You need to visit Junker’s Paradise and find yourself some treasure.
Vina Warren’s tiny shop could be easily missed sitting between Daddy Macky’s and the old Casbeer’s on Blanco in San Antonio’s midtown. I think there are just three rooms–but I’m not sure. I am sure that every room I saw was chock full of junk. But it’s lovely junk. Hidden away in a corner are old hubcaps to a 1950′s chevy. In another nook are vintage dresses, jackets and blouses (or is the multiple of blouse, blice?)
There are old phones, radios and ancient fridges and wringer washing machines. The only way to describe the interior of Vina’s Junker’s Paradise is[continue reading...]
Chatman’s Fried Chicken Is Worth The Visit!
Great Fried Chicken!
Located on San Antonio’s East Side, Chatman’s Fried Chicken serves up some of the best fried chicken anywhere on the planet. It’s juicy. It’s big. Yes, you can get gizzards and livers. They have corn fritters. They have really buttery corn on the cob!
Don’t just visit once. Go back. Again and again. It takes a few minutes to sort out the menu there are so many deals. Eddie Chatman takes pride in his business and seeks to be an integral part of the community by providing jobs to worthy folks who take their education seriously.
We tried out a few burger joints within easy reach of downtown San Antonio.
Fatty’s Burgers And More
This is the family business of Mark Outing, who really has quite a remarkable personal story. Head out of downtown San Antonio going east on Commerce and you’ll see a bright yellow building on the left that declares you’ve arrived at Fatty’s Burgers. The interior is sparse, but there are a few large screen TVs all tuned to sports programming. The downtown lunch crowd is growing as more folks are finding out about the great food. Outing has added a quirky little freebie to his menu–everyone dining in is welcome to a serving of special recipe pinto beans. A small serving of those along with the quarter pound Fatty’s Original burger with cheese was plenty for me.
Long ago, there was a burger joint on McCullough called “Little Hipp’s”. This place was fantastic, but when the owner Dick Hipp passed away in 2002, the restaurant that fed hundreds of thousands of people big fat burgers closed down. The building now houses “Armadillo’s” that boasts 3lb. burgers–but we haven’t tried that yet. That review will come soon. The end of “Little Hipp’s”, however meant the launch of Timbo’s near the Pearl Brewery. Timbo’s is owned by ‘Timbo’ and Teresa Lang, who both worked at Little Hipp’s for years.
San Pedro Springs Park is just 75 years (give or take) younger than Boston Commons.
A Spanish padre named the springs at the park for the stumbling saint in 1709, but there is some debate that Spanish explorer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca may have camped out at the springs as early as 1535. Just above the location of the swimming pool at the park, the source of the springs bubble up from the Edwards Aquifer beneath the city. San Pedro Springs park is just two miles north of downtown San Antonio. While the amenities can’t beat the attractions of Sea World or Fiesta Texas, tourists can exercise, sit in the shade, ride their bikes and skateboards, bring a picnic or prepare a barbeque and let the kids play and roam in safety under the watchful eyes of parents.
Well, here’s why: When most folks visit San Antonio they miss out on some great attractions, restaurants, night spots, parks and other Alamo Town oddities. “Sub Rosa” literally means “under the rose” in Latin, and refers to things done in secret.
We San Antonians have lots of places in our town we love, but they just don’t seem to get the kind of publicity that we think they deserve. Add one of our suggestions to your visit to our city to make it just that much more memorable. Don’t be a predictable tourist.
These are just some of the images that can be seen between Blanco Road and San Pedro Avenue near the railroad tracks. The rank and file (and in my view, talentless) taggers are out there, but there is some exceptional talent exhibited as well.Tagging or Art?
There’s a lot of this stuff around San Antonio’s neighborhoods. Is it art? Should it be painted over?
Law Offices Of Martin & Cukjati and the Law Office Of James E. Millan San Antonio’s Midtown has a number of law offices you should know about. The block just north of Blanco Cafe just a few years ago was a nasty looking wreck of old ‘lockers.’ I remember for a while there was no
Lot’s of families have reunions every year in San Antonio. If your family name will fit across your chest or back, let A’s Unique Designs create a great looking shirt for your special event! Check out their website. A’s has lot’s of great promotional gear for any promotion or you may need uniforms or shirts for your company or business–they do it all!Timeshare scams in San Antonio?
Wyndham Vacation Resorts has sued a former employee who dared to assist some of its unhappy customers as an “advocate” to help them with some writing of complaint letters. Read all about that over at www.mywyndhamlawsuit.com. Are timeshares a bad deal? Your comments are welcome. Need out of a timeshare but don’t trust anyone?
If you’re near Midtown (Blanco & Fulton) San Antonio, check out Fina’s Kitchen Mexican Restaurant. From 6:30 to 9 a.m. they serve a great variety of breakfast tacos for just .99! Lunch specials available Monday through Friday starting at just under five bucks. Try the Steak Ala Mexicana on Tuesday, the sauce is delicious. Fina’s
When you’re cruising Hildebrand for furniture and antiques… Stop in at The Niceties Of Life at 1125 Hildebrand and check out all their stuff. Furniture. Home Decor. Old things. New things. Jewelry. Comfy chairs and sofas. Have a look: