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Restaurant Notes & Quotes: New Watermark Chef, Winter Tost Menu, Ruth’s Chris Treats Kids, and More

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New chef at Watermark Grill

Philippe Pinon has been named executive  chef of Watermark Grill, 18740 Stone Oak Parkway.

The  French-born chef with more than 20 years experience was most recently at the Four Diamond Award-winning Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove.

“We are thrilled to have a chef with Philippe’s depth and breadth of experience join us,” said Patrick J. Kennedy, owner of the Watermark. “We want to give him the opportunity to put his own personal stamp on the restaurant and look forward to unveiling the new menus on Dec. 15. We are excited and we think our guests are going to be as well.”

The restaurant will close temporarily while Pinon works with the staff to prepare the new menus. It will reopen Dec. 15 with new hours as well as a new menu. Watermark Grill will be open for lunch and dinner 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Saturday.  The restaurant will be open for brunch and dinner 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday.

Visit or call 210-483-7600 for more information.

New winter menu at Tost Cafe Français

The braised short rib at Tost.

Seasonal items abound in the new winter menu at Tost Cafe Français,  14415 Blanco Road.

A few samplings include Wild Mushroom Soup, Grilled Caesar Salad, Homemade Country Pâté, Acadian Peppered Shrimp in a Fried Onion Cup, Crispy Skin Salmon served on wilted spinach leaves, a large order of fried mussels (Moules Frites) served with french fries and aioli, Pernod Flambéed Shrimp with sautéed fall vegetables, Shiner Beer Braised Short Ribs, Steak Frites with Beurre  Maitre d’Hotel, and Wild Mushroom Risotto.

For reservations call 210-408-2670.

Ruth’s Chris treats kids to Thanksgiving dinner

The Spurs Coyote and Roy Maas resident Leah get acquainted at the Ruth's Chris Thanksgiving dinner.

It wasn’t just dinner at a restaurant — it was Thanksgiving dinner, Nov. 21,  with all the trimmings at Ruth’s Chris Steak House for residents at Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives. Supporters and even the Spurs mascot, the Coyote, came to dine with the kids on food prepared by chef Chris Brooks and his team.

Lana Duke, who owns both San Antonio locations of Ruth’s Chris as well as restaurants in two other cities, was on hand to enjoy the festivities.

Emcee Sonny Melendez, left, chef Chris Brooks and Ruth's Chris owner Lana Duke host a Thanksgiving meal for residents of Roy Maas' Youth Alternatives.

This marks the sixth year that former foster child Duke has opened the doors of the Concord Plaza location of her San Antonio restaurant to the children of Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives, and prepared a Thanksgiving feast that they will not soon forget.

The San Antonio steakhouse is the only Ruth’s Chris location to undertake this elaborate endeavor. “For many of these children it is the highlight of their year,” says Duke.

Orange Leaf Yogurt’s 12 Days of Christmas

Nothing says holidays like the rich taste of gingerbread or the creamy smoothness of eggnog. Now Orange Leaf Yogurt is offering you a chance to enjoy those flavors without all the calories.

It’s all part of Orange Leaf Yogurt’s “12 Days of Christmas” contest. For every Gingerbread or Eggnog yogurt you purchase from Dec. 1 until Dec. 24, you can enter your name in the “12 Days of Christmas” drawing for a chance to win one of several terrific prizes.

Orange Leaf Yogurt is at 1207 N. Loop 1604 W., Suite, 103, in The Vineyards Shopping Center.  It is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.  Call 210-492-LEAF (5323) or visit

Sunday Fun Days at McNay

The McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., is offering Sunday Fun Days throughout the holiday season.

Families and friends can get together from noon to 5 p.m. each Sunday to view the art collection, shop the gift shop and sample food from Wheelie Gourmet, a new food truck in town.

Neil Hajji, co-owner of Wheelie Gourmet, jumped at the chance to be a part of the Sunday Fun Days. “It seemed like a natural fit since we love to promote the arts and we like to think our food is a an art form in itself, being Moroccan-inspired sandwiches,” he says.

Wheelie Gourmet’s food truck is easy to spot because of a mural created by Eric Fonseca of Cofa Productions. There’s also an environmental green aspect to this foodmobile.  “Our truck runs on bio-fuel that we make ourselves.  No kidding! We collect the vegetable oils that we (and other restaurateurs) cook with and turn it into fuel,” Hajji says.

For more information and locations for Wheelie Gourmet, visit

Grounds and gift shop visitation are free; museum entry-fees apply.  Visit for additional hours and fees. Click here for more information on Wheelie Gourmet.

Golden Arches up north

A new McDonald’s has opened at 3806 N. Loop 1604 E. at Bulverde Road. Call 210-497-4600.

First Saturday buffet at Tommy Moore’s

Tommy Moore’s Café and Deli, 915 S. Hackberry St., is hosting its monthly First Saturday all-you-can-eat buffet from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. this week.

The holiday buffet will include turkey, ham, oyster cornbread dressing and more.

The cost is $10.95 for adults and $6.95 for children ages 6-12. Call 210-531-9800.

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