San Antonio Steak Restaurants & Meat Markets
San Antonio has a number of steak houses to choose from. Although many restaurants have steak on the menu, they aren't necessarily known as a steak house or steak restaurant. We'll explore both. If we find a steak that's exceptional and it's not at a steak restaurant, we'll tell you about it. We'll also go to meat markets that sell steaks and share that information with you too. Steaks and meat command a different level of respect than regular groceries on a routine shopping trip to the local store. Beef. pork, ribs, chicken, and even fish requires a good bit of attention when grilling (or cooking) it for yourself. Therefore, keeping our visitors informed about where to find quality meats and steaks is something we feel is important. Another reason we feel it's important is because we love to eat steaks. San Antonio steak restaurants often have seafood as well as several San Antonio steak restaurants offer "Surf and Turf" as a menu item. We'll cover these seafood plates and restaurants as well.
Little Red Barn
Walk in to the Little Red Barn and your greeted with "watch your step and follow the hostess". There's nothing little about the Little Red Barn. The restaurant itself consists of several dining rooms, the parking lot takes up the bulk of a city block, and the menu is 3 feet tall...literally. They lean it up against the table next to you. The Little Red Barn boasts serving over 1000 steaks per day and one can only wonder how it's any less. This steak restaurant is constantly packed. They primarily serve steak but their entire menu is fantastic and the price is very reasonable. Good food, good price, big steaks and a big menu. I eat at the Little Red Barn for lunch and my preference is usually steak but I venture to the seafood once in a while. The steaks are generous portions with the option of baked potato or fries. I opt for fries always and this restaurant has great fries, or at least I like the way they're prepared, gold and crunchy on the outside. I recently had the chicken fried steak and it was good but I prefer to get the steaks here. You can't go wrong with a steak dinner at the Little Red Barn. The atmosphere at this Texas size steak house is purely "down home country". You can sit on a bench at the table with checkered cloth while looking at the walls covered with cattle brands from area ranches. The hostess and waitress sometimes refer to you as "sweetie" or "darlin'" and their outfits consist of a cowboy hat and bandana. The Little Red Barn has been around for almost 45 years serving big steaks at reasonable prices. This restaurant is highly recommended!
The Barn Door
The Barn Door restaurant is known for its steaks but has a large menu with numerous choices besides steak. The Barn Door is located in Alamo Heights just inside Loop 410 on North New Braunfels and is the oldest steak house in San Antonio. The Barn Door has the checkered tablecloths and a friendly wait staff to go with this down home restaurant. One of my favorite things about the Barn Door is the Derby Room - the bar with a race track feeling. You can even pick up steaks and cuts to cook at home. The Barn Door Restaurant is a great place for family dining or hosting a banquet or meeting. For appetizers, the crab stuffed jalapeno's are unbeatable. Get these no matter what you order for your meal. Appetizers like these can't be store bought. Also recommended are fried mushrooms which will feed several at the table. The fried mushrooms are quite a generous helping. Again, the crabmeat stuffed jalapeno's are highly recommended. For a main course, we recommend any of the steaks. You can't go wrong with any of the ribeyes, filets or New York strips. Various steak sizes to choose from with each cut of meat.
The quail is said to be good although I've never had it. I prefer a big steak with a baked potato. The baked potato's have all the fixin's on the side and there's more than enough for several potato's. The fried shrimp is also awesome. My wife says it's the best fried shrimp she's ever eaten, and they're big shrimp, so she sometimes orders it for carry out. Included with all steak and seafood dinners are rolls, choice of potato (fried,baked, or hash brown), and a salad. They bring all the dressings to your table to choose from. There is a garlic ranch dressing unique to the Barn Door that is fantastic. BARN DOOR NOTE - Ask for real butter instead of the margarine that's on the table. The waiter will bring you a big slab of fresh real butter. The Barn Door restaurant hasn't been in business for over fifty years for any other reason than it's a quality dining experience. Think of the Barn Door restaurant the next time you want to go to a steak house.