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Get Ready to Sink Your Teeth into Charc Week

Get Ready to Sink Your Teeth into Charc Week

Shark Week recently excited you with images of finned creatures of the deep from far and near. Now, it’s time to sink your teeth into something even meatier.

charc weekMichael Sohocki’s Restaurant Gwendolyn, 152 E. Pecan St., is sponsoring is annual Charc Week, a time to celebrate charcuterie in all its glory. (Charcuterie, for those who don’t know, is defined by Wikipedia as “the branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products, such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, galantines, ballotines, pâtés, and confit, primarily from pork.” In other words, all the good stuff you love to eat.)

During July 20-26, you can find different charcuterie plates at a host of restaurants and bars around town, and eat chef brings a little something different to the table.

That’s why it’s fun to sample and compare plates from places such as Biga on the Banks, Boiler House Texas Grill, Cookhouse, Crossroads Kitchen at Faust, Cullum’s Attagirl, The Fig Tree, Granary ‘Cue and Brew, Kimura, The Last Word, Lüke, Mezcalaria Mixtli, NAO, Rosella Coffee, Tre Trattoria, TBA and more, in addition to Restaurant Gwendolyn. Little Gretel in Boerne and several restaurants in Austin are also getting in on the action.

There are rules the eateries have to follow, most important of which is that the charcuterie must be made in-house.

As the poster for the week says, “What comes from our hands tells the story of us.”

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When the Rains Come and the Power Goes …

When the Rains Come and the Power Goes …

It rained and rained on Saturday, and, for some, the power went out.

cookhouse signThat happened in the Tobin Hill neighborbood, where chef Pieter Sypesteyn was feeding customers at the Cookhouse, 720 E. Mistletoe Ave.

Here’s how he described what happened next:

I wish I could explain how I feel about last night. We lost power in the middle of a busy Saturday night service, as did many others in town. When the power went out, I saw something amazing. Our guests, as well as our staff, were both briefly surprised, but then everyone showed their true colors.

Everyone in the house cheered and clapped their hands. One of my cooks hit the piano and started playing. Servers opened all the doors so the smoke from the blackened drum and charbroiled oysters could escape. All the cooks kept doing their thing, with almost no light. We lit candles, lots of candles, for the dining room, kitchen, dish room, restrooms, entry way, and of course at the piano. We even lit candles for the crew next door at Attagirl. My neighbor across the street rushed over with a camping lamp. Servers went to doing handwritten tickets, and went old school with their credit card transactions. Guests all kept their cool and actually seemed to enjoy themselves more, in the midst of the storm. The food kept going out, hot and with no delay, as guests used their phones’ light to check out their food, and many were heard saying “wow.” After my cook left the piano to help out in the kitchen again, other talented guests jumped on the piano to keep the good times rollin’.

We are so blessed to have such an amazing and talented staff, who kept their cool, and didn’t stop for a second. They saw a need, and jumped into overdrive. Our servers checked on all their guests, making sure everyone was ok, made sure their food was still coming out, and that new orders were still coming in. My kitchen crew killed it, and put out just as beautiful dishes as on any other night. Everyone had a great time and kept it pro all the way through.

And our guests…We have such an awesome clientele, they all hung out and enjoyed the ride. Nobody complained, just dug in and kept it 100. We even sat two tables almost an hour after the power went out, and it was as if nothing was out of the ordinary. This was really the true essence of a New Orleans restaurant…We let the good times roll, even through the storm. So thank you to everyone who was a part of last night’s experience. We are so blessed to be surrounded by some of the best people that the city has to offer. Thanks for all the love, San Anto… LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER.


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They’re Serving Up Some Delicious Treats at the Anti-Valentine’s Day Dinner

They’re Serving Up Some Delicious Treats at the Anti-Valentine’s Day Dinner

Don’t fall for all this Valentine nonsense? Or perhaps you just want a memorable dinner, no matter the reason. Either way, you might be interested in the Anti-Valentine’s Day Dinner, which is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at Amaya’s Tacos & Bakery, 1502 E. Commerce St. The culinary group Los Cocineros is presenting the meal.

Don't settle for a heart from the same mold as everyone else's.

Don’t settle for a heart from the same mold as everyone else’s.

As the organizers have said, “Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers … come on! It is the perfect time to scoff at those in love. They get all gushy, waste tons of money on chocolates and flowers, flood restaurants like a herd of cattle … sometimes they actually look quite ridiculous when February 14th rolls around. Shouldn’t love be celebrated every day, after all? It makes companies who profit and prey on these ‘love zombies’ shudder to think about them waking up and seeing what is truly going on.”

