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San Antonio, Texas, is a city with a rich and diverse history dating back to the early 18th century. Founded in 1718 by Spanish settlers, San Antonio quickly became an important trading post and military outpost due to its strategic location near the San Antonio River. Throughout the 19th century, San Antonio played a pivotal role in the fight for Texas independence from Mexico. The famous Battle of the Alamo in 1836, where a small group of Texan soldiers held off Mexican forces for 13 days before eventually being defeated, solidified the city’s status as a symbol of Texas pride and resilience. In the years following the Civil War, San Antonio experienced rapid growth and development, attracting settlers from all over the country. Today, the city is known for its vibrant culture, historic sites such as the Alamo and the River Walk, and booming tourism industry. San Antonio continues to thrive as a hub of Texan history and culture.

1- The top 10 industries that are hiring locally:

  • Healthcare
  • Technology
  • Finance
  • Education
  • Hospitality
  • Construction
  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Real Estate

2- The top 10 recreational activities the area is known for:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Wine tasting
  • Golfing
  • Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Camping
  • Sightseeing

3- Average low and high temperature for the month:

  • Low: 50°F
  • High: 75°F

4- Average precipitation for the month:

  • 2 inches

5- Elevation:

  • 5000 feet

6- Average home price:

  • $350,000

7- Average household income:

  • $65,000

8- The top 10 tourist points of interest:

  • National Park
  • Historic Downtown
  • Waterfall
  • Museum
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Amusement Park
  • Wineries
  • Scenic Overlook
  • Zoo
  • Local Craft Brewery

The top 10 restaurants:

Cured

Location: Downtown

Behind grand illuminated doors of a renovated historical building, Cured serves homemade, sustainable charcuterie, cured meats, and locally sourced produce and seafood from Gulf suppliers. Meats are cured for up to a year and offered with suggested beer, wine or cocktail pairings that enhance the flavors. Multiple James Beard Award finalist chef Steve McHugh’s mains reflect seasonality at its very best. Don’t miss the Heritage Hog Poutine with Wisconsin cheddar curds and pickled cauliflower if it’s your first time.

Mon Chou Chou

Location: Near North Side

Brasserie Mon Chou Chou is a serious straight-of-Paris situation. If it weren’t for the twang and extreme patio heat, you’d forget you were in Texas altogether. First, there’s the very French interiors—mosaic tiled floors, brass lights and petit seating, and then there’s the food. The Escargots, Chariot de Fromages and Demi-Poulet Roti are magnifique (translation: y’all will love the snails, cheese and roast chicken). Save both stomach and camera space for the gorgeous creme brulee and profiterole presentation at the end.

Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood

Location: Downtown

For native Texans, having a great streak can be a truly transformative experience. One place that has been serving up amazing cuts of meat for over 20 years is the famed steak house Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, located in downtown San Antonio. Combining the larger elegance of a steakhouse experience with a twist, Bonhanan’s is a local institution. While this can be a pricey experience, having their juicy filets from a mesquite grill is worth it, or you can split the well-portioned double-center cut pork chop with a date. Don’t forget the seafood items here, which include some unique dishes such as a mesquite grilled red snapper that’s topped with a decadent cream-based sauce featuring crab meat, scallops, and chanterelle mushrooms.

Niki’s Tokyo Inn

Location: Edison

Opened in 1970, Niki’s has become a stalwart when it comes to Japanese food within San Antonio’s Edison neighborhood. Family owned and operated for 50 years, Niki’s offers a killer sushi menu, such as maki and sashimi, among other popular items. Other dishes like Japanese-style barbecue beef are served with a side of kimchi, or even Agesakana, a perfectly fried whole fish topped with ponzu sauce. The tatami-style floor seating is a real treat for those who haven’t experienced it before.

2M Smokehouse

Location: East Side

2M Smokehouse shows up on “best barbecue” lists time and time again, so it’s no surprise that the line snakes around the East Side restaurant on the regs. The odd hours don’t help; 2M is only open Thursday through Sunday, from 11am to 4pm (or earlier, if they sell out). Pitmaster Esaul Ramos gives a Tex-Mex spin to the more traditional brisket-centered barbecue common in south Texas. Expect dishes like chorizo and jalapeño cornbread in addition to long-standing favorites like baby back ribs, potato salads, and sausage. In a hurry? 2M Smokehouse’s turkey sandwiches and tacos are perfect for on-the-go.

Bistr09

Location: Alamo Heights

When Vatel Bistro closed its doors in 2017, San Antonio’s collective mourning for French food didn’t have to last long. Spearheaded by former Vatel Bistro chef Damien Watel, Bistr09 dishes out modern French fare like steak frites and duck confit as well as new creations like elk burgers during the evening as well as a fantastic Sunday brunch that features one of the city’s best Eggs Benedict.

Pancake Joe’s

Location: North Central

This is one of San Antonio’s go-to spots for breakfast and—you guessed it—pancakes. With over 20 different varieties, it can be a little overwhelming, but there’s no way to go wrong. And with short stacks for only $7.99 and a tall for $1 more, it’s one of the best deals in town. If pancakes aren’t your thing, try something else from the list of greasy-spoon classics—think omelets, sandwiches, and more.

Mixtli

Location: Olmos Park

There’s no shortage of authentic Mexican restaurants in SA, but Mixtli is a cut above the rest, offering seasonal menu items made with the freshest ingredients. For a special occasion opt for the family-style tasting menu, which takes place at the 12-seat chef’s table. The multi-course experience takes you on a culinary tour of Mexico.

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