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Monday, August 24

The Stars at Night are Big and Bright...

Well, this is a first! My first blog from 32,000 feet, that is.

I'm currently en route to San Antonio, Texas for a few days. It'll be my first time ever in the Lone Star State. Bring on the 100+ temps!

I'm sure Rachael Ray or Giada has visited San Antonio on some Vacation special before, but what do they know? Anyone have any good restaurant/shopping/visiting suggestions for me while I'm there. You can leave them in the comments below or email them to me at foodnetworkaddict [at] gmail [dot] com if you prefer. I'd appreciate it!

Have a good Monday!




At 8/24/2009 11:11 AM , Blogger Lord of Light AZ said...

Don't know San Antonio. If you are driving go to Austin, Sixth Street area. Stubb's seemed to have good food. Mainly if you like music you need to check out Austin it is Music Mania.

I have to say it was one of my best business trips. I actually thought about moving there, until I found out that they don't have any casinos.

At 8/24/2009 1:51 PM , Blogger modestoman said...

Puffy Taco... MmmmMmmm good

At 8/24/2009 3:01 PM , Blogger Nicole said...

if you'll be in the dallas area, Fuze on centennial street is amazing! tex asian cuisine. best meal on my trip!

At 8/24/2009 3:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taco Taco on Hildebrand Ave is REALLY good

At 8/24/2009 3:26 PM , Blogger Alec Smart said...

Say Jake,

What are you doing in San Antonio ? Seriously your first time in Texas ? I guess you've never been to Oklahoma then ?

If I were you, I'd be hankering for some real Tex Mex and most cities in Texas have a ton of them.

I'm sure Sunny has your itinerary all worked out, but try Earl Abel's Diner. Not sure if Fee-Eddie has graced them with his presence yet, but a prominent Texas food blogger gives it major kudos. It a 75 yr old diner. Giddy up Jakester.

At 8/24/2009 3:39 PM , Blogger shannon said...

hi jacob, i am from san antonio and lived there for most of my life. here is the good schiz:

1.) Rudy's BBQ - there is a location on the NE side of town off of I-35N. everything is delicious, but don't forget your side of creamed corn.

2.) La Hacienda - off 1604 on the northside of town, exit redlands rd. and head north. it'll be on your left after a few neighborhoods. outdoor seating with misting fans make this tex-mex more delicious. this is the La Hacienda of Bobby-Flay-Throw-Down fame.

Central Market - maybe this could be a lunch stop. it is one of the most vast and encompassing gourmet grocery stores i have ever been to. i haven't even seen anything like this in los angeles. upon it's opening, david rosengarten came for a demo and as he walked through he said that there was nothing like this store in new york. it is really a treat like christmas day.

At 8/24/2009 5:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree on the trip to Central Market. We have one here in Houston. I travel to SA I've been to the one there many times. It's at 4821 Broadway. You'll love it there. If you get a chance, tour the Missions Trail. The missions are worth seeing. River Center Mall and North Star Mall are good shopping areas, but you'll want to check out the market over on the west side of downtown. Great mexican market. Mi Tierra is located there. It's a bit touristy, but can be a fun visit.

At 8/24/2009 8:45 PM , Blogger Charles said...

Hey JAcob! Ummmmmm...yeah.. not that I'm hating because once again your traveling and I'm not and I'm on vaca this week and have no plans to go anywhere and so here I sit BUT, where is the blog about the Brian Boitano Show! I would like to see what people thought of it. I thought it was humorous, and the food actually looked good, particularly the crab and avacado crostini. Is Brian Italian?

Anyways, have fun and though I've never been, I would say find some great Tex-Mex!

At 8/24/2009 10:53 PM , Blogger Matt said...

I agree with Shannon...Rudy's has some amazing barbeque.

Oh, also, try Lisa Garza's restaurant that her and her (ex?) husband have. I don't remember if that's in SanAn or Dallas though...

At 8/25/2009 7:59 AM , Blogger Gigi said...

Hi Jacob,
While you're in San ANtonio try LaHacienda de los Barrios and Jacalas for tex-mex. Both are delicious! LaHacienda is where Bobby Flay did the puffy taco throwdown. Jacalas is the oldest continually family owned Mexican restaurant in San Antonio. There's only one location and many, many celebrities have eaten there. For your evening, try Copa Wine Bar on Stone Oak Parkway. It's relaxed and they have awesome tapas! MiTierra's mexican restaurant is good, but very touristy. Someone mentioned Lisa Garza restaurant...it's in Dallas...about 6-7 hours from San Antonio. I used to live in Dallas and now live in San Antonio for the past 9 years. Have fun! Remember the Alamo!!!

At 8/25/2009 5:31 PM , Blogger jacob said...

Thanks for all the great suggestions everybody. I really want to make to to La Hacienda and get that puffy taco, but it's so far from my hotel! Gotta find a ride:-)

At 8/25/2009 5:58 PM , Blogger Sylvia said...

