It's entirely possible to visit San Antonio without stepping foot outside The Pearl Brewery Complex, which opened the doors to Hotel Emma (136 E. Grayson St., 210-448-8300) in November 2015. Though the boutique hotel added a posh grocer with Larder and a full-service restaurant with the John Brand-helmed Supper, along with Sternewirth, the hotel's new bar, the rest of the complex isn't falling behind on its mission to feed SA and its visitors.
Start your day with juice from One Lucky Duck (303 Pearl Pkwy., 210-223-3825), which caters to the healthy set, or a chai latte from Local Coffee (multiple locations, localcoffeesa.com). Take in a lunch — or several pastries — at Bakery Lorraine (306 Pearl Pkwy., Suite 110, 210-862-5582) where you'll find dozens of French macarons, hearty quiches and bountiful salads. If you're trying to get your fill of veggies, visit Green Vegetarian Cuisine (200 E. Grayson St., Suite 120, 210-320-5865) for its meat-free entrees and fresh smoothies.
Visit James Beard Award semifinalist Steve McHugh at Cured (306 Pearl Pkwy., 210-314-3929) for a charcuterie plate or po'boy of the day, take in a margarita on the patio overlooking the Museum Reach at La Gloria Ice House (multiple locations, chefjohnnyhernandez.com) or visit the Rattray brothers at The Granary (602 Avenue A, 210-228-0124) for house-made beer, a chill patio and barbecue which has garnered accolades from several national publications.
Take a seat at the Culinary Institute of America's NAO Latin Gastro Bar (312 Pearl Pkwy., 210-554-6484) where chef Zachary Garza is helping lead a staff of students and service industry professionals in delivering pan-Latin fare. Next door at Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden (312 Pearl Pkwy., 210-354-4644) you can nosh on expertly grilled fare, specialty craft cocktails and more on their covered patio.
Learn the history of the Pearl at Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery (136 E. Grayson St., Suite 120, 210-455-5701), which is housed inside the former brewery itself, while taking in a dark porter or sassy saison and one of chef Jeff Balfour's daily specials.
Visit chef Andrew Weissman for dinner at Il Sogno Osteria (200 E. Grayson St., 210-223-3900) for molto bene Italiano in the way of pizzas and fresh-made pastas. Or head to Sandbar Fish House & Market (200 E. Grayson St., Suite 117, 223-3900) for oysters straight from Prince Edward Island and more.