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Enjoy Dining Al Fresco in the Alamo City



San Antonio takes pride in its weather - it's what Texans do. You can eat outside here almost all year-round, if you don't mind the sweltering sun. However, for non-Texans, now's the time to truly enjoy dining al fresco in the Alamo City. Grab your friends and get ready for some fresh air, fantastic food, and hopefully, a nice bottle of wine or great local beer!

When it comes to al fresco dining, Maverick  may have the rest of the city beat. Although the restaurant itself is spectacular, dining out on their patio is simply a must. This Texas brasserie isn't just for Francophiles, although it certainly has a wistful French feel to it. However, the menu is very versatile, from Texas Quail to Pan-Seared Lake Trout to Rotisserie Crispy Duck. 

If you're in the mood for Mexican food, La Fonda has a beautiful, lush patio, perfect for sipping margaritas on. Their cuisine is mindful, with healthy options. This is not your typical Tex-Mex restaurant, and they have some of the best fish tacos in the city. 

For something more chill, head to The Luxury or Big'z Burger Joint, where they have giant outdoor eating areas, inexpensive eats, not to mention room for the kids and the dogs. What are you waiting for?!


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Big'z Burger Joint


Tucker's Kozy Korner is an institution and has been a part of the downtown eastside for as long as most people can remember. It's been around since the 1940s. This restaurant and bar has been known for it's soul food. Now, with a new chef at the helm, the menu is even more delicious, featuring elevated comfort food, such as fried chicken and burgers and fries. It's the new hot spot for lunch as well as brunch on the weekends. Meals are shamelessly served on cookie sheets. Dip your taste buds into their biscuits and gravy, peanut butter and banana French toast or the corned beef and potato hash. With a pitcher of mimosas and the DJ spinning vinyl, it's nothing short of a perfect day. Tucker's is still a go-to joint to grab drinks. Throughout the week, you can enjoy a variety of music, including jazz, blues, old school and new school DJs.

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: Tucker's has a covered porch perfect for chilling with friends after a long day of meetings or exploring. Grab a brew and a double-stacked burger!

Kimberly's expert tip: A hot spot for Sunday brunch and lunch during the week.

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Tucker's Kozy Korner
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Bigz claims to have the best burgers in San Antonio, and they may be right! They are certainly worth the drive, no matter where you're staying in San Antonio. Bigz burgers are mouth-watering delights, whether you go whole hog with bacon and cheese or keep it simple. You can order your burger with one, two or even three patties and a variety of fun toppings such a pineapple and jalapenos. Patrons also swear by their milkshakes, which comes in Mexican vanilla, double-dutch chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and banana. Hungry yet?!

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: Big'z has a giant patio and awesome eats for the whole family!

Kimberly's expert tip: Make sure to try the caramelized onions!

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The Luxury
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La Fonda is the oldest Mexican restaurant in San Antonio. Established in 1932, the restaurant has served at least two American presidents (Teddy Roosevelt and Lyndon B Johnson). However, their primary focus is on serving the city of San Antonio and the locals love this place! The restaurant serves Tex-Mex as well as interior Mexican foods. In a casual atmosphere with colorful decorations, diners relax and enjoy themselves. From the Espinaca Omelet to Migas La Fonda, you will find the perfect Tex-Mex brunch here. You'll also find traditional sides in the form of hasbrowns and a fruit cup available.

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: The Luxury has an expansive outdoor dining, elevated bar eats and great beer and wine options.

Kimberly's expert tip: Give the specials a try.

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The Cookhouse
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20 Nine's new Chef, Jerry Toomey, came on board in June of 2014 and has, in just months, transformed it into one of the best farm-to-table restaurants in San Antonio. Toomey, a San Antonio native who resided in Seattle for a time, has brought along his sensibilities and passion for fresh, local ingredients and innovative cuisine. Practically everything you get here is made in-house, from the roasted chili oil which perfectly accompanies the Jumbo Scallop and Plantain appetizer to the fresh tomato sauce, hand-pulled mozzarella and dough that make their fantastic pizzas, such as the Pig and Pear. Much of the meat is also locally-procured and is ground in-house to make up delicacies such as 20 Nine's signature "Dork" Burger, which comes with a duck and pork patty, apple fennel jelly and crispy fried duck skin! You can also expect the freshest daily seafood specials, knowledgeable staff and an atmosphere that's elegant yet cozy. The ultimate pleasure!

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: This farm-to-table restaurant is a lovely choice for outdoor dining in the middle of the city. They're known for their wine selection.

Kimberly's expert tip: Order any chef's specials to take advantage of this creative chef's inspirations.

