Best Neighborhoods for a Gastronomical Experience in San Antonio
By Tara Scott-Johnson
San Antonio, the second largest city in Texas and the seventh largest city in the U.S., is quickly becoming one of the nation’s most inspired foodie cities. San Antonio was once considered to be the mecca of Tex-Mex cuisine and a popular city for mouthwatering southern-style barbecue, according to a recent Trulia article. Today, San Antonio has emerged as a diverse culinary contender amongst rival Texan cities the likes of Austin and Dallas, TX. While there are many foodie neighborhoods in San Antonio, there are three top-rated neighborhoods creating superb gastronomical experiences –Southtown, River Walk and The Pearl.
The small, two-mile radius that encompasses Southtown offers a mix of culture and history. Just a stone’s throw from The Alamo, Southtown offers plenty of parking, making this foodie neighborhood a fan favorite of locals and tourists alike. Enjoy American cuisine with a Mediterranean twist located in King Williams Historic District at Feast. Find flavorful, yet affordable, small plates and shareable plates at Hearsay Urban Taste. Marvel at the mastery of fine dining at Bliss, San Antonio’s top-rated contemporary American cuisine restaurant.
San Antonio’s River Walk is a network of walkways and a world famous tourist destination speckled with dozens of chain-restaurants, bars and cafes along the banks of the San Antonio River. But, River Walk is also home to many of San Antonio’s finest local restaurants, such as Biga on the Banks, your best bet for fine dining along River Walk. Upscale Mexican cuisine can be found at Boudro’s Texas Bistro, a bistro-style restaurant serving up freshly prepared guacamole table side and their famed prickly-pear margarita. Escape the weather in a glass conservatory overlooking the River Walk at Ocho. Their pan-Latin cuisine is served all day and into the late night hours in the Havana Hotel.
The Pearl, the hippest gastronomical locale in San Antonio is located in the historic Pearl Brewery. The Pearl Brewery, San Antonio’s second brewery which opened in the late 1800s, was purchased and reinvented in 2002. It has has become a live, work, and play community filled with restaurants, retail shops, workspaces, and a Farmer’s Market. Within the walls of The Pearl, cross-culture cuisines can be found at Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery, where the menu changes seasonally and is inspired by coastal classics. Cured has emerged as one of San Antonio’s best restaurants with its use of the purest regional ingredients, paired with organic methods and is built on a foundation of lovingly hand-crafted cured foods. The final top-rated restaurant on this gastronomical tour can be found at Nao – Latin Gastro Bar, where every meal is a savory adventure. Nao offers unique foods in an outdoor setting in the middle of the historic Pearl Brewery.