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Ácenar is not Mi Tierra with a snazzier paint job. With the exception of some slick color photos of nibbled galletas, paletas, and dulces - and maybe the noise level - there's not much at all in the highly charged interior that suggests Tex-Mex, classic or contemporary. In fact, the clever use of a molcajete grid on the patio takes us back to a much earlier era.
The same might be said for the menu: It's divided into San Antonio Tex-Mex Favorites and Ácenar Specialties, and it's not clear at first glance whether the SA favorites are alleged to be updated, or if all the tweaking took place in the specialties section. An appetizer such as the house-smoked salmon nachos with discrete black beans and dill crema looks much like the classic cosa, but the taste is altogether otra. And it works, despite the rarity of both dill and smoked salmon in any Mexican kitchen, traditional or Tex. - Ron Bechtol
Aldaco's Stone Oak outpost remains true to its downtown roots with fresh, flavorful Mex and signature treats, including the avocado margarita and pastel tres leches. -- Ron Bechtol (02/09)
Beautiful garden setting with peacocks and Asain phesants roaming the grounds. Diverse menu apealing to all tastes with an array of desserts and specialty drinks.
Great seafood at moderate prices.
Barriba’s colorfully chaotic space seems designed to appeal primarily to the tourist trade. Menu items and drinks also stretch local norms, both in price and in sometimes overwrought composition. Service and setting hold up their end, but we’ll wait for the place to mature a little before returning.
BJ's offers tasty, inexpensive tacos.
Tex-Mex joint with good service.
Great seafood, literal translation is Little Goat of the Sea.
A family friendly Mexican restaurant with a bar for the adults and special selections for the kids. The menu features traditional plates from various states in Mexico that truly gives you un Cachito de Mexico. Homemade flour and corn tortillas prepared daily. Every order comes with free sopapillas and a convenient drive-thru for those on the go. Open 7 days a week at 6:00 am every morning. The weekends feature live music that can be enjoyed on the patio directly across from the Witte Museum.
Delicious seafood cooked in the style of the Mexican coast.
Friendly staff and delicious Mexican cuisine.
Adorned with Spanish poetry and testimonials, its tiny dining area is charming. Cascabel adds a smoky-fruity chipotle to the familiar caldo tlapeno. The sopa de fideo is the kind of comfort food you had to grow up on to truly appreciate.
Regarded as one of the best Mexican restaurants in San Antonio, Cha-Cha's offers multi-award winning margaritas, savory cuisine, impeccable service, and a exquisite atmosphere. Come relax and unwind from the day in our bar Aqui! and have one of our tasty Spurs-a-rita with some Cancun nachos topped with our shrimp ceviche.
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Penned in 1816 by German author E. T. A. Hoffmann, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King formed the fantastical springboard for the Tchaikovsky-scored two-act ballet The Nutcracker. Premiered in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia, with choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, the holiday mainstay has inspired an eclectic array of adaptations—from B. Bumble and the Stingers’ boogie-woogie hit “Nut Rocker” to the burlesque satire The Slutcracker. Choreographed by Gabriel Zertuche and conducted by Akiko Fujimoto, this local production unites Ballet San Antonio and the San Antonio Symphony for dancing around the Christmas tree, a war between gingerbread soldiers and menacing mice, and an enchanting voyage in a dolphin-powered boat to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Land of Sweets.
Inspired by a 1930s-era tradition, the Institute of Texan Cultures’ Toy Day provides free admission for kids 12 and under who bring a new, unwrapped toy for the San Antonio Fire Department toy drive. As added incentive, the Fire Department will be on hand with an ambulance, antique fire truck and modern fire truck for discovery and exploration. Inside the ITC, visitors can enjoy holiday crafts from around the world, photo ops with Santa Claus and a traditional Mexican “Pastorela” performed by Los Belen Pastores.
Self-taught paleontologist and TV personality “Dinosaur George” Blasing visits Hardberger Park’s Urban Ecology Center to speak to guests of all ages about the dinosaurs of Texas.
An intriguing concept designed to “encourage the community to buy artwork during the holiday season,” Beacon Hill’s new French & Michigan Gallery’s exhibition “50 / 250” comprises 250 works by 50 artists currently or previously based in San Antonio, Austin or Houston. Although representing a wide variety of disciplines (including architecture, painting, ceramics, woodworking and printmaking) the selected artists were limited to submitting five works, all on 8-inch-by-8-inch paper—a connective thread allowing the assembled pieces to come together in a large grid on one wall. According to gallery director Billy Lambert, this limitation of medium and size inspired certain artists to “explore something new” or “reevaluate and refocus their techniques.” In keeping with the show’s shopping initiative, all works are priced at $250 and can be taken “immediately upon purchase.” Uniting a number of accomplished locals, the list of contributing artists includes the likes of Andy Benavides, Anne Wallace, Judith Cottrell, Louis Vega Treviño, Sarah Sudhoff and Scott Martin, whose night photograph Women Men is shown here.
Hosted by Katie Red and Pelvis Costello, the Pastie Pops’ 3rd Annual Christmas Burrr-lesque Show stars all your favorite Pops along with special guests Black Orchid and Foxxy Blue Orchid (of Stars and Garters) and Goldie Candela (of Austin’s Jigglewatts) shaking their jingle bells to holiday classics. Wear your ugliest holiday sweater for a chance to win “awesome prizes.”
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