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Restaurant Notes & Quotes: Victoria Beer Comes to La Gloria; Phil’s Opens

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Victoria is now available at La Gloria.

La Gloria welcomes Victoria

For the past 145 years, Victoria has been brewed and sold in Mexico. The Vienna-style beer has come to take on a certain mystique because it was available only south of the border.

Now that is changing. This month, Victoria became available in Texas and is now for sale at La Gloria Ice House, 100 E. Grayson St.

Chef and owner Johnny Hernandez launched sales of the beer at his restaurant with a party pairing it with quesadillas, cochinita pibil, street tacos and more, all to show his efforts to present Mexico City-style food and drink at La Gloria. And how good the beer is when paired with the savory bites.

“It’s a great all-around food beer,” he says.

Hernandez is also using Victoria to make his cheladas and micheladas.

A michelada made with Victoria.

The two beer-based cocktails are not what you’d expect from what’s served in many places around town. Neither is a Bloody Mary made with beer instead of vodka, for example.

You don’t find that much in Mexico, Hernandez says.But you also don’t find a great deal of consistency from place to place, so Hernandez developed his recipes using what he liked best from his travels.

He makes his chelada with plenty of fresh lime juice and salt on the rim. The michelada is made with Maggi Seasoning, Worchestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce and soy sauce, all mixed with beer and also served with a salted rim.

Second location for Big Bob’s

Robert Riddle is planning on a second location of Big Bob’s Burgers.

He and partner Larry Walker, former publisher of the San Antonio Express-News, hope to open the restaurant on Hildebrand Avenue between San Pedro and Blanco Road in the spring.

The site is currently occupied by Cookie’s Discount Fashions.

The new restaurant will seat about 100 and will feature pizza in addition to burgers, Riddle says.

There will also be a party room for private parties, he says. Beer will be available and diners can bring their own wine to drink without a corkage fee.

Phil’s Texas Diner opens

Phil’s Texas Diner has opened inside the new Evil Olive Elixir Lounge at 2950 Thousand Oaks Drive.

The menu offers barbecue, burgers, pizza, barbecue nachos and desserts in a setting surrounded by a full-service, non-smoking bar. You can also get a 16-ounce bottle of Phil’s Drunk BBQ Sauce to go.

Hours are 4 p.m.-2 a.m. daily. Call 210-495-0957.

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