San Antonio has been selected by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine as being one of the top ten best cities for foodies.
The Alamo City is especially noted for its ethnic food, neighborhood joints and cafes, and River Walk/downtown restaurants.
Survey results, from traveler’s points of view, also give San Antonio high marks for friendliness, safety and romance.
Here is my list of favorite restaurants, by category, San Antonio visitors will find enjoyable:
TOP ‘ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS’ for 2011.
Grey Moss Inn, 19010 Scenic Loop Rd (in Helotes). Cozy and romantic.
Francesca’s at Sunset, Westin La Cantera Resort, 16641 La Cantera Pkwy. Worth the sunset.
Biga On the Banks, 203 S. Saint Mary’s St. (W. Market St.), River Walk, My favorite romantic spot on the River Walk.
The Vineyards, 27315 FM-3009. In Gardenridge, northeast of the city, this romantic setting overlooks, yes…a vineyard.
Houston Street Bistro, 208 E. Houston Street (between Majestic & Empire Theaters) A must for a quiet night in downtown or before a performance. In the romance category, the Bistro has never failed me yet.
Zocca, 420 W. Market St., @ The Westin Riverwalk. The Gem of River Walk restaurants.
Fig Tree Restaurant, orLittle Rhein Steakhouse, next door to each other. 515 Villita St., River Walk. French inspired coziness. Impeccable service.
TOP ‘SAN ANTONIO CLASSIC RESTAURANTS’ for 2011
Chris Madrid’s Nachos and Burgers, 1900 Blanco Rd.Greasy and cheesy.
DeWese’s Tip Top Café, 2814 Fredericksburg Rd. Since 1938. No credit cards!
Schilo’s424 E. Commerce S. Since 1917. Soulful and hearty German food.
Mi Tierra218 Produce Row, Market Square, Tourist must. Bill Clinton’s favorite.
La Fonda on Main, 2415 N. Main Ave., Alamo Heights. Classic San Antonio. Since 1932.
La Focaccia Italian Grille, 800 South Alamo St., King William. Mamma Mia.
Don Pedro Mexican,1526 SW Military Dr. Best service. Great Mexican food. Southside institution.
Ernesto’s Mexican Specialties, 2559 Jackson Keller Rd. Consistently hits the mark!
Bud Jones, 1440 SW Military Dr. Step back in time. Nothing fancy. Just good ol’ comfort and Mexican food. I have probably ate more meals here than any restaurant my entire life.
TOP ‘COMFORT FOOD RESTAURANTS’ for 2011.
Mr. & Mrs. G’s Home Cooking, 2222 S. WW White Rd. Home cooking is the perfect name.
Rib House, 770 West Old Highway 90. Barbecue and cabbage are the best.
Mr. Tim’s Country Kitchen, 620 S. Presa. Good breakfast. Good lunch.
Abel’s Diner 17605 IH 35 N, Schertz.Consistently good.
Teko Molino 7231 San Pedro Ave. Mexican Comfort Food. Just like Taco Hut from the 1960s & 70s.
Bobbie’s Café, 6728 S. Flores. Homecooked favorites.
Bracken Store Café 18415 Bracken Dr. Frings and things, cooked to order.
Gristmill Restaurant, 1287 Gruene Rd. near New Braunfels, TX. Under the shade trees.
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