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Offline badknees

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Re: presidio
« Reply #30 on: February 07, 2012, 08:42:31 PM »
The cable car across the river is used by International Boundary
& Water Commission and USGS personnel.  When the river is too high to wade across (like I used
to do) to measure the discharge of water in the river, the cable car is used to lower instruments
into the river from above.  Quite an experience to dangle up there ......

This one:




Not all those who wander are lost.
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Offline blubear

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Re: presidio
« Reply #31 on: February 08, 2012, 05:03:59 AM »
Anybody been to the Enlightened Bean restaurant in Presidio, or know if it's still open? had interesting recipe food and artsy atmosphere. Who's the lady who runs it?

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Re: presidio
« Reply #32 on: February 08, 2012, 09:13:07 AM »
I believe the Enlightened Bean is open.  My dad gave me a the February issue of "Texas Highways" whose cover story highlights FM 170 and points beyond and the article included a photo and brief mention of that cafe.

http://www.texashighways.com/index.php/component/content/article/35-hill-country/6363-presidio-checklist

I'm going through there next week and may end up stopping there.


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Re: presidio
« Reply #33 on: February 08, 2012, 04:12:37 PM »
If you go, please post your impressions.

we we were there abt a year ago and it made our Presidio stop much more pleasant.

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Offline chris

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Re: presidio
« Reply #34 on: March 09, 2012, 11:26:02 AM »
If you go, please post your impressions.

we we were there abt a year ago and it made our Presidio stop much more pleasant.

Unfortunately, they were closed when we passed through as it was a Sunday afternoon.  I was a little disappointed!

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Re: presidio
« Reply #35 on: March 17, 2014, 10:59:10 AM »
About a month ago I stayed in Presidio for 4 days.

Reata Motel: Clean. Microwave, fridge, TV, A/C all worked well. Shower had plenty of hot water with good pressure. Vent fan buzzed like all get out until you give it a couple of whacks (seems like every hotel I go to either doesn't have a vent fan or it annoyingly buzzes  :eusa_eh: ). Enough outlets for charging stuff, table and chairs. Friendly staff, honest housekeeping staff (didn't even take the tip the first day), I suggest getting a room on the north side just to stay cooler but I didn't try the south side so it may be OK. Sometimes the office is closed but there is usually a number to call in the window, have a phone available when you want to check in just in case. They were there within 10 minutes of our call. Nice long coiled water hose available for rinsing down your vehicles or what ever.

El Patio: Food so-so, service barely adequate, and staff demeanor said they wanted to be anywhere but there. Staff mostly looked out the window.
Salsa was flavorful but came in a cup so small you needed to break the chips in half before you could dip them. I wouldn't go back for dinner here.

Subway: Pretty good, friendly staff, clean facility but much same as most Subways (not like the one near Cypress @ 9522 Huffmeister Road)
Building looked like it used to be an auto parts store, but it was nice inside.

Oasis: Friendly, attentive service, and the food was good!. Outside appearance not much, looks much better on the inside.

Canla's: We wanted to try it but we couldn't find it, I'll admit we were tired and didn't try too hard, just gave up and went to Subway.

Other info: We saw huge clouds of dust trails along Hwy 170 in the early evening when we first arrived, we wondered what that was. Then when we went down (Up?) 170 towards Ruidosa the next day and saw a bunch of tires chained together which we guessed was used to drag the shoulders of the road. I thought maybe one of those adopt a highway groups was trying for an award. We later found out from a local that the large Border Patrol compound (across from the Oasis Restaurant) was the first stop for BP agents after their basic training for continued field training. The low level of violence in the area makes it an ideal first stop for field training (again according to the local citizen). Thus, since the road shoulder grooming was concentrated along the section of road closest to Presidio, we guessed it was for BP training. Later we saw BP agents on horseback walking the road presumably searching for foot prints in the fresh grooming,  either for training purposes or for real or both perhaps. I think someone mentioned Presidio's good sunsets, maybe the road shoulder dust is helping that.

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Re: presidio
« Reply #36 on: March 18, 2014, 08:59:20 AM »
El Patio: Food so-so, service barely adequate, and staff demeanor said they wanted to be anywhere but there. Staff mostly looked out the window.
Salsa was flavorful but came in a cup so small you needed to break the chips in half before you could dip them. I wouldn't go back for dinner here.

Thanks Marty. I am a little surprised with your review of El Patio, it had received such great reviews in the past.

Don
Don
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Offline Don H

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Re: presidio
« Reply #37 on: March 18, 2014, 11:33:02 AM »
Me and the Mrs. ate there last Sept. on our way from the park to New Mexico and have to agree with FartyMarty - food was so-so and service was less than desirable.  Are there any other Mexican restaurants in Presidio?
"Rugged isolation in a Jeep with the top down, doors off, sweaty, dusty, listening to your flavor of tunes, immersed in the most beautiful and beguiling desert mountains in all of the Southwest, the Sierra Quemada. Nothing short of spiritual cleansing. " D. Locke

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Re: presidio
« Reply #38 on: March 18, 2014, 05:29:56 PM »
Me and the Mrs. ate there last Sept. on our way from the park to New Mexico and have to agree with FartyMarty - food was so-so and service was less than desirable.  Are there any other Mexican restaurants in Presidio?

This site, lists 4 Mexican Restaurants including El Patio, but I know nothing about them.

La Pasadita Bar & Grill seems to be the only one with a web site, open since 1998.

Don
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Re: presidio
« Reply #39 on: March 18, 2014, 10:50:04 PM »
Thanks Marty. I am a little surprised with your review of El Patio, it had received such great reviews in the past.
Don

You're welcome. Yeah Don, having read those reviews, I was surprised too.

Happy Birthday Don!  :happybirthday3:
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Re: presidio
« Reply #40 on: March 19, 2014, 03:16:52 PM »
Happy Birthday Don!  :happybirthday3:

Thank you sir. It was indeed!

Don
Don
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Re: presidio
« Reply #41 on: March 19, 2014, 03:56:21 PM »
El Patio: Food so-so, service barely adequate, and staff demeanor said they wanted to be anywhere but there. Staff mostly looked out the window.
Salsa was flavorful but came in a cup so small you needed to break the chips in half before you could dip them. I wouldn't go back for dinner here.

Thanks Marty. I am a little surprised with your review of El Patio, it had received such great reviews in the past.

Don
My experience at El Patio was just fine a couple of years ago.  Hopefully, the bad experience was a fluke.
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Re: presidio
« Reply #42 on: March 19, 2014, 04:50:53 PM »
El Patio: Food so-so, service barely adequate, and staff demeanor said they wanted to be anywhere but there. Staff mostly looked out the window.
Salsa was flavorful but came in a cup so small you needed to break the chips in half before you could dip them. I wouldn't go back for dinner here.

Thanks Marty. I am a little surprised with your review of El Patio, it had received such great reviews in the past.

Don
My experience at El Patio was just fine a couple of years ago.  Hopefully, the bad experience was a fluke.

Tried it this past April; I'd give it a C- at best. YMMV, of course.
John & Tess

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Re: presidio
« Reply #43 on: March 19, 2014, 10:10:02 PM »
Not the best place. Not many other options there

 


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