A Taste of the San Antonio Metropolitan

In the Southern Texan city and home of the Alamo lies an irresistible selection  of cuisines. Not only is Tex-Mex and soul food the undiscovered treasure, there is a hidden selection of diverse dishes waiting to be revealed. From vegan Mexican food to a romantic dinner on the river-walk, San Antonio’s metropolitan area should be on the itinerary for your next trip.

Photo courtesy of Tony Polanco

Photo courtesy of Tony Polanco

    Located in downtown San Antonio, the River-walk is the heart of the city  with fine dining for all occasions. For the romantics, Bella on the River is a highly recommended restaurant serving French and American cuisine.

Photo courtesy of Tony Polanco.

Photo courtesy of Tony Polanco.

Its location directly on the river-walk and upscale decor is sure to please your fiance, husband or wife.  One of the prized dishes include the Pasta Alla Norma. This delicious dish consists of thin Spaghetti with Fresh tomato sauce, sweet Italian sausage, and grilled eggplant. As I dip my eggplant in the garlic sauce, I assure you that this is the dish for royalty. Order a glass of Red Moscato (Sangue di Guida Dell’Oltrepo Pauese) and listen to the waiter tell the story of the ancient fig tree that continues to grow out of the wall. Your significant other will definitely have an unforgettable time!

Another hidden gem is the delicacy of Scuzzi’s. This Italian grill provides excellent service, fancy dining, and great food at an affordable price. Located in Northeast San Antonio, it is a must-dine for Pasta enthusiasts. Enjoy a huge bowl of Pasta for less than $15.00.

Photo courtesy of Tony Polanco.

Photo courtesy of Tony Polanco.

Try the beef stuffed Pasta Ravioli and you will not be disappointed. The service was comparable to a high-end restaurant but this place works for the budget-minded (your pockets will thank you later).

       Exit Texas and enter Caribbean cuisine. Little Jamaica Bar & Grill is a place you can jab jab your fork into irresistible brown stew chicken. This small restaurant (but high quality) is another recommended spot  located in the city of Lights also known as Windcrest.  This section of the Metropolitan area brings the West Indies to South Texas. Grab a beef patty to go if you are traveling like myself (2 for $5.00 is very decent).

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Photo courtesy of Tony Polanco

      San Antonio is not only diverse in culture but also has various selections for all dining types including entertainment and the arts. The King William Cultural and Arts District provides artistic and alternative dining.La Botánica will be a favorite to vegans. There is a small selection but worth the taste. The menu reveals original selections such as vegan tacos called Barbacoa Talo and Ms. Bella’s Fried Red Bean and Rice Balls.You can never get enough of these (I know I can’t!). It also serves alcohol with original mixes.

Photo courtesy of Tony Polanco.

Photo courtesy of Tony Polanco.

Try the Mi Cariño which consists of Fresh Pepina, cranberry vodka and freshly muddled mint. Another drink worth trying is the Tamarindo Margarita consisting of Tequila, tamarindo, triple sec, home made syrup and sweet & sour. The restaurant also has entertainment such as film screenings and vinyl Sundays. Another hotspot is Barrio Barrista  located on Culebra Road bringing art and coffee to the west side of San Antonio. Formerly known as De Hoyo Meat Market, the coffeehouse brings the community together for poetry every second and fourth Wednesdays of the Month.

      Exit Latin America and enter Asia with various Asian cuisines. A dish of steamed red snapper fish served with fried rice and an egg roll at Taipei will have you returning for more Taiwanese dishes.

Photo courtesy of Tony Polanco.

Photo courtesy of Tony Polanco.

Try Kumori Sushi with wide selections of Sushi. Tell them Tony sent you to try the California Rolls.

       Not only do the restaurants and coffeehouses provide the best dining. Hotels provide exquisite dining with scenic views.

Photo courtesy of Tony Polanco.

Photo courtesy of Tony Polanco.

Wyndham on the San Antonio river-walk provides some of the best cooked breakfast buffets. From Omelettes to Waffles, your morning will always start great at this hotel.

       This is only an introduction to dining in San Antonio. More restaurants are being developed in the San Antonio metropolitan area creating more opportunities for the locals and travelers. So add these places to your itinerary and have a taste of San Antonio during your next visit!

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