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Work Up an Appetite: Restaurant Week Begins Saturday


Are you hungry? You should be. Culinaria’s Restaurant Week begins Saturday.

Restaurants across town will be participating in this growing event, which includes three-course lunches for $15 or three-course dinners for $35. Those are great prices if you want to try new places or visit old friends.

A few of the participants include Antlers Lodge at the Hyatt Hill Country, Bin 555, Biga on the Banks, Fogo de Chao, Paesanos 1604, Perry’s Steakhouse, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse on Commerce, the Palm and Zinc.

Here are a couple of sample menus:

  • Bella on the River, 106 River Walk, offers choices of Toasted Bruschetta with Zucchini Puree and Grana Padano or Warm Caprese Salad; Swordfish Steak with creamed leeks or Petite Filet Mignon with pea shoots and trumpet Royale mushrooms; and Mascarpone Parfait or Nutella Creme Brule. French roast coffee and hot or iced tea included.
  • Fig Tree, 515 Villita, is offering choices of Tempura Squash Blossoms Stuffed with Goat Cheese or Watermelon Soup; Couscous Garni with Merquez or Grilled Cobia with Chermoula Sauce; and Almond Tart or Peach Melba.
  • From Ostra at the Mokara Hotel, 212 W. Crockett St., you get your choice of Baby Spinach and Radicchio Salad or Corn and Poblano Soup, followed by Blackened Redfish. Tres Leches Cake with Fresh Berries is dessert.

For a full list of participants, click here.

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Filet Mignon, Roast Chicken and More During Restaurant Week at Antlers Lodge


The open kitchen at Antlers Lodge at the Hyatt Hill Country.

Our first venture into Restaurant Week got off to a rousing start Sunday evening with a trip to Antlers Lodge at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort.

We were seated close to the magnificent chandelier of antlers that dominates the air above the elegantly understated dining area. So, we could enjoy a view of it out of the corner of one eye, while also watching the staff work in the open kitchen that’s marked by a burnished array of gleaming copper cookware that we wanted to take home for our own kitchens. (If a pot’s missing, we didn’t take it. Honest.)

After drooling over chef Troy Knapp’s regular menu for a few moments — that bison tenderloin is calling me back for a return visit soon — we each found what we wanted on the special Culinaria Restaurant Week menu, which is a three-course prix fixe for $35 a person. The special offering runs through Saturday.

Two of us started with the Poblano Tomatillo Soup, a regular menu item that captured my attention because it promised roasted chicken, avocado and cilantro in addition. It was spicy and tangy, with just the right touch of creaminess to blend all of the rich flavors together, before ending with a pleasant chile burn on the finish. I had ordered a glass of the Gruet Brut Rosé, and the bracing acidity of the wine cleansed the palate, making me want to spoon more and more soup.

Organic, free-range chicken with a touch of rosemary.

The third person in my party ordered the traditional Caesar, which a winning combination of crisp romaine, salty Parmesan as well as the salty, mouth filling richness of anchovy in it. It was fresh and a welcoming respite from the summer heat; yet despite the high temperatures, I still could have eaten a gallon of that soup.

Each of us was more than happy with our respective entrée choices. Moist, briny Gulf red fish was presented with a lively spice blend on the crust, while a petite prime filet mignon arrived with spicy poblano butter on it. The beef was velvety, tender and a perfect sponge for the butter. Half of an organic, free-range chicken had been roasted in rosemary-tinged butter, which left the meat perfectly moist. The skin was delicate with a few choice crispy parts, while the meat practically fell off the bone without it having been overcooked. (The chicken and red fish are also on the regular menu in addition to several steak selections.)

On the side of each were smoked Cheddar mashed potatoes, with an emphasis on the appealing smoke flavor that perfumed the potato, and fresh spears of asparagus that had been prepared to the point of being soft but without losing some crunch when you bit into them.

Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Roasted Strawberries

The breads were definitely not an after-thought, as you’ll find true in too many other restaurants. Pastry chef Lou Venditti’s choices included jalapeño corn biscuits and black pepper-cumin lavosh, and both disappeared quickly, though we were glad the kitchen brought us some regular butter to replace the sweet pecan butter they were served with. (Those of us who don’t want sweet except at dessert are becoming more of a minority every day, I know. And I also realize we are probably the first table to make such a request this year, if not longer.)

