Trinity University Campus
I used to visit San Antonio every summer to work for the Advanced Placement Testing Service. Though they are based in Princeton NJ, they would have their nationwide-grading for AP tests at a single college campus for each discipline. For a number of years, the European History tests were graded at Trinity University, and I used to love coming down here every June.
A day-trip to Gruene
If you feel like getting a taste of the Hill Country without having to drive too far then the small town of Gruene is a great place to go (it's also a great stop-over on the way to Austin). The rather picturesque main street is filled with antique, craft and souvenir shops, and one of the most famous buildings in Gruene is its dance hall, the oldest one in Texas (www.gruenehall.com). Numerous country legends have performed there, and a scene from the movie "Michael" (1996) starring John Travolta was shot there. Next to Gruene Hall is the Gristmill (www.gristmillrestaurant.com), a really great restaurant overlooking the Guadalupe River (don't miss the turkey sandwich, it's delicious!). Finally, Gruene River Raft Co. (www.toobing.com) is a good place to go if you feel like lazily tubing down the river on a hot day!
Places like the Esquire are usually my favorite joints anywhere I go: full of locals, cheap beer, historic building, nice view, not a chain, etc...
But...this place eerily seemed like the bar called the "Titty Twister" from the movie "From Dusk til Dawn"... the dark lighting, staring locals, run-down building, cheap beer, ... everything but the vampires.
Not a bad spot to sit outside on the quiet edge of the Riverwalk, but a creepy place inside.
It does have the longest wooden bar in Texas at 79 feet. Cheapest beer on the Riverwalk.
Sushi Zushi -- Downtown Location
Sushi Zushi has three locations in San Antonio and one in Dallas, so its really a local favorite. We tried the location on the Riverwalk in San Antonio and were very impressed. From the modern, neat, & clean interior to the great food, this place got high marks all around. We started with tempura as an appetizer which has 2 shrimp plus a few vegetables all lightly battered and fried, served with tasty soup ($8). For dinner the waiter recommended chirashi, so we both decided to try it. This was a good sized bowl of rice with some crunchy noodles all topped with fresh slices of Tuna, Yellow Tail, Salmon, Shrimp, Octopus, Albacore, Eal, Mackerel, and maybe more! For $15.50 this was a wonderful meal.
Sushi Zushi has a massive variety of sushi and other Japanese dishes including yakitori, yakisoba, donburi, sashimi, and dozens of rolls...we thought the "FBI roll" (Crab Kani-Kama, Cream Cheese, Avocado & Sesame Wrapped with Unagi Eel and topped with eel sauce) was the most uniquely named dish on the menu.
Remember The Alamo
I spent some of my youngest years as a child in san antone and remember well a tour or two of the alamo.Yes it is small and yes the tour can be boring but keep in mind that,that mission was a hold out for some very brave texicans that held off the mexican army while general Sam Houston gathered arms and army together to keep Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and his amry from taking over the territory of Texas.The final battle between Santa Anna and Sam Houstin was at San Jacinto and there is a monument in Houston Texas known as the San Jacinto Monument,which the wife and i have visited as well.