San Antonio, still considered by some to be Mexico’s northernmost city, is now America’s seventh largest — a sprawling metropolis. With a population of 1.49 million that’s 63 percent Hispanic, it’s no surprise that San Antonio celebrates its Mexican roots through food, the arts and history — the latter most evident at the Alamo in the center of downtown.
Infused with the cultures of more recent immigrants from Asia and Africa, the city is also a vibrant melting pot — one that’s on the rise and as intensely proud of its multiculturalism as of its unique and dynamic food scene. That plays out in 7,600-plus eateries — from hole-in-the-wall taquerias to innovative chef-driven restaurants — in a beautiful farmers market, and in the Pearl, the buzzy urban enclave that’s home to only the third U.S. campus of the Culinary Institute of America.
So go ahead and stroll the tourist-magnet River Walk. Succumb to the heady aromas of bougainvillea and jasmine, sizzling corn tortillas and the breeze off the San Antonio River. Then explore the rest of the 300-year-old city and be ready to blow your preconceptions away.