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Give Thanks, and Don’t Forget to Make Reservations!


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

Thanksgiving is approaching and there are numerous options if you want to dine out. Reservations are required at all places, unless otherwise marked. Tax and tip are not included  in the prices.

Achiote at the Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market St., (210) 224-1234 — The buffet will be from noon to 9 p.m. Highlights include a salad station with organic mixed greens, Waldorf salad, tortilla slaw, shrimp pasta salad and fruit salad; a main area with  roasted tom turkey, Virginia bone-in ham, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, candied yams, corn and roasted poblano stuffing, giblet gravy, greens beans, miso-glazed salmon, cauliflower au gratin and roasted carrot kabocha soup with  horseradish yogurt, peach-apple chutney, cranberry-orange relish and whole grain mustard; and assorted desserts.  Cost is $30 a person, plus tax and 18 percent tip.

Antlers at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa; 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive (210) 647-1234 — Family style Thanksgiving dinner is 3-9 p.m. First course: Caldo verde with chorizo, leek, potato and kale; Fall harvest salad with locally sourced greens, shaved apple and green pear, toasted almonds, Brazos Valley blue cheese, cranberry jalapeño vinaigrette. Second course: Smoked turkey and kettle gravy; Lavender honey glazed ham; Chorizo stuffing; Tequila-jalapeno and traditional cranberry sauce; Butter whipped potatoes; Scalloped sweet potatoes with homemade marshmallow crust; Creamy baked green beans with mushroom and fried onions; Fresh baked breads and butter. Third course: Individual dessert selections; choice of one: Caramelized pumpkin tart with white chocolate whipped cream; Roasted apple-cranberry cobbler; Bourbon chocolate pecan pie. Cost: adults, $51; seniors, $40; children 5-12 years, $20; children 4 and under, free.

Auden’s Kitchen,700 E. Sonterra Blvd., (210) 494-0070 — Thanksgiving dinner will be served 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The special includes a salad, the dessert buffet and choice of entrée.   Appetizers, served a la carte, include  sizzling mushrooms, meat and cheese plate, roasted garlic white bean dip, and steamed mussels and fries. Entrées include sage-roasted turkey, pork sausage and apple dressing, creamy green bean with crispy shallots, skin-on mashers, pan jus, cherry cranberry sauce;  ancho-rubbed roasted turkey, charred poblano and sweet potato au gratin, brussel sprouts with Spanish chorizo, ancho jus;  14-ounce rib-eye, horseradish mashers, rosemary grilled asparagus, sautéed mushrooms, Auden’s Kitchen zinfandel steak sauce;  and whole roasted trout with potato galette, sautéed Swiss chard (if available), pine nut brown butter, cured lemon.  The dessert table will include pumpkin éclairs, pecan pie bars, walnut brownies, snickerdoodles and chocolate chip cookies. Cost is $38.95 for adults or $18.95 for children. The kids menu includes a traditional turkey plate, fish and chips, a burger and fettucine with marinara sauce.

Biga on the Banks,203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-0722 — The special Thanksgiving meal is 11 a.m.-8 p.m. There will be a buffet of appetizers and salads, followed by your choice of seated entrée: herb-roasted free range turkey with sourdough sage and applewood-smoked bacon dressing;  free-range turkey mole poblano; garlic-rubbed prime rib of beef rib-eye; braised lamb with tomatoes, coconut and curry flavors;  organic Eggs Benedict; and several fish options. Children’s options include chicken or turkey pasta, a child’s turkey plate and a child’s beef plate. The dessert buffet includes Chocolate Pecan Tart, Butternut Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust, Sweet Potato Pie, Maple Vanilla Crème Brûlée, and Pumpkin Tartlette with Sweet Whip Cream. There is also a kids table with desserts, including dried fruit studded Rice Krispie treats, rocky road brownies and mini pumpkin cupcakes. Cost is $55 for adults, $27 for children ages 12 and under.

