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Where to Wine and Dine your Valentine/Galentine Without Reservations

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It’s almost 5pm and you and your SO are still not sure if you want to look into each others eyes over the open fire and bottle of pinot noir or go out with the masses … but, oh no, you forgot to make reservations a month ago? Either that or you and your gal pals have no dates and want to wine and dine each other, and you have no reservations. Let us help..

Here are 5 things you can do tonight after 5pm without reservations…

1. Sukeban Sushi is taking first come first serve seating all night long, and it has a paired dinner with rosé. Who needs roses when you have sparkling bottles and sushi flowing like a river.

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2. Joyride Texas, get your sweat on at both locations! You can check out Leah’s class at 5:30pm on Broadway or head over to the Alon location- there are 2 classes and your first class is free. Bring your sweetie and try something different together.

3. Kimura: Nothing says I love you like slurping some noodles with your lover. It's free parking today for Downtown Tuesday, so you can spend some extra dough on a specialty cocktail. May we suggest the Ginger Geisha? It’s incredible.

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4. Drinks: Just say I love you with a liquid diet at The Last Word, which is hosting a dessert and cocktail tasting starting at 8pm.

5. Il Forno: Go for the pizza and stay for the cozy atmosphere without the hoopla.  You won’t find white tablecloths, but you will find some of the best pizza in town, and the fire will be blazing, that is for sure.

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What the pho?! Top pho places in San Antonio

What the pho?! Top pho places in SA

by R Intern, Lauren Patterson

So what is pho and how do you even say it? Pho, pronounced fuh, is a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs and meat. It is essentially like ramen, but technically speaking, pho is the type of white rice flour noodle used in the dish, while ramen is a dish of Chinese origin that uses Chinese-style ramen noodles. We’ve compiled a list of our four favorite pho and pho-ish restaurants in San Antonio along with some of our favorite activities to do before or after enjoying a meal.

First off, we have Pho Kim Long. Funny name, serious pho. Located at 4230 McCullough Avenue, 78212, Pho Kim Long offers superb, traditional pho for a great price. May we also recommend the spring rolls? They won’t disappoint. After you enjoy your meal, hop on over to Meadow, a local boutique in Olmos Park with high-end fashion and jewelry. Now if that’s not a fantastic Girls Night Out, we don’t know what is.

Second on the list is Berni Vietnamese Restaurant at 8742 Wurzbach Road, 78240. From beef to chicken to even meatballs, Berni delivers when it comes to pho. Our favorite is the original Berni Pho, which is a combination of rare steak, brisket, tripe, tendon and meatballs. Whoa, talk about a loaded pho. And only four minutes up the road is Wurzbach Ice House, which is a fun-atmosphere bar with indoor and outdoor games, perfect for any post-pho date night.

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Next up is one of our personal favorites, Kimura. Located at 152 E. Pecan Street, Suite 102 (on the corner of E. Pecan and St. Mary's), Kimura serves up some of the best Japanese dishes and is one of San Antonio’s best izakayas, or Japanese pubs. Now, technically Kimura serves ramen, not pho, but it just had to make the list because it’s that good. We suggest the Tonkotsu with pork belly. And after dinner, how about a walk along the River Walk to end the night?

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Last but surly not least is Viva Pho, located at 2114 NW Military Highway, 78213. Its menu is extensive and the pho is off the chain. And what’s more perfect to pair with your pho than a boba tea drink? Make sure to try out the milk green tea with boba and jelly, yum! But wait, before you dive into that big, warm bowl of pho, we suggest driving a few more minutes north and taking an indoor cycling class at JoyRide Texas at Alon, a high-intensity workout studio that is sure to get you good and hungry for all of that yummy Vietnamese food.

In its origin, pho is eaten as a breakfast food, like cereal for us. But we won’t judge you if you devour it at night. So go get your pho on.