Outside of Downtown
Sometimes, the hustle of a downtown urban area can be too much of a bustle, especially if you’re looking for a fancy meal in a quieter environment. One of the favorite destinations for locals is the expensive yet consistently excellent Silo Elevated Cuisine (434 N. Loop 1604 E, 210/483-8989, www.siloelevatedcuisine.com, $10–34).
It’s called Silo and Elevated for a reason—this stylish restaurant sits in a lofty second-story perch accessible via elevator, and the quality of the food ascends beyond the city’s other upscale options. Not surprisingly, the wine selection is superb, as are the entrées, including premium steaks, seared yellowfin tuna, and Silo’s famous chicken-fried oysters. Silo also features live entertainment several nights a week. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Yet another can’t-miss Mexican restaurant in San Antonio is Los Barrios (4223 Blanco Rd., 210/732-6017, $7–13), about 15 minutes north of downtown. Start things off with a smooth and tangy margarita to accompany the warm chips and Argentina-style garlicky pesto salsa. Enchiladas are the specialty here—opt for the rich and flavorful chicken mole or hearty Mexicana sauce. The fresh homemade tortillas, tacos, and flautas are also excellent choices. Don’t be surprised if the owners drop by to make sure everything is perfecto.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition