Best Queso In San Antonio

San Antonio is known for many things. Some include the Alamo, the San Antonio Rodeo, and most importantly for having the best Mexican food around. Whether you prefer Tex-Mex or traditional Mexican cuisine San Antonio will not disappoint. Here are some spots where it would be a crime to pass up on a basket of tortilla chips and a big bowl of cheese.

Alamo Café

This San Antonio gem has been around since 1981. Ask any San Antonio local where to go for some good queso and they will send you to Alamo Café. Their chile con queso is a very simple and creamy dip with small bits of tomatoes and jalapenos. They also have Davy Dip which is their traditional chile con queso loaded with ground beef and guacamole. Ask for a side of tortillas. Alamo Café’s tortillas paired with the queso elevate it to a whole new level.  Whichever queso you go for I promise, by the time your meal comes you will already be stuffed.

Torchy’s Tacos

Now with three locations in San Antonio and countless locations around the United States, the once taco truck has found booming success. Torchy’s queso is unlike any other. Chef Mike Rypka has taken traditional yellow queso and has loaded it with everything you could ever want in a dip. This queso starts with a large dollop of guacamole that is drenched in green chile queso. It is then topped with cotija cheese, cilantro, and Torchy’s Diablo sauce. Here’s a tip, if a bowl of Torchy’s queso wasn’t enough, order a Trailer Park taco. This is a fried chicken, flour tortilla taco with all the goods. When you order it, ask for it “trashy”. They will then substitute the lettuce on the taco for extra queso. Thank me later.

Lupe Tortilla

This Tex-Mex restaurant started in Houston Texas and now has locations in Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio. The San Antonio location without a doubt has become a staple for amazing fajitas and of course queso. Lupe offers two different queso. Their traditional Chili Con Queso and their loaded queso flameado. The queso flameado has a melted jack cheese base and you can choose between chorizo, jalapeno sausage, or carne molida for some added protein and flavor.

El Marisol

  

With two locations in San Antonio, El Marisol is another iconic location for traditional Mexican cuisine. This family-owned restaurant offers not two but three variations of queso. If you are looking for a simple, traditional, queso you cannot go wrong with the Queso Marisol. Their family recipe adds another level of thick and creaminess to this dip. They also offer their queso with beef. However, nothing beats their queso flameado. This queso is a two cheese recipe with a surprise chunk of chorizo. If you enjoy good queso order a large one. You won’t be disappointed.

Aldaco’s

 

If you have already indulged in Alamo Café or El Marisol, yet you are still craving more queso, you have to go to Aldaco’s. This is another San Antonio staple for traditional Mexican cuisine. Blanca Aldaco has changed the game when it comes to Mexican food in San Antonio. Aldaco’s sticks to very simple queso. You have the option to add meat but this simple dip is perfect without it.

Chuy’s

Chuy’s is another restaurant that started in Austin and has expanded to San Antonio. This Tex-Mex chain is known for its legendary dips. Chuy’s queso is very similar to many other queso but is nonetheless delicious. They serve their queso with green chili and ranchero sauces. What makes Chuy’s stand above and beyond many other queso is their happy hour fully-loaded Nacho Car. During happy hour you have unlimited access to queso, salsa, jalapeno ranch, and more. This allows you to make your loaded queso with just about anything you could think of.

Rosarios

Opening their doors in 1992, Rosarios is another legendary restaurant in San Antonio. This restaurant is well known for its numerous accolades in Mexican cuisine. Their Queso Rosario is made with chihuahua cheese which gives it a very authentic taste. The chihuahua, along with little bits of pepper and tomato make it the perfect queso. Order the queso flameado if you are looking for a little more flavor.

Freebirds

This chain burrito company is perfect if you are looking for a quick fix of queso. Their Tex-Mex queso keeps up with many other queso on this list. It is the perfect dip to add to any bowl or burrito.

