A Great Downtown San Antonio Museum and Restaurant

One of my co-workers recently told me about a Saturday that he and his wife spent downtown playing tourist, and he reminded me about a great museum I haven’t been to in several years, as well as one of my favorite downtown restaurants. I asked him to contribute a guest post to my Blog, and here it is:

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Submitted by Richard House (Guest Blogger)

My wife and I recently decided to spend a day downtown playing tourist, and we ended up spending half of it at the Institute of Texan Cultures. The museum was originally part of HemisFair ’68 as the Texas Pavilion, and is one of the few exhibits from the 1968 fair that has remained as a permanent fixture on the former fair grounds. When I think of Texan Cultures, I recall my middle school Texas history class and think of the six national flags that have flown over what is now the state of Texas, but this museum reminds me that there is a lot more cultural diversity in the state than just the familiar “Six Flags Over Texas”.

The main exhibits of the museum are all on one floor, which is divided into sections for the various cultures that have influenced the development of the state. Each area is filled with artifacts, photographs and narrative discussions of the history of the immigrations and contributions of the various cultures and individuals.

The first exhibit you encounter on entering covers prehistoric humans that are thought to have inhabited various parts of what is now Texas, followed by the several Native American tribes that were encountered by the first European settlers. Other exhibits describe the many cultures that have come together to make Texas what it is today, including: English, Irish, Scotch, Hungarian, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, African-American, Jewish, Czech, German, Wendish, Italian, Swiss, Japanese, Chinese, Polish, Belgian, Dutch, Greek, French, Lebanese and Tejano.

After several hours at the museum, it was time for lunch so we took a 10-minute walk to Schilo’s Delicatessen at the corner of Commerce and S. Alamo St. If you are a visitor to San Antonio and have had your fill of our famous Mexican Food and Bar-B-Que, give Schilo’s a try. I had a cup of split pea soup, wiener-schnitzel and German potato salad, and my wife had a pastrami sandwich. Shilo’s is also famous for its homemade root beer. Everything was freshly made and delicious, and a great example of the influence of German immigrants in Texas.

 

 

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Great Breakfast in a Quaint Neighborhood

My wife Joan and I recently had a late breakfast at the Koffee Kup. Lindsey, one of our Saturday secretaries, lives near it and told me about it a year or so ago. Since then, Joan and I have been there several times. We always go on Sundays between 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm because before that, there is always quite a wait. The wait will probably be relieved in a couple of months because they are moving to a large space a few doors away from where they are now.

My wife and I both had an order of two scrambled eggs, bacon, and delicious apple cinnamon pancakes. The prices are extremely reasonable.

The place is located in a nostalgic area, Jefferson Village, just down the street from Jefferson High School. If you have never seen Jefferson high School, do yourself a favor and do so. The architecture is a real throwback in time. The surrounding area is called Monticello Heights, and all the street names are from the Jeffersonian era, such as Alexander Hamilton Drive.

This is a family business. The owner does the cooking and his two daughters comprise the entire wait staff. They look nearly exactly alike and both have delightful personalities. The Koffee Kup is located at 1025 Donaldson Ave., San Antonio TX 78228. Drop by for a great breakfast experience, and you too will likely become a regular.