Mi Tierra might indeed be a tourist destination, but it's earned that reputation for a reason. This family-owned restaurant has been in business since 1941. It's located downtown near the Mercado, a great place to do a little shopping and pick up some trinkets for friends and family back home. They might not have the best food in town but for ambience, this is it! They're also open 24 hours a day and provide an incomparably festive atmosphere with roving Mariachi singers and Christmas lights all year long. Have we mentioned they also have a bakery? We recommend you pop in for a visit, even if it's only for some cinnamon-laced Mexican hot chocolate and a fresh pan
Housed in a renovated home next to the Pearl Brewery, The Granary 'Cue & Brew offers patrons a one-of-a-kind globally-inspired barbecue experience as well as hand-crafted, fresh-brewed beer, even root beer for the kids! While Central Texas barbecue is the backbone, The Granary provides a diverse look at the unique barbecue styles from around the world. Expect to find dishes you wouldn't anywhere else, such as the lamb shoulder with sweet pea pudding and smoked garlic, the brisket ramen with smoked shoya broth and collard greens, barbecued sweetbreads with lamb, kimchi, Asian pear and lemon grass and the spring salad with smoked trout. Is your mouth watering yet?
Rosario's, which has been around now for over 20 years, has transported itself from a local favorite to a critically-acclaimed restaurant. They have been featured in Southern Living, Texas Monthly and The New York Times, and have been listed as one of the "Top 50 Restaurants in the U.S." by Hispanic Magazine. From their Chile Relleno de Pescado (shrimp and fish stuffed poblano pepper) to their fajitas and enchiladas, there is not one thing on the menu you won't be wanting to return for again and again. They offer live music on the weekends and specialize in gigantic margaritas that are almost a meal by itself!
This recent addition to San Antonio eateries is just one example of why San Antonio is a supreme vacation destination. The Luxury is Chef Andrew Weissman's (one of San Antonio's finest) newest restaurants. Located across the river from the San Antonio Museum of Art, this funky fun outdoor restaurant has a small but utterly delightful menu and an impressive list of beer and wine. There's no doubt it's all delicious, but you can't go wrong with the pulled-pig sandwich, slathered in grilled onions and red peppers or the crispy fish banh mi sandwich topped with dill, onion, cilantro, mint and, yes, even a sunnyside-up fried egg. Yum! For dessert, dip into the chocolate pudding with salted caramel and Chantilly cream. Are you in heaven yet?
Typically, San Antonio is as far away from European as you can get. That is until you walk into this quaint little bistro in the heart of the Southtown arts district. With its warm, inviting decor, wide array of wine selections and French-inspired cuisine, you feel like you might just walk outside and see the Eiffel Tower. Zagat rates this bistro with the "best mussels since Brussels," and they offer a half a dozen different delectable sauces. Tres Bon! Regardless of how much you order, you will want to get an order of frites (French fries) on the side. They're the best in town, possibly all of Texas!
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!
What could be better than Italian seafood? Il Sogno, located at the historic Pearl Brewery, is a five-star Italian cafe that offers homemade Italian classics created by the well-known restaurateur, Chef Andrew Weissman. The space is bright and modern, fun yet classy. The menu features Italian fare found in Rome and Florentine trattorias and osterias. For lunch, Il Sogno's offers a fantastic spread of antipasto as well as pizza, salad and other delights. For dinner, your palette can enjoy anything from homemade ravioli to their pan-seared halibut. You'll definitely want to pair your Italian delicacies with one of Il Sogno's fine beers, wines or desserts!
Grayze is one of the newest restaurants to appear on the culinary landscape in San Antonio, conveniently located across Broadway Street from the popular Pearl Brewery Community. Grazye, which also sports a bar and patio, is the first of hopefully many more restaurant concepts to spring from this new restaurant group. With 50 percent farm to table ingredients, this self-proclaimed approachable gourmet cuisine served in a barnyard chic setting is expecting their affordable menu of familiar dishes will help establish Grayze as the new neighborhood hot spot and for good reason. The price point is almost unbelievable, making it the kind of place that a family could easily dine at a couple of times a week. Although they're certainly appealing to locals, the Pearl area is without-a-doubt the must-see neighborhood of San Antonio right now, and Grayze is the perfect place to dine to get a taste of the emerging food culture there. The menu ranges from mouth-watering burgers and scrumptious sides like frites with house-made ketchup and aioli, calamari with shishito chamoy and saffron aioli to heart happy vegetarian dishes like The Harvest, which comes with beets, green beans, asparagus, barley, farro, ricotta, almonds and preserved lemon vinaigrette. So good you don't miss the meat. Grazye also offers Happy Hour, which runs from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm from Monday through Saturday, and they also just they have also introduced breakfast and brunch on weekends.
Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden is a true Texas original with an Executive Chef, Jeff White, who knows how to satisfy a wide array of palates. Situated in the historic Pearl Brewery complex on the San Antonio River Walk, this wine-centric restaurant occupies the former "boiler house" which powered the adjacent brewery. The menu focuses on grilled items from local farms and markets, with a focus on "Texas ranch-style" cuisine. The good news is they have a wide variety of gluten-free dishes which are clearly noted on the menu. These delicacies are paired with extraordinary wines from around the world (all available by the glass, bottle and "to-go") in a casual yet sexy atmosphere. The unique list of wines features pricing based on a "retail" model, and boasts some of the lowest prices in the area.
East meets west at this Peruvian restaurant that gleefully plays with Asian-South American fusions. The cuisine is properly referred to as Chifa Nikkei. In Peru, Chifa refers to Chinese-Peruvian cuisine and Nikkei to Japanese-Peruvian food. The seasoned chef of Botika, Geronimo Lopez, is a world traveler from Caracas, Venezuela. His cuisine is inspired by all of a multitude international cultures, offering diners a taste of something unique and exceptional. Unlike anything else you'll find at the Pearl or even in San Antonio for that matter, Botika is a fun and surprisingly affordable place to take a date before the game or any other kind of event. Start your meal with some Hoisin-shitake braised pork steamed buns or the duck confit and potato empanadas. As you roll into your main course, go light with some beautiful fresh sushi or dig into a signature dish, such as the rich, tender Lomo Saltado, which is made with tenderloin, siyao, tomato, red onion, and a fried egg with steamed rice, shoestring fries and sweet plantain. For dessert, the house-made sorbets are light, refreshing and packed with flavor. In Peru, they might refer to Botika as "pitri mitri," a slang term for awesome.