Best Steak In San Antonio!

Tejas Steakhouse & Saloon

I’m certainly no food critic (although wouldn’t that be the best job EVER) but I am certainly a food expert! This girl LOVES to eat! I had originally planned to do one post on all my favorite places but this one deserves it’s own spotlight. When we happened upon this little slice of heaven of a steak house we fell in love! The atmosphere is all that cowboy Texas could possibly offer. The service was outstanding, the beer was cold, and the food was beyond the best we had found in San Antonio. Where is this place you ask? Tejas Steakhouse & Saloon! Yee Haw!

 http://www.tejassteakhouse.com/index.php

Although it’s well off the beaten path from the “touristy” type attractions of San Antonio, it’s well worth the drive north out of the hustle and bustle of the city life. Nestled deep in Hill Country, as soon as you pull up on the property you step into cowboy country. Horses and stables, beautiful stone work, picnic tables, wind mill, and even a stage and dance floor are all part of the property!  I give all the credit to my husband for finding our now favorite spot. He had taken our son to Tejas’ on site rodeo arena. When I say arena, I mean the whole kit and caboodle!  Tejas hosts weekly rodeos that draw a large crowd. http://www.tejasrodeo.com/

So what makes the place so special?

Well they must be doing something right for Bravo TV’s “Top Chef Texas” to film an episode there. Or maybe you could be lured in by their recent feature in San Antonio magazine’s Top 10 Best New Restaurants in San Antonio. 

What’s so great about the food?

Where do I start?! Before each meal you get a warm basket full of black pepper biscuits. That’s right…black pepper IN the biscuit! Take one bite and all you’ll be saying is “UMMMMM”!

Black pepper biscuits

Since I am a creature of habit, I always choose the Pan de Tejas as my appetizer. Flat bread with a layer of home made pesto (for real! They have their own herb garden on site!) cheese, greens, and fresh tomatoes to top it off. Yummm…my tummy is grumbling right now as I think about how delicious it is!  

For your main course, you can’t go wrong with ANY of the steak choices! No matter what your steak preference, you HAVE to get the green beans!!! They’ve received awards on their green beans…yes they’re that good!!  I also have a special place in my heart for all things mac n cheese so Tejas’ green pepper mac n cheese always makes me smile.  If you’re not in the mood for a steak, my son has tried the catfish, which of course we had to taste test and it is to die for as well. You seriously can’t and won’t go wrong with anything you pick on this menu!

KC Lite with green beans and green pepper mac n cheese

Oh, and did I mention dessert?!
HO-LY COW! I tried the peach cobbler (with scoop of vanilla ice cream of course). Seriously?! How can life get much better when you have homemade peach cobbler with REAL peaches??? It took all of my mommy strength to not gobble up every last bite but my cute little curly haired boy wanted some ice cream. 

Homemade peach cobbler

Another bonus…brunch! The bartender, Dan, makes the best mimosa I’ve ever had and my husband was pretty fond of their Bloody Mary. So to my friends and family, when you come to visit in San Antonio, plan on a short ride for the best meal you’ll ever have. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to eat some left overs! Yum!

A taste of Tejas!

Family Fun Around San Antonio

Upon moving to San Antonio I scoped out what fun stuff I could do with the kids. Within a month I purchased a zoo pass and we’ve been going ever since. The San Antonio Zoo is the best I’ve been to. We’ve seen animals that we’ve said “WHAT is that?” or “How do you pronounce that?!” but each time is an adventure. http://www.sazoo-aq.org/

We’ve also been to Six Flags Fiesta, Texas several times. In addition to their regular summer operations they also have festivities for Halloween and Christmas. There is tons of fun for all ages! On one of our first trips Tristan spotted Scooby Doo through the crowd and went running for him. He was beyond excited to see one of his favorite characters!! http://www.sixflags.com/fiestatexas/index2.aspx

Tristan and Scooby Doo at Six Flags Fiesta, Texas

 Ethan’s favorite place is Sea World. I’ll never forget the excitement he had when we pulled up to the gates at Sea World Orlando. At the time he loved everything ocean related. When Ethan came to visit this past summer I knew I had to take him to visit Sea World San Antonio. We had a great day! http://seaworldparks.com/seaworld-sanantonio

Ethan feeding the dolphins at Sea World.

One of my favorite places is the Natural Bridge Wildlife Safari. There is nothing more fun than taking a teenager through the drive through safari and watching her scream when an animal approaches your car for food. This cool drive thru safari allows you the comfort (and safety) of your own car while you enjoy the wildlife and feed the animals with food purchased at the gate. Your admission allows you unlimited trips through the safari and of course you can always go back for more food….the animals won’t mind at all! http://wildliferanchtexas.com/

Jaymee meets a zebra at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Safari

The best way to keep cool during the Texas summer is water fun! Our favorite water park is Schlitterbaun Water Park in New Braunfels, which is right down the road from San Antonio. You can’t go wrong when there’s 3 full size water parks within their property. This place is buuussssyyyyy all summer long so if you want to go, get there early! We visited 4 times last summer and can’t wait to go back this year.

Kayla and Tristan enjoying the water slide at Schlitterbaun.

We’ve visited several other public parks and playgrounds around town. As the summer is slowing creeping up on us we plan on taking advantage of all the outdoor time we can before it’s too hot to enjoy it. Here’s to fun stuff with lots more exploring to do!

Exploring Downtown San Antonio

Riverwalk San Antonio

When I was planning out what I should share about our experiences during our first year in San Antonio I realized it would be too long for just one post. For now I’ll just stick with the typical “touristy” stuff in the downtown area that we’ve done. Most anyone who has visited San Antonio would have a photo or two of these sites. Of course we’ve been to the Riverwalk on numerous occasions. No matter what time of the year, it’s always beautiful! If you ever visit San Antonio, be sure to take the river boat tour. It’s a cool little ride around the river and you’ll learn some quick history about the city.

Kayla and Tristan on the river boat tour during the summer.

Nearby you’ll find the Alamo. There is so much history within the walls and certainly a must see as well.  Take the time to read all the stories, and background surrounding the structure, and the battle and how it plays a part in our country.

The Alamo

The Tower of the Americas is one of our favorite sites downtown. This incredible tower is 750 feet tall and has the most beautiful view of the city. Each time we have guests from out of town we take them to the wonderful restaurant/bar area for a breathtaking peek at our new home. http://www.toweroftheamericas.com/index.asp

Enjoying a cocktail at the Tower of the Americas

The downtown area also plays host to the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum.   We’ve eaten at the restaurant on several occasions but if you have a phobia of stuffed animals then this is not the place for you. There are mounts of deers, bears, cows, and everything in between. Tristan is always fascinated each time we visit. http://www.buckhornmuseum.com/

One of my favorite “date days” with Tristan was a visit to the children’s museum. LOVED LOVED LOVED it! So much to do and tons of interactive activities for every age.  

http://www.sakids.org/home.aspx

There is so much to see in San Antonio. This is just a little sample of the downtown area. I know there is so much more in just this little area to explore and share and whenever we discover something new I’ll be sure to share with everyone.