So, enjoy a meal that begins with a Pear Tart with mushrooms and blue cheese, followed by a beet terrine. Chicken liver mousse will be served before trout with almonds and brown butter. Beef heart will be served with a soubise sauce, grapes, frisée and carrot. There will be two desserts: Red Velvet Panna Cotta and Chocolate Upside-Down with plum and almond.

Tickets are almost gone, but a few are left for $70 apiece. Click here to get tickets.

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Merry Christmas to All!

Merry Christmas to All!

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It’s Fun and Four for the Fourth

It’s Fun and Four for the Fourth

Looking for a fun snack to make with your kids for the Fourth of July that also proudly displays the red, white and blue?

It helps to have plenty of berries on hand as blueberries are really one of the few blue foods available. Blue corn chips are another. (Your kids are probably not too fond of blue cheese, and blue potatoes just don’t say snack food.)

1. Start the day off with color.

Yogurt completes this red, white and blueberry dish.

Yogurt completes this red, white and blueberry dish.

Add color to their breakfast by spooning plenty of red and blue berries over Greek yogurt. This lets you add flavor without adding any sugar to the mix. Commercial yogurts with fruit can have as much as five teaspoons of sugar added to it. Or, for a dessert, you could also just drizzle a few tablespoons of heavy cream over your red and blueberries.

2. Salute the flag in fruit form.

fourth kebabs

These kebabs go together quickly and use blueberries, strawberries or cubes of watermelon, and slices of banana. You can get the kids, if they’re old enough, to take part in skewering the fruit and then placing the kebabs in order.

Berry_Patriotic_Cupcakes3. Give your cupcakes a sprinkle of red, white and blue.

Let you kids decorate their own cupcakes with red, white and blue candies, sprinkles or dyed coconut.

Or, you can take this idea from Kraft: Use Cool Whip for frosting and fresh strawberry slices and blueberries for a great snack. (Photo courtesy Kraft.)

4. Who can resist patriotic chips and salsa?

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Blue corn chips would make a great treat with red salsa and a sour cream dip or ranch dressing on the side.

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Meat Week Turns 10, Returns Sunday

Meat Week Turns 10, Returns Sunday

Meat Week is celebrating is 10th anniversary this year with a lot of protein, a pint or two of beer and more than a little fun.


Barbecue from The Granary.

The local events include a “meat-the-chef” session with Tim Rattray of the Granary ‘Cue and Brew, a tailgate party at Branchline Brewing Co. with Conger’s Smoke Shack and a Super Bowl party at Taps y Tapas.

The meaty lineup is as follows:

  • Noon – 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Point Park and Eats, 24188 Boerne Stage Road — Meat Week founders Chris Cantey and Erni Walker will be on hand to kick off the week with a party that includes the following trucks: Pork U, Fat Bellies Cajun Truck, Institute of Chili, Dixieland BBQ, Slider Provider and Crazy Carl’s. Branchline Brewing Co. will be the featured beer.
  • 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan.. 27, at Big Bob’s Burgers, 100 N. Santa Rosa St. — The party with Alamo Beer as the featured beer will be at the new downtown location, but the burger special will also be available at the original, 447 W. Hildebrand Ave.
  • 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Tucker’s Kozy Korner, 1338 E. Houston St. — Chris Cullum of Attaboy Burgers will be serving the meat while the Midtown Jazz Band plays from 7 to 10 p.m.
  • 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at The Granary ‘Cue and Brew, 602 Avenue A — Rattray will be there, plus Melissa Guerra will offer a “meat-ducation.” Tickets are $40 and reservations are required. Email
  • 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at The Barbecue Station, 1610 N.E. Loop 410 — Meat Week guests get 30 percent off.
  • 4 – 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at The Big Bib, 104 Lanark Drive — A brisket plate with two sides is priced at $6.99.
  • Noon – 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Branchline Brewing Co., 3633 Metro Parkway — The tailgate party at the brewery will feature Conger’s Smoke Shack. One hundred Meat Week glasses will be available. Three glasses of beer will be $10.
  • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 2, at Taps y Tapas, 1012 N. Flores St. — The Super Bowl brunch has a Barbacoa and Big Red theme. It is priced at $10.50, while botomless mimosas are priced at $12.50.

