Guidebook for San Antonio

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Guidebook for San Antonio

Food Scene

Okay, so we've recommended Asian, Mexican, Nuevo Latino, Nuvelle American, Italian, BBQ, Pizza and Sandwiches but, for those of you that are really good at organizing and sorting, you may have noticed that we've left-off French/Belgian...purely unintentional, we assure you. Especially since the undeniably and absolutely best French/Belgian bistro in all of San Antonio is right here in Southtown. La Frite manages - through an amazing menu, attentive owners, perfect location and accommodating staff - to maintain stupendous reviews and a devoted clientele, despite the plethora of options, available locally and throughout the city, vying for diners' attention. From seafood and steaks to veggies and the best darned frites you'll find outside of Paris or Brussels, it's a true culinary delight for Francophiles of all nationalities.
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La Frite Belgian Bistro
728 S Alamo St
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Okay, so we've recommended Asian, Mexican, Nuevo Latino, Nuvelle American, Italian, BBQ, Pizza and Sandwiches but, for those of you that are really good at organizing and sorting, you may have noticed that we've left-off French/Belgian...purely unintentional, we assure you. Especially since the undeniably and absolutely best French/Belgian bistro in all of San Antonio is right here in Southtown. La Frite manages - through an amazing menu, attentive owners, perfect location and accommodating staff - to maintain stupendous reviews and a devoted clientele, despite the plethora of options, available locally and throughout the city, vying for diners' attention. From seafood and steaks to veggies and the best darned frites you'll find outside of Paris or Brussels, it's a true culinary delight for Francophiles of all nationalities.
Azuca, the first Nuevo Latino Restaurant in San Antonio, was inspired by a desire to unite the cuisine, service and atmosphere of the Caribbean, Central and Latin America, with all of its glamour and vitality, in one place. And this it does by consistently providing guests with an enjoyable and unique dining experience through exceptional service, a unique Nuevo Latino Cuisine and a diverse palette of entertainment. The amazing folks at this really awesome space are committed to offering fresh ingredients, coupled with the most authentic Latin-American products and wines available, and they work closely with local farmers, markets and vendors to bring the highest quality of Latin recipes, created with a new approach to presentation and flavor. Basically, what they've done is to take ingredients used in South and Central America, Spain, as well as the Caribbean and México, and add their own unique and contemporary flair to create delectable, mouth-watering dishes. Add to that a really great full-service bar, huge windows overlooking the hustle and bustle of Southtown's Main Street and an awesome patio and you've got just about everything you need for a sensational Southtown soiree. AND you've got staff and management that remains dedicated to their patrons and a long-held philosophy that everybody that enters their doors leaves with a smile!
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Azuca Nuevo Latino
709 S Alamo St
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Azuca, the first Nuevo Latino Restaurant in San Antonio, was inspired by a desire to unite the cuisine, service and atmosphere of the Caribbean, Central and Latin America, with all of its glamour and vitality, in one place. And this it does by consistently providing guests with an enjoyable and unique dining experience through exceptional service, a unique Nuevo Latino Cuisine and a diverse palette of entertainment. The amazing folks at this really awesome space are committed to offering fresh ingredients, coupled with the most authentic Latin-American products and wines available, and they work closely with local farmers, markets and vendors to bring the highest quality of Latin recipes, created with a new approach to presentation and flavor. Basically, what they've done is to take ingredients used in South and Central America, Spain, as well as the Caribbean and México, and add their own unique and contemporary flair to create delectable, mouth-watering dishes. Add to that a really great full-service bar, huge windows overlooking the hustle and bustle of Southtown's Main Street and an awesome patio and you've got just about everything you need for a sensational Southtown soiree. AND you've got staff and management that remains dedicated to their patrons and a long-held philosophy that everybody that enters their doors leaves with a smile!
Enjoy San Antonio’s first Urban Gourmet Food Truck Park, where food diversity hits Southtown in a big way. Located at The Historic Acapulco Drive Inn, Alamo Street Eat Bar provides gourmet eats - like Jason Dady's Duk Truck and Zum Sushi - and San Antonio draft favorites, from St Arnold Lawnmower and Independence Stash to Shiner 103 Wild Hare and Victoria....all in the shadow of HemisFair’s Tower of the Americas and an easy walk to all your favorite Downtown locations.
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Alamo Street Eat Bar
609 S Alamo St
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Enjoy San Antonio’s first Urban Gourmet Food Truck Park, where food diversity hits Southtown in a big way. Located at The Historic Acapulco Drive Inn, Alamo Street Eat Bar provides gourmet eats - like Jason Dady's Duk Truck and Zum Sushi - and San Antonio draft favorites, from St Arnold Lawnmower and Independence Stash to Shiner 103 Wild Hare and Victoria....all in the shadow of HemisFair’s Tower of the Americas and an easy walk to all your favorite Downtown locations.
Austin has always been a trendy, happenin' kinda place. Katz' Deli was a true trendsetter, providing Kosher-quality deli fair long before people realized they didn't HAVE to go to NYC to get a decent gnosh. So, when the local trendy folks there turned their eyes away from the bagel and to the humble hot dog to spark the next happenin' trend, it was only natural that the name would be ridiculously obvious - Frank - and that said humble hot dog would be aggrandized to artisan sausage. Well, Austinites ate that stuff up (pardon the trite pun!) Being the generous souls that they are, it was only a matter of time before they decided to share their new-found salchichas with the masses and, hence, the artisan sausage arrived in San Antonio. Wanting to maintain their trendy tradition, they decided that the "normal" storefront simply wasn't for them, and opted to plant themselves right smackdab in the basement of the old Alamo Methodist Church, a King William neighborhood architectural landmark since it was built in 1912. A live music venue and bar - Casbeers - and a Tex-Mex restaurant since its congregation disbanded, the church has always been a local favorite because of its central location and design, so it really made mucho sense for Frank's founders to set-up shop there. And, so, amidst the Beards and the Babes and the musicians and the artists and the suburbanites looking for more than a Dave & Buster's, hipster hot dogs with monikers like The Notorious P.I.G. and Fico Anatra vie for attention with Chili Cheese Waffle Fries and Portobello Cheesesteak...all combined with dozens of craft beers and select spirits such as The Whole Enchilada Michelada and the Holy Smoke. So, if the idea of artisan sausages and beers in a holy setting make ya wanna holler, Frank is the place for you!
