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  1. atblis

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    This is firearms related because I am headed down there to do some shooting (national collegiate shoot).

    Anyways a few questions regarding SA.

    Anybody use GPS down there? Are the directions accurate?

    Any good places to eat (good local cuisine)?

    Anything I should do/go to while down there?

    Thanks,

    Andrew
     
  2. Malice

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    Well, I live here and there is only one answer to your question.

    Go to the Alamo, then head underground to the Riverwalk. Walk around and take your pick of excelent Ittalian, Mexican, or Texas BBQ.

    Heres my question.

    What kind of shooting are you doing? At what school? I am a UTSA student and I would really like to hear about this.
     
  3. daysleeprx

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    I went to Trinity U for a year, and I'll have to beg to differ about going to the Riverwalk. It's a nice place to go visit, but eating there is really expensive and not really worth it. (It's a tourist trap area, so prices are pretty inflated).

    Tomatillo's on Broadway is a good, inexpensive place to get your Mexican food fix. And if you're in the mood for a nice, greasy, artery-clogging (but oh so delicious) hamburger, check out Chris Madrids!
     
  4. jason10mm

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    If you have never been to Texas, we have a GOOFY highway system here with access roads that follow all the big roads. Works well once you get used to it, but it can be very confusing for newbies. There is a bit of new construction here was well, so depending on how current your GPS maps are, you may have to improv a bit. I have few problems with my Garmin 10, it usually knows the correct way and makes all those on-off ramps and turn arounds pretty simple.

    I don't think there is a "local" cuisine, unless you are foreign to the Tex-Mex concept. If so, I recommend La Fogata on Vance Jackson, or Texas Land and Cattle for good steaks. If you are a beer drinker, definitely hit the Flying Saucer on Heubner Oaks. Check out plate #136, that's me :)
     
  5. waterhouse

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    I'm not sure about GPS systems in general, but the one in my Honda has been pretty fantastic in SA.

    If you feel lost, don't hesitate to stop and ask someone. SA has some of the friendliest people around.

    If you are going to eat on the riverwalk (if you've never done it it is worth doing at least once) I like Boudros (I think it is near Commerce st.) I'm not sure how local it is, but they make a pretty tasty quail and grits dish.

    Good luck on the shooting.
     
  6. beaucoup ammo

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    Just Two Places For Mexican / Tex-Mex

    Mi Tierra Café downtown in Market Square.. and La Fogata on Vance Jackson (famous for mind numbing marqaritas!)

    1. Bracken Range (Google It)

    2. Look under Shooting Ranges in yellow pages..one excellent full auto range as well: Bullet Hole (not to be missed!) Have Fun..Weather's Perfect Right Now!
     
  7. AmYisraelChai

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    Lots of great things to do in San Antonio. As has been said the Alamo and River Walk are the standards. Sea World is a lot of fun and we have a pretty sporty Zoo.

    And be sure not to miss the Bullet Hole :D :D :D Come shoot some machine guns.

    As for the rest of you San Antonio Folks, Check out the events section of this place from time to time. I am always posting events we are having. ;)
     
  8. GEM

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    After you go to the Flying Saucer as you are a young man, go over a store to Brindle's and have some great Gelato. My wife and I do that all the time.

    Is it a shotgun shoot, BTW, at the National What'is name center?

    The River Walk is fun but touristy. There are interesting restaurants in the city. The local things to do are BBQ or Tex-mex.

    I'm partial to Tom's Ribs. Karim's for Tex-mex. La Fogata, La Paloma Blanca. There are many.

    Near Trinity - Tomatillo's is good. Van's is good for Asian, Koi Kawa for Japanese.

    If you want to shoot - if you have time - check out www.rivercityshooters.com or the above mentioned Bullet Hole.

    If you can go to Austin for music and night life.

    If you like brick and mortar gun stores with interesting selections (but can be pricey).

    Dury's (my choice), Nagels - lots of stuff (nice knives and pricey), McBrides in Austin.

    If you do go to Austin during the day - go to McBrides, Book People and Whole Foods all on Lamar and then stay for food and music.

    Oh, I second Chris Madrid's for the burger fix.
     
