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The Paseo del Rio Association was formed in 1968 to promote, protect and preserve the River Walk. This is done through special events, public education and Rio Magazine. The association also serves as an advocate for member businesses. For more information call 210-227-4262. President Tammy Peacock Werline, Hard Rock Café Past President Justin Holley, ABH Hospitality Treasurer Pierre Oliver, Casa Rio Restaurant secretary Andy Hearon, El Tropicano Hotel Officer At Large John Carbajal, Rio Rio Cantina Chair, Operators Committee Andreas Esparaza, Boudro’s

Executive Director Maggie Thompson, Paseo del Rio Association Ex-Officio Jim Mery, Center City Development and Operations Department Anthony Piazzi, Centro SA Steve Schauer, San Antonio River Authority Board of Directors Maria Martinez, Marriott Plaza

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Shanon Miller, Office of Historic Preservation, COSA

Bob Buchanan, The Original Mexican Restaurant

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Letter from the Editor

The Official Magazine of the River Walk

Publisher Louis Doucette Louis@travelingblender.com

Food Glorious Food! Please Sir, could I have some more? More? You want more? Yes, please. Hi, my name’s Paula and I’m a food-a-holic. If there was a 12-step program for food, I would NOT enroll because frankly, I’m okay with my addiction. But, and this is a BIG exception, it has to be good food. It can be simple, gourmet, comfort, eclectic, fusion, ethnic--you name it, but it HAS to be good. As a visitor you may have heard Tex-Mex food is standard fare in San Antonio. Yes, we love Tex-Mex, and yes, it’s amazing. But we also have an astonishing assortment of ethnic cuisines, Southern and American standards and of course barbeque. Check out my personal Top 10 List of favorite restaurants on page 36. Close to downtown is the Pearl Brewery, a vibrant core for food exploration, and home to the Culinary Institute of America. A fabulous Farmer’s Market is held here every Saturday and Sunday, where you can sample and purchase boutique cheeses, local honey, nuts and baked goods while strolling on the riverside grounds of this fantastically converted old brewery. This issue of RIO is dedicated to food-- now who do you think came up with that topic? I hope you will enjoy all kinds of delicious food on the River Walk and then venture out a bit. Explore downtown and some of our surrounding areas. San Antonio is the sort of place you have to visit many times and even then, you will not have seen all there is to see, done all there is to do—or tasted everything there is to eat! Bon Appetit!

Editor Paula Schechter editor@paseodelrio.com Business Manager Vicki Schroder Vicki@travelingblender.com Contributing Writers Claudia Alarcon Ron Aaron Eisenberg Bob McCullough Carole Miller Susan Yerkes Advertising Sales San Antonio: Janis Maxymof janismaxymof@gmail.com Gerry Lair gerry@travelingblender.com Janet Sandbach janet@travelingblender.com Austin: Sandy Weatherford sandy@travelingblender.com

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P.S. Did you recognize the quote in italics above as lines from the 1968 movie Oliver!?

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Bella on the River

Boudro's Texas Bistro

When the atmosphere is right, the food simply seems to taste better. And what better, moreappetizing atmosphere is there than the romantic River Walk, or Paseo del Rio, as it embraces the San Antonio River flowing through the heart of the Alamo City? Towering trees, twinkling lights and shimmering waters combine to create a truly magical mood. Riverfront dining began in 1946, and other eateries began to follow especially around the time of the Hemisfair international exposition in 1968. Today, the culinary choices are many including some of San Antonio’s finest dining establishments. Generally speaking, the Paseo del Rio restaurants offering gourmet cuisine fall into three groupings in terms of specialties – steak, seafood and a combination of the two. Succulent steaks such as the center-cut prime rib and filet mignon assume superstar status at Little Rhein Steak House located within the historic Otto Bombach House at the eastern gateway to the La Villita historic district, the restaurant opened in 1967 just as Hemisfair started to focus more attention on downtown San Antonio and the River Walk. The ambience offers guests a tiptoe through yesteryear with vintage signs, works of art and memorabilia covering large portions of the thick limestone walls. Next-door to Little Rhein is Fig Tree, who also excel at steaks and other entrees such as beef wellington, Fig Tree-style. When the weather cooperates, many patrons prefer to dine on the tiered outdoor patio. The Fig Tree complex also includes a house built around 1850 by physician and later newspaper editor Maj. Jeremiah Dashiell. It’s listed on the National 12

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Register of Historic Places and fronts two other outdoor dining areas – the flagstone-paved River Plaza and the brick-paved Garden Plaza. The newest river rendezvous for prime beef is Ruth’s Chris Steak House located on river level within the Grand Hyatt San Antonio hotel. The menu leans heavily toward sizzling steaks, however other choices including lobster, lamb chops and marinated chicken complement the many specialty cuts of meat. In the forefront of the prime seafood category lies Ostra, located within the Mokara Hotel and Spa featuring an oyster bar (along with fresh crabs, shrimp and ceviche) and other sustainably sourced seafood choices such as tuna tacos with tomato and cucumber poke, crispy wonton and wasabi mayo and blackened redfish with Converse Gristmill polenta and wilted spinach. Executive Chef Benjamin Knack heads the culinary team at Ostra as well as across the river at Las Canarias in the Omni La Mansion del Rio hotel. Las Canarias specialties include shrimp and grits made with wildcaught shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico, house-made chorizo, roasted peppers and smoked tomatoes. Both Ostra and Las Canarias have been recognized as AAA Four Diamond restaurants. www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com


Shrimp and grits as well as blackened prime rib highlight the menu at Boudro’s Texas Bistro. Now led by Chef Robbie Nowlin, the restaurant started in 1986 is a legend on the River Walk thanks to their food, service and atmosphere. Diners can eat inside the limestone structure or outdoors just inches away from the San Antonio River, with its passing parade of barges and ducks that cruise the waterway. Outdoor comforts include space heaters and Mexican ponchos. In a sense, Boudro’s offers dinner and a show, the latter being the tableside preparation of guacamole in which a skilled culinary artist transforms ripe avocados, roasted roma tomatoes, serrano pepper, red onions, cilantro and fresh lime and orange juices into creamy green goodness. Boudro’s guacamole has become so popular that the recipe is readily available for do-it-yourselfers on the restaurant’s website.

Seating a maximum of 45 at candle-lit tables, Bella on the River offers an intimate dining room reminiscent of a small Spanish bistro or Italian grotto with Chef Sean Fletcher in charge of the kitchen. Bella’s focus is Southern European cuisine (mostly Mediterranean) that includes delights such as Spanish seafood paella. More than once it’s been recognized in the San Antonio Express-News Critics’ Choice Awards for Best River Walk Dining. All of the River Walk fine-dining restaurants share many of the same traits – long-time employees skilled in attending to the minutest of details; fresh, locally sourced foodstuffs used in preparation of the delectable dishes; and extensive wine lists (some award-winning) with choices from around the world. Combining these ingredients with precise food preparation and blending with romantic River Walk atmosphere more often than not result in magnificent meals and magical memories.

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The River’s Edge Café & Patio Bar 200 S. Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 270-0786 www.riversedgecafesa.com American 2

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Acenar 146 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2362 www.acenar.com Mexican Barriba Cantina 111 W. Crockett Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 228-9876 www.barribacantina.com Mexican La Paloma river walk 215 Losoya San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 212-0566 www.lapalomariverwalk.com Mexican

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Las Ramblas 306 W. Market San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 229-9222 www.thehotelcontessa.com Spanish

The Republic of Texas 429 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 226-6256 therepublicoftexasrestaurant.com American

Landry’s Seafood House 517 N. Presa San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 229-1010 www.landrysseafood.com Seafood

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Q kitchen | Bar 123 Losoya San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-1234 www.qriverwalk.com BBQ Guadalajara Grill 306 W. Market San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 229-9222 www.thehotelcontessa.com Spanish

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Mad Dogs 123 Losoya Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-0220 maddogs.net British Pub

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Saltgrass Steak House 502 River Walk San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-9092 www.saltgrass.com Steakhouse

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Rio Rio Cantina 421 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 226-8462 www.rioriocantina.com Tex-Mex

Texas Land & Cattle 201 N. St. Mary’s San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2263 www.texaslandandcattle.com Steakhouse

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Tony Romas Rivercenter 849 E Commerce St San Antonio, TX 78205 210-225-7662 tonyromas-sanantonio.com Ribs, Seafood, Steak

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Zocca 420 W. Market San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 444-6070 www.zoccariverwalk.com Italian

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Tex’s river walk Sports Bar 200 S. Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 270-0786 www.palaciodelrio.com American Iron Cactus 200 River Walk San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-9835 www.ironcactus.com Tex-Mex

La Villita Café 515 Villita Street San Antonio TX 78205 210.223.4700 www.lavillitacafe.com Café

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Dick’s Last Resort 406 Navarro San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 244-0026 www.dickslastresort.com American

Michelino’s 521 River Walk San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 223-2939 www.michelinos.us Italian

Hard Rock Café 111 W. Crockett Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 244-7625 www.hardrock.com American

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Lone Star Café 237 Losoya San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-9374 www.lonestarcafe.us American 17

RAINFOREST CAFé 110 E. Crockett San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 277-6300 www.rainforestcafe.com American

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County Line Barbeque sports bar 111 W. Crockett Street San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 229-1941 www.countyline.com BBQ

Charlie Wants a Burger sports bar 223 Losoya San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 227-0864 www.charliewantsaburger.com Burgers-Craft Beer

Maria Mia 849 East Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 272-0403 mariamiamexicanbistro.com Mexican Café Ole 527 River Walk San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 223-2939 www.cafeole.us Tex-Mex

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Ben & Jerry’s 111 W. Crockett Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 220-3770 www.benjerry.com/riverwalksouth Ice Cream

Casa Rio 430 E. Commerce San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 225-6718 www.casa-rio.com Tex-Mex Rio Rio Cantina 421 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 226-8462 www.rioriocantina.com Tex-Mex

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Rita’s 245 E. Commerce Suite #100 San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 227-7482 www.ritasontheriver.com Tex-Mex

Luke 125 E. Houston San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 227-5853 www.lukesanantonio.com French/American

The Original Mexican Restaurant 528 River Walk San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 224-9951 www.originalmexican.com Tex-Mex

Bella on the River 106 River Walk San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 404-2355 www.bellaontheriver.com Mediterranean/Southern European Ostra 212 W. Crockett San Antonio TX 78205 (866) 605-1212 www.mokarahotels.com Seafood

FINE DINING Biga on the Banks 203 S. St Mary’s San Antion, TX 78205 (210) 225-0722 www.biga.com American Citrus 150 E. Houston San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 227-9700 hotelvalencia-riverwalk.com American figtree 515 Villita Street San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 224-1976 www.figtreerestaurant.com Las Canarias 112 College Street San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 518-1000 www.omnilamansion.com American

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Paesanos Paesanos River Walk 111 W. Crockett #100 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 227-2782 www.paesanosriverwalk.com Paesanos Lincoln Heights 555 East Basse Rd. (210) 828 5191 Paesanos 1604 3622 Paesanos Parkway (210) 493 1604 Italian Little Rhein Steakhouse 231 S. Alamo San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 225-2111 www.littlerheinsteak house.com Steakhouse

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— Jim Bowie

Had Boudro’s been serving on the River Walk back then, Jim Bowie could have carved his Center Cut Top Sirloin with a butter knife. Prime steaks, Gulf Coast seafood and the best Margaritas around have made Boudro’s one of the Alamo City’s most loved restaurants. Frommers says “Everybody loves this old standby on the River Walk.” Join us riverside, inside or (with reservations) on a barge dinner cruise.

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La Villita 418 Villita Street San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-8614 www.lavillita.com Collection of Unique Local Shops

Starving Artist Gallery La Villita - Bldg. 12 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.226.3593 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery

La Villita History Exhibit La Villita - Bldg. 15 Learn more about the history of La Villita with this exhibit. 210.207.8614

Village Gallery La Villita - Bldg. 10 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-0404 www.waltglasspottery.net Art Gallery

Copper Gallery La Villita - Bldg. 11 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.271.3856 www.thecoppergallery.com Art Collectibles

Scentchips USA La Villita - Bldg. 21 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.223.2267 www.lavillita.com Candles

Mustang Grey’s La Villita - Bldg. 17 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.222.1894 www.lavillita.com

B & C Leather Designs & Unique Finds La Villita - Bldg. 24 San Antonio, Texas 78205 210-724-8521, 210-464-1126

Angelita La Villita - Bldg. 2 San Antonio, TX 78205 210- 224-8362 www.lavillita.com Womens Fashions & Jewelry

Aeropostale Rivercenter Mall San Antonio, TX 78205 210-225-0000 www.aeropostale.com Clothing

Villita Stained Glass La Villita - Bldg. 1 San Antonio, Texas 78205 210-223-4480 www.sparkleonsa.com Art Gallery

Foot Locker Rivercenter Mall - Fashion Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-8383 www.footlocker.com Athletic Shoes

Little Studio Gallery La Villita - Bldg. 23 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-227-8893 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery

Casa Manos Alegres La Villita - Bldg. 6 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-313-7293 www.lavillita.com Mexican Cultural Gifts

Populux Commissary/ House Paint La Villita - Bldg. 3 San Antonio, Texas 78205 populuxcommissary/facebook.com 210-883-4259

Hot Topic Rivercenter Mall, Fashion Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-212-7680 www.hottopic.com Clothing

Garcia Art Glass 123 Losoya Street, No.5 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-1400 www.garciaartglass.com

Village Weavers La Villita - Bldg. 8 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-222-0776 www.villageweavers.com Woven Art & Rugs

Plaza Taxco La Villita, Bldg.16B San Antonio, TX 78205 210-994-5259 www.plazataxco.com

Langford Market Rivercenter Mall - Fashion Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-0200 www.langfordmarket.com Clothing

River Art Group La Villita - Bldg. 14 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-8752 www.rivergroup.com Art Gallery

Equinox Gallery La Villita - Bldg. 4 San Antonio, Texas 78205 www.alejandrosifuentes.com 210-281-0706 Jewelry Metal Gallery

