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Enjoy Some of San Antonio's Finest Restaurants Before or After the Alamodome



The Alamodome in San Antonio is always busy with events, from concerts to Disney on Ice. If you're looking to grab a quick bite to eat or a leisurely meal in a fine dining atmosphere, you won't have to stray far with these excellent restaurants.

Unfortunately, with all of the downtown traffic, it's not always easy walking from the Alamodome, but if you're up for it, then you can head to Southtown to find a plethora of great restaurants, including Cascabel's, Hot Joy and Liberty Bar. Any one of these should satisfy your cravings. 

You're in luck! One of the best barbecue restaurants in town is very nearby. Dignowity Meats offers KC-Style barbecue that is seriously finger-licking-good. This outdoor eatery is a great place to go before or after an event. Enjoy a few brews and play a few games while you're at it!

For fine dining, you can't get any closer than Ruth's Chris and their tasty steaks, although Restaurant Gwendolyn, with their pure farm-to-table concept, may just be worth the few extra blocks. 


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Texas de Brazil
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Texas de Brazil opened in San Antonio in 2010 and hasn't stopped serving delicious, succulent Brazilian meats and traditional favorites ever since. While there is more than one Brazilian-American Churrascaria (steakhouse) in San Antonio, Texas de Brazil is possibly the most luxurious and decadent one in town. Conveniently located downtown, they are within walking distance of many of the popular hotels and tourist attractions. Start your meal off with the salad bar complete with everything under the sun from their signature lobster bisque to smoked salmon, grilled pineapple, charcuterie and a rainbow of salads and specialties. However, make sure to not overdo it on the salad bar because what comes next will become the stuff of legends. Prepare yourself for an onslaught of the most mouth-watering cuts of beef, pork, chicken and lamb, from the Picanha to ribs, bacon-wrapped chicken, sausage and more. It's a meat-lovers dream come true!

Recommended for Restaurants near Alamodome because: Texas de Brazil provides a festive yet elegant atmosphere and extraordinary food.

Kimberly's expert tip: Texas de Brazil is the only Churrascaria in town that has the exciting Wine Angels who swoop down on a swing to pick out your wine from a giant wall of the finest wines. There's simply no better way to combine dining and entertainment!

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Gwendolyn, located downtown along the Riverwalk, is a fine-dining American restaurant that, like the Grandmother it's named for, inspires deep love and devotion. A cozy, romantic venue, Gwendolyn is an ideal place for a first date, anniversary or if you're simply a foodie who appreciates impeccable food. Gwendolyn is committed to serving handmade food made from local ingredients. Chef Michael is a devotee of the Slow Food Movement which emphasizes eco-awareness. Even more impressive, Gwendolyn refuses to use all the modern gadgetry that most restaurants can't seem to live without. The menu is small, offering a three course or five course pre-fix menu with two options for each course that changes daily. You can check the website to see what the current day's menu will be, and you'll want to call ahead to book your reservation.

Recommended for Restaurants near Alamodome because: One of the finest restaurants in town with all local ingredients!

Kimberly's expert tip: Make sure to ask about their off-menu house-made charcuterie and cheese plate!

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Saveurs 209
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If you're looking to experience an afternoon or evening in Paris right here in downtown San Antonio, all you have to do is go to Saveurs 209, the new contemporary, family-owned French restaurant you won't want to miss! Although they've only been open a few months, Saveurs has already garnered a number of loyal local clientele, and we know why. The menu is short but distinctive, allowing the Chef to offer dishes that are heavenly and unlike anything else you'll find in San Antonio. This fresh and light cuisine is created with a level of care and precision that leaves no doubt in your mind that Chef Nykiel's skills have been honed in Michelin Star restaurants. Her special flair for inventing unique culinary creations is something the Nykiel family and San Antonio should be very proud of. The menu includes some stellar seafood dishes and is always evolving, depending on what ingredients are in season and locally available. Although in the states, we are just now catching on to the local farm-fresh craze, this is how they've been doing it overseas for, well, since the beginning of time.

Recommended for Restaurants near Alamodome because: A truly French option for lunch or dinner on weekends.

Kimberly's expert tip: The chocolate souffle with a sweet and tangy black current sorbet is divine.

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Liberty Bar has been a staple of San Antonio for longer than most people remember. It has a history of being in creative locations. Orignally, it was in a building that was listing so much it looked like it might fall over. Now, they're located in Southtown in what used to be an old nunnery. Liberty Bar does justice to this historic building by offering traditional favorites for brunch as well as homey dishes like old-fashioned pot roast and daily specials earn high praise from locals, as do salads, sandwiches, pastas, and mesquite-grilled meat dishes. The place also makes its own pies, geranium cream, and shortbread cookies.

Recommended for Restaurants near Alamodome because: For some home-style meals and great cocktails, head to Liberty Bar.

Kimberly's expert tip: Try anything with their house-made bread or pastries and you can't go wrong!