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Feast
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The Cookhouse just opened their doors in early September of 2014 but is already the talk of the town, which comes as no surprise as it's the only restaurant in San Antonio that showcases traditional New Orleans cuisine, the kind you might find at some fine dining establishment in the French Quarter. The roasted Duck and Dumplings made with an exceptional marjoram potato gnocchi and served with tomato confit and a red wine demi-glace is utterly divine. Other favorites include the Tomato Artichoke Canoli, made with house-made pasta, goat cheese, tomato confit, artichoke hearts and marjoram, not to mention the Grilled Trout Amandine with muniere butter, toasted almonds and fresh green beans. If you adore fresh seafood, you can bet The Cookhouse serves up some of the freshest gulf oysters and shrimp from here to the coast. The New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp is served in a pool of savory spicy garlic butter and beer sauce (a secret recipe!) and charred French bread that is ideal for dunking. So addictively delicious, you may find yourself wanting to drink it. It's okay, nobody's looking!

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: The Cookhouse has a quaint patio, but with food this good, you don't really care where you eat it.

Kimberly's expert tip: Their gumbo is always the best in town!

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Tribeca 212
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Tribeca has managed to find the right balance of great New American cuisine and exceptional service in a warm, cozy atmosphere and all at a surprisingly low price point. They're also open for lunch during the week, brunch on Sundays and happy hour for some mixologist-invented elixirs. The cuisine is eclectic and largely created with locally-sourced ingredients from a wide variety of Texas farms and ranches that Tribeca proudly displays on their website. The dishes are nothing short of divine. Where else will you find a dish made of brussel sprouts, crispy house-made pancetta, pecorino, rosemary vinaigrette and a poached farm egg that can so easily become an obsession? Other favorites include the Oven-Roasted Lockhard Quail with asparagus and wild mushroom risotto and Seared Scallops, perfectly cooked, with butternut squash risotto, sauteed spinach and lemon butter sauce.

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: Tribeca 212 is a wonderful choice for dining al fresco in the Olmos Park area, for their cuisine, service and style.

Kimberly's expert tip: They offer specials for each day of the week, Monday through Friday.

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Cappy's


Enjoy a little bit of France in San Antonio at this absolutely lovely Texas Brasserie, featuring specialty wines, meats and beer. One of the newest restaurants to open in the Southtown arts district, it's quickly become a local's favorite, as it offers a sophisticated and relaxed ambiance with plenty of cozy places to dine. Weather permitting, you'll definitely want to take advantage of their expansive outdoor patio. Now onto the scrumptious food! Although the menu is French-inspired, there is easily something on it that everyone will love. The Executive Chef, Chris Carlson, is a well-known force in the Alamo city, and does not disappoint. Dinner is a feast of choices, from mussels to quail, and their signature rotisserie options, including duck, a fan favorite! Good news is they're now open for lunch, dinner, and Happy Hour to boot!

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: Maverick has a stunning patio, incredible food and an excellent wait staff. They succeed on all levels!

Kimberly's expert tip: They offer a private room for large parties.

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What's wonderful about Feast is their original perspective on food, not to mention their amazing execution of said perspective. They have divided their dishes into six categories, those being Oceanic, Heat, Chilled, Grilled, Crispy, Hearty. Feast opened their doors in September 2011 and have been offering spectacular New American cuisine with a Mediterranean flair in a variety of appetizers, entrees and "small plates" ever since. Chef Stefan Bowers culinary career developed its initial roots while growing up in Berkeley California during the early 1980's. Living in a city on the forefront of the organic movement gave him his first look at the now popular "sustainable" culinary food culture.

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: Feast is a fun, hip joint - just the kind of place to be seen in (or outside) San Antonio.

Kimberly's expert tip: The grilled Heritage pork belly with orange confit and thyme is absolutely to die for!

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Maverick
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Enjoy a little bit of France in San Antonio at this absolutely lovely Texas Brasserie, featuring specialty wines, meats and beer. One of the newest restaurants to open in the Southtown arts district, it's quickly become a local's favorite, as it offers a sophisticated and relaxed ambiance with plenty of cozy places to dine. Weather permitting, you'll definitely want to take advantage of their expansive outdoor patio. Now onto the scrumptious food! Although the menu is French-inspired, there is easily something on it that everyone will love. The Executive Chef, Chris Carlson, is a well-known force in the Alamo city, and does not disappoint. Dinner is a feast of choices, from mussels to quail, and their signature rotisserie options, including duck, a fan favorite! Good news is they're now open for lunch, dinner, and Happy Hour to boot!

Recommended for Outdoor Dining because: Cappy's has a loyal following because they are exceptional and feature a lovely, dog-friendly patio.

Kimberly's expert tip: If you can, be sure to make a reservation, as this place fills up fast for lunch or any other time.

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