  9. daysleeprx

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    Oh and if you're a basketball fan, don't forget to catch the WORLD CHAMPION San Antonio Spurs :D
     
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    i agree with all the above comments, also you may wanna check out Sherlocks Baker st. Pub. lots of diff beers, and they can draw some pretty big live music shows there.
     
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    San Antonio came way up from the 80s. When I was there the 'riverwalk' was cesspool and it was dangerous. I'm glad it improved and I've seen pictures but have not been back since training there in '81.
     
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    Just outside San Antonio(hill country)...there is a range off 46 near New Braunfels..caled Deitz range...10.00 no limit on guns..also..a great place to eat in San Antonio is Carrabas off IH10 and De Zavala...we need to get the locals together to have a range day...anyone wanna set it up ?
     
  13. auschip

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    I'm partial to Blanco Cafe, but it isn't in the best part of town (the really good places rarely are).
     
  14. atblis

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    I have been there twice before

    Yes the roads are goofy. That is why I was trying to figure out if the GPS works.

    It is the ACUI Collegiate National Clay Target Shoot
    we shoot
    American Trap (This I could win)
    American Skeet
    International Skeet
    Wobble Trap (nobody seems to actually have bunkers)

    I've been to the Riverwalk. It is neat, but definitely touristy. I see lots of good suggestions for restaurants. That's what I was looking for.

    We'll be going to Texas Land and cattle (we do every year)

    We'll probably hit one of the Mex. places.

    Thanks guys
     
  15. GEM

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    If you go to Dietz's, then you have to eat at the Cafe 46 (I think that is it's name) for a manly greasy lunch! Burgers and onion rings! West of Dietz on 46.

    Dietz is a great deal and if you are an NRA member the price is less!

    Only once did we have to stop shooting because some goats wandered on the rifle range.
     
  16. dawgtraxx

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    it's Texas 46...drive by there on my way and my way home from work
    cold beer...good food
     
  17. Dirty Bob

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    Longhorn Cafe

    The Longhorn Cafe, on Blanco, just south of the 1604 Loop (north end of Blanco) is another great burger place, as is Chester's.

    Be sure and see the Alamo and the Riverwalk, if you have time.

    Enjoy your visit!

    Dirty Bob
     
  18. AmYisraelChai

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    I will second Longhorn Cafe on Blanco.

    Does Dietz really charge 10 bucks? and yall think that is a deal?
     
  19. dawgtraxx

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    some ranges charge by the gun...i usually just go shoot in my back yard, shootin' appliances is more fun than shooting paper sometimes
     
  20. AmYisraelChai

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    Oh I know some ranges charge by the gun. I just didnt know what Dietz charged or how. They are not really any competition to us as they are pretty far away. We are 7.50 per day for as many guns as you want to shoot.

    Shameless plug...now thats a deal :D
     
  21. 280PLUS

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    Visited San Atntonio to see my kid graduate AF boot camp. I found the Riverwalk to be fairly boring. Mostly overpriced resturants. I stopped at the big BBQ place there. It was OK. Took a boat ride. The pilot was pretty cool. He was from Tennesee and spent most of the time telling us why Tennesee BBQ is better than Texas BBQ. "In Tennesee we slow cook the meat till it falls off the bone. In Texas they cover the meat in kethcup till it falls off the bone!" All I know is after boot my kid spent a lot of time at Schlitterbahn. We did catch a semi pro baseball game there. I enjoyed that. What was the name of the team? They had a submariner pitching. It'd been a while since I'd seen one of those. Good luck with your shoot!
     
  22. dawgtraxx

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    That would be the San Antonio Missions...why they named a team after buildings i have no idea...
     
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    LOL... It was a good game. I got to sit with a whole crapload of fresh AF boots and then there was these 4 AF cargo plane pilots in front of me. We had a great time raising some good old fashioned hell.

    I recall the boots were all in uniform and one of them stood up and one handed a foul ball and got a big ol' cheer from the crowd. :D
     
  24. GEM

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    Dietz is convenient for a number of us that live in the far northside. One actually lives on 46. With the NRA price, it's 7 bucks.

    Bullethole sounds like fun too but I've not managed it yet.

    One suggestion - the Bullethole web site is quite out of date on events.

    Bracken charges by the gun, IIRC.
     
  25. beaucoup ammo

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    The Meet Range Here In SA?

    Would that be off McCullough? Great spot if so. You'll like it.
     
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