Wednesday, October 31, 2012

San Antonio Foodie Pt. 2

So, I told you yesterday about the fabulous burgers at Chris Madrid's, and I promised to tell you today about Bill Miller's and Jacala. Mmmmm...

Lunch Tuesday was spent at Bill Miller BBQ. Bill Miller BBQ opened in 1950 as a family-owned and operated restaurant. It was started by (again, who else but) Bill Miller over 60 years ago and continues to be one of the best BBQ places around.

This is the same logo they've had for as long as I can remember. I'm pretty sure it's the original.
I got my favorite, the #1: a brisket po' boy with one side and a drink (which of course I spilled all over the counter as I was asking for a lid. I can't be trusted, y'all!).

Please excuse the blurry cell phone pic. I was so ready to dig in!
The bread is this soft, pillowy poppy seed-topped white bread that is the perfect compliment to their brisket.

I opted for hash browns as my side. Bill Miller has browns are in-cred-uh-ble. The use skin-on potatoes and pan fry them to the perfect amount of golden brown, with a touch of onion, salt and pepper.

I also snagged myself some pickles (because no BBQ is complete without dill pickles) and a piece of their rye bread just to have a few bites. Yum!

My coworker opted for the 2-meat plate, which comes with 3 sides and a drink.

 He opted for brisket and ribs paired with fries, pinto beans and hash browns. I've never had their ribs (I just can't keep away from the brisket!), but there were only bones left when he was done, so I'm pretty sure they were delicious.

Not only does Bill Miller have amazing bar-b-q, but they have at least equally amazing pies. We split a piece of their apple pie (my dad and grandpa's favorite) for dessert.

 As you can see, I forgot to take a before picture. It's just so good, I couldn't be bothered to remember...

This pie has a splendid, flaky crust and is sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar on top. It was the perfect sweet treat at the end of a great lunch.

For dinner, I met my parents for some authentic Mexican food. Jacala ("huh-call-uh") is the oldest restaurant in San Antonio to be run by the same family. It's off the beaten path and is typically either simply stumbled upon or introduced by word of mouth.

This is my dad's favorite Mexican restaurant, if not his all-time favorite. When we were seated, he ordered the table a round of Super Nachos with beef.

He doesn't like anything but beans meat and cheese on his nachos, so we got everything else on the side.
Let me tell you, these bad boys are so good! The chips at Jacala are thick and sturdy and can stand up to a mountain of toppings. You always run the risk of getting thin chips that either break, destroying your perfect bite, or that get soggy before you can truly enjoy your nachos. Here, though, that is not an issue!

Next up was the main course. Again, I got over-excited and forgot to take a before picture. But this is about halfway through...

I got their Enchiladas Verdes (bottom left corner) for the first time and was quite impressed. Their green sauce is has the perfect tanginess, which paired well with the sour cream. And the enchiladas are stuffed with chicken!

My mom got the Regular Dinner (middle of the right side), which consists of 3 cheese enchiladas, 1 puffy taco and beans.

My dad got his standard: the Dinner Platter (top middle), which consists of 3 cheese enchiladas, 2 puffy tacos, rice and beans.

By the end of the day, I was stuffed! It's not often that I indulge quite so much, but when you're trying to cram so many of your favorite restaurants into only 2 days, you do what you gotta do!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

San Antonio Foodie Part 1

Earlier this week, I was called a foodie by one of my coworkers. My immediate reaction was, "What?! I'm not a food snob, I just love to eat!"

While Urban Dictionary's definition of "foodie" leans toward the food snob mindset, I much prefer's version:

food-ie noun, slang:
a person keenly interested in food, especially eating or cooking. (Minus the cooking part, of course...)

I love to eat. I didn't always, but as I've gotten older, I've grown more adventurous. When I was a kid, "sandwiches" used to consist of rolled up lunch meat, then they graduated to dry white bread and meat. Now, I slap just about everything in between two pieces of any kind of bread and love it!

Now, all of that being said, I am in San Antonio for a few days this week for work. San Antonio is my hometown and I love coming here and eating all of the things at all of the places I'm not close to anymore.

Three of my favorite restaurants in San Antonio are Chris Madrid's, Bill Miller BBQ and Jacala (pronounced "huh-call-uh"), and I get to visit all of them while I'm here!

Monday night, we went to Chris Madrid's. The restaurant opened in 1977 by (who else) a man named Chris Madrid and is famous for their burgers. While there are only 11 items on the menu (including 6 burger varieties and sides), everything is delicious!

Their specialty is the Tostada Burger, with toppings such as refried beans and chips. They also suggest topping it with some of their homemade salsa for an added dimension of flavor.

If you order anything with "Cheddar" in it's name, be prepared to find cheese oozing down the side of your burger and onto your plate.

I have friends who will order a "Cheddar Cheezy" burger, macho-sized (larger patty) and cut all of the excess cheese and meat from around the bun and eat that as an appetizer. It's a bit ridiculous, but ridiculously yummy!

The fries are hand cut and everything is made to order. Did I mention there's a full bar too? If you weren't already sold, you should be now!

**Disclaimer**Like everything else on my blog, these opinions are all mine and no one has asked or given me any kind of compensation for sharing them with you.

We're going to Bill Miller's for lunch and Jacala for dinner today, so come back for some delicious Bar-B-Q and authentic, homemade Mexican food!
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Monday, October 29, 2012

Longtime Gone


Well, hello again. 

I have been a terrible blogger--abandoning you for over two months now. And let me tell you, I feel horrible about it. 


I have some really good reasons why. While I won't go into any specifics (not now, at least--maybe in the future), just know I have had some incredibly huge (HUGE) changes in my life both personally and professionally.

I finally feel like I'm back in a place where I can start writing to you again on a regular basis. I don't promise that it will be daily quite yet, but I'm really, really looking forward to starting back up and spending more time in my little corner of the blogosphere.

I've started by making some changes here, too. What do you think of the new layout? Is it easier to read/navigate? Do you like it? Should I revert to the other format?
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