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Eating My Way Through San Antonio

by Meghann on May 17, 2009

Day #? of San Antonio? How long have I been here again? I feel like I can sucessfully navigate the Riverwalk and Downtown by now, which is big for someone who is as direction challenged like myself. Tomorrow we are packing up and heading out so atleast I got one last good day in to day good bye to good ole Texas.

If I were back home with my Team in Training group then this morning I would have been up before the cows and ran 20 miles, but I am here and am thankful I got a chance to run those 20 mile last week. I was hoping to at least get 10 in this morning as per the schedule they had rewritten for myself, but 10 miles on a treadmill is not what I call fun.

Instead, I did a nice 40 minute ‘hill’ minute session on the treadmill and watched Sabrina the Teenage Witch learn to conquer her Perpetulant Kid. (Anyone else catch ABC Family this morning?)

It’s actually a good thing I only ran a little more then 4 miles because we walked more then enough to make up for it!

We had a 1 mile walk to a resteraunt we had heard of through my supervisor for breakfast. Along the way we randomly walked through the King William Historic district and had a nice tour of some beauitful old houses along the way and was able to read up on when and why each one was built.

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Sometimes history can be fun, I only wish I remembered a little more from my art history classes to visualize the arcitual elements the brochure was referring to.

The walk and history lesson was worth it when we discovered Guenther House Restaurant was waiting for us at the end.

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The Guenther House is a beauitful german restaurant set in the house of the Guenther Family who founded and owned the Pioneer Flour Mill.

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We were lucky to arrive on the fairly early side were sat right away inside. When we left there was quite a wait of hungry families.

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I immediately noted the specials on the way to our seats.

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I knew I wanted pancakes before we even arrived and pecan sounded good to me!

I ordered a small stack of the Pecan Pancakes…DSCN0244.JPG

…. and a small Fruit Plate to go along with it.

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The Pecan Pancakes were chalk full of great bites of pecans and were so dense and nutty. I ate and enjoyed every bite with some of their prized Butter Pecan Syrup lightly drizzled on top. Sooo Good!

My Dad ordered the Guenther Breakfast Platter that came with 2 Biscuits, Gravy, fresh Preserves, Bacon, an Egg and Fresh Fruit. He was very happy and excited about this plate!

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Dad was very nice and gave me a piece of Biscuit with fresh Strawberry Preserves slathered on top.

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I LOVE fresh preserves on biscuits!!! I also dipped some in his gravy which Dad even admitted was better then his at home (which I won’t ever admit too).

Breakfast was AMAZING and I have to thank my Supervisor for reccommending it! ๐Ÿ™‚

After breakfast we had gotten a tip from our concierge that the Farmer’s Market was having its grand opening this weekend at the old Pearl Brewery site, so we knew we had to check it out. We made the trek north of town and stumbled upon the old brewery.

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I am not sure the back story of the Pearl Brewery or had even heard of it before today, but the building was simply gorgeous to look at. It was a sight to see all in its home. I would love to have been here in it’s glory days of brewing up beer.

The Farmer’s Market itself was a bit of a let down. It was fairly small, crowded and all the vendors were sold out of everything.

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I did mention to sample a few Pecans and Salsas and spent a few minutes speaking to the ladies of Gluten-Free Baking. I sampled a piece of thier corn bread pizza (which they were sold our of ๐Ÿ™ ) and corn muffin mixes.

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I ended up buying a Gluten Free White Cake Mix and the Corn Muffin Mix.

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I hope to have some fun with these when I get home.

I was actually pleasantly surprised to see the numerous amount of booth with organic grass-fed beef and bison products.

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I know beef is a big part of Texas culture and these booths were packed with people inquiring about this great method of cattle raising for a leaner, healthier, more humane piece of meat.

At the edge of the market was a cute little resteraunt called Texas Farm to Table.

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It was the first health themed resteraunt I’ve seen since I’ve been here. The place was packed and I was obsessed with the beauitful menu they had displayed.

Unfortunately I was still stuffed from breakfast and instead focused on their eclectic Ice Tea choices.

