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Burgers, Children’s Plates, Fine Spirits and More on the Menu

Burgers, Children’s Plates, Fine Spirits and More on the Menu

Culinaria’s fourth annual Restaurant Week has begun and many of us are getting our appetites into overdrive.

This year’s line still includes multi-course lunches for $15 and dinners for $35 at restaurants around town. But there’s also a food truck event on Aug. 20.

For a full list of participants, click here.

But that’s not the only restaurant news in town.

Fattboy expands

Fattboy Burgers is opening a second location.

Fattboy Burgers is opening a second location.

Fattboy Burgers, 2345 Vance Jackson Road, is expanding.

The burger joint is opening a second location in a few weeks. It will be at 11224 Huebner Road, just off I-10, in the same space that Fat Burger — not to mention a number of other restaurants — once occupied.

Don’t confuse the two.

Fattboy offers a juicy burger with your choice from an extensive array of toppings, including mushrooms, grilled onions, grilled jalapeños and grilled bell pepper. Hebrew National hot dogs, fried pickles, onion rings, fried mushrooms and freshly cut fries fill out the menu.

Fat Burger offered an uncooked malnourished burger with unremarkable fries, which was one explanation as to why it went out of business quickly.

Fattboy should be open in early September if all goes according to schedule.

Beat Street introduces a new menu

Beat Street Coffee Co. and Bistro, 2512 N. Main Ave., has changed up a few items on its menu.

New dishes include a small plate of shrimp a la plancha with caponata and large plates of Mussels/Migas and Olive-Crusted Tuna.

Plus, the hangar steak is now being served with caramelized cauliflower, sherry raisins, olives and salsa verde.

Call (210) 320-2099.

News from NAO

NAO, the restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America’s San Antonio campus, has two new projects in the works.

On Saturdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., they are staging a pop-up taco stand at the fire pit at the center of the Pearl campus. The stand is offering the likes of suckling pig and roasted pork tacos as well as aguas frescas for customers to enjoy while they go to the Pearl Farmers Market.

Plus, the restaurant is now offering a Fire & Ice happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays featuring $3 small plates as well as specials on beer, wine, sangria and aguas frescas.

NAO is at 312 Pearl Parkway. Call (210) 554-6484.

Myron’s hosts Patrón dinner

patronMyron’s Prime Steakhouse, 10003 N.W. Military Hwy., is hosting a Patrón Family Spirits dinner at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22.

The first course pairs a salad of cold water lobster, jumbo lump crab, golden dorado and shrimp with a Pyrat Rum Mojito. It is followed by  Inside Out Lettuce Wraps with seared Kansas City strip, mango pico, and watermelon with an Ultimat Vodka Mule.

A filet slider with chimichurri, cilantro, pickled onions and queso fresco with Patrón Añejo & Grand Platinum. Closing out the evening is a  chocolate caramel shooter with a Patrón Cocoa Martini.

The cost of the dinner is  $85.95 plus tax and tip. Call (210) 493-3031 for reservations.

Luce adds children’s menu

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, has added a children’s menu.

The dishes include Linguine and Meatball, Cheese Ravioli, Fettuccine Alfredo, and Chicken Tenders and Fries. Each plate comes with a soft drink. The price of each is $4.99.

For information, call (210) 561-9700.

Vacation time

  • Rossini Italian Bistro, 2195 N.W. Military Hwy., has reopened after a brief vacation. Call (210) 615-7270 for information.
  • Saveurs 209, 209 Broadway, will be closed Aug. 20-Sept. 3, so that the owners, the Nykiels, can take a vacation. Call (210) 639-3165.
Ruth's Chris's Filet Mignon

Ruth’s Chris’s Filet Mignon

Ruth’s Chris job fair

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, which is moving to the Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market St., is having a job fair Aug. 19-22 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The location is the its now-closed Sunset Station location,  1170 E. Commerce St.

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Notes & Quotes: Lobster-Mania, Ramen Shop and More

Notes & Quotes: Lobster-Mania, Ramen Shop and More

Francescas Lobster Salad croppedIf you love lobster, you’ll be happy that it’s almost time for Groomer’s Seafood’s 2nd annual Lobster-Mania. This celebration of deliciousness and how to get your hands on some for a great price happens Aug. 1-3, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

“For those of you who are new to shopping with Groomer’s, Lobster-Mania is the time of the year where we bring in thousands of live Maine lobsters and sell them for as low as possible! The price however is all in the hands of our customers,” says Blake Groomer.

It works like this: The more people who like Groomer’s Facebook page — and that’s already a lot of us — the lower go their prices. If they can add another 500 likes to their page in the next week, they’ll be selling those crustaceans for $7.95 each. If 1,000 like them, that price goes down to $6.95. (Cut-off to add your name to their Facebook ‘likes’ is Monday.) That’s social media in action!  Groomer’s Seafood is at 9401 McCullough Ave.


Zaza Gallery

Entryway to Zaza Gardens, on South Flores.

Slow Food South Texas Farm Dinner: Featuring chef John Russ

Slow Food South Texas’ next farm dinner will be at Zaza Gardens in downtown San Antonio for a Celebration of Farms with chef John Russ. Russ is executive chef at Lüke, San Antonio.  The dinner is Sunday, Aug. 11, and goes from 5:30 – 9 p.m. at Zaza, 723 S. Flores St.