Boudro’s, 421 E Commerce St., (210) 224-8484 — The special dinner will be 11 a.m.1 p.m. The special menu includes a choice of butternut squash or green apple soup or spinach salad with pears, pickled red onions and almonds. Entree choices are Black Angus Rib-eye with chipotle bordelaise or achiote butter-basted turkey breast with savory dressing. Dessert options: Sweet potato pecan pie, pumpkin crème brûlée or a regular dessert off the menu. The cost is $38 for adults or $15 for a children’s turkey dinner. The regular dinner menu is also available.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, (210) 821-5600 —The special Thanksgiving menu will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All adult entrées are served with appetizer, bread, house salad and dessert. Appetizer options include  Mousse Truffle Pâté, Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese, and Puff Pastry with White Wine Mushroom Sauce. Entrée options: Roasted Turkey and Baked Ham with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy ($28.50); Tenderloin of Beef ($35.50) ; Veal Scaloppini ($33.50)  Fresh Rainbow Trout Amandine or Meunière ($28.50). Children under 10 can have a turkey and ham plate with salad or dessert for $12.

Earl Abel’s,1201 Austin Hwy., (210) 822-3358 — The restaurant will open at 6:30 a.m. with Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. No reservations accepted. Among the appetizers will be pumpkin soup and deviled eggs. Roasted turkey with handmade cornbread dressing, giblet gravy and cranberry relish; fried chicken with mashed potatoes; Thanksgiving pot roast; fried shrimp; and venison sausage with German potato salad and red cabbage will be among the specials served that day. Pies, of course, will be available, including pu mpkin, chocolate iced box, pecan and maple as well as strawberry shortcake and chocolate and butter crème cakes. A children’s menu is also available.

The Emily Morgan,  705 E. Houston St., (210) 225-5100 — The Thanksgiving buffet is 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Omelet station with all the fixings; Assortment of dim sum and spring rolls, dipping sauces, ancho chile shrimp, jicama slaw, ceviche with avocado, mango, and fresno pepper, assortment of fruit and berries, selection of imported and domestic cheeses. Salads: Marinated wild mushroom, with pickled onion; seasonal field greens, marinated tomato and pecans; baby spinach. strawberries, spiked almonds; fresh mozzarella and local tomato, aged balsamic vinegar, caramelized sweet potato puree, green bean casserole with blackened breadcrumbs, roasted new potatoes with garlic oil, honey-glazed carrots with pink peppercorns. Main dishes: Braised turkey with smoked apple dressing; Shiner Bock braised beef pot roast with carrots and potatoes; Blackened catfish with braised collard greens. Desserts: Chef’s selection of pies, tortes, and cakes.  $39.95 per person; Kids 10 and under eat free.

Frederick’s Resaturant, 7701 Broadway, (210) 828-9050, and Frederick’s Bistro,14432 N.W. Military Hwy., (210) 888-1500 — Lunch and dinner will be served at both locations. Frederick’s traditional Thanksgiving turkey will home-style stuffing, fresh cranberries and seasonal vegetables will be available for $25 a person in addition to other specials (Black Angus beef tenderloin with Gulf shrimp, jumbo sea scallops, lamb with garlic red wine sauce) and regular menu items.

Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa in the Springhouse Café: 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, (210) 520-4000 for parties of 12 or more — The Thanksgiving meal is from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are not required. Rustic Soup Station: Butternut squash soup, pozole with cilantro and diced onion; Salad Bar: A selection of local greens, dressings and salad accompaniments prepared to order, composed salads derived from the fall harvest; Seafood: Jumbo shrimp and cascabel chile cocktail sauce, smoked salmon with traditional garnish and mini bagels, Cheese kiosk and artisinal breads, locally made cheeses and crusty breads; the Butcher Block: Citrus coriander basted tom turkey with homemade gravy, maple glazed honey-baked ham spicy mustard, Roasted beef steamship with horseradish, Traditional cranberry sauce; Pasta: Bourbon Barbecue ribbon pasta with red onion and local sausage, brisket with egg noodles with smoked paprika sauce, sweet potato with marshmallow gratin, corn bread stuffing, mashed garlic potatoes, baked “fresh catch” with lime butter cream sauce, roasted acorn squash with sherry and chestnuts, haricot vert and pancetta; breakfast:waffles, pancakes with assorted toppings; omelet bar, bacon and country sausage, biscuits and gravy, pastry, tarts, traditional pies, Black Forest Cheesecake, Red Velvet Cake, Warm Fig Bread Pudding with Bourbon Hard Sauce, White hot chocolate. Cost for adults, $38.95; seniors, $28.95;  children ages 5-12, $19.50; and children 4 and under, free.

