Gini’s Yaps – Restaurants on the Road | The Esquire Tavern – San Antonio, TX

Editor Note: Gini was traveling with her Mother-in-Law and has a new column for us entitled, Restaurants on the Road.

She will share her insights into the dining experiences they have on the road from Los Angeles to Atlanta.

I can’t wait to see what she has to say, as always it will be entertaining.

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Restaurants on the Road
By Gini Koch

The Esquire Tavern

Despite swearing that she never leaves the Manse, Gini’s on the road a lot, and she’s sending us down and dirty restaurant reviews from her latest trip.

The Esquire Tavern, San Antonio, TX (
Type: American Southwestern/Upscale Pub
Price: $$1/2 out of $$$$$
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

“This was the best place I ate at the last time I was in San Antonio. It’s the best place this time, too.”*

I was in San Antonio several years ago for WorldCon and was, frankly, underwhelmed by most of the food I had. Until the last night. On the last night of the con, some foodie fan friends had us gather at this amazing place. It was historic and fun and the food and drinks were SO good…and I couldn’t remember its name but I remembered the food and the atmosphere and everything else.

Fast forward to this trip. The food was better, but something was missing. I searched various websites and finally I found it – The Esquire Tavern. And it was just as good now as it had been then, the perfect last dinner for this stop of the trip.

The Esquire boasts the longest bar in Texas, something over 100 feet long. And the bar portion is usually hopping, because, well, that’s what get talked about. But the dining area in the back/facing their quiet part of Riverwalk, is where it’s at if you enjoy food.

The first time I was here, everyone loved everything we had. This time, thought, I came not only as a food lover but as a restaurant critic. So, honesty forces me to say that the Paloma was inferior – but their Pimm’s Cup is out of this world. And the cheesy grits seemed a little salty (though that could have been me on that particular evening) – but the fried pickles were just perfect. And the main courses were excellent. The ribeye is the priciest thing on the menu, but the first bite lets you know it’s worth it.

If you want a truly unique and delicious dining experience on San Antonio’s Riverwalk, run, don’t walk, to The Esquire Tavern.

Definitely Try: Fried Pickles, Deviled Eggs, Ribeye

*Okay, it’s tied with Market on Houston, but The Esquire Tavern has actual patrons and that Riverwalk view, which gives it the edge in terms of atmosphere.

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