Marisol DeLuna New York La Villita, Bldg. 22 San Antonio, TX 78205 646-449-9108 www.marisoldelunafoundation.org

U.S. Polo Assn Rivercenter mall San Antonio, TX 78205 210-444-1040 www.uspoloassn.com Clothing

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//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Primarily Purple Rivercenter Mall - Fashion Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-225-0000 General Merchandise The Body Shop Rivercenter Mall, Street Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-224-5446 www.thebodyshop-usa.com Gift for Body Fletchers Jewelry Rivercenter Mall, Street Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-299-5240 www.fletchersjewelers.com Jewelry Harris Jewelry Rivercenter Mall San Antonio, TX 78205 210-225-0000 www.harrisjewelry.com Jewelry Zales Rivercenter Mall, Street Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-270-7770 www.zales.com Jewelry Aerosoles Rivercenter Mall - Fashion Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-354-1840 www.aerosoles.com Shoes

Claire’s Rivercenter Mall - Street Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-225-0000 www.claires.com Shoes

Gamestop Rivercenter Mall, Street Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-224-4412 www.gamestop.com Video Ganmes & Equipment

Journeys Rivercenter Mall - Fashion Level 210-224-6898 www.journeys.com Shoes

Express Rivercenter Mall, Fashion Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-227-5212 www.express.com Clothing

Shoe Palace Rivercenter Mall - Street Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-527-9700 Shoes Champ’s Sports Rivercenter Mall - Fashion Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-225-0000 www.champssports.com Sportswear Sunglass Hut Rivercenter Mall, Street Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-271-7550 www.sunglasshut.com Sunglasses Sunglass Icon Rivercenter Mall, Street Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-3942 www.sunglassicon.com Sunglasses

Wandering Cowboy Rivercenter Mall, Fashion Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-3434 Zumiez Rivercenter Mall, Fashion Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-228-9373 www.zumiez.com Pearl Brewery 250 E Grayson San Antonio, TX 78205 210-212-7260 www.atpearl.com Unique Local Shops & Restaurants

Victoria’s Secret Rivercenter Mall - Fashion Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-224-7072 www.victoriassecret.com Womens Lingerie Papaya Rivercenter Mall, Street Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-2100 www.papaya.com Shasha Rivercenter Mall, Street Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-227-4772 www.shasha.com Spencers Rivercenter Mall, Fashion Level San Antonio, TX 78205 210-224-6898 www.spencersonline.com

Five & Dime General Store 512 Riverwalk San Antonio, TX 78205 210-212-4825 www.fiveanddimegs.com General Merchandise 79

Cowboy’s Alamo City Harley Davidson 111 West Crockett Street San Antonio, TX 78205 210-212-4461 cowboysalamocityharley.com/ boutique General Merchandise/Clothing

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San Antonio Nightlife

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Your River Walk Stop for Breakfast, Burgers & Beer. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner DAILY • Happy Hour DAILY 3pm-6pm and Reverse Happy Hour 9pm-close • $12 domestic beer buckets • Full bar with craft, draft and bottled beers, handcrafted margaritas, sangrias and mojitos • 11 mega-TVs–Catch all the sports at Charlie Wants A Burger!

Cut Our Coupon in back for savings that will have you coming back for more! www.charliewantsaburger.com

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The Bonham Exchange 411 Bonham San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 271-3811 www.bonhamexchange.net Dance Club

The Local Bar 600 N Presa San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 267-9885 www.thelocalbarsa.com Bar

The Brooklynite 516 Brooklyn Avenue San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 444-0707 www.thebrooklynitesa.com Wine Bar

Mad Dogs British Pub 123 Losoya, Suite 19 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-0220 www.MadDogs.net Pub, Live Music

charlie wants a burger sports bar 223 Losoya San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 227-0864 www.charliewantsaburger.com Burgers-Craft Beer

the naked iguana lounge 421 East Commerce San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 226-8462 www.rioriocantina.com/ Naked_Iguana Margaritas, Well Drinks, & Beer

Coyote Ugly Saloon 409 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 465-8459 www.coyoteuglysaloon.com Bar

nectar wine bar & ale house 214 Broadway Street San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 375-4082 nectarsa.com Wine Bar & Ale House

The Davenport 203 N Presa St, San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-5635 www.the-dav.com Dance Club

1919 1420 S Alamo San Antonio, TX 78204 (210) 227-1420 Bar

dick’s last resort 406 Navaro St, San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-0026 www.dickslastresort.com Gastro Pub

on the rocks 270 Losoya, Suite 19 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 228-0000 ontherockspubsatx.com Pub

Drink Texas 200 Navarro, Suite 100 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-1031 www.drinktexas.com Bar

SoHo Wine & Martini Bar 214 W Crockett San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 444-1000 www.sohomartinibar.com Bar

Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub 200 S Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-1400 www.durtynellspub.com Pub

Swig 111 W. Crocket St, Suite 205 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 476-0005 www.swigmartini.com Martini Bar

Esquire Tavern 155 E Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2521 www.esquiretavern-sa.com Gastropub

tex’s river walk sports bar 200 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 270-0786 www.palaciodelrio.com Sports Bar

The Friendly Spot 943 S Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-2337 www.thefriendlyspot.com Icehouse

The Ticket 420 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-9722 www.ticketsportspub.com Sports Bar

Howl at the Moon 111 W. Crockett St, Suite 201 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 212-4695 www.howlatthemoon.com Piano Bar

Waxy O’Connors 234 Riverwalk San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 229-9299 www.waxyoconnors.com Pub

Kremlin/ Havana Ultra Lounge 212 College St. San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 220-1972 www.kremlinsa.com Dance Club

The Worm 123 Losoya, River Level San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-7266 facebook.com/TheWormTequilaBar Tequila Bar

Liquid Monkey Lounge 248 Losoya, Suite B San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 212-4980 Bar

Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar 207 N Presa San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-2900 www.zincwine.com Wine Bar

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MUSIC The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular 1/9, Sat @ 8pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center K-BUC 92.5 Classic Country Presents Collin Ray & John Conlee 1/10, Sun @ 7pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center Electrify Your Strings! Authentic Tour 1/15-17, Fri @ 6pm Sat-Sun @ 3pm Aztec Theatre San Antonio Symphony Las Americas Festival Rhapsody in Blue 1/15-17, Fri-Sat @8pm Sun @ 2pm Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Vincent Balse, piano H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center An Evening with Colin Hay with Special Guest Heather Maloney 1/18, Mon @ 7:30pm Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center Badfish – A Tribute to Sublime 1/21, Thu @ 7pm Aztec Theatre San Antonio Symphony Las Americas Festival American Cello Concerto 1/22-23, Fri-Sat @ 8pm John Axelrod, conductor Christine Lamprea, cello H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center City and Colour 1/23, Sat @ 7pm Aztec Theatre Chamber Chorus of San Antonio The Unsung Octet 1/23, Sat @ 7:30pm Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center SOLI Chamber Ensemble Post Cards Froom Las Americas From Andes to the Rockies 1/25, Mon @ 7:30pm Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center Led Zeppelin 2 1/28, Thu @ 8pm Aztec Theatre Chaka Khan: An Evening of Music and Conversation 1/28, Thu @ 8pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center

San Antonio Symphony Las Americas Festival Barber Violin Concerto 1/29-30, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Eric Gratz, violin H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center Youth Orchestras of San Antonio Danzas De Las Americas 1/31, Sun @ 7pm Troy Peters, conductor Peter Flamm & Peter Wilson, timpani H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center Grace Potter 1/31, Sun @ 7pm Aztec Theatre

live theater Tobin Center Signature Series Presented by BMW of San Antonio The Producers 1/13, Wed @ 7:30pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center

dance Tobin Center Dance Series Shaping Sound 1/26, Tue @ 7:30pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center Ballet San Antonio Peter Pan 2/12-14, Fri @ 7:30pm Sat @ 2pm & 7:30pm Sun @ 2pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center

comedy Willie Barcena 1/1-3, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm & 9:45pm Sun @ 7:30pm Improv Comedy Club San Antonio Rivercenter

Eric O’Shea 1/13-17, Wed-Thu @ 8pm Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm & 9:45pm Sun @ 7:30pm Improv Comedy Club San Antonio Rivercenter

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J. Chris Newberg 1/20-24, Wed-Thu @ 8pm Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm & 9:45pm Sun @ 7:30pm Improv Comedy Club San Antonio Rivercenter

children’s Children’s Fine Arts Series and The Tobin Center Present Wild Kratts Live! 1/24, Sun @ 2pm & 6pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center

Briscoe Western Art Museum 210 W Market San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 299-4499 briscoemuseum.org

TOURS Rio San Antonio Cruises 205 N Presa San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 244-5700 riosanantonio.com 34

city sightseeing double decker san antonio (210) 224-8687 city-sightseeingsanantonio.com

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grand double decker tours (210) 492-4144 citytoursinc.com

EXHIBITIONS SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART 28 Chinese Now thru 1/3 Realms of Earth and Sky: Indian Painting from the 15th to the 19th Century Now thru 2/14

miscellaneous Draining of the River 1//4-9 San Antonio River Walk Chippendales: The 2016 Breaking the Rules Tour 1/13, Wed @ 7:30pm Aztec Theatre

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Winter Artisan River Walk Boutique January 15-18, 2016 Opening day, 11am– 11pm Middle days 10am–11pm Final day, 10am–8pm River Walk Extension (close to San Antonio Convention & Rivercenter Mall) Vendors display and sell handmade merchandise along the San Antonio River Walk

Winter Arts & Crafts Show 1/15-18 San Antonio River Walk Olate Dogs 1/31, Sun @ 2pm Carlos Alvarez Studio Theatre at The Tobin Center

Matt Holt 1/5-10, Tue-Thu @ 8pm Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm & 9:45pm Sun @ 7:30pm Improv Comedy Club San Antonio Rivercenter Lavell Crawford 1/8, Fri @ 8pm H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center Janeane Garofalo 1/10, Sun @ 7pm & 9pm Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center

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Q: A:

How do you tell if someone is from Texas? Just give them a few minutes and they will tell you.

Texans are proud of their state, heritage and history and for good reason.

Interesting facts about Texas H Dr Pepper was invented in Waco, Texas in 1885. There is no period in Dr Pepper. H It is still a hanging offense in Texas to steal cattle or put graffiti on someone else’s cow. It is also illegal to indecently expose or swear in front of a corpse in Texas. H Texas’ nickname is “The Lone Star State” as a reminder of its struggle for independence from Mexico, and to represent Texas as an independent Republic. H The famous battle cry, “Remember the Alamo”, is often attributed to Sam Houston but was actually coined by Texas General Sidney Sherman. H Texas is the largest petroleum producing state in the US. If it were an independent nation again it would rank as the world’s 5th largest petroleum producing nation. H The city of Slaughter, Texas has never had a murder.

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Important dates in the history of Texas for the month of January. January 31, 1859

William Menger opened his hotel, now a landmark, on Alamo Plaza in San Antonio. It is one of the best known lodging houses in Texas, guests have included O. Henry, Ulysses S. Grant and Teddy Roosevelt. Teddy Roosevelt actually recruited many of his famous Rough Riders in the bar at the hotel. January 29, 1861

The Secession Convention of the State of Texas voted overwhelmingly to secede from the United States. This set the stage for Texans to fight and lose a bloody civil war. January 20, 1881

The first issue of the San Antonio Light newspaper was published. In October 1992, the Hearst Corporation purchased the rival ExpressNews newspaper and subsequently closed the Light. January 10, 1901

The Spindletop oilfield was discovered on a salt dome south of Beaumont, marking the birth of the modern petroleum industry. January 1, 1925

Governor Pat Neff appointed an all-woman state Supreme Court, the first in Texas and probably the nation. January 28, 1986

The space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff killing seven American astronauts including Texas resident Judith Arlene Resnik. She was the second American woman astronaut. These fun and interesting facts are provided courtesy of The Republic of Texas Restaurant celebrating 40 years on the San Antonio River Walk. Visit their restaurant and use this interesting trivia to earn your Republic of Texas Citizenship certificate.

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Tour San Antonio Like A Local

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GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS MUSEUM TOMB RIDER 3D RIPLEY’S HAUNTED ADVENTURE Experience the best Alamo Plaza has to offer. See the Amazing Book come to life in the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS MUSEUM! Adventure Seekers... this one’s for you - TOMB RIDER 3D, a Journey down into the tomb of Anubis for an action-packed adventure you won’t soon forget! For the fearless, we dare you to visit RIPLEY’S HAUNTED ADVENTURE. This multi-million dollar haunted house includes special effects, live actors and animatronics that are sure to leave you thrilled from the moment you enter until the time you escape!. Open Daily at 10:00 a.m. Directly across from the Alamo • (210) 226-2828 www.AlamoPlazaAttractions.com The Amazing Mirror Maze— A 4D Experience San Antonio’s newest attractions are located across from the Alamo! Ultimate Mirror Maze Challenge – a unique, eyepopping experience

that is fun for any age. Explore endless hallways and thousands of mirrors as you try to find the end and go back again – it is never the same experience twice. Can you find your way out of a maze composed entirely out of mirrors? The Vault Laser Challenge – It is a Mission Impossible themed game. A state of the art laser alarm system, your challenge is to make it through without setting off any of the lasers. Will you make it on our top 10 list? Hours of Operation: Open Daily at 10AM (210) 224-2288 • www.amazingmazes.com Briscoe Western Art Museum The Briscoe Western Art Museum features nine galleries spread across three floors featuring art in the form of artifacts, paintings, and sculptures. Video interviews with artists, collectors, and others can be found throughout. Collection highlights include fine saddles and spurs; pieces from the Spanish colonial era; Pancho Villa’s last known saddle; diorama of the Alamo; and Santa Anna’s sword. The adjacent Jack Guenther Pavilion serves as an event space and visitors can enjoy the lush Sculpture Garden during Museum hours.