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Soup Sales at La Madeleine This Month Help the Children’s Hunger Fund

Soup Sales at La Madeleine This Month Help the Children’s Hunger Fund

Comfort food is taking on new meaning at la Madeleine Country French Café. Sales of the brand’s signature Tomato Basil Soupe is bringing hope to suffering children through a partnership with Children’s Hunger Fund.

tomatoNow through the end of January, la Madeleine will donate $1 from the sale of every jar of its Tomato Basil Soupe to the organization, which to date has provided food and other aid to more than 20 million children in America and around the world. La Madeleine cafés sell the soupe as a retail item in 15.5 and 31-ounce jars. The philanthropic partnership gives la Madeleine’s loyal guests a chance to bring a favorite menu item home and make a meaningful difference for kids who need it most.

“The sense of family is all around la Madeleine. It can be seen in the caring relationship we have with our guests, how we treat each other as colleagues and the way we care about the world around us,” said John Cahill, chief operating officer for la Madeleine Country French Café, which has several San Antonio locations. “Helping Children’s Hunger Fund financially to support its programs holds a special place in our hearts. Nothing is more precious than happy, healthy children.”

“We are blessed to have the support of la Madeleine,” said Michael Richards, Executive Director of the South for Children’s Hunger Fund. “The spirit of caring is clearly part of the DNA of la Madeleine. Their partnership means we can better meet the needs of less fortunate kids.”

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Time to Gather Friends and Family for Christmas Dinner

Time to Gather Friends and Family for Christmas Dinner

Christmas dining options are somewhat limited, as some restaurateurs are closing in order to spend a little time with their family. But the options that do exist cover a wide range of culinary styles and prices, from elaborate buffets to your favorite Tex-Mex options. A few bars are also offer some specials. Reservations are needed, except where indicated. Prices do not include tax and tip.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-0722 — Biga is open 5 – 8 p.m. Christmas Eve with the regular a la carte menu offered.

Christmas ornamentThe Brooklynite, 516 Brooklyn Ave., (210) 444-0707 — The Brooklynite is having a Hawaiian Christmas’ Party from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Christmas Eve. Get ready for all things Tiki with the bartenders wearing their finest Hawaiian print shirts and serving tropical drinks. Guests who also join in the fun and wear Hawaiian themed attire will receive $2 off all Tiki drinks the entire night. Reservations for the bar only.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach, (210) 821-5454 — Christmas Eve dinner will be served from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Chef Francois Maeder will be serving appetizers such as Mousse Truffle Paté or Stuffed Artichoke with Goat Cheese and Almonds and savory entrées including Fresh Rainbow Trout or Tenderloin of Beef Savoy. Each meal includes an appetizer, house salad or a cup of soup, and dessert. Another featured menu item is the Trilogy of Lobster Tail with Lemon Butter, Rack of Lamb Provencal and Tenderloin of Beef with Rossini Sauce, which includes an appetizer, cup of soup, house salad and dessert.

Denny’s, various locations — Denny’s is open 24/7, including Christmas Day, so you can get breakfast, lunch or dinner there. Christmas is the restaurant’s busiest day of the year. No reservations.

Fogo de Chao, 849 E. Commerce St., (210) 227-1700 — Christmas Eve hours and prices are: Lunch – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., $29.50; Dinner – 5-10 p.m., $48.50.

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, Ste, 20, (210) 828-9050; Frederick’s Bistro,  14439 NW Military Hwy., Ste. 100, (210) 888-1500 — Christmas Eve dining hours are 5-9 p.m. Among the specials on the menu that eventing: Butternut Squash Soup with Crispy Bacon ($8),  Duck Foie Gras Mousse ($12), Traditional Escargot Bourguinon ($11). Flash Fried Brussels Sprouts ($7),  Frederick’s Traditional Turkey Served with Home-Style Stuffing, Fresh Cranberries, Sweet Yam & Vegetables ($24), Apple Cider and Maple Syrup Glazed Christmas Ham ($20), Beef Tenderloin with Peppercorn Sauce ($37), Norwegian Salmon ($28) and Parmesan Crusted Fresh Flounder with Avocado Relish ($29).

Christmas candleHyatt Hill Country Resort, 9800 Hyatt Resort, (210) 767-7999 — Christmas Eve in Antlers Lodge will include a multi-course prix-fixe menu. Chef’s amuse bouche will precede a salad of hearty greens, smashed acorn squash, shaved endive, chestnuts, grapefruit wedges and cranberry jalapeño vinaigrette.  Chile orange grilled wild pheasant, sautéed curly kale with chorizo and roasted new potatoes will be served before Texas style seasonal cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream.  The price is $52 a person. Christmas Brunch in the Independence Ballroom will be 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The extensive menu will include traditional breakfast selections, rustic soup and salad station, seafood selections, butcher-block selections such as oak-smoked prime rib and citrus coriander basted Tom turkey, pasta selections, and pastries. A children’s buffet and a Bloody Mary bar (at additional cost) are also available. Prices: Adults, $54.95; Seniors (60+), $39.95; Children (6-12), $23; children (5 & under), free.

