Pecan-crusted Fried Chicken at Citrus featured during Restaurant Week, 2010.
Sample some of San Antonio's most exciting restaurant fare during Restaurant Week, which starts Saturday and runs through Aug. 27. Sponsored by Culinaria, this delectable deal comes with specially priced menus of $15 for lunch and $35 for dinner.
Reservations are not required, but you are encouraged to do so if you wish. Make them directly with the restaurants of your choice. The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills is getting a head start by offering its prix fixe meals already. Kirby's Steakhouse, meanwhile, is extended its special through Sept. 3.
A few of the participating restaurants include Antlers Lodge, Auden's Kitchen, Bin 555, Bolo's Rotisserie Grill, the Esquire Tavern, the JW Marriott's 18 Oaks and Cibolo Moon, Ruth's Chris, Texas de Brazil, and Tost. Go to Culinaria's website
for the full list. Here are some of the specials you'll be able to enjoy:
Fig Tree Restaurant, 515 Villita St.
The special menu begins with a Caprese salad of burrata, baby tomatoes and arugula or Gazpacho Andaluz prepared tableside. The main course is a choice of braised short rib with polenta and wild mushrooms or Wahoo Façon Provençal with eggplant caviar, tomatoes and Niçoise olives. Dessert is a choice of chocolate macaron with hazelnut gelato or Macedoine de Fruit Tropicaux. Call 210-224-1976 for reservations.
Kirby's Steakhouse, 123 N. Loop 1604 E.
Restaurant Week special at Kirby's will run Aug. 20-Sept. 3.
The menu opens with an optional additional course that can be had for $7 extra: Grilled Maine Day Boat Scallops with Watercress & Charred Pineapple Green Chili Salsa. The special Restaurant Week menu begins with your choice of the following: Hudson Valley Duck Confit and Pan-seared Foie Gras with a Blackberry Veal Stock Reduction or Maryland-style Crab Cake with Classic Sauce Beurre Blanc. Main course options include 5-ounce Peppered Center Cut Tenderloin with the Signature Cognac Pepper Sauce; Australian Rack of Lamb with Shiitake Mushroom Veal Demi; Hickory-smoked Berkshire Pork Chop with a Bacon Maple Hotel Butter; Grilled Alaskan Halibut with Grilled Asparagus and an Artichoke Cream Sauce; Filet Oscar with Asparagus and Classic Sauce Béarnaise. All entrees served with Susie’s Famous Mashed Potatoes and Fresh Sautéed Vegetables. Dessert choices include Grand Marnier Crème Brûlée, Kirby’s Chocolate Spice Cake and Key Lime Pie. For reservations, 210-404-2221.
The Lodge Restaurant at Castle Hills, 1746 Lockhill Selma Road
The Lodge is already offering its Restaurant Week prix fixe dinner menu:
First course: Pan-seared Diver Scallop with Deconstructed 'Bloody Mary', Celery Root Agnolotti, Charred Heirloom Tomato Coulis, Spring Radish, Preserved Lemon and Picholine Olives; Second course: Choice of Pan-roasted Duck Breast with Yuzu-Carrot Purée, Brussels Sprouts, Wild Mushroom, House-cured Guanciale and Smoked Peach-Bourbon Jus OR Forbidden Rice-crusted Hawaiian Wahoo with Yukon Mousseline, Ginger "Fried" Cauliflower and Coconut Broth. Third course: Choice of Nutella Torte with Housemade Caramel, Peanut Butter Mousse and Hazelnut Nougat or Key Lime Pie Tart with Vanilla Chantilly and Coconut Meringue. For reservations, call 210-349-8466.
Max's Wine Dive, 340 E. Basse Road
The special lunch menu includes Cauliflower Velouté with fried cheese curd dipsticks; a choice of Pulled Crab Tamale with tomato marmalade and roasted sweet red pepper créme fraîche; Fredericksburg Dog with pickled red cabbage, house-made German mustard and Max's frites; or Alamo City Prime Rib Sando with Max's chips. Dessert is White Chocolate and Butterscotch Crème Brûlée. The dinner special includes Pulled Crab Tamale, followed by choice of Pumpkin Gnocchi with brown beurre meunier; Chicken with Butternut Risotto; or Ahi Tuna ($7 upgrade) with ginger-scallion-shiitake rice cake and soy wasabi butter. Dessert is White Chocolate and Butterscotch Crème Brûlée. Call 210-444-9547.
The Shops at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Parkway
Participating restaurants in the Shops include Brio's Tuscan Grille, Grimaldi's, Kona Grill, The Yard House and Z Tejas Southwestern Grill. If you spend $100, you can redeem dining receipts at Customer Service in the mall management office to receive a $20 Shop Etc. gift card. One gift card per person and recipient must be 18 or older, ID required. Available through Aug. 27 while supplies last. Reservations are preferred.