Participating Farmers include Rancho Ojo de Agua, Braune Farms, Kitchen Pride Mushrooms, Peeler Farms, South Texas Heritage Pork, Oak Hill Farms, and Gulf Oysters from Port Aransas. Featuring Texas beer and wine from Karbach Brewing Company and others.

Wander from station to station devouring the joint creations of chef Russ and our local farmers and ranchers. Sip beverages from Texas beer and wine makers and mingle with your fellow foodies. Click here to buy tickets.

The next Slow Food farm dinner is Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, Oct. 12, 2013 Traditional Family Style.


Kimura Ramen Shop to open Monday

Chef Michael Sohocki will be opening Kimura, next to Restaurant Gwendolyn, a 152 Pecan St., in the space vacated by Cakery Bakery.  Sohocki said a soft opening this week will give him some information to go on in the last few days as he irons out the menu’s offerings before opening on Monday, July 29.

Noodle eaters in "Tampopo" Japanese comedy filmed in 1985.

Noodle eaters in “Tampopo” Japanese comedy filmed in 1985.

To whet your appetite for this Japanese (by way of China) dish we’d suggest checking out one of our favorite foodie movies, “Tampopo.”

Ramen noodles, and the proper preparation thereof, was a focal point for the Japanese movie, filmed in 1985. The production and consumption of ramen was a large part of the 1985 Japanese comedy film. Truck drivers, Goro and Gun help a widow polish up her product and thus save her languishing ramen shop – though food of all sorts is touched on in this comedy. There are many types of ramen, and the movie leaves you with an appreciation for this simple – or not so simple, as it turns out – food.


Hat’s on!  San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Bar-B-Que Cook-off & Festival

smokin' joe's barbecueThe San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Bar-B-Que Cook-Off & Festival is coming up Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28. Spend Friday evening at the Ace in the Hole Casino Night (must be 21 and older) including great food, Las Vegas-style gaming, music and live and silent auctions.

Saturday is a full day of  family-friendly events and activities including Mutton Bustin’.  Enjoy live music throughout the day, shopping and plenty of Texas barbecue  to sample.

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Bar-B-Que Cook-Off is a championship event sanctioned by the Texas Gulf Coast Bar-B-Que Cookers Association.  The cook-off features over 300 teams of the world’s best barbecuers. For more information click on their page here.


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Notes & Quotes: Ruth’s Chris on the Move; Restaurant Week

Notes & Quotes: Ruth’s Chris on the Move; Restaurant Week

Barbecue chickenCopa Wine Bar  turns up the smoke Saturday — all for a good cause
On Saturday (July 20) at Copa Wine Bar, owner Jeff Bridges will be smoking briskets and chickens, with sides, for a benefit at the request of a boy named Rowan. The event will go from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or as long as the barbecue and beer last.

Rowan, who is only 6, has been diagnosed with a rare disorder, Shwachmann-Diamond Syndrome. It affects the pancreas, GI tract, immune system, blood and bone marrow. He has spent over 800 days in the hospital, had dozens of blood transfusions, made 59 trips to the operating room, yet is one of the happiest, most amazing little boys you’ll ever meet.

On Sunday, July 21, he’ll be 7, and he asked if his friends, instead of bringing him gifts, would donate to Kidd’s Kids. So, the barbecue will be $20 a plate, or $50 for a family of four. Each plate comes with a beverage ticket good for a Blue Moon Belgian White Ale, or a glass of wine, or a glass of Rowan’s famous Ginger Lemonade. There will also be silent auction items and some great live entertainment from The Reality Project Band.  Copa Wine Bar is at 19141 Stone Oak Pkwy.


Ruth’s Chris downtown location to close on Commerce Street July 27

filet mignon Ruth's ChrisThe Ruth’s Chris Steak House at 170 E. Commerce St. in Sunset Station will be closing this month. The last day of business at this location will be Saturday, July 27.

In the near future, Ruth’s Chris will open a new location on the River Walk, that will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offer complimentary valet parking. The restaurant will have an extensive Prime Bar inside and a large patio with bar outside directly on the River Walk. Look forward also to River Barge Dining Charters offering a Ruth’s Chris Steak House dining experience as well.

The new Ruth’s Chris will be at the Grand Hyatt, at 600 E. Market St. The restaurant is expected to open late in September.

Feliz cumpleaños with Choripán Saturday

Gaucho Gourmet fans, when you go to GauchoGourmet, 935 Isom Road, to do your shopping for some of the imported charcuterie, cheeses and much more, you can help celebrate Luciano Ciorciari’s birthday this coming Saturday, July 20, with a traditional  Choripán sandwich for lunch. Served this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the sandwiches are $6 each. 

Choripán is a type of sandwich with chorizo popular in Argentina and other Latin and South American countries. The name comes from the combination of the names of its ingredients: a grilled chorizo (sausage) and a pan (crusty bread) such as a baguette. It was invented in Argentina and is traditionally topped with chimichurri sauce made from finely chopped parsley, minced garlic, olive oil, oregano, and vinegar.
Culinaria Restaurant Week Aug. 17-24

Culinaria Restaurant Week 2013Now in its fourth year, Culinaria Restaurant Week will be here soon to tempt your palates, introduce you to newcomers and give you a chance to dine out in style Aug. 17- 24.

Restaurants such as Arcade Midtown Kitchen, The Boiler House and Texas de Brazil, join founding participating restaurants such as Bin 555, Biga on the Banks, Kirby’s and more, to offer three-course, pre-fixe menus for $15 at lunch and $35 at dinner.

Participating restaurants span the city from downtown to Alamo Heights, to Stone Oak and La Cantera Parkway. Reservations are not required, but encouraged.

“Restaurant Week presents a tremendous opportunity for local residents and out-of-town visitors to discover the art of gourmet dining in San Antonio at affordable prices,” says Suzanne Taranto-Etheredge, president and CEO of Culinaria. “Plus, it generates excitement and buzz about the wide range of choices and excellent food that defines our city,” she said.

For an up-to-date list of participating restaurants, click here.


Violas Ventanas croppedA sweet treat at Los Barrios’ restaurants all month, for Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation

Throughout this month, you can celebrate with the Barrios family as they continue to build restaurant founder Viola Barrios’ legacy by giving — and offering customers a sweet treat in commemoration of Barrios’ birthday.

Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation is a charitable organization that was set up after Barrios’ death to carry on her spirit of generosity. The Foundation recently presented full scholarships that will support three young women through high school. One scholar has gone on to earn a scholarship, residency included, to Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

If you purchase a slice of Viola’s Heart Cake, a chocolate or vanilla cake with creamy flan, or the entire cake, at any of the three Barrios restaurants in San Antonio, all proceeds will go directly to the foundation. The piece of cake costs $5.99 and a whole cake is $49.99.

The restaurants are Los Barrios at 4223 Blanco Road, La Hacienda de Los Barrios at 18747 Redland Road and Viola’s Vantanas at 9660 Westover Hills Blvd, 2 miles from Sea World. Or, you can mail a tax-deductible donation to: Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation, PO Box 700508, San Antonio, TX 78270. Visit the foundation’s website by clicking here.









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Restaurant Notes & Quotes: Chefs’ Coop Dinner and More

Restaurant Notes & Quotes: Chefs’ Coop Dinner and More

Z Tejas skillet pan cropped









Z Tejas Southwestern Grill’s Cool New Summer Items

Z Tejas announces a few new temptations on their menu. These include four new entrees, along with Two Berry Delicious Skinny Cocktails and a twist on a dessert classic, S’mores Cake with a Root Beer Float.  Z Tejas is at the Shops at La Cantera. (210) 690-3334.


Fig Tree Dining RoomFig Tree welcomes new chef, Laurent Rea

“I’ve known Laurent for some time now, since he worked at L’Etoile. I’ve been very interested in him and his talent, and we are all very glad to have him here, now, at the Fig Tree.”  — Moe Lazri, general manager, Little Rhein and Fig Tree. See more on the Fig Tree Bastille Day celebration this week here.


Enjoy a taste of Italy at Crumpet’s Vintner Dinner Friday

Fine dining and wine tasting will come together on Friday, July 12, at 7 p.m. Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery will be hosting a wine dinner featuring five Italian wines for guests to enjoy along with a specially prepared Italian inspired gourmet menu by chef/owner Francois Maeder.

The cost of this event is $70 per person, plus tax and tip. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information and to make reservations, call (210) 821-5600. Crumpets is at 3920 Harry Wurzbach.

The menu (wines listed first, per course):  Ca De Meo Gavi, Gamberetti con Salsa Crema d’anglio;  Tenuta del Buonamico Bianco-Montecarlo, Indiva Brasato con Proscuitto Mozzarella; Macato La Giareta Cabernet Franc, Raviolo Frito de Carne;  David Sterza Valpollcella Superiore Ripasso, Vitella del Piemonte; Villa de Filicaja Vin Santo Del Riserva, Meringa con gelato e lampone freschi.

Johnny Hernandez addresses CIA SA grads

Johnny Hernandez chef

Johnny Hernandez

Ten students at the Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio, received their associate in applied science diplomas during commencement ceremonies at the Pearl complex last week.

San Antonio native Johnny Hernandez, a 1989 graduate of the CIA at the college’s main campus in Hyde Park, N.Y., was the keynote speaker at the ceremony. He is executive chef and owner of La Gloria Ice House, Casa Hernán, Frutería Botanero, and True Flavors Catering. He’s also working on his first cookbook and memoir, México Mi Gloria. He was named one of the Five Top Latino Chefs in the United States by Siempre Mujer magazine in 2011.

Hernandez has also opened a La Gloria restaurant at the San Antonio International Restaurant earlier this week.

This was just the second AAS in culinary arts graduation at the San Antonio campus, with the first having been in April. The 10 graduates join the ranks of accomplished CIA alumni, which number more than 45,000 since the college’s founding in 1946.

Chefs’ Cooperative, Peeler Farms Dinner

Peeler Farms and the Chefs’ Cooperative invite you to a once-in-a -lifetime event to showcase all that is Texas and to “give back” to the farm. This event is on Aug. 10 at The Emily Morgan Hotel, 705 E. Houston St. It begins with a 5 p.m. reception and dinner following at 6.  The price is $75 per person, plus tax and tip. All proceeds go directly to Peeler Farms.

For reservations, call  (210) 225-5100. Also available are free valet parking and reduced rates on hotel rooms.

Here’s the menu the chefs have planned:

Reception:  Jeff White presents Charcuterie — Head cheese with porcini aioli, Smoked lamb belly rillette with candied green apple, Suckling porchetta with grain mustard and sweetbread; Pistachio mortadella with rocket emulsion

First: Stephen Paprocki presents Cheese: Farmhouse white cheddar;  Texas lavender and honey montasio; Alamo Ale; mozzarella quick cheese with pickled Texas citrus. This course features products from Alamo Beer, Duff Distributing and Fall Creek Vineyards.

Second: Alex Altamirano presents: Texas sweet white shrimp tempura, cucumber jicama escabeche, and cilantro ginger aioli.

Third: Tyler Horstmann presents Peeler Farms “golden egg.”

Fourth: Laurent Rea presents Broken Arrow Ranch venison tartar, Sun choke hummus, peach mostarda.

Fifth: Chris Cook presents Peeler Farms Young Chicken Confit, minted squash and watermelon water.

Sixth: Jeret Peña presents “Pinky Swear” with rye whiskey, grapefruit, Texas honey and pink peppercorns.

Seventh: Isaac Cantu presents Texas mushroom-crusted Hill Country Beef with honey-carrot puree, watercress and iconic Cabernet jus.

Eighth: Melissa Beverage presents Country bread pudding and peach ginger compote with a blackberry goat’s milk ice cream.

The Settlement is a new Don Strange catering venture

The Barn at The Settlement will be completed soon.

The Barn at The Settlement will be completed soon.

Renowned caterer Don Strange of Texas has launched a new destination venue called The Settlement, which is nestled in the foothills of the Texas Hill Country near Highway 281. It offers the beauty of the countryside and the convenience of easy travel from San Antonio as well as a variety of venue settings, from intimate to large scale.

Situated on 78 acres on Bulverde Road, The Settlement dates to 1850 but has all of the conveniences of a modern event facility, making it ideal for people who want to give their event a touch of Texas charm and the natural beauty that can only be found in the Texas Hill Country.

For more information, call (210) 434-2331 or email









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The Veranda Is Opening Where the Lodge Used to Be

The Veranda Is Opening Where the Lodge Used to Be

The Palm has new lunch options.

The Palm has new lunch options.

The Veranda, a special events center, is opening this spring in the castle of Castle Hills, the space that used to house Jason Dady’s the Lodge.

A sign in front of the space, 1746 Lockhill Selma, promises to be open this spring, though a date is not mentioned.

The Veranda’s website doesn’t offer much more information, except to say that it can be used for weddings as well as corporate and social events. Contact the Veranda at either (210) 366-1220 or at

The Granary serves some Ideas in Food

The Granary ŒCue & Brew at the Pearl Brewery, 602 Avenue A., is having its first Collaborative Chef Dinner and Workshop this Monday and Tuesday, featuring chef Alex Talbot of Ideas in Food.

Talbot, who’s part o the Ideas in Food workshop in Pennsylvania, will be leading an all day, hands-on, workshop on Monday to help San Antonio food service professionals expand and develop their cooking skills. The subject of this industry-specific workshop will be Making Tastier Food: The Role of Science, Technology and Creativity.

Then, on Tuesday, Talbot and the Granary crew will put that information to good use in creating a six-course tasting menu that will be offer that night in lieu of the normal dinner menu. The final menu will showcase elements of smoke and live fire and will include a beer pairing option. At the event, attendees can purchase a signed copy of Talbot’s book, “Ideas in Food: Great Recipes and Why They Work.”

The dinner is priced at $70 a person plus alcohol and is limited to 70 people. The Monday workshop is limited to five. For more information or reservations, call (210) 228-0124 or email

EZ’s says sí to Síclovía

Every Tuesday from now through through June 26, all San Antonio EZ’s locations will be supporting Síclovía by donating 10 percent of pre-tax proceeds through the restaurant’s receipt drop program.

At the counter area at each EZ’s location in San Antonio, guests will see a specially designed box in which they can drop receipts after they pick up their order. From the tally of these receipts, EZ’s will make a monthly cash donation to the YMCA.

“This is the second year that EZ’s has supported us,” said Sandy Morander, President and CEO of the YMCA Greater San Antonio. “We are so appreciative of their continued support and Suzy Monford’s involvement in our program.”

Monford, president and CEO of EZ’s Brick Oven & Grill, serves on the YMCA’s board of directors and is also an active member of the Mayor’s Fitness Council.

Síclovía is a partnership between the YMCA of Greater San Antonio and the City of San Antonio to create a safe place to walk, bike, jog and do other outdoor activities.

Bin 555

Bin 555

Brunch and oysters at Bin 555

Bin 555 at the Alley, 555 W. Bitters Road, is now serving Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to a menu of brunch favorites, you can get a carafe of mimosas for $10 as well as a sriracha and bacon Bloody Mary to open your eyes.

