Now that NECC 2002 is over and I’ve got all my coverage completed, I’ve finally begun checking out downtown San Antonio. I’ve been sampling some mighty fine restaurants, too.
I ate my weight in ribs at the County Line restaurant on the Riverwalk. The restaurant, which calls itself the “king of ribs,” certainly made an impression on me. I had the whole rack of ribs, and I’ve NEVER had such a large order of ribs anywhere I’ve visited. I guess everything truly is bigger in Texas. And the homemade bread, well, in the word of Homer Simpson …. ummmmmm.
Being an ice cream-aholic, I tried Mr. Ice Cream, an ice cream establishment that’s been on the Riverwalk since 1975. The chocolate shake was okay, but not nearly up the quality I’ve had at other ice cream joints (and I’ve eaten at several).
The Riverwalk itself is gorgeous. It’s 2.5 miles of paved riverbank, shaded by cypress, oak and willow trees. It’s a stair-step down from street level San Antonio to a world of open-air restaurants, river taxis, and hotel entrances (at least along a certain section). The walkway, built 20 feet below street level in the 1930s, is amazingly clean, insect-free, and odor free. It’s also family friendly, well, with the exception of a couple of places called Dick’s and Durty Nellie’s.
Now that my lovely wife, Laura, has joined me, we’ll check out the Alamo, La Villa, Hemisphere Park, Mission Park and other San Antonio tourist destinations. I’ve enjoyed the city and my visit here. Just wish I could stay longer and see more, including near-by Fredericksburg.
Speaking of the Alamo, if anybody knows director Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind”) give him a call for me. He’s planning a new big screen telling of the Alamo story, and I think I was born to play Davy Crockett. I’m the right height, right age, and have the right accent. I’m sure MacCentral News Director Jim Dalrymple won’t mind giving me a few months off to film a major motion picture. Right, Jim?