Salsas, Stetsons, and San Antonio
San Antonio.... what an amazing city! So much history, so much culture, so much salsa (seriously, my salsa knowledge prior to this trip consisted of hot, medium, or mild). We stayed at the Omni La Mansion, again, AMAZING! Our balcony overlooked the infamous River Walk, which is this network of walkways along the bank of the of the San Antonio River downtown, filled with tons of restaurants, bars, and shops. Below are some of our favorite hot spots, recommended must-see's, and some pretty pics from our mini-Texas adventure!
The Alamo - Ok, so we didn't technically go inside the Alamo (the line was ridiculously long), but we did see it from the outside (that counts right?). Don't worry, it wasn't just a random drive by, we did walk around the grounds... which were beautiful. Cacti get such a bad rep, and the area around the Alamo flourished with this gorgeous, I'll be it prickly, greenery. We soaked up some history, and checked the Alamo off our 'to do' the first day in town.
Waxy O'Connor's Irish Pub - I'm aware this is not the traditional Tex-Mex restaurant you're supposed to acquaint yourself with in a culturally rich place like San Antonio, but the location, drinks and chicken fingers were spot on at this establishment! I'm pretty sure we spent 8 consecutive hours at this little gem on the River Walk. We started outside on the patio, people watching and counting the number of stetsons we saw, then eventually made are way inside where they had a real Irish person (wasn't sure if calling someone an Irish person was offensive, but just to clarify it is not meant to be) singing on his guitar... and more chicken fingers. Such a fun spot, I highly recommend stopping by if you're in town.
Salsas Galore - walking around the River Walk, there are a million restaurants to choose from. Most offer the same Tex-Mex style dishes.... tacos, chill con carne, lots of gauc, but the salsas... oh the salsas!!! We went to this one restaurant where they actually heated up the salsa... temperature hot mild salsa, who knew?? This other restaurant served this deep dark brown salsa. We asked them what gave it that color, and they actually roast the tomatoes right before they burn so the salsa turns a deep red/brown... so delicious! Try all the Tex-Mex restaurants you can just to ensure you get your salsa variation fill :)
Golfing at the Quarry - Even if you don't enjoy the game of golf, find someone you can ride in the cart with so you can at least see a golf course in a quarry. Just outside the city, about 20 min, it's a quick getaway if you're looking to do something else besides walk around the city.
Riverboat Cruises - I know, kinda cheesy, but TOTALLY worth it... and totally cheap. I had no idea how much history the city had beyond the Alamo. The architecture was pretty cool too. There's one spot where the captain (I use the termly loosely) has you look up at this building and from a certain angle on the river it looks like it turns into a free-standing wall as thin as a paper. Even if you don't like the touristy thing, try it. Side note, you can bring drinks on the boat. However, the only place that will serve you bubbly in a to-go cup is Joe's crab shack... found that out the hard way (but got my exercise in for the day running from bar to bar to find some place that would serve us).
Hope you enjoyed the recommendations and pretty photos from our San Antonio adventure! Up next... St. Petersburg, FL!