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Buckhorn Saloon & Texas Ranger Museum The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum is proud to welcome a new generation of visitors. San Antonio’s oldest Saloon has recently completed a major renovation. Explore the remodeled animal halls and prepare yourself for a Texas-sized adventure! Practice your sharp shooting skills in our Shooting Gallery and see hundreds of handguns, badges and photographs from famous rangers in The Texas Ranger Museum. Open daily at 10AM. (210) 2474000 www.buckhormuseum.com The Edward Steves Homestead This elegant mansion, located in the King William neighborhood, was built in 1876 for the founder of San Antonio’s first lumber company. The Homestead offers visitors the rare opportunity to imagine living the lifestyle of German settlers of this era. Contact: The Edward Steves Homestead 509 King William (210)-225-5924 www.saconservation.org La Villita A Historic Arts Village since 1939. More galleries & shops in one square block than anywhere else in San Antonio. Unique art by local & regional artists featuring oil paintings, sculpture, watercolors, metal art, rock art, textiles, copper work, pottery, jewelry, stained glass & regional folk art. La Villita is a cluster of small buildings in downtown San Antonio. Once a residential district beginning in the late 1700’s, the area now houses specialty shops filled with unique gifts, restaurants, and beautiful plazas. In 1939 Mayor Maury Maverick spearheaded a project to

Some things are not to be missed. R I S TOR A N T E

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at Ristorante Paesanos. For more than 40 years, locals and visitors alike have enjoyed the contemporary setting, Italian/Mediterranean cuisine and Old World service of these culinary landmarks. Join us on the River Walk, near the Quarry Market in Lincoln Heights or at Loop 1604 Northwest. Lunch

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North Central North West Paesanos LincoLn HeigHts Paesanos 1604 555 East Basse Road 3622 Paesanos Parkway (210) 828-5191 (210) 493-1604 Downtown Paesanos RiveRwaLk 111 West Crockett Street (210) 227-2782 Complimentary House Dessert* with order of an Entrée. Offer only vailid at Paesanos Riverwalk location.

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SeaWorld of San Antonio This year, SeaWorld of San Antonio enjoys a Sea of Surprises during SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration with new interactive pathway experiences, more upclose animal encounters and the Surprise Squad, treating guests with prizes and special experiences every day. Plus, enjoy thrilling rides, animal attractions and our newest attraction, Roa’s Aviary, at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark.

establish La Villita as an area for arts and crafts with the help of Works Progress Association funding in the early 1940’s. La Villita is also famous for the many festivals that take place here year-round including the world famous A Night in Old San Antonio. For more information, visit us at www. lavillita.com or call us at (210) 207-8614 LOUIS TUSSAUD’S WAX WORKS Features over 200 life-like wax figures in themed settings of Hollywood,History, Children’s Land of Make Believe, Heroes of the Lone Star, Horror, Heroes of Mexico, Passion of Christ and much more!

SPLASHTOWN Splashtown is 20 acres of Family Waterpark Fun featuring 38 water slides, 1/2 million gallon Wave Pool, 1/4 mile long Siesta Del Rio and for our smaller guests the all new Splash Island featuring a 4 story ride complex with 6 slides, 500 gallon tidal wave, 50’ dancing waters, tipping buckets and 2 kiddie pools. Also the Crystal Falls activity pool featuring slides, lily pads and water basketball! Guests will also enjoy the sand beach volleyball and water volleyball! Splashtown offers a variety of tasty foods, snacks and beverages for your enjoyment. Splashtown is conveniently located just 3 minutes North of Downtown on IH 35 at the Splashtown Exit, and always offers Free Parking. For rates, hours and special events, surf on over to SplashtownSA.com.

RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! Odditorium is one of the newest, largest and most i nteractive in the United States featuring over 500 unique one-of-a-kind exhibits on three floors. RIPLEY’S MOVING THEATER 4D— Cutting edge technology and incredible six channel digital surround sound. Ride the movie and experience every bump, dip and turn! State-of-theart motion simulator! Get your hand cast in wax at our wax hand booth! Take a photo of yourself in a themed setting! Shop in our cargo hold gift shop for unique, unusual gifts. Snack bar and arcade on premises. Ripley’s outdoor patio can accomodate up to 250 people. 301 Alamo Plaza (corner of Alamo Plaza and Crockett Street) • 210-224-9299 • www. sanantonio.ripleys.com

Tower of the Americas The Tower of the Americas offers the most breathtaking view of the Alamo City - from 750 feet high! Visitors can enjoy fine dining at the Chart House revolving restaurant or enjoy the scenery from the Flags Over Texas observation deck while learning about the history of Texas The Tower of the Americas’ newest addition is the Skies Over Texas 4-D theater ride that will stimulate all your senses as you see, hear, and feel all Texas has to offer. 600 Hemisfair Park • (210) 223-3101 www. TowerOfTheAmericas.com

Natural Bridge Caverns Natural Bridge Caverns is so much more than one of the most treasured natural attractions Texas has to offer. This beautiful and historical cavern system offers an experience that is high energy, educational, fun and family oriented. Whether you are a first timer, an avid caver or someone in between, Natural Bridge Caverns awaits with a once in a lifetime experience you’ll never forget. 26495 Natural Bridge Cavern Road • Natural Bridge Caverns, TX 78266 (210) 651-6101 • www.naturalbridgecaverns.com

ENTERTAINMENT Coyote Ugly Saloon The most famous bar on the planet with a spectacular view of the river from an outside patio. We offer food until 7pm and happy hour drinks from 4pm 8pm. Available for all party needs. Hours: Mon - Sun 11am - 2am (210) 465-8459 • 409 E Commerce. Howl at the Moon Live nightly entertainment with dueling baby grand pianos, today’s popular songs, parodies and audience participations. Come early to enjoy the evening festivities and imbibe your favorite libations. Always guaranteed to have a very amusing time. Reservation packages are available. Please call (210) 212 - 4770 to book yours. Hours: Sun-Thurs: 7pm-2am • Fri: 5pm-2am Sat: 6pm-2am • (210) 212-4695 111 Crockett St. West, Ste. 201 Mad Dogs British Pub Indulge in servings of cool refreshments, delicious fare and energetic entertainment all wrapped in lavish servings of fun. During the day, breathe in spectacular views from our tropical terrace, while sipping on award winning margaritas and watching the river flow by. Later, party on with non-stop entertainment from ‘the pub that thinks it’s a club’, with nightly action featuring live bands, DJ’s and a daringly different karaoke crew. (210) 222-0220 123 Losoya Street Suite 19 • www.MadDogs.net

FOOD & DRINK Barriba Cantina The Barriba Cantina located above the famous County Line Barbeque is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week, featuring Mexican street food that is available until closing time, along with an endless list of handmade seasonal cocktails. Barriba also offers live local music seven days a week, from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., AND during the day on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There is no cover charge for the music. The restaurant and bar for Barriba Cantina is located on the street level with balconies

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Guide to San Antonio & the River Walk continued and patios overlooking the River Walk. The top floor contains a large meeting space with balconies and patios overlooking the River Walk, and the covered outdoor patio with view of San Antonio’s downtown skyline and the river. 111 W Crocket Street • 210228-9876 www.barribacantina.com Bella On the River Bella is an independent and locally-owned restaurant on the River Walk featuring Southern European, mostly Mediterranean food. Food. Chef Sean Fletcher’s menu features the signature Eggplant Josephine, Fresh Mussels, Carpaccio, Antipasto, Frito Misto, Fresh Salads, Seafood Paella, Texas Red Fish, Pasta, Lamb, Duck, Steak, Tournedos Rossini, Salted Caramel Ice Cream and Virginia’s Pistachio Cake. The Bella Bar features Prosecco and Port Cocktails, Sangria, Ports and Sherry, ice cold Beer, over twenty Wines-by-the-Glass, and a gently-priced and wellpaired Wine List. Atmosphere. Bella’s small, intimate dining room is one of the most unique and special on the River Walk. It’s like walking into a small Spanish bistro or Tuscan grotto, with its natural limestone rock walls, candle-lit tables, and casual, cozy, and comfortable atmosphere. Service. Bella’s service staff is friendly, accommodating, and knowledgeable, with a “we’re really glad you’re here” attitude. Dinner: Monday – Saturday 5 - 10pm|Closed Sunday. Bella On the River, 106 River Walk|210-404-2355|www. bellaontheriver.com/”www.bellaontheriver.com Reservations Strongly Encouraged biga on the banks Chef Bruce Auden’s award winning Biga on the Banks sits above a tree lined bend of the River and within easy walking distance of all hotels and the convention center. Fine dining does not mean fussy at Biga the ambiance is definitely upscale but relaxed- San Antonio style. Serving dinner nightly with a daily changing menu to highlight the bounty of the season and the State, usually featuring beef, seafood and wild game options, Sticky toffee pudding for dessert is a must. Extensive wine list and hand crafted cocktails. Private event

rooms with views and terraces. Reservations recommended www.biga.com. 210.225.0722 203 S St Marys at Market Boudro’s on the River Walk Paris has the romantic Left Bank. The River Walk has Boudro’s. Enjoy guacamole prepared tableside, house smoked shrimp and gulf crab enchiladas and more. Finish with a trio of summer sorbets and a fine cognac. River barge dining available by reservation. Sun.-Thurs. 11am-11pm, Fri.-Sat. 11am-midnight (210) 210 224-8484 • 421 East Commerce www.boudros.com Cafe Olé The ultimate: beef, chicken or shrimp fajitas served on a sizzling skillet with all the traditional condiments. Flavorful quesadillas, enchiladas, chicken Acapulco, fried ice cream, and awardwinning margaritas. Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11am10:30pm • Fri-Sat: 11am-12am. • 527 River Walk (210) 223-2939 Casa Rio San Antonio-style Mexican food. Serving on the banks of the River Walk since 1946. Dinner boat parties and banquet facilities available. Hours: Daily: 11am-11pm (210) 225-6718 • 430 E. Commerce • www.casa-rio.com Charlie Wants a Burger Sports Bar Charlie Wants a Burger Sports Bar is a sports bar that’s unique to the River Walk. Dishing up homemade American food, we’re family-friendly and dogs are welcome on our outdoor patio. Handcrafted margaritas, draft beer and more. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Happy Hour 2 – 6 daily. 223 Losoya on the River Walk • 210-227-0864 www.charliewantsaburger.com Chart House at the Tower of the Americas With its carefully crafted menus, impeccable service, and a 360-degree revolving vista offering guests the most magnificent views of the Alamo City, the

Chart House restaurant at Tower of the Americas is in a class by itself. Enjoy our award-winning menu featuring top of the catch seafood, succulent steaksand decadent desserts. 600 Hemisfair Park • (210) 223-3101 County Line Barbecue Serving up the biggest, leanest, most consistently delicious barbeque in San Antonio for over 30 years. On the scenic Riverwalk in the South Bank Complex (next to The Hard Rock), The County Line is a great place to enjoy an ice cold beer or a frosty margarita at the open-air bar. Inside the funky Texas roadhouse atmosphere and friendly service will make you feel like you’ve wandered out into the Texas Hill Country. Private Party Barges are also available. At the County Line they’ll tell you its barbeque so good you’ll want to “Get it all over ya’!” Hours: Open Daily 11am (210) 229-1941 • 111 West Crockett. Dick’s Last Resort This is the joint your mama warned you about. Dick’s serves up buckets of barbecued ribs, chicken, catfish, shrimp and crab legs. Platters include steaks, crabby cakes, salmon and even salads for the wimpy eater. Lunch includes sandwiches, salads and buckets of good food. The wait staff is irreverent by design, and the decor is local garage-sale stuff. Seventy-four kinds of beer. Live music, no cover, no dress code and definitely no class. Billed as “The Rowdy of the River.” Admission: None • Hours: Daily, 11am-2am (210) 224-0026 • 406 Navarro St. Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub Sing along to your favorite songs with one of our crowd pleasing piano players. Established in 1974, Durty Nelly’s features imported and domestic pints as well as a full bar. Fish & Chips, Grilled Reuben’s & Capt. Robbie’s Fried Shrimp Basket served until 7:00pm with an appetizer menu served until 11:00pm nightly. You haven’t been to San Antonio until you visit World Famous Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub Durty Nelly’s is located on the River Walk at the Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel.

Visit San Antonio’s Newest Treasure.

Photo courtesy Casey Dunn

Located on the River Walk, the Briscoe Western Art Museum’s historic 1930s art deco/neoclassical building houses nine galleries on three levels. Highlights include Pancho Villa’s saddle, a diorama of the Alamo, an authentic Chuck Wagon, and works by Frederic Remington and Taos Society of Artists.

