This month Rory and I are celebrating our fourth wedding anniversary. We are also welcoming a new addition to our family some time in the next few weeks. We are expanding our family through adoption! Each year we’ve opted to celebrate our anniversary with an “anniversarymoon” trip. Since we’ve been waiting on our baby news, we wanted to stay close-ish to home. So after a little internet stalking, a few emails, and a couple vacation days between us we were ready to hit the road to San Antonio.
Here were some of our favorite eats and drinks during our San Antonio adventure.
Stop one on our road trip was Buc-ees. Truth be told we stopped at Buc-ees both south-bound and north-bound. The snacks, jerky, and candy selection is road-trip gold. Some of our favs – Beaver Nuggets, any of Buc-ees’ brand jerky, taffy, and sour candy.
Riverwalk: Casa Rio
After we checked into our hotel, we took a short stroll down the Riverwalk before we decided on Casa Rio. If you look through photos on Instagram tagged #VisitSanAntonio, chances are you’ll end up seeing several Riverwalk photos with bright colored umbrellas. Those umbrellas are at the popular restaurant Casa Rio, which was established in 1946. Drinks – I had their Prickly Pear Margarita and Rory opted for the traditional Margarita on the rocks. The street tacos, the drinks, and the people watching is a perfect tri-fecta. Check out Casa Rio’s menu.
Riverwalk: Mr. Ice Cream
Blue Bell + Riverwalk, enough said. One thing to note, they are cash only. Save them on Foursquare.
Hotel Valencia – Riverwalk
We wanted to stay right in the middle of things. We were so pleased with our decision to stay at Hotel Valencia – Riverwalk. Funny enough, last year we stayed at the Hotel Valencia in San Jose. The rooms are so comfy, the balconies are so cozy, they have a great restaurant and fun bar scene. We’d told them it was our anniversary so they had a bottle of champs and chocolate covered strawberries waiting for us! How sweet is that?
Riverwalk Brunch: Acenar
Acenar is just outside of Hotel Valencia. They have a diverse menu for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Migas is my go-to tex-mex brunch and theirs certainly did not disappoint. The people of Foursquare have all sorts of recommendation for dinner – Oyster Nachos sounds quite interesting.
Beerita – The Republic of Texas
We did several touristy things on day two, including riding a double-decker bus, visiting the Alamo and going on a river boat. One of the last things on our list of must-do touristy items was a Beerita on the water. Republic of Texas ended up fulfilling that wish. Nothing like a mid-day drink, a little sunshine, and a few ducks begging for food to make you feel like you’re really on vacation.
Hey and if you’re stopping for a mid-day drink, why not throw in a dessert at well? This ice cream topped Apple-crisp was awesome, but be prepared for a higher oats to fruit ratio than you might normally expect.
After walking 6+ miles playing tourist around San Antonio, I was in much need of carbs. Foursquare recommended Paesanos as a great place for pasta. The wait was longer that I’d normally go for, but Saturday night on the Riverwalk was beyond busy. It was also apparently prom weekend, as there were several gals in seriously fancy dresses. I had Fettucini Alfredo, not the best food photoing but it tasted sooo good! Rory’s dish was a colorful tortellini served with basil pesto and grilled chicken.
Breakfast: Taco Haven
We attempted to visit the Geunther House for breakfast, but they had over an hour and half wait. Although I’m sad about missing the pancakes that the entire internet raved about, I am so glad we stumbled upon Taco Haven. Seriously, if you only go to one place on our list, you MUST experience the breakfast tacos at Taco Haven. Pictured here is Sausage, Chorizo, and Bacon breakfast tacos on fresh flour tortillas. We also had a cheese & potato burrito that was drool worthy. We sat at the bar, which ended up being a quick way to skip the line. The bartender told us they’d recently won in a breakfast taco competition against some Austin taco places. I can see why. Best ever!
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Pearl District: Farmer’s Market
Every weekend there’s a great Farmer’s Market in the Pearl District area of San Antonio. It’s Saturdays, 9am – 1pm • Sundays, 10am – 2pm • Rain or Shine.
There were SOOOO many options, but the only thing we ended up buying was some Texas jam. The jam we ended up with was made by Alamo Gristmill & Spices.
Other places in/near San Antonio that are recommended by our fellow food nerds
- Guenther House – giant pancakes and/or jumbo biscuits. Do it!
- La Fonda: Order the Cactus Pear Margarita, Queso Fundido with Duck, Chile Poblano, end with Pastel de Chocolate. – DFN Contributor, @caitiluna
- Alamo Heights: Chicken on a Stick
- The Block SA: Snowcone
- Picnikins: South African themed – The stuffed piquillo peppers, roasted poblano soup and malva pudding are musts
Read about our 2nd anniversary trip to Austin on our sister blog Genpink