On Tuesdays, Bin 555 is having a party in the beer garden featuring oysters for $1 apiece as well as an appearance from the DUK Truck. The oysters are served starting at 5 p.m. and you’d better hurry because they disappear quickly, from what I’m told.

For information, call (210) 496-0555.

Lunch at the Palm on your time

The Palm, 233 E. Houston St., has a new lunch menu designed for those who operating on a tight schedule. The promise is that you can get in and out of the restaurant in under an hour and still enjoy the likes of Grilled Cloak & Dagger Sandwich, Chicken & Avocado Sandwich, Nova Scotia Lobster BLT, Filet Mignon Medallions, Blackened Prime New York Steak Chop-Chop Salad, or a soup, salad and half sandwich combination.

The Palm still offers its Power Lunch menu for $25.90, which includes three courses, starting with soup or salad, followed by the likes of Chicken Parmigiana, Atlantic Salmon Fillet, Filet Mignon Medallions and the chef’s fish of the day. A side dish is included, as is dessert.

Living in a “Mad Men” world? There’s also the 1-Martini Lunch Club, which includes a premium martini or wine by the glass for $8.37. (Despite the name, no membership is necessary.)

Call (210) 226-7356.



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Green Moves to the Pearl, Pyles Raises a Toast to Texas

Green Moves to the Pearl, Pyles Raises a Toast to Texas

Green Vegetarian moves Sunday

Green Vegetarian Cuisine opens in its new home at the Pearl Brewery Sunday.

The city’s first 100 percent kosher vegetarian restaurant has moved from 1017 N. Flores St. Its second location is open at 10003 N.W. Military Hwy.

“We are really excited about our new venture at the Pearl,” owner Mike Behrend says. “As you know, I have always had big dreams for Green.”

And that dream has him facing “a much larger space,” he says, where “we will be able to serve hundreds more meals each day.”

Green’s extensive menu includes dishes such as chicken-fried steak made with wheat meat, neatloaf and portabella steak as well as fried pickles, fried mushrooms, nachos, salads, burgers, quesadillas, enchiladas, stir-fries and sandwiches. New at the Pearl will be French press coffee.

According to a press release, “Green strives to be a sustainable restaurant with re-purposed restaurant equipment, the use of biodegradable packaging when possible, recycling, use of fair trade organic coffee, free range eggs and the use of their self-grown vegetables in many of their dishes.”

Green offers breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; and 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday. It is closed Saturday.

Pyles raises a Toast to Texas

Stephan Pyles

Stephan Pyles

Celebrity chef Stephan Pyles will be in town on March 6 for a dinner at Sustenio in the Eilan Hotel, 17101 La Cantera Parkway. The theme is a Toast to Texas and will feature four courses served family style.

The meal will begin with spirits from two local distilleries, Rebecca Creek and Cinco Vodka, while the meal will be paired with Texan wines.

The evening is also an introduction of Sustenio’s new executive chef, Mike Spalla.

The price is $85 a person plus tax and tip. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. For reservations, call (210) 598-2950.

Corner Bakery adds turkey panini

Turkey Monterey Panini with Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Turkey Monterey Panini with Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

The Corner Bakery Cafe, at 255 E. Basse Road and 18720 Stone Oak Parkway, has added the Turkey Monterey Panini with smoked turkey, fresh spinach and provolone cheese on sourdough bread with a homemade artichoke asiago spread.

Also new is a Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup, made with chicken, red and yellow peppers, carrots, celery, onions, tomatoes and orzo pasta simmered in a creamy broth with a hint of lemon.

“We have combined bold flavors in layers of fresh ingredients to craft an unexpected, delicious new panini,” said Chris Pheiffer, San Antonio Corner Bakery Cafe franchise owner. “The Turkey Monterey Panini is perfect for guests who love our panini offerings but want to shake up their routine.”

A soup and half of the panini is available for $7.99.

The Point celebrates 1st birthday

Denise Aquirre owns and operates the Point Park and Eats on Boerne Stage Road with Noel Cisneros.

Denise Aquirre owns and operates the Point Park and Eats on Boerne Stage Road with Noel Cisneros.

The Point Park and Eats, 21488 Boerne Stage Road, is celebrating its first birthday March 15-17 with three days of activities and food trucks.

On March 15, Branchline Brewery will pour their brews, Sol Surfers will perform and the food truck lineup includes Skinny Cat, MARS Mobile Kitchen, Say.She.Ate, Pork U and Lagniappe Today.

D.J. J.J. Lopez will be spinning discs on March 16 while the lineup includes Skinny Cat, MARS, Crepe Nation, Texasada, Fat Bellies and Kitchen Fusionz, the latter of which is also celebrating its first year of business.

Jonathan Alexander will perform on March 17 while the lineup features Kitchen Fusionz, Pork U, Skinny Cat, So Frito and Fork It.

Drink specials will also be available throughout the weekend. For more information, visit

Three words to remember: Filet and lobster

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 255 E. Basse Road, is offering an off-the-menu special through April 7.

For $37.95, you can order a filet mignon and North Atlantic lobster tail, a starter and a side dish.

The only catch is that the special is not on the menu. You have to remember to ask for it.

The Hofbrau at the Rim opens

The Quarry Hofbrau at the Rim, 18403 I-10 W., has opened.

Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday; and 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday. Call (210) 877-1500.

Coming soon

  • The French restaurant Saveurs 209, 209 Broadway, will be open any day now. Call (210) 639-3165 or click here.
  • Salaam International Food Market, 3727 Colony Drive, will open a restaurant in the near future at the back of the store, which features Middle Eastern groceries.
  • Blanco BBQ is opening at 13259 Blanco Road, which has been the home of several previous restaurants, including Matisse.

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Hofbrau at the Rim, Beer at the Point, and More

Hofbrau at the Rim, Beer at the Point, and More

The Hofbrau is opening a second location.

The Hofbräu & Beer Garden is opening a second location. In late February, the restaurant will open in the Rim Shopping Center off I-10.

The new location will cover 8,400 square feet in a ranch-style structure and will feature the same Texas favorites found at the original location, 7310 Jones Maltsburger Road, which has been open for the past three years.

In addition to the likes of chicken-fried ribeye and brisket nachos, the Hofbräu will feature various versions of its famous Dos-a-Rita cocktail.

For more information, check out the Hofbräu’s Facebook page.

Excitement on tap at the Point

Pedernales Brewery, maker of Lobo, will be featured at the Point.

The Point Park & Eats, 24188 Boerne Stage Road, is celebrating a Year of Beer with an inaugural event taking place Jan. 10.

Each month, the Point will showcase a Texas brewery, offering guests the chance to come out meet the brewer and learn a little about their beers and their operation.

Food trucks will incorporate the featured brewery into their menu or pair a select menu item with the beer, according to a post from the Point on Facebook: “We welcome Pedernales Brewing Company for January’s Year of Beer Dinner!”

It doesn’t cost anything to show up and meet the brewer, but food and beer will be sold separately.

For more information, call (210) 251-3380.

Vegeria named one of the best

USA Today has singled out Vegeria. .

Vegeria Vegan Tex-Mex & American Cuisine, 8407 Broadway, has been named one of the 10 great places for vegetarian food in the county, according to USA Today.

Vegan nachos and smoked mushroom tacos were standouts, as were raw beet ravioli filled with chipotle almond cheese and a raw avocado burger.

If eating more healthfully in the new year were one of your resolutions, you may want to give the restaurant a try, especially the raw offerings.

Call (210) 826-4223 for information.

Smells good enough to eat

I got after a restaurateur recently because her perfume was so overwhelming that I couldn’t smell the food in front of me.

I wonder if I would feel the same had she been wearing Tamale, a new fragrance that may appear this spring. And yes, it smells of corn, according to an article on Huffington Post.

I just wonder how many of the women who work in San Antonio’s tamalerias would appreciate finding a bottle of this wrapped up for their birthday or Christmas present.

Frothing at the mouth for foam at home? 

The CocktailMaster is one gadget from

Didn’t get the culinary whipper you wanted for Christmas? Or perhaps you’re just hankering to make Liquid Popcorn with Caramel Froth or Air Bread Philly Cheesesteak.

You practically need a chemistry set and an advanced science degree to whip up some of these culinary creations.

For years now, molecular gastronomy has been the domain of chef’s, but it couldn’t remain in the commercial kitchen forever. Now you stock up on all the gadgets you need, thanks to, which offers recipes as well as the equipment needed to make caviar out of Cointreau.

For some ideas, visit Here’s hoping your experiments turn out better than a few of the molecular gastronomy touchdishes

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Restaurants Want You to Savor the Season in Some Special Treats

Restaurants Want You to Savor the Season in Some Special Treats

It’s the holiday season, and that means seasonal treats in a host of traditional flavors, some with delicious twists. has all sorts of vintage ugly sweaters.

Get out your ugly holiday sweaters

So, remember that holiday sweater some ex-friend gave you that was so ugly it made you long for fruitcake?

Well, it’s time to take it out of mothballs and wear it proudly. Both Max’s Wine Dive, 340 E. Basse Road, and Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden, 312 Pearl Parkway, are having a day devoted to those ghastly knitted creations. On Dec. 14, anyone wearing an ugly sweater will receive a free dessert or small plate under $10.

So, find that sweater that puts the “err” in “merry,” and put it to the only good use there is outside of burning it for fuel.  To reach the Boiler House, call  (210) 354-4644 or visit For Max’s Wine Dive, call (210) 444-9547 or visit

If you wish to invest in a vintage ugly sweater, check out You can even find plenty that get more lit than a drunken uncle on Christmas!

Christmas concert at Boardwalk Bistro

On Dec. 20, Boardwalk Bistro, 4011 Broadway, hosts Small World, which will be performing their 20th annual Christmas Concert.

“We are serving our regular dinner menu with Christmas specials,” owner Barbara Hunt says. “The performance is 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and there is no cover charge. This is always a wonderful event.”

For more information, call (210) 824-0100.

