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Chuck Ramirez Focused on Coconut, Kirby’s Snuffs Smoking, and More


Coconut Series: White Coconut by Chuck Ramirez

Thoughts of September, photos and a break in the weather

We haven’t even hit August yet, but thoughts of September and a break in the heat have been filling our minds lately. And September in San Antonio always means Fotoseptiembre, the annual photography exhibit at Blue Star Contemporary Arts Center.

This year’s opening will be, go figure, on Sept. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the center, 116 Blue Star.

This year’s event includes photographs from the late Chuck Ramirez as well as Carlos Betancourt, Rodolfo Choperena and Debra Sugerman. And on the menu will be some food images, including Ramirez’s Coconut series. The image, White Coconut (right), is icy and cooling in its own right.

For more information, call 210-227-6960 or visit www.bluestarart.org.

Kirby’s is going smoke-free

Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse, 123 N. Loop 1604 E., is going smoke-free as of Aug. 1. That includes the bar as well as the dining area.

That means no smoking during the monthly Scotch tasting, which happens from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2.

This month’s selection includes four from Glenfiddich, including the 15-year-old, the 18-year-old, the 21-year-old and the Snow Phoenix Limited Edition.

A brand ambassador from Glenfiddich will be on hand to answer questions.

The cost is $25 a person, and reservations can be made by calling 210-404-2221. Click here for more information.

Crumpets celebrates the wines of Banfi

Chef Francois Maeder of Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, will host a wine dinner showcasing Castello Banfi of Italy at 7 p.m. July 29.

The dinner begins with the Centine Bianco paired with Ricotta Tortellini Alfredo, followed by Pinot Grigio San Angelo and Shrimp with Sautéed Peppers, Tomatoes, Onion, Garlic and Basil.  Rosso Montalcino and Eggplant Piemontese precede  Colle Pino Toscana Merlot and Sangiovese with Veal Marsala. Dessert brings Brachetto D’Acqui Rosa Regale and Meringue with Raspberry Sorbet and Zabaglione Cream.

Cost is $70 a person plus tax and tip. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, call 210-821-5600 or visit www.crumpetsa.com.

 

 

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Treat Dad to a Father’s Day Dinner He’ll Love


End your Father's Day dinner at Morton's with the Legendary Chocolate Cake.

Father’s Day is June 19 this year, which is just around the corner. Don’t make Dad grill in this sweltering heat. Take him out for brunch or dinner. Several of the restaurants featured below are offering gifts in addition to the meals.

Reservations are appreciated unless otherwise stated. Prices do not include tax or tip.

Auden’s Kitchen, 700 E. Sonterra Blvd., 210-494-0070 — Father’s Day brunch will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with dinner from 3 to 9 p.m. The regular menus will be offered along with the following specials: Venison Sausage Pizza with roasted red peppers, grilled fennel and more; and a Beer-marinated 16-ounce Bone-in New York Strip with Horseradish Mashers and Grilled Asparagus. The cocktail of the day will be Lynchburg Lemonade while the beer special is the Black & Tan.

Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, 219 E. Houston St.,  (210) 472-2600 — On Father’s Day, Bohanan’s will feature its full menu, starting at 5 p.m. In addition, all dads will receive a package of golf balls. www.bohanans.com

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, 210-821-5600 — Chef Francois Maeder is giving Dad a brunch with live music and a host of options during brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Start with an appetizer, such as puff pastry with wine mushroom sauce, Scottish smoked salmon or mousse truffle pâté. Main course options include shrimp salad on avocado, eggs Benedict, chicken breast with Champagne sauce, veal scaloppini with mushroom cognac sauce, fresh rainbow trout amandine, or tenderloin of beef with green peppercorn sauce. The Trilogy, a combination featuring tenderloin of beef Rossini, lobster tail and rack of lamb Provençal, will also be available. All entrées are served with an appetizer, house salad, vegetables, breads, dessert, coffee or iced tea and wine or Champagne. A children’s menu is available for those under 10 years of age. Crumpets will also be open 5-9 p.m. that day for dinner.  www.crumpetsa.com

Earl Abel’s, 1201 Austin Hwy., 210-822-3358 — Two breakfast specials are offered on Father’s Day: Blueberry Pancakes (three thins or two buttermilk), one egg, hash browns, and two slices of bacon or two house-made sausage patties ($10) and an Orange or Cranberry Mimosa ($7). Lunch and dinner specials  include Fried Buffalo Wings, usually reserved for special events or private dining, will be an appetizer; Baby Back Ribs with Earl Abel’s own homemade barbecue sauce; and a Fisherman’s Platter with fried shrimp, fried catfish and homemade hush puppies.  Boston Crème and the Coconut Cream pie are among the special desserts of the day. The lunch and dinner specials will be available after the end of breakfast service, which is 11 a.m. The breakfast specials are available all day, 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 255 E. Basse Road, 210-824-9463 — A three-course brunch special will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Father’s Day in addition to the regular menu. Dad will receive a $25 dining card for a future return visit to the restaurant.

Las Canarias, La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St., 210-518-1063 — On Father’s Day, Las Canarias will serve its Champagne Brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Among the items on the buffet: Applewood-smoked Bacon, country breakfast sausage, chilaquiles, eggs Benedict, Canadian bacon, Vanilla Malt Pancakes and Waffles, chef-prepared omelets, European charcutiere, Ricotta Cheese Tortellini, Bluebonnet Heirloom Tomatoes, Grass-fed Beef Tartare, Green Melon Gazpacho, and Blackened Chicken Penne Pasta. Cost: $49.95 for adults and $24.95 for children ages 6-12. Regular dining will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The Lion and Rose, various locations — Father’s Day brunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Some of the favorites from the menu include eggs Benedict, Irish Hash and Eggs, the Breakfast Burger and Wimbledon French Toast. Drink specials include:  Mimosa, $3.49; Bloody Mary, $3; Irish Bulldog $5; Pimm’s Royal, $4.99; and Pimm’s Punch $4.99. thelionandrose.com

Lüke, 175 E. Houston St., 210-227-5853 — The restaurant is offering a three-course tasting menu for Father’s Day. It will be available during brunch and dinner. Each course is paired with a 5-ounce beer.  Appetizer choices are either Spicy Crawfish Pies and the Alamo Golden Ale or Potato Gnocchi with ham hock, local beans and mustard with Ranger Creek South Texas Lager. Entrée options are Potato-crusted Stuffed Soft Shell Crab over Pearl Market vegetables with Breckenridge Agave Wheat or South Texas Heritage Pork Shoulder Steak and frites with Ranger Creek La Bestia Amiable Strong Ale. Dessert is Rhew Orchards Peach Upside-down Cake with sour cream ice cream and Tripel Karmeliet Abbey Ale. Cost: $40.

Mariposa Restaurant, Nieman-Marcus in the Shops at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Pkwy., 210-694-3550 — Brunch will be served on Father’s Day from noon to 4 p.m. In addition to the regular menu, specials will include Ranchero Steak and Eggs ($20), Braised Short Ribs with grits and roasted chipotle sauce ($20) and Crab Cake Eggs Benedict with avocado ($20).

Texas de Brazil is ready to serve a host of meats for Father's Day.

Max’s Wine Dive, 340 East Basse Road, Suite 101, 210-444-9547 — Celebrate Father’s Day with the Ultimate Baconator (braised pork belly, applewood smoked bacon, white cheddar cheese, and garlic aioli with heirloom tomatoes and more sandwiched between grilled New World bakery sourdough bread for $15), Roasted Garlic-Studded Prime Rib with bone marrow au jus for $25 and Max’s Giant Smore for $9. Plenty of wine specials for Dad are also offered. maxswinedive.com

Morton’s the Steakhouse, 300 E. Crockett St., 210-228-0700 — The Father’s Day special begins with choice of a soup or salad: Baked Five Onion Soup Crusted with Swiss Cheese, Caesar Salad or Center-cut Iceberg. Main course choices include  Double Cut Filet Mignon with Béarnaise Sauce, New York Strip Steak, Cajun Ribeye Steak, Broiled Salmon Fillet with Beurre Blanc Sauce and Chicken Christopher with Garlic Beurre Blanc Sauce. Choose a vegetable or potato side dish and end with either Carrot Cake or Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake. Cost: $69 a person. Full menu also available.

Ostra, Mokara Hotel and Spa, 212 W. Crockett St., 210-396-5817 — Ostra’s regular à la carte menu will be available during breakfast and lunch on Father’s Day. Featured specials will be offered during dinner service beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Texas de Brazil, 313 East Houston St., 210-299-1600 — In celebration of Father’s Day, Texas de Brazil will open at 11 a.m. with its full dinner menu and will showcase a display of unique motorcycles and exotic cars for Dad to view along with his meal. The traditional cuts beef, pork, chicken and Brazilian sausage will be offered alongside the salad bar with more than 50 items.