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I decided on the Ice Green Blackberry Jasmine Tea.

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This was not a sweet tea and the blackberry jasmine was more of an essence then a hardcore flavor. It was quite refreshing.

Does anyone watch Bobby Flay’s Throwdown show on the Food Network?

Well my family is obsessed with the Food Network and a while ago my parent’s had caught an episode of Bobby Flay’s Throwdown where he challenged a Mexican Resteraunt in San Antonio called Los Barrios with Puffy Tacos. Bobby lost the challenge and after watching the show my parents attempted to make their own puffy tacos, always going on and on how much they enjoyed that episode.

When my parents knew they were coming down here they immediately googled the resteraunt and planned to have lunch there today. It started to pour so we hailed a taxi, determined to try some world famous puffy tacos.

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Upon inspection of the menu we were surprised the Puffy Tacos weren’t highly featured inside. Puffed Tacos were mentioned under the A La Carte and combination platters but that was it. I was still pretty full so I decided to have an A La Carte Puffed Taco and the Ensalada Blanca.

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I asked the waiter what was involved in the Ensalada Blanca and he had not served it before and had no clue. I was expecting lettuce and cheese, so was surprise when a huge chicken salad was placed in front of me.

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It was like a Taco Salad without the shell. I picked the random bits of bacon out of the dish and could only eat half of it. It was very good though, I think its that yummy white mexican cheese that puts it over the edge.

One the side was the reason for out visit, a Chicken Puffy Taco.

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The puffed corn shell was actually really, really good and I would not have minded just eating that on its own. I was actually a little disappointed how dominated the chicken part was and it masques the fresh doughy, maza taste of the shell.

My Dad ordered the Chicken Mole which was really great as well.

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I scooped some of the Mole Sauce on to my Ensalada and it made a fabulous dressing.

My Mom had mentioned earlier how she had enjoyed Sopadillas as a kid so when we saw them on the menu we knew we had to order some.

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I had one and a quarter of these babies and it was a treat to eat. The sopadilla is a light and airy piece of puffed fried dough that you dip in honey. These were truly light and simply melted in your mouth with the honey adding a nice sweet touch. Yum!

After lunch it truly started to pour and unfortunately we ended up having to wait for a cab for over an hour in the rain. When we got back to the hotel we were all aggitated and in need of a much deserved nap. An hour later I woke up refreshed, renewed and ready to tackle the Riverwalk for one last time.

We immediately headed to Dick’s Last Resort for some laughs and beer.

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I had never been to a Dick’s before, but my Mom and Aunt have literally traveled the country visiting them. It’s a fun bar with obnoxious waiters that make you wear funny hats and don’t kiss your ass.

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I love the placemats they were wording for the customers who had reserved a table.

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We sat in the bar and I ordered a Big Ass Fat Tire.

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Since it was a Big Ass drink, I was able to take the glass home with me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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We sat and people watched at the bar before moving on to dinner.

After 4 days in a row of Mexican Food, I was spent on Mexican and ready to try something new. However, none of the restaurants on the Riverwalk were really jumping out on us. Our options seemed to be Mexican or so, so restaurants. The riverwalk was also packed and every place seemed to have a weight.

After an hour of walking up and down the Riverwalk trying to make a decision we decided to play it safe and went to Landry’s for some New Orleans themed food.

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I started with a glass of Shiraz.

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My Dad and I split a dozen Raw Oysters.

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My Mom refused to eat any, but I have to say I prefer raw oysters over cooked ones. I love how slimy and tasty they are, especially with a little horseradish and cocktail sauce.

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Our meals came with a nice house salad that I asked for the dressing on the side with.

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And a small piece of Garlic Bread.

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I was really wanting seafood, which I think is why it took us so long to find somewhere to eat, so I went with my Dad’s suggestion and ordered the Redfish.

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The Redfish was great. It had a slight garlic flavor too it and not overly buttery. I ate about 1/2 of the fillet and did not touch the rice.

I had originally asked for vegetables instead rice, but they had forgot and brought the rice with the fish and gave me an extra thing of veggies on the side.