Dessert was a sweet, as it should be. It was buttermilk panna cotta, dense and delicious, with a roasted strawberry syrup on top. The roasted berries provided the one controversy of the evening. One friend didn’t care for the carbon flavor that the charred exterior of the berries provided. The other two didn’t mind the texture or flavor it contributed. We all agreed, however, that the almond cookies on the side, loaded with almond extract or marzipan or what have you to give it extra almond flavor, were spectacular. Light and airy, they provided a great contrast to the creaminess of the panna cotta while complementing the richness of the dish.

Here’s hoping the rest of our Restaurant Week adventures are as satisfying as this one was.

Antlers Lodge
Hyatt Hill Country Resort
9800 Hyatt Resort Drive
210-647-1234
hillcountry.hyatt.com

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Get an Appetite! Restaurant Week is all this Week.


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.

 

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Fralo’s Plans to Add Microbrewery, Plus Eating Vegan and More


Artful pizzas at Fralo's that taste as good as they look.

Fralo’s Art of Pizza, 23651 I-10 W., is expanding at its Leon Springs location.

Owner Frank Hakspiel says he has purchased microbrewery equipment from Sea World and plans to open his own brewery on the property in the spring. The microbrewer from Sea World has agreed to help him get started once the equipment has been moved to the site.

He has already named one of the beers, Grant’s Pale Ale, for his infant son. Grant’s name is also on the caramelized pear and prosciutto pizza the restaurant offers.

Hakspiel is also talking about adding a second restaurant next door. It would offer high-end Italian food prepared by former Il Sogno chef Luca Della Casa, who has been working at the restaurant, making all of the revamped pasta dishes and providing specials each weekend. “He makes all of the pasta,” Hakspiel says.

Della Casa has also added a Torino pizza — Italian sausage, chicken, arugula, sun dried tomatoes, mozzarella and provolone cheese with a spicy tomato sauce — that was named after his home region in Italy. Torino is also a possibility for the name of the new restaurant, Hakspiel says.

Isn't she a beauty? Fralo's is going to transform her into a catering truck.

As if all that weren’t enough, Hakspiel has plans for the 1940s-era fire truck he has on the property. He plans on adding an oven to the back of the truck and use it for catering. Kids of any age who have played with a miniature fire truck should love having the real thing at a party.

We learned this over a wonderful lunch at Fralo’s with vegan travel blogger Carolyn Scott-Hamilton, who produces and writes HealthyVoyager.com. She was able to get a vegan pizza that she declared one of the five  best she has ever had. In keeping with Fralo’s ongoing desire to please a multitude of tastes and diets, the restaurant also offers gluten-free and whole wheat crusts as well as an off-the-menu feature of a miniature pizza made on a portobello mushroom for those who are avoiding flour.

For more information about Fralo’s, call 210-698-6616 or click here.

 

Exploring more vegan options

Carolyn Scott-Hamilton and her husband, Dan Hamilton: Healthy Voyagers at Fralo's.

Other restaurants Scott-Hamilton and her husband, Dan Hamilton, also her cameraman, visited during their stay were Mi Tierra, the Cove and Adelante. She described the latter, with its riot of color and collection of whimsical Mexican folk art as looking “like Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.”

The couple are from Los Angeles and were here on a Convention and Visitors Bureau trip for travel writers. A Boston blogger who writes about women traveling alone and an Orange County mom who writes about traveling with her kids were also invited. All three were part of teams that competed against each other in a series of events that ranged from feeding the lorikeets at the zoo to lassoing a statue of a cow. On Sunday, in the heat, the couple found themselves running from the Tower of the Americas to the Alamo, where they had to start a conga line and encourage as many participants as they could to join in.

If you’re wondering why Scott-Hamilton and her husband didn’t go to Green, Pavani Express or the city’s new vegan restaurant, Vegeria, which opened last week at 8407 Broadway, it’s because she likes to focus her trips on restaurants where vegans are welcome, even if the place is not entirely vegan.

At the Cove, she was able to get the Vegan Bacon Cheeseburger and a Vegan BLT along with a gluten-free beer before heading off to First Friday.

If you are looking for vegan food and are unsure if a restaurant can accommodate your tastes, give it a call first and ask. It’s as simple as that.

Wine Spectator honors area restaurants

Wine Spectator magazine has released its annual roundup of restaurants with excellent wine lists. New this year is Antlers Lodge at the Hyatt Hill Country, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive.

Others to make the list are Bohanan’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, Biga on the Banks, Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse, Coco Chocolate Lounge, Fleming’s, Fogo de Chão, Francesca’s at Sunset, Kirby’s, Las Ramblas, Morton’s the Steakhouse, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Silo, the Melting Pot, the Palm and Wildfish Seafood Grille.