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Iron Cactus A great place to relax along the Riverwalk. With our swanky Agave Room bar enjoy tasting one of over 80 differenttequilas or feast on extraordinary Mexican food in our contemporary dining room. Watch the boats go by with the family on our beautiful Patio or join us for a Tequila Dinner Cruise. With private party rooms, we have something for everyone! The Iron Cactus is the destination for fine Mexican cuisine on the River! 200 River Walk • San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 224-9835 www. ironcactus.com Landry’s Seafood House Landry’s Seafood House echoes the sights, sounds and sensations of a 1940’s seafood house, with its classic, fresh seafood and spectacular scenery. The mouthwatering menu offers the very best from irresistible appetizers like oyster-bar trash (a delicious combination of blackened shrimp and crabmeat) to fresh salads and their world famous seafood specialties, such as freshly prepared Gulf Snapper, Stuffed Flounder and Shrimp Fresca. For those who desire non-seafarer, Landry’s offers tempting steaks and chicken delicacies. Open Daily. Join us at our 517 lounge. Located right on the River Walk. (210) 229-1010 517 N Presa

Lone Star Café The only authentic Texas-style steakhouse on the River Walk. Texas-sized steaks, chicken-fried steak, baked potatoes and onion rings served with your favorite Texas beer or wine. Daily specials. Private party room available. Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.10:30 p.m. • Fri.-Sat. 11a.m.-11:30 p.m. (210) 2239374 • 237 Losoya Mi Tierra Since 1941, a lively, family-owned Mexican restaurant in the heart of Market Square. Open 24 hours a day with live Mariachi music nightly. On-site bakery sells fresh Mexican pastries and candies. (210) 225-1262 • 218 Produce Row Michelino’s Enjoy authentic tastes of Italy’s country kitchen. Italian specialties, pasta and pizza made from the freshest poultry, beef and seafood are complemented by flavorful sauces, tantalizing desserts and superb, yet affordable wine selections. Hours: Sun-Thur: 11am-11pm Fri-Sat: 11am-12am • (210) 223-2939 • Fax: (210) 224-8209 521 River Walk Paesanos River Walk Classic Mediterranean and contemporary Italian dining on the San Antonio River Walk. Whatever your inspiration, your guests will enjoy the comfortable contemporary ambience at our unique enclave at the bend in the River Walk. Paesanos River Walk breaks the boundaries of traditional Italian cuisine to explore modern Mediterranean specialties. Enjoy the legendary Shrimp Paesano or Oven-Baked Pizzas piled high with grilled chicken and artichokes, or venture forth to Lemon Peppered Salmon or to our tempting Daily Specials. Choose from inside or terrace seating and enjoy views of the famed San Antonio River Walk. Enjoy a selection from one of the River’s most impressive wine lists, perfectly paired to complement your meal. 111 W. Crocket #100 • San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 227-2782 • paesanosriverwalk.com

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Pico de Gallo Serving authentic Mexican fare popular with tourists and locals alike. Mariachi music on the patio, piano in the dining room. Hours: Mon-Thur: 7am-10pm • Fri-Sat: 7am- 2pm Sun: 8am-10pm • (210) 225-6060 • 111 S. Leona St. PizzaRita’s At PizzaRita’s we combine classic old world Italian flavors with our signature blend of cheese and premium meats, to create authentic mouth watering handmade pizzas. Whether you are in the mood for pizza or a gourmet sub, PizzaRita’s has something for every taste bud. We are located on Crocket St. directly above Ritas on the River. Come by and see us for some delicious fresh food on the quick! 245 E. Commerce #200 San Antonio, Texas 78205 • (210) 293-7482 • pizzaritas.com Pat O’Brien’s San Antonio Pat O’s Courtyard Restaurant offers a unique dining experience as only Pat O’Brien’s can provide. Rain or shine, we offer outdoor dining in a lush, tropical garden. Complete with trees, indigenous foliage, shade umbrellas, and its own Flaming Fountain, the Courtyard is a memorable experience for the whole family. The Menu has something for everyone, including several New Orleans favorites for those with a sense of adventure. To compliment your visit, Pat O’s Courtyard has a full bar, complete with our trademark Specialty drinks, including the Hurricane. The friendly wait staff is always available to help with your selection if you find the choices too overwhelming! Whether searching for a romantic evening under the stars, a fun night out with friends, or an afternoon meal with the kids, Pat O’s Courtyard Restaurant is ready to serve your needs! When a special occasion comes up, Pat O’s Courtyardis available for Private Parties. Hours: Mon-Sun: 11 am-2 am • (210) 220-1076 121 Alamo Plaza • www. PatOBriens.com

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Hard Rock Café “Remember the Hard Rock!” While we’ve never been under siege like Davy Crockett and his men, we always strive to be memorable here in Texas. So why not lead the charge to our accommodating, three-story Hard Rock Cafe in San Antonio? Situated along the city’s famous Riverwalk area, we have three floors of patios where you can be on the lookout for the slow moving tourist boats below. Inside you’ll find gourmet meals in hefty servings, so huge you can cut ‘em with a Bowie knife, and our collection of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia is big enough to fill a Spanish mission. So stop battling those hunger pangs and march ondown to the Hard Rock Cafe San Antonio. 111 W. Crockett St. • 210-2247625 www.hardrock.com

Ticket/Boarding Locations:

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Rivercenter Mall (Commerce & Bowie)

Aztec Theatre @riosanantonio

(St.Mary’s & Crockett)

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Tasha Polizzi • Dian Malouf • Consuela • Free People Virgins, Saints & Angels • Juan Antonio • Cut Loose Flax • XCVI • Sterling and Turquoise by Gundi In Historic La Villita just steps from the Riverwalk 418 Villita St. • www.angelitasa.com (210) 224-8362

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Guide to San Antonio & the River Walk continued The Original Mexican Restaurant The Original Mexican Restaurant offers San Antonio style Tex-Mex specialties and beverages on a large patio with riverside seating, in a festive dining room or at a lively bar. OPEN 24/7 FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE! Breakfast available from 2 am to noon. Hours: 24-hour hospitality! (210) 224-9951 • 528 Riverwalk Rainforest Cafe - RiverWalk You don’t have to travel far to dine in a tropical rain forest atmosphere. Our menu includes a variety of specialty items from seafood, beef and chicken topastas, sandwiches and pizza. Younger guests can enjoy items from our exciting kids’ menu! OurSparkling VOLCANO lights up any meal! Plus, pick up special souvenirs from your visit. Rainforest Cafe, A WILD PLACE TO SHOP AND EAT! (210) 2776300 • 110 E. Crockett Street The Republic of Texas Restaurant Texas-style restaurant that tempts tourists with delectable food and scrumptious drinks. Don’t leave without trying the 46-ounce margarita. Southweststyle cuisine is served at this hot spot on the River. Just look for the Texas-colored umbrellas. Hours: Mon-Sun: 11am-2am, Sat: 9am-2am (210) 226-6256 • 429 E Commerce Rio Rio Cantina Rio Rio Cantina, where California Tex-Mex is the specialty--The best of all that “Mexican” food has to offer. Rio Rio is a colorful fiesta of freshness and that South-of- the-Border flavor, in portions so generous guests often gasp when their order arrives. Dine San Antonio style and start off with Rio’s signature margarita to lift your spirits. Try the Enchiladas Suizas, the Beef and Chicken Fajitas, or the Queso Flameado. If you want a little bit of everything, go for the Botana Grande, a sampling of several Rio Rio items. 421 E. Commerce • San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 226-8462 • Fax: 210-226-8443 www. rioriocantina.com

Rita’s Rita’s on the River is a Tex-Mex and margarita bar locally owned and operated that specializes in cold drinks and hot food. Enjoy your cold beverage in the atmosphere of good music or appreciating the outdoors by the river on our patio. If you’re an early bird, come and enjoy breakfast from 9:00-11:00 AM Saturdays and Sundays. You will come for the food but stay for the ‘ritas. 245 E. Commerce Suite #100 • San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 227-7482 • www.ritasontheriver.com Schilo’s German and American deli favorites since 1917. House specialties include homemade root beer, split pea soup, bratwurst, Reuben sandwiches, wienerschnitzel and cheesecake. Hours: Mon-Sat: 7am-8:30pm (210) 223-6692 • 424 E. Commerce. www.schilos.com Saltgrass Steak House For campfire style Texas fare, head to Saltgrass Steak House – the original Texas Steakhouse serving Certified Angus Beef® steaks. Entrées include Pat’s Ribeye, Maudeen’s Center Cut Filet, Gulf Coast Steak and Shrimp, Chicken Fried Steak and BBQ Baby Back Ribs. If you can,leave room for Saltgrass’ homemade Two-Fork Cheesecake. All breads, dressings, soups and desserts are made from scratch daily. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Spacious banquet room at Riverwalk location, seats 120 people. Great view, air conditioned, groups welcome! www. saltgrass.com

LEARN MORE! Take a self-guided QR Code tour of the River Walk. Download the podscast to your mp3 player from Hugmantour.com or on iTunes.

Look for Hugman bronze seals to guide you along the 12 stopping points.

Three Saltgrass locations to serve you: 502 Riverwalk, corner of N. Presa at Crockett 210-222-9092 11745 IH-10 West in the Huebner Oaks Shopping Ctr,. 210-641-6447 16910 U.S. Hwy. 281 between Donella and Thousand Oaks. 210- 402-6621

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Breakfast, Burgers, Craft Beer & Sports on the River Walk

Charlie Wants A Burger Sports Bar

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stop for an early breakfast, juicy burgers, craft beer and hand-crafted margaritas. This locally owned restaurant features a River Walk patio and upstairs balcony excellent for people watching, but if it’s sport you’d rather watch Charlie’s has 11 big screen TVs upstairs and downstairs. Catch all the action, Charlie has the NFL Ticket™, plus all the NBA and MLB games. Kick off your morning with Charlie’s Breakfast and Beer. Breakfast specialties include Chicken and Waffles, Migas and Hair of the Dog, a Bloody Mary garnished with celery, olives, one of Charlie’s sliders, fried pickles and jalapenos, candies bacon, hotdog and a jumbo chicken wing! The breakfast menu includes suggested craft beer pairings for egg dishes, pancakes, cinnamon rolls and waffles. 28

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Charlie’s burgers are big fat juicy ½ pound certified Angus beef. Their patties are never frozen so you can be assured you are eating fresh beef. There is a burger on the menu for everyone from an “Old School” burger to burgers with totally Texas toppings. Charlie’s signature burger, the Juicy Lucy, is for serious cheese- lovers. Not a beefeater? Charlie has you covered with a veggie burger and salad options. The wait staff is knowledgeable about the craft beer selections and can recommend a craft beer to pair with your meal. This sports bar specializes in craft beers brewed in San Antonio and Texas. The beer menu changes seasonally. If you have a huge appetite then Charlie’s 2 LB Burger Challenge is for you! If one person

finishes the burger, fries and onion rings in one hour without leaving the table, then the meal is on the house with a free “I made the Burger Obey” 2 LB Challenge t-shirt. This burger is large enough to feed a family of four. It’s perfect for sharing and a good value. Although Charlie’s is renowned for its burgers, the menu also includes, baby back ribs, salads, sandwiches, tacos, wraps and hot dogs. A “Little Leaguers” menu for kids features mini mouthwatering sliders. If you are looking to kick back and relax after a day of seeing the sights, check into Charlie’s for Happy Hour daily, 3 – 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. until close. Charlie’s legendary, signature drink is the hot pink Cactus Rita made with prickly pears soaked in gold tequila. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Visit www.charlieswantsaburger for more information. Reservations call 210-227-0864. www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com


Downtown San Antonio is full of interesting history, markets, sights, shopping and dining experiences. The locations included in this section of the magazine are all just a few blocks off of the River Walk and easily accessed with a short walk.

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21 The Plaza Market Place

1 Ristorante Pico de Gallo

22 The Amazing Mirror Maze

3 Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia

23 San Antonio General Store

4 La Margarita Mexican

29 Aztec Theatre

Restaurant & Oyster Bar

30 Ripley’s Haunted Adventure/

5 Denny’s

Tomb Rider 3D

18 Francesco’s Gelato 20 Pat O’Brien’s 25 Juice Central

31 Guiness World Records Museum

32 Ripley’s Believe it or Not/

26 Schilo’s

Louis Tussaud’s Wax Works

27 Texas De Brazil

33 The Alamo

28 Houston Street Bistro

35 Tobin Center

36 Augies Alamo City BBQ Steakhouse

39 Angelita’s

37 Bohanan’s

40 VFW Post 76

44 Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen River Walk Downtown

41 Market Square

45 Schakolad

42 Spanish Governor’s Palace

46 Thai Lao Orchid 47 Kawashi 48 La Boulangerie 49 Saveur 209 50 Nectar Wine Bar and Ale House

HOTELS 12 Wyndham Garden River Walk 15 Crockett Hotel 16 Gunter Hotel 17 Menger Hotel

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24 El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel

2 Market Square

43 Marriott Plaza San Antonio

6 Paris Hatters 7 Buckhorn Saloon & Museum 8 The Pearl 9 RiverCenter Mall 10 Tower of the Americas/

Chart House Restaurant

11 Magik Theatre 13 San Antonio Museum of Art 14 Institute of Texan Culture

miscellaneous 34 CitySightseeing Double Decker Tour 38 USO 59 Alamo Double Decker Trolley Tours/

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to Places By Carole Miller There are many out-of-the-way places to dine and drink in the downtown area but these six hot spots are truly where the locals go. We’ve paired them up with several great ways to explore and tour. Enjoy some of the best food and fun in the Alamo City all within downtown. Since 1958 locals have known, Mexican Manhattan as one of the best places for lunch, happy hour, dinner, or anytime for delicious Mexican food. Likewise, the mission of O’liva is to provide fresh, healthy, farm-to-table cuisine. Try the Ba Burger, a lamb burger topped with a local fried egg and tapenade or the Chef’s Table, a smorgasbord of entrees and sides for lunch. The local motto is everything’s better with gravy or beer and MK Davis restaurant can deliver both. For a good, down-home meal this Alamo City classic is known for its ice cold schooners of beer, delicious fried chicken and ol’ fashioned, Texas hospitality. If you don’t find religion at Tucker’s Kozy Korner during their Sunday Gospel Brunch, then you just aren’t lookin’ very hard. Every Sunday, this San Antonio institution is the place for chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, grits, sweet potato hash, bottomless mimosas and a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar while the DJ plays Motown oldies. Are you in the mood for a cold beer? Look no further than The Friendly Spot, a Texas Ice House serving good eats ‘til midnight every day along with more than 250 bottled brews, 76 on draft beers and free Wifi. The Friendly Place is also kid, pet, vegetarian and vegan friendly. That’s a lot of friendly!

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Downtown SA is home two green modes of transportation. Both offer the freedom and fun to get around without paying to park. Scooter Power Tours offer hourly or 24-hour rentals and are available at night. It looks like a child’s scooter only with a surprising amount of power and it’s small enough to take inside while dining and touring. It covers 20 miles to a charge. A 24-hour rental is only $80 with quick-charging batteries provided. Also offered is a 2-hour tour covering King William, La Villita, Southtown, Blue Star, Museum Reach on the River Walk and Mission Concepcion. For a futuristic-looking mode of transportation go to SegCity Segway Tours. Request a private 2 1/2 hour tour for $120 per rider or less for groups of 6 or more. Battery operated, they achieve a top speed of 12 mph. One-hour guided tours starts $50 and cover all the points of interest downtown. Longer tours cover King William and the southern part of the River Walk. Located on the outskirts of downtown is The Cove restaurant serving SOL (sustainable, organic, local) food, a Texas Beer Garden with more than 50 Texas beers on tap, a live music venue and, of course, a laundromat and carwash. The folks at The Cove work with local ranchers and farmers to bring locally raised, humanely-treated, grass-fed meats, free-range turkey, eggs and local, organic produce. The Cove is an affordable Yellow Cab ride away. Download the “Hail A Cab” app or simply call (210)222-2222.

