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Old 03-24-2013, 10:33 PM
 
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So, I'm moving to SA and want treat myself I like the river-walk and plan to spend alot of time there
but where to eat?

Also is there a jogging path around the riverwalk?


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Old 03-25-2013, 08:04 AM
 
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I don't really dig the main area of the river around the mall because it is always packed with folks and hard to get around or find parking.

What I recommend is parking at the Pearl brewery and going down to the museum reach area of the river. Hardly any people (compared to downtown), you see joggers and bikers there, and personally I am a fan of La Gloria's.
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My wife swears by Boudro's. She's been there several times without me. My lone visit was just OK.

Boudro's is fancy. If you want good food and a casual setting, I like The Lone Star Cafe.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:14 AM
 
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I am not a huge fan of the RW restaurants that are in the U (the main portion downtown). Probably the one I like best is Acenar and people rave about Luke tho it's a bit meat-heavy for me.

I second the recommendation to hit the Pearl. Loads of fabulous restaurants. La Gloria is on the River, but the place is bursting with fine dining. Also many dining opportunities in Southtown (which is along the river, but the commercial corridor is a few blocks off the river along S. Alamo St)

For running - outside the U, you can run all along the Riverwalk (the U is ok in the early mornings, but otherwise too crowded and not very wide). The Riverwalk goes all the way to the Witte (not entirely along the river but through the park) and south all the way to Mission Espada along the river. Plenty of running. I go 3-4x week on some stretch of it.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:29 AM
 
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Well, since we are touting close to but not ON the riverwalk...Texas De Brazil is AWESOME...but do not eat at all 2 days before (or expect to be able to eat two days after)! )
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Boerne, Texas
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If you want to eat on the touristy area of the Riverwalk, I would recommend Boudro's or Acenar. Ostra and Paesano's are good (maybe not great) as well. For the most part, I would avoid this area and stick to the Pearl or Southtown for the best concentration of restaurants that have great local flavor. Have fun!
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:03 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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I like Mexican Manhattan, great food, great prices and its not really in the "crowded" area of the RW
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:08 AM
 
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Biga on the Banks. By far the best dining on the river.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:17 AM
 
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If you're going to run around the Riverwalk I would recommend starting near Brackenridge Park. Head left on N. St. Mary's and take a left on Mulberry until you see the golf course and go down toward broadway and turn right on Avenue B which will take you under 281 to another parking lot. I'm not sure what that is for and for all I know it's some gigantic landmark....cross Josephine and you'll see the Riverwalk that way. Head left and it will take you toward downtown. Avoid the U as everyone else has said. A group and I got lost up that way once (we were supposed to go up a bridge that we never actually saw...) and got caught by a few early morning tourists that were caught off guard by our pace.

As far as restaurants, I don't eat. So. Just kidding. I have nothing to add there.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:40 AM
 
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+1 on above recs to check out the Pearl complex and Southtown restaurants...they haven't been overrun with tourists like most of the ones on the downtown bend are. If you're looking for a special ocasion/$$$ dinner ON the river....imho your choices narrow down to Biga on the Banks or Restaurant Gwendolyn (both have websites or you can check urbanspoon).
For Jogging/walking without dodging strollers/crowds head north from Pecan St towards the Pearl or south from Durango towards Blue Star and the missions (very nice trail 6+ miles).
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