The Best Food in San Antonio: Our 4 Favorites
San Antonio has become a well-balanced mix of culinary ambition and traditional eateries, serving up some of the best food in the Lone Star State.
While the Alamo City attracts more than 2.5 million visitors to its historic mission, San Antonio also plays host to an incredible array of restaurants found all over the city. In recent years, the food scene in San Antonio has exploded with inventive cuisine from chefs who began to diversify the expected humdrum offerings of tourist traps and sterilized chain restaurants. Alongside this recent culinary emergence, local canteens continue dishing out tried and true favorites, making San Antonio one of the best cities to treat your tastebuds in.
Debuting in 2012, Bliss has earned quite the devoted following by locals and tourists alike, and for good reason. Earning various accolades for the cuisine and service, this contemporary American restaurant emphasizes dining on fresh and seasonal fare in a truly comfortable setting. A sense of passion can be felt during the entire dining experience, from the moment you're greeted until the last toothsome morsel is consumed.
While the menu does fluctuate to accommodate change in seasons and what can be found fresh in farmer's markets, George's Bank Sea Scallops are a consistent favorite among patrons. Diners continuously sing praises of this dish -- a play on Southern fish and grits. Served with precisely that, the white cheddar pepper jack cheese grits make a palatable bed for the expertly-seared scallops. The dish is accented by sauteed spinach and a mousse of avocado, lending bright flavors to balance out the hearty cheese grits. A traditional beurre blanc invigorated with zesty jalapeno, lime, and cilantro rounds out this inspired selection.
A wonderful feature of dining at Bliss is the opportunity to craft your own meal to suit your taste and appetite. This allows diners to experience something different at every visit. The beer and wine lists are also a highlight, carefully curated to pair with the quality offerings of the kitchen. You can also choose to enjoy your meal at the chef's table that seats up to 10, making your night out something to remember.
Bliss manages to do what so many others fail at -- an opportunity to taste an intense passion for not only food, but unforgettable dining as a whole. With an elevated menu crafted by an expert chef, outstanding waitstaff, and a gorgeous dining room, Bliss shines brightly in the Lone Star State. Please visit Bliss at 926 S. Presa St., San Antonio, TX 78210. Contact via phone, (210) 225-2547, or website, www.foodisbliss.com.
Our mission is to deliver superior customer service based on our belief that "People may forget what you say, and they may forget what you do, but they will always remember how you made them feel."
Blue Star Brewery
It's easy to think of vats of craft brew fermenting their way to ultimate beer status when you hear the word "brewery." However, at Blue Star Brewery, they're serving up much more than just your typical run-of-the-mill pint. Located in Southtown, this charming pub serves up an inventive take on traditional fare and some of the finest spirits to come out of the Texas craft brew scene.
To begin with, Blue Star Brewery only utilizes 100% organic ingredients in all of their beer recipes making them among only a handful of crafters to do so. Offering ales, lagers, pilsners, and even sour beers blended with organic fruit, there's most likely something new to experience if you want to cozy up to the bar and be adventurous. And choosing which brew compliments your food best isn't a chore as the staff is eager to recommend pairings to make your tasting experience the best that it possibly can be.
If you're just here for eats, the Jalapeno Brisket Poppers are a fantastic first pick on your culinary adventure. Deep fried in peanut oil, these stuffed beauties are chock-full of a tender brisket-cream cheese mix, perfectly-blended and seasoned to compliment the spicy peppers. Next, try the Pork Green Chili, a fan favorite. Green chiles and pickled jalapenos do well next to the tender cut of pork used to make this solid, substantial dish. Another noted selection is the Taco Polako, pairing the best of Polish and Mexican cuisine into one delicious meal.
You can pay Blue Star Brewery a visit at 1414. S Alamo #105, San Antonio, TX 78210. Contact via phone, (210) 212-5506, or website, www.BlueStarBrewery.com.
Blue Star Brewery is proud to be a part of a new era in San Antonio's rich brewing history. We thank you for your patronage.
Mina & Dimi's Greek House
When the biggest complaint about a restaurant is that it's always packed, they must be doing something right, especially when this one complaint is accompanied by heaps of generous praise. One might think that a Greek restaurant in central Texas sounds pretty hit or miss, but you'd do well to pay this hole-in-the-wall spot a visit. And with belly dancers, wine tastings, and toga parties, Mina & Dimi's Greek House is just about as authentic as you can get stateside.
The crowd favorite is hands-down the Hercules Platter. Meant for two and presented on a sizzling hot cast iron skillet, you can indulge in tasty gyro meat and four tender shishkabobs (two beef and two chicken) with the traditional grilled tomatoes and onions. Potatoes straight from a hot oven, warm pita bread, and two salads round out the platter, giving you plenty to munch on. And they've got you covered with their fresh tzatziki sauce made in-house every day.
Other offerings from Mina & Dimi's Greek House kitchen include traditional salads, flavorful falafel, meaty gyros, crisp calamari, and just about any other Greek dish you can think of. Please note that this restaurant is a true "local spot" and a bit off the beaten path. You can pay Mina & Dimi's Greek House a visit at 7159 Highway 90, San Antonio, TX 78227. Contact via phone, (210) 674-3464, or website, www.agreekhouse.com.
Mina & Dimi's Greek House Restaurant in San Antonio serves some of the most favorite and authentic dishes from popular Greek taveran seaside resorts.
What's a trip to San Antonio without a little Tex-Mex? The challenge of trying to get a meal of American and Mexican fusion done well can be a little daunting when in big Texas country, but that's where Gilbert's Restaurant comes in. Quality and quantity can be found here, as this unassuming establishment boasts large portions of fine homemade food. A true family eatery, Gilbert can still be found mixing with patrons while his granddaughter greets the crowds.
Known for their enchiladas, the Javi Special (Carne Guisada Enchilada) is the single most ordered item on the menu. Garlic, onions, tomatoes, peppers, and beef are slowly simmered with a secret blend of spices to make the thick gravy, or guisada. This mix is then stuffed to the brim inside of the tortillas made in-house fresh every day and baked with the remaining gravy poured over top and generously sprinkled with cheese. Along with this flavorsome meal, have the homemade salsa and tortilla chips. You won't regret it.
You can find Gilbert's Restaurant at 8161 Latigo Plz, San Antonio, TX 78227. Contact via phone, (210) 673-2990.
Whether you're looking for some genuine Tex-Mex, a brew and a bite, a helping of authentic Greek food, or something new American, San Antonio really does have it all. Treat yourself to some good grub and make your Texas trip one to remember.
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