Las Canarias at Omni La Mansión del Rio, 112 College St., (210)  518-1177 — The Christmas Day buffet is 10 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.  The buffet menu includes classic breakfast options, chef-prepared salads, fresh seafood selections, a gourmet carving station and a wide variety of desserts to satisfy any sweet tooth. The buffet also includes complimentary valet parking (first come, first served) and choice of champagne, mimosas and Bloody Marys. The cost is $69.95 a person plus an 8.25 percent tax and a 21 percent tip; $34.95 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. Las Canarias’ regular à la carte dining, featuring themed specials, will resume at 6 p.m.

Las Ramblas at the Hotel Contessa, 306 W. Market St., (210) 298-8040 — On Christmas Eve, Las Ramblas will be serving the regular menu from 5:30 to 10 p.m.    On Christmas Day, Las Ramblas will be serving brunch beginning at 10:30 a.m. and the last seating at 3:45 p.m. A variety of stations and Spanish specialties, including Moroccan maple-glazed spit roasted ham, applewood smoked prime rib and honey glazed roasted turkey; a smoked seafood display with prawns, marinated mussels, and ceviches and a savory kitchen table of artisan cheeses, cured meats and organic greens, will be offered. Roasted chestnut soup, salmon fillet and Paella Valencia will also be served, in addition to the traditional favorite waffle and omelet stations, and an assortment of house-made pastries and desserts. A specialty children’s buffet will also be offered that includes mac ‘n cheese, mini corn dogs, chicken tenders and pizza. Price is $49 for adults, $16 for children ages 7-16, and free for children 6 and under. Mimosas and signature sangrias are $9 each.

Luke, 125 E. Houston St., (210) 227-5853 — The restaurant is open Christmas Day with a multi-course meal that includes Gulf Shrimp Remoulade Maison and Roasted Prime Aged Beef Rib. Price is $55 for adults, $22 for children. Call for times and reservations.

Mi Tierra Restaurant & Bakery, 218 Produce Row, (210) 225-1262 — The restaurant is open 24/7 including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Plus, the place is always decorated for the Christmas season. No reservations.

Christmas pointsettiaMorton’s The Steakhouse, 300 E. Crockett St., (210) 228-0700 — Christmas Eve hours are 4 to 9 p.m. with the regular menu offered.

Nao, 312 Pearl Parkway, (210) 554-6484 — Nao’s Christmas Eve dinner service will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will inclue a special three-course menu at $50 per person. The special menu will feature family style starters including Charred Shishito Peppers and Chilled Mahi Mahi Ceviche; followed by a main course including Grill-Roasted Dry Aged Prime Rib; and ends on a sweet note with Warm Pineapple Empanadas and Ice Cream.  Normal a la carte dinner service will also be available for the evening.

Omni San Antonio Hotel, 9821 Colonnade Blvd., (210) 691-8888, ext. 5803 — The Christmas Day brunch begins at 10:30 a.m. with the last seating at 2 p.m. The extensive menu includes breakfast entrees, such as Eggs Benedict with Serrano Ham and Chorizo Hollandaise Sauce, Apple and Cheese Crepes, and Country House Pork Sausage Links; an omelet station; seasonal fruit; fresh croissants, danishes, muffins, bagels; chef-prepared salads and cheeses; a tamal station; a pupusa station; Asopao de Mariscos Station (Clams, Crab, Mussels, Shrimp, etc.); braised beef tips; suckling pig; poached cod; oven roasted turkey; beef medallions with chimichurri; root vegetables; garlic whipped potatoes; rice pilaf; chef carving-station (Prime Rib, Bone In Ham); seafood display; and a sweets station. Beverages include coffee, tea, soft drinks, milk, mimosa, and Champagne.  Prices: Adults, $45; Seniors, $41; Children ages 5-11, $18; Children 4 and under, free.

Ostra at Mokara Hotel & Spa, 212 W. Crockett St., (210) 396-5817 — The restaurant will have its regular à la carte menu available all day. Featured themed specials are available during dinner service beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 600 E. Market St., (210) 227-8847 — Christmas Eve hours are until 10 p.m. Christmas Day hours are 6 o 10 p.m. Live music from the River City Stompers on the patio from 4 to 7 p.m. both days.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 7720 Jones Maltsberger, (210) 821-5051 — Christmas Eve hours are 3 – 9 p.m. Closed Christmas Day.

