With over 20 domestic Rock ‘n’ Roll events each year, the event staff sure works up an appetite on race weekend. As runners, we’ve already done all the homework for your visit to San Antonio so you can come prepared to taste the best of South Texas. Here are the top recommendations from staff and locals to help you make a swift decision when you’re tired and just plain ol’ rungry!
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“Fried Chicken and Champagne?… Why the Hell Not?!”
At MAX’s, they’re all about gourmet comfort food and wine, served up with a down-to-earth, rock ‘n’ roll style. Select from an array of breakfast items like their red velvet pancakes, or Texas delights like their world famous fried chicken and bison sliders.
If you’re near the Riverwalk post-race, don’t pass up this sweet eat. Kick up your feet for Sunday brunch with $10 bottomless mimosas, and carbo load with seasonal pancakes, waffles or french toast.
Every runner craves a good “Bite,” especially post-race. Located in Southtown, Bite has homemade tapas, which will take you on an adventure, with selections ranging from chicken fried steak to crab croquettes, lobster rolls, escargot, and paella.
A hip weekend hangout, Barbaro combines post depression-era charm with a spin on classic cocktails and heavenly pizza. Try their Kale & Honey or Hot Salsa & Cilantro pizza, and the cauliflower or stone fruit salad if you’re looking for something on the lighter side.
San Antonio Local Favorites
Since 1977, Chris Madrid’s has been a burger-stop favorite. Hamburgers are the main dining course with six varieties and two sizes: regular and Macho (2x the size of the regular quarter-pounder).
Order the massive Tostada Burger garnished with refried beans, tortilla chips and cheddar cheese, or for HOT HOT HOT try the Flaming Jalapeno with a side of fresh-cut French fries or nachos.
For the best Mexican food in town, Rosario’s in the Blue Arts district is worth the wait. From the freshly made salsa and tortilla chips, to the margarita list and delectable entrees, there’s something for everyone. For the salt-deficient, try their Prickly Pear or Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita. For the savory at heart, try the Enchiladas de Mole or Queso Flameado, and for the Seafood lover, the ceviche is to die for.
Get friendly post-race at this outdoor Texas Ice House with 76 craft brews on tap, sangria and homemade Micheladas. Every Sunday is Sunday Funday Brunch with $5 16-oz Friendly Mimosas from open till close. There’s something for everyone — from burgers to nachos and delicious tapas. Kiddos and dogs are welcome too.
Celebrate the rich and delicious street foods from interior Mexico with a view of the Riverwalk. “From tacos al pastor in Mexico City, tlayudas in Oaxaca, to coctéles de mariscos from Veracruz, Mexico’s street foods are as unique and colorful as its traditions, people and culture.” Order the prickly pear margarita, bistec especial tacos and queso with chorizo.
Frost yourself post-race! With three different locations and 15 cupcake flavors, you’ll be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth at Kate’s Frosting. Locals rave over The Ruby Slipper (Red Velvet) and Jessica Rabbit (Carrot Cake) cupcakes. Looking for something lighter? Try a sampler of Kate’s mini cupcakes, or for a gluten-free or vegan alternative, cupcakes can be special-ordered in a variety of flavors.
Featuring a cookie for all occasions, Lily’s specializes in beautifully hand-crafted decorated cookies that taste every bit as good as they look. From seasonal inspiration, to caricatures and team symbols for game day, they have the cookie for you. Runners with depleted sodium levels will get a kick out of these tasty treats. Try the Snicker brownie, lemon bars, or choose from their gluten-free alternatives.
Let us know your favorites and what you try from this list!