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Frank
1150 S Alamo St
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Austin has always been a trendy, happenin' kinda place. Katz' Deli was a true trendsetter, providing Kosher-quality deli fair long before people realized they didn't HAVE to go to NYC to get a decent gnosh. So, when the local trendy folks there turned their eyes away from the bagel and to the humble hot dog to spark the next happenin' trend, it was only natural that the name would be ridiculously obvious - Frank - and that said humble hot dog would be aggrandized to artisan sausage. Well, Austinites ate that stuff up (pardon the trite pun!) Being the generous souls that they are, it was only a matter of time before they decided to share their new-found salchichas with the masses and, hence, the artisan sausage arrived in San Antonio. Wanting to maintain their trendy tradition, they decided that the "normal" storefront simply wasn't for them, and opted to plant themselves right smackdab in the basement of the old Alamo Methodist Church, a King William neighborhood architectural landmark since it was built in 1912. A live music venue and bar - Casbeers - and a Tex-Mex restaurant since its congregation disbanded, the church has always been a local favorite because of its central location and design, so it really made mucho sense for Frank's founders to set-up shop there. And, so, amidst the Beards and the Babes and the musicians and the artists and the suburbanites looking for more than a Dave & Buster's, hipster hot dogs with monikers like The Notorious P.I.G. and Fico Anatra vie for attention with Chili Cheese Waffle Fries and Portobello Cheesesteak...all combined with dozens of craft beers and select spirits such as The Whole Enchilada Michelada and the Holy Smoke. So, if the idea of artisan sausages and beers in a holy setting make ya wanna holler, Frank is the place for you!
La Focaccia Italian Grill is a family owned and operated classic Italian restaurant that has been delighting Southtown residents and San Antonio visitors since 1996. Helmed by Luigi and Dolores Ciccarelli, the original proprietors of the former Luigi's Italian Restaurant on San Pedro, La Focaccia continues a tradition of quality service, culinary excellence, and value that Alamo City residents have been enjoying since 1972. Authentic family recipes and contemporary culinary expertise blend to produce a unique Italian dining experience based on an appetizing array of seafood, veal, steak, and pasta dishes that include house specialties such as Linguine Pescatora, Veal Saltimbocca Focaccia, and Lingine with Clams. There's even La Focaccia’s classic Italian style pizza and traditional focaccia bread baked in a wood-fired oven to tempt you - and it's all served-up in a warm and inviting atmosphere that's suitable for any occasion - whether it's a casual lunch with family, a romantic dinner for two, a formal banquet, or just enjoying a drink and some appetizers at the bar with friends . Quite simply, La Focaccia Italian Grill is the place to be!
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La Focaccia Italian Grill
800 S Alamo St
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La Focaccia Italian Grill is a family owned and operated classic Italian restaurant that has been delighting Southtown residents and San Antonio visitors since 1996. Helmed by Luigi and Dolores Ciccarelli, the original proprietors of the former Luigi's Italian Restaurant on San Pedro, La Focaccia continues a tradition of quality service, culinary excellence, and value that Alamo City residents have been enjoying since 1972. Authentic family recipes and contemporary culinary expertise blend to produce a unique Italian dining experience based on an appetizing array of seafood, veal, steak, and pasta dishes that include house specialties such as Linguine Pescatora, Veal Saltimbocca Focaccia, and Lingine with Clams. There's even La Focaccia’s classic Italian style pizza and traditional focaccia bread baked in a wood-fired oven to tempt you - and it's all served-up in a warm and inviting atmosphere that's suitable for any occasion - whether it's a casual lunch with family, a romantic dinner for two, a formal banquet, or just enjoying a drink and some appetizers at the bar with friends . Quite simply, La Focaccia Italian Grill is the place to be!
Housed in an uber-kewl brick-and-mortar site across from Tito's and next door to both Feast and B & D Ice House is Southtown's answer to San Francisco's San Tung - a place where that bar staple, the lowly chicken wing, is elevated to the highest of culinary delights. The brainchild of Star Chef's Rising Star Chef of 2012, Quealy Watson - who catapulted Hot Joy onto the local scene as a successful pop-up at the now-shuttered Monterey, where he was previously chef - Hot Joy serves Watson's take on Asian food with a decidedly Texas twist. More importantly to Southies, however, is the fact that HJ also boasts the neighborhood's coolest bar decorated in the hippest style with the bestest views of the Alamo strip. So, while being named Bon Appetite's Best New Restaurant of 2014 is a really awesome thing, it really all comes down to the fact that Hot Joy, like all of Southtown, is just THE place to be.
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Hot Joy
1014 S Alamo St
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Housed in an uber-kewl brick-and-mortar site across from Tito's and next door to both Feast and B & D Ice House is Southtown's answer to San Francisco's San Tung - a place where that bar staple, the lowly chicken wing, is elevated to the highest of culinary delights. The brainchild of Star Chef's Rising Star Chef of 2012, Quealy Watson - who catapulted Hot Joy onto the local scene as a successful pop-up at the now-shuttered Monterey, where he was previously chef - Hot Joy serves Watson's take on Asian food with a decidedly Texas twist. More importantly to Southies, however, is the fact that HJ also boasts the neighborhood's coolest bar decorated in the hippest style with the bestest views of the Alamo strip. So, while being named Bon Appetite's Best New Restaurant of 2014 is a really awesome thing, it really all comes down to the fact that Hot Joy, like all of Southtown, is just THE place to be.
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 S Presa St
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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!
Bliss Restaurant is a chef-owned and -operated restaurant located just south of downtown San Antonio. Said chef and owner is none other than Mark Bliss, a native of Northern California who began his culinary career after moving to Texas in 1981. With stints at Polo's at The Fairmount, Bruce Auden's famed Biga and the equally-notable Silo, his list of awards and citations is almost as long as some of his menus - and just as just as tasty! He opened Bliss in the winter of 2012, and its 52-seat dining room has been packed ever since - mostly because its upscale and contemporary American cuisine, fine selection of charcuterie, artisanal cheeses and breads and eclectic array of beers and wines are designed to suit a variety of preferences, tastes and budgets. All of which pretty much guarantees that its customers are going to enjoy a unique dining experience in a relaxed, yet elegant, environment. Bliss's (both the restaurant's and the chef's) mission is to be consistently among San Antonio's best restaurants and to express excellence in the most inclusive, genuine and hospitable way by delivering superior customer service based on their belief that “People may forget what you say, and they may forget what you do, but they will always remember how you made them feel.”