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Sustenio at the Éilan Hotel Resort & Spa, 17103 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 598-2950 —   The Christmas Eve dinner will be from 5 to 10 p.m. with a prix-fixe menu. The price is $42 for adults and $16 for children 12 and under. On  Christmas Day, the brunch will feature a prix-fixe holiday menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The price is $35 for adults and $14 for children 12 and under. Christmas Day Dinner will be from 5 to 9 p.m. wih a special prix-fixe menu. The price is $42 for adults and $16 for children 12 and under.

TBA, 2801 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 320-1753 — The bar is closed on Christmas Eve, but it will be open at 8 p.m. Christmas Day. No reservations.

Thai Dee, 5307 Blanco Road, (210) 342-3622 — The restaurant will be open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. No reservations.

Tre Trattoria Downtown, 401 South Alamo, (210) 223-0401 — Christmas Eve service is from 5 to 10 p.m. There will be a four-course Christmas Eve prix fixe menu featuring items such as Grilled Ruby Red Trout with Brussels Sprout Hash and a Calabrese Crema. Price is $40 per person plus tax and tip or $55 with wine pairings.

Tre Trattoria in Alamo Heights, 4003 Broadway, (210) 805-0333 — Christmas Eve service is from 5 – 10 p.m. There will be a four-course menu featuring dishes such as pumpkin ale-braised lamb shank with pardina lentils, cornichons and tarragon gremolata. Price is $34.50 a person plus tax and tip or $50 with wine pairings.

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Hill Country Wineries Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Hill Country Wineries Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Because the Texas Hill Country Wine Month Trail and Breast Cancer Awareness month both fall in October,  Texas Hill Country Wineries membership decided this was a perfect fit to participate in the cause by donating $5 from each Texas Wine Month Trail ticket sold to Susan G. Komen.

Texas Hill Country Wineries Susan KomenWith this disease hitting close to home for many in the wine industry, it was an easy decision.

“As a member winery of THCW, we are so proud of our second annual presentation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the amount of $3,700. Being a daughter of a breast cancer survivor, it is meaningful more so to me that our partnership of love – wine and mothers – are joined together to provide research and support monies,” said Sabrina Houser, Dry Comal Creek Vineyards.

Ticket sales for the month-long trail have increased the past few years nearing 800. This made it possible for the donation.

On November 18,  two representatives from Susan G. Komen were presented a check for the total amount from a large portion of the Texas Hill Country Wineries membership.

Kara Hall, events director for Susan G. Komen San Antonio, said “Your support is making an incredible impact for women and men in our community who are in desperate need of breast health services, and we are grateful! We look forward to partnering with Texas Hill Country Wineries next year as we work together to save lives and end breast cancer.”

Texas Hill Country Wineries and Susan G. Komen formed a bond last year at the check presentation and both groups plan to continue to build on the relationship and work together in supporting those affected by breast cancer and finding a cure.

“We are thrilled to be able to support the work of the Susan G. Komen foundation again this year. This foundation makes an important difference in the Texas Hill Country and around the world by funding breast cancer research and community outreach programs” said Carol Millberger, Kerrville Hills Winery.

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Are You Ready to Give Thanks for Some Moist Turkey?

Are You Ready to Give Thanks for Some Moist Turkey?

Thanksgiving is Nov. 28, and plenty of restaurants are gearing up for the holiday with elaborate spreads that include the traditional turkey with all the trimming as well as extra specials, such as seafood creatins and special desserts. Reservations are recommended for all places mentioned. Prices do not include tax and tip, unless otherwise noted.

A traditional Thanksgiving dinner can be yours at many area restaurants.

A traditional Thanksgiving dinner can be yours at many area restaurants.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-0722 — Chef Bruce Auden’s Thanksgiving Day menu will be offered 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. The meal includes organic turkey caldo, Curry fish stew, Turkey & andouille sausage gumbo, Gulf fish ceviche shooters, AK’s fried chicken, Duck confit wild rice and pickled golden raisin salad, house-pulled mozzarella and tomato salad, tangy canton noodles with crab, Jumbo gulf shrimp cocktail with mango habanero cocktail sauce, roasted prime rib of beef carvery, ham, red snapper a la plancha, fresh seafood, herb-roasted organic turkey carvery with traditional accompaniments like buttermilk garlic mashers, green beans, crunchy onions, gravy, apple sour dough stuffing, jalapeno corn pudding, cranberry citrus chutney, along with flavors from the Southwest. A dessert buffet will include chocolate silk panna cotta with cranberry compote, walnut chocolate tart, gingerbread vanilla trifle, butternut cheesecake, poached pear in almond cream pastry, vanilla bean crème brulee and more. Children’s options are available, s are vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Handmade pumpkin spice cocktails by Bronson and affordable wine finds from Michael offered. Price:   $58 for adults; $27 for children 12 and under.

