San Antonio’s Little Red Barn – A Family Tradition

IMG957386My husband’s family has gone to the Little Red Barn for ages. When he first took me there, he told me that it was his Grandparents’ favorite restaurant for a night out. And now just about every time that we go back to visit family, we find ourselves going to Little Red Barn and that’s okay, because it really is a nice restaurant.

Located close to the intersection of Interstate 10 and 37, the first thing I noticed about the Little Red Barn is that it’s not that little. The sprawling building has a lot of dining space making reservations unnecessary unless you are bringing a big crowd. When you arrive you are promptly shown to a table by a waitress wearing cowboy boots. I’ve been there three times and each time have eaten in a separateIMG957390 dining area with its own western decor. The tables are picnic tables and the restaurant serves sweet tea in pitches making it feel very simple and homey. All of the dishes are served on heavy metal silver plates and bowls which make you feel like you are dining out on the trail.

Rather than paper menus the restaurant lists their entire menu on a wooden/poster sign board. One of the great tings about the restaurant is that they serve steaks in all sizes so you can really find one that is the right amount for you. One of the things that frustrates me about most steakhouses is that the steaks are such huge portions, I feel like part of it goes to waste. The 6 oz sirloin at the Little Red Barn is just my size.

IMG957391Each diner at the restaurant gets their own small salad. The salad is a simple mix of lettuce, tomato, cheese, and croutons and your choice of dressing on the side. The green goddess dressing is a very popular choice, but they also have basics like ranch and thousand island. The salad is really simple, but for some reason it’s really good in a way I can’t explain. I’m honestly hungry for a Little Red Barn salad as I write this review. IMG957392

For my main course, I always order the smallest sirloin steak and for a side you have a choice of french fries, baked potato, or green beans. Last time I ordered the french fries, but they have a loaded baked potato that looks delicious and will be my go-to from now on. My husband orders a larger rib-eye and adds a 6 piece shrimp to his order. Even though it’s a steak house, the Little Red Barn is quite famous for their shrimp.

Overall, we really love visiting the Little Red Barn in San Antonio. It’s a great, simple restaurant with very reasonable prices. Because of the atmosphere it works great if you’re celebrating an occasion or even if you just want a nice dinner out with family and friends. We highly recommend it and I’m sure will be back many times in the future.

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