Something that you may not know about me is that I’m currently the only native Texan in my family! My mother and father were transplants, and because of this they liked to explore other big Texas cities when we had family vacations while I was growing up.
I still remember the few times we went to San Antonio. They were always long drives met with hot, sticky weather because it was always summer, and summer in southern Texas is pretty miserable, if you haven’t heard. 😉 Of course, we always went to see the obvious tourist spots like the River Walk and The Alamo. I do remember going to Sea World once, and while I loved the water park part as a kid, even then, seeing a whale in a tank was kind of depressing. So to me at the time, San Antonio was pretty boring. Fast forward to full adulthood, and I never heard much of anyone ever talk fondly of San Antonio here in Dallas. It was never known as a must-see city in Texas…unless you liked false historic accounts and terrible chain restaurants. I’m sure it was always much more than that, but those were things only the locals knew.
However, over these past few years I’ve heard rumors of San Antonio coming to life and developing an eclectic local culture of it’s own, along with a not-too-shabby collection of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants to try! I found myself wanting to visit ASAP. Luckily, the opportunity to finally visit came when a friend of ours had a wedding near Austin. Since it had felt like we had just been to there for Veg Fest in April, we decided to drive on down to San Antonio and stay at a neat old “haunted” hotel for the weekend while checking out the local fare. We had so much fun, save for the oppressive heat! I should have known better. Next time, we’re going in the late fall or early spring. I would suggest you do the same! We toured the city all day Sunday and most of Monday. We were sad to hear that we missed some other neat stuff because of the timing, but that just gives us an excuse to go back! Scroll through the images below to see some of the places we visited, and at the end I give you a list of the things we missed, but want to check out for next time!
● First restaurant stop! It’s both vegetarian and vegan, but everything can pretty much be made vegan.
● Tons of yummy vegan desserts!
● Are you drooling yet?
● Met up with The Humane League’s Warped Tour Leaflet Team that also happened to be in San Antonio at the same time!
● Yummy Chick’n Fried Steak! Total comfort food.
● Sweet Potato + Pecan Pancakes. Yes.
● Being the craft coffee snob I’ve become while being in Dallas, I searched Yelp for a cute cafe and hit the jackpot.
● This place had the most adorable little spice and salt shop inside, sprinkled with other little gourmet goods.
● Look at all of this flavored salt! You know I picked some up.
● Their coffee roaster was in the front. Very neat touch!
● I was so here for these clean, stylish vibes!
● The coffee menu.
● The goodies I brought home from their adorable shop. Using the salts for seitan and tofu rubs!
Urth Juice Bar
● It was super hot out, so we were thirsty most of the time. We stopped into this cute and artsy juice bar, which had some really amazing flavor combinations. They also had a strawberry cashew milk that I regret every day not buying, but we were afraid it would spoil fast in the heat.
● I’ve been so eager to try this place since I found them on KickStarter! We started with these amazing drinks, and couldn’t believe how reasonably priced they were. Just $6 each!
● Mini potato tacos. They were spicy and oh so yummy!
● Hands down the best jack fruit tacos I’ve ever tasted. The jack fruit tasted grilled and smokey, and was so tender. It was incredible.
● Such beautiful food. I’m not sure why I don’t see more Instagram food shots from this place.
● Also some of the best empanadas I’ve had ever. I couldn’t get over how wonderful this place was. It was also obviously where most of the real cool kids of San Antonio hang out.
● I was super excited to finally try this place!
● Literally wanted to order the entire menu!
●Nachos Del Mundo. What these lack in visual appeal they make up in flavor. So good!
● Our entrees! Mushroom-Stuffed Chilles Rellenos, and Spinach Enchiladas!
For next time!
We sadly missed a few things, so here’s our list for next time…
● Señor Veggie was closed while we were in town, what a bummer! Definitely going back to try them.
● We actually totally had some Earth Burger, but we cheated and Favor’d it, since we were in for the night when we got hungry. Fantastic vegan fast food. Definitely will go back to see this place in person.