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RoMo’s Cafe Opens on Culebra Road


RoMo’s Cafe has opened at 7627 Culebra Road, Suite 107. If the address seems familiar, it’s because the restaurant is located in the same plaza as Metro Basilica No. 2, which was reviewed on SavorSA recently.

But RoMo’s is not Mexican food.

The menu includes a host of dishes from a variety of places that the chef and owner, Rob Yoas, has lived in.

“The inspiration for the menu here at RoMo’s is mainly derived from his upbringing,” says the restaurant’s website. “As a child he moved nearly every year.” That gave him “a very keen sense of casual and contemporary American cuisine.”

So, expect the likes of slow roasted prime rib, French Cajun risotto, herb-poached sea bass and a daily frittata. Hand-cut fries with white truffle oil or fried in duck fat are among the sides. There’s also a Golden Ticket burger, which the menu says is made from three cuts of prime beef. Starters include a wedge salad with chicken breast, a soup based on New Englad boiled dinner, and arancini, or rice balls.

Nutella s’mores and boracho bread pudding are among the desserts.

The food at RoMo’s “is sourced locally and fresh to the best of our ability and availability,” the site says. “RoMo’s is a small business and supports local growers and producers. We pride ourselves in preparing everything in-house and producing with no outsourcing.”

As you might have guessed, the Ro stands for Rob, while the Mo refers to his wife, Monica Yoas, who is the restaurant’s business manager.

RoMo’s is open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

Call 210-521-ROMO (7666) for information or click here for more information.

 

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Lüke: At First Glance


A seafood display greets diners.

We were eager to get a look at Lüke, the new River Walk restaurant ensconced at one end of the Embassy Suites. It’s the sister of the acclaimed brasserie run by chef John Besh in New Orleans. At the helm here is Besh’s former sous chef, Stephen McHugh.

So we dropped by for lunch Friday, a beautiful fall day that was warm enough to sit outside. But we chose inside to get a good look at the ambiance of this newly constructed restaurant.

The interior has a turn-of-the-century (that would be the 1899-1900) feel with plenty of polished wood, metal-trimmed lamps and lighting, and bistro tables and chairs. A huge, fresh seafood display welcomes guests who come in from the Houston Street entrance. It’s at the end of a long, glossy stretch of bar while a herringbone pattern of mixed woods decorates the floor.

Cochon de Lait at Lüke.

Service was snappy and pleasant, the view from our table to the foliage on the river was brilliant in the early afternoon sunshine.

The fries arrive standing in a paper-lined cup.

The food measured up to our expectations. Lüke’s burger (cooked to order and topped with smoky bacon) was delicious. The beef was dense with good, beefsteak flavor. We liked that it was served exactly as we wanted it, a perfect medium, and that it came on a cutting board with a very sharp Languiole knife so that we could quarter it and pass it around.

A Cochon de Lait (literally “pig in milk” or, more  loosely, “suckling pig”) sandwich was spectacular. The juicy, tender pork was laid over slices of ham with mustard and pickles. The New Orleans version of a Cuban sandwich, it was served with a thick mash of sauce on the side. It was a little sweet—our only criticism of the day.

Both came with excellent fries, not too soft and not too crunchy. Dipped in mayo, they were just right, though they might be even better in the evening when paired with one of the many beer choices from the brasserie’s well-chosen list.

Lüke's burger voted one of nation's best by Travel and Leisure magazine last year.

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True Love Meets Burger Love – A Smashburger Wedding


Some weddings really don’t stand out from one another.  Oftentimes, once wedding season hits, it feels like the cookie cutters have come out for the same old white dresses and standard reception food.

George and Paula Roberts aren’t having that kind of wedding.  Instead, they entered and won the “I Want a Smashburger Wedding” video contest.

The couple, married for 10 years, are restating their pledge of love to each other, as well as proclaiming their “burger love”.  The early morning wedding will be televised on KABB-TV’s “Fox News First”; the vows are scheduled for 8:10 a.m.

The red- and white-themed event, coordinated by Jennifer Ramirez Jasiczek of A Regal Affair, will take place at the Stone Ridge location.  The wedding package includes all those things that make a wedding— hair styling and makeup for the bride, decorations and favors for a reception of 50 guests, and a cake.  They will also receive a honeymoon at The Mirage in Las Vegas with tickets to see Terry Fator Ventriloquism.  Dinner will be, of course, Smashburger Las Vegas.

If you are interested in watching, tune in on television or attend in person.  Instead of gifts, they encourage people bring canned food items for the San Antonio Food Bank.  Attendees will receive a Smashbuck for a free burger to be used at a later date.  The winning video can be viewed on the event website: www.smashburgerwedding.com

Smashburger
21025 U.S. Hwy. 281 N.
San Antonio, TX 78258
www.smashburgerwedding.com
Friday, June 25, 7 – 9 a.m.

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Smashburger Adds Fourth Location


Smashburger is opening its fourth San Antonio location Jan. 22. It will be at 8802 Potranco Road in the Richland Hills Shopping Center near State Highway 151.

The other locations are at Evans and U.S. 281, Blanco Road at Loop 410, and Bandera Road at Loop 1604.

