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Sunday Night Has Been Saved: La Fonda Alamo Heights Reopens


The crowds have returned to La Fonda Alamo Heights.

The crowds have returned to La Fonda Alamo Heights.

If you’re one of the Alamo Heights residents who’s wondered what to do with your Sunday evenings since La Fonda Alamo Heights on North New Braunfels Avenue closed more than three months ago, then your empty nights are over.

Juan Romero is back at the bar at La Fonda Alamo Heights.

Juan Romero is back at the bar at La Fonda Alamo Heights.

A new La Fonda Alamo Heights has opened at 8633 Crownhill Blvd. in a space that once housed Raffles. It may not technically be within Alamo Heights city limits, but the crowd on Wednesday evening couldn’t have cared less.

Queso Flameado

Queso Flameado

They were more interested in seeing that everyone on staff, including bartender Juan Romero, was back and that the margaritas were as wonderful as ever. Yes, on both accounts.

Romero, who started at La Fonda when it was on Broadway, is still mixing up some of the brightest margaritas in the city. And he was beaming to be back for the new incarnation. He has been working at La Fonda, no matter the location, since March 9, 1973.  By the way, when you visit, wish Romero a happy birthday; as the regulars know, it’s always his birthday.

They were also interested in seeing everyone else who usually shows up at this version of La Fonda, not related to the one on Main or the one in Oakhills, and to try out the new menu, which has been slightly redone since the new owners, the Hasslocher family of Jim’s Restaurants and more, took over.

Margaritas, chips and salsa.

Margaritas, chips and salsa.

The always-welcome fresh tomato salsa may have a slightly greater kick, while the queso flameado and fish tacos both earned approval from those who tasted it. Other dishes include Enchilada Fiesta with three colorful enchiladas, chile rellenos, carne guisada, soups and salads, ceviche and favorite combination plates.

For those whose families have been frequenting La Fonda Alamo Heights for more than 50 years, it was a welcome return to the dining scene that will be repeated on Sundays and more in the future.

La Fonda Alamo Heights, 8633 Crownhill Blvd., is open daily for lunch and dinner. Call 210-824-4231 or click here for more information.

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La Fonda Alamo Heights Raises a Toast to Texas Spirits with Special Cocktails for Christmas


Have a Blue Christmas.

La Fonda Alamo Heights, 6402 N. New Braunfels Ave., is getting into a happy holiday mood by toasting the spirits of Texas. From now through Dec. 23, the bar is offering 12 cocktails of Christmas, each using a Texas-made liquor.

“One of our goals when we purchased the restaurant in March was to upgrade the bar,” says owner Hans White. “A big part of that plan included increasing the number of local vendors we carry. We now boast more than 40 Texas-owned spirits.”

Each of the following cocktails is available as the special of the day, starting with the Peppermint Patty today and carrying on through the Candy Cane on Dec. 23.

  • The Peppermint Patty combines the smoky taste of Waco’s Balcones Rumble Whiskey with the cool taste of crème de menthe and a dash of lemon juice. It is served shaken and strained over ice.
  • A Snowdrift is made with San Antonio’s own Cinco  Vodka, Cointreau, crème de cacao, heavy cream, and garnished with white chocolate flakes.
  • Merry Christmas

    The La Fonda Alamo Heights Premium Margarita features Texas’ own Pura Vida Tequila, Controy and the restaurant’s proprietary margarita mix.

  • The Hot Toddy is made with Garrison Brothers Bourbon from the Texas Hill Country. The bar adds local honey from Bo’s Backyard Honey and fresh lemon juice.
  • Hide the Pickle plays off the traditional German holiday game. This is a dirty martini variation made with Dripping Springs Vodka and fresh pickle juice.
  • The Holiday on Ice features Ranger Creek Bourbon served simply over ice.
  • The Three Kings features a trio of Agave De Cortes Mezcal. It begins with the sweet and salty flavors of the Silver Mezcal, followed by the spicy finish of the Reposado con Gusano, and ending with the smoky vanilla taste of the Añejo.
  • Merry Christmas features Treaty Oaks’ Waterloo Gin with cranberry juice, lemon juice, club soda and a fresh cranberry garnish.
  • The Hot Buttered Rum features Railean Distillery’s American Rum from the Gulf Coast with butter, brown sugar, spices and vanilla.
  • The Blue Christmas is more than a tribute to Elvis. It’s a match of Dulce Vida tequila with a splash of pineapple juice, and blue curaçao.
  • The Candy Cane combines Deep Eddy Vodka with peppermint schnapps, white crème de cacao, grenadine and half-and-half. It’s garnished with, you guessed it, a candy cane.

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Restaurants Want You to Savor the Season in Some Special Treats


It’s the holiday season, and that means seasonal treats in a host of traditional flavors, some with delicious twists.

RustyZipper.com has all sorts of vintage ugly sweaters.

Get out your ugly holiday sweaters

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

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

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

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

Christmas concert at Boardwalk Bistro

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

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

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

McDonald’s Holiday Pie

McDonald’s decorates its menu with holiday flavors

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

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

Cookie Bites and more at Corner Bakery Café

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

Call (210) 441-4547.

EZ’s Pumpkin Latte Shake

Pumpkin treats at EZ’s through the holidays

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

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

Click here for more information.

Holiday lunches return to Ruth’s Chris

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

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

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

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

No other promotions can be used with this offer.

Black-eyed pea tamales at La Fonda Alamo Heights

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

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

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

If you have holiday restaurant news to share, email walker@savorsa.com or griffin@savorsa.com.

 

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La Fonda Plans Fundraiser to Benefit Injured Basketball Player


La Fonda Alamo Heights, 6402 N. New Braunfels, is hosting a lunch and dinner benefit on April 21 for recently injured Alamo Heights High School senior basketball player Eddie Moreno Jr.

Twenty percent of all dine-in and take-out sales that day, excluding alcohol, will be donated to Moreno’s family. Hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Reservations are encouraged.

Moreno, 17, was paralyzed from the neck down when a bullet severed his spinal cord during a road rage incident that occurred on March 26. The oldest of four sons and a leader of this year’s Mules, Moreno recently was referred to as the “spark plug” of the team by Coach Charlie Boggess.

For more information on La Fonda Alamo Heights, visit www.lafondaalamoheights.com. For reservations, call 210-824-4231.

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