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Bliss
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Bliss Restaurant is a chef-owned and -operated restaurant located just south of downtown San Antonio. Said chef and owner is none other than Mark Bliss, a native of Northern California who began his culinary career after moving to Texas in 1981. With stints at Polo's at The Fairmount, Bruce Auden's famed Biga and the equally-notable Silo, his list of awards and citations is almost as long as some of his menus - and just as just as tasty! He opened Bliss in the winter of 2012, and its 52-seat dining room has been packed ever since - mostly because its upscale and contemporary American cuisine, fine selection of charcuterie, artisanal cheeses and breads and eclectic array of beers and wines are designed to suit a variety of preferences, tastes and budgets. All of which pretty much guarantees that its customers are going to enjoy a unique dining experience in a relaxed, yet elegant, environment. Bliss's (both the restaurant's and the chef's) mission is to be consistently among San Antonio's best restaurants and to express excellence in the most inclusive, genuine and hospitable way by delivering superior customer service based on their belief that “People may forget what you say, and they may forget what you do, but they will always remember how you made them feel.”
The 1960s, when we were living them, wasn't supposed to be cool. Nay, the 60's were about struggle and change and evolution and revolution...the fact that we managed to create and mass-produce some really awesome design styles in the midst of all of that struggle and revolution says a helluva lot about who we were. So, when we happen upon a trendy trattoria or a boffo beanery that evokes memories of that storied decade, we tend to get all tingly with fond memories. Sooooooo, when we found Feast....well, the joy was bounteous.... Not to be trite or cliché, but if there were a real James Bond - and, if he was portrayed in film by Sean Connery - he...and, presumably, Sean....would eat here. 'Cause, it's....well.....cool! From its Eero Saarinen, TWA Flight Center-flavored décor to its sustainable culinary food culture, it's just redolent with all of the fun fads and consciousness-raising thoughts that are the hallmark of the Me Generation. Feast opened their doors in September 2011, not long after chef Stefan Bowers and local entrepreneur, Andrew Goodman, met. Featuring New American cuisine with a Mediterranean flair in a variety of appetizers, entrees and "small plates," the King William kitchen has made the area a dining destination for just long enough that it's almost retro..... ...which is just uber-cool!
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Feast
1024 S Alamo St
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The 1960s, when we were living them, wasn't supposed to be cool. Nay, the 60's were about struggle and change and evolution and revolution...the fact that we managed to create and mass-produce some really awesome design styles in the midst of all of that struggle and revolution says a helluva lot about who we were. So, when we happen upon a trendy trattoria or a boffo beanery that evokes memories of that storied decade, we tend to get all tingly with fond memories. Sooooooo, when we found Feast....well, the joy was bounteous.... Not to be trite or cliché, but if there were a real James Bond - and, if he was portrayed in film by Sean Connery - he...and, presumably, Sean....would eat here. 'Cause, it's....well.....cool! From its Eero Saarinen, TWA Flight Center-flavored décor to its sustainable culinary food culture, it's just redolent with all of the fun fads and consciousness-raising thoughts that are the hallmark of the Me Generation. Feast opened their doors in September 2011, not long after chef Stefan Bowers and local entrepreneur, Andrew Goodman, met. Featuring New American cuisine with a Mediterranean flair in a variety of appetizers, entrees and "small plates," the King William kitchen has made the area a dining destination for just long enough that it's almost retro..... ...which is just uber-cool!
Nestled along the banks of the San Antonio River and its renowned Riverwalk, in the equally-famed Blue Star Complex of galleries and museums and hotspots, is the semi-eponymous libation lounge that combines the best attributes of a brewery with the equally-perfect traits of an upscale pub. From sanantonio.com: "With a wide selection of beers brewed on site, the Blue Star Brewing Company is San Antonio's premier brewpub and draws a mixed crowd of artists, business people and local San Antonio college students that flock to the longtime favorite for its craft beverages and its full restaurant menu, which is perfect for those who head straight to the pub after work and also need a bite to eat. The second floor balcony has a view of the San Antonio River and allows drinkers and diners at the brewery to get a breath of fresh air." It's a great place to start and end your day, offering you both fine food and beverages and easy access to one of San Antonio's most-culturally significant destinations.
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Blue Star Contemporary
116 Blue Star
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Nestled along the banks of the San Antonio River and its renowned Riverwalk, in the equally-famed Blue Star Complex of galleries and museums and hotspots, is the semi-eponymous libation lounge that combines the best attributes of a brewery with the equally-perfect traits of an upscale pub. From sanantonio.com: "With a wide selection of beers brewed on site, the Blue Star Brewing Company is San Antonio's premier brewpub and draws a mixed crowd of artists, business people and local San Antonio college students that flock to the longtime favorite for its craft beverages and its full restaurant menu, which is perfect for those who head straight to the pub after work and also need a bite to eat. The second floor balcony has a view of the San Antonio River and allows drinkers and diners at the brewery to get a breath of fresh air." It's a great place to start and end your day, offering you both fine food and beverages and easy access to one of San Antonio's most-culturally significant destinations.
A small 9 table restaurant known for fun, delicious food, funky cocktails, eclectic wines, and great service, this bordering-on-exclusive bite of poshness is the brainchild of Chilean expat, Lisa Astorga-Watel, whose recipe's tastes and portions are all influenced by her travels around the world. Think Paris' Spring and London's Iberica Marylebone and you'll be spot-on...and, based on the stellar and accurate reviews proffered by the eatery's legion of fans, equally as satisfied.
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Bite
1012 S Presa St
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A small 9 table restaurant known for fun, delicious food, funky cocktails, eclectic wines, and great service, this bordering-on-exclusive bite of poshness is the brainchild of Chilean expat, Lisa Astorga-Watel, whose recipe's tastes and portions are all influenced by her travels around the world. Think Paris' Spring and London's Iberica Marylebone and you'll be spot-on...and, based on the stellar and accurate reviews proffered by the eatery's legion of fans, equally as satisfied.