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FOOD & DRINK /////////////////////// CASUAL Restaurant Gwendolyn 152 East Pecan Street #100 San Antono, TX 78205 (210) 222-1849 restaurantgwendolyn.com American Arcade Midtown Kitchen 303 Pearl Parkway San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 369-9664 www.arcademk.com American Guenther House Restaurant 205 E. Guenther San Antonio, TX 78204 (210) 227-1061 www.guentherhouse.com Breakfast & Lunch Cured 306 Pearl Parkway San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 314-3929 www.curedatpearl.com Charcuterie

Houston Street Bistro 204 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 476-8600 houstonstreetbistro.com American

Sushi Zushi 203 S. St. Mary’s San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 472-2900 www.sushizushi.com Sushi La Margarita 800 Dolorosa San Antonio, TX 78207 (210) 227-7140 www.lamargarita.com Mexican

Green Vegetarian Cuisine 200 East Grayson #120 San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 320-5865 www.eatatgreen.com Vegetarian The Monterey 1127 South St. Mary’s St. San Antonio, TX 78210 (210) 745-2581 www.themontereysa.com Eclectic

El Mirador 722 South St. Mary’s St San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 225-9444 elmiradorrestaurant.com Mexican

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Hooters 849 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 229-9464 www.hooters.com Sports Bar

Rosario’s 910 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 225-1806 www.rosariossa.com Mexican

The Granary 602 Avenue A San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 228-0124 www.thegranarysa.com Barbeque

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Pico de Gallo 111 S. Leona San Antonio, TX 78207 (210) 225-6060 www.picodegallo.com Mexican

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The Little Aussie Bakery & Café 3610 Avenue B San Antonion, TX 78209 (210) 826-7877 thelittleaussiebakery.com Bakery/Café

DENNY’S 903 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 210 223 4321 www.dennys.com American 24 hours

Pat O’Brien’s 121 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 220-1076 www.patobriens.com Cajun/New Orleans

Lulu’s Bakery & Café 918 N. Main San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 222-9422 lulusbakeryandcafe.com Bakery/Café

Luciano Ristorante 849 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-0500 lucianorestaurants.com Italian

Fuddruckers 115 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-9944 www.fuddruckers.com Burgers

Sazo’s Latin Grill 101 Bowie St. San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 554-6180 www.sazoslatingrill.com Latin American

La Villita Café 418 Villita St. #900 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-4700 www.lavillitacafe.com Café

Mi Tierra 218 Produce Row San Antonio TX 78207 (210) 225-1262 www, mitierracafe.com Mexican

Schilo’s 424 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-6692 www.schilos.com Deli

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Texas de Brazil 313 E. Houston San Antonio., TX 78205 (210) 299-1600 www.texasdebrazil.com Brazilian Steakhouse

PizzaRita’s 245 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 293-7482 www.pizzaritas.com Italian

Bliss 926 South Presa San Antonio, TX 78210 (210) 225-2547 www.foodisbliss.com American

Mexican Manhattan 110 Soledad San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-3913 mexicanmanhattan.com Mexican

FINE DINING Azuca Nuevo Latino 713 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 225-5550 www.azuca.net Latin American chart house Tower of the Americas 739 East Cesar E. Chavez Blvd San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-3101 toweroftheamericas.com Seafood/Steakhouse Saveurs 209 209 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 639-3165 French/American

Boiler House 312 Pearl Parkway San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 354-4644 www.boilerhousesa.com American La Frite Belgian Bistro 728 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-7555 www.lafritesa.com Belgian Feast 1024 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78210 (210) 354-1024 www.feastsa.com Small Plates Toscana Ristorante 301 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2865 toscanaristorantes.com Italian

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Morton’s The Steakhouse 300 E. Crockett San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 228-0700 www.mortons.com Steakhouse

Kings X 206 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-7000 www.kingsx.com Antique Soldier Collectibles

Bohanan’s Prime Steaks & Seafood 219 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 472-2600 www.bohanans.com Steakhouse/Seafood

Garcia Art Glass, 715 South Alamo San Antonio, Texas 78205, 210-223-1400, www.garciaartglass. com

The Palm 233 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 226-7256 www.thepalm.com Steakhouse/Seafood Oro 705 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 244-0146 emilymorganhotel.com

Del Sol of San Antonio 321 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-231-0900 www.delsol.com Clothing 6 Paris Hatters

119 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-3453 www.parishatters.com Cowboy Hats Marti’s 310 West Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-9100 www.martis.com Fine Mexican Gifts Casa Salazar 216 E. Houston San Antonio, 78205 210-472-2272 themajestic.com/casa Fine Mexican Imports

Flag World 849 E. Commerce San Antonio, TX, 78205 210-229-1935 Flags

De Jeunes Jewelry 123 Losoya San Antonio, TX 78205 210-222-2427 Jewelry

Five & Dime General Store 101 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-233-0166 fiveanddimegs.com General Merchandise

Classic Old Time Photos 123 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-475-9899 Photos

Texas Accent General Store 803 S. Zarzamora San Antonio, TX 78207 210-435-2446 General Merchandise Walgreens 300 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 210-424-3462 www.walgreens.com General Merchandise and Pharmacy

Alamo Plaza Shirts 325 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-2347 Shirts 77T’s Souvenirs & T-Shirts 207 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-549-1279 www.77tshirts.com T-Shirts

El Mercado 514 W. Commerce Gallery Vetro San Antonio, TX 78207 Creative Artglass 210-207-8600 250 E. Houston www.sanantonio.gov/ San Antonio, TX 78205 marketsquare 210-354-0001 Traditional Mexican Glass Art, Jewelry, Gifts Market Penners Downtown 311 W. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-2487 www.pennersinc.com Iconic Men’s Clothing Store

TPJ Gift Shop 849 E. Commerce #673 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-212-9066

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Their chips and salsa are my absolute favorite anywhere in town, bar-none. I ask for my own bowl cuz I don’t share! Everything is good but my favorite entrée is enchiladas verdes. The empanadas and fajitas are great too.

Mama’s Café (2442 Nacogdoches Rd.)

Homey food and fun atmosphere make this my favorite place to dine with my 13-yr-old son. Chalkboards feature daily fresh side dishes and specials, license plates line the walls and mini juke boxes are at the booths.

Sorrento Ristorante e Pizzeria (5146 Broadway)

I would walk a mile, barefoot, in the rain, for a dish of Rigatone Alla Sorrento made with their signature pink sauce, sausage, and tender broad noodles forming spicy little bites from heaven. Lasagna and pizza are also to die for.

La Tuna Grill (100 Probandt)

Known for their burgers, sliders and fried mushrooms, this is the place I go for the best lamb sandwich in town. The sweet chutney is perfect with the warm meat and soft bread. Bands on the weekend.

Candlelight Coffeehouse (3011 N. St. Mary’s St.) I think of Candlelight as a coffee bar, but it also serves wine, food, dessert and Sunday brunch. I go for the atmosphere and vintage furnishings. People are on laptops, playing games, laughing or meeting-up with friends. Smoke Shack BBQ (3714 Broadway St.) The brisket and ribs melt in your mouth. I love the sweet glaze that comes with the ribs. Order your meat by the pound or on a plate with sides. Don’t miss the brisket mac n cheese either. Nice selection of local craft beer.

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Panchito’s Mexican Restaurant (4100 McCullough Ave)

Country French inspired cuisine without the fussy atmosphere, prices, or snootiness. Menu features dishes not found elsewhere in town. French onion soup, pate, beef croquettes, seafood crepes, beef bourguignon and mussel’s marinieres. Casual dress and good service.

The egg foo young and gravy are amazing. Even if you don’t like the dish elsewhere, try it here. Since 1983 the owners, Hsiu and John, provide consistently good food and service. Traditional Chinese décor and an enormous bouquet of fresh flowers are on display at the entrance.

This is my go to place for freshly baked muffins. The open production kitchen is spotless and pastries are displayed and sold right from the rolling carts as they come out of the ovens. Great coffee. Can’t decide what to order? They have an enormous sampling board to help or maybe just encourage you to buy more.

Thai Lao Orchid (116 Broadway) Vietnamese crispy spring rolls, served with a tangy sauce, cilantro and crisp lettuce is the Thai equivalent of a crispy taco. Miso soup, potstickers and pad thai are also favorites.

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Dos Carolinas 303 Pearl parkway San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 224-7000 www.doscarolinas.com Custom Handmade Guayaberas Garcia Art Glass 715 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-1400 www.garciaartglass Hand Blown Glass

Melissa Guerra 303 Pearl Parkway #104 San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 293-3983 www.melissaguerra.com Latin Kitchen Market

San Angel Folk Art 110 Blue Star San Antonio, TX 78204 (210) 226-6688 www.sanangelfolkart.com Mexican Cultural Arts

The Twig Book Shop 306 Pearl Parkway #106 San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 826-6411 thetwig.indiebound.com Locally Owned Book Store

Tienda La Garza 110 Broadway, Suite 100 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2133 Mexican Folk Art, Books and Apparel

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music An Evening with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 1/11, Mon @ 8pm Majestic Theatre Two Ten Empire Series: Blackbird Sing 1/16, Sat @ 9pm Charline McCombs Empire Theatre

Hudson Showroom Luz Maria Sanchez Now thru 1/3 Window Works Cruz Ortiz Now thru 1/3

SOUTHWEST SCHOOL OF ART Dennis Smith & Friends / Formed: A Survey of Ceramics Now thru 1/24

Christa Blackwood / BLUE STAR CONTEMPORARY A Dot Red ART MUSEUM (The Ballad of Irrelevant Landscapes by the Book Histories) Featuring Bodil Furu Now thru 1/24 Musical Bridges Around The Now thru 2/7 TEXAS A&M CENTRO World Turn Your Face Toward the DE ARTES Café Columbia Sun 1/17, Sun @ 6:30pm Featuring Charlie Morris and Veronica Castillo & Edmar Casteneda, harp Liz Rodda Kathy Sosa San Fernando Cathedral Now thru 2/7 Trees of Life: Cultura, Tradicion e Innovacion Gift: An Exquisite Exhibition live theater Now thru 1/24 Now thru 2/5 Buddy—The Buddy Holly miscellaneous Story BRISCOE WESTERN ART 1/2-10, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Spy: The Exhibit MUSEUM Sun @ 4:30pm Now thru 5/31 Briscoe Book Club Cameo Theatre Rivercenter “Epitaph: A Novel of the North Park Lexus Alamo Bowl O.K. Majestic Broadway Series 1/2, Sat @ 5:45pm Corral” by Mary Doria Kinky Boots (touring) Alamodome Russell 1/26-31, Tue-Thu @ 7:30pm 1/12, Tue @ Time 6:30pm U.S. Army All-American Fri @ 8pm; Sat @ 2pm & Bowl and S.A. Sports 8pm; Sun @ 2pm & 7:30pm INSTITUTE OF TEXAN All-Star Football Game Majestic Theatre CULTURES 1/9, Sat @ 12pm Alamodome Honoring Texas Military COMEDY Members San Antonio Cocktail Brian Regan Now thru 2/28 Conference 1/9, Sat @ 8pm 1/14-17, at various Faces of Survival Majestic Theatre downtown Now thru 3/6 restaurants and bars children Sikhs: Legacy of the Punjab SAGE James and the Giant Peach Now thru 4/24 “Taste the Dream” Gala 1/22-2/28 (San Antonio for Growth on For specific days of the week LINDA PACE FOUNDATION the Eastside) and show times visit Immersed 1/16, Sat @ 7pm www.magiktheatre.org An exhibition of works from Institute of Texan Cultures Magik Children’s Theatre the Linda Pace Foundation Monster Jam Collection exhibitions 1/23-24, Sat @ 7pm Now thru 2/27 Sun @ 2pm ARTPACE Adam (Public Artwork) Alamodome By Arturo Herrera Fall 2015 Artists in 25’ h x 98’ w, Residence Frost Bank Garage Cally Spooner Commerce at Main Marie Lorenz Now thru 12/2016 Larry Bamburg Curated by Cecilia Alemani Now thru 1/17

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8 Alamo Quarry Market

13 Salt Grass - Heubner Oaks

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14 Salt Grass - Donella

10 Alamo Helicopter Tours

15 Paesanos - Lincoln Heights

11 San Antonio Zoo

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12 San Antonio Botanical Garden

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18 San Antonio Aquarium

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19 Morgan’s Wonderland ATTRACTIONS & shopping 1 The Rim 2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas

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3 The Shops at La Cantera

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4 SeaWorld of San Antonio

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23 Mission San José

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7 Vineyard Shopping Center

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SEGUIN “Taking Flight” at Morgan’s Wonderland

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Playful Asian-inspired fare rules the menu at Hot Joy.

A restored building at Pearl houses Steven McHugh’s Cured.

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Fresh oysters and other seafood delights abound at Shuck Shack.

Jeff Balfour, long-time Executive Chef at the Hotel Valencia, is now co-owner of Southerleigh, an acclaimed brewpub that showcases his modern take on Texas fare paired with outstanding housemade beers by brewer Les Locke. Balfour’s seasonally-changing menu incorporates dishes from Texas’ cross-cultural cuisines­—from soft pretzels with beer cheese and house-made mustard to made-to-order seafood boils and wood-fired specialties. Most of all, the food is thoughtfully meant to pair with their seasonal beers and carefully curated wine list.

