I was chatting with a friend awhile ago who mentioned that she had never been down to visit The Pearl Brewery area. This friend had lived here for over 15 years but rarely went into downtown area.
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, like The Pearl Brewery area, also helps to support local businesses that collect themselves there, like Botika, Local Coffee and Twig. 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 area and why every local should visit the historic Pearl brewery area a few times a year. All of this in my Fav Four of the Historic Pearl District. (and in order this time)
Number 4: The Twig Book Shop
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.
Number 2: The Riverwalk
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.
So now you can’t say you don’t have a reason to visit The Pearl this summer. Parking is easy, food is good and there is lots to do. Don’t miss out on downtown SATX and get stuck in suburbia rat race. Get our of the norm and have date night down here next time. Any of these local businesses would appreciate it.
I was compensated in some manner for writing about my experience but my opnions are all my opnions are all my own.
I am the mother to five kids. Eating out can often be a glorious occasion of no cooking or cleanup partnered with a fun food experience. Other times eating out can be daunting and embarrassing if my children have left their manners at home. The great thing about restaurants in San Antonio is many of them have playscapes.
This has allowed me to actually get down all my food even if my kids have scarfed theirs. They can be off sliding and swinging while I enjoy conversation with my Mom or a friend. When I was in “mountain town Colorado” this was never the option so it is a welcomed additive to our eating out adventures.
So here are 4 of my favorite four restaurants that are kid friendly and my favorite things to get on the menu. (in no particular order)
The Cove: 606 W. Cypress St., 210-227-2683Texas Monthly named this one of the best burgers in the state but there is so much more to this eclectic, family-friendly joint. It’s a must see when visiting San Antonio with children, or if you have laundry to do or need your car washed. Come see for yourself and try my fav the fish tacos with sweet potato fries. Or Warm Beet Salad *Bonus* this place have vegetarian and gluten-free options too.
Big’z Burger Joint :Near Seaworld 10106 State Highway 151 S. San Antonio, Texas 78251 (210) 543-2029Be sure to bring a ball or frisbee for this large turf-filled playground. It is perfect for a game of catch while enjoying a burger. If you need a private event there is a Party Barn for rent. There are so many burger toppings to pick from but our favorite is pineapples and jalapenos. There is also a location north of town as well (1604).
Two Brothers BBQ Market: 12656 West Ave San Antonio, TX 78216 210-496-0222This is Texas BBQ at its finest! It doesn’t get any tastier than Two Bros BBQ Market. Just off the N 281 and West Ave with a large playground and sandbox surrounded by picnic tables. If you have a large group for dining, this is the place. There prices are spot on. We can feed a family of 7 (Dad, Mom and kids from 15 to 2) for $50 and have leftovers with the 4 Bro’s meal, with a free refills of lemonade, tea and purple kool-aide, that’s our recommendation.
El Machito: 7300 Jones Maltsberger, San Antonio TX 78209A Mexican bar-be-que experience, El Machito (a "brother" restaurant to La Gloria on the river) is a unique BBQ with decor straight from Mexico but an outdoor playground perfect for all children. With a large patio, the kids can play while you enjoy some meat taco’s, with side of meat salad, and meat platter.Ha! No joke. It’s a meat eater's paradise.
Thankfully most of the times my kids are really good when we go out to eat. They enjoy the experience as much as I do and they know that if Mama gives "the look" they better straighten up.
Do you like dinning at places with playscapes? Do you have any you would add to my list?
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