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Bernard’s Takes a Taste of New Orleans into the Express Lane

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Bernard’s Creole Kitchen is expanding, which is great news for anyone in San Antonio who loves a taste of New Orleans.

bernardsThe restaurant, based at Stinson Airport, now has an express kitchen in Pica Pica Plaza, 910 S.E. Military Drive.

“My goal is to somewhat turn Bernard’s into a chain of locations without losing the flavor of New Orleans,” owner Bernard McGraw says. “We’ve noticed for years now that more than 50 percent of our customers come from other parts of San Antonio. A huge chunk of them come in from the north side side of town. I would like to one have a location or two over in that area, offering our greatest hits, so to speak, meaning all our favorites that have stood the test of time” Ain’t Ya Momma’s Meatloaf, catfish, Big Momma’s Deep Fried Pork Chops, Gumbo, A-2 fay, Cajun stuffed chicken breast, etc. Oh and red beans and rice.”

McGraw says he hopes to be “cooking from one location and shipping food to other locations, ensuring that all the restaurants will be enjoying the same great food.”

“Compared to the menu at Stinson, we would like to cut back on the lengthy menu and offer only the classics,” he says, adding there will be “a short list of our famous po’boys and signature chicken and waffles.”

“The problem is we have so many great items. This will be a challenge. That’s why we are using Pica Pica Plaza as a tester. We have our work cut out for us, but I’m excited about it.”

McGraw moved to San Antonio in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He brought his family here and opened Bernard’s Creole Kitchen & Catering, which has had several locations on the south side before moving to Stinson Airfield. No matter the location, McGraw’s food is well worth seeking out. For more information, call 210-921-1112.

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