Dive into River City’s culinary scene

Mon. June 10, 2024 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn

San Antonio's culinary scene is vast and takes time to explore. The journey is worth it thanks to the various curators and creators from around the world. A chef's heritage and history come into play and customers reap the benefits. Visiting foodies will be blown away in South Texas while seeking sustenance in this rich restaurant landscape.

Head over to to plan a trip to the historic Pearl area and stroll about the Pearl Farmers Market on the weekends for local produce. Birthed from a brewery, this district has grown into a diverse mix of businesses from the artist community.

Nearby is a restaurant called Best Quality Daughter which is a gift full of treats for any diner that darkens its doorway. Chef Jennifer Dobbertin's concept combines Asian and American food in unique ways. Start with the Mochi Cheddar Hush Puppies with Thai chili jam and move on to the Creamy Coconut Tom Yum Noodles. Your sinuses will open to the spicy goodness of shrimp, oyster mushrooms and Thai basil in this incredible liquid concoction. Hungrier partakers can order items family style and the ice cream sandwiches can be added at the end.

River City has many restaurants to enjoy while dining on the patio and enjoying the view. There are not only big chain restaurants from Landry's Dining Brands such as their Seafood House, but also meat-focused eateries such as Morton's The Steakhouse and the Brazilian buffet from Fogo de Chao.

Bring on more beef at Smoke BBQ + Skybar located along the winding path at 501 East Crockett. The place gives a bird's eye view of the surrounding area after ascending the stairs outdoors and contains more than 40,000 square feet of space to hold gatherings. Locally owned and operated, Smoke presents a wide range of barbecues to sample. Ranging from two meat plates to a platter titled the Barnyard Feast that can feed up to six, there's something for any carnivore at the Skybar.

This is just a quick bite of a few options to sink one's teeth into. For visitor information on many more establishments click on