Friday evening I attended a dinner on Main Plaza downtown to benefit the Main Plaza Conservancy. The outdoor event included a fashion show by Marti’s, live music by Azul, and the presentation of the “Phil Hardberger-Heart of the City” award to Judge Nelson W. Wolff. The delicious dinner was catered by True Flavors led by Chef Johnny Hernandez. Highlights of the dinner were the Cocotel a la Campechana seafood cocktail and the caramel flan with pineapple.
Chef Hernandez recently opened La Gloria restaurant in the Pearl Brewery complex. Since we enjoyed the dinner so much Friday evening we headed to La Gloria on Saturday afternoon with the kids to try it for the first time. We ordered a variety of the small dishes to share. We got a little carried away ordering and ended up with a $70+ bill.
Our favorite items we sampled were the Ensalada de Mariscos Tostada, the hamburger, and the battered fish tacos. The chicken tostada and the Mexican pizza were our least-liked items. I found myself looking around for salsa to liven them up.
The decor was fun and informal with a nice outdoor patio overlooking the San Antonio River (and a trucking business on the opposite river bank). Servers were friendly and attentive. There seemed to be way too many staff members present but we assumed they were preparing for a large Saturday night crowd. The only service issue was that my margarita arrived a while after the other drinks. The food photo shoot going on in a corner of the restaurant was interesting.
Overall it was a nice way to spend a warm Saturday afternoon with family. My 18-year old daughter liked the restaurant the most and vowed to come back with friends.
After dinner we browsed in the Twig bookstore in the Pearl Brewery complex. The comfortable bookstore contains a large selection of colorful children’s books. The bookstore also has a nice selection of adult books related to San Antonio and Texas.