A Quick Mediterranean Pleasure

It was time for a lunch meeting. We would be hovering around the I-10/Wurzbach area in San Antonio and I remembered how much I enjoyed Pasha Mediterranean Grill in the past. We decided to meet there, but had to plan ahead:

Problem – they’re just too crazy-busy during the lunch hour (that speaks volumes 🙂 )

Solution – go to lunch at 11

Result – fast service, three friendly servers for our table, great food and quiet surroundings until noon

Pasha’s Gyros Plate

This is what I ordered. This is what I always order. When I discover something really good, I have to feel especially adventurous to stray from it — boring, but dependable.  So, when my lunch buddy ordered the Gyros Wrap (almost identical to my plate) a mighty-menu-meal struggle waged in my mind. Do I order something different for the sake of the blog? Or, do I stay dedicated to my Gyros Plate fav? You see the answer pictured above.

One bite told me I’d made the right choice. The generous pile of lean ground beef and lamb had lots of flavor. I always appreciate the authentic Grecian Sauce which I use to make my own Gyros wrap. The hummus and fresh Greek salad are lite, tasty compliments to the otherwise hearty meal. It’s well worth the price — especially with the unlimited servings of hot naan (a HUGE fluffy sort of Mediterranean tortilla).

This location is near the Medical Center, but they’ve just opened a new location on 1604 and Blanco. Click here for more info about Pasha.

We recommend: Almost any menu item. Also,  go during “off hours” because of the crowd.


Our Next Frugal Find – The San Antonio Historic Missions

I’m ashamed to say it took many years for me to finally tour the San Antonio Missions. Once there, I wished that I hadn’t taken these architectural treasures for granted for so long. Even those with little fascination for history are struck by the incredible resilience of these structures and the people who lived and worshiped in them.

“The legacy and history of San Antonio and this region began with a simple ceremony when in 1718 Franciscans and Spanish representatives established the first mission. Within 13 years, five were located along the San Antonio River. The missions’ purpose? To acculturate and Christianize the native population and make them Spanish citizens. Today, visitors can retrace the footsteps of the mission Indians and friars. And, possibly, meet descendants of those first inhabitants.” (The National Park Service Website)

If you plan to take the guided tours of the missions, set aside a day and wear good walking shoes. The entry fees and tours are free and fascinating. We spent most of our time at Mission San Jose where the structures are more fully restored and the Visitor’s Center is located. I’d definitely suggest that if your time is limited, you begin there.

Oh, and this time of year, you’ll want to pack some cool water to take along. We thought that stopping off at Taco Haven for one of their sensational Mexican food breakfasts, was the perfect way to start our long day. Taco Haven is just south of downtown and is practically historic, too! I know you’ll forgive me for “pitching” one of our $5Dining restaurants once you’ve tried the good food there.