Tre Trattoria Downtown 401 S. Alamo St. 210-223-0401. Dad will love the $5 Bloody Marys and hearty brunch items like Tuscan Steak and Eggs or Breakfast Pizza with roasted potato, red pepper, cilantro, red onion and scrambled eggs at Tre Trattoria Downtown.  Located in the historic Fairmount hotel across from Hemisfair Park, Chef Jason Dady’s Tuscan Italian restaurant will be open this Father’s Day at 10 a.m. for brunch and will begin dinner service at 5 p.m. Reservations are recommended by calling the phone number above; walk-ins are also welcome.

Two Bros BBQ Market 12650 West Ave. 210-496-0222 — Celebrate Father’s Day with beef ribs and specials for buckets of beer, in addition to the full menu of classic Texas barbecue featuring slow smoked brisket and homemade sides.  Open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Wildfish Seafood Grille, 1834 N. Loop 1604 W.,  (210) 493-1600 — Wildfish has several specials for Father’s Day beginning at 5 p.m. The steak and lobster specials start at $44 for an 8-ounce filet and a half broiled and stuffed Maine lobster.  Wines on the cellar list will be offered at 25 percent off.  Plus, all fathers will receive a $25 gift card for a future visit. www.wildfishseafoodgrille.com

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, Suite 25100. 210-690-3334 — Z’Tejas will offer $5 bonus cards for every $25 gift card purchase through June 19. Bonus cards, up to two per visit, may be redeemed June 20 -July 31. Father’s Day brunch will be served from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The weekend fun bar, featuring make-your-own Bloody Marys and mimosas for $3.50, will be available. Reservations not required. sanantonio.ztejas.com.

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Chilean Wine Dinner at Crumpets


Chilean wines will be featured at Crumpets.

Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery, 3920 Harry Wurzbach, will showcase the wines of Chile’s Marques de Casa Concha at a dinner set for 7 p.m. May 20.

The winery is owned by Spain’s Concha y Toro. These single-vineyard wines reflect the progress in grape growing and wine making that has taken place in Chile in recent years.

The meal begins with the full-flavored Marques de Casa Concha Merlot, a lightly herbal wine, paired with Baked Brie with Toasted Almonds. Then chef François Maeder pairs his Crab Cake with Rémoulade and the creamy texture of the Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay.

Next, the Marques de Casa Concha Carmenère is served alongisde Belgian Endive Salad with Prosciutto. For the main course, Beef Tenderloin and Green Peppercorn Sauce is partnered with the well-honed tannins of the Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon.

For dessert, the delicately sweet Late Harvest Frontera Sauvignon Blanc dessert wine pairs perfectly with a Grand Marnier Crème Brûlée.

The cost of of the dinner is $75 a person, plus tax and tip. For reservations, call 210-821-5600 or visit www.crumpetsa.com.

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M Is for the Many Restaurant Options for Mother’s Day


On May 8, it’s all about Mom. Remember all she’s done for you and treat her right. Treat her to the dinner of her choice. The following restaurants range in style from prime steakhouses to extensive buffets to barbecue in the great outdoors.

Reservations are required unless otherwise noted. Tax and tip are not included.

Whether Mom wants a light lunch or an extensive buffet, San Antonio resaturants are ready to please.

Achiote River Cafe, Grand Hyatt San Antonio, 600 Market St., 201-224-1234 — Mother’s Day buffet is 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Begin with spring greens, a Tomato-Thai Basil Salad, Barley and Papaya Salad, Calamari and Shrimp Couscous Salad, and fruit cocktail in ginger syrup. Entrees include Shiner Bock-battered Atlantic Scrod Fillets, Miso-glazed Grilled Chicken, Coconut-Ginger Lamb Curry, prime rib, bone-in ham and an omelet station. Other dishes include a hot and sour tomatillo soup, roasted local harvest vegetables, steamed asparagus in black sesame soy, and garlic horseradish mashed potatoes. Seasonal pastries, mousse and cakes as well as Chef Daniel’s chocolate creation round out the meal. Cost: $30, adults, and $15 for children ages 3-12.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., 210-225-0722 — Brunch hours on Mother’s Day are 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. A buffet of appetizers, salads and artisan breads precede an entrée from a menu. Options include a Maine lobster omelet, an organic Eggs Benedict, curried spiced mini lamb meatloaf with spring vegetable ratatouille, brioche Texas toast,  seared Atlantic salmon, pork goulash, pan-roasted wild Alaskan halibut, and smokey garlic roasted prime rib ($3 supplemental). A dessert buffet closes out the meal. A kids’ menu, with choices such as chocolate waffle and chicken fingers with fries, is available. Cost: $49 for adults, $27.50 for kids.

BIN 555 Restaurant and Wine Bar, Artisans Alley, 555 W. Bitters Road, 210-496-0555 — A special four-course Mother’s Day brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The menu features choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert and will include a cheese course served family-style. Drink specials, mimosas and sangria will be available. Cost: $29.95. Children’s menu: $11.

Boardwalk Bistro, 4011 Broadway, 210-824-0100 — Mother’s Day brunch will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A three-course menu will be offered, varying in price from $20 to $32 a person depending upon the entrée selected. Appetizer choices include lobster-asparagus bisque, tomato-basil bisque, a mini-Belgian waffle and Waldorf salad. Entrée options: Eggs Benedict, three-egg omelet, smoked Black Forest Ham on pumpernickel French toast, crab cake, honey-glazed spiral baked ham, and Chateaubriand. Desserts: cheesecake, strawberry tiramisù, chocolate pecan caramel torte, brandied apricot croissant pudding and fresh berries in mascarpone sabayon.  An optional flight of wines accompanies the meal for $16. Flamenco guitar and percussion will also be featured. A child’s plate for $8.99 is available.

Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, 219 E. Houston St.,  210-472-2600 — On Mother’s Day, Bohanan’s open at 5 p.m. with its full menu. In addition, all Mothers will receive a yellow rose and gift box of truffles. www.bohanans.com

Coco Chocolate Lounge and Bistro, 18402 U.S. 281 N., 210-491-4480 — Brunch will be served 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bottomless Champagne or mimosas will be served alongside a buffet of starters featuring smoked salmon and bagels, tomato and mozzarella, shrimp cocktail, mushroom dip, goat cheese dip, hummus, and daily selection of green, Caesar, potato, red pepper, chicken, white truffle and fresh lemon penne salad as well as a selection of charcuteries and cold cuts and a platter of imported and domestic cheeses. A crêpes station will feature sweet and savory selections, including eggs and bacon; smoked salmon with chives and cream; ratatouille and egg; roasted red pepper with tomatoes , potatoes and egg, Nutella banana, chocolate, and roasted pear and crème Chantilly. Egg and entrée choices include  scrambled eggs with apple wood smoked bacon country breakfast sausage and sautéed potatoes; eggs Benedict with smoked Canadian bacon or smoked salmon; and tagliatelle with lardons, English peas, Asiago and chicken. A dessert buffet with a chocolate fountain and more closes out the meal. Cost: $35 for adults, $15 for children under age 12.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, 210-821-5600 — Chef Francois Maeder is giving Mom a weekend of celebrations. Special menus will be offered for lunch and dinner May 7 and brunch and dinner May 8. Dinner menus on both evenings will feature hors d’oeuvres, such as Marinated Gulf Shrimp, Scottish Smoked Salmon and Mousse Truffle Pâté. Entrées include Chicken Chasseur, Fresh Rainbow Trout, Shrimp Lyonnaise, New York Strip and the Trilogy, featuring Lobster Tail with Lemon-Garlic Butter, Rack of Lamb Provençal and Beef Tenderloin Rossini.  The May 7 special lunch menu will be served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and will feature a variety of salads, pasta dishes and entrées such as Rosemary Chicken, Fresh Rainbow Trout, Tenderloin of Beef and more. The Mother’s Day brunch, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., includes entrées such as Shrimp Salad on Avocado, Eggs Benedict, Veal Scaloppini, Shrimp Lyonnaise and more. The Trilogy will also be available. Children’s menu available.  www.crumpetsa.com

Earl Abel’s, 1201 Austin Hwy., 210-822-3358 — Mother’s Day hours are 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. with a special menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Two breakfast specials are Earl’s Famous Thins topped with strawberries and served with bacon or house-made pork sausage and Bananas Foster & Walnut French Toast with bacon and maple syrup. For lunch and dinner, specials include a new field greens salad with citrus, jícama and a cilantro-lime vinaigrette; a 6-ounce filet mignon with a Torre di Pietra Port sauce; Beef Lasagna; and Rainbow Trout Amandine. Fried chicken, roast turkey and a select menu of favorites will also be available. Dessert specials include red velvet cake and Earl’s Boston Crème Pie. Children’s menu available.