Butternut squash and other fall vegetables are many Thanksgiving menus.

JW Marriott, 23808 Resort Parkway, (210) 483-6622 — The Thanksgiving buffet is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The feast includes a Hill Country salad bar; cold seafood including shrimp and slipper lobster; carving stations with slow-roasted tom turkey, prime rib and bourbon-glazed boneless ham; side dishes of roasted carrots, asparagus and parsnips, cornbread stuffing, buttermilk whipped potatoes, country-style candied yams, green bean casserole. The extensive dessert lineup includes Spiced Pumpkin Pie, Spiced Mincemeat Pie, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, Cinnamon Crumb Apple Pie, Red Velvet Cake, Fuji Apple Cider Cake, Chocolate Hazelnut Cake, Almond Caramel Cream Cake, Sweet Potato Roasted Marshmallow Tart, Orange Cardamom Truffle Tart, Key Lime Curd, Milk Chocolate Fudge, Pecan Caramel Swirl Cheesecake, Myers Lemon Vanilla Cream Cake, pralines, truffles, chocolate candies, and almond and coconut macaroons. There is a kids buffet, too. Cost is $52.95 for adults, $45.95 for seniors, $25.95 for children, and free for children ages 3 and under.

Las Canarias, Omni La Mansión del Rio, 112 College St., (210) 518-1063 — The Thanksgiving buffet will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Highlights include omelets made to order, applewood-smoked Wisconsin bacon, country-style pork sausage, maple blueberry sausages, sweet potato waffle station, Eggs Benedict, quiche, Meyer lemon and beet cured salmon and smoked halibut, charcuterie, salads, colossal shrimp, lobster and crab claws, fresh shucked oysters, heirloom tomatoes with Sandy Oaks Texas Olive Oil, smoked prime rib, roasted suckling pig, Texas citrus and sage roasted turkey breast, grilled Texas sausages from Elgin, grilled shrimp with Spanish chorizo. Pastry choices include Bourbon Texas Pecan Pie, Brown Butter Pumpkin Cheesecake, Caramelized Pineapple Cheesecake, Valrhona Chocolate Mousse Cakes, Pumpkin Pie Mousse Verrines, Rum Raisin Bread Pudding with Vanilla Anglaise, Warm Toffee Puddings with Toffee Sauce and more. Cost is $68.95 for adults, $34.95 for children ages 6-12.

Las Ramblas, Hotel Contessa,  306 W. Market St., (210) 298-8040 — The Thanksgiving buffet will be 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Carving stations include slow applewood-smoked prime rib, roasted turkey with giblet gravy, salt-crusted striped bass and Valencian paella station. The main buffet will feature artisan cheese and fruit, roasted butternut squash bisque, roasted beet mélange, Waldorf salad, roasted chicken breast with spinach and sun-dried tomato ragout, honey-glazed spiral cut ham, baked orrechiette with brie fondue, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy corn bread pudding, candied acorn squash, boiled shrimp, snow crab claws, oysters, crawfish, ceviche shooters, mussel salad, and whole poached and chilled salmon. Breakfast items include a waffle station and omelet station. A children’s buffet is also offered. Cost: adults, $38.95; children ages 7-16, $16.95; and children 6 nd under, free. Sangria and mimosas: $9.

