Chica Verde is a sweet retail spot located in San Antonio's historic Dignowity Hill, just a fee doors down from Ponchos & Gringos. From potted succulents and cacti to new and vintage finds for porch, patio and outdoor decor, we want to be your go-to for making your outdoor spaces amazing.
Chica Verde
914 Nolan St
Chica Verde is a sweet retail spot located in San Antonio's historic Dignowity Hill, just a fee doors down from Ponchos & Gringos. From potted succulents and cacti to new and vintage finds for porch, patio and outdoor decor, we want to be your go-to for making your outdoor spaces amazing.
Essentials
It's not exactly convenient to the house but, if one plans properly, it's right on the way from the airport to the house - which means ya can stock-up on all the organic vegan or vegetarian and Gluten-free stuff you can squeeze into your luggage-laden trunk before you check-in. We all know about Whole Foods, so no point belaboring its magnificence....
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Whole Foods Market
255 East Basse Road
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It's not exactly convenient to the house but, if one plans properly, it's right on the way from the airport to the house - which means ya can stock-up on all the organic vegan or vegetarian and Gluten-free stuff you can squeeze into your luggage-laden trunk before you check-in. We all know about Whole Foods, so no point belaboring its magnificence....
The posh, high-end version of the state's uber-popular HEB chain, Central Market has all that good stuff that we all read about in cooking magazines and see on the psycho-chef shows, which means that the prices are a wee high. But, when one has a craving for a Dean & DeLuca-like gift basket, this is where they're gonna find it.
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Central Market
4821 Broadway Street
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The posh, high-end version of the state's uber-popular HEB chain, Central Market has all that good stuff that we all read about in cooking magazines and see on the psycho-chef shows, which means that the prices are a wee high. But, when one has a craving for a Dean & DeLuca-like gift basket, this is where they're gonna find it.
If you picked any random gas station, you might discover stale donuts as your only option for breakfast. Now, when you stop at Molina's, you can get gas anytime, day or night, and have delicious food, fresh groceries and necessities right at your fingertips. Molina's is a meat market, gas station, grocery store… you name it. So, whether you need a healthy breakfast taco to start your day off right, or you are perusing one of Molina’s daily homemade specials, there will certainly be something every member of the family can enjoy. There’s a wide variety at the salad bar, or something tasty can be made right on the countertop griddles. And, there's gas...for the car.
Molina's
700 North Alamo Street
If you picked any random gas station, you might discover stale donuts as your only option for breakfast. Now, when you stop at Molina's, you can get gas anytime, day or night, and have delicious food, fresh groceries and necessities right at your fingertips. Molina's is a meat market, gas station, grocery store… you name it. So, whether you need a healthy breakfast taco to start your day off right, or you are perusing one of Molina’s daily homemade specials, there will certainly be something every member of the family can enjoy. There’s a wide variety at the salad bar, or something tasty can be made right on the countertop griddles. And, there's gas...for the car.
For, like, literally decades, the residents of Southtown were bereft - bereft, do you hear? - of any convenient grocery options, as the big chains and mom-and-pops shuttered their doors to chase the bigger dollars of the suburbs. All that changed when HEB decided to use a parcel of their corporate compound to construct a petite yet posh bistro-cum-food emporium. With a limited and high-end selection, however, it quickly became less about stocking-up and more about taking stock of all the tourists and hipsters. But, c'estate la vie, ya get a beer with your craft pizza and the beer and wine selection is epic, so ya make do. Lots of Vegan options, too!
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H-E-B
516 S Flores St
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For, like, literally decades, the residents of Southtown were bereft - bereft, do you hear? - of any convenient grocery options, as the big chains and mom-and-pops shuttered their doors to chase the bigger dollars of the suburbs. All that changed when HEB decided to use a parcel of their corporate compound to construct a petite yet posh bistro-cum-food emporium. With a limited and high-end selection, however, it quickly became less about stocking-up and more about taking stock of all the tourists and hipsters. But, c'estate la vie, ya get a beer with your craft pizza and the beer and wine selection is epic, so ya make do. Lots of Vegan options, too!