814 A Texas Bistro, 713 High St., Comfort, 830-995-4990 — Mother’s Day brunch is 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The menu includes grilled petite filet mignon with sweet potato mash and bistro steak butter ($22),  Sautéed Norwegian Salmon with Sweet Pea Risotto and Tomato-Shallot Vinaigrette ($19),  Shrimp & Grits ($18), and Apricot-Herb Glazed Duck Breast ($18). All entrées include choice of salad or soup and a complimentary mimosa for Mom. www.814ATexasBistro.com

El Jarro de Arturo Mexican Restaurant, 13421 San Pedro Ave., 210-494-5084 — The Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet is from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.    Chef-prepared omelets, chilaquiles, spiral ham, potatoes, waffles with Bananas Foster, fajitas, Tex-Mex tacos, enchiladas, pork cascabel, Mexican sides, salads, fresh fruits and desserts will be featured. Cost:  $18.95, adults; $9.95, children under age 10. Regular menu available from 3 to 9 p.m. www.eljarro.com

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 255 E. Basse Road, 210-824-WINE (9463) — The Mother’s Day brunch is 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The special meal begins with a choice of fruit salad or wedge salad. Entrée choices include mushroom, cheddar and filet mignon frittata; berry-stuffed French toast; smoked salmon and toasted bagel; asparagus, Swiss cheese and lump crab frittata; and filet Benedict. Dessert choices include walnut turtle pie, New York-style cheesecake and  crème brûlée. Cost: $32.95, adults; $15.95, children ages 12 and younger. Moms receive a $25 gift card for a future visit.

Fogo de Chão, 849 E. Commerce St., 210-227-1700 — The Brazilian steakhouse will be open for special hours on Mother’s Day. Lunch is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at a cost of $32.50 a person while dinner is 3:30-9 p.m. at a cost of $42.50 a person. Children ages 5 and under are free, and children 6-10 are half-price. Valet parking will be available.

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, 210-828-9050 — The restaurant will be open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with a special menu. A few of the dishes include New York strip with grilled shrimp, pan-seared salmon, shrimp with Pernod saffron sauce, Korabuta pork chop veal T-bone and more. www.frederickssa.com/

Frederick’s Bistro, 14439 N.W. Military Hwy., 210-888-1500 — The restaurant will be open 11 a.m.-3 pm. for lunch and 5-9 p.m. for dinner. Appetizer specials include, but are not limited to, Baked Oysters Casino ($9), spring rolls in a lettuce cup ($8), crab cake ($9), and beef carpaccio ($8). Some of the main course options include lobster and lump crab meat asparagus salad ($29), Parmesan-crusted rainbow trout ($17), grilled lamb chops ($19), filet mignon with crab and béarnaise ($27), and Eggs Norfolk with smoked salmon and crab ($18). www.fredericksbistro.com/

The Hilton Palacio del Rio, 200 S. Alamo, 210-224-3357 — There will be three seatings for the brunch: 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The soup and salad bar will feature  Cream of Butternut Squash Soup, Cucumber-wrapped Mesclun Mix Salad and Romaine and Pesto-Goat Cheese Bundles. A bread display will be set up alongside omelet and carving stations. Entrées include Chocolate Pecan Waffles, Grilled Salmon, Teriyaki Glazed Chicken, Herb-crusted Pork Chops,  Confetti Jasmine Rice, Pan-Roasted Asparagus, Grilled Carrot Sticks and Shallot Smashed Potatoes. A dessert bar rounds out the meal. Complimentary valet parking and a special chocolate gifts for mothers included. Cost:  $29.95 for adults, $24.95 for seniors,  $15.95 for children ages 6-10 and free for children 5 and younger. www.palaciodelrio.hilton.com

Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, 210-767-7999 — The Mother’s Day Brunch, which runs 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., features high tea dishes, pasta and paella, local and artisan cheeses, salads, sides and more. Egg and breakfast dishes include smoked salmon benedict, brisket hash with poached egg and hollandaise, rosemary brown sugar bacon, country sausage links, cheese blintz with orange marmalade, personal omelets, and pancakes with syrups and roasted fruit. Surf and turf dishes: fresh shucked oysters, oak-smoked mussels and salmon, iced shrimp and roasted chile cocktail, whole fried snapper with chimichurri, grilled flank steak, whole roasted barbecued spiced chicken. From the bakery: pain au chocolat, almond-filled croissants, Palmier, tarts, petite carrot cakes, decadent chocolate truffles, crème brûlée, vanilla bean panna cotta and an ice cream sundae bar. Children’s table offered. Cost: $46.95, adults; $37.95, seniors; $22.50, children ages 5-12.

The Lion and Rose, various locations — Mother’s Day brunch will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eggs Benedict, a breakfast burger, Irish Hash and Eggs, Wimbledon French Toast and more will be offered. Some of the drink specials:  Mimosa, $3.49; Bloody Mary, $3; Irish Bulldog, $5; Pimm’s Royal, $4.99; and Pimm’s Punch, $4.99. Happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, 1746 Lockhill Selma, 210-349-8466 — The restaurant is celebrating its 10th year of honoring mothers with a brunch served served 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m. A five-course menu, with plenty of the restaurant’s signature dishes, will include choice of appetizer and entrée, followed by cheese course and choice of dessert. The Lodge will feature a Farmers Market-inspired Mimosa. Cost: $37.95. Children’s menu: $11.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, 210-561-9700 — Mother’s Day brings a three-course meal from noon to 5 p.m. Start with your choice of Insalata di Mare (cold seafood salad), Arancini di Riso (Italian rice balls), Polenta con Carciofi (polenta cakes with artichoke hearts),  Cozze Fradiavolo (sautéed mussels)  and Carpaccio Cipriani (thin-cut beef tenderloin) among others. Entrée options include Salmone al Caperi (salmon with pasta and a lemon caper sauce), Linguine con Frutta di Mare (linguine with seafood), Pesce Fresca (pan-seared Chilean sea bass),  Carciofi (sautéed chicken breast with artichoke hearts), veal piccata, Agnello Scottadito (parsley- and garlic-brined New Zealand lamb chops), Osso Buco, and Bistecca di Manzo (grilled center-cut New York strip steak). Dessert options:  Tiramisù, cannoli, and fresh berries with cream. Cost: $27.95.

Max’s Wine Dive, 340 East Basse Road., Suite 101, 210-444-9547 — Service hours are 10 a.m.–10 p.m.. All items are available all day, through brunch, lunch and dinner. The menu includes Almond, Strawberry, and Spinach Salad ($9), Orange and Fig Glazed Ham, Roasted Asparagus, Glazed Carrot Purée ($15), and Warm Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Fondue ($8).

Mike’s in the Village, 2355 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, 830-438-2747 — Mother’s Day brunch will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be an omelet station while entrées on the buffet will include carved-to-order Creole-seasoned Rib-eye, Herbed-roasted Turkey Breast, Miso-glazed Salmon with Lemon Butter, Southwestern Eggs Benedict plus sides and desserts.  Cost: $39.50 for adults, $15.50 for children ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and younger.

Morton’s the Steakhouse, 300 E. Crockett St., 210-228-0700 — A special Mother’s Day menu is available 3-9 p.m. It includes a choice of Morton’s Salad with Morton’s blue cheese dressing, chopped egg and anchovies or Caesar Salad;  a choice of Single-cut Filet Mignon, Filet Oskar with Asparagus and Jumbo Lump Crab, Broiled Salmon Fillet with Beurre Blanc, Colossal Shrimp Alexander or Chicken Christopher; and choice of vegetable or potato; and a choice of Crème Brûlée or Double Chocolate Mousse. Cost: $59. Regular menu also available.

Paesanos, 555 E. Basse Road, 210-828-5191 — Service will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the regular menu.

Paesanos 1604, 3622 Paesanos Parkway, 210-492-1604 — Service will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the regular menu and a Mother’s Day special: a complimentary Bellini, a small Caesar salad, a five-piece order of Shrimp Paesano and cheesecake and seasonal berries in a Grand Marnier sauce. Cost: $31.95.

Paesanos Riverwalk, 111 W. Crockett St., 210-227-2782 — Service will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the regular menu.

Pike’s Place Restaurant, 167 Panther Ridge, Pipe Creek, 830-535-4442 — Mother’s Day brunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A few of the items from the menu are bacon and fontina risotto with a poached egg, eggs Benedict or crab cake Benedict, buttermilk fried chicken, ham and Swiss eggs en croute, vegetarian quiche, steak and eggs, brioche French toast, buttermilk pancakes and mesquite-smoked prime rib. Prices range from $9 to $20. Endless mimosas are priced at $12.