Local food critics have consistently voted Rosario’s “Best Mexican Restaurant” in San Antonio, “Best Neighborhood Restaurant/Downtown-Southtown,” and Critics’ Choice for “Best Restaurant to Take Out-of-Town Guests" and, one might suppose, there's a reason. Since 1992, Rosario’s has served as the anchor business for the historic Southtown/King William area, serving up traditional south-of-the-border dishes with authentic house specialties, all prepared with a contemporary twist. Guest favorites include shrimp nachos, fish tacos, ceviche, tacos callejeros, parrillas and specialty margaritas. Proprietor Lisa Wong’s restaurant career began in 1981 when, at age 18, she took $7,000 of her college money and opened Lisa’s Mexican Restaurant to instant success. Now, more than three decades later, she's still delighting and satisfying the masses - as the constant crowds can attest to. So, if Mexican food is your thing, be sure to drop in for lunch or dinner....after you have a great breakfast taco at Tito's
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Rosario's
910 S Alamo St
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Local food critics have consistently voted Rosario’s “Best Mexican Restaurant” in San Antonio, “Best Neighborhood Restaurant/Downtown-Southtown,” and Critics’ Choice for “Best Restaurant to Take Out-of-Town Guests" and, one might suppose, there's a reason. Since 1992, Rosario’s has served as the anchor business for the historic Southtown/King William area, serving up traditional south-of-the-border dishes with authentic house specialties, all prepared with a contemporary twist. Guest favorites include shrimp nachos, fish tacos, ceviche, tacos callejeros, parrillas and specialty margaritas. Proprietor Lisa Wong’s restaurant career began in 1981 when, at age 18, she took $7,000 of her college money and opened Lisa’s Mexican Restaurant to instant success. Now, more than three decades later, she's still delighting and satisfying the masses - as the constant crowds can attest to. So, if Mexican food is your thing, be sure to drop in for lunch or dinner....after you have a great breakfast taco at Tito's
When Mexican food aficionados go out to gnosh, they often don't get past the entrance to Southtown, at the crossroads of Alamo, St Mary's and Presa. Which is a pity because, nestled in the same location in the very heart of King William that it's been in for mumble-something years, sits this little piece of historic heaven that's been satisfying the gastronomic needs of Alamo City residents since the day it first opened its doors. From breakfast all the way through dinner, Tito's serves-up a delicious array of tempting Tex-Mex favorites, and the fully-stocked bar crafts the best-tasting variety of margaritas to be found outside Buffetland. From the amazing site, San Antonio Thrillist: "When you’re a Tex-Mex restaurant in San Antonio and your neighbor is Rosario’s you’re destined for the underrated moniker. Here’s the thing: Rosario’s is good, but Tito’s is really, really good. Sit on the patio, get a fat chamoy margarita, order the mole enchiladas and enjoy all of Southtown’s frenetic energy." Which definitely suggests that a visit is in order!
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Tito's Mexican Restaurant
955 S Alamo St
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When Mexican food aficionados go out to gnosh, they often don't get past the entrance to Southtown, at the crossroads of Alamo, St Mary's and Presa. Which is a pity because, nestled in the same location in the very heart of King William that it's been in for mumble-something years, sits this little piece of historic heaven that's been satisfying the gastronomic needs of Alamo City residents since the day it first opened its doors. From breakfast all the way through dinner, Tito's serves-up a delicious array of tempting Tex-Mex favorites, and the fully-stocked bar crafts the best-tasting variety of margaritas to be found outside Buffetland. From the amazing site, San Antonio Thrillist: "When you’re a Tex-Mex restaurant in San Antonio and your neighbor is Rosario’s you’re destined for the underrated moniker. Here’s the thing: Rosario’s is good, but Tito’s is really, really good. Sit on the patio, get a fat chamoy margarita, order the mole enchiladas and enjoy all of Southtown’s frenetic energy." Which definitely suggests that a visit is in order!
Don't let B&D's humble appearance fool you - B&D Ice House has been a Southtown institution since 1961, and it's now being reimagined for the 21st Century by a group of Bearded Bossmen that includes some of San Antonio's heavyweight restaurateurs. Quite simply, B&Ds, which means Beard & Dady or BBQ & Draft, depending on whom you ask, is the BEST sauce-drowned meat on the planet....and, the beer-infused bar and patio the coolest place on the block!
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B&D Ice House
1004 S Alamo St
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Don't let B&D's humble appearance fool you - B&D Ice House has been a Southtown institution since 1961, and it's now being reimagined for the 21st Century by a group of Bearded Bossmen that includes some of San Antonio's heavyweight restaurateurs. Quite simply, B&Ds, which means Beard & Dady or BBQ & Draft, depending on whom you ask, is the BEST sauce-drowned meat on the planet....and, the beer-infused bar and patio the coolest place on the block!
This iconic and infamous corner of King William has been a customer-favorite for over a decade, thanks to its delicious array of breakfast, brunch and sandwich items. Boasting an eclectic and cozy interior, plus outdoor space from which to observe the sights and sounds of Southtown, the owners and staff boast that they're "all mad here!" ...which is definitely something to be proud of. High tea is a local favorite, for those that like both the high and the tea aspects of that event.
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Madhatters Tea House & Cafe
320 Beauregard St
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This iconic and infamous corner of King William has been a customer-favorite for over a decade, thanks to its delicious array of breakfast, brunch and sandwich items. Boasting an eclectic and cozy interior, plus outdoor space from which to observe the sights and sounds of Southtown, the owners and staff boast that they're "all mad here!" ...which is definitely something to be proud of. High tea is a local favorite, for those that like both the high and the tea aspects of that event.
As an artisanal coffee roaster and coffee shop, WE Coffee Company is dedicated to offering coffees that will satisfy and intrigue all kinds of coffee enthusiasts. San Antonio's own Infra Jag quite literally qvells, writing on the emporium's FB page: Thoroughly impressed by this roasthouse's ambiance, custom machinery and knowledgable barista, Dorian!! Best coffee product I've come across in over a decade, highly recommend and DEFINATELY my new favorite rendezvous for business and pleasure! A treat for sore eyes and a yearning pallet as these guys actually respect the bean in every way and make sure you receive exactly what you ask for on every level!! Can't say enough about this shop as it is clearly anything BUT a white elephant-- these guys keep this up and they'll be a permanent staple of Texas!!!☕️' And, there you have it!
