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Best Restaurants in San AntonioOur favorites include some of this destination's best local restaurants—from fine dining to simple fare.

Self-described as a “Texas bistro,” Boudro's on the Riverwalk is, well, exotically Texan. For starters, order the fresh Gulf lump blue crab cakes dressed with flavorful roasted corn sauce and crunchy jicama slaw, or try the duck and jalapeño sausage gumbo. Main dishes include a citrus soy-marinated Black Angus flank steak as well as smoked shrimp and crab enchiladas, served with black beans, white cheddar and spicy tomato pancakes.

Bohanan's Prime Steaks & Seafood, downtown and across from the Majestic Theatre, features an elegant second-floor dining room complete with crisp white linens, sparkling glasses and well-polished silverware. For an extraordinary culinary experience, begin with the Hudson Valley foie gras, duck confit eggrolls or seared ahi tuna. Continue with a USDA Prime center cut or choose from Bohanan's expertly prepared seafood dishes—standouts include the Chilean sea bass, baked with a Reblochon cheese sauce, and the oven-roasted Alaskan halibut. For the big finale, order a dramatic flaming dessert, such as the bananas foster or the cherries jubilee, prepared tableside by your server.

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Boasting deep German roots in the heart of ol' San Antone, Schilo's Delicatessen (pronounced “shee-lows”), is one of San Antonio's oldest restaurants and has been in operation since 1917. The deli case features loads of cheeses, meats, pastries and marinating vegetables. Order at the handy to-go window and savor the flavor along the River Walk, or find a seat at a wooden table inside, where friendly volk are likely to be feasting on enormous Reubens, pea soup and warm potato salad.

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If you're looking for things for couples to do, Las Canarias Restaurant offers picture-perfect views of River Walk excellent cuisine from both the New and Old Worlds in refined, dimly lit dining rooms perfect for special occasions or romantic evenings. While the menu changes seasonally, critics consistently commend this restaurant's chefs for their inspired creations. Past plates have included a blue crab-stuffed swordfish topped with a wasabi-tobiko caviar sauce and a five-spice barbecued duck breast served with braised red cabbage, Brussels sprouts and a chocolate kumquat sauce.

The Dry Dock Seafood Oyster Bar gets packed to her gunnels with seafood-loving visitors. Sit at the oyster bar (a must if dining solo) inside the air-conditioned dining room or grab a spot outside on the pleasant terrace before casting off with a cool longneck and a dozen cold naked ones on the shell. Dress those glistening mollusks with a dash of Tabasco and a bit of horseradish and slide 'em down the hatch. Then set a course for the Shrimp Doty, a house specialty served sizzling in a pan. Secure the main smartly with a slice of south Texas-style key lime pie.

India Palace may be small, but the simple eatery's food also is addictive—savor one of their tandoori dishes cooked in a clay oven or the traditional garlic nan and you'll be hooked. Though the authentic Indian cuisine, dancing with exotic scents and seasonings, is served up in a plain Jane strip mall in northwest San Antonio, it's not uncommon to see a line streaming out the door, especially during the restaurant's budget-friendly lunch buffet.

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As ubiquitous as barbecue joints (perhaps even more so) are Mexican restaurants. Everybody in town has their favorite spot for quesadillas, chile rellenos and fajitas, but for our money Rosario's is as good as any in the city. This Southtown watering hole is lively, loud and colorful (orange walls, interesting paintings and a big semi-circle of a bar). And the food? For starters, the house salsa—brown in color, with a smoky flavor redolent of garlic and chilies—is absolutely addictive. Scarf it down with chips and a freshly whipped-up michelada, a popular Mexican alcoholic beverage that includes lime juice, hot sauce and pepper and comes in a chilled glass rimmed with spiced lemon-lime salt. You can't go wrong with enchiladas de espinacas, tortillas filled with spinach, mushrooms and queso fresco, a mild, creamy white cheese, or chicken topped with a richly flavorful mole sauce that has hints of chocolate and peanut butter. Delicioso and a perfect place to gather when you're looking for things to do this weekend.

Catering to nearby Lackland Air Force Base, the diminutive Mina & Dimi's Greek House Restaurant is renowned for great food, fast service and Zorba-like charm. Dimi serves up tangy vegetables and sweet baklavas and creates his own yogurt dressings for salads as well as a tasty lemon-olive oil marinade for the lamb skewers. During lunch and dinner on Fridays, Greek belly dancers add to the charm of this west side eatery.

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One of the city's best-kept secrets, Silo Elevated Cuisine Alamo Heights is located in a nondescript, two-story structure (the main entrance is in the back) that looks more like a large telephone utility building than a restaurant. But don't let the establishment's outward appearance fool you—the exterior belies the interior. The city's glitterati are usually hanging out in the ground floor's high-energy lounge, and, if you take the elevator upstairs, you'll find an artsy, but relaxed dining room that features classic American fare. Best bets include the moist, tender, beautifully charred double pork chops and the golden pan-fried flounder. And, for your pre- and post-meal toasts, Silo is on point with one of the city's best wine lists.

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Travel Information

City Population

1,296,682

Elevation

650 ft.

Sales Tax

Municipalities may impose additional rates of up to 2 percent on the statewide 6.25 percent sales tax. Sales tax in the city of San Antonio is 8.25 percent; rates vary in the suburbs. The hotel occupancy tax is 16.75 percent.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(210) 207-7273

Fire (non-emergency)

(210) 207-7744

Time

(210) 226-3232

Temperature

(830) 609-2029

Hospitals

Baptist Medical Center, (210) 297-7000; Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, (210) 757-2200; Mission Trail Baptist Hospital, (210) 297-3000; Northeast Baptist Hospital, (210) 297-2000; University Hospital, (210) 358-4000.

Visitor Information

317 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205. Phone:(210)244-2000 or (800)447-3372

Air Travel

San Antonio International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz, (210) 841-8800 or (800) 654-3131, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service

The Amtrak station is at 350 Hoefgen Ave.; for train schedule and ticket information phone (210) 223-3226 or (800) 872-7245.

Buses

The Greyhound Lines Inc. bus terminal is at 500 N. St. Mary's St.; phone (210) 270-5868 or (800) 231-2222.

Taxis

San Antonio taxis are metered. The average fare is $2.50 when you enter the cab plus $2.60 for each mile. A $1 surcharge is added for trips between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Four passengers can ride for a single fare. The major company is Yellow Cab, (210) 222-2222. Boat taxis travel the river's downtown loop daily 9-9 (weather permitting). A one-way fare is $10, an all-day fare is $12, and a 3-day fare is $25. Phone (210) 244-5700 or (800) 417-4139.

Public Transportation

VIA Metropolitan Transit provides public transportation consisting of buses and streetcars. Buses are routed through all sections of town; one bus even whisks shoppers from mall to mall on I-410. Express buses run daily from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Vintage streetcars travel three main city routes daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. or later, swinging by attractions, shopping areas and other key locations about every 10 minutes.

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