Ocho — Oh So Beautiful!

Fellow blogger, Shannon Ahern, recently posted a wonderful article about the new Ocho Lounge at the Hotel Havana.

Based on her story, we just had to pay a visit. The scene is absolutely delightful. The architecture is its own form of entertainment and the views to the River Walk below are fantastic. With cooler weather, it will be a wonderful walk along the newer stretch of the San Antonio River Walk from The Pearl to Ocho for a scrumptious brunch.

Their menu is inspired by Cuban and Latin Cuisines. Our little group of foodies definitely voted top awards for their breakfast items. Our favs were:

The TOASTED JO’S BANANA BREAD with Chunky Peanut Butter, Sliced Banana and Honey. (I asked for the peanut butter on the side 🙂 ) The banana bread was toasted on a griddle and had honey spread on top. The recipe came from their other restaurant, Jo’s Coffee, on the Hotel San Jose property in Austin. Absolutely scrumptious, and…

The SWEET PLANTAIN GRIDDLE CAKES ($14) with Mexican Crema, Blueberries and Maple Syrup. We had to exceed our $10 limit on this item because it was soooo worth the mention! You’ll taste the flavor of the plantains in these griddle cakes and the Mexican crema is made in-house. Oh, how I love FRESH! To top them off, the blueberries are marinated in agave nectar.

Andy Erdmann, the Food and Beverage Manager of the Lounge, said you certainly don’t have to be a Hotel Havana guest to stop by their restaurant. All Ocho guests are special guests!

Be sure to read Shannon’s blog, at The Long Table,  for more details and a great interior picture. This is definitely a YES place for breakfast (especially for the sweet items) when you are ready for a leisurely treat. They are actually open long hours and their All-Day Menu is intriguing.

Ocho Lounge at The Havana Hotel – 1015 Navarro St., San Antonio

Our Next Frugal Find – Shakespeare in the Park

Mark your calendars for a night of amazing (and free) entertainment next week. Grab your lawn chair and some cool cotton clothing for a night you won’t soon forget!

“Shakespeare in the Park is  an annual event by The Magik Theatre that brings free, full-scale productions of Shakespeare’s work to our community. Hosted by the San Antonio Botanical Garden, Shakespeare in the Park brings San Antonians of all ages together in the balmy summer twilight to experience the joys, sorrows, trials, and triumphs of Shakespeare’s characters and stories.

For Shakespeare in the Park 2010, we present one of Shakespeare’s best-loved tragedies, Romeo & Juliet, June 2-5.” (Quoted from the Magik Theatre Website)

At $5Dining, we’re delighted to pass information about great things to do and wonderful places to eat in the S.A. area. Feel free to let us know about any upcoming area events you are aware of. Just comment on this blog or write to us at info@5dollardining.com. We have several restaurants in the general area of the Botanical Gardens. Please check out our Google map on this page to discover the wonderful dining destinations we represent.