And I can see how that could easily happen.
So many of the neighborhoods have everything we need now days - shopping malls, hardware stores, lots of restaurants, bookstores, schools, mechanics. The list could go on and on. There just isn’t a reason to drive all over town.
But not enjoying different neighborhoods also limits your exposure to all that a great city, like San Antonio, has to offer. Visiting historical areas also helps to support local businesses that collect themselves there, like The Historical Pearl. When money is spent at a locally owned business, that dollar stays in the area 80% longer than money that is spent at big box stores. And if you buy everything online then that money is never staying local.
Ok but enough of the statistical “shop local” lecture.
On to why I love the Pearl Brewery and why every local should visit there a few times a year. All of this in my Fav Four of the Historic Pearl District. (and in order this time)
This diamond in the rough, in a day and age of big box books and ebooks, is so refreshing. The staff is always helpful when I am looking for books and I love this store for gifts too. They have great books for new Mamas, best sellers and fun kids books. They also have a weekly story time as well, so be sure to check their website for dates and times.
Number 3: Local Coffee
If you have followed me for any length of time you know this is my favorite coffee shop. And the one down here at The Pearl has great outdoor seating. I love watching the people that come and go plus my kids can wrestle in the turf between it and the Twig bookstore. My current order (like for two years straight) is a cold brew with a shot of mexican vanilla and room for cream. I have been drinking cold brew for over 10 years and now I can buy it anywhere. Convenient yes but now I’m less cool and just look like a hipster.
Who could argue that between easy parking (either under the freeway or at Hotel Emma) and an artsy, fun part of the river (Freeway fish included), the Pearl is a great place to experience the Riverwalk and enjoy a stroll. I love going during the weekdays when it's less busy but I am also a sucker to sit on a bench and people watch during the weekends as well. The riverwalk from the Pearl to downtown is the most enjoyable to me. There is so much to look at and little nooks to explore. If you are local and you haven’t been down there at least once a year then you're missing out on the best part of living in SATX.
Number 1: Botika
The Pearl is full of swanky restaurants, some need reservations or be prepared to wait (even on a Tuesday) but there is good reason for this. The Pearl delivers on one of a kind eats. And one-of-a-kind Botika tops the list in my book. This non-infusion, fusion restaurant combines flavors of the seasons from Asia to South America. I had the pleasure of recently enjoying dinner there with my bro. We tried items off their current summer menu such as the Bay Scallops & Beet Ceviches, Yellow Fin Tuna Tiradito, and an untraditional cheesecake dessert wrapped in an egg roll wrapper. They have something for everyone's taste but if you really want a taste of San Antonio then don’t miss the Nikkei Ceviches. Its smoky flavor in the sweet potatoes along with the lime soaked fish brings latin and southern flavors like an “opposites attract” match. If you visit them soon, tell them that San Antonio Housewives sent you.