Since the 1800s, when the famed Chili Queens served their home cooked specialties in the streets of downtown San Antonio, the Alamo City has maintained its reputation as the world capital of Tex-Mex. Renowned institutions like Mi Tierra, La Fonda on Main, and Los Barrios continue attracting enthusiasts seeking this iconic cuisine. But today, there’s a lot more to San Antonio’s dining scene than tamales, puffy tacos, and margaritas. Ethnic influences and local ingredients are staples on restaurant menus, high end mixology is a household word, and trendy food truck parks are popping up all across the city. San Antonio’s rise from Tex-Mex capital to eclectic dining destination has captured the attention of national celebrity chefs and media. Award-winning local chefs Andrew Weissman and Jason Dady were pioneers in bringing new, exciting restaurant concepts using unusual flavor combinations and modern techniques to create their signature, cuttingedge fare. Dady, alongside his wife Crystal and brother Jake, have built a small empire of properties beloved by the San Antonio community, including Tre Trattoria, Tre Enoteca, Two Bros. BBQ, B&D Icehouse, and his newest endeavor, the playful, family-friendly Shuck Shack oyster bar. Day is also a pioneer in San Antonio’s food truck movement with his DUK Truck, which pops up at truck parks and special events with amazing fish tacos, whimsical veggies, and Thai-inspired surprises. But perhaps the most important event contributing to San Antonio’s rise as a dining mecca was the opening of The Culinary Institute of America at the historic Pearl Brewery the same year, spurring the birth of a 20acre culinary-centric development that today includes a farmers’ market and 14 restaurants offering something for everyone. Chef Wisseman was one of the first tenants at Pearl with two different concepts, Sandbar Fish House, an upscale oyster bar, and Il Sogno, an Italian trattoria. Chef McHugh has developed celeb status of his own with his acclaimed Cured, a lovely restaurant bar that features a unique humidity-controlled locker displaying their house-cured meats, as well as a seasonal list of specialty cocktails. 40

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Next door, Chef Jeff White – an advocate of local farmers and founding member of the non-profit Chefs Collective - helms the Boiler House, a Texas grill and wine garden with a neo-rustic ambiance set in one of Pearl’s three remaining original structures. Latin American food is well represented at the lively La Gloria, where Chef Johnny Hernandez dishes his take on the street foods of Mexico City, and at Nao, a sleek space where traditional Latin flavors get a modern makeover. The recently-opened Hotel Emma, boasting the stunning Sternewirth craft cocktail bar as well as Supper, a New American bistro, is the not-to-be-missed crowning jewel at Pearl. Things are also shaking just south of Downtown in the King William District, where a number of eateries are turning the area into a must-visit for food and drink enthusiasts. The hip and casual gastropub Feast and its fun and funky Asian fusion sister Hot Joy are known for adventurous menus and eclectic atmospheres. At Bliss, high-end New American cuisine is served in elegant surroundings, while those seeking a more casual dinner should visit Bite, Chef Lisa Astorga-Watel’s Pop Art-inspired bistro. And then there’s the undefinable Feast, serving creative Mediterranean-influenced sharable plates in a stunning ultra-modern dining room, outfitted with glass orb chandeliers and transparent acrylic furniture. And there you have it. From elegant fine dining to experimental cuisine and contemporary global flavors, San Antonio’s growing dining scene is proving to be the whole enchilada. www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com


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FOOD & DRINK /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// casual Boardwalk Bistro 4011 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 824-0100 www.boardwalkbistro.net American Josephine Street Café 400 East Josephine San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 224-6169 www.josephinestcafe.com American Two Brothers 12656 West Avenue San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 496-0222 twobrosbbqmarket.com Barbeque Formosa Garden 1011 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-9988 www.formosagarden.com Chinese Golden Wok 8822 Wurzbach San Antonio, TX 78240 (210) 615-8282 www.golden-wok.com Chinese Hoffbrau 7310 Jones Maltsberger San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 209-8066 quarryhofbrau.com German-American

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Mimi & Dimi’s Greek House 7159 US Highway 90 San Antonio, TX 78227 (210) 674-3464 www.agreekhouse.com Greek

Piatti’s 255 East Basse Road #500 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 832-0300 www.piatti.com Italian

Taco Haven 1032 South Presa San Antonio, TX 78210 (210) 533-2171 www.tacohaven.info Mexican

Big Bob’s Burgers 447 West Hildebrand San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 734-2627 www.bigbobsburgers.com Hamburgers

Tre trattoria 4003 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 805-0333 www.tretrattoria.com com Italian

The Fruteria 1401 South Flores San Antonio, TX 78204 (210) 251-3104 www.thefruteria.com Mexican

Sam’s Burger Joint 330 East Grayson San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 223-2830 www.samsburgerjoint.com Hamburgers

Fujiya 9030 Wurzbach Road San Antonio, TX 78240 (210) 615-7553 fujiyajapanesegarden.com Japanese

India Palace 8474 Fredericksburg Road San Antonio, TX 78229 (210) 692-5262 indiapalacesanantonio.com Indian

La Fogata 2427 Vance Jackson Road San Antonio, TX 78229 (210) 340-1337 www.lafogata.com Mexican

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen 76 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 340-7143 www.pappadeaux.com Seafood

Aldino at the Vineyard 1203 North Loop 1604 West San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 340-0000 www.aldinos.com Italian

La Fonda on Main 2415 North Main Avenue San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 733-0621 www.lafondaonmain.com Mexican

Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano 8539 Fredericksburg Road San Antonio, TX 78229 (210) 696-2536 www.aldos.us Italian

Paloma Blanca 5800 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 822-6151 www.palomablanca.net Mexican

Two Step 9840 Loop 1604 San Antonio, TX 78254 (210) 688-2686 twosteprestaurant.com Southwestern Barn Door 8400 North New Braunfels San Antono, TX 78209 (210) 824-0166 thebarndoorestaurant.com Steakhouse Koi Kawa 4051 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 805-8111 Sushi

family DeWese’s Tip Top CAFE 2814 Fredericksburg Road San Antonio, TX 78201 (210) 732-0191 www.tiptopcafe.com American Magnolia Pancake Haus 606 Embassy Oaks #100 San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 496-0828 magnoliapancakehaus.com American Earl Abel’s 1201 Alamo Highway #175 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 822-3358 www.earlabelssa.com Diner Food Chris Marid’s 1900 Blanco Road San Antonio, TX 78201 (210) 735-3552 www.chrismadrids.com Hamburgers Longhorn Café 17625 Blanco Road San Antonio, TX 78232 (210) 492-0301 www.thelonghorncafe.com Hamburgers Beto’s 8142 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 930-9393 www.betosinfo.com Barbeque

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fine dining Cappy’s 5011 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-9669 cappysrestaurant.com American CHEZ Vatel Bistro 218 East Olmos Drive San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 828-3141 www.chezvatelbistro.com European Fleming’s 255 East Basse Road San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 824-9463 flemmingssteakhouse.com Steakhouse

Silo 434 North Loop 1604 West San Antonio, TX 78232 (210) 483-8989 siloelevatedcuisine.com American Silo 1133 Austin Highway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 824-8686 siloelevatedcuisine.com American Kirby’s Steakhouse 123 Loop 1604 NE San Antonio, TX 78232 (210) 404-2221 www.kirbyssteakhouse. com Steakhouse Myron’s Prime Steakhouse 10003 NW Military Hwy, Suite 2101 San Antono, TX 78231 (210) 493-3031 www.myronsprime.com Steakhouse Perry’s 15900 La Cantera Pkwy #2200 San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 558-6161 www.perryssteakhouse. com Steakhouse

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SHOPPING ////////////////////////////////////////////// Alley on Bitters 42555 West Bitters Road San Antonio, TX 78232 (210) 585-3550 www.alleyonbitters.com Unique collection of shops and artists Lucchese Boot Company 255 East Basse Rd #800 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-9419 www.lucchese.com Custom Boots and Western wear JR Mooney Galleries of Fine Art 305 South Main #400 Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 816-5106 jrmooneygalleries.com Fine Art Gallery Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art 6496 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-6491 greenhousegallery.com Fine Art Gallery Caliente Harley Davidson 7230 NW Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78245 (210) 681-2254 www.calienteharley.com Harley Davidson Rentals

Kendra Scott 310 East Basse Rd. #101 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 591-7980 www.kendrascott.com Jewelry

The Collection 7959 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 826-3130 thecollectionsanantonio.com Shopping Center

Kathleen Sommers 2417 North Main San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 732-8437 kathleensommers.com Local Fashions & Jewelry

Shops of La Cantera 15900 La Cantera Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 582-6255 theshopsatlacantera.com Shopping Mall

Fiesta on Main 2025 North Main Avenue San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 738-1188 www.alamofiesta.com Mexican cultural gifts, pinatas

North Star Mall 7400 San Pedro San Antonio, TX 78217 (210) 340-6627 www.northstarmall.com Shopping MalL

The Vineyard 1207 North Loop 1604 W San Antonio, TX 78258 (210) 408-7200 thevineyardshoppingcenter. com Shopping Center Alamo Quarry Market 255 East Basse Road San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 824-8885 www.quarrymarket.com Shopping Center

Sloan Hall 5922 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-7738 www.sloanhall.com Unique Gifts, Accessories & Jewelry Los Patios 2015 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78217 (210) 655-6171 www.lospatios.com Unique local shops

Huebner Oaks 11745 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78230 (210) 867-1846 shophuebneroaks.com Shopping Center

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ATTRACTIONS /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// sports San Antonio Spurs Basketball 1 AT&T Center Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78219 (210) 444-5000 ww.nba.com/spurs San Antonio Rampage Hockey 1 AT&T Center Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78219 (210) 444-5000 www.sarampage.com San Antonio Silver Stars Basketball 1 AT&T Center Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78219 (210) 444-5000 www.sastars.com

San Antonio Talons Arena Football 100 Montana St. San Antonio, TX 78203 (210) 207-3663 sanantoniotalons.com

theme parks MOrgan’s Wonderland 5223 David Edwards Dr. San Antonio, TX 78233 (210) 495-5888. morganswonderland.com 4 SeaWorld of San Antonio 10500 Seaworld Drive San Antonio, TX 78251 (800) 700-7786 www.seaworld.com

Mission San Jose Six Flags Fiesta Texas 6701 San Jose Drive 17000 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78214 San Antonio, TX 78257 9am-5pm Daily (210) 697-5050 www.sixflags.com/fiestatexas www.nps.gov/saan 9 Splashtown 3600 IH 35 North San Antonio, TX 78219 (210) 227-1400 www.splashtownsa.com

missions Mission Concepcion 807 Mission San Antion, TX 78210 9am-5pm Daily (210) 534-1540 www.nps.gov/saan

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Mission Espada 10040 Espada Road San Antonio, TX 78214 9am-5pm Daily www.nps.gov/saan Mission San Juan 9101 Graf Road San Antonio, TX 78214 9am-5pm Daily www.nps.gov/saan

ZOO 11 San Antonio Zoo 3903 N. St. Mary’s St San Antion, TX 78212 9am-5pm 365 days a year (210) 734-7184 www.sazoo-aq.org

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Comfort Foods­ ­­Like Hugs from Grandma

by Ron Aaron Eisenberg

Comfort food is remarkably satisfying. Eating comfort food feeds not only our tummy, but our soul. It reminds us of home, family and our youth. Food has the power to connect us to our personal heritage and our cultural background.

find it almost everywhere. For Texans it’s true comfort food. Lulu’s Bakery and Café, open 24-hours a day and known for their generous Texas-sized portions, serve it up with other southern side dish comfort foods like mashed potatoes and fried okra. Mmm-good.

cuisine comfort food. While split pea soup crosses many culture lines theirs is distinctly German and amazing when paired with slices of their thick brown bread. Other comfort dishes include Reuben sandwiches, potato pancakes, Wienerschnitzel, and hot mustard. Anything you order pairs nicely with the homemade root beer served in a frosty cold mug. Tell me that doesn’t bring back great memories.

Most of us have fond child memories of macaroni and cheese. Some grandmas stirred in creamed corn as their secret to keeping it moist while others topped it with breadcrumbs for a light crunch. According to the owner of Mr. & Mrs. G’s Home Cooking they use lots of three simple ingredients: butter, cheese and love. But you gotta go early cause they only serve it on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and when it’s gone, it’s gone. And you will most definitely regret leaving town without tasting Hard Rock Café’s “Twisted Mac & Cheese” laced with a 3-cheese sauce and chucks of roasted red peppers. Bam, take that grandma! The historic Barn Door Restaurant, known for great steaks, also offers up mac n cheese made-to-order with your choice of a crunchy bread-crumb topping or plain.

If you grew up in an Italian household nothing says “mangia” like chicken parmigiana. And no one does it better than The Palm restaurant. Located downtown on Houston Street, they offer the perfect bold red wines to pair with your traditional Italian dish form heaven.

Breakfast is another rich source for comfort food. The Guenther House Restaurant is well known to San Antonians for its pancakes and sweet cream waffles, plus amazing biscuits and gravy. The restaurant opened in 1988 to showcase Pioneer Brand products. The Pioneer Flour Mill opened in San Antonio in 1898. Their flour and mixes are sold in grocery stores throughout the south.

While you won’t find chicken fried steak in many northern state restaurants, down south you’ll

Schilo’s Delicatessen, located in the heart of downtown since 1917, serves traditional German

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DeWese’s Tip Top Café located 15 minutes from downtown serves their signature chicken fried steak with peppery white gravy that is as delicious as the chicken itself. People have been known to lick the plate. Other comfort food on the menu includes mile-high meringue pie with a secret ingredient distinctive to Tip-Top. Their onion-rings are homemade, breaded-by-hand and made to order. Tip Top even serves an oldtime comfort dish, liver and onions.

