Stop #6 San Antonio
Texas has been long but a great state for exploring. It was really the one state Anthony and I were looking forward to the most because we were able to see friends we haven’t seen in years.
Once we got to San Antonio and settled in we adventured out to a local restaurant called, Mash’d.
Not to spoil the whole story but this restaurant was amazing! And not to jump to the Spoon rating but a 5/5! This is rare and when we find a place on this road trip, like we did tonight, it really makes you smile and feel at ease.
Allergy Friendly Spoon Rating – Mash’d
Mash’d’s menu offers many different types of food, a little mix of everything; Vegetarian options, gluten free options, and other delicious allergy free options. I must have asked them a million questions, like I always do at a new restaurant, and the waitress knew everything that went into our meals, of course she did double check with the chef and manager to make sure. That alone made me feel even more comfortable. It really showed the character of the restaurant and knowledge of the staff. They were extremely cautious about how the food was cooked for myself and for Niah making sure we would have no issues or cross contamination. It just felt like they actually understood how severe food allergies could be and how to help us avoid them.
What We Ordered
Niah and I split the Sockeye Salmon, which was marinated and grilled with a mustard dill glaze, pan seared asparagus, and lemon rice. We also ordered a side of avocado (those seem to be Niah’s favorite right now; he eats them with everything). Anthony ordered the Rebellious Burger, which is two akaushi patties, sunny side up egg, American cheese, house ketchup, mayo, chopped onions, double smoked bacon, on a split top bun. He thought it was amazing. We complimented the meal with Moonshine Sangria. Not too strong, not too sweet, but just enough to pair perfectly with dinner.
At the end of the night it was just great to catch up with old friends and spend some time together over great food.
I know our meal might not have been safe for those with other allergies to mustard seed, dairy, fish or even meat, but this place was able to make meals safe from nuts and dairy (making it in its own pan). I suggest just talking with the staff; they were more then willing to do anything to accommodate us. I highly recommend Mash’d if you’re ever in San Antonio.
Exploring the City of San Antonio
Do you guys remember the Alamo? Growing up in South Carolina I don’t remember being taught about the Alamo, but when in San Antonio it was something we wanted to do and go see. We were able to go and really get a snap shot of San Antonio thanks to some great friends who showed us around their town.
We started with a quick walk, ok about an hour walk, through the Alamo. I didn’t realize it was actually in the heart of the city. Before you venture to the Alamo, learn the history of the Alamo…it will definitely help you be a little more interested in the landmark. (Or you can just get a tour from the outside from the homeless there…insert big eyes emoji…yes this actually happened on our walk past the Alamo).
River Walk was another “must do” in San Antonio for us so we headed down to walk along the River Walk. It definitely is a little hot in San Antonio, but the shade from the River Walk buildings made it feel slightly less than hot.
Needing a recharge we stopped at Margaritaville for some chips and queso/salsa while we talked over “Margaritas.”
Feeling adventurous (as always…well in my heart) we took a walk through the city down to the market where we were planning to have dinner. It never fails to amaze me how different of a view you get when you walk through a town, down a street, or around a city. There were times I felt uncomfortable in the city, but that’s just me in a new place. I guess it is just vulnerability and makes me very aware.
It hurts your soul to see so many people as we travel across the country suffering in each city we pass though. It makes me wonder what their story is. Do they really need help? Are they choosing to live this way or is it all they have right now? Do they have good intentions or do they have bad ones? We gave a few dollars here and there, been rejected by some when we offered food, and been thankfully appreciated by only a few.
For dinner it was time to experience Mexican culture in the heart of San Antonio. We ventured out to a spot called Mi Tierra. It’s located right next to Market Square in downtown San Antonio. This place is huge and supposable never closes. I would have never ventured in here if it wasn’t for our friends who wanted to share how good this restaurant was with us.
As far as allergies go Mexican food is normally a no-go. They have so many beans and peas and some even peanuts that I shy away from them. There is normally a language barrier as well and I don’t feel as well understood when voicing my concerns about my allergies. However, at Mi Tierra there wasn’t a language barrier to overcome and they had enough on their menu to choose from that we could all find something easy to eat.
Allergy Friendly Spoon Rating
While I didn’t go into their kitchen or tour how all the food was prepared we felt comfortable enough with a nut allergy, bean allergy, and dairy sensitivity to have dinner here. The waitress was helpful and triple confirmed my worries that my food would be safe and no cross contamination would happen. However, they do have a huge bakery with authentic Mexican pastries, which could pose a risk. They offered corn tortillas and chips for gluten free and many other allergy friendly meals. Due to these reasons our spoon rating is a 4/5. While we had a good experience I personally feel like it is a restaurant where I wouldn’t order new things but instead stick with the same safe meal if were to go again.
What We Ordered
Like many times before, Niah and I shared a meal. We ordered Chicken Tacos with a side of avocado and no beans or rice. Anthony had what he always has at a Mexican restaurant…Carne Asada. Both were completely gone and delicious!
There was even a Mariachi band playing as we finished up our dinner. The entire wall behind us was covered in artwork and next to us was a memory shrine (not in a weird way though). You can feel the sense of celebration of culture and authenticity in there.
If you have been following along we’ve managed to almost always find a local coffee shop to get an authentic cup of coffee in each city we have traveled to. That morning, before all of our city exploring, we went to a coffee shop that goes by the name Cüppencake.
As soon as we walked in Niah made a new furry, huggable friend.
There are so many different ways to have coffee, to make coffee, and tens of different origins of coffee. Thankfully their menu was simply broken down with a graphic to show you exactly what you were ordering. They even had different unique flavors besides your typical syrups. The barista took time to truly craft each cup just how the person wanted. What a way to start off the morning with a perfect cup brewed and crafted just how you want it!
The nice seating area outside made for the perfect place to relax and play area for the kids while we ate and sipped our coffee.
Allergy Friendly Spoon Rating – Cüppencake
Like many spots on the journey this coffee shop didn’t have ANY allergy friendly food options…well except oatmeal. They did have some very beautiful and unique dessert items that looked soooo delicious, baked and created in-house! I was concerned slightly about cross contamination at first because of the different flavors you could get, but the barista talked me though the process and let me watch as he made the coffee. They did offer dairy alternatives and for that reason we think 3/5 spoons. I don’t know if I would go back with food allergies, but others without a food allergy it was a great spot with friendly staff.
What We Ordered
I had to live through others taste buds today! Our friends ordered this huge cinnamon roll. I believed it was one of their signature items on the menu. I ordered a Cafe au Lait (below). It was delicious, but I needed a little more coffee afterwards and ordered a regular house brew with some cream and sugar in it.
Do you have a favorite spot in San Antonio? If so we would love to hear about it!
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The Allergic Foodie here! Right now you can probably find me in my test kitchen (i.e. my house) or traveling to a local coffee shop where they're serving me awe-inspiring coffee (sorry, I would share but). I'm kind of a coffee junkie. Yes, I'm a food-allergy overcomer, Mompreneur, and military spouse and I love pushing boundaries especially in the kitchen. So hold on to your taste buds and let's get to cooking!