My wife and I must have happened on Palmer's during an "on" time and I will start out by saying that the experience was at least as good if not better than anticipated. From the cool gated garden entrance, next to the fountain with tree shaded tables interspersed among the lush greenery, I felt like I might have stumbled into the old Brennan's as I remembered it from New Orleans. Stepping into the wonderful old stone house where the rooms have large picture glass windows that overlook the patio, you immediately felt a sense of calm from the dark wood contrasted with the natural lighting from the windows.
We waited in the cozy bar area for a table inside since the summer blast furnace was still cranking out the 100 degree days. Had a mai tai as suggested by a friend. - very good with just the right amount of fruit flavor versus alcohol. Would definitely get one again - and the price was less than $5.
The menu is not extensive, but there is a good selection of comfort foods and ecclectic specialties. The pecan chicken with a dark rich gravy was a solid choice as was the chicken fried steak with cream gravy. The batter of the steak was refreshingly different with a tast of parmesan cheese. NIce touch. Both entrees came with well prepared mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables.
Wait service was acceptable and attentive though the waitress was rather nonchalant as she went about greeting and order taking with a business as usual demeanor.
My one regret is that we do not have more places like it in San Antonio. Los Patios is about as close as it gets, but that place is rather a large conglomerate of patios and buildings.
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