Lunch at Schilo's Delicatessen
424 E. Commerce 78205
|Schnitzel and sauerkraut|
|Schilo's Deli (interior)|
|Pastrami on rye|
Wishing I had made it back to try breakfast. Next time!
Dinner at Boudro's Texas Bistro
Reservations highly recommended.
421 E. Commerce 78205
|Prickly Pear Margarita|
|Guacamole made tableside|
Boudro's serves a lovely margarita with prickly pear syrup the makes the drink a vibrant pink. The food is southwestern inspired with a bit of a Louisiana twist.
For my entree, I had shrimp and crab enchiladas ($24) topped with a cream sauce. It was delicious and what I almost always order. The seafood is fresh. You can just tell. Sides were black beans and a wild rice pilaf.
My advice is that you ask for a table inside. I find all the foot traffic going by the outdoor tables annoying and not worth the view of the river.
|Shrimp and crab enchiladas|
Lunch at Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse
849 E Commerce St #393 78205
|Selections from the market table|
I have to apologize in advance for not having any pictures of the meat. Google it because the variety is astounding. Also, there is not one single server assigned to your table. All the servers check on you, which can get a bit overwhelming if the place isn't crowded.
|Caramelized bananas and polenta|
Dinner was at Maria Mia Mexican Cantina--Located in the Rivercenter Mall. A tourist trap with slow service, inflated prices, and bland food. I only ate there because I wasn't very hungry from the huge lunch and it was close to my hotel. Plus, I planned to do some shopping at Macy's after dinner. If you can't tell, I do not recommend it.
849 E. Commerce St 78205
The Yard House is a chain but I had never been to one before. They have a very eclectic and large menu. This one is located on second level beside the Rivercenter mall but it didn't feel like a mall restaurant. I ordered a vampire style street taco with carnitas, bacon chorizo, chipotle crema, guacamole, roasted garlic, and cilantro. Vampire style means that cheese is put on the tortilla and then grilled so that it melts into the tortilla. It was very good but the carnitas were a little to fatty for my taste. It also wasn't very big for $6.50 (no sides).
|Moo shu eggrolls|
They advertise that they have the largest selection of beer on draft. They certainly have a huge number of food items.
Dinner at the Fig Tree
Reservations highly recommended--dinner service only
515 Villita St. 78205
|Appetizers; escargot, quail legs, etc...|
We started with a selection of appetizers; quail legs wrapped in bacon, escargot in pastry, boiled shrimp, crab on toast points, and stuffed mushrooms. The snails have a mushroom type texture to them and with all the garlic, they also taste like garlic butter sauteed mushrooms. We then were served cream of cauliflower soup and a field green salad.
|Cream of cauliflower soup|
Vanilla creme brulee was dessert. The sugar crust on top was done perfectly.
|Petit filet and grilled shrimp in wine reduction|
Service was impeccable. They didn't skip a beat, even though the group had about 25 people spread across four or five tables. I have no idea how much it all cost but I would guess easily $90-$100 a person for the complete meal.