Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Cove: San Antonio

We took a little trip down to San Antonio and decided to do a little exploring of the local crunchy scene!  We had the AWESOME opportunity to visit The Cove in San Antonio.  If you watch the Food Network as vigilantly as I do, you'll know that The Cove was featured in Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.  That's right, we walked where Guy walked.

Ambiance: The setting is large.  From an indoor bar area, to an large outdoor area with plenty of space and fun- including a playground, ping pong table, and basketball hoop. This place has a little bit of everything.  For winter they have a fireplace, a fire pit, and heating lamps.  For summer, they have lots of shaded seating.
Service: You order at the front and receive a number which you then take to your seat.  Our food arrived within just a few minutes, any everything was hot and fresh!
Food: A-MAZ-ING.  As far as food goes, this place has everything we were looking for.  They source their meat from local farms (and they tell you exactly where the meat comes from and showcase the farmers on their menu and in their restaurant).  They use local and organic ingredients and are big on sustainable agriculture.

We gave them a full FIVE watermelons!  Our highest rating yet!

This place isn't just a restaurant, it's also got a laundry....
And a car wash!
 The menu- wide variety and all made fresh!

 They feature clean and purified water.  If you haven't read about the Berkey method, you can do so here.
We don't typically drink a lot of soda, but when we saw they had a whole line of sodas made with pure cane syrup, we HAD to try it.  Delish!
 The play area for the kidlets.
 Large open patio seating.
 The Green Stripe Eco cups!  I love these things, they are made from 100% compostable corn!
 Local meat farmers where the restaurant obtains their meat.
Heidi ordered the:

 Rebecca ordered the:

 A closer view of this bad boy. Check the lettuce. It's not iceberg. This is good baby greens!!!  MMMMM!!!
 The kidlet had the grilled cheese.
 The have a garden on site, but we didn't know if they use any of the ingredients from their garden in their menu.
 Fireplace seating area.  Obviously not in use during Texas' hot hot summers!

Featured farmers in the restaurant.  We LOVE the concept to show exactly where your food is coming from and praise the owners for taking pride in their local resources!

 When we left, the line was out the door!
 That's right, right on the corner of W Cypress, W Cypress, and W Fredericksburg!

This was such a pleasant experience!  I wish there was something like this in Dallas.  But don't worry.  We're planning another trip to San Antonio in September, we'll be back then.  And from what I saw on their Facebook page, we will definitely be ordering NACHOS!

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