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.


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Willkommen bei Friesenhaus

Friesenhaus In New Braunfels

Since our great-great grandfather came over on the first boat with settlers from Germany to found New Braunfels, we periodically venture to New Braunfels to celebrate our German heritage.

This last trip war fantastisch (was fantastic) for two reasons: 1) Lots of our family members were there together, and 2) We had a blast at Friesenhaus Restaurant.

Coursing through my German veins is a passion for independently owned businesses in America. Perhaps it’s because of my heritage that I’m such a believer in living The Great American Dream.

Günter and Cornelia Dirks, came to New Braunfels from Germany with their family,  just six years ago. They had that same dream in their hearts. Their story is told well on the “About” page of their website. They planted their authentic restaurant in the old Krause’s location (an endorsement in itself) with the goal of helping to preserve the German heritage and traditions of the area.

Jagerschnitzel Lunch Special $8.99

There were 13 of us dining that Saturday evening, so we ordered just about everything on the menu. Since I didn’t want to hopscotch over everyone else’s plates, I sampled a few that we personally ordered. We were told the Schnitzels were all good, so we ordered the two most popular ones. These were  scrumptious. The prices tip-toed over our $10 mark in the evenings, so we shot a couple of pictures of lunch specials for you to

Zigeuner-Schnitzel Lunch Special $8.99

check out. I also tasted the sausage with sauerkraut and German potato salad. Sausage and sauerkraut make me think of my mama, so purely for that reason, I think it’s what I’ll order when I return.

The Dirks Family provides a really fun venue for the whole family on Friday and Saturday nights. The accordion player passes out lyrics to traditional songs for an old-fashioned sing-along. Once the accordion starts playing, children all come to the dance stage for a little

Family Friendly Live Music Friday and Saturday Nights

Kid-Friendly-Texas-Version-Polka Dancing (hardly recognizable to true polka enthusiasts, but clearly delightful for the kids).

Space limitations don’t allow me to tell you about all of the attractions at Friesenhaus, but there’s plenty of info to fill in the blanks on their website. Between the live German music, dancing, huge “Beer Boots,” gift shop, imported tea selection, bakery (did we mention Apple

Apple Strudel

Strudel?)  and good food, Friesenhaus is absolutely a family adventure you won’t want to miss.

Glücklich Essen! (Happy Dining)