Q on the Riverwalk, Downtown Hyatt, 123 Losoya St., 210-222-1234, ext. 4241 — Service is from 11 a.m.  to 3 p.m.  On the salad bar: fresh spring greens, taboulleh, grilled asparagus, heirloom tomatoes, cold smoked and pressed foie gras, venison brats on cornbread croutons and chipotle aioli, salmon tartar with avocado cream, fresh fruit parfait. Antipasti: assorted domestic and international cheeses, fruit and compote garnishes, variety of charcuterie and patés smoked trout and ale mousse, country pork paté with truffles and pistachio croccantinis with fennel and lavosh, melba toast. Breakfast favorites: made-to-order omelets and eggs, applewood bacon, grilled breakfast sausage, buttermilk waffles with spiced peach compote and maple butter. Entrees: beef sirloin with creamed horseradish, fresh grilled gulf mahi mahi with avocado and smoked mango salsa, green Thai curry with jasmine pilaf, apple chili bbq pork loin with Ranger Creek ale demi, saffron and English pea risotto. Assorted sweet, savory breads. Dessert table. Complimentary champagne and mimosas. Cost: $40, adults; $34, seniors; $19, children ages 5-12. Complimentary self-parking available at the Central Parking garage located across from the hotel.

Roaring Fork, 1806 N. Loop 1604 W., 210-479-9700 — Brunch is served 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with dinner available after 4 p.m. In addition to its regular brunch menu, Roaring Fork will offer Pecan-crusted Pork Loin with Molasses Apple Glaze, Oven-baked Snapper over Watercress and Arugula Salad. Dessert options include Key Lime Pie with a Cointreau Raspberry Sauce. www.roaringfork.com

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., 210-229-1600 — The doors open at 11 a.m. Mother’s Day with the full array of meats and the salad bar with more than 50 items plus dessert. Also special for Mother’s Day are Brazilian mimosas, a frozen cocktail made with house Champagne, blended with a choice of fruit purée and a touch of orange juice. Mango, papaya, wild berry, strawberry, pomegranate, passion fruit, and guava flavors are among the purées available.

Tost BistroBar, 14425 Blanco Road, 210-408-2670 — A three-course brunch will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will begin with the following: appetizer choice of Watermelon Salad with Feta Cheese, Mint and Watercress; Shrimp Bisque with Crème Fraîche; or Crab Cake with a Jicama Slaw. Entrée choices: Pan-seared Petit Filet with Goat Cheese Mash Potato, Grilled Asparagus and Bleu Cheese Béarnaise; Seared Sea Bass with a Crab Citrus Butter Sauce and Curried Cauliflower Purée; or Truffled Lobster Risotto with Roasted Sweet Corn. Dessert choices:  S’mores Chocolate Tart or Homemade Sorbet. Cost: $27.

Tre Trattoria, Fairmount Hotel, 401 S. Alamo St. 210-223-0401, and 4003 Broadway 210-805-0333 — A five-course Mother’s Day brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Signature mimosas and Chef’s Bloody Marys will also be available. Cost: $34.95 a person. Children’s menu: $11.

TriniCakes Cupcakery, 999 E. Basse Road, Suite 178, 210-229-2107 — The Mother’s Day box includes a dozen specialty cupcakes – three lemon, three strawberry, three milk chocolate, and three orange cupcakes – adorned with flower decorations handpicked with her in mind. Cost: $36 a dozen.

Two Bros. BBQ Market, 12565 West Ave., 210-496-0222 — All Moms with a complimentary glass of sangria with dine-in orders over $18. Kids can play in the large yard covered by a canopy of oak trees. No reservations.

Wildfish Seafood Grille, 1834 N. Loop 1604 W.,210-493-1600 — Brunch will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a menu that ranges from Chef Steve’s Sashimi Tasting, Maine lobster bisque and broiled oysters to Lemon Sole in Parmesan Crust, Jumbo Georges Bank Scallops, and prime New York Strip. The full menu and dinner will be available after 5 p.m. www.wildfishseafoodgrille.com

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, Suite 25100, 210-690-3334 — Mother’s Day brunch will be served from 10 a.m.  to 3 p.m. Z’Tejas favorites, such as the Chicken and Potato Hash and the Breakfast Quesadilla, will be offered. The weekend fun bar, featuring make-your-own Bloody Marys and mimosas cost $3.50. Until 3 p.m., the Z’Tejas staff will be taking and printing complimentary keepsake family photos, and all moms will receive a free dessert. Reservations are recommended but not required. sanantonio.ztejas.com

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A Reminder from the Easter Bunny: Time to Make Reservations


Easter is a little late this spring, but it’s no less welcome. So, as April 24 approaches, it’s time to think of more than baskets and chocolate, bonnets and flowers. It’s time to think about where you should make reservations for the big dinner.

All of the listings below require reservations unless otherwise noted. All prices are also without tax and tip added.

Achiote River Cafe, Grand Hyatt San Antonio, 600 Market St., 201-224-1234 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              201-224-1234      end_of_the_skype_highlighting — Easter brunch is 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Expect a salad of spring greens with assorted condiments and dressings; Spanish orzo; Cobb salad; three bean salad with sherry vinaigrette; Creamy Chicken Chimichurri Salad; and fruit cocktail in ginger mint syrup. Other dishes include roasted carrot and kabocha soup; roasted local harvest vegetables; steamed asparagus in black sesame; soy sweet potato ginger mashers; black bean and corn rice pilaf; Togarashi-seared Salmon with Thai Green Papaya Relish; grilled chicken and sausage paella. Carving stations feature Slow-roasted Chimichurri Lamb with serrano pepper-Thai basil jelly; Char Sui steamship of Pork Wasabi Aioli. Omelet station: Egg Beaters,  egg whites, whole eggs, peppers, ham, sausage, chorizo, mushrooms, bacon, tomatoes, green onions, cheddar cheese, jack cheese, jalapeños, salsa. Desserts: assorted seasonal pastries, mousse and cakes, Chocolate Creation. Cost: $30, adults, and $15 for children ages 3-12.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s, 210-225-0722 — After appetizers and salads, choose from organic eggs Benedict, black pepper buttermilk biscuits, Swiss chard, Canadian bacon, poblano hollandaise; Maine lobster omelet with poblano rajas, potatoes, asparagus, avocado, guajillo salsa; vanilla waffle with strawberry compote, apple smoked bacon, maple syrup; pan-roasted salmon with Parmesan leek risotto, baby arugula, meyer lemon almond pesto; seared redfish with sweet potato tasso ham hash, wilted spinach, mustard cream; lavender roasted leg of lamb with spring vegetable ragout, lamb sauce; roasted rib-eye of beef, baked potato, au gratin, asparagus, smoky onion jus; and red chile pork pozole with white cabbage, oregano, lime, tostones. Large selection of deserts to choose from. Cost: $49. A children’s menu with vanilla waffle, beef and mashers, chicken fingers and more, is available at a cost of $27.50.

Bin 555 Restaurant and Wine Bar, 555 W. Bitters in The Shops at the Alley, 210-496-0555 — Features a 4-course brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The menu features choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert and will include a cheese course served family-style. Entrée options include Butter-poached Shrimp with Thai Red Curry;  Heirloom Tomato, Avocado and Steamed Eggs with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Black Pepper;  Mojo-glazed Salmon with Spanish Chorizo, Baby Spinach, Oven-roasted Tomato and Pine Nuts;  and Sous Vide of Beef Tenderloin Petite Filet with Caramalized Onion Purée ($5 additional supplement for filet). Drink specials, mimosas and sangria will be available. Cost: $29.95. Children’s menu is priced at $11.  Reservations may be made also by e-mail.