The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, 1746 Lockhill Selma, 210-349-8466 — The restaurant is not open Thanksgiving Day, but chef Jason Dady is offering a Maine Lobster Thanksgiving Dinner Menu during Thanksgiving week, Nov. 22, 23 and 25, 26. Live Maine lobster will be the star of this four-course menu for $40. Reservations are required and may be made by phone or emailing  info@thelodgerestaurant.com.

Luby’s, various locations — The cafeteria is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a Thanksgiving special that’s available whether you want to dine in or take dinner to go. The cost is $10.99 per person.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road,  (210) 561-9700 — Thanksgiving dinner will be served 12:30-4 p.m. There will be a special three-course dinner, starting with a choice of Zuppa di Zucca (butternut squash soup)  or  Insalate Misto (salad with goat cheese truffle), followed by a main course of  Tacchino (slow-roasted tom turkey with pine nut stuffing, vegetables and cranberry sauce). Dessert is a choice of pumpkin pie  or vanilla ice cream with berries. The cost for the special is $23.95 for adults or $7.95 for children under 12. The entire menu will also be available. Complimentary mimosa for all adults.

Lüke on the River Walk, 125 E. Houston St., (210) 227-LUKE — Lüke has invited 50 servicemen and women stationed at Fort Sam Houston to take part in a traditional Thanksgiving meal with a New Orleans twist at 2 p.m., and the public can show up to support the troops by joining them in the meal. The cost is $45 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. The meal includes a fall greens salad, followed by Pumpkin Soup with Crab Meat. Whole roasted turkey will be served over mirliton and shrimp dressing with Bourbon Pecan Pie for dessert.

Mike’s in the Village, 2355-3 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, (830) 438-2747— The restaurant will be serving turkey and all of the fixings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

Sweet Potato Pie is one of the many seasonal desserts you'll find.

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

Q on the Riverwalk, 123 Losoya, Downtown Hyatt, (210) 222-1234 — The restaurant is having one buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and another from 5 to 10 p.m. The first will feature chimichurri-based Angus strip sirloin, pan-seared salmon, oak-smoked tom turkey, an antipasti display, salad bar and assorted desserts. The cost is $42.50 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 7-12 and free for children 6 and under. The evening meal will feature roast pork loin with apples and onions, smoked tom turkey, a salad bar, and dessert. Cost is $28 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 7-12 and free for children 6 and under.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 7720 Jones Maltsberger Road, (210) 821-5051 — The Thanksgiving menu will be served 2-8 p.m. The special includes a choice of starter, including the soup of the day, Steak House Salad or Caesar Salad; followed by an entrée of sizzling turkey and dressing with gravy and cranberry relish plus your choice of side dish. Dessert options: Warm Apple Crumb Tart, Chocolate Chunk Bread Pudding, ice cream or sorbet. The cost is $49 a person.

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., (210) 229-1600 — Dinner on Thanksgiving begins at noon. In addition to the usual array of meats and sides, roast turkey and gravy, sweet potato casserole and cranberry sauce will be available. 

Westin La Cantera Resort, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 558-2439 —  In the Grand Ballroom, the buffet begins at 10:30 a.m. and will include Sweet Potato, Corn and Jalapeño Soup and harvest greens that can be dressed with smoked duck, spiced pecans, pear, celery and cider vinaigrette. Carving stations will have Sage, Rosemary and Thyme Roast Turkey, Garlic Studded Roast Beef and Honey-glazed Ham, all with  whipped potatoes, turkey gravy, sausage and cornbread stuffing. An American artisan cheese display, chilled Gulf shrimp, chicken breast,  autumn squash, Potato-encrusted Fresh Cod and a chef’s selection of pies including pumpkin, pecan, apple and cherry. Breakfast specialties include Cinnamon Belgian Waffles, made-to-order omelets, smoked  bacon and country sausage and more. There will also be a children’s buffet.  The cost is $42 for adults, $221 or children ages 6-12, and free for children under 6 with a paying adult. Activities include balloon artistry for the kids, live entertainment and ice skating for all ages.

