Fitting into that summer wardrobe is a concern for those of us who want to spend every waking minute by a river, beach, or pool. So this month, we're focusing on great San Antonio places to eat light. Yes, you can still enjoy great flavors while nixing calories, and this guide will show you how to do it. This way, you can float the river in style and have more than carrot sticks in your food arsenal.
Argentina looks good at Hotel Valencia’s new restaurant. The hotel underwent a vast, stunning makeover, making it the river’s newest hot spot. For a light bite, try the De La Casa, with grilled citrus chicken, avocados, baby tomatoes, red onion, and “burnt” jalapeño ranch dressing.
Ming’s Noodle Bar
The place of our noodle dreams is also the epitome of fresh and delightful eats. The noodle bar, a happy expansion of the Pearl Farmers Market gem, offers big flavors in its bowls. Get the vegan summer noodle dish, with mung bean noodles, fresh veggies, and, our favorite, pickled edamame.
Napa Flats Wood-fired Kitchen
Our first visit yielded fresh flavors, particularly on some healthy dishes. We were excited to try the zucchini primavera; the fresh-cut zucchini noodles with peas, mushrooms, asparagus, and sun-dried tomatoes was the hit of the table. Further proof light bites can be delicious.
One of our favorite easy spots to get in and out of has an array of light and delicious offerings. Our favorite — the Greek salad with shrimp — features romaine lettuce, feta cheese, capers, pepperoncini peppers, cucumbers, tomato, red onion, queen and kalamata olives, tossed with a light Greek vinaigrette.
Chef Lutton has a keen ability to make traditional dishes healthy, without losing the great taste we expect. We recommend you try the dirty rice right away. Ground beef is tossed with wild rice, mushrooms, onions, and broccoli, with special seasoning. (We tried to get the seasoning details, but they wouldn’t budge.)