Coco Chocolate Lounge & Bistro, 18402 U.S. 281 N., 210-491-4480 — The Easter brunch is  10 a.m.-3 p.m. It features a complete buffet, which includes lamb, an egg station, a made-to-order crepe station, and an appetizer buffet with shrimp, smoked salmon and bagels, charcuterie and cold cuts, goat cheese dip, hummus and assorted cheese. The dessert buffet includes a chocolate fountain, an assortment of house-made mini chocolate desserts, chocolate mousse, coconut passion cheesecake, white chocolate cheesecake, peach cobbler, mini crème brûlée, chocolate-dipped strawberries and fresh fruits. The $35 cost includes Champagne. The cost for children under 12 is $15.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, 210-821-5600 — Brunch is served 11 a.m.-4 p.m. It will feature dishes such as Shrimp Salad on Avocado ($29.50), Chicken Breast with Champagne Sauce ($29.50), Fresh Rainbow Trout Amandine ($36.50), and the popular Trilogy ($49.50), which includes Tenderloin of Beef with Rossini Sauce, Lobster Tail with Lemon Butter and Rack of Lamb Provençal. All entrées are served with an appetizer, house salad, fresh vegetable, assorted breads, dessert, iced tea or coffee and wine or Champagne. A children’s menu is also provided. www.crumpetsa.com

Earl Abel’s, 1201 Austin Hwy., 210-822-3358 — The special Easter menu will be available after 11 a.m. and a portion of the regular menu will be available throughout the day. The breakfast special Bananas Foster and Walnut French Toast ($9) with cranberry or orange mimosa for $7 apiece. Appetizers include signature cream of chicken soup, split pea soup, Earl Abel’s house salad, fresh fruit salad and traditional deviled eggs. Entrées, served with choice of appetizer, side dish and dessert, include: roasted turkey and giblet gravy ($19), glazed ham steak with grilled pineapple and raisin sauce ($19), fried chicken with cracklin’ gravy ($17), Niman Ranch top sirloin ($24), and wild sautéed mahi mahi with amandine sauce ($20). Desserts: Coconut Crème Ice Box Pie, Carrot Cake, Boston Crème Pie and Strawberry Shortcake. Children’s menu available. No reservations.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 255 E. Basse Road, 210-824-WINE (9463) — Brunch is available 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The Easter brunch features a three-course prix-fixe menu with five different entrées to choose from. Cost: $32.95. Children’s menu: $15.95. Regular menu also available.

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, 210-828-9050 — The restaurant will only be open for lunch on Easter with a special menu. A few of the dishes include baked brie and goat cheese in puff pastry, Roquefort and walnut salad, baked Norwegian salmon Dijonnaise, grilled chicken breast with sun-dried tomato and artichoke hearts, and shrimp with tomato and garlic sauce. www.frederickssa.com/

Frederick’s Bistro, 14439 N.W. Military Hwy., 210-888-1500 — The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner with a Easter menu. Appetizer specials include, but are not limited to, Baked Oysters Casino ($9), spring rolls in a lettuce cup ($8), crab cake ($9), and beef carpaccio ($8). Some of the main course options include lobster and lump crab meat with asparagus ($29), Parmesan-crusted rainbow trout ($17), grilled lamb chops ($19), filet mignon with crab and béarnaise ($27), and Eggs Norfolk with smoked salmon and crab ($18). www.fredericksbistro.com/

Hilton Palacio del Rio, 200 S. Alamo St., 210-224-3357 — There will be three seating times,  11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.  There will be an brunch buffet with chances for you and your family to be photographed with the Easter Bunny. Easter baskets will be on each table, Champagne is included and live piano will be offered. Complimentary valet parking. Cost:  $29.95, adults; $24.95, seniors; $15.95,  children ages 6-10; and free, children ages 5 and under.

Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, 210-767-7999 — There will be two buffets. In the Hill Country Ballroom, brunch will be 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and the Easter Bunny will visit. Items include eggs Benedict, an omelet bar, pancakes, hand-shucked oysters, chilled shrimp, oak-smoked salmon, slow-roasted beef steamship, maple-glazed ham, free-range turkey, pan-roasted catch of the day, mesquite-charred chicken, pecan-smoked sausage, a pasta bar and a dessert area with an ice cream sundae bar plus cakes, pies, tortes and pastries. Children’s buffet. Cost: $46.95, adults; $37.95, seniors; and $22.50 for children ages 5-12.  Brunch in the Springhouse Cafe also runs 10:30 a.m.-2:30  p.m. but does not feature the Easter Bunny. It will include a pancake and waffle station, local and seasonally inspired salads, chilled shrimp, oak-smoked salmon, beef steamship, maple-glazed ham, mesquite charred chicken, chocolate brownie cobbler, ice cream sundaes and more. Cost: $36.95, adults; $29.95, seniors; and $19.95, children ages 5-12.

JW Marriott, 23808 Resort Parkway, 210-483-6622 — Brunch hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with the Easter Bunny available for photos from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some of the dishes include Berkshire ham steamship with a bacon-cheddar scone, smoked prime rib and spring leg of lamb, lobster edamame risotto, herb-brined flattened chicken,  pepper-smoked trout, smoked salmon, Neuskies bacon, peel-and-eat shrimp michelada, bay scallop ceviche, eggs made to order, pancake and waffle bar, soups, salads, sides and desserts. Cost: $49.95, adults; $42.95, seniors; and $22.95, children ages 5-12.

Las Canarias, La Mansión del Rio, 112 College St., 210-518-1063 — The Easter Champagne Brunch will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A few of the dishes include: apple-wood smoked bacon, country breakfast sausage, chilaquiles, omelets to order, rosemary biscuits with house-made sausage gravy, vanilla malt pancakes and waffles to order, eggs Benedict, smoked breast of chicken, pork loin, Spanish chorizo, braised beef and pappardelle pasta, pan-seared Texas redfish, sushi, oysters, prime rib, smoked beef sausage, bone-in ham, leg of lamb, barbecued shrimp, international cheeses and beef carpaccio plus desserts. A la carte dinner serve will begin at 5:30 p.m. Brunch cost: $64.95, adults; and $34.95, children ages 6-12.

The Lion and Rose, various locations — The Easter brunch will be at all locations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with eggs Benedict, Eggs Newcastle, Irish Hash and Eggs, Wimbledon French Toast and more. Some of the drink specials:  Mimosa, $3.49; Bloody Mary, $3; Irish Bulldog, $5; Pimm’s Royal, $4.99; and Pimm’s Punch, $4.99.

The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, 1746 Lockhill Selma, 210-349-8466 — Easter brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. featuring a five-course menu with choice of appetizer, entrée, followed by cheese course and choice of dessert. Main course options include Ham and Butter Sandwich with Dijon Mustard and Pasta Salad;  English Muffin, Steamed Eggs, Smoked Paprika Hollandaise and Asparagus Salad;  Pan-seared Salmon with “Flavors of Morocco”;  and Cast-iron Seared Petite Filet with English Peas, Farmers Market Ragout and Sauce Blanquette ($5 additional supplement for filet).  The Lodge will feature a Farmers Market Inspired Mimosa,  Children’s menu is available for $11.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, 210-561-9700 — Easter hours are noon-5 p.m. The three-course meal begins with a choice of antipasti:  Insalata di Mare (cold seafood salad),  Arancini di Riso (golden fried Italian rice balls), Polenta con Carciofi (sautéed polenta cakes with artichoke hearts),  Cozze Fradiavolo (sautéed mussels),  Salumi e Formaggio Misti (mixed cold cuts and cheeses),  Carpaccio (raw thin cuts of beef tenderloin), Polpette alla Napoletana (meatballs),  Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Soup, or one of several salads. Entrée choices include grilled salmon, seafood linguine, Pesce Fresca (fresh fish with asparagus risotto), sautéed chicken breast with artichoke hearts, sautéed veal scaloppini, Agnello Scottadito (parsley- and garlic-brined New Zealand lamb chops), Osso Buco (veal shank) and Bistecca di Manzo (grilled New York strip). Dessert is a choice of tiramisù, cannoli, and fresh berries and cream. Cost: $26.95.

Lüke on the River Walk, 125 E. Houston St., 210-227-5853 — The restaurant is open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. The Easter special is slow-cooked local lamb with Pearl Market Vegetables, McEwen and Sons grits and Animal Farms baby arugula. Cost: $15 for brunch including soup or $23 for dinner including soup and bread pudding.

Max’s Wine Dive, 340 E. Basse Road, 210-444-9547 — Embark on an Easter egg hunt throughout the restaurant, which will be open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Easter. Hidden eggs will be filled with coupons and gift certificates, as well as a few special bottles of bubbles! Specials on Easter include Jalapeño Deviled Eggs ($6), House-cured Salmon Gravlax on Chive and Chevre Toast Points with American Caviar ($9), Fried Green Tomatoes with Tasso Hollandaise ($7), Fig-glazed Pork Osso Bucco with Warm Spring Haricot Vert Salad and Baked Apples ($23), and Lemon Curd Tartletts with Fresh Berries and Coulis ($8).

Ostra, Mokara Hotel & Spa, 212 W. Crockett St., 210-396-5817 — The à la carte menu will be available during breakfast and lunch hours, with featured Easter specials during dinner service beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Q on the Riverwalk, 123 Losoya St., 210-222-1234, ext. 4241. — Brunch is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fresh salad bar, antipasti, assorted artisan cheeses, breads and fruits, made-to-order omelets, bacon, Irish pork bangers, Hyatt signature potatoes, buttermilk pancakes with blackberry compote. Entrées: Black Angus Prime Rib with Horseradish, Mustard and Fruit Remoulade; Homemade Grilled Beef Brisket Hash, with poached eggs and smoky cilantro hollandaise; Tamarind Barbecue Salmon Filets; and Spanish paella with sweet peppers and onions in a smoked paprika broth. Grilled spring vegetables and Easter sweets table round out the menu. Also complimentary Champagne and mimosas. Cost: $38, adults; $28, seniors; and $19, children ages 5-12.