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White Elephant Coffee Company
110 W Carolina St
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As an artisanal coffee roaster and coffee shop, WE Coffee Company is dedicated to offering coffees that will satisfy and intrigue all kinds of coffee enthusiasts. San Antonio's own Infra Jag quite literally qvells, writing on the emporium's FB page: Thoroughly impressed by this roasthouse's ambiance, custom machinery and knowledgable barista, Dorian!! Best coffee product I've come across in over a decade, highly recommend and DEFINATELY my new favorite rendezvous for business and pleasure! A treat for sore eyes and a yearning pallet as these guys actually respect the bean in every way and make sure you receive exactly what you ask for on every level!! Can't say enough about this shop as it is clearly anything BUT a white elephant-- these guys keep this up and they'll be a permanent staple of Texas!!!☕️' And, there you have it!
From the SPH website: "Stella Public House’s “farm to pizza” concept is centered on farm to table food practices and the development of strong partnerships with local growers, ranchers and purveyors. The star of Stella‘s menu is Texas-sourced artisan wood-fired pizza baked in an Italian Modena oven using oak and pecan wood. Shared plates, house-made cheeses, fresh salads and comfort foods made with locally-sourced ingredients are also found on the seasonal menu. Our beer list consists of 20 rotating taps showcasing craft beers from across the nation as well as an approachable, internationally-curated wine list. SPH believes that to create good food it is essential to begin with fresh, local ingredients. At Stella we focus on seasonal offerings and simple preparations to let the ingredients shine. We are proud to support local, sustainable agriculture as well as responsible animal stewardship when possible." Couldn't have said it better, ourselves!
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Stella Public House
1414 S Alamo St
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From the SPH website: "Stella Public House’s “farm to pizza” concept is centered on farm to table food practices and the development of strong partnerships with local growers, ranchers and purveyors. The star of Stella‘s menu is Texas-sourced artisan wood-fired pizza baked in an Italian Modena oven using oak and pecan wood. Shared plates, house-made cheeses, fresh salads and comfort foods made with locally-sourced ingredients are also found on the seasonal menu. Our beer list consists of 20 rotating taps showcasing craft beers from across the nation as well as an approachable, internationally-curated wine list. SPH believes that to create good food it is essential to begin with fresh, local ingredients. At Stella we focus on seasonal offerings and simple preparations to let the ingredients shine. We are proud to support local, sustainable agriculture as well as responsible animal stewardship when possible." Couldn't have said it better, ourselves!
One of the things that we love about Southtown is the fact that everything...EVERYTHING - from the clubs and the restaurants and cool shops and the awesome people and the amazing historic homes - is so bloody cool! Heck, even the business' websites are cool. Especially Halcyon's: "HALCYON (hal-see-yon): Adj. – Peaceful, Carefree, Untroubled, Prosperous... Coffeehouse by day, bar & lounge by night where you can always relax and find your own personal “halcyon”. So what is your halcyon? Your favorite place to chill, hang out, meet-up with friends, or just be? Roasting marshmallows to make S’mores while sipping on a Chocolate Espresso Martini? Updating your Facebook profile with a glass of wine? Savoring the perfect cappuccino by day or by night? People-watching on the porch while enjoying a cigar and scotch? A romantic late-night coffee and Nutella crepe with your partner? Happy hour with friends and co-workers in a comfy Halcyon couch? Your “other” office that’s perfect for getting things done or meeting with clients? A quick turkey brie panini or gourmet salad for lunch? Dropping by on a Monday night for Live Jazz? Enjoying Sunday brunch with family or friends?" See what we mean??? Cool, huh???
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Halcyon Southtown
1414 S Alamo St
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One of the things that we love about Southtown is the fact that everything...EVERYTHING - from the clubs and the restaurants and cool shops and the awesome people and the amazing historic homes - is so bloody cool! Heck, even the business' websites are cool. Especially Halcyon's: "HALCYON (hal-see-yon): Adj. – Peaceful, Carefree, Untroubled, Prosperous... Coffeehouse by day, bar & lounge by night where you can always relax and find your own personal “halcyon”. So what is your halcyon? Your favorite place to chill, hang out, meet-up with friends, or just be? Roasting marshmallows to make S’mores while sipping on a Chocolate Espresso Martini? Updating your Facebook profile with a glass of wine? Savoring the perfect cappuccino by day or by night? People-watching on the porch while enjoying a cigar and scotch? A romantic late-night coffee and Nutella crepe with your partner? Happy hour with friends and co-workers in a comfy Halcyon couch? Your “other” office that’s perfect for getting things done or meeting with clients? A quick turkey brie panini or gourmet salad for lunch? Dropping by on a Monday night for Live Jazz? Enjoying Sunday brunch with family or friends?" See what we mean??? Cool, huh???
Eccentric pizzeria serving some of the best sandwiches you'll ever eat and some of the most-eclectic brews you'll ever sip. Bi-located in a former gas station/garage, place your order out-back, where they lubed the engines, then step out-front to the former pump area to grab that brew and await culinary nirvana. The view of downtown and the Tower of the Americas is one of the best in the area - and the constant parade of locals and visitors transiting from their downtown hotels and apartments to all that Southtown offers is unparalleled.
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Filling Station Tap Room
701 S St Mary's St
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Eccentric pizzeria serving some of the best sandwiches you'll ever eat and some of the most-eclectic brews you'll ever sip. Bi-located in a former gas station/garage, place your order out-back, where they lubed the engines, then step out-front to the former pump area to grab that brew and await culinary nirvana. The view of downtown and the Tower of the Americas is one of the best in the area - and the constant parade of locals and visitors transiting from their downtown hotels and apartments to all that Southtown offers is unparalleled.