Brick House Tavern, 1011 N. Loop 1604 E., (210) 402-3107 — The bar and restaurant will open for happy hour and dinner service on Thanksgiving. Watch the game from a recliner with a built-in TV tray. Happy hour specials, including $2 domestic drafts, $1 cans of beer, $3 import drafts and $4 house wine and specialty draft imports, are available until 6 p.m.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, (210) 821-5600 — Crumpets’ Thanksgiving Day hours are from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The special menu will include Roasted Turkey and Baked Ham with the trimmings ($29.50), Tenderloin of Beef ($36.50),  Veal Scaloppini ($34.50) and  Fresh Rainbow Trout ($29.50).  Entrees come with appetizer, bread, salad and dessert. Children under 10 can get a turkey and ham plate with all the trimmings plus choice of salad or dessert ($12).  Special orders are also being taken for whole roasted or smoked turkeys, boneless glazed or spiral-cut bone-in hams, side dishes, pies and more.

JW Marriott offers seafood specialties in addition to the traditional meal.

JW Marriott offers seafood specialties in addition to the traditional meal.

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, (210) 828-9050; Frederick’s Bistro, 14439 N.W. Military Hwy., (210) 888-1555 — Thanksgiving hours at both restaurants are 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 – 9 for dinner. Highlights of the lunch menu include: Butternut Squash Pumpkin Soup ($6),  Lobster Bisque ($7),   Frederick’s Spring Rolls ($9),  Crab Cake with Spicy Remoulade ($9.50) Escargot Bordelaise with Mushrooms & Garlic Sauce ($9), Frederick’s Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette ($8),  Avocado, Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Salad ($25),  Frederick’s Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey served with Home-style  Stuffing, Fresh Cranberries & Seasonal Vegetables ($19),  Norwegian Salmon with Baby Shrimp & Whole Grain Mustard White Wine Sauce ($19) and  Jumbo Sea Scallops with Capers and Lemon & Butter, Caper Sauce ($20). A children’s menu is available.

Green Vegetarian Cuisine, 200 E. Grayson St., (210) 320-5865 — Thanksgiving Day vegetarian feast will be from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. On the menu: Vegan Turkey, Glazed Ham, Herb Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Sausage Apple Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole, Cranberry Salad, Dinner Roll, Pumpkin Pie and drink. Call for prices.

Hyatt Hill Country Resort, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, (210) 647-1234 — The resort is offering two Thanksgiving options:

  • What's Thanksgiving dinner without cranberries?

    What’s Thanksgiving dinner without cranberries?

    The buffet will be available 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will include a rustic soup station with butternut squash soup, onion soup with Gruyère crouton, roasted tomato soup with smoked cheddar crostini, chicken tomatillo soup and posole with cilantro and diced onion. The Salad Bar will feature a selection of local greens, dressings and more, composed salads derived from the “fall harvest,” and a specialty apple and pear tasting accompanied with warm mulled cider. Seafood will include jumbo shrimp and cascabel chile cocktail sauce, hand-shucked oysters with jalapeño mignonette, smoked salmon with traditional garnish and mini bagels, and tomato and basil marinated mussels. A cheese kiosk with artisan breads will be featured. The Butcher Block will serve apple and fennel roasted tom turkey with house-made gravy, maple-glazed honey baked ham with spicy mustard. and horseradish crusted beef strip loin. A Cranberry Bar, side dishes and breakfast favorites will be included. Desserts: various types of crème brûlée (pumpkin spice, maple, and vanilla bean), tarts (cranberry almond, apple cinnamon, and chocolate cream), traditional pies (pumpkin and chocolate pecan), cakes (Black Forest cheesecake, chocolate ganache, and red velvet), and warm apple cobbler plus white hot chocolate. Children’s buffet will consist of traditional favorites and healthy options. Prices: Adults, $54.95; seniors, $39.95; children (6-12 years), $23; and children (5 and under), free.

