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    Empanada aficionados can breathe a sigh of relief: Beto's is back. Torta fanciers, on the other hand, are pissed. On the streamlined menu that accompanied Beto's move to scaled-down quarters up Broadway a piece from the previous location, the south-of-the-border subs are absent, and their vocal partisans have made management amply aware of their displeasure. Lay off, guys: Tortas, we're told, will be back. But nobody seems to be complaining about the missing platos. Roasted chicken, grilled whole fish, Beto's Mixed Grill are also AWOL, victims of the pared-down (but definitely not down-and-out) mindset that characterizes the new location. There is a new enthusiasm: Symbolic of tenant-landlord discord, an office building is said to soon be going up in Beto's old backyard. The current backyard, reclaimed from a parking lot and casually landscaped, is utterly anti-office in its laid-back demeanor. This is the place to chill, even in the heat. A mojito won't hurt at other times, despite, or perhaps because of, its reduced rum content.;- Ron Bechtol
    The Blackeyed Pea features everything from pot roast to salmon, including meatloaf, chicken fried steak, and spicy or fried catfish. From 4-7pm everyday the restaurant offers $0.99 domestic longnecks and margaritas for $1.50 a piece.
    Mediterranean seafood joint highly recommended by people working at Cheesy Jane's, a nearby establishment.
    The best coffeehouse is Candlelight Coffeehouse, which stands out not only for its divine java, but also for its couches, cats, and wine. Its only drawback is that it doesn't open until 4 p.m., which in coffee terms, is about the time to drink decaf unless it's the weekend. On the other hand, it's the perfect time for wine.
    Bribe or apologize your way to forgiveness with a box of luscious cocoa gems from this Stone Oak confectioner. Adventurous flavors like mango & habanero and Earl Grey are subtly delivered and elegantly decorated by St. Philip's College (and Chicago Chocolate Academy) grad Jamie Choi. the salted caramels in dark chocolate are sublime. -- Elaine Wolff (05/10)
    Skeeter Miller's very own Texas-style barbeque.
    One of Southtown's most popular Mexican restaurants.
    The Esquire Tavern

    ; If you’ve been longing for the only-in-Texas charm once offered by the Esquire Tavern, rejoice: The Esquire’s once 79-foot-long bar top has gotten even longer in its old age, now boasting “108 feet of beer-soaked wood rubbed smooth by the elbows of a zillion tipplers.”

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    The picturesque setting of Fralo’s Art of Pizza may well be your first clue that you’re in for an out of the ordinary dining experience, from the hidden aspect reminiscent of a fabled Italian village under the trees. Independent owners Frank & Lori Hakspiel have created the place to see and be seen; you might even spot a famous face. Adopted into the hearts of their community for family celebrations, discussing business or quiet romance. Enjoy live music on the patio and bring along your favorite bottle of wine to pair with a host of eye-opening, taste bud-stirring toppings that put the Art in Pizza ;
    Fine Mexican cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere.
    At the 45th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, America's frigid foreign policy with the Carribbean island has barely changed. Despite Americans' demand for the country's rich and eclectic culture - and for all things Cuban - Americans are forbidden to spend money in Cuba, and the embargo has prevented Cuban products from legally entering the United States. At least one of the island's treasures - the Cuban sandwich - can be found at a few locations in San Antonio. La Marginal truthfully declares itself as having the "Best Cuban Sandwiches" on its window, in glass paint that mimics the hand-drawn styles of Cuban particular (semi-private) shops. The interior is a refreshing mix of 1950s colors, with seats of bright teal, and walls adorned with images from the former Spanish bastion.;- Abraham Mahshie
    Madhatters Tea House and Cafe

    ; Madhatters woos early risers and late hangover-nursers with pitchers of mimosas and salmon, sausage, or traditional Eggs Benedict on the weekends. Enjoy homey sandwiches and desserts all week long in the Alice-in-Wonderland-like Southtown house.

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    Mi Tierra Cafe & Panaderia is a favorite of San Antonio residents and has been around since 1941.
    Perico's is derived from the chain of Panchito's. Russell, the son of the owners of Panchito's, is the owner and operator of Perico's. Perico's offers a variety of dishes and there is live enteratinment during both lunch and dinner.
    A near Southside ice house, practically under I-35, where the beer is appropriately cheap, the condiments are self-serve, and you dancers work out to Tejano on warm summer nights. -- Lyle Rosdahl (02/09)
    Boy, howdy. The belles at the bar were in full rodeo regalia on a recent Saturday night at Scenic Loop Cafe. Rising to the occasion, Mike Barfield's band held court under the glassy-eyed gaze of a major trophy head and in front of a backdrop of cedar cabin cladding. Despite the group's lively sound, the bar was a place of refuge from the adjacent dining room where the noise level seemed higher- and lacked the acoustic appeal of Mike's "original Americana" music. Framed in hard surfaces, including a flagstone floor, the restaurant is its own amplifier, and the handsome kilim and other rugs hung about don't quite do the job of noise suppression during peak hours. So here's a tip: Even on weekends, Scenic Loop's crowd appears to be an early one and there was a noticeable thinning by 8:30. Arrive late. And arrive hungry, the portions are enormous. - Ron Bechtol
    Italian hole-in-the wall joint with connections to the art world. See the works of struggling artists on Silo's olive green walls.
    Mesteña, Pour la France, Chuy's ... SoLuna is the latest in a line of restaurants with attitude to occupy this prominent corner in the Collection at Broadway and Sunset. It's tempting to say that with each new tenant the attitude may not have diminished, but the quality has - but we'll leave that judgment to later. No fair skipping to the end. Whatever the verdict, you have to hand it to Jesse Calvillo. After leaving La Fogata, he landed on his feet at El MiraSol with its "alta cocina Mexicana," and if the promise of haute-Mex was never fully realized, the place has clearly been successful. SoLuna, with its decor of pale avocado greens, golds and saturated reds, and a slew of paintings by the ever-present Gilbert Duran (who has managed to place work in restaurants as varied as Torres' Taco Haven and Bohanan's), is slicker than any of the previous efforts. Some food is even served on black plates, perhaps in an effort to justify the price - but I'm getting ahead of myself again. - Ron Bechtol;;The founder of La Fogata transformed yet another piece of San Antonio real estate into a restaurant boasting superb aesthetic qualtiies and authentic Mexican food. $8 margaritas and $5 micheladas wash down such dishes as Lobster Enchiladas and Crab Salad Avocado.
    The two Twin Sisters restaurants are owned by twin sisters. The one in Alamo Heights has a slightly more rocker edge. Known for its vegetarian menu; but does have a few meat dishes.

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