April 26, 2010 | Barb Carr

Get Ready for the 2010 Summit: Riverwalk Restaurant Reviews

Technically, this is a little off the Riverwalk path, but still conveniently walkable from the hotel. Schilo’s (pronounced She-lows) is a San Antonio German delicatessen established in 1917. To walk there from the Westin Riverwalk (the 2010 Summit hotel), just go out the front door (street level) and walk one block toward the Alamo, then turn right on Commerce Street and walk a couple more blocks until you see the sign pictured below (on the right side of the street).


Some of the signature dishes include:

  • Potato Pancakes: German potato pancakes served with homemade applesauce
  • Reuben: Corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese on grilled rye bread
  • Schilo’s Burger: Large patty on a french roll — you pick the toppings
  • Schilo’s Famous Split Pea Soup

This is a great place to grab a Shiner Bock, Spaten, Warsteiner or Pilsner Urguell (or maybe just a Bud Light … or homemade root beer) and a deli sandwich.

This is a popular place among locals as well, so be prepared to wait in line outside the door during peak hours (main dining room pictured below).


Eating at the bar has that fun, downtown vibe …


And if you eat in the back room, you will be joining some very interesting characters …


The guy below says, “Don’t delay, come eat at Schilo’s today!”


Seriously, this was one of our top picks for great grub when we were on the Riverwalk for the Summit site visit. We think you’ll like it too! Great, cheap comfort eats. The only thing we regret is not seeing the homemade cheesecake until we were on our way out the door. We won’t make that mistake again!

I hope you are taking notes. Don’t forget our other recommendation … more are to come!

We’ll join you in learning best practices in root cause analysis at the 2010 TapRooT® Summit (October 27-29, 2010 with Pre-Summit courses October 25-26).

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