City Guide: San Antonio

5 Must-Eat Restaurants Around Alamo City  


Over the years, San Antonio has become a place I look forward to visiting each year, typically visiting family during the holidays. Falling in love with its charm, while being introduced to its local hot spots, trendy restaurants and amazing offerings. I try to visit as often as possible to catch up with family and enjoy the richness of the city’s vibrant art, history, and culture. There are places that have become favorites, and some that I’ve noted want to try next time we’re in town, which I want to share with you – should you be planning a visit to the Texas hill country. 

1. OCHO

Restaurant & Bar

Recommended by a friend, we popped over to Ocho for an afternoon beverage. Situated in a glass conservatory just behind Hotel Havana, over looking the River Walk, this gem is gorgeous and airy filled with natural light. We only had drinks, but would love to go back to taste our its menu and enjoy the colorful and fun atmosphere next time we’re in San Antonio. 


2. The Fruiteria 

 Southtown

Inspired by Mexico’s colorful fruit stalls, Chef Johnny Hernandez (as seen on Top Chef, Season 9 as Guest Chef Judge) is a premier Mexican cuisine chef and recognized authority on Mexican cuisine and culture in the United States. With 11 restaurants around the world, we love to lunch at The Fruiteria for its fresh guac, the fundido con crutas  (to die for), my favorite tostadas and specialty margaritas. The unique eatery offers offers fresh fruit cups, licuados (smoothies), tortas and tostadas during the day and by night, the space transforms into a contemporary Botanero offering botana-style Mexican tapas and fruit-infused specialty tequilas and cocktails.


3. Paesanos

Both 1604 & Lincoln Heights

My favorite Italian restaurant for our family dinners. I’ve yet to get a dish here that I haven’t liked. The traditional Pork Osso Buco is amazing! I highly suggest you come hungry, because you will leave full and ready for nap. The Shrimp Paesano is a must and probably my favorite . We always get a few desserts to pass around. The Creme Brulee and Bread Pudding do not disappoint! 


4. Down on Grayson

Pearl District

Love the laid back vibes of Down on Grayson. From the open outdoor seating perfect for cocktails as we wait for seating, to the shopping located within walking distance in the Pearl District, DoG is family favorite that has a menu perfect for sharing and food so good, no one will blame you for not! I’m a sucker for the crispy brussels, love their sliders, meatballs and parmesan fries as starters and you can’t go wrong with the French Dip or Chopped Con. Follow it up with the Strawberry Cake. No Regrets! 


5. Weekly Farmer’s Market

Pearl District

You have to stop by the Farmer’s Market on Sunday before you head out of town. It’s the best stop for breakfast and shopping with local vendors sourced within a 150 mile radius. Stop by and see my friends at Wildflower Carmel Co. Sourcing quality ingredients to ensure the fair and ethical treatment of all living things through the supply chain, is a +. They only organic and fair trade certified ingredients (local when possible) – even their packaging is made from recycled and eco friendly materials! They were recently featured as one of Southern Living Magazine’s winners of their Top 20 Food Awards of 2018.  You can’t miss their cute mobile shop that’s totally insta-worthy but more importantly, their caramels are delish, with flavors like Amola Bacon Salt, Sierra Vieja Tequila and Wild Gift Coffee (to name a few)! I just checked out their Instagram and  found out they made a limited supply of Ginger + Pear Cider Caramel Cider, that I must try!


There are so many reasons why I love this city, but incase you’re looking for more specifics, here are 5 Things That Make San Antonio’s Pearl District Worth Checking Out

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Was there something I missed? Have you visited San Antone? Drop me a note and let me know your favorite spots! 

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