San Antonio, TX Restaurants Range from Award Winners to Burger Joints

By Karen Schwartzman on April 29, 2011 at 3:35 am EST


The stroll along San Antonio's famed River Walk will leave guests craving a little something more than shopping bags and scenic views. Luckily, there's an abundance of restaurants to be found, ensuring that the River Walk satisfies every kind of appetite.

One such restaurant is Auden's Kitchen, owned by prestigious chef Bruce Auden. Auden has garnered many accolades for his mastery of the kitchen, with five nominations for a James Beard Best Chef Southwest award and the title of one of the “ten best chefs in America,” given by Food and Wine magazine. On the menu are items such as fried chicken, fish and chips and roasted chicken, all at an affordable price.

Then there's Biga, Auden's original restaurant and one of the premier spots on the River Walk. Biga was recognized as one of Esquire magazine's “Best Bars and Restaurants,” and was inducted into Nation's Restaurant News “Fine Dining Hall of Fame.” The menu includes a seasonal fare, a full three-course meal, as well as the usual entree list.

A bakery, bar and live music make the San Antonia landark, Mi Tierra one of the city's favorite spots no matter what time of day – it's open 24 hours.

Another great spot to stop is Broadway 5050, famous for its burgers and its neighborhood-bar reputation. The burger list is hard to beat, with original fixtures like the Mr. Wolf, which comes with chili and cheese, and the Guapo, topped with refried beans, cheese, chips and salsa. The rest of the menu is nearly as extensive, with separate sections just for barbecue and sandwiches, along with a “Best of the Bubble” section, which includes steak, chicken and dogs.

Those looking for something quick and casual should head to Donnie's Chicago Style Italian Beef & Hotdogs. The place draws rave reviews from locals and stays true to its Chicago name. The restaurant also specializes in the Chicago-classic cheesesteak as well as its Italian beef and hotdogs.


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