Dear Jacob,
If you are close to the Air Port, then get a cab to take you to La Fogata on Vance Jackson St. The best Margaritas and the best Fajitas that melt in your mouth. The best Chicken Flautas and wonderful Chicken soup. Wonderful home made tortillas and the puffy chicken or beef are not greasy at all and taste delicious. The Frijoles Borrachos, (Drunk Beans) are not to spicy and the Guacamole (avocado) fresh and made right at your table. Beautiful outdoors and they have an indoors air condition place too. This place is not downtown it is on 2427 Vance Jackson st. between IH10 and IH410. Phone 210-340-1337. The best mexican food.

The River Walk is a beautiful place to go and safe because there are always policeman around there. Dick's Last Resort is a fun time to drink little pails full of beer and eat out of little pails of seafood. It's a fun time there. You can call a cab and stay right by the door and the cab will come right by the door by the curb to pick you up. Then there is Chester's Hamburgers 1006 N.E. Loop 410 Phone: 210-805-8600 and the Burgers are really delicious and that place is right off of N. E. Loop IH410 if you are at the Air Port. Then if you want to go to eat really good bar-b-que and it's not very far from Chester's down the road on N.E. Loop 410 the place is called Bar-B-Que Station and they have a pot of beans that's all you eat, homemade potato salad and ribs that are so tender, they have a good rich bar-b-que sauce there too, very comfy and all the service men go there to eat lunch because it is not far from Fort Sam Houston Military Base.
User Rating: 35 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)
Barbecue Station Restaurant & Catering (210) 824-9191.

If you feel like eating a good mexican breakfast, The Taco-Taco has very good homemade tortillas and it is a very small Mom & Pop Shop but the food is really good. (210) 822-9533 - 145 E Hildebrand Ave.

Chaco's Mexican Resturant stays open all night and it is a resturant that was once a gas station, the food is good and the Margaritas are really Top Shelf. Fun Young Crowds go to this spot (210) 366-2023 - 7870 Callaghan Rd.

At 8/25/2009 7:19 PM , Blogger Sylvia said...

I forgot to mention, there are all kinds of restuarants down on the Riverwalk, fun ones and little shops all over the place too.

There is another restuarant that is called "The Lighthouse" on McCullough about 3 blocks from Taco-Taco and there they have really good "crispy on the outside" and fluffy on the inside French Fries, it's a nice place inside and the blueberry pancakes are huge and fluffy with lots of berries, lots of different coffe's and this restuarant is located in a stripmall, they also have in the back of the restuarant a small wine bar that is separated from the cafe, it's quiet and nice in the wine bar. This place has many San Antonio Keepsakes too and a bakery deli. I've eaten their burgers, Roast Beef, Three Salad Plate, French Fries, muffins and coffee at different times throughout the year, The owner is a nice lady that greets you at the door too.The Lighthouse at Olmos Park in San Antonio? ... 4212 McCullough Ave. (Thelma St.) Map. San Antonio, TX 78212. 210-805-9229.

There is one Mexican Restuarant that my husband and I like to go and it is on Fredericksburg Rd. It is called Blanco Cafe Address: 7934Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78229, Phone: (210) 692-3233. This is located across the street from a big medical complex on Fredericksburg Rd. many Doctors, Nurses and business people go eat there too. This restuarant is not open on Sunday's but it's a good place to go eat allday long, I think they close at 9:00 p.m. Really good Enchiladas and they have a plate that is called the Deluxe, oh my gosh Crispy Beef or Chicken Taco, Bean Chalupa, Guacamole salad then another plate shows up and that has Enchiladas with meat sauce and rice and beans with either homemade flour or homemade corn tortillas, gee whiz, you got to be starving to eat that plate. Well there you go. Hope you have a nice time here, the weather is supposed to cool down to 96 degrees this weekend and rain a little bit too. Have fun, drink the Margaritas and Pina Coladas or Beer and enjoy all the lovely food and sites. Brackenridge Park has a trainride and the sunken gardens and the museum is right up the road. Across from the Museum is a little mexican restuarant, don't remember the name of it but the food is really nice there too and on Fridays they have live music too. Up the road on Broadway is a hamburger place called Cheesy Janes and that is good too.. You'll have fun here I know you will.

At 8/27/2009 12:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go the Mercado and eat at Mi Tierra! Best Authentic Mexican and Pan Dulce!!! UMMMM!!!

At 8/27/2009 12:24 PM , Blogger Sylvia said...

Un Cachito de Mexico Bar & Grill

3714 Broadway
Alamo Heights
San Antonio, TX 78209
Su-Th 6a-10p
Directions: Located at Broadway and Pershing, directly across from the Witte Museum.
Parking: Ample parking available behind the restaurant.


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