  • Antlers is offering a Thanksgiving family-style dinner from 3 to 9 p.m. First course includes sweet potato chipotle and apple soup plus fall harvest salad, local greens, radicchio, Belgian endive, pear, blue cheese, pecans, pomegranate and maple vinaigrette. Second course includes Garden Herb Butter Roasted Turkey & Kettle Gravy, Lavender Honey Glazed Ham, Wild Mushroom and Chorizo Stuffing, Tequila-Jalapeno and Traditional Cranberry Sauce, Smoked Cheddar Whipped Potatoes, Autumn Vegetable Hash, Organic Carrots and Sweet Peas, and fresh breads. Third course includes individual dessert choice. Sommelier recommendations on wine available. Prices: Adults, $54; seniors, $40; children 6-12 years, $20; and children 5 and under, free.
Some restaurants will serve Thanksgiving favorites family-style.

Some restaurants will serve Thanksgiving favorites family-style.

JW Marriott, 23808 Resort Parkway, (210) 483-6622 — The Thanksgiving meal in the Grand Oaks Ballroom will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Th emenu includes artisan breads, Prasek’s Summer Sausage, Salami and Soprasetta, Brazos Valley Cheese Collection, salads, Shrimp, Snow Crab Claws, Clams, Oysters, an omelet station, pastries, House Smoked Salmon, Farm Fresh Scrambled Eggs, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Elgin Hot Links Sausage, soups, Maple Brined Tom Turkey, Prime Rib, Bourbon Glazed Smoked Pork Loin, Ricotta Ravioli, Warm Citrus Shrimp and Orecchiette Pasta and an array of sweets, including Spiced Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream and Cinnamon, Spiced Mincemeat Pie, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, Cinnamon Crumb Apple Pie, Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Icing, Fuji Apple Cider Cake, Chocolate Hazelnut Cake and more. A kids’ buffet is also offered. Prices: Adults, $56.95; seniors, $47.95; and 4 and older, $25.95.

Las Canarias at Omni La Mansión del Rio, 112 College St., (210) 518-1177 — The Thanksgiving Day buffet will be from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  The menu includes classic breakfast options, chef-prepared salads, fresh seafood selections, a gourmet carving station and dessert table. The buffet also includes complimentary valet parking (first-come, first-served) and choice of champagne, mimosas and/or Bloody Mary’s; all other alcoholic beverages are non-inclusive. The cost is $69.95 per person plus tax and a 21-percent tip; children ages 6-12, $34.95 ++; and children 5 and younger, free. Las Canarias’ regular à la carte dining, with featured themed specials, will resume at 6 p.m.

Las Ramblas at the Hotel Quintessa, 306 W. Market St., (210) 298-8040 — Executive Chef Jordan Mackey has designed a Thanksgiving brunch buffet that combines traditional holiday favorites and Spanish specialties with a Mediterranean twist. It will be from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with four seatings. Specialty carving stations will include a Moroccan applewood-smoked prime rib and a maple-glazed pit-roasted ham; chili roasted turkey breasts and roulades, and a smoked seafood display with prawns, marinated mussels, and ceviches. Artisan cheeses, cured meats and freshly baked ciabatta and flatbreads, in addition to a variety of hand-blended salads. Las Ramblas’ signature Paella Valencia tops the menu along with regional influences including a black olive giblet gravy and a chorizo olive ciabatta stuffing. Fish, pasta, soup and seasonal vegetables will also be offered. Waffle and omelet stations will be featured as well as an assortment of house-made pastries and desserts. Price is $49 for adults, $16 for children ages 7 – 16 and free for children 6 and under. Mimosas and signature sangrias are $9 each.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, (210) 561-9700 — Thanksgiving dinner will be served from noon to 4 p.m.  Start with a choice of antipasti: Zuppa di Zucca (Butternut Squash, Braised Escarole, Pancetta); Insalate Misto (Goat Cheese ‘Truffle’ with Mesclun Greens, Diced Cucumber, Radish & Celery, Roasted Tomato, Prosciutto di Parma); Caprese (Tomato Slices and Fresh Mozzarella di Latte, Basil and Olive Oil); Caesar; or Pasta Fagioli. Main course is ‘Tacchino’ (Slow Roasted Tom Turkey, Corn Bread Stuffing, Sweet Potato, Giblet Gravy, Fresh Fall Vegetables, Cranberry Sauce). Dessert is Pumpkin Pie. The price is $24.95 for adults or $9.95 for children under 12.

Expect to find all sorts of pies among the dessert offerings.

Expect to find all sorts of pies among the dessert offerings.

