Gary's Good Grub; San Antonio Edition

Each year we ask Gary Norwood, DVM, of Louisiana, to give dining guidance to the veterinarians and visitors who attend the American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention. This year’s conference is in San Antonio, Texas. In a town of fine dining, it’s hard to go wrong. You are encouraged to call the restaurants as far in advance as possible for reservations.

Note that Gary’s abbreviations are as follows: F-French; NA-New American;S-steakhouse; W-winning wine list.

Top Food Favorites
Le Reve, F/W, romantic downtown gem with celebrity chef Andrew Weissman. Rated best in Texas by Texas Monthly Magazine, 152 E. Pecan St., 210/212-2221.

The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, NA/W, in a converted mansion, 1746 Lockhill Selma Rd. (West Ave.), 210/349-8466.

Biga on the Banks, NA/W, fantastic River Walk views with celebrity chef Bruce Auden, 203 South St. Mary’s St., 210/225-0722.

Bistro Vatel, F, perfectly prepared French classics in a bistro setting, 218 E Olmos Dr., 210/828-3141.

Silo, NA/W, dining mezzanine overlooks a fabulous wild and fun first floor bar, 1133 Austin Hwy.,
210/824-8686.

L'Etoile, F/W, it's not called the star for nothing, 6106 Broadway St., 210/826-4551.

Ruth's Chris, S/W, national steakhouse chain (started in New Orleans) with "cut-with-a-fork tender" beef and awesome sides, 1170 E. Commerce Street, St. Paul Square, 210/227-8847.

Morton's, S/W, manly portions of highest-quality steak with excellent wines and super-sized sides, 849 E Commerce St. # 283, 210/228-0700.

Bohanan's Prime, S/W, locally owned steak and seafood restaurant, 219 E. Houston St. # 275, 210/472-2277.

Boudro's, seafood/W, excellent regional seafood and steaks, a favorite of locals, and you can dine on river barge, 421 E Commerce St., 210/224-8484.

Las Canarias, F/W, French-Med cuisine with romantic ambiance, 112 College St., 210/518-1000.

Frederick, F, French-Asian fusion, "extremely well done" seafood, 7701 Broadway St., 210/828-9050.

Riverfront Favorites
Biga on the Banks, 203 S Saint Marys St # 100, 210/225-0722.

Paesano, 555 E Basse Rd # 100, 210/828-5191.

Fig Tree, 515 Villita St., 210/224-1976.

Little Rhein Steak, 231 S Alamo St., 210/225-2111.

The County Line BBQ, 10101 W IH 10, 210/641-1998.

Landrys Seafood House, 517 N Presa St., 210/229-1010.

Italian
Massimo Ristorante Italiano, 1896 Nacogdoches Rd., 210/342-8556.

Paesano's Restaurant, 111 W Crockett St .# 101, 210/227-2782.

Reggiano's Restaurant, 18740 Stone Oak Pkwy., 210/403-2100.

Sage Restaurant, 401 S Alamo St., 210/212-5820.

Tex-Mex
La Margarita Restaurant, 800 Dolorosa # 204, 210/227-7140.

Rio-Rio Cantina, 421 E Commerce St., 210/226-8462.

Funky and Fun
Liberty Bar, 328 E Josephine St., 210/227-1187.

Azuca Sabor Latino, 713 S Alamo, 210/225-5550.

Acenar Comida Mexicana, 146 E Houston St., 210/222-2362.

Josephine Street Restaurant, 400 E Josephine St., 210/224-6169.

Rosario's Mexican Cafe, 910 S Alamo St., 210/223-1806.

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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