McDonald’s Holiday Pie

McDonald’s decorates its menu with holiday flavors

McDonald’s is offering the following treats through the end of the year:

  • Peppermint Mocha – a milder blend of espresso, steamed milk, peppermint and dark chocolate syrup, topped with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle
  • Peppermint Hot Chocolate – a blend of peppermint and dark chocolate syrup, steamed milk, topped with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle
  • Holiday Mint McFlurry – a soft serve vanilla ice cream blended with peppermint candy pieces and holiday mint flavored syrup
  • Egg Nog Shake – a delightfully creamy, egg nog flavored shake with real whipped cream and a cherry
  • Holiday Pie – a sweet custard filling baked inside a flaky pastry with colorful holiday sugar sprinkles on top

Cookie Bites and more at Corner Bakery Café

Corner Bakery Café, 18720 Stone Oak Parkway, is cooking up baked goods trays featured Cookie Bites, Bar Bites and Bundt Bites. Plus, the purchase of a large Cinnamon Creme Cake brings a $5 bonus card valid during the month of January.

Call (210) 441-4547.

EZ’s Pumpkin Latte Shake

Pumpkin treats at EZ’s through the holidays

EZ’s Brick Oven & Grill introduced two seasonal treats for October, and they proved so popular that both were held over through the holidays.

The dishes are the Pumpkin Latte Shake and the Roasted Pumpkin Pizza. both are available at all EZ’s locations.

Click here for more information.

Holiday lunches return to Ruth’s Chris

Both Ruth’s Chris Steak House locations will have holiday lunch hours this December.

The steakhouse at Concord Plaza, 7720 Jones Maltsberger Road, (210) 821-5051, is open now through Dec. 21, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., while the Sunset Station location, 1170 E. Commercce St., (210) 227-8847, will be open Dec. 17–21, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The cost is $50 per person and includes a starter, a choice of entrée, Accompaniment & Dessert

Choose an entrée from Filet & Frites, Sliced Steak Sandwich, Salmon, Chicken Caesar or Mixed Grill.

No other promotions can be used with this offer.

Black-eyed pea tamales at La Fonda Alamo Heights

La Fonda Alamo Heights, 6402 N. New Braunfels,  is combining two holiday traditions under one husk: tamales and black-eyed peas. From now through Dec. 31, you can order black-eyed pea tamales in addition to the usual pork, chicken and beef varieties.

“You are supposed to eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck throughout the coming year,” says owner Hans White. “We figured this was a tasty way to do it!”

These handmade tamales can be ordered by the dozen and come ready to steam and serve at your next holiday gathering. Prices range from $8.50 per dozen for pork (with or without jalapeños), chicken, and beef to $12 per dozen for black-eyed pea. Order by calling (210) 824-4231.

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San Antonio’s Restaurant Scene Is Busy Dishing Up New Flavors

San Antonio’s Restaurant Scene Is Busy Dishing Up New Flavors

San Antonio’s restaurant scene is growing on all levels. Here are a few places that have opened recently or are opening in the near future.

La Tequilera del Patron has opened at 17776 Blanco Road.

The restaurant bills itself as “the real Mexican cantina” and offers a varied menu that includes Chicharron de Rib-eye, marinated and fried chunks of rib-eye; grilled Artichoke Tequilera with caper aioli; Chicharron el Borracho, fried pork with a molcajete and beer sauce; and grilled short ribs. Other dishes include ceviche, beef tripe, paprika-fried chicken, tacos, soups and salads, and, on weekends, a series of cures for those suffering from a hangover.

The kitchen is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday;  11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; 11 a.m.-midnight Wednesday-Saturday. The bar stays open later. Call 210-479-1210 for information or click here.

Bite, 1012 S. Presa St., is a new Southtown destination opened by chef Lisa Astorga-Watel, wife of Damien Watel, who is known for his own culinary ventures.

According to the restaurant’s website, “Bite’s menu is never made of tiny hors d’oeuvres and cheap ingredients … but real dinner food! Imagine, instead of half a duck, it’s a quarter duck, instead of three lamb chops, it’s one really juicy nice one! It’s a full lobster tail in your spring roll! You probably expect to pay $40 bucks or more for your lamb chops, so doesn’t $18 for our lamb chop delight you in more ways than one?!!”

For more information, call 210-532-2551.

Restaurants at the Pearl Brewery will soon be opening in quick succession. First up is The Granary ‘Cue and Brew, followed by the Boiler House Texas Grill and Wine Garden, a standalone and a new concept from the owners of Max’s Wine Dive.

Jesse T. Perez will follow with his tribute to American favorites with Arcade. Early next year, look for a new venture from Steven McHugh as well as Green Vegetarian Cuisine, which is moving from North Flores.

A guac-topped favorite at Old West Burgers

Old West Burgers has moved from Evers Road to 4553 N. Loop 1604 W.

As the name implies, burgers are what dominate here with everything from a traditional burger to the wonderfully named Chalupacabra Burger. There are also burgers made with bison, chicken, turkey and vegetables.

For more information, call  210-267-1774 or click here.

Papa Nacho’s is opening soon at 203 N. Loop 1604 W., the site of the former El Papalote.

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Notes & Quotes: Holiday Wine Trail, Vintner Dinners, Great Specials

Notes & Quotes: Holiday Wine Trail, Vintner Dinners, Great Specials

Texas Hill Country Holiday Wine Trail

Finally, there’s a little chill in the air, and you might already be thinking about the hustle and bustle of holidays — baking, wrapping, fireplaces, and of course, the Texas Hill Country Wineries 2012 Holiday Wine Trail.

