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Fourth Street Inn Now Offers Breakfast, Plus Mardi Gras Parties

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Downtown workers, the Fourth Street Inn, 207 4th St., has an eye-opener in store for you. The restaurant is now offering breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. For $3.99, you can get a plate of eggs as well as your choice of two strips of bacon, two sausage links, two sausage patties or a 3-ounce pork chop. Plus, you get your choice of hash browns or grits and either a biscuit or tortillas. There's also a pancake plate with eggs and a choice of meat for $3.99. Sausage biscuits, a few breakfast tacos, cereal juice and milk are also available. And for the first month, a cup of coffee is 25 cents. Chef Fred Neighbors is hoping to add an an egg station in the future as well as a few expanded items. "We're looking for volunteers to serve" the morning shift, he said. The restaurant, a mission operation of the nearby First Baptist Church, would like to get some helpers who can work on a regular basis. In exchange for serving, the workers will receive either breakfast or lunch, Neighbors said. Call 210-854-4867. SoGo on the go

Chef Mark Arriola

Chef Mark Arriola may have closed the original SoGo at 19903 Stone Oak Parkway, but it's not the end of SoGo. There are now several SoGo Express locations. The original at 9311 San Pedro Ave. has been joined by two in Spectrum Clubs. The locations are at 21044 U.S. 281 at Evans Road and 7341 Merton Minter in the Medical Center area. He also has a table at the Pearl Brewery farmers market every Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning. Plus, you can expect to see him in a new food truck within the month. It won't be SoGo, however. "It's going to be all pork," he said, "a study in pork." Arriola hasn't decided on a name for the vehicle yet, but if it's all pork, you'll know it from the intoxicating aroma coming from it. Two Mardi Parties Tuesday is Mardi Gras. Here are two parties for those who want to live it up as if this were New Orleans
  • Abita Beer, one of New Orleans' best microbrews, is hosting a Mardi Gras party at the Depot at Sunset Station, 1174 E. Commerce St., Tuesday. The free event for those 21 years old or older is from 5 to 8 p.m. Merge and the Flames of Red will perform. Partygoers will also have a chance to sign up to win a trip for two to New Orleans.
  • Coco XO, the bar next to Coco Chocolate Lounge, 18402 U.S. 281, will let the good times roll starting at 8 p.m. Complimentary beads, French Quarter specials and the Stan Wayne Band are all part of the event. The $7 cover includes appetizers.
Chili cookoff at the Hangin' Tree The Hangin' Tree Saloon, 18424 2nd St., Bracken, is having its Spring Chili Cookoff March 26. The categories are chili, beans, ribs and showmanship. A $10 entry fee per item cooked is required. A benefit auction for Dorothy toon will also be held. Judging begins at 3 p.m. For details, call (210) 651-5812. Scotch dinner at Crumpets Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, is hosting a single-malt Scotch dinner at 7 p.m. March 18. Chef Francois Maeder will prepare the multi-course dinner to pair with the following:
  • Oban, a 14-year-old Scotch from the Highland region
  • Lagavulin, a 16-year-old Scotch from Islay region
  • Dalwhinnie, a 15-year-old Scotch from the Highland region
  • Cragganmore, a 12-year-old Scotch from the Speyside region
  • Glenmorangie, a 10-year-old Scotch from the Highland region
  • Singleton, an 11-year-old Scotch from the Highland region
The cost of the dinner is $45 a person, plus tax and tip. For reservations, call 210-821-5600. Cabo Seafood + Bar to open soon On the heels of the news that Watermark Grill was closing comes the announce that Cabo Seafood + Bar will open in Stone Oak in early April. The restaurant will be at 20626 Stone Oak Parkway. The menu will feature seafood flavors from Mexico, Spain, Greece, Japan, Hawaii and the Texas Gulf Coast. Starters include ceviche, tostadas, tuna tartare tacos and octopus sticks, for those who want a quick bite with a pisco sour. Carpaccios of octopus, shrimp, yellow tuna and swordfish are at a raw bar with oysters of the day. Chef Rodrigo Garcia Ugartechea was born in Mexico City and studied in Vitznau, Switzerland, as well as Toledo, Spain. He has also worked at Café des Artistes for Damien Watel. The owners are Maria and Juan Pablo Mendez. Coming soon Maars Pizza is coming soon to 14218 Nacogdoches Road, home of the former Pizzabella. What's the word on D's Seafood? More than a few of us are wondering when D's Seafood, Jerk and More on Rittiman Road will be reopening. The sign on the door says soon, but if you have any information, please e-mail griffin@savorsa.com.
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