Don't mess with Texas: great food, great golf in San Antonio

Barbecue, Tex-Mex, steaks and more: Top off a great round of golf at these San Antonio eateries

SAN ANTONIO -- If you like Tex-Mex, barbecue and a good old chicken-fried steak, then San Antonio is your town. Luckily, if you're playing golf, you'll find plenty of great choices nearby.

What follows is just a sampling of some great dining/hangout options after a round of golf. All are within easy driving distances of the following golf courses:

Westin La Cantera Resort

The food throughout the Westin La Cantera Resort is great, but for a golf course appetite, it's hard to beat the 15,000-square foot clubhouse at La Cantera's Palmer Course, which overlooks the ninth and 18th holes below.

The restaurant has a great bar and even better food and appetizers. A trio of guacamole, salsa and chili con queso served with homemade tortilla chips might be the best in the state (seriously) -- much less the Alamo City -- but all the grub is good, including the burgers, Tex-Mex and other dishes.

Brackenridge Park Golf Course

One of the best things about Brackenridge Park Golf Course is its location, which is right next to the River Walk and downtown San Antonio.

That means that dozens of great restaurants and bars are just a few minutes away. You can check out the new Q at the Hyatt River Walk, which focuses on international barbecue or head over to Esquire, established in 1933 and featuring the longest bar in Texas.

For a great steak, there's Bohanana on Houston Street. And, of course, for terrific Tex-Mex there are all kinds of choices on the River Walk, like Casa Rio on East Commerce Street. A San Antonio institution, Casa Rio features indoor and outdoor dining, which makes it a great place to sip margaritas and people watch.

You'll find all the Tex-Mex staples -- crispy tacos, flautas enchiladas, fajitas, nachos and tamales, to name a few.

Quarry Golf Club

After golf at the Quarry Golf Club, one of the best-kept secrets in the area is the Quarry Restaurant, which overlooks the back nine at The Quarry.

Non-golfers eat there as often as golfers. You can get everything from a great burger and margarita to scallops with a superb selection of wines in a super atmosphere that features indoor and outdoor dining and live entertainment.

Or, if you're in the mood for Greek food, head east a ways to Wurzbach Road and check out Pasha's Mediterranean Grill. Portions are generous, especially for the modest prices. You'll love the gyros, flatbread, lamb, beef, Greek salad and hummus.

TPC San Antonio

Like most swanky resorts, the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa has plenty of great fine dining. But for golfers, nothing beats a good sports bar, and the JW Marriott has one of the most unique in the city.

It's called the High Velocity Sports Bar, and it features a 120-foot-long high-definition video wall that features the games of the day. Combine that with a cold Guinness or one of the 24 craft beers High Velocity features with typical bar food in a modern atmosphere, and you've got a great place to unwind while you lick your wounds after playing one of the two tough golf courses at the TPC San Antonio.

Silverhorn Golf Club

After checking out one of San Antonio's best daily-fee clubs on the northwest side -- Silverhorn Golf Club -- a genuine chicken-fried steak might be the ticket.

For that, head south a bit to Loop 410 and Interstate 10 to De Wese's Tip Top Cafe on Fredericksburg Road. Not only is the chicken-fried steak delicious, but it's huge -- so large, in fact, that it barely fits on the plate. With gravy underneath and fries piled on top (and you can add the restaurant's famous onion rings if you want), you'll probably need to play 36 holes beforehand to work up enough appetite.

Tip Top, one of the state's oldest family restaurants, also features steaks, fried shrimp, Tex-Mex and homemade pies.

Willow Springs Golf Course

There's no shortage of barbecue joints in San Antonio, especially with chains such as Bill Miller's and Rudy's, which have a loyal following.

But if you're looking for something a little more unique, give Augie's Barbed Wire Smokehouse a try. Located on North St. Mary's near downtown, the River Walk, the Alamo and the terrific Willow Springs Golf Course, the restaurant features a wide variety of smoked barbecue, including brisket, sausage and both beef and pork ribs.

Augie's also has great burgers, hot dogs, plenty of fixin's and desserts.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.

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