The importance of the list has been debated, but despite any faults, it does bring in customers, which is why you’ll find a restaurant like Morton’s unveiling a new program, the Sommelier Selections of its wine list. This area includes boutique wines and rare gems that include Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain 2005) and Freemark Abbey Cabernet (Napa 2002), which are available only at Morton’s domestic locations.

Wine on tap

We always thought wine sales would go up if you could get a great glass without having to buy the full bottle. This is the secret behind the Boerne Wine Company, 302 S. Main St., Boerne, where you can try such top-shelf wines as PlumpJack and Palmaz by the glass from their dispenser systems that keep an open bottle fresher for longer period of time.

Now, Boston.com is reporting that a few wineries are selling their best by tap. “That’s right, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir from kegs, not bottles, dispensed from a tap like beer and ale,” the article says. “The approach promises to remake restaurant by-the-glass programs by lowering costs, dramatically reducing waste (wine in open bottles deteriorates rapidly), and making the whole process considerably greener. … But a switch won’t happen overnight.”

Costs, of course, are a factor. But if this catches on, it will be a revolution in wine and dining.

 

 

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Make Reservations: Delicacies Aplenty on Christmas Menus


Christmas is fast approaching. It’s time to make reservations for dinner either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Here are some suggestions of dinners around town. Reservations are required unless otherwise noted.

Achiote River Cafe, Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market St., 210-224-1234 — The Christmas Eve buffet will be 5-10 p.m. with the following: pan Latino mixed salads, composed Latin salads and salad bar, carved apricot glazed bone-in ham, stewed chicken in green tomatillo sauce, roast strip loin, pan-seared salmon with mango-papaya salsa, roasted pumpkin soup and holiday desserts. The Christmas Day buffet is noon–9 p.m. and will include pan Latino mixed salads, carved slow roast prime rib, chipotle-apple cider glazed pork loin, roasted salmon with grain mustard cream sauce, roasted achiote crusted turkey with giblet gravy, roasted pumpkin soup and assorted holiday desserts. The cost for both is $30 a person including tax and tip. No reservations.

Antlers Lodge, Hyatt Hill Country, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, 210-520-4001 — Christmas Eve dinner is from 3 to 9 p.m. The multi-course family-style dinner includes lobster bisque and endive salad for starters, followed by a choice of two of the following:  oak-smoked prime rib, rosemary maple braised pork belly, grilled Texas quail with cornbread stuffing and bourbon barbecue shrimp. Sides include fingerling potato confit, creamy polenta and wilted brussels sprout slaw with pancetta. Baked “hot chocolate” with mint ice cream and Bailey’s cookie close out the meal.  The cost is $49 for adults, $40 for seniors, and $20 for children ages 5-12.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., 210-225-0722 — Seatings on Christmas Eve will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The special menu includes dishes such as Close-to-Bouillabaisse, applewood-smoked beef tenderloin, bone-on pork chop rack and grilled lamb T-bones. Dessert options include Bruce’s Christmas pudding soufflé, chocolate bûche de Noël, and apple, cranberry and walnut pie. Closed Christmas Day.

Bin 555, Artisans Alley, 555 W. Bitters Road, 210-496-0555 — On Christmas Eve, specials include the following winter cocktails for $7: Winter Sour, Caramel Cider and Vin Chaud. The entrée special is house bacon-wrapped pheasant roulade with Swiss chard, wild huckleberries and pickled chantrelles for $15. The dessert special is warm juniper pudding with holiday grape sorbet. Closed Dec. 25-27.

Brennan’s Cafe, the Westin La Cantera, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, 210-558-6500 — The holiday dinner special will be available Dec. 18-26. It is available as a three-course dinner for $39 a person or a la carte. The first course is a choice of sweet potato soup, “Pork and Beans” (crisp pork belly with red brick beans) or Winter Texas Salad. Entrée options are soft smoked prime rib, pan-roasted mahi mahi with shrimp and poblano hash and grilled ham. Dessert is a choice of yule log, warm toffee pudding, and holiday milk and cookies.

