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The Best Restaurants in San Antonio

Texas is famous for its barbeque, Tex-Mex, and fried everything, but there is more to Texas cuisine! San Antonio has some of the best dining options in the state and they encompass a wide range of cuisines and food types. Whether you want to try something new or you’re craving a down-home meal, here are five of the top-rated restaurants in San Antonio.
Remember: these are just a few of the many, many restaurants in San Antonio that will keep your belly full and your taste buds happy. What are some of your favorite San Antonio establishments?

Chris Madrids

Go back in time to the 1970s when burgers were indulgent and delicious and dine at Chris Madrid’s mess hall. Order a cheeseburger with bacon or without, just keep it simple with a toasted bun. Burgers start under $5.00 so bring the family and enjoy a San Antonio tradition.

Mi Tierra Café y Panaderia

Tex-Mex cuisine isn’t a taco from a fast food chain, but rather a dining experience full of tinsel, mariachi bands, piñatas, and patrons enjoying homemade tortillas, chips and queso and huge portions. Savor a wide range of flavors including cilantro, lime and fresh tomatillos in every bite.

Schilo’s Delicatessen
German immigrants who brought over their food traditions settled much of the San Antonio area, and this deli brings to life these flavors with menu items like corned beef and cabbage and potato salad.

Sandbar Fish House
A restaurant in the “fine dining” category, Sandbar Fish House has a maritime-themed dining room and a simple menu with items from the Texas and Mexico Gulf Coasts. It is located in the Pearl Brewery complex.

Cypress Grille

The dining experience starts before you taste the food as the restaurant environment is set in the charming Boerne, Texas. Enjoy California wine paired with delicious contemporary American menu items in a relaxed and comfy dining room.

Do you have some San Antonio favorites that didn’t make the list? I’d love to hear from you. Connect today to discuss everything from your favorite restaurants to your next real estate project. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Nightlife

San Antonio at Night

As with any big city, San Antonio has plenty of options for a fun evening out with friends. Choose from a rowdy country bar or a sleek martini bar to a club with a DJ spinning the latest dance tunes all night. Some of the hottest spots are downtown San Antonio and along the RiverWalk.

Start your night with drinks and live music at Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood where you may see the Jim Cullum Jazz Band. If you prefer a night of two-stepping and good ole Texas country, try Cowboys Dance Hall.Or enjoy a night of Latin beats at Graham Central Station to cure your Latin-dancing bug.

Bars and lounges are in no shortage in San Antonio. In fact, some of the best Texas brews are local to the Hill Country and can be found at hotspots like The Friendly Spot, an open-air bar in icehouse tradition. Is your drink of choice a unique handcrafted cocktail?Then 1919 is where you should spend the evening.

Nightlife in San Antonio

With various cultural influences in San Antonio, you’re bound to hear several types of music at the clubs around town. Groove to light jazz or tropical beach tunes or dance the night away to Latin disco. You’ll always find something to get you on the dance floor.

Live music is one of the hottest tickets on any given night in San Antonio. With bands performing on stages throughout the city, all genres of music can be found with a quick search. You’ll find everything from acoustic country shows to beat-driven bands. Main Plaza in downtown San Antonio has live music every night of the year and whether you recognize the artist or band, you can help support the local, live music scene. You never know when that unknown artist will make it big and you can say you saw them before they were famous.

Nightlife in San Antonio is vibrant and diverse due to the cultures and demographics found in the city itself so it will be easy to find something that piques your interest. These suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to attractions and nightlife in San Antonio. To learn more or to get acquainted with the community, do not hesitate to connect with me today. I look forward to hearing from you soon and to welcoming you home to San Antonio. Connect today!

Schools

Getting to Know the Education Options in San Antonio

Moving to a new area can be confusing and there’s often the added pressure of making sure that you place your family in the best school district. Whether you have school-age children or just want to plan for the future and position yourself in a strong district, there are several in the San Antonio area that will meet your high standards. The suburbs of San Antonio have some of the top performing schools in the state. In fact, Ronald Reagan High School in the North East ISD was recognized as a top school by US News and is ranked #77 in the entire state of Texas.

Rating and Tests

Most parents understand that test scores don’t always tell a full story about the quality of education found in a school yet that is how schools are rated so it is important to understand how the Texas system works.

Schools are rated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable and Academically Unacceptable. For the majority of schools in the suburbs and neighborhoods outside of the downtown San Antonio area, they are rated as Recognized and Exemplary. For a newly established school, they may be considered Recognized until they have more history to report.

The top school districts in the San Antonio area are: Boerne, Randolph Field, Comal, Alamo Heights, Northside Independent and North East. This is based on test scores and overall performance. It can be helpful to visit a school to determine if your child would excel in that type of environment before buying a house in the area. Moving to an area with a top-rated school will not only help your child and their future but can also help boost property values in the long run as well.

Finding a home within your desired neighborhood is like winning the jackpot for your family. Your children can thrive in a strong school and you can know you’re helping to ensure a good future for them.

Higher Education in San Antonio

San Antonio is home to several campuses of the University of Austin, Texas A&M and community colleges, which provide great resources to adults and those who want to continue their education.

To learn more about education options in San Antonio or to find a home in a particular school district, please do not hesitate to contact me today. I’m always just a phone call away and can help you navigate the real estate waters with ease. Connect today!

Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment in San Antonio

You’re never going to run out of things to do in San Antonio, Texas. With dynamic art and entertainment scene in the city, activities vary from local festivals to nationally recognized rodeos and events. Depending on your mood, budget, and preferences, San Antonio has everything you need for a fun night or afternoon.

San Antonio Arts Highlights

While there’s a great number of events and productions to choose from, there are several that stand out from the rest.

The Tobin Center for Performing Arts produces classics like Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker and performances from the San Antonio Symphony. If you want to watch your favorite play, check often for information regarding theater schedules to be updated regularly.

Art lovers should visit Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, which features the works of local and regional contemporary artists in a modern, industrial space. With exhibits such as The Great Trash Reef and Spatial Planes, every couple of weeks you can enjoy something new from a local artist.

Dancers will appreciate the various shows performed by the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet throughout the year. Each season brings a new ballet and the chance to be in awe of their grace. The ballet also has classes and other forms of training for all ages and it is a non-profit, pre-professional ballet company and a member of Regional Dance America.

The Majestic Theater features touring concerts and Broadway shows. This stunning landmark built in 1929 embodies the spirit of unique and talented performers as the Mediterranean-style building is a complete original. If you have the chance to enjoy a concert in this setting, jump on it as it is a smaller venue and you’ll feel close to the action in almost any seat in the house. Sing along to musicals like ‘Chicago’ and ‘Elvis Lives’ while sitting in a historical location in San Antonio.

For even more entertainment options, drop by the Alamo City Event Center. To learn more about our vibrant city and the many, many activities available to residents, please do not hesitate to connect with me today. As a local real estate professional who lives, works and plays within the communities I service, it would be my pleasure to help you get acquainted with our city. Connect today!

Family Activities

Getting out with the Family in San Antonio

Whatever the weather, there are plenty of fun-filled, family activities to enjoy in San Antonio. Family-friendly choices for things to do can range from indoor activities to more raucous and lively outdoor event. While you’re sure to find something to do on any given day or weekend, there are certain highlights you won’t want to miss.

The San Antonio Rodeo

Usually held in late February and early March, this rodeo boasts attendees from all over the country and especially Texans who enjoy these festivities every year. With an exciting Midway, your favorite country music performers and of course the exciting bull roping and rodeo, children and adults alike will find this to be an event they won’t want to miss.

San Antonio Spurs

As one of the top teams in the NBA, the Spurs play many home games throughout the year and you can buy family tickets that include seats and concessions for reasonable prices. Watching them play is inspiring and as you cheer for the team, you will enjoy the true Spurs spirit and camaraderie felt even with the opposing teams.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

An amusement park that continually makes the top 10 lists for theme park attendees; Fiesta Texas is a must-visit during any season. Christmas brings an entirely new experience to the park while spring and summer provide lots of entertainment for the entire family.

SeaWorld

Swim with the dolphins, watch a live diving show or cool off on a water ride when you visit SeaWorld San Antonio. This park has several unique animals and habitats due to the climate in Texas so you can see some wildlife you may not have seen in the past. Plan ahead and register to swim with the dolphins where you will have a chance to feed them, touch them and even play with them directly in the water. This is the experience of a lifetime and one that only happens at SeaWorld San Antonio.

Of course, these are just a few of the many, many activities that are available to residents of San Antonio. To learn more or to explore real estate options that will place you in close proximity to these events, do not hesitate to connect with me today. I look forward to hearing from you soon and to welcoming you home to San Antonio. Connect today!

Nearby Parks and Beaches

San Antonio’s Parks and Nearby Beaches

Even though San Antonio is not a coastal region, you’ll find that the beaches of Texas’ Gulf Coast are not that far away. A quick drive southeast for about two hours and you’ll arrive at the shores of the Gulf of Mexico in beach towns like Bay View and Baytown. Definitely check out Port Aransas, Rockport, Galveston, and the hidden gem that is Boca Chica. You can choose to stay at various resorts along the beach or drive down for the day and come home. This is all part of the beauty of living near the water but not too close.

Enjoy a day of fishing, shell collecting while listening to the waves roll onto the beach. The Gulf of Mexico beaches tend to be a bit browner in color than other areas and the shell selection is unique. The waves tend to be fairly low unless there is a storm brewing, in which case body boarding and kite surfing are two favorite activities for beachgoers.

Parks in San Antonio

What San Antonio lacks in beaches, it more than makes up for in parks. Some are meant to entertain the younger generations while others provide a retreat and much-needed tranquility for the not so young. Each one has been designed as part of a parks system that continues to grow and flourish. There are several hundred parks spread out throughout San Antonio and these are maintained by the city. Take your dog out for a walk or run beside your kids as they speed past you on their bikes. Whatever you decide to do on beautiful days in Texas, bring your family and get to know the area so you can find your favorite spot and completely relax.

Feed the ducks at any number of San Antonio parks such as Heritage Duck Pond and watch in delight as they swim and eat the breadcrumbs you’ve dropped. The ducks are just a small part of the wildlife you’ll see in any number of more secluded parks and sections. As time passes, you’ll soon find the one that provides the best amenities for you and your family. If you’re downtown, you’ll want to head to Alamo Plaza, Milam Park, HemisFair

Park, and Travis Park.

When you choose to explore San Antonio real estate, these parks and beaches are some of the perks. To learn more about this community and the many wonderful perks to living in San Antonio, do not hesitate to contact me today. I’m always just a phone call away and look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with you. Let’s get started on finding your dream home today!