Zocca at the Downtown Westin, 420 W. Market St., (210) 444-6070 — Thanksgiving lunch and dinner will include free-range, hickory-smoked turkey with chestnut dressing, cranberry-citrus relish, and maple-glazed carrots. The three-course sprecial ends with a sweet potato and pecan tartlet with cinnamon-infused cream and warm mulled cider. The cost is $32 for adults and $16 for children.

If your Thanksgiving dinner was not included, email the details to griffin@savorsa.com or walker@savorsa.com.

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Max’s Wine Dive Celebrates — You Get a Free Appetizer


Max’s Wine Dive is having a one-year anniversary celebration this week, and there will be a treat — on the house — for visitors through Saturday.

Stop for dinner at Max’s and mention the anniversary special, and the chef will send out one of his pork and cotija-stuffed piquillo peppers, served with chipotle aioli and cilantro chimichurri, along with a half glass of prosecco.

“We want to spend our birthday celebrating with the people who made it possible,” said Jerry Lasco, founder of MAX’s parent company, Lasco Enterprises, LLC.

MAX’s opened its doors (and its Black Door retail wine sales concept) last year, serving gourmet comfort food and affordable wines. The atmosphere is laid back and Max’s is open for lunch, happy hour, dinner, Champagne brunch and late night noshing.

Max’s Wine Dive is at 340 East Basse Road #101. Call them at 210-444-9547.

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Chefs’ Corner: Max’s Wine Dive Truffled Ranch Dressing


Max's Wine Dive Truffled Ranch Dressing

This dressing has been served on special occasions at Max’s Wine Dive, 340 E. Basse Road, and it’s a great way to dress up your ranch dressing. Pour it on salads  or use it as a dip for crudités. Or indulge yourself: Grab a spoon and dig in.

It’s a perfect fit for Max’s, where fried chicken and Champagne go so well together.

For more information on Max’s Wine dive, call 210-444-9547 or click here.

Max’s Wine Dive Truffle Ranch Dressing

1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried dill
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried chives
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon chopped black truffle shavings (see note)
2 teaspoons white truffle oil
2-3 dashes of Tabasco

Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, garlic powder, dill, parsley, basil, chives, oregano, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, salt, pepper, truffle shavings, truffle oil and Tabasco in a bowl and mix well.

Note: If you can’t find truffle shavings, try a little extra truffle oil to taste.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups dressing.

Source: Max’s Wine Dive

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Texas-style Grill, The Boiler House, to Open at Pearl in Spring


A new restaurant, The Boiler House and Wine Garden, will open next year at the Pearl.

Connected to the landmark Pearl Brewery smokestack, The Boiler House will feature approximately 6,000 square feet of restaurant space along with an expansive outdoor patio.

Most of the original architectural elements will remain intact, and the original boilers will be incorporated into the design and construction of the bar and kitchen areas.  A mezzanine will feature private dining tables overlooking the bar and seating areas below.  The patio will have communal tables, a fire pit, and an area for live music performances.

The cuisine at The Boiler House will be based on Texas ranch-style grilling – with wild game, seafood, and fresh local ingredients.  There also will be a late-night menu featuring smaller plates. Items will range from grilled octopus, lamb meatballs, and pork spare ribs to a dry-aged New York Strip or 32-ounce Tomahawk Rib-eye.  These dishes will be paired with a wide variety of wines from around the world – all available by the glass.

The wines will also be available for take-home purchase through The Black Door, a “wine community” concept first introduced into San Antonio by The Boiler House’s sister restaurant, MAX’s Wine Dive in the Quarry Village.

Jerry Lasco is founder and CEO of Lasco Enterprises, which owns and operates MAX’s Wine Dive, The Black Door, and The Boiler House.

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Get an Appetite! Restaurant Week is all this Week.


Pecan-crusted Fried Chicken at Citrus featured during Restaurant Week, 2010.

Sample some of San Antonio’s most exciting restaurant fare during Restaurant Week, which starts Saturday and runs through Aug. 27.  Sponsored by Culinaria, this delectable deal comes with specially priced menus of $15 for lunch and $35 for dinner.

