Spring Break this year didn’t find us at an exotic beach or ski resort (not that it ever has). Instead, we made one last visit to two Texas colleges that my daughter is considering attending next year. The first college is in San Antonio, and we spent a few days there having a mini family vacation.
No visit to San Antonio is complete without a lazy stroll on the Riverwalk:
We had some great meals at several San Antonio restaurants. Among the highlights was our Mexican lunch at La Fonda on Main:
It was perfect weather for leisurely dining outside on the shaded patio:
My husband had the catch of the day, which was flounder, served with pineapple salsa and rice primavera, which was as tasty as it was colorful:
I went for the Vegetarian Tacos, which was a tangle of seasonal squashes, grilled poblanos, onions, mushrooms, and black bean puree, accompanied by a spinach and mango salad:
Do you see the jalapeno on my plate? It was grilled, and then soaked in soy sauce, and was like a fiery umami explosion — genius!
We also enjoyed a delicious dinner at the lovely Il Sogno Osteria at the Pearl Brewery:
Shortly after we were seated, a waiter came around with an artfully-arranged platter of thinly-sliced citrus fruit from which you could choose to add to your water glass:
A sign on the wall reminded us why we were there:
We made a few selections from the abundant antipasto table:
Instead of a bread basket, we were treated to giant grilled bread cubes that made Texas Toast look like salad croutons, with a smear of bean puree and tapenade:
We had a wonderful margarita pizza. I thought maybe the secret to its deliciousness was fresh mozzarella, and I was informed that not only was it fresh, it was made in-house:
We had a few different entrees, but our favorite was my husband’s giant veal chop with foraged mushrooms (I lost a LOT of points with the waiter when I asked where they were foraged from, who could only tell me he thought they came from somewhere on the East Coast):
As much as I enjoyed La Fonda and Il Sogno, the restaurant that I can’t wait to return to is the fun and funky Feast:
The menu consisted of small plates divided into 6 categories: oceanic, heat, chilled, grilled, crispy, and hearty. Among our favorites were butter leaf lettuce wraps with ground pork, garlic yogurt, and piquillo peppers (heat):
Duck breast tostadas with lime, red onion cabbage slaw, and ancho chili sauce (crispy):
Cornmeal fried oysters with watermelon radish slaw and horseradish remoulade (oceanic):
And what must be the ultimate stoner food — house-made potato chips with nutella olive oil sauce, grilled red onions, and rosemary salt (crispy). That’s right — potato chips with nutella. This sounded nasty to me, and looked like a hot mess, but it was outrageously good:
As someone who didn’t expect much beyond Tex-Mex and barbecue while we were visiting San Antonio, I was pleasantly surprised by all the great dining options, and can enthusiastically recommend any of these restaurants.