From Nov. 30-Dec. 16, vineyards and tasting rooms will be cloaked in lights, warmth and holiday fun.

The Hill Country wineries invite you to come enjoy the sounds of carols, enjoy the aromas of Christmas treats and bask in front of the fireplace with your favorite glass of cheer.

Take the self-guided tour, visiting each of the 32 Hill Country wineries.  Your $60 ticket gives you the opportunity to collect Christmas ornaments to decorate your individual grapevine wreath and saving on the holiday budget with a 15-percent discount on three-bottle wine purchases from each winery.
Join the participating wineries for just one or all 17 days to experience the Decking of the Cellars. There are a limited number of tickets available and each year is sold out weeks before the trail.

Your $60 ticket includes:

  • One grapevine wreath to be picked up at winery of your choice
  • One ornament from each winery visited
  • 15-percent discount on three-bottle purchases from each winery (winery choice and/or discount may exclude reserves, ports and wines already discounted)
  • You only need one ticket per couple as this trail does not include tastings at wineries

Election Day Sweets

Election Day will soon be here. In the meantime, why not sweeten things up with political party cookies?  These cute donkeys and elephants, from Lily’s Cookies, are $3.50 each. They come in a clear cellophane bag with a bow. Also, the ‘vote’ cookies are $3.25 each in a bag with a bow. Lily’s Cookies is at 2716 McCullough Ave. Phone is 210-832-0886.

Wine and dine at Crumpets’ Vintner Dinner featuring Concha Y Toro Vineyards

Gather with friends and family at Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery’s elegant vintner dinner Friday, Nov. 2. Relax and enjoy, as you uncork some of Concha Y Toro’s Gran Reserva wines.
Chef Francois Maeder will prepare a five-course culinary event in which you can experience a seductive dinner menu while learning how wines complement and enhance the dishes. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. with a fresh Scallop and Salmon Ceviche appetizer paired with a Sauvignon Blanc wine from Concha Y Toro, a premier vineyard in Chile. The second course consists of sautéed shrimp tossed in a light cream garlic sauce and a glass of crisp Chardonnay.
To accompany the Chilean wine list, Maeder prepares an elegant Chilean Empanada and alongside is a Carmenere, a deep red Chilean wine. With the main entrée, a succulent sliced rack of lamb with fresh rosemary and garlic will pair perfectly with a Malbec wine. Dessert will be sorbet with meringue and cabernet sauce paired with a Cabernet Sauvignon.
The cost is $70 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information and reservations call 210-821-5600. Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery is located at 3920 Harry Wurzbach.

Salsa verde for your Whopper? Whataburger says “si!”

Whataburger is offering a new option all lovers of salsa will appreciate — Salsa Verde, or green chile salsa.

As do Whataburger’s other popular sauce options, it will come in a 0.6 ounce dipping cup. And, of course, you can try it on a Taquito, too.

Sea Island Shrimp House offering ‘Two Can Dine for $17.99’

Sea Island Shrimp House will have a limited-time offer of two customers dining for $17.99, which includes one of several appetizers to share as well as two entrées. This offer will kick off on Wednesday, Oct. 31 and go through Dec. 25, at all of San Antonio’s six area locations.

Pick one appetizer to share from the following:

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail – shrimp in cocktail sauce with chopped tomato, onion, avocado and cilantro, served with tortilla chips; Ceviche – poached fish, diced avocado, onions, jalapeños, tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper; Shrimp Cocktail – eight shrimp boiled in seasoning, peeled and deveined, served with cocktail sauce, horseradish and crackers.

Pick two entrées from the following:

Two Fried Fish Fillets – hand cut white fish fillets breaded and fried, served with French fries, hush puppies and coleslaw; Lot ‘O’ Shrimp – Eight hand-breaded wild-caught fried shrimp, served with French fries, hush puppies and coleslaw.

Light House Fish – a seasoned and broiled white fish fillet topped with sautéed jalapeños, onions and tomatoes in olive oil, served with rice, coleslaw and a baguette; and Shrimp Pasta – linguine and shrimp in a creamy white sauce with garlic butter, tomatoes and Parmesan cheese, served with a toasted baguette.

“This is a great value for two people to enjoy Sea Island’s fresh, premium seafood, while not breaking the bank to dine out at a locally-owned and operated restaurant in San Antonio,” said Barclay Anthony, CEO of Sea Island.

For more information, visit the website here.

McDonald’s celebrates the grand reopening of Austin Highway restaurant

McDonald’s is celebrating the grand reopening of newly remodeled restaurant on Austin Highway. The public is invited to attend and enjoy and fun for the whole family, menu specials, listen to live music, take a picture with Ronald McDonald.
There will be menu specials throughout the week to celebrate the grand reopening of the restaurant. The festivities, in fact, have already begun. Here is the rest of this week’s schedule at the McDonald’s, at 1450 Austin Highway:
Wednesday, Oct. 17 – Quarter Pounder Buy One Get One ‘Free’
Thursday, Oct. 18 – Breakfast, $2 Egg McMuffin, Lunch 2- 6 piece nuggets $2
Friday, Oct. 19 – $2 Filet ‘O Fish


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