From their very own website: "We admit to being fiercely focused on the art and science behind an excellent cup of coffee. That obsessive tendency led us to renovate an old warehouse on San Antonio’s Southside to create a premium coffee roasting facility, Merit Coffee Roasting Co. It’s about control — how we source the beans, the temperature and duration of the roasting and the subsequent quality of the coffee in your cup. We personally source many of the batches of beans we roast, literally traveling to the growers to sample their coffee, negotiate a fair price and arrange shipment to San Antonio. Many of our specialty beans come from a single farm or even from a specific area on the farm (micro-terroir), so they are limited in quantity and superior in quality. We work to establish strong, long-term relationships based on good coffee and fair prices. Once the beans reach us, we roast test batches, cup, taste, adjust, test some more and finally establish the perfect roast for the beans. We package the whole beans fresh from the roaster — rich, aromatic, at the peak of perfection." Which is probably why this hidden gem is one of the most popular java joints in town!”
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Merit Roasting Co.
2001 S Presa St
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From their very own website: "We admit to being fiercely focused on the art and science behind an excellent cup of coffee. That obsessive tendency led us to renovate an old warehouse on San Antonio’s Southside to create a premium coffee roasting facility, Merit Coffee Roasting Co. It’s about control — how we source the beans, the temperature and duration of the roasting and the subsequent quality of the coffee in your cup. We personally source many of the batches of beans we roast, literally traveling to the growers to sample their coffee, negotiate a fair price and arrange shipment to San Antonio. Many of our specialty beans come from a single farm or even from a specific area on the farm (micro-terroir), so they are limited in quantity and superior in quality. We work to establish strong, long-term relationships based on good coffee and fair prices. Once the beans reach us, we roast test batches, cup, taste, adjust, test some more and finally establish the perfect roast for the beans. We package the whole beans fresh from the roaster — rich, aromatic, at the peak of perfection." Which is probably why this hidden gem is one of the most popular java joints in town!”
Located across the tracks from the Blue Star District, La Tuna Grill has made a popular name for itself within San Antonio’s Southtown culinary scene. Specializing in food you’re going to love, each item on the menu is a delicious fusion of Tex-Mex and American classics. From weekly soup specials and fresh salads, to savory burgers and sandwiches with all the fixings, these are the type of meals that you'll remember long after you've removed the spots from your T-shirt. All this and an amazing staff ready to welcome you and make you feel at home. A family-friendly place to grab a bite before venturing out to First Friday and any other popular Southtown events. So sit back, relax, and order those fried mushrooms for the table....you know you want to.”
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La Tuna
100 Probandt St
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Located across the tracks from the Blue Star District, La Tuna Grill has made a popular name for itself within San Antonio’s Southtown culinary scene. Specializing in food you’re going to love, each item on the menu is a delicious fusion of Tex-Mex and American classics. From weekly soup specials and fresh salads, to savory burgers and sandwiches with all the fixings, these are the type of meals that you'll remember long after you've removed the spots from your T-shirt. All this and an amazing staff ready to welcome you and make you feel at home. A family-friendly place to grab a bite before venturing out to First Friday and any other popular Southtown events. So sit back, relax, and order those fried mushrooms for the table....you know you want to.”
We've provided information on a lot of Mexican restaurants because...it's San Antonio, and there's a Mexican restaurant on virtually every block. But, there's not a good Mexican restaurant on every block, and El Mirador is definitely one of the best. Esquire magazine's food editor literally gushed over the place, stating that the restaurant has "set a standard with some of the most vividly authentic Mexican food this side of the Rio Grande. Locals line-up for [their] magnificent chile-laced chicken and vegetable soups - which are considered as restorative to the body as Saturday confession is to the soul." And we all know that, when ya bring religion into the equation, it'll be memorable.
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El Mirador
722 S St Mary's St
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We've provided information on a lot of Mexican restaurants because...it's San Antonio, and there's a Mexican restaurant on virtually every block. But, there's not a good Mexican restaurant on every block, and El Mirador is definitely one of the best. Esquire magazine's food editor literally gushed over the place, stating that the restaurant has "set a standard with some of the most vividly authentic Mexican food this side of the Rio Grande. Locals line-up for [their] magnificent chile-laced chicken and vegetable soups - which are considered as restorative to the body as Saturday confession is to the soul." And we all know that, when ya bring religion into the equation, it'll be memorable.
Sometimes, the stars align and the perfect venue joins with the best concept to create a dining experience that is nonpareil. Such is the case with the latest iteration from the forces behind both Feast and Rebelle at the St Anthony Hotel. Housed in the old Fire Station No 7 and featuring 10 pastas for $10 each, including five fresh pastas, three dried pastas and two kinds of gnudi, Batallion completely changes the culinary landscape in San Antonio, putting the established eatery empires on notice that the norm is no longer the trend. From the expansive view of downtown to the digestivo cart, Battalion signals a new era in dining in the Alamo City.
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Battalion
604 S Alamo St
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Sometimes, the stars align and the perfect venue joins with the best concept to create a dining experience that is nonpareil. Such is the case with the latest iteration from the forces behind both Feast and Rebelle at the St Anthony Hotel. Housed in the old Fire Station No 7 and featuring 10 pastas for $10 each, including five fresh pastas, three dried pastas and two kinds of gnudi, Batallion completely changes the culinary landscape in San Antonio, putting the established eatery empires on notice that the norm is no longer the trend. From the expansive view of downtown to the digestivo cart, Battalion signals a new era in dining in the Alamo City.
Sometimes, ya just want a basic Mexican plate without all the frills and higher prices. For those instances, you definitely want to hit this place up. Las Tap serves-up really awesome and authentic Tex-Mex indoors and through their drive-thru window, and does it all with prices that will still allow you to take the kids to Sea World. Friendly staff, simple service and unpretentious surroundings make it an easy choice for a quick bite or a full meal, and the fact that a hefty percentage of the local population dines here means it's gotta be good.
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Las Tapatias De Jalisco
1506 S St Mary's St
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Sometimes, ya just want a basic Mexican plate without all the frills and higher prices. For those instances, you definitely want to hit this place up. Las Tap serves-up really awesome and authentic Tex-Mex indoors and through their drive-thru window, and does it all with prices that will still allow you to take the kids to Sea World. Friendly staff, simple service and unpretentious surroundings make it an easy choice for a quick bite or a full meal, and the fact that a hefty percentage of the local population dines here means it's gotta be good.
Lunch and Supper 7 days a week, weekend brunch, serious food, live music and the "Best Coffee in the Known Universe" all combine to make the Lib your one-stop, go-to place for a night filled with Beauty and Charm. They even make their own pies!