Mi Tierra, located in Market Square, is a San Antonio tradition. Everything on their menu is comfort food to their countless loyal fans. They offer traditional Mexican food 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Their huevos rancheros, menudo, and caldo are each iconic comfort foods for the masses. Just like when you ate at Grandma’s house you should probably loosen your belt a notch cause you’re in for a comfort food treat. www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com


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EVENTS ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// music Mark Chesnutt 1/8, Fri @ 7pm (doors open) Cowboys Dancehall Camerata San Antonio Las Americas Festival 1/10, Sun @ 3pm University of the Incarnate Word Recital Hall Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour 1/10, Sun @ 8pm AT&T Center Janet Jackson: The Unbreakable World Tour 1/21, Thu @ 8pm AT&T Center Ryan Bingham 1/22, Fri @ 7pm (doors open) Cowboys Dancehall Carver Community Cultural Center: Monterey Jazz 1/23, Sat @ 8pm Jo Long Theatre @ The Carver Farolito Music Presents Tribute to Los Panchos 1/24, Sun @ 3pm Jo Long Theatre @ The Carver San Antonio Chamber Music Society: Gryphon Trio 1/24, Sun @ 3:15pm Temple Beth-El

SOLI Chamber Ensemble Post Cards Froom Las Americas From Andes to the Rockies 1/26, Tue @ 7:30pm Ruth Taylor Recital Hall Trinity University

Live theater Santa the Conqueror 1/1-2, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Little Overtime Theater @ The Overtime Theater Santa Claus Conquers the Martians 1/1-2, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Greg Barrios Theater @ The Overtime Theater Death by Design 1/15-2/27, Thu-Sat @ 6:15 (dinner), 8pm (show) 12/26, Sat @ 6:15 (dinner), 8pm (show) Harlequin Dinner Theatre Stage Kiss 1/22-2/14, Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 3pm Cellar Theatre at The Playhouse San Antonio Zane to Gate 69 1/22-2/20, days of the week & /times TBD Little Overtime Theater @ The Overtime Theater

Divas of Eastwood 1/29-31, Fri-Sat @ 8pm; Sun @ 4pm; 2/5-6, Fri @ 8pm; Sat @ 2pm & 8pm Little Carver Theatre @ The Carver

comedy Tom Rhodes 1/1-3, Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm; Sun @ 7pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Quinn Hudson 1/6, Wed @ 8pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Tommy Johnagin 1/7-10, Thu @ 8pm; Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm; Sun @ 7pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Aries Spears 1/14-17, Thu @ 8pm; Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm; Sun @ 7pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Andrew Rivers 1/20, Wed @ 8pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club John Heffron 1/21-24, Thu @ 8pm; Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm; Sun @ 7pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Andrew Kennedy 1/29-31, Fri-Sat @ 8pm & 10:15pm; Sun @ 7pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

Doug Benson 1/30, Sat @ 4:20pm Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

CHILDREN’S Sesame Street Live 2/6-7, Sat @ 10:30am & 2pm Sun @ 1pm Freeman Coliseum

The Extraordinary Ordinary: Three Installations Now thru 4/10 Collecting in Context Now thru 4/17 Stephan Westfall: The Holy Forest Now thru 7/31 SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN

exhibitions BIHL HAUS ARTS Ten: Bihl Haus Arts Tenth Anniversary Celebration Now thru 1/23 McNAY ART MUSEUM Miro: The Experience of Seeing Now thru 1/10 Martin Gutierrez: Transcending Rhythm Now thru 1/10 Picasso, Braque, and the Cubist Legacy: Prints and Drawings from the Collection Now thru 1/24 Studio to Stage: Dega’s Little Dancer / Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon Now thru 1/31 Art History Goes to the Theatre: Research Secrets of Great Designers Now thru 1/31

One Way Trail-Art in the Garden 2015 (In conjunction with Blue Star Contemporary Art Center) Now thru 1/31 Wings of the City Now thru 2/14 WITTE MUSEUM Bodies Revealed Now thru 1/31 The Wests of Texas: Cattle Ranching Entrepreneurs Now on display at the Russell Hill Rogers Texas Art Gallery

miscellanous Giraffes Are Back! Now thru 12/31 San Antonio Zoo WWE Monday Night Raw 1/4, Mon @ 6:30pm AT&T Center

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FOOD-TRUCKING > > > > By Susan Yerkes

Food trucks are hot. These boxy purveyors of meals on wheels have exploded across the American eating scene, proliferating like mobile mushrooms after a good rain. So it should be no surprise that local weather favors al fresco dining pretty much year-round and has created a thriving food truck scene. While roaming food trucks can be spotted all around town one of the best ways to sample the mobile meals in these parts is at one of the area’s permanent food truck parks. These open-air collections offer convenient seating, restrooms, music and some offer a myriad of changing culinary options and convivial atmospheres. They’re a great way for budding chefs to get established, and for established restaurants to expand their brand. And the city’s robust food scene, fed by the nationally renowned Culinary Institute of America branch here, creates even more energy and appetite for the foodtrucking phenomenon. Today you’ll find food parks in locations from downtown to the suburbs, all within an easy halfhour drive from the bustling River Walk. Each has its own ambience, with an ever-changing scene depending on the day and hour. It’s best to check each park’s Facebook page (and they

all have them) for updates when you’re making plans for a food truck foray.

Just blocks from the heart of the River Walk you’ll find Alamo Street Eat Bar, at 609 S. Alamo in the historic Acapulco Drive Inn has developed an enthusiastic following. Open until midnight most weekdays and 2 a.m. on the weekends, it’s a popular place to watch a Spurs game on the big outside TV, or get a late night snack or drink after an evening downtown. Favorite local beers are always on tap, and trucks including Cullum’s Attaboy Burgers, SAbores , known for its “ifries” (French fries with Mexican-style beef and gravy) and Duke’s Seafood are part of the regular line-up. A few blocks north of downtown on Broadway Street you’ll find the city’s newest food tuck park, Pinks Patio. Pinks is a food truck park on steroids. In addition to food trucks such as Gallo de Jalisco’ Taqueria truck, Big Guido’s, Luigi’s and Snoopy’s Snow Cones & More, Pinks features patio seating, an indoor sports bar, live and DJ music, and art-focused nights. Further from downtown, near the University of Texas at San Antonio’s main campus, The Block Food Truck Park boasts an energetic young

vibe and a wide assortment of food trucks. The picnic tables, both indoors and out are often packed, and food trucks including Chela’s Tacos, Smoke BBQ, Mr. Fish Baja Fish Tacos, Crazy Carl’s Burgers, Puerto Rican Grub Express, Gus’ Empanadas and Tikos Chamoyadas are popular regulars here. A little further north of town, the Point Park & Eats, on Boerne Stage Road near I-10 is another rocking place. Family-friendly and casually hip, The Point prides itself on local craft brews and a busy bar, with food trucks ranging from the Caliente Grill, Senor Pinky’s pulled pork, Mosaic Mediterranean, Benjie’s Munch and Gilbo’s Grill Look for venison chili at Busto Bistro, or Scratch Bistro’s bison burger. One of The Point’s more eclectic attractions is the Space Cowboy Art-O-Mat, a converted cigarette machine that dispenses funky original art pieces. Live music is often on tap here as well. The fluid food truck line-up at all the parks guarantees visitors a variety of tastes and makes every outing an adventure, and the laid-back atmosphere and affordable offerings, from snacks to heaping platters, promise memorable meals. Once you get started, you may just want to keep on food-trucking until you’ve tried them all!


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FOOD & DRINK//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// casual Dodging Duck Brewhaus 402 River Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 248-3825 www.dodgingduck.com American Grist Mill River Restaurant & Bar 1287 Gruene Road Gruene, TX 78130 625-0684 gristmillrestaurant.com American High’s Café & Store 726 High Street Comfort, TX 78013 (830) 995-4995 highscafeandstore.com American Huisache Grill & Wine Bar 303 W. San Antonio St. New Bruanfels, TX 78130 (830) 620-9001 www.huisache.com American Lincoln Street 111 South Lincoln Street Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-8463 www.lincolnst.com American Mike’s in the Village 2355 Bulverde Road Bulverde, TX 78163 (830) 438-2747 mikesinthevillage.com American

Pecan Street Brewing 106 East Pecan Avenue Johnson City, TX 78636 (830) 868-2500 pecanstreetbrewing.com American Scenic Loop Café & Bar 25615 Boerne Stage Rd. San Antonio, TX 78255 (210) 687-1818 scenicloopcafe.com American The Creek 119 Staffel Street Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 816-2005 texaslandandcattle.com Steakhouse Cypress Grille 170 South Main Street Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 248-1353 cypressgrilleboerne.com American Bluebonnet Café 211 US Highway 281 Marble Falls, TX 78654 (830) 693-2344 bluebonnetcafe.net Diner Food Little Gretel 518 River Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 331-1368 littlegretel.com German

Valeria Farm-to-Table Restaurant 109 Waterview Pkwy. Ste 105 Boerne, TX 78006 (830)-331-1393 valeriarestaurant.com American Hoffbrau 18403 IH 10 San Antonio, TX 78257 (210) 877-1500 hofbraurim.com German American Piatti’s 17101 La Cantera Pkwy Bldg 7 San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 251-3542 www.piatti.com Italian El Chaparral 15103 Bandera Road Helotes, TX 78023 (210) 695-8302 elchaparral.com Mexican Cowboy Steakhouse 416 Main Street Kerrville, TX 78028 (830) 896-5688 cowboysteakhouse.com Steakhouse Hermann Sons Steakhouse 577 US Highway 90 Hondo, TX 78861 (830) 426-2220

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family Camp Verde General Store 285 East Verde Creek Rd Camp Verde, TX 78010 (830) 634-7722 campverdegeneralstore. com

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Po-Po Family Restaurant 829 FM 289 Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 537-4194 poporestaurant.com American Cranky Franks BBQ Company 1679 South US Hwy 87 Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-2353 crankyfranksbbq.com Barbeque Rudy’s Barbeque 24152 IH 10 West Leon Springs, TX 78257 (210) 698-2141 www.rudysbbq.com Barbeque Sammy’s 202 Highway 90 East Castroville, TX 78009 (830) 931-2204 sammysrestaurant.com Diner Food Alamo Springs 107 Alamo Road Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 990-8004 alamospringscafe.com Hamburgers

Longhorn Café 23775 West IH 10 Leon Springs, TX 78257 (210) 698-7766 thelonghorncafe.com Hamburger

Le Chat Noir 1403 Angelo Street Castroville, TX 78009 (830) 583-9347 lechatnoireatery.com French

La Hacienda de los Barrios 18747 Redland Road San Antonio, TX 78259 (210) 497-8000 www.lhdlb.com Mexican

Welfare Cafe 223 Welfare Waring Rd. Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 537-3700 www.welfaretexas.com German

Fine Dining The Grill at Leon Springs 24116 IH 10 West Leon Springs, TX 78257 (210) 698-8797 leonspringsgrill.com American Hilltop 10661 Highway 87 Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-8922 www.hilltopcafe.com American Sustenio 17103 La Cantera Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 598-2950 www.eilanhotel.com American August E 203 East San Antonio St Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-1585 august-es.com Asian

Francesca’s at Sunset 16641 La Cantera Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 558-6500 resortlacantera.com Southwestern Navajo Grill 803 East Main Street Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 990-8289 www.navajogrill.com Southwestern Grey Moss Inn 19010 Scenic Loop Rd. Grey Forest, TX 78023 (210) 695-8301 grey-moss-inn.com Steak Bob’s Steak & Chop House 5815 Rim Pass Dr. San Antonio, TX 78257 (210) 222-2627 bobs-steakandchop.com Steak Myron’s Prime Steakhouse 136 North Castell New Braunfels, TX 78130

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ATTRACTIONS /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// bat caves Railroad Tunnel 10619 Old San Antonio Rd Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (866) 978-2287 Dawn - Dusk Daily

bourbon distillery Garrison Brothers 1827 Hye-Albert Road Hye, TX 78635 (830) 392-0246 www.garrisonbros.com 8am-5pm M-F

caverns 1 Cascade Caverns

226 cascade Caverns Road Boerne, TX 78015 (830) 755-8080 www.cascadecaverns.com 9am-4pm M-F, 9am-6pm Sa-Sun Cave Without a Name 325 Kreutzberg Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 537-4212 cavewithoutaname.com 9am-6pm Daily

2 Natural Bridge

Caverns 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd San Antonio, TX 78266 (210) 651-6101 9am-5pm daily naturalbridgecaverns.com

distillery Rebecca Creek Distillery 26606 Bulverde Road San Antonio, TX 78260 (830) 714-4581 12pm-5pm Sat rebeccacreekdistillery.com

entertainment 4 Morgan’s Wonderland

5223 David Edwards Dr. San Antonio, TX 78233 (210) 495-5888 morganswonderland.com ZDT’s amusement park 301 W Kingsbury Seguin, TX 78155 (830) 386-0151 zdtamusement.com

glider rides San Antonio Soaring Society 400 Boerne Stage Airfield Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 981-2345 By Appointment

golf courses Cedar Creek Golf Course 8250 Vista Colina San Antonio, TX 78255 (210) 695-5050 alamocitygolftrail.com Tapatio Springs Resort & Golf Couse 1 Resort Way Boerne, TX 78006

(830) 537-4197 tapatio.com/golf Canyon Springs 24400 Canyon Golf Road San Antonio, TX 78260 (210) 558-2365 lacanteragolfclub.com TPC Golf Course 23808 Resort Parkway San Antonio, TX 78261 (210) 558-2365 www.tpc.com/ tpc-san-antonio The Palmer Course 16641 La Cantera Parkway San Antonio, TX 78255 (210) 558-2365 lacanteragolfclub.com

hiking Cibolo Nature Center 140 City Park Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 249-4616 8am-Dusk www.cibolo.org Enchanted Rock 16710 Ranch Road 965 Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 685-3636 8am-10pm Daily

Spring Branch, TX 7 8070 (830) 438-2656 8am-10pm Daily

dance halls John T. Floores Country Store 14492 Old Bandera Road Helotes, TX 78023 (210) 695-8827 liveatfloores.com Gruene Hall 1281 Gruene Road New Braunfels, TX 78130 (830) 606-1281 www.gruenehall.com

live entertainment Luckenbach 412 Luckenbach Town Loop Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-3224 9am til close www.luckenbachtexas.com

horse racing Retama Racetrack 1 Retama Parkway Selma, TX 78154 (210) 651-7000 10:30am-11pm Daily retamapark.com

museum

Government Canyon 12861 Galm Road San Antonio, TX 78254 (210) 688-9055 F-M 7am-10pm

