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City Guide 2014

10 Places to Hang Out Near UTSA, St. Mary’s and OLLU

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Puffy Perfection
Ray's Drive-Inn
822 SW 19th St, (210) 432-7171

The self-proclaimed “home of the original puffy taco,” Ray’s has been a San Antonio landmark since 1956. So why not bite into one of the best greasy puffy tacos in South Texas, grab freshly squeezed lemonade and revel in some of San Antonio’s history? There’s a wide menu for all of your friends. Don’t forget to bring cash—this drive-in doesn’t accept plastic.

Devilish Food
Gallo Pizzeria
164 Castroville , (210) 264-0077

I dare you to try the Diablo pizza offered here; not only is it topped with jalapeños and habanero peppers, but also the eye-watering, flaming hot ghost pepper. The amiable atmosphere makes for a great place to enjoy some music and good pizza with friends after a long day at class, and vegan and gluten-free pizza options are also available.


UTSA Downtown Campus/OLLU

All Kinds of Art
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
1300 Guadalupe, (210) 271-3151

All good things come together at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center: art exhibits, theater, music and dance, plus creative writing workshops created by the wonderfully talented Sandra Cisneros (author of The House on Mango Street, a must read.) Culture and the arts come together in this community based, multi-disciplinary organization. The gallery displays well curated local contemporary art and the lovely theater occasionally hosts special film screenings and festivals (like the upcoming respected Latino film festival CineFestival).

Feel-good Frappes
Guadalupe Street Coffee
1320 Guadalupe, (210) 212-6508

This coffee shop provides a comfortable place for students to access the internet while sipping some java and munching on sammies. The space also features an art gallery and job training opportunities. I have to say, an Apple Pie Latte sounds pretty good during a cold day in South Texas (which, no doubt, will be followed by a sunny, warm day of 80 degrees).

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