Restaurant Notes & Quotes: Wine, Winners and a Special Dinner

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Robbie Nowlin (Photograph courtesy The Lodge at Castle Hills)

Lodge chef heading to Napa, French Laundry

As we reported last month, the chef de cuisine at The Lodge at Castle Hills, Robbie Nowlin, is headed to a new position at the French Laundry, Thomas Keller’s famed restaurant in Napa Valley, Calif. (Click here for details.)

To celebrate this achievement, Nowlin will be preparing a “Last Dinner” from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. This will be an over-the-top menu featuring caviar, uni steam buns, Moulard duck foie gras en terrine, butter-poached Maine lobster tail, sous vide Akaushi New York strip and crème brulée.

The Lodge is at 1746 Lockhill Selma Road. Call for reservations at (210) 349-8466. Price is $120 a person plus tax and tip.

A win for South Side Whataburger team

San Antonio Whataburger GM Juan Salinas and nine of his employees are $1,000 richer this week, after they took a bronze medal in the Burger Olympics, held in Grapevine. The team is from the Whataburger unit at 503 S.W. Military Drive.

Salinas and the team competed with 16 teams during a two-day competition at the Gaylord Texan Resort. The three-part competition involved a simulated 30-minute lunch rush at a nearby Whataburger restaurant, a game-show style competition and a card game related to Whataburger’s procedures.

Employees who stayed in San Antonio to run the restaurant each also received $100 for their part in making the San Antonio restaurant excel.

All this — and bubble-and-squeak, too!

Check out the Saturday drink specials at all locations of the Lion and Rose British Restaurant & Pub. Guinness Stout, Harp Lager, Half & Halfs pints are $3.95; Bushmills is $4.50.  From 4-7 p.m. on Saturdays, well drinks are $2.99 and a selection of domestic bottled beers are $2.75. From 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., it’s karaoke time, hosted by KJ Krystal and more than 100,000 song titles to choose from.  Check out Lion and Rose locations by clicking here.

Champagne Sunday’s at Max’s

The Sunday brunch menu at Max’s Wine Dive includes several specialty eye-openers: Pomegranate or Blood Orange Mimosa Sunrise (sparkling wine, orange juice and splash of POM pomegranate); Raspberry Mint Mimosas; Peach Bellinis (Prosecco, peach, fresh squeezed orange juice); and Clementine-Ginger Mimosas. You can order each by the glass or get a flight of three.


• All  sparklers sold on-premise are sold at a special “Champagne Sunday” price.

• All sparklers sold for retail (to-go) through The Black Door are sold at case price per bottle.

• Popular trivia, for prizes every hour.

• Drawings — tables can enter by supplying a business card or filling out a Black Door sign up form. Drawings are weekly.
Each Sunday six winners will win a prize and a chance to be entered in the Tête de Cuvée prize drawing — a VIP Champagne/sparkling wine tour for 6 people with Chef James and Max’s Wine Guru, Chris Renteria.

Max’s Wine Dive is at 340 E. Basse Road.  210-444-9547

Texas Pride Barbecue proud to offer Bike Night, Friday Night Fish Fry

The barbecue is good, the peach cobbler sensational, at Texas Pride Barbecue, 2980 E. Loop 1604 in Adkins.

But this time of year there’s even more on the menu.

Celebrating its sixth year while drawing upwards of 500 motorcycle enthusiasts on rides from mild to wild, Bike Night runs from 6:30-10:30 p.m. every Thursday. There is no cover charge.

A favorite for everyone from teenagers, families with toddlers and grandparents, the ninth annual Friday Night Fish Fry & Free Dance takes place from 7-11 p.m. every Friday.

“I want everyone to know that Texas Pride Barbecue is all about families,” owner Tony Talanco said. “All events are family oriented, even Bike Night. The No. 1 reason for doing all these events is to bring families together to have a good time.”

Both events will run weekly through October. Kids can have fun in the safe environment of a large playground.

For more information on upcoming music events, click here. Call for more information at 210-649-3730.

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