Roaring Fork, 1806 N. Loop 1604 W., 210-479-9700 — The restaurant opens at 11 a.m. on Easter and be open all day. Specials for the day include wood oven-roasted stuffed pork chop with pork jus over rosemary mash potatoes, Parmesan-crusted mahi-mahi over mixed greens finished with a shrimp and mango salsa, and Key lime pie with a Cointreau raspberry sauce. www.roaringfork.com

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., 210-229-1600 — The restaurant will be open at noon Easter Sunday with its traditional 15 cuts of meat plus the salad bar with more than 50 items and side dishes.

Tre Trattoria Downtown, Fairmount Hotel, 401 S. Alamo St. 210-223-0401 — Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p..m. and features a five-course meal. Main course options include Tagliatelle with Wild Mushrooms, Thyme and Parmigiano Reggiano;  House-made Sausage with Sweet Pepper Ragu, Creamy Polenta and Baby Arugula;  Warm Blue Crab and Cream Cheese Crespelle with Citrus Cream and Potato Hash;  Italian Waffle with Orange Marmal and House made Lemon Ricotta;  Pan-seared Potato Gnocchi with Creamy Gorgonzola or San Marzano “Fresca”; and  Grilled Tuscan-marinated Rib-eye with Red Wine Risotto and Natural Jus ($12 additional supplement for rib-eye).  Signature mimosas and Chef’s Bloody Marys will also be available. Cost: $32.95. A children’s menu will be available for $11.

The Westin La Cantera Resort, 16641 La Cantera Parkway,  210-558-2443 — The grand ballroom is the setting for the traditional Easter brunch with seatings at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. An Easter egg hunt for children and live entertainment are both planned. Cost: $45, adults; $38, seniors; $20, children age 6-12; and free, children ages 5 and younger. The regular brunch will also be offered at Francesca’s at Sunset. Specify which brunch you will be attending when making reservations.

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, 210-690-3334 — Easter hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The Easter Bunny will have treats for children and pose for complimentary photos from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Z’Tejas brunch menu, featuring a weekend fun bar with build-your-own Bloody Marys and mimosas, will be available until 3 p.m. sanantonio.ztejas.com

Restaurateurs, if you don’t see your place listed, send details to griffin@savorsa.com or walker@savorsa.com. We will update this list through Easter weekend.

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Fourth Street Inn Now Offers Breakfast, Plus Mardi Gras Parties


Downtown workers, the Fourth Street Inn, 207 4th St., has an eye-opener in store for you.

The restaurant is now offering breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Monday-Friday.

For $3.99, you can get a plate of eggs as well as your choice of two strips of bacon, two sausage links, two sausage patties or a 3-ounce pork chop. Plus, you get your choice of hash browns or grits and either a biscuit or tortillas.

There’s also a pancake plate with eggs and a choice of meat for $3.99.

Sausage biscuits, a few breakfast tacos, cereal juice and milk are also available. And for the first month, a cup of coffee is 25 cents.

Chef Fred Neighbors is hoping to add an an egg station in the future as well as a few expanded items.

“We’re looking for volunteers to serve” the morning shift, he said. The restaurant, a mission operation of the nearby First Baptist Church, would like to get some helpers who can work on a regular basis.

In exchange for serving, the workers will receive either breakfast or lunch, Neighbors said. Call 210-854-4867.

SoGo on the go

Chef Mark Arriola

Chef Mark Arriola may have closed the original SoGo at 19903 Stone Oak Parkway, but it’s not the end of SoGo.

There are now several SoGo Express locations. The original at 9311 San Pedro Ave. has been joined by two in Spectrum Clubs. The locations are at 21044 U.S. 281 at Evans Road and 7341 Merton Minter in the Medical Center area.

He also has a table at the Pearl Brewery farmers market every Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning. Plus, you can expect to see him in a new food truck within the month. It won’t be SoGo, however. “It’s going to be all pork,” he said, “a study in pork.”

Arriola hasn’t decided on a name for the vehicle yet, but if it’s all pork, you’ll know it from the intoxicating aroma coming from it.

Two Mardi Parties

Tuesday is Mardi Gras. Here are two parties for those who want to live it up as if this were New Orleans

  • Abita Beer, one of New Orleans’ best microbrews, is hosting a Mardi Gras party at the Depot at Sunset Station, 1174 E. Commerce St., Tuesday. The free event for those 21 years old or older is from 5 to 8 p.m. Merge and the Flames of Red will perform. Partygoers will also have a chance to sign up to win a trip for two to New Orleans.
  • Coco XO, the bar next to Coco Chocolate Lounge, 18402 U.S. 281, will let the good times roll starting at 8 p.m. Complimentary beads, French Quarter specials and the Stan Wayne Band are all part of the event. The $7 cover includes appetizers.

Chili cookoff at the Hangin’ Tree

The Hangin’ Tree Saloon, 18424 2nd St., Bracken, is having its Spring Chili Cookoff March 26.

The categories are chili, beans, ribs and showmanship. A $10 entry fee per item cooked is required. A benefit auction for Dorothy toon will also be held. Judging begins at 3 p.m. For details, call (210) 651-5812.

Scotch dinner at Crumpets

Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, is hosting a single-malt Scotch dinner at 7 p.m. March 18.

Chef Francois Maeder will prepare the multi-course dinner to pair with the following:

  • Oban, a 14-year-old Scotch from the Highland region
  • Lagavulin, a 16-year-old Scotch from Islay region
  • Dalwhinnie, a 15-year-old Scotch from the Highland region
  • Cragganmore, a 12-year-old Scotch from the Speyside region
  • Glenmorangie, a 10-year-old Scotch from the Highland region
  • Singleton, an 11-year-old Scotch from the Highland region

The cost of the dinner is $45 a person, plus tax and tip. For reservations, call 210-821-5600.

Cabo Seafood + Bar to open soon

On the heels of the news that Watermark Grill was closing comes the announce that Cabo Seafood + Bar will open in Stone Oak in early April. The restaurant will be at 20626 Stone Oak Parkway.

The menu will feature seafood flavors from Mexico, Spain, Greece, Japan, Hawaii and the Texas Gulf Coast. Starters include ceviche, tostadas, tuna tartare tacos and octopus sticks, for those who want a quick bite with a pisco sour. Carpaccios of octopus, shrimp, yellow tuna and swordfish are at a raw bar with oysters of the day.

Chef Rodrigo Garcia Ugartechea was born in Mexico City and studied in Vitznau, Switzerland, as well as Toledo, Spain. He has also worked at Café des Artistes for Damien Watel. The owners are Maria and Juan Pablo Mendez.

Coming soon

Maars Pizza is coming soon to 14218 Nacogdoches Road, home of the former Pizzabella.

What’s the word on D’s Seafood?

More than a few of us are wondering when D’s Seafood, Jerk and More on Rittiman Road will be reopening. The sign on the door says soon, but if you have any information, please e-mail griffin@savorsa.com.

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Welcome 2011 with Parties, Special Menus


New Year’s Eve parties abound in the Alamo City, with restaurants happy to help you raise a toast to 2011. Special menus, Champagne toasts and even fireworks are part of the plans available.

Reservations are necessary unless otherwise noted. And remember not to drink and drive.

Aldaco’s at Sunset Station, 100 E. Hoefgen St., 210-222-2561 — Ring in the new year with a three-course dinner beginning with caldo Tlalpeño with jumbo lump crab or  Tres Maria’s Wedge Salad, followed by your choice of lime-marinated grilled chicken breast over  angel hair pasta with roasted poblano alfredo or grilled rib-eye steak and papas bravas. Dinner concludes with Mexican bread pudding or Mexican hot chocolate with pan de polvo. The cost is $44.95 per person, including a Champagne toast and party favors. aldacos.net

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., 210-225-0722 — New Year’s Eve seatings will be before  9 p.m. and after 9 p.m. The five-course menu includes some of the following options: lobster bisque, smoky duck breast salad, seared natural scallops, grilled beef tenderloin, rosemary-braised lamb shank, grass-fed veal chop and preserved lemon-roasted poussin. The cost is $100 a person plus tax and tip. The restaurant will be open New Year’s Day but will be closed Jan. 3-7.

Bin 555, Artisans Alley, 555 W. Bitters Road, 210-496-0555 — A five-course dinner is planned with seatings beginning at 6 p.m. Some of the items on the menu include sweet potato soup, Texas quail roulade, seared duck breast with foie gras-chestnut purée, and wood-oven roasted New York strip. Cost is $80 a person or $110 paired with wines. Tax and 18-percent tip not included. Full bar available. Open New Year’s Day.

