Eating in San Antonio, Texas

A couple of months ago we were visiting our only son, as he graduated from Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas.

Of course we had to eat during our five days there and I thought I would share where we ate and what we thought.

First night we ate at Smoke The Restaurant.

I started with a Jack Rose.


We decided to split a poutine, which if you have never had before, you really need to try. This one came with a tater tots, brisket, a fried egg and a yummy chipotle aioli on top.

We split a brisket grind burger with bacon. The flavor was good, but we both found the burger to be a bit dry. They do bring you a sampling of their sauces so we had fun dipping our burger into different ones.

Our waiter took us on a tour of the bar downstairs which had a really neat atmosphere. We thought we might visit again, but found there were too many other places we wanted to try in the area.

The next day we saw our boy for the first time in 7 1/2 weeks.

We were on base with him until around 6pm, and after dropping him off at his dorm, we headed to Riverwalk.

These lovely umbrellas by the water caught our attention and we ended up eating at Casa Rio.

And a margarita here is a must.

My taco-enchilada-tamale plate.

My Sweetie's double taco plate.

Traditional Mexican food that tasted good.

And the view of the river was wonderful.

The next day on town liberty we let our new airman chose the lunch spot. He chose Texas Roadhouse. When the manager found out that this was our first visit, she brought chili samples for each of us.

A normal steak place that was good, but not spectacular.

For dinner we chose a place very near to our hotel and the end of Riverwalk - Maria Mia. We had packed a few things into the afternoon and needed to eat pretty quickly to get our airman back on base before curfew. We told our waitress and the service was nice and fast.

Nachos for the airman.

My Sweetie and I split a plate of fajitas.

This place had really good Tex Mex food. The flavors were really good and the best Tex Mex we had the whole trip.

Over the next couple of days we ate at.....


Being from California we had to try this place and see if it was as good as In-N-Out.

Verdict: So, so close. A really good burger that stood up to the challenge.


Now we have been to a Chili's before in California. The food is exactly the same. The only reason we ate here was because they were the only place on Riverwalk that had the Niner game on.

We split these appetizers between the three of us.

And this burger was actually quite good.

One night My sweetie and I had drinks at the top of the Tower of the Americas, in the Chart House.

The view was nice, but honestly the drinks were not that great.

And I had to post this photo of the waffles at our hotel.

After we said goodbye to our airman on the last night, we headed to Riverwalk.

We decided to eat our way up the river.

First stop was Rio Rio, and their trio of salsas and chips.

These were so tasty.

It was here that I had my very first Mule - a Mexican Mule (tequila, ginger beer, and lime). You can barely see it in a classic mule cup below.

We walked around for a bit, enjoying the lights on the river.

For dinner we settled on Cafe Ole and both ordered margaritas and split fajitas. The fajitas were very good and we enjoyed just sitting and watching the river.

So overall we had good food in San Antonio! Most of the Mexican restaurants serve traditional food, but we both do prefer a more Tex-Mex style. But we did find a couple of good places that had tasty yummies!


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