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SOL Food in the Alamo City

Here’s a riddle for ya.

Two trains leave different cities heading toward each other at different speeds. When and where do they meet?

Come on, this is an easy one.

OK, so one train is coming from Houston and the other is coming from El Paso. Oh, except they aren’t trains, they’re cars. Very dirty cars. And the drivers only eat organic food, and one of them has a basket of dirty clothes in the back of her car.

Now with that, tell me: where are they going to meet? (I’ll let you off the hook about when they meet.)

Or how about this: where SHOULD they meet??

DING DING DING, the answer is: The Cove! (And they’re on Facebook and Twitter, too.) Are you confused about the laundry and dirty cars? Let me explain. Adjacent to this funky, SOL (sustainable, local, and organic) food restaurant, one finds both a laundromat and carwash. So good.

But let’s talk about the FOODSTUFFS, y’all. Since April 2001, The Cove has been cooking up grass-fed, non-hydrogenated, totally organic, legitimately local (all from God’s favorite state, Texas), and definitively delicious food for omnivore, vegetarian, and locavore consumption. (Locavore – The Current taught me that one.) You won’t find high-fructose corn syrup sodas here, either, folks; they’re made with pure, wholesome sugar. Personal favorites from the menu include the shrimp tacos, “Lisa’s Special” fish tacos, and the Texas Burger. And the 09’er Burger, which, to me, though very delicious, is a real sinus-opener. Which is to say, PRETTY DANG HOT. Furthermore, my own policy is to get sweet potato fries in large quantities whenever possible, so I should mention those, too. And the menu even features a good selection of vegetarian and gluten free options !

They’re closed on Monday, but open late-ish all other nights (11p or 12p, with the exception of Sunday, 6p). There’s live music every night that they’re open, which you can see here, indoor and outdoor seating, and areas for the little grubby ones to run around and make grubby little friends. Lastly, the bar is equipped with wines and lots’o’beers, bottled and on tap, and offers frequent (nearly weekly) wine or beer tastings.

If this were my blog, I’d say that The Cove is a great place for large and small groups, and perhaps one of the best places to bring friends who claim that (a) Austin is the only cool city in the state and (b) San Antonio is boring and unhealthy. And hey, this is my blog, so I’m going to say it. BAM.

So there you have it. The Cove. Give it a spin! …cycle. Laundromat. See what I did there?

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Prosit, San Antonio!

Guten Tag and happy Friday, friends! It may be three months and thirty degrees away from Oktoberfest, but if you think that’s going to stop me from enjoying some bratwurst, butter noodles, and Spaten Premium Lager  on a Friday night, you are sadly mistaken. So, can one find such things in this city of breakfast tacos and micheladas?  I will answer your question with good news and bad news. First, the good news: yes, one CAN find the delicious, aforementioned German treats in San Antonio! Readers, please turn your attention to The Beethoven Männerchor Halle Und Garten, a full fledged Bier Garten in the King William District / Southtown that’s “over-flowing with German entertainment, good food, wine, and beer, and fun.” Well, that sounds great, doesn’t it? The other good news is that while you polish off more sauerkraut and spätzle than is sane to consume, you will likely find yourself enjoying the fine musical entertainment of a Gartenkonzert (translation: garden concert. Who knew!), which includes Maennerchor, Damenchor, Kinderchor, and Beethoven Concert Band performances. All the chors a human could ask for. The bad news is: nah, there’s no bad news. G-g-g-gotcha!

I paid $5 to enter and then shelled out a few bucks more for various food items (the bratwurst and butter noodles receive the highly esteemed rating of muy guten) and a pitcher (don’t worry, I shared with friends). And bring cash!! While there is an ATM at the Beethoven Männerchor Halle Und Garten, I say that fees are for CHUMPS.

You’ll need to check the calendar online before visiting to make sure that The Beethoven is open to the public on the night you plan to visit (every First Friday and most third Fridays seem to be open, with other public nights sprinkled throughout the month).  And if you’re still not convinced, you can check out their Facebook page to see pictures of happy, beautiful, people laughing and enjoying themselves.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a halle of a guten time, my recommendation is to get thee to the Beethoven. As they say in the motherland: prosit! Salud! Cheers! SEE YOU THERE.

(Check out this picture that Instagram and I took inside of The Beethoven. I did that for YOU. You’re welcome.)

Beethoven Maennerchor on Urbanspoon

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The Hidden Gem of San Pedro

If you have ever said to yourself, “I desire a sit-down music nightclub offering unpretentious, laid-back comfort,” please stand up while I applaud you for your eloquence and refined taste. For those of you who now, come to think of it, do desire a sit-down music nightclub offering unpretentious, laid back comfort, look no further!

Self described as “a sit-down music nightclub offering unpretentious, laid-back comfort” (surprise!) and “designed with musicians and listeners in mind,” Luna lives up to its website’s claims. This hidden gem is located in a rather humble looking strip on San Pedro, south of 410. Inside, you’ll find romantically dim lighting, a full bar (complete with bartenders and nightly specials), beaucoup classic album art adorning the walls, free snacks (yes, FREE! Had some legit meatballs there, once.), red velvet chairs, and really excellent musicians.

You can check out Luna’s frequently updated online calendar to plan a visit around a specific group or artist, but honestly, in my experience, the musicians are all pretty great. This joint is open Wednesday through Saturday starting at 9pm, and is free and open to 18+ on Wednesday and Thursday. (There’s a $7 to $10 cover on the weekends that varies depending on who is playing.) My personal favorite night to visit Luna is on Wednesdays, when a group called Border Palace typically lays down some wicked Latin acoustic beats from 9:30pm to midnight. HEY LOOK, TODAY IS WEDNESDAY!

In conclusion, I deem Luna to be appropriate – nay, IDEAL – for:

  • a pleasant night out with people who appreciate quality music and a relaxed but classy ambiance (and great news: Luna will even let you bring a cake in and celebrate your birthday),
  • impressing friends (or coworkers? Parents? Frenemies?) with your hip, insider knowledge of the San Antonio music scene, or
  • going on a sophisticated yet safe date (because if the free meatballs begin to seem more interesting than your date, you can at least count on the music being worth your time).

So, suerte, mazel tov, and enjoy!

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