Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Night Out in San Antonio

My 25th birthday is later this week so we headed down to San Antonio and spent a night on the Riverwalk as an early birthday present. We stayed at the Hyatt Place Riverwalk, which was affordable and nice. My only complaint was that although it is on the river, it's a bit of a walk to all of the action.

When we got there we walked around a bit and enjoyed some delicious happy hour cocktails and tapas at The Cork Bar, which is located in the Hotel Contessa.

Then we walked back to the hotel and changed for dinner:

Dinner was at Boudros Texas Bistro on the Riverwalk. It's a good thing we had reservations because it was PACKED! The atmosphere of the restaurant was good, but super dark and a little on the crowded side. Unfortunately, we also had yet another bad waiter experience...our waiter was completely void of any personality and basically acted like he didn't care at all about us during our meal.

We started off with cocktails and I had their signature Prickly Pear Margarita:

It was really good but didn't taste much different than your average fruit margarita to me. I didn't really taste the prickly pear. Also, it was too small. A margarita should not be served in a martini glass!

For our appetizer we ordered the Pan Seared Rare Tuna, which had a black pepper crust, ginger soy vinaigarette and was served on spinach and chives. This is a photo of it after I had transferred half of it to my wasn't presented this way:

It was SOOOOOOO good, but we are big rare tuna fans. The sauce was just perfect and complimented the tuna so well.

For my entree I ordered the Blackened Gulf Fish Fillet, which was served with roasted vegetables and rosemary potatoes, beurre blanc sauce and lemon spinach.
It was tasty, but not exactly mind blowing. Everything was cooked well though and the lemon spinach was TO DIE FOR.

Alex got the Mesquite Grilled Texas Quail, which was stuffed with wild mushrooms, roasted corn, dried apricot, apples and poblanos served on nest of vegetables with roasted potatoes.
He said it was really good and he finished every last bite {except for the squash...he doesn't like squash}.

We were so full after all this food that we decided to pass on dessert. All in all, it was a nice dinner but possibly a little overpriced. I don't really have an urge to go back again anytime soon, but we enjoyed it.

After dinner we had grand plans to go out to a couple of bars on the Riverwalk, but unfortunately my body had different plans. I had some stomach issues {not attributed to the food we had just eaten} and we ended up going back to the hotel early so I could rest. Bummer but we plan on going back to San Antonio in a couple months to try again!

It was a fun little excursion and early birthday present. :)

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