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Liberty Bar
1111 S Alamo St
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Lunch and Supper 7 days a week, weekend brunch, serious food, live music and the "Best Coffee in the Known Universe" all combine to make the Lib your one-stop, go-to place for a night filled with Beauty and Charm. They even make their own pies!
One of the best-reviewed restaurants in Southtown happens to also be one of its newest. Fresca opened with little fanfare in October 2016, and its been garnering nothing but 5-star ratings since. Housed in a sixty year-old building that has been everything from an ice house to a Thai restaurant, it's a bar, it's a restaurant, it's a karaoke and Spurs-watching venue and it's even got live and recorded music. But, what draws them all in is its decadent menu that can only be described as indulgent. With items such as chocolate bacon - yes, chocolate bacon - barbacoa wontons, chicken and waffles and open-faced egg sandwiches, it's definitely not for the calorie-counters amongst us.
Fresca
1035 S Presa St
One of the best-reviewed restaurants in Southtown happens to also be one of its newest. Fresca opened with little fanfare in October 2016, and its been garnering nothing but 5-star ratings since. Housed in a sixty year-old building that has been everything from an ice house to a Thai restaurant, it's a bar, it's a restaurant, it's a karaoke and Spurs-watching venue and it's even got live and recorded music. But, what draws them all in is its decadent menu that can only be described as indulgent. With items such as chocolate bacon - yes, chocolate bacon - barbacoa wontons, chicken and waffles and open-faced egg sandwiches, it's definitely not for the calorie-counters amongst us.

Drinks & Nightlife

Waaaaaaay back in 1926, when MGM and Warner Brothers and Paramount and 20th Century Fox not only made movies, they distributed them, too, ginormous picture palaces, like the Aztec, sprung-up in cities across the United States so that the studios were guaranteed exhibition spaces for their products. No expense was spared to make the venues the poshest and the most glamorous in an effort to lure movie-goers into their gilded portals. Through the years, anti-trust legislation and television changed the film industry, and the great and ornate palaces became second-rate movie theaters, some even showing adult films in an effort to fill the seats. But, everything has a season and, once again, these oracles of opulence are back in fashion. In its early years, the Aztec Theatre featured stage shows (including chorus girls, a 26-piece orchestra and an 11-rank Robert Morton theatre pipe organ), red carpet events and numerous motion picture premiers. Though the theater remained extremely popular for many decades, by the 1970's it was falling on hard times. Later on, the theatre was cut into three auditoriums and billed as the Aztec Triplex, but that only slowed the eventual decline. By 1984, the years of neglect and urban decay led to the theatre's closure. The San Antonio Conservation Society rescued the Aztec from demolition in 1989 and the theatre was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. Considered by many as a Meso-American architectural work of art, the Aztec boasts a dramatic combination of authentic columns, reliefs and artifacts. From its stunning lobby and mezzanine to the glorious theatre and balcony, the Aztec Theatre is an experience unlike any other. After an extensive and costly remodeling by PHH Entertainment Ventures that included the construction of a tiered platform structure and the introduction of a state-of-the-art sound system, the Aztec has returned to its place of prominence in San Antonio's entertainment scene as the ultimate concert experience, with as many as 15 musical events booked each month
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The Aztec Theatre
104 N St Mary's St
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Waaaaaaay back in 1926, when MGM and Warner Brothers and Paramount and 20th Century Fox not only made movies, they distributed them, too, ginormous picture palaces, like the Aztec, sprung-up in cities across the United States so that the studios were guaranteed exhibition spaces for their products. No expense was spared to make the venues the poshest and the most glamorous in an effort to lure movie-goers into their gilded portals. Through the years, anti-trust legislation and television changed the film industry, and the great and ornate palaces became second-rate movie theaters, some even showing adult films in an effort to fill the seats. But, everything has a season and, once again, these oracles of opulence are back in fashion. In its early years, the Aztec Theatre featured stage shows (including chorus girls, a 26-piece orchestra and an 11-rank Robert Morton theatre pipe organ), red carpet events and numerous motion picture premiers. Though the theater remained extremely popular for many decades, by the 1970's it was falling on hard times. Later on, the theatre was cut into three auditoriums and billed as the Aztec Triplex, but that only slowed the eventual decline. By 1984, the years of neglect and urban decay led to the theatre's closure. The San Antonio Conservation Society rescued the Aztec from demolition in 1989 and the theatre was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. Considered by many as a Meso-American architectural work of art, the Aztec boasts a dramatic combination of authentic columns, reliefs and artifacts. From its stunning lobby and mezzanine to the glorious theatre and balcony, the Aztec Theatre is an experience unlike any other. After an extensive and costly remodeling by PHH Entertainment Ventures that included the construction of a tiered platform structure and the introduction of a state-of-the-art sound system, the Aztec has returned to its place of prominence in San Antonio's entertainment scene as the ultimate concert experience, with as many as 15 musical events booked each month
Years ago, when San Antonio was a backwater burg, lawyers and their ilk liked to get away from the stress and strain of negotiating cattle-rustling claims by grabbing a refreshing adult beverage with their clients and colleagues - and, the Esquire was more than happy to assist them. Dark and mysterious, like the cattle-rustlers, the Esquire was the perfect shadowy spot for secret negotiations, and its proximity to the San Antonio River perfect, in case those negotiations went awry. Today, misty memories of its former glory prevail, and the libation lounge and lite-bite emporium plays host to a new generation of coders and techies that also enjoy dark places
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The Esquire Tavern
155 E Commerce St
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Years ago, when San Antonio was a backwater burg, lawyers and their ilk liked to get away from the stress and strain of negotiating cattle-rustling claims by grabbing a refreshing adult beverage with their clients and colleagues - and, the Esquire was more than happy to assist them. Dark and mysterious, like the cattle-rustlers, the Esquire was the perfect shadowy spot for secret negotiations, and its proximity to the San Antonio River perfect, in case those negotiations went awry. Today, misty memories of its former glory prevail, and the libation lounge and lite-bite emporium plays host to a new generation of coders and techies that also enjoy dark places
When we were younger, we didn't have a clue what-in-the-hell brew pubs and craft beers were...we kept driving by Freetail thinking it was just the "factory" where the stuff we drank at Senor Veggie was "made." But, a brewery with movie nights? A brewpub where they practice yoga? Dogs and cats, living together? We didn't understand. But, that's Freetail for ya: A "factory" where really good brews are "made" in a building that hosts movies and yoga AND has food. We just don't understand it...