Reservations are not required, but you are encouraged to do so if you wish. Make them directly with the restaurants of your choice. The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills is getting a head start by offering its prix fixe meals already. Kirby’s Steakhouse, meanwhile, is extended its special through Sept. 3.

A few of the participating restaurants include Antlers Lodge, Auden’s Kitchen, Bin 555, Bolo’s Rotisserie Grill, the Esquire Tavern, the JW Marriott’s 18 Oaks and Cibolo Moon, Ruth’s Chris, Texas de Brazil, and Tost. Go to Culinaria’s website for the full list. Here are some of the specials you’ll be able to enjoy:

Fig Tree Restaurant, 515 Villita St.

The special menu begins with a Caprese salad of burrata, baby tomatoes and arugula or Gazpacho Andaluz prepared tableside. The main course is a choice of braised short rib with polenta and wild mushrooms or Wahoo Façon Provençal with eggplant caviar, tomatoes and Niçoise olives. Dessert is a choice of chocolate macaron with hazelnut gelato or Macedoine de Fruit Tropicaux. Call 210-224-1976 for reservations.

Kirby’s Steakhouse, 123 N. Loop 1604 E.

Restaurant Week special at Kirby’s will run Aug. 20-Sept. 3.

The menu opens with an optional additional course that can be had for $7 extra:  Grilled Maine Day Boat Scallops with Watercress & Charred Pineapple Green Chili Salsa. The special Restaurant Week menu begins with your choice of the following: Hudson Valley Duck Confit and Pan-seared Foie Gras with a Blackberry Veal Stock Reduction or  Maryland-style Crab Cake with Classic Sauce Beurre Blanc. Main course options include 5-ounce Peppered Center Cut Tenderloin with the Signature Cognac Pepper Sauce;  Australian Rack of Lamb with Shiitake Mushroom Veal Demi;  Hickory-smoked Berkshire Pork Chop with a Bacon Maple Hotel Butter;  Grilled Alaskan Halibut with Grilled Asparagus and an Artichoke Cream Sauce;  Filet Oscar with Asparagus and Classic Sauce Béarnaise.  All entrees served with Susie’s Famous Mashed Potatoes and Fresh Sautéed Vegetables. Dessert choices include Grand Marnier Crème Brûlée,  Kirby’s Chocolate Spice Cake and Key Lime Pie.  For reservations,  210-404-2221.

The Lodge Restaurant at Castle Hills, 1746 Lockhill Selma Road

The Lodge is already offering its Restaurant Week prix fixe dinner menu:

First course: Pan-seared Diver Scallop with Deconstructed ‘Bloody Mary’,  Celery Root Agnolotti, Charred Heirloom Tomato Coulis, Spring Radish, Preserved Lemon and Picholine Olives; Second course: Choice of Pan-roasted Duck Breast with Yuzu-Carrot Purée, Brussels Sprouts, Wild Mushroom, House-cured Guanciale and Smoked Peach-Bourbon Jus OR Forbidden Rice-crusted Hawaiian Wahoo with Yukon Mousseline, Ginger “Fried” Cauliflower and Coconut Broth. Third course: Choice of Nutella Torte with Housemade Caramel, Peanut Butter Mousse and Hazelnut Nougat or Key Lime Pie Tart with Vanilla Chantilly and Coconut Meringue. For reservations, call 210-349-8466.

Max’s Wine Dive, 340 E. Basse Road

The special lunch menu includes Cauliflower Velouté with fried cheese curd dipsticks; a choice of Pulled Crab Tamale with tomato marmalade and roasted sweet red pepper créme fraîche;  Fredericksburg Dog with pickled red cabbage, house-made German mustard and Max’s frites; or  Alamo City Prime Rib Sando with Max’s chips. Dessert is White Chocolate and Butterscotch Crème Brûlée. The dinner special includes Pulled Crab Tamale, followed by choice of Pumpkin Gnocchi with brown beurre meunier;  Chicken with Butternut Risotto; or Ahi Tuna ($7 upgrade) with ginger-scallion-shiitake rice cake and soy wasabi butter. Dessert is White Chocolate and Butterscotch Crème Brûlée. Call 210-444-9547.