Everything To Know About Food Hall At Bottling Dept In San Antonio

The Pearl is a San Antonio hot spot known for its legendary restaurants, unique shops, and cool events. San Antonio locals know there is nothing like the Pearl’s Saturday morning farmers market or catching some live music in one of the green spaces.

If you decide to visit, you will also notice that the Pearl is home to Hotel Emma and the Culinary Institute of America. The Culinary Institute is one factor that has made the Pearl such a staple location for good food. Both La Gloria and Savor, two popular restaurants at the pearl, are products of the Culinary Institute.

The food doesn’t stop there. In 2017 The Bottling Department Food Hall opened expanding the Pearls culinary experience. This is an area where several unique restaurants can come into one space and share their love of food. The best way to describe this space would be San Antonio’s interpretation of Chelsea Market in New York or Ponce City Market in Georgia.

4 Famous Food Places in the Bottling Department

There are currently four different restaurants in the Bottling Department. Each restaurant brings a different flavor to the food hall making it easy for everyone to find something they will enjoy. The first location worth mentioning is Fletcher’s Hamburgers.

1 – Fletcher’s Hamburgers

There are so many different burger joints in San Antonio, but Fletcher’s is one burger that you can’t miss. Don’t be afraid to load your burger with some extra bacon if their patty blend is juicy enough for you.

2 – Bud’s Southern Rotisserie

It would be a crime to not have comfort food and Bar-B-Q options in a food hall located in Texas. Bud’s Southern Rotisserie makes sure to check both of those boxes. You cannot come to the Bottling Department and not get some of their Mac N’ Cheese.

You know the kind of Mac N’ Cheese that your grandma makes at Thanksgiving and that you dream about all year? Stop waiting for the holidays because Bud’s will give your grandma a run for her money. If you are not a huge Mac N’ Cheese person try a Bud’s Spud. There is nothing like a loaded baked potato.

4 – Mi Roti

Mi Roti is the newest addition to the food hall, and it specializes in Caribbean street food. Before eating at Mi Roti, I had never heard of or tried Caribbean food. After eating their jerk chicken bowl, I will defiantly be going back.

If you are an adventurous eater, ask for your bowl loaded with their most popular options! Also, don’t leave without trying their Masala Fries. They are a little sweet and a little spicy and are unlike any other fries.

3 – Tenko Ramen

Adding some different flavors to the Bottling Department is Tenko Ramen. I am in no way a ramen cynosure but when asking around Tenko’s ramen is consistently raved about. Another unique restaurant is Mi Roti.

Whatever location you decide to try don’t forget to stop at The Bar at the bottling Department. The Bar has an extensive wine and beer list along with mixed drink options.

Even though Covid-19 has made social interaction difficult the Bottling Department Food Hall has been able to rekindle what it feels like to enjoy food in a group setting in a safe way. After grabbing some good food and enjoying the scenery at the Pearl life finally started to feel a little bit more normal.

Best Breweries in San Antonio

When it comes to places like breweries, the conversation can get a little rowdy. It can get especially fun when we’re talking about which ones are better. Whether you’re here for a good time or a strong opinion, here are my four top picks for the BEST breweries located in (or near) the one and only San Antonio, TX.

Best Overall

Okay, I can see where this category makes things a little tricky. How am I just gonna outright shame all of these local breweries with the tip tap of my keyboard? This is just a healthy disclaimer that this opinion was made in good fun (and calculated from a variety of different factors that I think makes a good brewery). Here’s the drumroll. The best brewery overall, to me, is Weathered Souls Brewery Co. This company is located in Embassy Oaks Shopping Center, so not too close or too far from downtown San Antonio. They have great food, great drinks, and great service. And honestly, that’s all we need. Even now with the pandemic, times and takeout services are impeccably executed. If you want an all around place, you got it here.

Best Vibe

For this category, I was thinking of a place that is more aesthetically pleasing and gives you comfort as soon as you walk in. The best vibes always come from the places that feel the most opening and friendly. If you’re interested in a place like this, then Longtab Brewing Company is the brewery for you. It has a nice, clean atmosphere that is super inviting.

