SEE THE NEIGHBORHOOD LIKE A LOCAL
If you're visiting San Antonio, you'll undoubtedly be directed to the Riverwalk and the Alamo; you're likely to hear about Sea World and Six Flags; you may also be pointed to the Mission Trail and to a handful of popular restaurants.
We'd like to recommend a few spots that we visit frequently. For the most part, they're places that non-locals don't hear about, but they're places that we enjoy. And they're all within walking distance for us -- right here in Lavaca and King William. We hope you have time to enjoy one or two of them. We've included a map at the bottom of this page to help you find them.
Tito's Mexican Restaurant
Tito's is where we go for our morning breakfast tacos -- chorizo and egg, potato and egg, bean and bacon. Micky, our pup, likes the sidewalk seating and always orders the pork chop taco.
Tito's has been here a long time. It's a hole-in-the-wall that fills up with locals, especially for breakfast on the weekends.
Riverwalk, South of Downtown
Most visitors see only the part of the Riverwalk in the heart of downtown, crowded with people and restaurants. But the majority of the Riverwalk lies outside that area, both north and south. In our neighborhood, the Riverwalk feels more like a park. Great for walkers, joggers, and cyclists. And you may want to stop for coffee at Halcyon.
The Friendly Spot
The Friendly Spot is an 'ice house' -- in Texas, that's an outdoor beer bar. This one has lots of seating, offers a huge selection of craft beers, serves light food, and has a playground to keep the kids occupied while you relax. It also has a big projection screen for major sporting events (which around here includes just about every Spurs game).
Inn on the Riverwalk
If you want to really enjoy the neighborhood, it makes sense to stay in the neighborhood. This little B&B is located right on the Riverwalk and is walking distance from everything we recommend on this page.
As locals, we've never stayed here, but we've attended events in the dining area and garden, and the owner often attends the neighborhood happy hour.
This is a funky little craft cocktail place, an old house that's been converted into a bar. Sit in one of the indoor rooms, enjoy live music on the back patio, or relax on the front porch. A laid-back atmosphere with friendly bartenders.
Micky doesn't drink alcohol, but he likes the front room, where he has a favorite corner, and he does recommend the water bowl.
Yes, this little place does have pizza (including a great New York style option). However, we like it because it's got terrific Italian food. We moved here years ago from New Jersey, where Italian is the official state food, so we were pretty disappointed to discover that San Antonio had few good offerings. Southtown Pizzeria was the first place we found that could compete in NJ.
Liberty Bar is our home away from home. It's where we head after a long work day when we're too tired to cook. We come for the comfort food, the comfort vibe, and the likelihood that we'll run into neighbors. Liberty Bar is a San Antonio institution, so there will be a lot of people from outside the neighborhood, too. The building, by the way, used to be a convent.
If you decide you need a bottle of wine or maybe a bottle of locally distilled bourbon, there's a good place to pick that up, right here in the neighborhood. It's on a side street in an old house. It's small and funky with a pretty good selection.
Micky recommends the dog treats that Anet gives him whenever we stop by.
If you're traveling with kids, Yanaguana Garden at Hemisfair is worth a visit. It has an incredible playground with giant climbing structures, swings, fountains, a huge sandbox, giant chessboards, and concrete ping pong tables. And its surrounded by food, including a pizza place and a paletas shop.
South Flores Market
This compact market is owned by the San Antonio-based HEB grocery store chain (corporate headquarters are right next door in the historic Arsenal complex).
If you want to pick up food, this place has a pretty good selection for its size, including baked goods, prepared food, and pizza and beer that you can order and eat at outdoor tables.