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Texas wild game special and Niman Ranch steak and Beeman Ranch Texas Wagyu that bartender, Adrian, says, "have ruined me from eating steak anywhere else." Like Austin, San Antonio has a vibrant downtown. It is a city of charm and grace, rich with Spanish heritage and laced by a docile, jade-green river. With about 55% of the nearly 1 million residents of Hispanic origin, San Antonio is sometimes called "the northernmost city in Mexico." The Riverwalk, or Paseo del Rio, is the city's most visible attraction, stretching about three miles, and punctuated by W.P.A.-era arched bridges and entrance steps. It is a tree-lined walkway of boutiques and out- door cafes hugging the San Antonio River. Colorful riverboat taxis float amid city splendors. At night, city lights dance on the water and the area is transformed into a melting pot of nationalities and cultures, people strolling along the walkway under cypress trees and palms or sitting at the bars and restaurants sipping giant margaritas or sampling Mexican bullets (Jalapeno pep- pers stuffed with cream cheese). To eat the very best Tex-Mex, go to its San Antonio origins, where authentic recipes are served up on a plate in places like Mi Tierra Cafe (open 24/7) in Market Square. Part of San Antonio's charm is that the relics of the past have not been razed and covered in concrete, as they have been in other Texas cities. If the Riverwalk gives it abiding charm, five old Spanish missions flavor San Antonio in their special way, led, of course, by the Alamo. Every Texas schoolchild knows its story, and visitors from around the world still come here to stand quietly inside the 250-year-old tinier- than-you-expect chapel to hear how Crock- ett, Jim Bowie and a small band of Texas freedom fighters held off their Mexican attackers for 13 days before finally suc- cumbing. History is written in the scarred, butter-colored walls, but their deaths in- spired the famous battle cry that Texas shouted in defeating Santa Anna's army later at the Battle of San Jacinto. Today, with 2.5 million visitors a year, the Alamo, a shrine to American pride, is the state's top tourist attraction. Remember the Alamo? We'll remember two cities that lived up to the hype and then some. NCGA.ORG | SPRING 2019 67 1 8 5 5 6 1 7 5 7 0 1 c ar r g o l f . c om e n qu i r i e s @ c ar r g o l f . c om LINKS ESCAPE L I V E O N T H E E D G E W I T H A Awarded Golf Digest's Editors' Choice for Best Tour Operator (2016, 2017, 2018) 18th hole at Briggs Ranch Golf Club

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