Best Special Drinks

My favorite type of breweries are the ones with special drinks and special flavors. And if they’re themed drinks, it’s even better! This kid friendly, dog friendly, people friendly brewery is just the place for someone with taste. Conveniently located very close to downtown San Antonio, Dos Sirenos Brewing takes the win for best special drinks. They have drinks based on some popular mythology. It would be worth a shot checking out their takeout menu.

Best Takeout

Now that almost all breweries are working on their takeout game, let’s acknowledge the one doing the best so far. Freetail Brewing Co, also conveniently located near downtown San Antonio, has done a tremendous job organizing their curbside pickup and fulfilling the hopes and dreams of their customers. Not only that, they have partnered their service with Grubhub meaning you can get all your favorite drinks delivered to your doorstep. Ain’t this a wonderful life.

The Valero Texas Open

With a pause in live activities over the past year, we have missed a lot of the regular events we go to – SXSW, ACL, and the Austin Food & Wine Festival. But, we haven’t missed anything more than live PGA Tour golf! We fixed that this week by visiting the Valero Texas Open. A week filled with world class golf, amazing food, and COVID safe fun made for a memorable experience.

The Golf

With The Masters the following week, many big names showed up to fine tune their games and get into top form before the year’s first major. Golf enthusiasts and amateur spectators alike turned out to see the world’s top golfers like Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Speith, and now Maters champion Hideki Matsuyama.

golf area of the Valero Texas Open

The action took place on the breathtaking TPC San Antonio Oaks Course located in the Cibolo Canyons area north of San Antonio, Texas. Just 20 minutes from downtown San Antonio, the JW Marriott San Antonio Resort and Spa is situated in the Texas Hill Country where crystal clear streams and towering oak trees meet the majesty of the hills.

As longhorns we were naturally rooting for Jordan Speith and it paid off! Almost four years and 83 starts since his last PGA Tour victory, Spieth became a champion again in San Antonio. He looked in vintage form and appeared calm and collected all week long. We also caught up with fellow longhorn Scottie Scheffler, who was fresh off his strong finish at the Dell Match Play in Austin.

Due to COVID safety precautions, crowd capacity restrictions were in place and it made for great golf viewing. We  had unobstructed views of the crazy Mickelson flop shots and purely struck Speith irons.

The Food

No matter who you’re rooting for, everyone can agree that the food was top notch! This year, like many years before, Spectrum Concessions provided all the food for the Valero Texas Open. We had the chance to sit down with Dave Smalley, founder & CEO of Spectrum Concessions.

Dave founded Spectrum in 1992 in his garage and today his company provides concessions to PGA Tour events all across the country, music festivals (yes even ACL), and countless other types of events.  

We had to ask Dave what his favorite menu item was at The Valero Texas Open and he recommended the beef brisket tacos. We agree! Smoked meat on site, Spectrum’s own flour tortillas, and all fresh ingredients make for one awesome lunch. And if you are vegan or gluten free, their chef driven menus have offerings for you too.

food menu at the Valero Texas Open

The Other (Awesome) Stuff

The Valero Texas Open, first played in 1922, is the 3rd oldest PGA TOUR tournament. In addition to the amazing golf and food, the Valero Texas Open consistently runs a smooth operation. With convenient parking + shuttles and ride share options – getting to the VTO was easy as always and hassle free.

more information about the Valero Texas Open

Our favorite part of all PGA Tour events and the VTO is the charity. Over it’s close to 100 year history the Valero Texas Open has donated over $171 million to various local organizations. With pre-tournament events like the Dash to the VTO, a run through TPC San Antonio, a charitable impact in for the local community is in the DNA of this event.

We truly enjoyed our experience this year and can’t wait to be back next year when COVID is behind us we can see all of you out there!  

Check out our TikTok from the week!

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