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San Antonio may have achieved dubious culinary distinction as the birthplace of the tacorita, but the menus of the city extend far beyond folded tortillas. Whatever you’re looking for, San Antonio boasts a selection of restaurants befitting the 10th largest city in the country. Or stick with the sopaipillas — you can’t go wrong. WHERE TO LOCATE LADIES WHO LUNCH Guenther House 205 E. Guenther 210-227-1061 www.guentherhouse.com Located in the Prince William Historic District, this elegant home was built by Carl Hilmar Guenther, founder of Pioneer Flour Mills, in 1860. It has been meticulously restored as a museum (showcasing a collection of Dresden china), a curio shop (of course) and restaurant. The lunch menu is heavy on light salads and offers a selection of delightful teas. Breakfast fare includes waffles, fluffy biscuits, pancakes and pastries. Don’t leave without picking up some of the house’s signature baking mixes. BEST PLACE FOR BARBECUE Fay Willie’s Bar BQ and Meat Market 119 Heiman 210-222-0887 Fay Willie’s — which calls itself a “joint” rather than a restaurant — serves up the best combination of Texas barbecue, brisket, and the blues. Owner Fay Willie uses family recipes to create his sauces and prepares many cuts in a 14-foot-wide exposed pit. Jewel, his wife, contributes such sides as potato salad and she makes a decadent peach cobbler. Now appearing in Fay Willie’s jukebox are classics from Billie Holiday, Louis Jordan, Billy Eckstine, and B.B. King. Fay Willie’s is in Sunset Station, a grouping of bars, shops and restaurants right behind the Alamodome. OYEZ, OYEZ! JUDICIAL-THEMED FARE HERE Kangaroo Court 512 River Walk 210-224-6821 www.kangaroocourt.com This Riverwalk caf� distinguishes itself from the pack by adopting a judicial theme — not exactly as appealing to the average tourist, but a brilliant tactic to attract legal types. Breakfast offerings include the Magistrate’s Mushroom, a roasted portobello mushroom topped with sundried tomatoes. At lunch that mushroom is grilled, and cheese joins the tomatoes to become a Misdemeanor Mushroom. On the entr�e menu, bacon accents both the Appellate Court Shrimp and the 8-ounce Petitioner’s Filet. SURF N’ TURF CENTRAL Little Rhein Steak House 231 S. Alamo 210-225-2111 www.littlerheinsteakhouse.com This circa-1847 home specializes in USDA prime beef. If you’re looking to add significance to your steak dinner, the Little Rhein displays brass lamps that once illuminated the old Federal Courthouse in Chicago, and the flickering light fixture behind the bar once graced President Theodore Roosevelt’s Pullman car. In fact, the entire building is protected by the San Antonio Conservation Society because of its historical significance. THE BEST PLACE TO REMEMBER SELENA Hard Rock Caf� 111 W. Crockett, 210-224-7625 If you think all Hard Rock Cafes are the same, well, you’re probably right. But the San Antonio outpost of this rock-themed restaurant chain has sunk a Hollywood-style star into the front sidewalk to celebrate the city’s own favorite daughter, Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez. On the brink of crossover fame, Selena was gunned down in a San Antonio parking lot on March 31, 1995, by the former president of her fan club. The star says simply “Selena,” and has become an attraction in its own right. But those who arrive at the Selena star with an appetite are encouraged to go on inside. TAKING FINE DINING TO NEW HEIGHTS Tower of the Americas Restaurant 222 HemisFair Park 210-223-3101 If the only meal you’ve ever had at 750 feet came on a plastic tray, head up to the Tower of the Americas. The tower was built for the 1968 HemisFair, a celebration of the progress attained by the countries of the Western Hemisphere. It features a restaurant, observation deck, and a glass-walled elevator to shuttle visitors to both. The Tower Restaurant offers typical continental cuisine (steaks, salmon, Caesar salad) and is open for lunch and dinner. Of course, it wouldn’t be a restaurant in a tower if it didn’t revolve: expect a full tour every 90 minutes. LOOKING FOR WHITE TABLECLOTH DINING ALONG THE RIVER WALK? Fig Tree Restaurant 515 Villita 210-224-1976 www.figtreerestaurant.com For nearly 30 years, the Fig Tree has been the place to enjoy the china-and-crystal side of the city. Located in the La Villita neighborhood of shops and restaurants along the River Walk, this whitewashed cottage, roofed with red tile, was formerly a private residence. Enjoy Beluga caviar, chateaubriand or Chilean sea bass on the patio overlooking the river or inside one of the restaurant’s Victorian dining rooms. WHERE TO FIND THE WURST FOOD IN TOWN Schilo’s Delicatessen 424 E. Commerce 210-223-6692 Open since 1917, Schilo’s is a vintage sandwich shop that serves up blue plate specials with a heaping side of German. If you’re looking for knockwurst, sauerkraut or home-brewed root beer, wilkommen, amigo — this is the place. (But watch out for the hot mustard, unless you want to take your sinuses home in a to-go bag.) EXPERIENCE A SAN ANTONIO INSTITUTION Casa Rio Mexican Foods Restaurant 430 E. Commerce 210-225-6718 When Casa Rio opened for business in 1946, it was the only business along the river. Its solid menu of Tex-Mex fare — enchiladas, tacos, fajitas — has turned this two-story structure into an institution. WHERE TO FEED YOUR FLAUTA FIX � EVEN AT 4 A.M. Mi Tierra Caf� & Bakery 218 Produce Row 210-225-1262 Located in the El Mercado area of shops and restaurants just past the River Walk, Mi Tierra manages to incorporate every element of Tex-Mex kitsch — strolling mariachis, giant colored paper flowers, waitresses in Mexican Hat Dance attire — and still be a great, fun place. Plus, it’s always open. Make sure to start your visit at Mi Tierra’s bar and end it at its bakery. WHERE TO GRAB A COFFEE ON THE RUN Coffee Court 110 E. Nueva 210-222-1684 Not much to say about this coffee-serving kiosk except the service is fast, the brew is strong, and it sits midway between the courthouse and the justice center. And yes, they serve those frou-frou coffee drinks, too.

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