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I really don’t know why restaurants cover vegetables with butter, but I could really taste it on this broccoli. I still managed to eat the majority of the broccoli though, I would just have preferred it with no broccoli on top.

After dinner my Dad and I set out to explore the bar scene of the Riverwalk a bit more, but again it was a Saturday night and this place was packed! We were hoping to check out Howl at the Moon, but the line wrapped around the blog. Instead we headed towards Coyote Ugly and watched girls throw water on each other.

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I had never been to a Coyote Ugly before and it was fun to watch the bartenders dance and such. It probably would have more fun if I were drinking, but I was really full at this point and not in the getting drunk mood.

We hung out for about an hour, before heading back to the hotel.

I am full, exhausted and ready to go home tomorrow. I feel like all I did was eat, eat, eat today. Granted, they were pretty good eats, but now I have greasy oozing out of my pores right now! What would I give for some nice fresh vegetables and tofu. Oh tofu, how I’ve missed you!

Good Night!!

1 Brandi May 17, 2009 at 9:21 am

looks like you’re having a great time.

i LOVE Throwdown and saw that episode ๐Ÿ™‚

2 caitlin May 17, 2009 at 9:21 am

this pot made me soooo hungry!!

3 caitlin May 17, 2009 at 9:21 am

HAHAHHAHA awesome typo. i meant POST! but pot makes me hungry, too.

4 Derek May 17, 2009 at 10:10 am

Haha too funny caitlin! You’re my hero

5 Jennifer @ His N' Her Health May 17, 2009 at 9:39 am

Looks like you had a fun time with your family!

6 Mel May 17, 2009 at 9:53 am

What a fun trip! The puffy taco sounds amazing especially since I’ve seen that Throwdown!

7 Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 17, 2009 at 10:11 am

I just saw that Throwdown episode!!
I’m glad you’re having fun, and have a safe trip home!

8 Sharon May 17, 2009 at 10:12 am

Hahaha, what a blast and such a tasty time too!

9 Leanne May 17, 2009 at 10:40 am

The line at Howl at the Moon wrapped all the way around the blog, eh? lol

10 Run Sarah May 17, 2009 at 10:41 am

What a awesome day! Love the Coyote Ugly bar, I’ve always wanted to see that.

11 Erica May 17, 2009 at 10:42 am

So cool! I’m totally jealous- when I use to travel for work I went to sort of lame locals and had no time to discover them anyways! All the food loooks awesome! Dick’s is such a fun place- love the idea.

12 Susan May 17, 2009 at 11:20 am

Haha, I used to LOVE Sabrina the Teenage Witch!!! Good luck detoxing from all the Texan food! ๐Ÿ™‚

13 Kimberly May 17, 2009 at 11:28 am

Can’t wait to hear how those gluten-free mixes work out! I am always on the look out for new stuff! ๐Ÿ˜‰

14 Danielle May 17, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Looks like you had so much fun! All your eats look fun and delicious!

15 RK May 17, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Looks like you had a fabulous day filled with great eats. The breakfast at the mansion sounds particularly delicious. I have seen the episode with the puffy tacos – it is so cool that you actually got to go there and try them out, but it is weird that they weren’t more of a feature on the menu!
I know what you mean about looking forward to getting back to fresh veggies and your own food. I always feel that way by the end of my vacations!

16 Pearl May 17, 2009 at 1:59 pm

what fun photos!

17 Katrina (gluten free gidget) May 17, 2009 at 4:41 pm

A GLUTEN FREE BAKE STAND?!!!!! I can’t wait to find out how your mixes turn out! I get so excited when I see new GF stuff. What made you want to try the gluten free baked goods?

18 Jordan May 17, 2009 at 6:59 pm

They have that blackberry jasmine tea at a place here called Zoe’s Kitchen and it’s soooo good. I get it every time I go there.

19 Hangry Pants May 17, 2009 at 10:34 pm

I definitely remember the puffy taco episode!!!! I would have scraped off the stuff off and just eaten the shell. ๐Ÿ˜€

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