Archive | July 25th, 2011

Local Dish App Available Now on SavorSA

Savor SA now has a quick, convenient way for you to find out what’s cooking in your neighborhood! Follow suggested local bloggers to find out their favorite spots in your hometown! This app is currently only available for the iPhone and iPad.

Traveling? Change your city to read blogs relevant to the city that you’re visiting to find the best places to eat from folks who know!

After you find the review of the restaurant that served the best Crème Brûlée EVER, be sure to share it by posting a link to Facebook or emailing it out to your friends! Read more about this App and view images.

SavorSA thanks fellow food blogger An Average Joe in San Antonio for providing this app.


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What’s Hot: Graeter’s Ice Cream; Great Quality

What’s Hot: Graeter’s Ice Cream; Great Quality

Oprah favors Graeter’s Ice Cream as does Bobby Flay, we’re told. So, SavorSA ice cream enthusiasts decided to try it for ourselves.

After careful sampling, our response was: very good. And please give us more.

Graeter's Ice Cream now at H-E-B stores. There are 24 pint flavors and 5 rotating seasonal flavors.

Back in the 1800s the Graeter family pioneered the French Pot process of making only two gallons at a time with all-natural ingredients like heavy cream and pure cane sugar, according to the labels.

As the company press material rightly states, the result is a “dense, creamy texture and massive chocolate chips.” Look for regular and seasonal flavors (which rotate throughout the year.)

I agree with all of the above, and will add that the flavors are more intense without tasting artificial and without leaving any heavy, sugary aftertaste. In fact, though the ice cream was sweet enough, I didn’t find that I had to race off for a glass of water right after eating it.

The chips: The Graeter’s chocolate chips, which we had in the Mocha Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip and the Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip (our favorite) were more like broken up, good-quality dark chocolate candy bars. No waxy taste. No searching your palate for something that really did taste like chocolate.

The Vanilla flavor was excellent, and Strawberry was also really good, offering up the occasional frozen strawberry. The Butter Pecan was the best example of that flavor that I’ve had in a long time.

Give Graeter’s a try. We went to a regular H-E-B to be sure they were in stock (they were) and to check on the price. At our store they were marked down from $5 a pint to $4.50. And, we discovered what we’ll try next —the Coconut Chocolate Chip.

Featured photograph by Bonnie Walker



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Time to Work Up an Appetite. It’s GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up.

Time to Work Up an Appetite. It’s GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up.

GO TEXAN’s annual Restaurant Round-Up runs July 25-31, which means there are plenty of treats in store for those who want to eat the freshest local fare. Those who purchase any of the following specials will also be helping out the San Antonio Food Bank, which will receive a portion of the profits.

This year’s participating restaurants include:

  • Boardwalk Bistro, 4011 Broadway, 210-824-0100 — Special features include fixed-price Texas lunch and dinner menus. Entrées of Texas seafood, lamb and beef, paired with farm vegetables, as well as desserts made from orchard fruits, Texas cream, eggs and butter. The dinner menu can be paired with an optional flight of Texas wines from seven different wineries and includes a complementary GO TEXAN wine glass. Texas wines also offered by the glass and bottle. A donation from the GO TEXAN meals sold will go to the San Antonio Food Bank.
  • Lüke, 125 E. Houston St., 210-227-5853 — A fixed-price Texas menu featuring three courses includes heirloom tomato and watermelon salad with house-made mozzarella;  Peeler Farms roast chicken with local oyster mushrooms served over red curry squash purée and natural jus; and  Gateau basque, warm vanilla cake served over local peach syrup and topped with house-made crème fraîche. A complimentary glass of Texas wine will be offered with each fixed-price menu ordered. The cost is  $40. A donation will be made to the San Antonio Food Bank.
  • Sea Island Shrimp House, all locations — A special Texas white sangria made with Texas white wine will be offered with 10 percent of the sales going to the San Antonio Food Bank.
  • Tiago’s Cabo Grille, 17711 I-10 W., 210-881-2700, and  8403 Highway 151, 210-647-3600 — A special Texas white sangria made with Texas white wine will be offered with 10 percent of the sales going to the San Antonio Food Bank.


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Big Bob’s Burgers Now Open on Hildebrand

Big Bob’s Burgers Now Open on Hildebrand

Big Bob's opens on Hildebrand Avenue.

Big Bob’s Burgers has moved to 447 Hildebrand Ave. in the space formerly occupied by Cookie’s Factory Outlet.

The menu for now is the same as it was at the now-closed Harry Wurzbach location, owner Robert Riddle says. That means juicy flame-grilled burgers with your favorite toppings, from bacon to guacamole to refried beans and killer fries.

“Nothing is different than the old one, except the place is really nice and there are 50 or so beers available,” he says. “We also have Blue Moon, Dos XX, Shiner, Lone Star and Bud Light on tap.”

Wine drinkers can either try the splits offered or bring their own.

Work is still progressing on the patio, though, in this heat, who really wants to be sitting outside?  When it’s ready, expect live music on the weekends.

Once the grills are broken in and the routine with the burgers is down, Riddle plans to add pizza to the menu.

Hours for the new restaurant are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday.

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