OUR PICK: Silo Terrace Oyster Bar
, 22111 I-10 W., (210) 698-2002, siloelevatedcuisine.com
It may be a tad out of the way and on the spendy side, but most folks who’ve tried Silo Terrace Oyster Bar will tell you it’s worth it. Situated across from The Dominion, the restaurant offers two very different dining areas: 1) a posh interior with massive windows, chandeliers and intimate seating arrangements and leather banquettes and 2) a super-relaxed covered terrace outfitted with TVs (typically tuned into the game), an L-shaped oyster bar and wooden tables available on a first come, first served basis. Regardless of where you sit, the menu remains an impressive selection of shareable starters (the signature chicken-fried oysters and jumbo lump crab cake are both excellent), entrees (from lobster ravioli to pan-seared scallops) and veg-friendly sides (the truffle mac and cheese is a steal at $6). Unless you’re celebrating something special, head for the terrace, a low-key spot to unwind during happy hour (4-7 p.m. daily), which includes discounts on small plates and oysters, plus $3 off featured wines by the glass, $1 off selected beers and $2 off signature cocktails.