Great Junk!

Feb 3rd, 2012 | By

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

Burgers Near Downtown San Antonio

Oct 6th, 2011 | By

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.

More Burgers Near Downtown

Oct 6th, 2011 | By
The Mini Yellow Submarine From Timbo's

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.

America’s Second Oldest Public Park

Oct 6th, 2011 | By
San Pedro Springs Park

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.