Mike’s in the Village, 2355 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, (830) 885-2283 — Mike’s is open Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The special three-course menu includes a choice of  Butternut Squash Soup, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Caesar Salad or Mixed Greens with Raspberry Vinegrette, followed by an entree choice of  Traditional Roasted Turkey Breast, Creole Roasted Prime Rib with Jus or Fresh Wild Caught Salmon with Lemon Butter. Sides include  Cranberry Glazed Carrots, Green Beans and Mushroom Cassorole, Creamy Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Chorizo, Cornbread and Walnut Stuffing served with giblet gravy and Whole Fruit Cranberry Relish. Dessert is a choice of  Pecan Pie with White & Dark Chocolate Sauce, Pumpkin Pie with Fresh Whipped Cream and White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce. Prices: Adults, $24.99; children 10 and under, $9.99.

Omni Colonnade, 9821 Colonnade Blvd., (210) 699-5803 — Thanksgiving Day Brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. with seatings every 30 minutes. The menu features turkey served three ways. Choose from rotisserie, Cajun or smoked turkey. In addition to the traditional turkeys, the menu features herb crusted pork loin and a rosemary steamship of beef. The chef is also featuring a stuffing bar with cornbread stuffing sautéed with your choice of shrimp, chicken, chorizo, smoked oysters, prosciutto or a mix of dried fruit and nuts. The buffet includes breakfast entrees, omelet station, seasonal fresh fruit, fresh baked goods, soups and salads and a seafood display. Buffet prices are $45 for adults; seniors (65+) and active military, $41; children 5-11 years of age, $18; and children under 5 are free. Call to sponsor a Thanksgiving dinner for a wounded warrior or veteran.

Oro at the Emily Morgan Hotel, 705 E. Houston St., (210) 244-0146 — The Thanksgiving buffet celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will include:  from the sea, a selection of East Coast oysters and Gulf cocktail shrimp, ahi tuna, gulf redfish, gulf shrimp ceviche and a trio of sauces;  bluebonnet farms heirloom tomato and roasted wild mushrooms; Bluebonnet Farms local lettuces with assorted dressings and accompaniments; GauchoGourmet charcuterie with imported and domestic cheeses; garden asparagus with bacon, egg, and pickled onion; house smoked salmon with appropriate accompaniments;   hot favorites, carved rosemary and cardamom scented turkey, traditional dressing, Alamo Beer and citrus braised berkshire pork shank, mesquite smoked garlic studded beef flat iron steak and pan-seared ruby red trout, orange caper cream; and  a selection of petite cupcakes, seasonal berry cheesecake, Texas pecan pie, chantilly cream, pumpkin pie and golden raisin caramel.  From the bar: Bloody Mary’s, mimosas, wide selection of imported, domestic, and craft beers, all for $3 each. Buffet price: $39.95 for adults, $19.95 for children 12 and under.  Complimentary valet parking.

Candied yams are a seasonal favorite.

Candied yams are a seasonal favorite.

Ostra at Mokara Hotel & Spa, 212 W. Crockett St., (210) 396-5817 — The regular à la carte menu will be offered all day. Featured themed specials are available during dinner service beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Q on the Riverwalk, Hyatt Regency, 123 Losoya St., (210) 510-4477 — The Thanksgiving Brunch buffet is from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Features include a seafood display with  Jumbo Black Tiger Shrimp, Crab Claws, Shucked Oysters and Dill Infused Lock Duart Gavlox; an antipasto display; creat your own salads; soups; breads; a carving station with Herb Roasted Turkey Breast, Paprika Rubbed Berkshire Ham, the Great Wall of Fire, Hot Smoked Salmon with Whole Grain Mustard Beurre Blanc; Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes; Haricot Vert Casserole with French Fried Texas 1015 Onions, Elgin Sausage and Cornbread Dressing; and Sweets Street with Pumpkin Pie, Bourbon Pecan Pie, Calvados Apple Cobbler, Maple Crème Brûlée, Clementine Fruit Tarts, Chocolate Bread Pudding and more. Adults: $46; children: $23. Includes champagne and self-parking. A plate Thanksgiving dinner will be from 6 to 10 p.m. with Mixed Green Salad; Fresh Baked Dinner Roll; Herb Roasted Turkey with Giblet Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Kountry Boy Sausage Cornbread Dressing, Haricot Vert Casserole, Clementine & Cranberry Sauce; and Pumpkin Pie. Adults: $29; children: $14.50.

Sustenio at the Eilan Hotel, 17103 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 598-2950 — The Thanksgiving Champagne Brunch Buffet will be from   10:30 a.m.  – 3 p.m. Prices are: Adults, $54.95; children, $39.95; and under 3, free.

Westin La Cantera, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 558-2439 — The Thanksgiving brunch in the San Antonio Grand Ballroom will feature seatings every half hour from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. The menu includes traditional favorites and more. Prices are $49 for adults, $25 for children, and free for children 5 and under with a paying adult.

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