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Freetail Brewing Co.
2000 S Presa St
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When we were younger, we didn't have a clue what-in-the-hell brew pubs and craft beers were...we kept driving by Freetail thinking it was just the "factory" where the stuff we drank at Senor Veggie was "made." But, a brewery with movie nights? A brewpub where they practice yoga? Dogs and cats, living together? We didn't understand. But, that's Freetail for ya: A "factory" where really good brews are "made" in a building that hosts movies and yoga AND has food. We just don't understand it...

Sightseeing

Every city has one...the place that is recognized as the birthplace of the city. It's Allen's Landing in Houston, Olivera Street in LA...and, La Villita in San Antonio. In fact, it was one of SA's very first neighborhoods, long after it was first an American Indian settlement and, then, a collection of primitive brush huts for the Spanish soldiers stationed near the Alamo. Housing art galleries, shops and restaurants, La Villita connects to the San Antonio Riverwalk and its outdoor Arneson River Theater, and is close to the Alamo, the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, HemisFair Park and the historic King William neighborhood.
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La Villita
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Every city has one...the place that is recognized as the birthplace of the city. It's Allen's Landing in Houston, Olivera Street in LA...and, La Villita in San Antonio. In fact, it was one of SA's very first neighborhoods, long after it was first an American Indian settlement and, then, a collection of primitive brush huts for the Spanish soldiers stationed near the Alamo. Housing art galleries, shops and restaurants, La Villita connects to the San Antonio Riverwalk and its outdoor Arneson River Theater, and is close to the Alamo, the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, HemisFair Park and the historic King William neighborhood.

Parks & Nature

Kids and adults alike will find San Antonio's HemisFair Park overflowing with fun activities and exciting adventures. A Magik Theater for kids, a playground built like a fortress, educational museums and the centerpiece - and, one of San Antonio's most-famous attractions - the Tower of the Americas - all set in a beautifully-landscaped surrounding, with large shade trees, flowering plants, cascading waterfalls and a surprise around every corner. HemisFair Park was built in 1968 to host that year's World's Fair and to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the founding of San Antonio. Today, it is poised to become a grand, central greenspace, evocative of NY's Central Park.
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Hemisfair
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Kids and adults alike will find San Antonio's HemisFair Park overflowing with fun activities and exciting adventures. A Magik Theater for kids, a playground built like a fortress, educational museums and the centerpiece - and, one of San Antonio's most-famous attractions - the Tower of the Americas - all set in a beautifully-landscaped surrounding, with large shade trees, flowering plants, cascading waterfalls and a surprise around every corner. HemisFair Park was built in 1968 to host that year's World's Fair and to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the founding of San Antonio. Today, it is poised to become a grand, central greenspace, evocative of NY's Central Park.

Essentials

South Flores Market is truly perfect - at least for we Southie-types that prefer coolers full of craft beers and fresh produce and organic/vegan staples to the mass-marketed and -produced dreck that tends to populate the shelves of HEB's bigger and busier suburban cousins. It's an intimate, user-friendly and easy-to-make-friends-with-all-the-pretty-people kinda place, and its patio with sensational views of downtown and wide variety of quick-bite and ready-to-eat meals make it as much of a dining destination as it is a southside supplier of stuff. We may disagree with their politics but, in this case, HEB done did good!
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H-E-B
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South Flores Market is truly perfect - at least for we Southie-types that prefer coolers full of craft beers and fresh produce and organic/vegan staples to the mass-marketed and -produced dreck that tends to populate the shelves of HEB's bigger and busier suburban cousins. It's an intimate, user-friendly and easy-to-make-friends-with-all-the-pretty-people kinda place, and its patio with sensational views of downtown and wide variety of quick-bite and ready-to-eat meals make it as much of a dining destination as it is a southside supplier of stuff. We may disagree with their politics but, in this case, HEB done did good!
One of the things that we absolutely adore about San Antonio and Southtown is the preponderance of Latin flair that flavors the area - and, nowhere is that flair more evident than at La Fiesta, a veritable cornucopia of ethnic eats and colorful condiments that transports shoppers to a different time and place. Where some might see aging light fixtures and cracked linoleum, others see lower prices and friendly customer service. And, while some may want Polo and bouffant hairdos, others are happy with biker T-shirts and beards. What we're happy with is locals - and that's what La Fiesta is all about - by and for locals!
La Fiesta
5103 S Flores St
One of the things that we absolutely adore about San Antonio and Southtown is the preponderance of Latin flair that flavors the area - and, nowhere is that flair more evident than at La Fiesta, a veritable cornucopia of ethnic eats and colorful condiments that transports shoppers to a different time and place. Where some might see aging light fixtures and cracked linoleum, others see lower prices and friendly customer service. And, while some may want Polo and bouffant hairdos, others are happy with biker T-shirts and beards. What we're happy with is locals - and that's what La Fiesta is all about - by and for locals!

Arts & Culture

Our friends, Antonia and Warren, have created a destination location that epitomizes everything that the arts community of Southtown is all about: a thriving arterial network of studios, learning spaces and galleries built to harvest and foster independent contemporary art. The space, a renovated factory, drums with the pulse of old San Antonio while stirring a sense of sophisticated modernity in everyone that moves through it. With a flexible layout, multiple artists enjoy the studio spaces at once, creating an epicenter of creativity and energy. And, that's what it's all about...creativity and energy!
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Mercury Project
538 Roosevelt Ave
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Our friends, Antonia and Warren, have created a destination location that epitomizes everything that the arts community of Southtown is all about: a thriving arterial network of studios, learning spaces and galleries built to harvest and foster independent contemporary art. The space, a renovated factory, drums with the pulse of old San Antonio while stirring a sense of sophisticated modernity in everyone that moves through it. With a flexible layout, multiple artists enjoy the studio spaces at once, creating an epicenter of creativity and energy. And, that's what it's all about...creativity and energy!