Slanted and Enchanted

Posted on June 10th, 2009

If you're looking for a memorable place to eat in San Antonio, head directly to the Liberty Bar just north of downtown off Hwy. 281.
Things are truly off-kilter here — the walls and floors are slanted, and the story behind the restaurant's warped perspective remains a bit of a mystery, although irreparable damage caused by a major flood during the 1920s is the likely culprit. The building has been in continuous operation for more than a century, housing everything from offices to a rug gallery to boarding rooms for soldiers, brewery workers, and rodeo clowns.

Fortunately, the food in this tilted locale is straight-up tremendous, with a focus on sauced and seasoned meats (pot roast, lamb sausage, herbed chicken). This is Texas-style comfort food, with Mexican salsas and zesty spices adding colorful splashes of flavor to traditional homemade dishes.

The most kid-friendly environment is early Sunday (10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.), when the Liberty Bar's brunch draws families, hipsters, and grandparents with sumptuous egg dishes and the perfect piece of French toast.


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