In addition to the Smashburger, the store offers wedge salads, a Baja Cobb salad, vegetable fries and Haagen-Dazs shakes. Visit www.Smashburger.com for details.

Mushroom Swiss Smashburger

Baja Salad with Chicken

Wedge Salad

Chicago Style Hot Dog

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Daily Dish: Bar Bites, Big Deals at Morton’s


Morton’s The Steakhouse, 849 W. Commerce St., has a number of low-priced Bar Bites specials at the bar during its Power Hours, 5-6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close Monday-Friday.

For $5 apiece, you can order any of the following:

  • Mini Prime  Cheeseburger Trio – Morton’s  prime beef, topped with cheddar cheese, tomato slices, iceberg lettuce and  onion, and served on silver dollar rolls
  • Four petite filet mignon sandwiches
  • Chicken  Goujonettes – Crispy fried chicken strips served with mustard mayonnaise.
  • Jumbo Lump Crab,  Spinach and Artichoke Dip served with toasted bread croutons
  • Blue Cheese French Fries
  • Iceberg Wedge Bites
  • Three mini crab cakes

Oysters on the half shell cost $1.50 apiece while colossal shrimp are $2.50 apiece. Also, the prime sirloin burger and fries are available for $15 all evening long in the bar or the dining room.

Call (210)228-0700.

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Daily Dish: 5 for $6 ‘Til 7


Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar at the Quarry, 255 E. Basse St., has expanded its lineup of early specials to include a prime sirloin burger.

It is part of the restaurant’s 5 for $6 ‘Til 7 promotion, which is available in the bar nightly. This is the only entree offered so far. The other items include five cocktails, five wines by the glass and five appetizers, including jumbo lump crab cakes and tenderloin carpaccio.

As the name states, the burger is made with prime sirloin. It is topped with blackened sweet and sour bacon and sharp cheddar.

For information, click here.

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Daily Dish: Second Smashburger Opens


Half Pound BBQ, Bacon & Cheese Burger with Haystack Onions and a Chocolate Malt

Half Pound BBQ, Bacon & Cheese Burger with Haystack Onions and a Chocolate Malt

A second Smashburger opens in San Antonio today. It is at 842 N.W. Loop 410 at Blanco Road in the space once occupied by Oodles.

The Denver-based burger chain offers a series of burgers, smashed on the grill, as well as all-beef hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and salads. Sides include rosemary-flavored Smashfries, Haystack Onions with a horseradish dipping sauce, and Veggie Frites, a fried combination of asparagus, carrots and green beans.

If you like old-fashioned ice cream drinks, check out the chocolate malt, made with Häagen-Dazs.

The first San Antonio store is at 21025 U.S. 281 N. at Stone Oak Parkway. A third is scheduled to open this winter.

For more information, click here.

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Papouli’s: Greek Without Fuss


Falafal Pita
Falafel Pita Sandwich

Papouli’s Greek Grill has won fans since its opening several years ago for its simple yet savory Greek fare, ranging from dolmas, or stuffed grape leaves, to its creamy, eggplant-filled moussaka.

A recent lunch visit to the original Forum location showed that all was well in the kitchen in terms of freshness and flavor — and swiftness of service. Though the restaurant was full when we entered, our order at the counter was taken as quickly as possible, and the food appeared in a reasonable amount of time once we sat down.

A cup of Gypsy lentil soup topped with a sprinkle of feta cheese was a great way to begin the meal. Even in these hotter-than-hot days of late, a touch of warm soup can be welcome, especially one enlivened with a good sweet onion base and plenty of hearty lentils.

Food: 3.5
Value: 4

Rating scale:
5: Extraordinary
4: Excellent
3: Good
2: Fair
1: Poor

If you’d rather go with something cooler, try the Greek salad with its tart, oregano-seasoned dressing and crisp iceberg lettuce tossed with kalamata olives, peppers and tomato.

The Greco-Roman sandwich was stuffed with plenty of crispy-edged gyro meat (a combination of beef and lamb) and topped with a generous helping of garlicky tzatziki sauce. Wrapped around it was a warm, fluffy pita.

A friend scoffed when I ordered the Papouli burger, also wrapped in a pita. But one bite silenced him, thanks to the tangy feta cheese crumbles and acidic tomato slices that gave the burger an extra kick. This isn’t merely a dish for those who refuse to eat something more traditional; it’s a winner in its own right.

Greco-Roman Pita and Greek Salad
Greco-Roman Pita with Gyro and Greek Salad

The falafel sandwich also earned praise for its well-seasoned garbanzo bean patties, but not as much as the fries that accompanied each of the sandwiches. The thick strips of potato were crisp and not greasy in the least, merely full of solid potato flavor.  They disappeared quickly.

The only complaint the whole meal was reserved for the underwhelming couscous that was curiously bland when compared with the richness of the rest of the meal.

It’s easy to see why Papouli’s keeps people coming back for more. Our good impression of the Forum has been bolstered by more than a few enjoyable meals at the Huebner location.

By the way, if you’re pinching pennies, study the menu closely and you’ll find several bargains. During lunch, for example, you can get a small side and a drink for $3 added on to the price of your sandwich. A cup of soup by itself costs more than that.

Papouli’s Greek Grill
8250 Agora Parkway
(210) 659-2244

11224 Huebner Road
(210) 641-1313

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