Bottles of red and white wine line floor-to-ceiling racks in each room of Luce Ristorante e Enoteca. The restaurant's selection is so voluminous and varied that it has earned the Notable Wine List Diners’ Choice Award from OpenTable. The Zagat-rated restaurant holds very good to excellent ratings across the board, and has picked up other awards from OpenTable, including Best Ambiance, Neighborhood Gem, and Outdoor Dining. That ambiance includes stone columns inset with glowing lights that flank vibrant paintings in the main dining room, where waiters deliver housemade potato gnocchi in a gorgonzola-cream sauce, or wild mushrooms scattered across housemade pizza dough. Outside, cement pillars hold up a wooden-lattice roof on the patio, and a fireplace proffers a nice place to warm hands before patty-cake marathons.
Walk into any of BreWingZ Sports Bar and Grill's 19 locations, and you'll be faced with many decisions. First, of course, is the food: the sports bar's crisp, juicy wings come in more than 25 different sauce flavors from classic suicidal hot to orange ginger. The mozzarella cheese sticks are carved from a cheese brick, breaded, and fried to order. And then there are the salads, sandwiches, burgers, and wraps. The family-friendly restaurant even gives kids an extensive selection with six child-friendly dishes, some of which include the same signature items their parents enjoy. But once you've ordered your food, there are a few more dilemmas: Which of the plentiful beers do you choose? Which game on the many massive HD televisions do you watch? Which one is the fork, again? Luckily, the spot's easygoing atmosphere and bounty of entertainment doesn't quite necessitate speedy decision making.
Cuisine Type: Wings/American
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 50+
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Wings
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out: Metered street parking
In 1853, two founders of the colony that would come to be known as Castroville built a classic Sunday Haus near the center of the new settlement. A century and a half later, that structure stands as one of the oldest in the city, and the restaurant that now calls it home doesn't take that fact lightly. The Old Alsatian Steakhouse and Ristorante retains its historic air, seating diners in one of two main dining rooms lined with old-world art and antiques, while displaying many of the building's original structural elements. Here, they serve a menu that nods to tradition, anchored by a hearty lineup of hand-cut steaks and European dishes. The selection ranges from 6-oz. cuts of sirloin and 7-oz. filet mignon to 16-oz. rib eyes, which can be eaten onsite or brought home. Cooks round out meals with plates of alsatian sausage and bratwurst, served with mustard and pickles, as well as fried calamari, jumbo shrimp, schnitzels, and more.
With the historic nature of the grounds, it's not surprising that a recent archaeological dig revealed a bounty of artifacts dating back to the Civil War. Ginger beer bottles, leather holsters, saber belt-buckles—these and a trove of other 150-year-old finds line the shelves of the restaurant's former smokehouse, which now acts as the onsite museum. Both everyday diners and attendees of special events—the space also features a grape arbor, a patio, a spacious lawn, a beer garden, and a full event center—can peruse these unique finds to learn the history of not only the restaurant itself, but a great deal of Castroville as well.
Khalid Said, the Moroccan-born chef behind Azro Moroccan & Mediterranean Bistro, draws from more than a decade of culinary experience to craft traditional Moroccan and Mediterranean dishes. Tagine, shawarma, and lightly fried kibbeh couscous balls stuffed with minced onions and ground beef highlight the authentic menu. Yet Said also incorporates international cooking techniques for fusion dishes such as the shrimp-and-flounder crepe, an off-menu item that comes drizzled with a light cream sauce. Patrons can pair meals with wine or sweeten their palates with baklava cheesecake. On Friday and Saturday evenings, belly dancers add flair to the dining experience. Customers can bring their own alcoholic beverage to enjoy, or they can select from the variety of wines available at Azro Moroccan & Mediterranean Bistro.
At Texas Seafood Grill, stoves crackle beneath pots and pans of hearty seafood dinners, toeing the lines of myriad styles of cuisine. The chefs pair fried catfish, oysters, and scallops with salads, fries, and baked potatoes, and grill up steaks and call upon Cajun recipes to simmer crayfish étouffée and seafood gumbos. The versatile chefs extend their culinary expertise to whip up a range of Vietnamese seafood specialties, ranging from fried rice to vermicelli dishes. In the restaurant's comfortable lounge area, patrons sip beer, wine, and cocktails as they gaze at an array of TVs to cheer on their favorite team or full-contact-tiddlywinks player.
With a stay at The Menger Hotel, you'll be centrally located in San Antonio, steps from Alamo and Texas Adventure. This romantic hotel is within close proximity of Plaza Wax Museum and Ripley's Believe It or Not and Ripley's Haunted Adventure.
Make yourself at home in one of the 316 air-conditioned guestrooms. Cable programming and video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access keeps you connected. Conveniences include desks and ceiling fans, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take time to pamper yourself with a visit to the full-service spa. If you're looking for recreational opportunities, you'll find an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. This Victorian hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and shopping on site.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Planning an event in San Antonio? This hotel has 11618 square feet (1079 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and banquet facilities. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge, and parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.