OK so I must have gained five pounds this week. Wow I ate a lot off good food here in San Antonio. Plus I had a nice time walking around the Alamo and River Walk. Yes I’d been here before, but I’m not sure if you can count a trip 25 years ago, as being someplace. I do remember touring The Alamo, but not much else. Unfortunately since it was closed it’s open 8:30-5:30 I believe, I missed it buy a few hours. But getting a chance to see it again and see how beautiful yet small it is, was great. I remember the façade being so much larger and the photos you see on TV and such make it look so big, but seeing it up close it was small. I’m sure the environs and inside must be bigger but from outside it was not. The River Walk or at least the spots I walked on were great. I really had a nice time, watching the water taxi’s float by and listening to the mariachi bands sing and play on. It made for a festive night. I also was reminded of an old old movie Cloak and Dagger from 1984 with Dabney Coleman and Henry Thomas (of E.T. fame), and who was apparently born in San Antonio according to IMDB. From what I remember there were a few scenes of the downtown featuring The Alamo and River Walk. I had completely forgotten about this gem of a movie till I was walking around, I’m now going to have watch it on Netflix. Oh the memories.
Well on the River Walk I went to Boudrou’s and it was great. I saw it on Yelp and it had almost 500 reviews and was rated over 4 stars, we’ll I was satisfied. See my great meal below. I also had no choice but to visit Pappadeux two times, this is my favorite chain restaurant I think. Probably because I don’t have any near me and it’s a treat to find one when traveling. If you’ve never been, you must check them out. They are just fabulous, and I know I’m not the only one that thinks that. The funny thing is I always get the same thing, a wedge salad and shrimp brochette, so the food could really really suck, but I’d never know. When I went on Monday night the wait was 45 minutes for a table at 8 PM, that was crazy. I didn’t wait though, cause all the locations have a picture of me on the wall as one of their favorite customers. Ha ha just kidding, party of one at the bar, works every time. Oh and BTW Cooper’s BBQ was no joke. You get your food off the grill, they dip it sauce and put it on a tray, then they wrap it in the next room in butcher paper, weigh it, pick your sides and sit down to eat. Plates consist of more butcher paper, it was just awesome.
As for the Gruene Hall, it was a neat 140 year old dance hall, and was just a great little hang out. Just the kind of place to wet your whistle and listen to some Bluegrass. And from what I was told on weekends this little place has over 3000 people listening to some top-notch bands.
Shrimp and Grits
Ice Cream, Chocolate, Honey and Nuts
Prickley Pear Margarita
The pit at Cooper’s Old Time Pit & BBQ
the dance hall and seating
Shrimp Brochette @ Pappadeux
Remember the Alamo