LBJ house 199 Park Road 52 Stonewall, TX 78671 (830) 868-7128 8am-5pm Daily

Guadalupe River State Park 3350 Park Road 31

National Museum of the Pacific War 340 East Main Street Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-8600 9am-5pm Daily pacificwarmuseum.org Agricultural Heritage Museum 102 City Park Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 537-5509 10am-4pm Sat agmuseum.us

OLD WEST VILLAGE Enchanted Springs Ranch 242 State Hwy 46 West Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 249-8222 10am-5pm Sat-Sun enchantedspringsranch. com

OLIVE OIL FARMS Bella Vista Ranch 3101 Mount Sharp Road Wimberley, TX 78676 (512) 847-6514 www.texasoliveoil.com Sandy Oak Olive Orchard 25195 Mathis Road Elmendorf, TX 78112 (210) 621-0044 9am-4pm Tu-Sat sandyoaks.com

SHOPPING Bass Pro Shops 17907 IH 10 West

San Antonio, TX 78257 (210) 253-8800 9am-9pm Daily basspro.com

WILDFLOWER FARM Wildseed Farm 100 Legacy Drive Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (800) 848-0078 9:30am-5pm Daily www.wildseedfarms.com

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WIILDLIFE RANCH Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch 26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd San Antonio, TX 78266 (830) 438-7400 wildliferanchtexas.com

WINERY Becker Vineyards 464 Becker Farms Road Stonewall, TX 78671 (830) 644-2681 beckervineyards.com Bell Mountain Vineyards 463 Bell Mountain Road Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 685-3297 10am-5pm Sat bellmountainwine.com

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EVENTS //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// music Eli Young Band 1/2, Sat @ 7pm (doors open) Cowboys Dancehall Cory Morrow 1/2, Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall Keith & Bushong 1/7, Thu @ 7:30pm Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater Kerrville Brennen Lee sings Left Frizell 2/8, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dancehall Camerata San Antonio Las Americas Festival 1/8, Fri @ 7:30pm Boerne First United Methodist Camerata San Antonio Las Americas Festival 1/9, Sat @ 3pm Kerrville First Presbyterian Symphony of the Hills A Night at the Movies 1/9, Sat @ 7:30pm Eugene Dowdy, conductor Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater Kerrville Whiskey Myers 1/9, Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall

Shane Smith & the Saints 1/15, Fri @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store

Luckenbach’s 9th Annual Blues Festival 1/23, Sat @ 12pm Luckenbach Dancehall

Corey Smith 1/16, Sat @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store

The Dirty River Boys 1/30, Sat @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store

live theater

The New Buddy Holly Band 1/23, Sat @ 7:30pm Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater Kerrville

Cody Canada and The Departed 1/16, Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall Dirty River Boys 1/16, Sat #@ 9pm Luckenbach Dancehall

Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros Tribute to California Rock 1/25, Mon @ 7:30pm Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre New Braunfels

Fredericksburg Music Club Spectrum Strings 1/17, Sun @ 3pm Fredericksburg United Methodist

David Church and Terri Lisa 1/26, Tue @ 7:30pm Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre New Braunfels

Bret Graham Tribute to Willie Nelson 1/21, Thu @ 7:30pm Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre New Braunfels

Tracy Lawrence 1/29, Fri @ 7pm (doors open) Cowboys Dancehall

Oak Ridge Boys 1/22, Sat @ 8pm Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre New Braunfels Chris Knight 1/22, Fri @ 8pm Luckenbach Dancehall Billy Joe Shaver 1/22, Fri @ 8:30pm John T. Floore Country Store

The Crazy Quilt Club 1/22-2/6, Thu @ 7:30pm Fri-Sat @ 8pm Sun @ 2:30pm Boerne Community Theatre Getting Sara Married Playhouse 2000 1/29-2/14, Fri-Sat @ 7:30pm Sun @ 2:30pm VK Garage Theater Kerrville

CHILDREN’S Performing Arts Academy of New Braunfels: Into The Woods 1/15-17, Fri @ 7:30pm Sat @ 2pm & 7:30pm Sun @ 2pm Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre New Braunfels

Crooks 1/29, Fri @ 9pm John T. Floore Country Store William Clark Green 1/29-30, Fri @ 8pm Sat @ 9pm Gruene Hall

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SHOPPING /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Cosas 1109 South Main Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 249-1500 cosasonline.com Cultural Art and Collectibles

Fiesta on Main 436 South Main Street Boerne, TX 78006 (210) 319-3236 www.alamofiesta.com Mexican cultural gifts, pinatas

JR Mooney Galleries of Fine Art 8032 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-8214 jrmooneygalleries.com Fine Art Gallery

Bass Pro Shops 17907 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78257 (210) 253-8800 www.basspro.com Outdoor Hunting & Fishing

Las Finezas 210 South Main Street Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 331-9272 www.lasfinezas.com Fine Imported Gifts

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Ranch at the Rim 18007 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78257 (210) 319-3001 www.ranchattherim.com Fine western wear

Tanger Outlets 4015 IH 35 North San Marcos, TX 78666 (512) 396-7446 www.tangeroutlets.com/sanmarcos Outlet Mall

Busseys flea market 18738 IH 35 North Schertz, TX 78154 (830) 609-0800 www.busseyfm.com Flea Market

San Marcos Prime Outlets 3939 IH 35 North San Marcos, TX 78666 (512) 396-2200 www.premiumoulets.com Outlet Mall

Kendra Scott 15900 La Cantera Parkway #2290 San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 399-2854 www.kendrascott.com Jewelry

Garden Ridge Pottery 17975 IH 35 North Schertz, TX 78154 (210) 599-5700 www.gardenridge.com Pottery, Furniture & Crafts

The Forum at Olympia Parkway 8320 Agora Parkway San Antonio, TX 78154 (210) 566-7604 shoptheforumsa.com Local Fashions & Jewelry

Red 307 East Main Street Frederickburg, TX 78624 (830) 990-0700 www.redinfred.com Unique Collection of items for the Home

The Twig Book Shop 306 Pearl Parkway #106 San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 826-6411 thetwig.indiebound.com Shopping Center

Traditions at the Depot 518 South Main Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 816-2795 traditionsatthedepot.com Women’s Fashions

The Rim 17503 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78230 (210) 641-1777 www.therimsa.com Shopping Center Main Street Boerne Main Street Boerne, TX 78006 (800) 322-3868 mainstreetinboerne.com Texas Antiques, Art, Restaurants Fredericksburg 302 East Austin Street Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-6523 visitfredericksburgtx.com Texas Antiques, Art, Restaurants New Braunfels Art League 239 W. San Antonio Street New Braunfels, TX 78130 (830) 629-8022 newbraunfelsartleague.org Texas Fine Art & Jewelry

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Regular Dinner

Valid for up to 8 guests per table/reservation. 313 E. Houston St., San Antonio, Texas 78205

210.299.1600

Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Not valid on restaurant holidays. Does not apply to salad-area only dinner or discounted children’s prices. Beverages, alcoholic beverages, desserts, tax and gratuity not included. Expires 1/31/16

FREE BEVERAGE With the purchase of entree during happy hour only. Happy Hour 4-8PM 409 E. Commerce 210-465-UGLY www.coyoteuglysaloon.com

103 9th Street San Antonio TX 78215

(210)301-0066

FREE APPETIZER

with the purchase of an entrée

One Coupon per table per visit. Expires 01/31/16.

RIO

20% OFF

ENTIRE GUEST CHECK

One coupon, per check, per visit. Not valid with any other coupons or promotional offers. Coupon has no cash value. No change returned. Taxes and gratuity not included. Alcoholic beverages not included. Valid only 903 E. Commerce St. San Antonio, TX location. Selection and prices may vary. Only original coupon accepted. Photocopied and Internet printed or purchased coupons are not valid. No substitutions. © 2014 DFO, LLC. Printed in the U.S.A. Offer ends 1/31/16

Breakfast every Saturday only. 9am to 11am

521 River Walk

(210)223-2939 cafeole.us

FREE

breakfast entree with the purchase of an entree. *limit one coupon per table – Expires 01/31/16

FREE CHIPS & QUESO Crockett at Navarro (210) 293-7482 |www.pizzaritas.com

4

Two big slices!

$ 52

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Applies to Cheese or Pepperoni slices. Cannot be combined with other offers or coupons. Available for delivery and in-house.

Visit Us At The Republic of Texas Restaurant and receive a complimentary order of Chips & Queso. 526 Riverwalk • 210-226-6256 www.therepublicoftexasrestaurant.com Minimum purchase of $25.00. Not valid with any other offers. Subject to Blackout Dates. One Coupon per table. Expires 01/31/16

FREE BASKET OF HAND BATTERED FRIED PICKLES With the purchase of TWO dinner menu entrees.

237 Loyosa, San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-9374 www.riverrestaurants.com Limit one coupon per table. Expires 1/31/16

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On the San Antonio Riverwalk 223 Losoya Street (210) 227-0864

FREE Homemade Potato Chips in a basket served with avocado crèam dipping sauce.*

10% MILITARY DISCOUNT

to those in uniform or with an active duty military ID.**

charliewantsaburger.com Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Daily. Dog-Friendly Patio, Restaurant & Sports Bar. *With purchase of any entrée. One per table of 4. **Military discount on food only.

$

3

Complimentary House Dessert with order of an entrée. 111 W. Crockett Street, Suite 101 (210) 227-2782 paesanosriverwalk.com Not valid with any other offer or discount. Offer only valid at Paesanos Riverwalk location.

OFF

111 W. Crockett Street, Located on the River Walk (210) 224-ROCK Hardrock.com

ADULT OR CHILD TICKET

301 Alamo Plaza •210-224-9299

RIPLEYS.COM/SANANTONIO

Not valid with any other offer. Good up to six people. Expires 1/31/16 • ©RIPLEY ENTERTAINMENT INC. - RIO MAG

PRESENT THIS AD AND RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY HARD ROCK SOUVENIR WITH $20 PURCHASE Valid only at San Antonio Location. Not valid with other offers. One person per visit. Expires 1/31/16.

10

Save up to

$

On the San Antonio River Walk 421 E. Commerce St. (210) 226-8462 rioriocantina.com

FREE

Chile con Queso OR Guacamole & Chips with purchase of entrée.*

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Texas-Sized Mexican Food. * One complimentary order of Chile con Queso OR Guacamole and Chips per table. Purchased entrée does not include daily specials, appetizers, happy hour, alcohol or desserts. One offer per table, not to be used in conjunction with other coupons.

NAKED IGUANA SAVE up to $10

FREE Chile con Queso OR Guacamole & Chips with purchase of entrée.* Happy Hour Every Day 3pm–6pm & 9pm–11pm: House Wine $4.25 • 9oz rio rita $3.75 Well drinks $3.75 + Beer Specials!

*Purchased entrée does not include daily specials, appetizers, happy hour, alcohol or desserts. 1 offer per table, not to be used in conjunction with other coupons. On The riverwalk • 421 east commerce • (210) 226-8462

Tower of the Americas

Parties of LESS than 8

FREE FLAUTAS

(seasoned chicken rolled up in a tortilla)

with the purchase of 1 entrée Parties of 8 or MORE

LA PACHANGA APPETIZER (Cup of Queso, beef tacos and flautas)

with the purchase of 2 entrées Coupon not valid with other offers or coupons. Please present coupon to server at time of ordering.

110 E. Crockett on the Riverwalk 210-277-6300

FREE CHEF’S APPETIZER OF THE DAY

2

$

OFF TOWER TICKET

701 Bowie, San Antonio, TX 78205

210.223.3101

Toweroftheamericas.com Ticket includes unlimited access to Observation Deck, Flags over Texas & 4-D Theater Ride. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Limit one $2.00 off coupon per person. No cash Value. Expires 1/31/16.

$

2

an Adult Entrée with this ad Ice Cold Drinks & Good Texas Food Breakfast Fri-Sun from 9am-11am Happy Hour Mon-Fri 3-6pm

245 e. commerce River Level at Navarro & Crockett 210-227-RiTA • www.ritasontheriver.com

One coupon per table per visit. Offer at Riverwalk location only. Must present coupon. Expires 1/31/16.

Valid only for lunch and Dinner, coupon good for up to 2 entrees at a table

2

Redeem this coupon for one complimentary bowl of our award-winning and completely irrisitible queso.

200 River Walk Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78205 210-224-9835 • ironcactus.com Not valid with any other offer, one per table, not valid during happy hour. Expires 1/31/16.

OFF

With the purchase of an adult entrée.

$

QUESO, SO DELICIOUS & TOTALLY FREE

FREE DESSERT

With a purchase of 2 Entrees & 2 Beverage Riverwalk level of the Hyatt Regency Maddogs.net • (210) 222-0220 One Coupon per table per visit. Expires 1/31/16.

ZOCCA Cuisine D’itAliA OFF TICKET

Receive a FREE Appetizer with Purchase of Entrée

$5 OFF Limited to 1 per person, M-F.

Located in Rivercenter Mall on 3rd Level 849 East Commerce 210-229-1420 www.sanantoniocomedyclubs.com Not valid with special events. Expires 01/31/16

AMericA’S PreMier indOOr KArTing cenTer

Offer not valid withany other discounts, race, or group packages. Adult racers are 4’-10” and up. Junior racers are 4’-4’9” * Limit one coupon per person. Not combined with any other offers

1-888-k1-kARTS • k1SPEED.com

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“I ❤ to Learn Chinese” Chinese Sunday School offers courses in:

Chinese Language Programs Children ages 3 and up Middle & High School students HSK and Adult classes

Chinese Culture Programs Kungfu, Taichi, Children’s Choir, Dragon Dance, Waist Drum, Dance, Music, Art and more

Register for Sunday Chinese School Courses held at UTSA Main Campus on Sundays from 1-5pm Visit us at utsa.edu/confucius/programs/scs or call (210) 458-6242

The Confucius Institute at UTSA promotes mutual understanding between US and China, Chinese culture awareness and language learning.


Happy 2016!

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RIO Magazine January 2016  

The Official Magazine of the Riverwalk

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