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Hot Joy
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Hot Joy started out as a pop-up restaurant on Monday nights when The Monterey was closed. Their Twice-Fried Chicken Wings made with crab fat caramel is now the stuff of legends and partly responsible for why they quickly gained a loyal following. Get ready for extreme sensory overload, from the explosion of color in the decor to the explosion of flavor in every dish! Hot Joy is not for the faint of heart but the daring palette. Chef Quealy Watson has an obsession with Asian food and a talent for combining ingredients in a surprisingly delicious way. "I would have never thought of that, but it really works," can often be heard around the tables at their restaurants. The Crispy Pork Belly tacos made with a Malaysian flatbread, mole ssamjang, Kewpie and herbs works. The Hot Fried Chicken made with chili oil, Szechuan peppercorn, sour chilies and oyster sauce works. Quite frankly, it all works. There is not a dish on this menu that isn't worth trying, so let you're own adventurous palette decide.

Recommended for Restaurants near Alamodome because: Hot Joy offers something a little different - Asian fare with a twist.

Kimberly's expert tip: Start your meal off with the homemade Banchan or Fried Pork Springrolls and save room for one of their wonderfully unique desserts!

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Cascabel's is one of the best-kept secrets in San Antonio and sports a wonderful outdoor patio with umbrella-covered tables. It's different than every other Mexican food restaurant in the city because it features regional specialties from interior Mexico. You won't find the ubiquitous refried pinto beans here or even flour tortillas. Cascabel's serves everything with thick yet soft homemade corn tortillas and refried black beans that have an exceptional amount of flavor. If you want to try something unique, order the Birria, which is a rustic goat stew. If you want to play it safe, order the Huaraches, which are corn tortillas smothered in refried black beans, shredded cabbage, your choice of meat, a spicy red chile sauce and sour cream. Cascabel's will stimulate your palette without over-stimulating your bank account!

Recommended for Restaurants near Alamodome because: Located in Southtown near the Alamodome, this is a great option for lunch before an event.

Kimberly's expert tip: This quaint and quirky little restaurant is great for breakfast too. Try the Mexican hot chocolate or the Cafe de Olla. There is nothing else like it!

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Las Ramblas
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Las Ramblas is a local hot spot and one of the most beautiful places to dine in San Antonio, whether you want to sit inside or on the limestone patio with exceptional views of the river walk. The talented Executive Chef, Jeff Axline, is at the helm of this upscale restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner. The menus are designed to appeal to a wide audience and features popular favorites showcasing high quality ingredients. For brunch you might enjoy a San Antonio classic of Huevos Rancheros or an Andalusian Breakfast Skillet of spiced potatoes, sweet onion, torn herbs, chorizo and sofrito served with fried eggs and country-style bread. Dinner is an elegant affair. The low lighting, warm colors and sophisticated accents make Las Ramblas an ideal spot for a romantic meal for two or a festive family feast. Dinner favorites include Wild Caught Gulf Grouper with a poblano prawn corn butter, a lovely Roasted Chicken with Spanish olives and smoked almond pesto and (yes!) even a Texas Sirloin, served with a bearnaise sauce and crispy frites! It should also be noted that the staff are always well-trained, friendly and professional.

Recommended for Restaurants near Alamodome because: Less than a 5 minute Uber away, you can dine on the riverwalk and watch all your cares float away.

Kimberly's expert tip: Enjoy some of Las Ramblas signature Griddle cakes, made plain or with bananas and pecans or blueberries.

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Ruth's Chris Steak House
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Founded by a woman entrepreneur who was ahead of her time, Ruth's Chris Steak House is well known for its prime cuts. Ruth Fertel showed spirit and determination in choosing her restaurants. The quality of the restaurant steaks is a clear reflection of her eye for the best. Choose from a wide variety of full-flavored classic steaks, such as a T-Bone or Cowboy Ribeye, for an outstanding example of USDA Prime at its best. The steaks come out sizzling on a plate of butter and herb, and the smell alone will have you salivating. Complement your steak with a lettuce wedge salad or lobster bisque. You can wrap it all up with their customer favorite, Chocolate Sin Cake. Ruth's Chris Steak House may be a chain, but they continue to win points with steak lovers around the country for many delicious reasons.

Recommended for Restaurants near Alamodome because: Ruth's Chris is a nationally acclaimed steakhouse which offers superb cuisine, from the steaks to the desserts.

Kimberly's expert tip: Currently, they are offering Happy Hour all evening on the patio, weather permitting.

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Dignowity Meats
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Dignowity Meats is a smoked meat sandwich shop located in San Antonio's Eastside historical neighborhood of Dignowity Hill. The name may be hard to pronounce, but by the time you're done with your meal, you won't forget it. They offer elevated deli eats, sandwiches and sides, such as their incredibe sharp cheddar mac-n-cheese. Their menu includes KC Brisket Burnt Ends, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Pulled Pork, St. Louis Ribs and specialties such as their Dignowity Pie, which is brisket burnt ends or pulled pork with mac, served over fries and sliced jalapenos. This is not the place to go when you're on a diet, but you probably already figured that out! Owners Andrew Samia and Shane Reed grew up in the Northeast and Midwest and are the visionaries of Dignowity Meats. Having developed a strong appreciation for old school mom and pop deli's that smoked and cooked all of their products on site, they wanted to bring the same flavors and authenticity to the Alamo city... and they have!

Recommended for Restaurants near Alamodome because: Very close to the Alamodome, this barbecue joint is fun and delicious.

Kimberly's expert tip: Their delicious smoked meats can be ordered at a window or enjoyed on their outdoor seating.

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Kimberly A. Suta is a professional freelance writer, filmmaker and entrepreneur with a background in marketing, advertising and social media. Her first business, Midnight Sun Innovations,...  More About Kimberly

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