Bohanan’s, 219 E. Houston St., 210-472-2600 — On New Year’s Eve, the bar will be open its regular hours of 11 a.m.-2 a.m. The restaurant upstairs will be open 5 p.m.-midnight with the regular dinner menu and holiday specials.

Brannon’s Cafe, Westin La Cantera, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, 210-558-6500 —  The New Year’s Eve special dinner, from 5 to 10 p.m., will feature four courses for $59 a person. The menu includes sweet potato gnocchi with cinnamon crème fraîche, followed by a Year’s End Salad with torched avocado, compressed English cucumber and petite lettuces with a serrano and mint vinaigrette. The main course is a choice of prime strip steak with Hoppin’ John Mashed Potatoes or pan-seared wreck fish with smoked okra and pancetta risotto. The finale is Before Your Resolution Chocolate Cake with dark chocolate genoise, mint cream and chocolate buttercream. The regular menu will also be available.

Coco Chocolate Lounge, 18402 U.S. 281 N., 210-557-9927 — Three different New Year’s Eve parties are planned for different areas with a Midnight in Vegas theme. One is a five-course dinner with a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. Live music from Nic Dante and Stan Wayne Band. Cost: $75 a person. Coco XO will offer a video DJ and dancing all night. The cost per table starts at $500 and includes three bottles. The Coco Lounge Patio offers hip hop and an R&B DJ. The cost per table starts at $350 and includes two bottles. There is also a VIP party pass with access to all three parties.

The County Line, 111 W. Crockett St., 210-229-1941 — The River Walk restaurant will be open 11 a.m.-11  p.m or later depending on the crowds. Reservations are not accepted. Closed New Year’s Day.

The County Line, 10101 I-10 W., 210-631-1998 — The barbecue restaurant will be open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Reservations accepted.

Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, 210-821-5600  — New Year’s Eve seatings start at 5:30 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, Beef Wellington, salmon, veal scalloppini, 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 — Closed for lunch Dec. 31. There will be two seatings in the evening at 6 and 9 p.m. The four-course prix-fixe menu is offered for $65 a person. Closed Jan. 1-4. Regular hours resume Jan. 5.

Fogo de Chão, 849 E. Commerce St., 210-227-1700 — New Year’s Eve hours are 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. for lunch and 5-10:30 p.m. for dinner. New Year’s 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.

Francesca’s at Sunset, Westin la Cantera, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, 210-558-2253 — Ring in the new year with a tribute to Andy Warhol by Dom Perignon. The evening includes a multi-course luxury Pop Art-inspired menu from chef Ernie Estrada plus a glass of Moët and Chandon Imperial and Dom Pérignon’s Cuvée Andy Warhol. Door prizes and other activities planned. Cost is $125 a person plus tax and tip.

Frederick’s Bistro, 14439 N.W. Military Hwy., 210-888-1500 — New Year’s Eve hours begin at 6 p.m. The special four-course dinner includes the following entrée options: pomegranate-glazed duck breast, beef tournedo Rossini, sea bass and jumbo lump crab meat Napoleon, and grilled Maine lobster on a nest of spicy linguini. The cost is $70 plus tax and tip. www.fredericksbistro.com

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, 210-828-9050 — New Year’s Eve hours begin at 6 p.m. The special four-course dinner includes the following entrée options: pomegranate-glazed duck breast, beef tournedo Rossini, sea bass and jumbo lump crab meat Napoleon, and grilled Maine lobster on a nest of spicy linguini. The cost is $70 plus tax and tip. www.frederickssa.com

The Gazebo at Los Patios, 2015 N.E. Loop 410, 210-655-6171 — New Year’s Eve hours are 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. A holiday special is chicken breast stuffed with roasted bell peppers, spinach and ricotta cheese, served with rice pilaf and fresh vegetables for $9.95. There a different kids’ menu available for $6.95.  Closed New Year’s Day. www.lospatios.com

Godai Sushi Bistro, 4553 N. Loop 1604 W., 210-492-9262 — Dinner service is available 5-9:15 p.m. New Year’s Eve. The party begins at 10 p.m. with food, music and dancing. Included in the cost of $55 a person is a split of Champagne, party favors, an all-you-can-eat appetizer bar including sushi and a dance floor with music. There will also be specials running at the bar all night. E-mail yonggoro@yahoo.com.

Hotel Valencia, 150 E. Houston St., 210-227-9700, ext. 8412 — The party will be in the Vbar and Verona Ballroom. Vbar will feature a DJ while the band in the ballroom will play favorites from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. The dinner buffet will include an ice sculpture, sushi and carving stations and be served from 8 p.m. to midnight. The party continues until 2 a.m. Cost is $100 per adult age 21 or older and includes a Champagne welcome, two drinks, and access to all food stations. www.hotelvalencia-riverwalk.com

Hyatt Hill Country, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, 210-647-1234 — The resort is offering a New Year’s package for a family of four. For $369, you get a smokehouse barbecue dinner for two adults and two children, a carnival, a family dance with live music, fireworks with synchronized music and a New Year’s Day breakfast buffet.  New Year’s Day events include a FunZone for kids.

Hyatt Regency, 123 Losoya St., 210-222-1234 — The New Year’s Eve celebration includes a part in the ballroom as well as a room for two. The menu includes standing prime rib of beef, Scottish salmon baked in puff pastry, braised veal loin, salads, artisan cheeses and desserts. The cost is $399 a couple.

JW Marriott, 23808 Resort Parkway, 210-225-0462 — The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the New Year’s celebration, which runs 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. The evening will include cocktails, dinner, dancing, live entertainment and a Champagne toast at midnight. Cost is $150 a person if reservations are made before Dec. 17 or $175 if made after that date.

Las Canarias, La Mansión del Rio, 112 College St., 210-518-1063 — The restaurant will offer a 5-course and a 9-course prix fixe menu for New Year’s, available from 5:30 to 11 p.m. A live band with dancing and party favors will be available after 9 p.m. The cost of the 5-course menu is $100 a person while the 9-course menu costs $150 a person. Price includes a Champagne toast, but not tax, tip or other drinks.   On New Year’s Day, the restaurant will offer a buffet from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The price of the buffet is $26.95 ($13.50 for children, ages 5-12 years) and includes juice and coffee, but not tax, tip or alcoholic beverages. À la carte dining will be available from 1 to 10:30 p.m. Click here.

Limestone Grille, Ye Kendall Inn, 128 W. Blanco, Boerne, 830-249-2138 — The New Year’s Eve menu, served from 5 to 10 p.m., is a multi-course meal with appetizer, salad, and choice  of the following: herb-crusted Angus prime rib, prickly pear and herb-marinated duck breast, pistachio-crusted chicken, grilled mahi-mahi, prosciutto and provolone stuffed pepper-crusted veal chop, and surf and turf (the latter with a $9 surcharge). Dessert is a white and dark chocolate mousse tuxedo cup. Cost is $65 a person plus tax and tip. The hotel is hosting a separate New Year’s party. See details below. www.yekendallinn.com

The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, 1746 Lockhill Selma Road, 210-349-8466 —The Lodge will be celebrating its 10th New Year’s Eve with a six-course menu featuring a number of choices. Seatings begin at 5:30 p.m. A few of the dishes include seared diver sea scallop with celery heart-onion “salad” and “truffle syrup,” rabbit saddle with melted leeks, pan-seared Moroccan salmon, cast iron-seared beef tenderloin with smoked bone marrow pudding. Cost: $100 per person or $150 paired with wines. Tax and 20-percent tip not included. Full bar available. Open New Year’s Day.

Max’s Wine Dive, 340 E. Basse Road, Suite 101, 210-444-9547 — On New Year’s Eve, the restaurant is offering the following specials in addition to its regular menu: Fresh Bacon ‘n’ Beans ($15),  Potato Latke ($17),  Foie Gras Pain Perdu ($19), Max’s Ultimate Foie Gras Kobe Burger ($29),  Veal Osso Buco ($32), Filet Mignon ($38),  and Tres Leches Baked Alaska ($12).

Mike’s in the Village, 2355-3 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, 830-438-2747 — New Year’s Eve hours are 5-9 p.m. The special menu begins with Maine Lobster Bisque with Sherry, followed by a choice of  Pear Salad with Maytag Blue Cheese or House Salad with Craisins, Montrachet Goat Cheese and Roasted Almonds. The third course is a choice of  Dijon Mustard, Pecan and Herb Crusted Lamb Chops, Black Angus Filet au Poivre or Pan-seared Halibut. Dessert choices are  Pistachio-crusted Chocolate Truffles, White Chocolate Bread Pudding or Vanilla Bean Crème Brule with Raspberry Sauce. Live jazz from the Phil Grota Trio. Cost is $75 a person.

