MainStay Suites By Ft. Sam Houston
6900 North IH 35
San Antonio, TX 78218
Phone: (210) 798-3900
Fax: (210) 798-1891
Olive Garden serves up authentic Italian cuisine. Their signature breadsticks and one-of-a-kind menu make them an American icon. Standard Italian options like bruchetta, calamari, ravioli, and eggplant parmigiana line their lengthy menu. More exotic items like salmon, chicken dishes, and innovative pizzas are also available. For the calorie-counter, Olive Garden has a range of low fat and low carbohydrate options. Their bottomless salads ensure a well-balanced feast. Enjoy your meal with a bottle from their extensive wine list or one of their tropical island drinks. Finally, top it all off with a little something from their dessert menu- their cakes, custards, and ice creams are sure to win you over. Lunch and take out menus are available.
If you have a hankering for seafood this is the place to go. Red Lobster has a wide variety of good eats for the whole family. Various appetizers, special entrees, drinks and desserts ensure a menu with something for just about anybody. Lunch and dinner menus include shrimp, soups and salads, seafood platters, chicken, steak, and pasta. For calorie-counters, choose from the LightHouse Menu, which highlights dishes that won't cause you to tip the scales. A Kid's Menu is available with fine fare for the little ones like chicken fingers and mac & cheese. Be sure to save room for a scrumptious dessert. Gift Cards are available as a great gift for the seafood lover.
The Mongolian-style barbecue here is probably quite a bit fancier than what the original Genghis Khan ate during his travels. However, it is still a simple, tasty way to prepare spicy and delicious meats. Choose a combination of lamb, beef, pork or chicken along with assorted julienned vegetables and watch as the chefs stir-fry them quickly on the fiery grill. All-you-can-eat meals include soup, spring roll, tea, dessert and a glass of house wine for one fixed price. The strip-mall location won't delight you with grand decorations, but the food should please both your palate and your pocket.
Run by John the Greek himself (along with his wife), this restaurant serves up home-style Greek favorites with an authentic flavor. The decor is nothing special, but the food makes this place worth a visit. Along with very good gyros, it offers moussaka, pastitsio, spanikopita, baklava and other traditional favorites. The stuffed grape leaves are just like the ones made in the mother country. The restaurateurs bottle their own Greek salad dressing as well.
Crumpets' casual elegance is rivaled only by its contemporary cuisine. Daily specials and beautiful surroundings make this little restaurant and bakery popular among ladies who lunch, couples who kiss and friends who fraternize. Dining al fresco is simply a treat. Let the shade of the live oak trees ease the burden of the sun as you listen to the soft rush of small waterfalls in the background, or sit by one of the huge picture windows and enjoy the scenery from the inside. The varied menu includes a delightful selection of soups, salads, seafood, pasta, beef and chicken. Choose a traditional entrée such as the rosemary chicken, or try something not as traditional, like the ostrich filet. The five-course Sunday brunch is a must-do.
Earl Abel's offers casual family dining at reasonable prices and is a favorite among the locals. For that down-home cooking—the kind your mother used to make—you must try the fried chicken, pot roast or fried catfish dinners. For dessert, try a slice of the triple-layer German chocolate or coconut cake. If it's pie you want, the coconut cream pie is quite tempting.
If a somewhat cramped restaurant above what was once a high-end produce and grocery market does not sound like your cup of tea, you are going to miss out. Silo offers delicious entrees such as sea bass and tenderloin, as well as a well-studied wine list and desserts you cannot pass up, all in a stylish setting. This place is popular with the locals, so reservations are recommended, particularly for dinner. A bar is now open in the space below.
Just outside The Loop, in your average middle-class American neighborhood, sits this remarkable little Puerto Rican restaurant called La Marginal. Ignore the fact that it sits in an unassuming little strip center and wander in. You'll be glad you did. Black beans abound on this menu. Beyond that, two of the best options are the award-winning Sandwich Cubano, featuring tender beef and pork and melted Swiss cheese, and the Platano Loco, with roast pork, grilled ham, Swiss cheese and green plantains.
Located on Ft. Sam Houston, this community theater produces an average of eight plays a year. Talented actors, directors and technical staff come together from around the city to perform to sold out audiences. Past seasons have included works from Neil Simon, George Bernard Shaw and others. Dinner is served prior to the performance—you can choose from four entrees and three desserts, and you also get soup, salad and a beverage.
Although the term "healthy Mexican food" seems like an oxymoron, somehow these folks make it work. While it is a little off the beaten path, any restaurant that can make enchiladas, refried beans and tortillas low-fat, healthy and delicious is worth a visit. Your best bet is to try the tamales, the enchiladas or the chalupas with sides of Mexican rice and either refried or black beans. For an interesting twist, opt for the whole-wheat tortillas. Splashed with wild colors and funky ethnic decorations, the interior is small but inviting. The faithful arrive early for lunch and dinner to garner the best tables, with larger groups either claiming their space at the semi-private back tables.
This is a funky little spot in the middle of the stereotypically conservative Alamo Heights neighborhood. It serves breakfast and dinner, but is most popular for lunch. The soup-and-sandwich-type lunch menu and daily specials have a decidedly healthy and sometimes vegetarian, bent. Don't miss the iced herbal tea, the spinach salad or the turkey burger. The dinner specials are also worth a try, especially the grilled empanadas with ground beef and onions and the potato stir-fry, blended with seasoned spinach and fresh tomatoes. If you have a sweet tooth, a warm snicker doodle cookie is the way to go. Twin Sisters draws a crowd early, so plan to wait for a table.
Casey's has barbecue so good that even the President of the United States has eaten there. This restaurant serves up spicy, flavorful brisket and truly exceptional smoked turkey along with other local favorites such as smoked sausage and barbeque sandwiches. The side dishes are a cut above what is served at most places: the pinto beans are seasoned delicately and the potato salad is by far one of the tastiest around, with crunchy bits of pickle, yet no mustard-heavy aftertaste. Breakfast tacos are served daily and lunch is served after 11am. Catering is available too. The décor is rustic and Western-themed, featuring genuine saddles, ropes and cowboy memorabilia. Wooden floors and plank tables lend to the Texas ambiance. Casey's delicious barbecue sauce is on every table, so you can kick up the flavor another notch if you please.