Considering the farm-inspired name and the refined dining rooms?white tablecloths, towering wooden wine racks holding bottles filled from carefully polished grapes?you could be forgiven for assuming that Silo Elevated Cuisine is a steakhouse. But a look at the dishes emerging from the kitchen reveals a less-predictable beast. On a menu that stars Silo's signature chicken-fried oysters, sources of gastronomic inspiration range from southern (applewood-smoked bacon, shrimp-and-andouille white-cheddar grits) to European (red-wine and cognac sauces), with more than a dash of Asian influence.
This is especially apparent in seafood dishes?crusted with Sichuan peppercorn or sesame seeds?and duck, served with five-spice seasoning or in spring rolls. Accordingly, Frommer's has hailed the restaurant as "one of the best places for fine dining when you want something other than French food." The original Alamo Heights location was joined by a new outpost in 2007, whose space Texas Monthly called a "minimalist study in black and white illuminated by crystal chandeliers and silvery globes."
At Drink Cocktail Bar, the beans are fresh and the roasts are bold. Come prepared to feast at Drink Cocktail Bar — with no low-fat options, any diets will need to be put aside for the moment. TVs are also readily available in the bar area to broadcast the best games.
Drink Cocktail Bar hits peak popularity on Friday and Saturday nights, so don't be surprised if you have to wait to be seated (sorry, no reservations accepted).
Meals at Drink Cocktail Bar are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
Plush sofas, heavy curtains, and sinuous Middle Eastern furnishings set an exotic scene for feasting on Gypsy Cafe's Mediterranean cuisine. In the kitchen, chefs marinate beef kebabs in special gypsy seasoning and roll lamb kebabs in spices before plating them next to hummus dip. Although kebabs are the restaurant's specialty, the menu also makes an impression on palates with beverages such as fresh fruit smoothies, Arabic mint teas, and powerful Turkish coffee. After dinner, guests might head over to the hookah section of the cafe for a few flavorful puffs?hookah varieties include kiwi, jasmine, and winter flower shisha.
Grab some friends and head on over to The Esquire Tavern for great pub grub. Put the diet on pause when you visit The Esquire Tavern — there are no low-fat menu items. Follow the game or the news from the TVs in the bar. Families will feel right at home at The Esquire Tavern with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere. If space is what you're looking for, The Esquire Tavern has plenty of room for larger parties. Dine out in the open during The Esquire Tavern's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
Fridays and Saturdays really bring in the crowds, so make sure there's space for you by calling ahead for a reservation. Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at The Esquire Tavern. Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
A nearby parking lot is available for patrons, as is a garage.
A visit to The Esquire Tavern will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule. The Esquire Tavern accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
Stomping through Shrimporee Grounds, "Spring Break Splash" rounds up some of the Lone Star State's rootinest, tootinest musical acts for a one-day hoedown. Rather than sneaking in underneath a friend's mustache, fans can gallop through the gates with general-admission tickets as Lyrical Bynge kicks off the festivities behind seasoned songbird Edna DeLa Garza, known for amusing original narratives such as "Last Night's Hairdo" and twangy takes on everything from Janis Joplin to Lady Gaga. At 6 p.m., a slowly descending sun accompanies soul-searching harmonica solos belted out by Seth Candan, who rides in atop two Texas Music Award nominations, including an Album of the Year nod for his latest release, The Aftermath.
Kicking off the 2012 season, both the men's and women's teams at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi storm lanes and drain buckets as they face off against the rest of the Southland Conference. Head Coach Robert Robinson plans to help his women's squad rebound from last year's setbacks and return them to 2010's deep run to the conference-tournament final. Junior guard Jessica Jammer paces her sneakered mates by dropping points that frequently total double digits, helping expand both the dreams and counting skills of aspiring athletes in the stands.