Mi Tierra Café y Panaderia, 218 Produce Row, 210-225-1262  — The restaurant is open 24 hours on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Reservations not accepted.

Ostra, Mokara Hotel and Spa, 212 W. Crockett St., 210-396-5817 — The restaurant will offer its regular menu from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Paesanos Riverwalk, 111 W. Crockett St., 210-227-2782 — New Year’s Eve seatings are at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. The multiple-course meal includes entrée choices of Shrimp Paesano, ahi tuna ceviche style, pan-seared sea bass in truffle butter, herb-crusted filet mignon, Parmesan-crusted chicken breast and cheese tortellini.  The cost of the 6 p.m. is $42.95 for adults or $24.95 for children ages 9 or younger. The cost for the 8 and 10 p.m. seatings is $58.95 per adult or $24.95 for children ages 9 or younger. Tax and 20-percent tip not included. www.prg-sa.com

Q on the Riverwalk, Hyatt Regency, 123 Losoya St., 210-222-1234 — The three-course New Year’s Eve menu is served 7-10 p.m. Choices include either am élange of fresh wintergreens tossed with spiced pecans, feta and pink grapefruit or fresh lobster bisque. Entrée options include standing rib roast of Angus beef, fire-grilled filet of salmon or roasted breast of chicken with chevre. Dessert is a New Year’s Eve chocolate trio. The cost is $100 per couple. 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 — The restaurant is in perfect proximity for the New Year’s celebration at Hemisfair Park with seatings at 7 and 10 p.m. The New Year’s Eve dinner will feature a six-course menu with some of the following options: lobster bisque, king crab risotto, cast iron-seared beef tenderloin and seared duck breast. Cost is $90 per person and $30 extra with wine pairings. Tax and tip not included. (The 7 p.m. seating must be over by 9:45 p.m.) Full bar available until 2 a.m. Open New Year’s Day. restaurantinsignia.com

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 1170 E. Commerce St., 210-227-8847; 7720 Jones Maltsberger Road, 210-821-5051 — The New Year’s Eve parties bring a multi-course meal starting with a choice of appetizer, followed by choice of soup or salad. Entrée choices include filet mignon, rib-eye, stuffed chicken breast or Hong Kong sea bass, each complemented by a 6-ounce lobster tail. Dessert choices close out the meal. Cost is $89 a person plus tax and tip.

Silo, 1133 Austin Hwy., 210-824-8686 — A three-course dinner for $55 a person is available for those who dine before 6:15 p.m. Four courses for $90 a person is available for dining after 6:45 p.m. Entrée options include grilled  and roasted duck breast with duck confit leg, grilled beef tenderloin, pistachio-crusted Gulf snapper, grilled Australian rack of lamb and whole Maine lobster carbonara.

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

Tre Trattoria, 4003 Broadway, 210-805-0333 — Tre Trattoria will host a six-course menu with seatings beginning at 6 p.m. A few of the options include foie gras pastrami with pear mostarda, pan-seared gnocchi with creamy gorgonzola and honeycrisp apples pangrattato, spaghetti amatriciana with house-cured guanciale, local cabrito with polenta, and seared ahi tuna with puttanesca. Cost is $60 a person, $90 paired with wines. Tax and 18-percent tip not included. Full bar available. Open New Year’s Day.

Watermark Grill, 18740 Stone Oak Parkway, 210-483-7600 — There will be two New Year’s Eve seatings at 6 and 9:30 p.m. for a four-course dinner. The first course includes a variety of choices such as a Mango Avocado Lobster Tower or a Jumbo Lump Crab Cake. Second course includes Heart of Romaine with Artisan Brie or Tarragon-crusted Caribbean Lobster Tail. Saffron Vanilla Maine Lobster is one of the entrée options served prior to a dessert course that includes Chocolate Indulgence Trio among the choices. At the first seating the cost is $75 for the meal. At the second, it costs $95 for the meal paired with Louis Roederer Champagne.

The Wine Cellar at Zinc Bistro, 207 N. Presa St., 210-224-1313 — Zinc provides an intimate setting to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with a wine-paired five-course dinner beginning at 8 p.m., with the opening of a 2000 Roederer L’Ermitage sparkler from Anderson Valley, Calif., offered with Oregon mushroom duxelles in sour cream tartlets and other appetizers.  At 8:30 p.m., the starters will be followed by a pot pie filled with cold water lobster and wild mushrooms in a sherry and lobster bisque and offered with a Montaudon Rosé Champagne NV from Reims, France.  A 2008 Melville Estate Pinot Noir accompanies the pomegranate and horseradish-glazed quail salad with arugula, frisee and a tangerine vinaigrette. The main course is a choice of Niman Ranch herb-crusted rack of lamb with a chipotle Bordelaise or a center-cut strip sirloin with Portobello compound butter. The wine is a 2006 Cenay Blue Tooth Vineyard Cabernet from the Napa Valley.  A glass of Grahams 10-Year-Old Tawny Port will accompany dessert, a winter-spiced molten chocolate cake with sugared raspberries and Sabyon sauce. Tthere will Champagne at midnight. Limited reservations. Cost: $100 per person.

Ye Kendall Inn, 128 W. Blanco, Boerne, 830-249-2138 — The New Year’s Party begins at 7:30 p.m. with an hors d’oeuvres and dinner buffet, bottle of wine (per couple), live entertainment with the Mo-Dels, dancing, party favors, Champagne toast, black-eyed peas and cornbread. The cost is $79 a person plus tax and tip.  www.yekendallinn.com

Z’Tejas, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, 210-690-3334 — The restaurant is offering a three-course special Dec. 31-Jan. 2. The first course is Baja Shrimp Cocktail, followed by a choice of Z Salad, tortilla soup, soup of the day or Southwestern Caesar Salad. The third course is a choice of prime rib ($34.99) or Fresh Chilean Sea Bass on Papillotte ($41.99).

Zuni Grill, 223 Losoya St., 210-227-0864 — New Year’s Eve seatings are at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. The multiple-course meal includes entrée choices of Shrimp Paesano, pan-seared salmon, prime sirloin chimichurri, grilled chicken Tuscany pasta and grilled vegetable fajitas. The children’s menu  includes a burger or chicken tenders, both with fries. The cost for the 6 p.m. seating is $39.95 per adult or $19.95 per child ages 9 or younger. Cost for the 8 and 10 p.m. seatings is $49.95 per adult or $19.95 for children ages 9 or younger. Tax and 20-percent tip not included. www.prg-sa.com

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

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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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Celebrate Django Reinhardt’s Music at Boardwalk Bistro


Legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt was born 100 years ago, but his music still captivates us. So much so, in fact, that the folks at Boardwalk Bistro, 4011 Broadway, are celebrating Tuesday evening with a special concert and a French-infused menu.

Hank Harrison’s Hot Club Quintet will perform. Jazz guitarist Olivier Giraud will be joined by guitarists Polly Harrison and Keith Kimbell as well as bassist Mary Ann Cornelius and Hank Harrison on violin and historical commentary about Reinhardt’s life and times.

French food and wine will be offered for dining while the music is performed from 7 to 9 p.m.

For reservations, call 210-824-0100.

In other restaurant news, Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, is showcasing the wines of Alamos and Mirassou Vineyards at 7 p.m. Nov. 5.

The evening begins with the Alamos Torrantés paired with a Chicken and Vegetable Terrine, followed by the Mirassou Chardonnay with Shrimp with Garlic-Cream Sauce over Cappellini. Alamos  Selection Malbec and Entrecote Cafe de Paris, will precede Mirassou Pinot Noir and a cheese plate. The evening will conclude with Grand Marnier Crème Brûlée.

The cost of the dinner is $65 a person plus tax and tip. For reservations, call 210-821-5600. For more information, visit www.crumpetsa.com.

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Crumpets Extends Anniversary Special


Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a meal that costs $30.

For that amount, diners will get a choice of Fresh Tuna Steak with Lemon-Butter, Grilled Veal Chop, Beef Tenderloin with a choice of sauce, Rack of Lamb Provençal and Fresh Wild-Caught Sockeye Salmon with Lemon-Butter and Capers.

The meal also includes appetizer, salad, vegetables and dessert.

The cost, again, is $30, not including tax or tip. For more information, call 210-821-5600.

In other restaurant news, Bin 555 at Artisans Alley, 555 W. Bitters Road, is having a dinner for lobster lovers at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26.

The menu includes a trio of lobster dishes: Lobster Croquettes, Lobster Bisque and Butter-poached Lobster.

The dinner is priced at $45 a person. Call 210-496-0555 for reservations.

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