The Shops at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Parkway

Participating restaurants in the Shops include Brio’s Tuscan Grille, Grimaldi’s, Kona Grill, The Yard House and Z Tejas Southwestern Grill. If you spend $100, you can redeem dining receipts at Customer Service in the mall management office to receive a $20 Shop Etc. gift card. One gift card per person and recipient must be 18 or older, ID required. Available through Aug. 27 while supplies last.  Reservations are preferred.

 

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Restaurant Notes & Quotes: New Caribbean, Burgers at the Witte and More


New Calypso Rotisserie Opening this Month

Pierre O. Kranzle, owner of Azuca Nuevo Latino in Southtown, will open up a Caribbean fusion restaurant in Helotes later this month. The restaurant, Calypso Rotisserie, will be just outside Loop 1604 at 12030 Bandera Road.
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Expect a colorful, casual but sophisticated atmosphere.

The menu will include items such as an all-natural rotisserie-style chicken, pork roast crusted with Latin spices, beef short ribs basted with a blend of Caribbean flavors, a hot-pressed Cuban Sandwich, burritos, pineapple coconut rice and a selection of local and Latin beers.

The new restaurant will be open seven days a week, from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
 

Max’s Wine Dive Teams up with Witte

Max’s Wine Dive takes its gourmet  comfort food to the Witte Museum’s 6th Annual Burgers, Bottles and Beer this Friday (June 17) from 6-8:30 p.m.  Plus, Cheesy Jane’s is bringing the milkshakes.  Make your reservations soon by calling 210-357-1922 (by Tuesday).
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Meanwhile, stop in at Max’s Wine Dive, 340 E. Basse Road, and check out the new summer menu. It all looks good! The Witte Museum is at 3801 Broadway. Those in the Quillin Society, Explorers, Voyagers and Witte Society get in to the Friday event free.
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Have a Gooey Eclair — and a Bottomless Cup of Earl’s Coffee

This particular national celebration might have passed you by in previous years, but thanks to Earl Abel’s, you might want to put it on your calendar for June 22.

Earl Abel's is giving away coffee to go with one of these chocolate-y treats.

Celebrate National Chocolate Éclair Day at Earl Abel’s, 1201 Austin Highway, on that day and they will have chocolate éclairs made fresh by head baker Tony Sanchez.  Plus, you’ll get all of Earl’s organic coffee you care to drink.

The éclairs can be purchased for $3.95, with mini versions available upon request for parties and special events.

Earl Abel’s is open 7 days a week. Visit them online by clicking here.  Call 210.822-7333 to place to go orders or order online here.

 


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Fourth of July Firecracker Foods, Free Class by Chef Michael Flores

This free cooking class, offered on June 25, is part of chef Michael Flores’s series of cooking demonstrations taught at La Taza Coffee House,
15060 San Pedro Ave. If you’re looking for recipes to serve on July 4th, this is the place to come.
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Class is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. On the menu are Tomatillo Quesadillas, Bloody Mary Dip, Candied Jalapeno Cheese Spread with Pepitas and Sweet-n-Spicy Parsley’d Shrimp.
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Guests will learn new culinary ideas and techniques taught by Flores, well-known local chef, author, television personality, and owner of a specialty foods company. The classes in this series take place on the fourth Saturday of each month at the time given above.

Fig Tree Winemaker Dinner Features Craggy Range Founder, Steve Smith MW

The viticulturalist, founder and director of wine at Craggy Range, at Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, wears many hats, and puts out a spectacular product.

On June 30, at the Fig Tree Restaurant, Steve Smith, who also is a Master of Wine, will discuss the fine wines from the winery and guests will get to sample them paired with carefully matched cuisine at the River Walk restaurant.

The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. at the Dashiell House. The cost is $85 per person, plus tax and service charge. The restaurant is at 515 Villita St. Make reservations at 210-224-1976.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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Restaurant Notes & Quotes: Wine, Winners and a Special Dinner


Robbie Nowlin (Photograph courtesy The Lodge at Castle Hills)

Lodge chef heading to Napa, French Laundry

As we reported last month, the chef de cuisine at The Lodge at Castle Hills, Robbie Nowlin, is headed to a new position at the French Laundry, Thomas Keller’s famed restaurant in Napa Valley, Calif. (Click here for details.)

To celebrate this achievement, Nowlin will be preparing a “Last Dinner” from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. This will be an over-the-top menu featuring caviar, uni steam buns, Moulard duck foie gras en terrine, butter-poached Maine lobster tail, sous vide Akaushi New York strip and crème brulée.

The Lodge is at 1746 Lockhill Selma Road. Call for reservations at (210) 349-8466. Price is $120 a person plus tax and tip.

A win for South Side Whataburger team

San Antonio Whataburger GM Juan Salinas and nine of his employees are $1,000 richer this week, after they took a bronze medal in the Burger Olympics, held in Grapevine. The team is from the Whataburger unit at 503 S.W. Military Drive.

Salinas and the team competed with 16 teams during a two-day competition at the Gaylord Texan Resort. The three-part competition involved a simulated 30-minute lunch rush at a nearby Whataburger restaurant, a game-show style competition and a card game related to Whataburger’s procedures.

Employees who stayed in San Antonio to run the restaurant each also received $100 for their part in making the San Antonio restaurant excel.

All this — and bubble-and-squeak, too!

Check out the Saturday drink specials at all locations of the Lion and Rose British Restaurant & Pub. Guinness Stout, Harp Lager, Half & Halfs pints are $3.95; Bushmills is $4.50.  From 4-7 p.m. on Saturdays, well drinks are $2.99 and a selection of domestic bottled beers are $2.75. From 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., it’s karaoke time, hosted by KJ Krystal and more than 100,000 song titles to choose from.  Check out Lion and Rose locations by clicking here.

Champagne Sunday’s at Max’s

The Sunday brunch menu at Max’s Wine Dive includes several specialty eye-openers: Pomegranate or Blood Orange Mimosa Sunrise (sparkling wine, orange juice and splash of POM pomegranate); Raspberry Mint Mimosas; Peach Bellinis (Prosecco, peach, fresh squeezed orange juice); and Clementine-Ginger Mimosas. You can order each by the glass or get a flight of three.

Plus:

• All  sparklers sold on-premise are sold at a special “Champagne Sunday” price.

• All sparklers sold for retail (to-go) through The Black Door are sold at case price per bottle.

• Popular trivia, for prizes every hour.

• Drawings — tables can enter by supplying a business card or filling out a Black Door sign up form. Drawings are weekly.
Each Sunday six winners will win a prize and a chance to be entered in the Tête de Cuvée prize drawing — a VIP Champagne/sparkling wine tour for 6 people with Chef James and Max’s Wine Guru, Chris Renteria.

Max’s Wine Dive is at 340 E. Basse Road.  210-444-9547

Texas Pride Barbecue proud to offer Bike Night, Friday Night Fish Fry

The barbecue is good, the peach cobbler sensational, at Texas Pride Barbecue, 2980 E. Loop 1604 in Adkins.

But this time of year there’s even more on the menu.

Celebrating its sixth year while drawing upwards of 500 motorcycle enthusiasts on rides from mild to wild, Bike Night runs from 6:30-10:30 p.m. every Thursday. There is no cover charge.

A favorite for everyone from teenagers, families with toddlers and grandparents, the ninth annual Friday Night Fish Fry & Free Dance takes place from 7-11 p.m. every Friday.

“I want everyone to know that Texas Pride Barbecue is all about families,” owner Tony Talanco said. “All events are family oriented, even Bike Night. The No. 1 reason for doing all these events is to bring families together to have a good time.”

Both events will run weekly through October. Kids can have fun in the safe environment of a large playground.

For more information on upcoming music events, click here. Call for more information at 210-649-3730.

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