Outer Southeast – San Antonio, TX

Outer Southeast San Antonio contains large areas of undeveloped land used for farming and animal pastures. Residents may be located several miles apart from each other with very little commercial development and paved roadways. Roads connect the main arteries, with dirt and gravel roadways servicing the farms and pastures. Much of the land remains gated or fenced off, restricting access from passers by. Outer Southeast stands around 12 miles south east of downtown San Antonio. Highway 87 runs along the northern edge of the Outer Southeast area, and provides most residents with access to the necessities, such as groceries, gas and retail stores.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

The area maintains self sufficiency with farm-raised produce and animals providing much of the sustenance for residents in Outer Southeast San Antonio. When visiting, head north to Highway 87 to find a few local restaurants that also serve as bars to the residents of Outer Southeast. Chile Verde Mexican Restaurant stands out from the crowd with authentic flavors from south of the border. The green chile salsa packs quite a punch, and the mini tacos give you more than a fair share of food. Get your tacos with pastor, or pork, for a juicy and tender taco filling. For an authentic beef experience, try Bubba's Burgers & Fries. The burgers have just the right amount of grease, and the crispy onion rings make for a great complement. Get a real feel for rural living at Bubbas as you watch cattle graze in the distance. The atmosphere inside can only be described as NASCAR. The memorabilia and decor covers the interior showing the owner's, as well as locals, passion for the sport. Wash down the tender, juicy beef with a large cup of sweet tea, and finish off the meal with a warm moonpie. At night, locals looking for somewhere to grab a drink head to Friendz Bar to watch the Cowboys, Texans or Spurs play. This neighborhood lacks a true bar experience, so locals head into San Antonio proper to enjoy a drink among friends and fans. When you want to cut up the dance floor, head west toward downtown San Antonio where a lively river-walk area and bar district awaits.

History & Culture

Outer Southeast San Antonio grew out of a need to provide resources for settlers as discovery spread throughout Texas. San Antonio famously holds The Alamo as one of its most historic landmarks, site of a pivotal battle in the Mexican-American War. As a southern city near Mexico, San Antonio borrows from Latin American, early American, and Asian cultures to meld a unique and diverse history. Within San Antonio lies the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Witte Museum. The art museum hosts numerous cultural events, and the Witte museum has a mixture of science and cultural exhibits. Annually in April, the city celebrates Fiesta, an 11-day event commemorating the victory over the Mexican army.

Transportation

Residents favor personal vehicles to public transportation in the area due to the rural landscape, however, public transportation sits along Highway 87 with multiple stops accessible. The VIA Metropolitan Transit system services Outer Southeast, and you can reach downtown San Antonio for $1.20 normally or $2.50 using the express bus. Biking lanes do not exist along the major roadways, but the lack of traffic within the area makes this area biker-friendly. Walking becomes difficult simply due to the distance between areas of interest. Lack of sidewalks also make walking unsafe. Uber and taxi cabs service the area, however, obtaining a ride may be a challenge due to the rural nature of the area.

Cost

The cost of living in Outer Southeast sits 1.4 percent lower than the Texas average and nearly 12 percent lower than the national average. Reaching downtown San Antonio costs $1.20 via public transit though residents opt for personal vehicles. The typical cost of a one-bedroom apartment stands at $624 due to the remote location and lack of housing options. A pint of beer costs $3 at any of the local bars and restaurants with most offering specials for the hardworking farm crowd. On average, gas sits 11 percent below the national average.

Shopping

To reach shopping and retail stores, travel west toward downtown San Antonio. There several malls await, including Rivercenter Mall and North Star Mall. Here you find retailers such as American Eagle Outfitters, Express and Macy's. San Antonio hides a unique set of boutiques perfect for finding odd clothing and vintage accessories. Dirt Cheap Distro holds a wide variety of unique movies, music and clothing. The store specializes in horror t-shirts, but also has Gothic-style jewelry and accessories. Shoppers young and old visit to get their hands on rare and grotesque items for special occasions and theme parties. The decor may be creepy, but the staff and owners expend every effort to ensure you find exactly what you need. contact/cvrh" Montage Vintage delights the hipster as well as the antique collector with its vast selection of jewelry, clothing and accessories. The vintage pieces change from week to week, and everything in the store has a story behind it. The staff's passionate knowledge of the vintage items they sell show through in their enthusiasm to help their customers. From sunglasses to oversized hats, the store puts the fashions of yesteryear at your fingertips. H-E-B services the area, and provides residents the necessities they cannot grow or furnish themselves. Along Highway 87, several local markets reside, providing fresh produce and goods to locals. Heading west toward San Antonio takes you to Pearl Farmer's Market, which houses fresh produce and homemade concoctions from local growers. The market also keeps an online schedule of produce available to further assist you in obtaining the items you seek.

Parks

South Side Lions Park provides the go-to park for recreation and exercise enthusiasts. The park lies several miles west of Outer Southeast San Antonio. Within the park, guests enjoy hiking, jogging and biking trails. A dam was built to fill the lake where fishing takes place. The four pavilions and numerous picnic areas allow for lazy afternoon cookouts and special events. A gym, community center, tennis courts and athletic fields host recreational events throughout the weekends with special reservations available to accommodate larger parties. Pets are welcome within the park on leash, with two off-leash parks located closer to downtown San Antonio. Annually, the parks host a number of events including youth-sports tournaments and biking events along its trails. South Side Lions Park from time to time hosts fun runs as well to encourage residents to enjoy the outdoors and recreational activity.
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