The County Line, 111 W. Crockett St., 210-229-1941; 10101 I-10 W., 210-631-1998 — Both locations will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, 210-821-5600 — Christmas Eve lunch will be from the regular menu while dinner hours with a special menu are 5:30-10 p.m.  Entrées are served with appetizer, cup of soup or salad as well as vegetable and dessert. Appetizers include mousse truffle pâté, stuffed artichoke and  Nova Scotia smoked salmon. Soups: New England clam chowder and cream of mushroom. Entrée options, at various prices, include chicken breast with Montrachet  sauce, rainbow trout, Shrimp  Lyonnaise, veal  with chanterelle mushrooms, Tenderloin  of  Beef  Savoy, and a Trilogy of lobster tail, rack of lamb and beef tenderloin. (No coupons accepted.) www.crumpetsa.com

814 A Texas Bistro, 713 High St., Comfort, 830-995-4990 — The restaurant will be open Dec. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 6 to 9 p.m. for dinner. The restaurant will be closed Dec. 25-28 and will resume regular hours Dec. 29.

Fogo de Chão, 849 E. Commerce St., 210-227-1700 — Christmas Eve hours are 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. for lunch and 5-10:30 p.m. for dinner. Christmas Day hours are 4:30-10:00 p.m. The cost is $24.50 for lunch, $42.50 for dinner and $19.50 for salad bar only.

Frederick’s Bistro, 14439 N.W. Military Hwy., 210-888-1500 — Christmas Eve hours are 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. The special menu includes beef tenderloin,  Norwegian salmon,  fresh Maine Lobster Thermidor, Chilean sea bass, rainbow trout and baby shrimp with lemon butter sauce, and  veal tenderloin with shiitake mushrooms.

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, 210-828-9050 — The special Christmas Eve menu will be available 6-9:30 p.m. Some of the entrée options are Frederick’s traditional turkey, apple cider and maple syrup-glazed Christmas ham, beef tenderloin,  Norwegian salmon,  fresh Maine Lobster Thermidor, and Chilean sea bass. www.frederickssa.com

The Gazebo at Los Patios, 2015 N.E. Loop 410, 210-655-6171 — A Christmas lunch special is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 31: Chicken breast stuffed with roasted bell peppers, spinach and ricotta cheese, served with rice pilaf and fresh vegetables is available for $9.95. There a different kids’ menu available for $6.95.  A special brunch is available 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sundays. The restaurant is closed on Christmas Day, but to-go orders are available; they must be picked up by noon Dec. 24. www.lospatios.com

Hyatt Hill Country, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, 210-767-7999 — The Hill Country Ballroom will have a buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Christmas Day. Breakfast items  include a Benedict and omelet station, cheese blintz with stewed cherries, pecan-smoked sausage, rosemary bacon and fresh Danish. The seafood bar will have pickled, spiced and chilled shrimp, hand-shucked oysters, and smoked salmon and mussels. A rustic soup and salad station will include tomato fennel and white bean soup, roasted acorn squash soup, chicken noodle and lobster bisque.  The butcher block will have oak-smoked prime rib and espresso and maple glazed ham.  Salads, a pasta bar, tamales, pecan-crusted chicken, roasted pork loin and an array of desserts round out the meal.  Cost is $45 for adults, $35 for seniors, and $23 for children ages 5-12. A more limited array of foods will be available for the same hours in the Hyatt Springhouse. The cost for that buffet is $36.95 for adults, $33 for seniors and $19.95 for children ages 5-12. Reservations are required for the ballroom but are not taken for the Springhouse Cafe.

Las Canarias, La Mansión del Rio, 112 College St., 210-518-1063 — A Christmas Day buffet is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It will feature numerous stations offering meat carvings including leg of lamb, prime rib and turkey as well as composed salads, local Texas and imported cheeses with seasonal sliced fruits and berries, omelets and Belgium waffles. The buffet includes unlimited Mumm sparkling wine; all other alcoholic beverages are non-inclusive. The cost is $65 per person, $30 for children ages 6-12 and free for children ages 5 or younger. Regular à la carte dinner service will resume at 6:30 p.m. Click here.

Limestone Grille, Ye Kendall Inn, 128 W. Blanco, Boerne, 830-249-2138 — The Christmas Day luncheon will be served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Choose from soup or salad options, followed by one of these entrées: slow-roasted herbed turkey, glazed pit-smoked ham, braised and slow-smoked beef short rib, grilled wild Coho salmon. Dessert is white chocolate cherry cordial mousse. Cost is $25.95 for adults, $23.95 for seniors  (ages 55 and older), and $12.95 for children ages 10 and younger. www.yekendallinn.com

The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, 1746 Lockhill Selma Road, 210-349-8466 — The Lodge will have regular hours on Christmas Eve, with lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner beginning at 6 p.m. A special six-course dinner is available, featuring such options as local rabbit roulade, pan-seared Moroccan salmon with preserved lemon couscous, cast iron-seared beef tenderloin with duck fat potato confit and Maple Leaf Farms duck confit.  Cost is $50 a  person, plus $20 with wine pairings.

