During our last trip to San Antonio, we asked our hotel concierge where the LOCALS eat Mexican food. We knew we'd eat on the River Walk plenty. He sent us off to Blanco's Cafe and we walked into a tiny, no frills, hole in the wall restaurant. Perfect! We love finding little local gems. We saw a sign hanging up boasting that they were voted the best enchiladas in San Antonio, so of course, we all ordered the enchilada plate. And let me tell you, best enchiladas I've ever eaten. Period. Service was quick and friendly. Their chips and salsa were fantastic and the meal....amazing. Highly, highly recommend this little gem in San Antonio!
I have eaten here three times and done their dinner boat cruise once. Their food is absolutely wonderful! It's what I would call "foodie" type food, yummy different combinations of things and all very tasty. It's always VERY crowded, so I would make reservations about a week in advance to be safe. Just this past weekend we were there and I got the duck entree which is their tender duck served three different ways, all three amazing! (A duck enchillada, a duck egg roll and duck served over a corn hash). Service has always been top notch as well.
After visiting Storybook Island (separate review) http://www.trekaroo.com/activities/storybook-island-rapid-city-south-dakota?r_id=50663 we were starving so decided to find a restaurant where we could eat instead of trying to cook dinner at the campground. This is not an easy task with my food allergies. We called Colonial House (CH) and they answered all of my questions so we headed in.
The restaurant was noisy but in a good way. There was a children's menu with crayons to keep them occupied. There were high chairs and booster seats. The staff appeared to be used to families.
The service was on the slow side but I think that was because they were working on my special order. They messed up on my chicken but were really quick to re-do it. The manager also came over to make sure we were satisfied.
Overall it was a great place to stop and eat. We would definitely stop by again if in the area.
Before I had children I made a visit to Rapid City and visited Storybook Island with a guest from the youth hostel where I was staying. I had a really nice time then and had always hoped I would be able to come back with children
We visited Storybook Island in Rapid City on 6/30. It is a free playground based around different storybook themes. We chose not to purchase snacks or train rides so this was a completely free activity for us. The entire area is fenced and there are flush toilets on site. There is a separate area for those 5 and under to enjoy.
All of my children (ages 12, 10, 7 1/2, 5 1/2 and 2 1/2) really enjoyed all of the unique play equipment. They especially loved the old school stuff like the merry go round and loved that they were allowed to touch and climb on all of the statues.
The kids begged us to stay longer (we were there a few hours) and repeatedly asked us to return. This is a must stop if you are in Rapid City.
We arrived early to the Rapid City KOA on 6/30 and wanted to check in early so that I could work on some travel reviews and we could use the internet to structure the next few days of our trip. Our site was available so they were able to accommodate us although we were charged a $5 fee for checking in early. We got our pop-up all set up and discovered that there was no internet. It had gone out due to a storm (so no fault of theirs) but they didn't notify us upon check in. They had no idea how long it would be out since they were waiting on a part. It was out several more days. We complained and were kind of blown off. The next day my husband and I spoke with the manager who listened to us and refunded us a few dollars a day for our stay which we thought was satisfactory.
The sites are pretty close together which seems to be standard in developed campgrounds like this. There is grass at each site, a covered picnic table (no other shade), and a fire pit. The campground is on a hill so got really windy while we were there.
There are a lot of amenities to enjoy:
- Horseshoe pit
-Life size chess/checkers set
-A pavilion where an all you can eat pancake breakfast is served. There is not a discounted price for children. My husband ordered eggs and said they were pretty gross. He asked them to remake them and they wouldn't. They are liquid eggs and not fresh cracked.
- A heated swimming pool, a kiddie pool, and a hot tub. There are toilets just around the corner so that was really convenient.
- A game room
- a Laundry room with plenty of washers and dryers. I rarely had to wait and they were all fully functioning.
- There were 2 playgrounds that were in good condition.
- There were 2 bath houses. The restrooms were always clean and the showers were nice and hot. The downside was that the shower room floors got pretty wet and gross. This is unfortunate but seems to be standard in facilities like this. There is a small bench but it is logistically difficult when showering 3 small children.
This was not our favorite campground but it was clean and had a lot of fun things to do for the kids. We would probably find a more rural campground if we were to return in the future as that seems to be what works best for our family.