The home of "increasingly famous burgers," Wild Horse Saloon & Grill spreads out tasty pub fare in a building that previously served as a church and a community theater. After finding a seat, guests can grab a handful of free peanuts, fling the shells to the floor in slow motion, and check the menu for potential edibles. The Stampede burger's hand-pressed, one-pound patty of Angus beef is smothered in a slew of toppings including bacon, four slices of cheese, peppers, and chili and arrives with a heap of hand-cut french fries ($12.45). Diners can also blow their tongues' minds with a "somewhat famous" chicken sandwich ($7.45) or bite into the eatery's "completely obscure" fish entree, the grilled mahi mahi sandwich ($7.95). Thin-crust pizzas ($5.95–$17.95) can be ordered from a selection of signature styles, customized with an array of fresh ingredients, or quickly stacked into a pizza-cake in the event of an impromptu wedding.
The paint-wielding professors at The Tipsy Canvas instruct budding Rembrandts and veteran Da Vincis in the joyous practice of applying acrylic pigment. Brush bearers ages 5 to 12 can attempt linear perspective with a two-hour lesson in which they paint guitars, cupcakes, and other kid-friendly subjects. Flocks of friends can migrate to an adult class, bottle of wine and snacks in tow, for a three-hour tutorial on still-life subjects, such as delicate cherry blossoms, breezy lighthouses, or an esoteric revisit of a hand-traced turkey.
Voted Best Sports Bar by San Antonio Current in 2010, Ticket Sports Bar & Grill washes away hunger with a monsoon of hearty American fare that fills out an expansive menu. Earnest eaters can get straight to business with an appetizer of Jamaican wings ($7.95), which pop with flavor thanks to a pineapple mango dressing and a marinating session in Caribbean spices. Similar to school musicals at Hamburger University, a troupe of melted colby jack cheese and honey barbecue sauce dances across an all-meat patty stage in the bacon jack double ($9.95). The Cajun chicken linguini ($10.95), meanwhile, tops its zesty pasta with toasted almonds, scallions, and creamy sauce. All corners of the bar are entertained by Ticket Sports Bar & Grill's 11 large HD televisions, handily mounted on the exposed-brick walls. Like most drive-in Olympic Games, a monster 12-foot HD projection screen rests as a centerpiece to air an exciting sporting event. Two floors of seating make the restaurant a bi-level haven for sports fans, and guests can additionally rest their endoskeleton at the outdoor New Orleans–style patio, its covered area welcoming fresh breezes from nearby Central Park.
Since its origins as a converted parking garage, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has ushered film-lovers of all breeds into its auditoriums, even gaining a following among Hollywood legends; Quentin Tarantino has been known to host five-day movie marathons at Alamo. The theater has earned that reputation by making moviegoing a personal experience, from the menu of handcrafted snacks and locally brewed beer to the completely ad-free presentations before shows. The staff enforces a strict no-talking, no-texting policy by kicking out any offenders, falling just short of yanking them from their seats with a giant's shepherd's crook.
Both first-run blockbusters and classics are projected onto Alamo's silver screens in crisp 35-millimeter or digital format. Meanwhile, surround speakers immerse audiences in the cinematic soundscape, whether they're seated in one of the expansive theaters afforded to blockbuster reels or the more intimate spaces reserved for indie films wound around tiny bobbins. Despite Alamo's vow of silence, fan-centric Quote-Along and Sing-Along nights encourage guests to shout their favorite lines, and actors, directors, and other celebrities often attend special screenings to lead in-depth discussions. These exclusive events have led to acclaim for Alamo from publications such as Entertainment Weekly, which called it “one of America's most fanatically unique moviegoing experiences,” and Wired, which opined that it "might just be the coolest movie theater in the world."
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."