Luce Ristorante y Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, 210-561-7900 — Christmas Eve dinner will be served 5-10 p.m. The regular menu is available as well as the following three-course special:  antipasti choice of  Zuppa di Pesce (a seafood soup with shrimp, scallops, lobster, mussels and clams) or Insalata di Mare (a cold salad with shrimp, calamari, diver scallops, garlic and celery); main course of Pesce alla Luce (pan-seared Chilean sea bass); and dessert choice of cannoli or tiramisú. Cost: $39 a person.

Maggiano’s Little Italy at the Rim, 17603 I-10 W., 210-451-6000 — The restaurant will close at 10 p.m. Dec. 24, an hour earlier than usual. The regular menu will be offered. Closed Christmas Day.

Mi Tierra Café y Panaderia, 218 Produce Row, 210-225-1262  – The restaurant ever decorated for the holiday will be open 24 hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Reservations not accepted.

Ostra, Mokara Hotel and Spa, 212 W. Crockett St., 210-396-5817 — The à la carte menu available all day on Christmas. Featured specials are available during dinner service beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Paesanos, 555 E. Basse Road, 210-828-5191 — Christmas Eve hours begin 4 p.m. and will continue late into the evening.

Paesanos 1604, 3622 Paesanos Parkway, 210-493-1604 — Christmas Eve hours begin 4 p.m. and will continue late into the evening.

Paesanos Riverwalk, 111 W. Crockett St.,210-227-2782 — Christmas Eve hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Q on the Riverwalk, Hyatt Regency, 123 Losoya St., 210-222-1234 — On Christmas Day, the buffet will be served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. The buffet includes Churassco Sirloin with Red Chili Horse Radish and Chimichurri Verde, Roasted Breast of Tom Turkey, Smoked Maple Pork Loin with Black Currant and Herb Jam, Roasted Turkey Thighs with Sage au Jus, Fresh Grilled Whitefish Filets with Smoky Remoulade Sauce and Roasted Tomato, and Crispy Tempura Battered Quails and Pomegranate Molasses as well as vegetables, breads and desserts. The cost is $40 for adults, $36 for seniors, and $20 for children ages 5‐12. Complimentary self‐parking available at the Central Parking garage located across from the hotel.

Restaurant Insignia, Fairmount Hotel, 4o1 S. Alamo St., 210-223-0401 — Christmas Eve brings a four-course prix-fixe menu includes options such as lump crab and sweet corn fritters, pan-roasted chicken breast with white bean ragú, cast iron-seared beef tenderloin and pan-seared salmon. Cost is $30 a person plus tax and tip. Reservations are not required. The restaurant is closed Christmas Day but open for brunch on Dec. 26. restaurantinsignia.com

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 1170 E. Commerce St., 210-227-8847; 7720 Jones Maltsberger Road, 210-821-5051 — Lunch hours through Dec. 24 are 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. weekdays. Complimentary shuttle service from downtown businesses to the Commerce Street location available. Complimentary valet parking at both sites. www.RuthsChrisSA.com

Scenic Loop Cafe, 25615 Boerne Stage Road, 210-687-1818 — Christmas Eve hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m.  with the regular menu available. On Christmas Day, a buffet with prime rib, turkey and salmon will be offered 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $19.95 a person.

Thai Dee, 5307 Blanco Road, 210-342-3622 — The restaurant will be open noon-9 p.m.  Christmas Day. Reservations not needed.

Tre Trattoria, 4003 Broadway, 210-805-0333 — Christmas Eve specials include house-made eggnog for $6 or $9 with alcohol, Cioppino for $7, Foie Gras Pastrama with cranberry mostarda for $8.50 and Arancini and Bolognese for $8.50. Pan-seared Diver Scallops with truffled orzo costs $25. Complimentary Italian cookies. Closed Dec. 25-27.

Watermark Grill, 18740 Stone Oak Parkway, 210-483-7600 — The Christmas Eve dinner will feature a three-course prix fixe menu for $75 a person. The menu starts with choice of Harvest Salad, White Asparagus-seared Nantucket Sea Scallops, Foie Gras Torchon or Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Velouté. Entrée options: Arctic Chard Glacé, Rotisserie Capon with chestnut stuffing or Wood Fire-grilled Cowboy Steak. Dessert is red velvet yule log with dolce de leche butter cream.

Restaurateurs, if you are not included on this list e-mail info@savorsa.com and we will update the list.

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