On Wednesday night, John reviewed the BBQ research and rediscovered Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ, billed as “The Worst BAR-B-Q in Texas.” We traveled on Thursday to Leon Springs for lunch. John will have to review the food. The sausage was pretty good, not too spicy. The peach cobbler was cold. I’m not a fan of cinnamon in my cobbler, apparently they are. I sampled the brisket and ribs that John ordered. The brisket, described as “moist”, tasted like “fat” to me. The best part of the visit was an encounter with a local who tipped us off about several other places.
She mentioned a filling station in Boerne (pronounced-Birney) that produces BBQ that she travels from the other side of San Antonio to get. Also, she mentioned Salt Lick in Driftwood for BBQ. Of other interest she mentioned that the Gristmill in Gruene along with the Dance Hall are a must see.
After lunch, we explored the Alamo Plaza and its variety of fare. From Ripley’s to Guinness Book of World Records to Tousand’s Wax Museum, tourist traps a plenty. Junk stores selling everything from mexican blankets to UT merchandise. The high point of the pre-Alamo visit was the Menger Hotel: amazing architecture. Also, the Menger is haunted, but we didn’t experience any ghosts.
The Alamo is an amazing place to visit. The battle fought by true freedom fighters to defend this position must have been brutal. The “shrine” is small. Even though the guidebook warned about the size, perhaps it’s not real until you experience it yourself. The Long Barrack Museum is packed with historical information about the history of Texas and the Alamo. The museum displays weapons owned by James Bowie and David Crockett (as he is known at the Alamo). Of interest, the museum contains a snuff box given to Sam Houston by Santa Anna with an elaborate detailed engraving inside the box.
For dinner, a change of pace, Italian. Delores del Rio on the Riverwalk was wonderful. Greeted like regulars, permits to sample wine (no wine list) with helpful suggestions and a laid back pace, Delores’ food is wonderful. The environment was accentuated by the live jazz playing at an appropriate level. Everything about this meal was comfortable and inviting. Magnificent!
After dinner, we traveled back to the Alamo to obtain photos of the shrine without those pesky tourists. Success. We reviewed the cenotaph, an enormous carved memorial to those who lost their lives at the Alamo.