A Weekend In San Antonio: What To Eat

food Jan 29, 2020

The other week we had MLK day off from work, so we decided to pick up and go to San Antonio for the weekend. It's not too bad of a drive, clocking in at around 4 and a half hours. We got there around 9 Friday night, checked into our hotel, and headed to our first stop for food, The Esquire Tavern. This was recommended by a friend, and we agree, it's very good.

The Esquire Tavern

The Esquire boasts being the oldest riverwalk bar, as well as having the longest wooden bar top in Texas, sitting at 108 feet long!

The Esquire Tavern Bar

We wanted the mashed potato tacos for an appetizer, but they were out of the taco shells. We ordered the brisket empanadas instead, which were really good (and spicy!). But we also ordered two, and that was a lot to eat. We had asked if we could have it in appetizer form, but they just brought us 2 instead. Jushita ordered the chicken fried steak, which was ok. The gravy and mashed potatoes were really good though. I wanted the lamb burger, but they were out of lamb, so I ordered the wildcat burger instead, with the chili-salt fries. The burger was delicious, and the fries were pretty good too. For drinks I ordered the local Bat Outta Helles lager, and Jushita got a margarita (which was really strong!). For dessert, I ordered the banana pudding (this is a MUST try), and Jushita ordered the apple pie. The applie pie was ok, but the banana pudding was so good we would come back Sunday for more pudding and mashed potato tacos.  Overall, it's definitely worth the stop, even if just for the banana pudding.

Magnolia Pancake Haus

The following morning, after a barbell class at LifeTime fitness, we headed to Magnolia Pancake Haus for breakfast. The coffee was very good (I'm not a big coffee drinker but I would go back for it). The egg options were ok, but nothing special. I'd have to say our usual weekend First Watch trip is much better. But all was not lost as since this is a pancake house, we had to get a pancake. We opted for the Authentic Apfel Pfannekuchen, an authentic Bavarian style pancake. It was delicious, and absolutely worth it. If you opt for going here, go for the pancakes, but don't spend the time on the egg dishes.

Apfel Pfannekuchen

Jerusalem Grill

We skipped lunch, since we had a large/late breakfast. For dinner we opted for some Mediterranean at Jerusalem Grill. The food was average, and ended up making both of our stomachs feel queasy. We guessed this was from the hummus, which was much too oily. Our meals were nothing special as well. We both got gyros, and the bread was large, with barely any filling inside. Overall, this is not a place we would recommend as a food stop in San Antonio.

Alamo Biscuit Co. & Panaderia

Our breakfast Sunday morning was at the local Alamo Biscuit Co. & Panaderia. We of course got coffee, which was average. We ordered the spicy tots for an appetizer, and these were pretty good.

Spicy Tots

We each got a biscuit for our meal. Jushita got the Brisket, Egg, and Cheese, and I got the Juevos Rancheros. The biscuits were good, but much too heavy for our liking. If you're a fan of homemade biscuits though, it's definitely worth the stop.

Iron Cactus Mexican Restaurant

For our last dinner, we opted to do it on the Riverwalk at the Iron Cactus Mexican Restaurant. We chose a table outside. For an appetizer we went with the Lobster Tacos, which were delicious. We both went with Wine tonight, as we were trying to keep our meal on the lighter side after eating such heavy food the whole weekend. We ordered the combo Steak and Chicken Fajitas for 2. I asked for a few shrimp to be added as well. The steak, chicken and shrimp were all very good, and the fajitas are definitely worth it. For dessert we went with Dulce De Leche Cheesecake for dessert, along with another glass of wine. We recommend the Iron Cactus for an enjoyable dinner.

First Watch

On Monday morning, we both had massive food comas, so we opted for our usual, First Watch. We always recommend First Watch, as the standard menu is great, and the seasonal menu makes for some great changes every few months.

And with that, we had some great, and some not so great, food experiences in San Antonio. Be sure to check back for our What We Did post about all the stuff we did in San Antonio!

Chris Santos

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