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Restaurant Openings and Other News


Los Agaves Cocina Mexicana has opened near Blanco and Loop 410 in the spot that formerly housed Bianco Pasta Vino.  It has a full bar and starting next week, will offer happy hour specials.  The restaurant serves traditional Mexican favorites, as well as San Antonio classics.  Some menu items include mole, crispy tacos, gorditas, and enchiladas verdes.  On the weekends, breakfast will be served starting at  8 a.m.

Philly’s Phamous Italian Ice has expanded its menu to include chicken and beef Philly Cheesesteaks.  The recipe is from Malik Rose’s former restaurant, Malik’s Philly’s Phamous.  The small orange stand is located across from Churchill High School and also serves more than 20 flavors of Italian ice.

Texas Pride Barbecue announced that it won two awards at this year’s Texas Folklife Festival.  The restaurant took home the blue ribbon for its booth, which served brisket sandwiches.  Its peach cobbler also won a second place ribbon.  The restaurant, located east of the city in Adkins, has an extensive covered outdoor dining area and frequent live music.

Los Agaves Cocina Mexicana
7115 Blanco Road, Suite 110
San Antonio, TX 78216
210-524-2416
www.losagavessa.com
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Philly’s Phamous Italian Ice
12054 Blanco Road
San Antonio, TX 78216
210-340-2270
www.phillyphamous.com

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Closed Sunday.

Texas Pride
2980 E. Loop 1604 S.
Adkins, TX, 78101
210-649-3730
www.texaspridebbq.net
Hours: Tuesday – Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Closed Monday.

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Smashburger Adds Fourth Location


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

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

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

Mushroom Swiss Smashburger

Baja Salad with Chicken

Wedge Salad

Chicago Style Hot Dog

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LongHorn Ready to Charge into San Antonio Market


LongHorn Steakhouse will open its first Texas location on Monday with a store at 5803 N. Loop 1604 W.

Two others in the city will follow this spring and summer.

The chain, owned by Darden Restaurants, offers steaks as well as chicken, seafood and ribs in a full-service yet casual setting.

“We think LongHorn is a perfect fit for Texas,” said president Dave George at a preview party. “And we’re pleased to be launching it in San Antonio. It’s a great state, and we know Texas loves beef.”

The chain, which also operates Red Lobster and Olive Garden, has plans for up to 30 LongHorns across the state, including up to six in the San Antonio market, George said.

The second location, at I-35 and Zarzamora, will open in May, while a store at Loop 1604 and Culebra should open in July.

George attributed the success of steakhouse, which started 25 years ago in Atlanta, to the freshness of ingredients. “Our steaks are fresh, never frozen. Our salmon is fresh, never frozen,” he said. “High-quality, fresh ingredients are integral to our success.”

George also said the appeal was the development of special seasonings designed to complement the various cuts of meat. “We have found the perfect blend of flavors for the right cut of meat,” he said.

LongHorn will be open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. For a copy of the menu, click here.

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Two More Locations for BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse


More burgers, casual food and ethnic flavors — not to mention beer — is in store for the Alamo City this year.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse is putting in two more locations. One restaurant is going into Alamo Ranch, at the intersection of Loop 1604 and State Highway 151, in April. The other will be at The Rim shopping center, on I-10, west of Loop 1604.  This restaurant is scheduled to be opened in October, according to the company’s website.

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Spec’s Coming to S.A.


wine Spec’s Wine, Spirits & Finer Foods is opening a store in San Antonio, in the Live Oak area, according to a spokesperson for company president John Rydman.  Details are still being worked on and more information will be available soon, she said.

The store is at 14623 IH-35, and is about 6 weeks away from opening.

Spec’s is known for its great wine selection as well as other beverages and spirits.

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Daily Dish: Dady to Move into Fairmount


Jason Dady is taking over the restaurant space at the Fairmount Hotel, 401 S. Alamo St., according to an announcement he made on Twitter. The restaurant will be called Insignia and will open in as little as six weeks.

“The menu will focus on modern American cuisine,” Dady said. “I wanted a menu that reflects both our French/Italian cooking style with Texas and southern inspirations. The menu will change often, depending on seasonality. The wine list will be an eclectic list consisting from wines from six regions from across the globe: Texas, Oregon, Sonoma County, Spain/Portugal, Chile/Argentina and Southern France.”

Insignia is the latest restaurant in a list that dates back to the 1980s when Bruce Auden operated Polo’s there. Most recently, it had been Luca Ristorante.

Dady’s other restaurants include the Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, Bin 555, Tre Trattoria and Two Bros. BBQ Market.

We are extremely excited about heading downtown and can’t wait to get the ball rolling!” he said.

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Daily Dish: Barbaresco Opens on San Pedro


Barbaresco Restaurant – Bar has opened at 9715 San Pedro Ave. in the space that once housed Maggie’s.

The restaurant, which bills itself as  Tuscan Grill and Enoteca, is open 4-11 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 4-9 p.m. Sunday.

According to the online menu, entrées include rib-eye with a morel mushroom sauce, rack of lamb with a fresh herb-foccacia crust, roast chicken breast with a balsamic-raspberry glaze, and Branzino, a Mediterranean sea bass, with shallots, capers, parsley and lemon.

The special selection wine list includes Ornellia, Sassicaia and Gaja Barbaresco as well as Silver Oak and Caymus Napa.

For more information, call (210)231-0989  or click here.

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Daily Dish: John Besh Coming to San Antonio?


John Besh, chef of New Orleans’ lauded Restaurant August and a series of other Big Easy eateries, may soon be opening a restaurant in San Antonio.

According to an ad on Craiglist, Besh “is bringing his extremely popular brasserie concept, Lüke, to the River Walk.”

“This 150-seat casual dinning spot will open in the spring of 2010 and we’re searching for both an executive chef and general manager.”

Besh could not be reached for comment.

For a peek at the menu of the New Orleans Lüke, click here.

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Daily Dish: Second Smashburger Opens


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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, click here.

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A Dream Coming True


ilsogno2San Antonio foodies have waited for months now for the opening of Il Sogno, Andrew Weissman’s take on Italian food. Well, the wait is almost over.

Weissman, chef and owner of Le Reve and Sandbar, says the Italian restaurant at the Pearl Brewery, 200 E. Grayson St., Suite 100, will have its official opening Aug. 5.

On a tour of the facility this week, Weissman showed how patrons of the restaurant will be greeted upon entry with a view of a pasta maker at work as well as a Prosecco bar. The open kitchen will also have a chef’s table seating for those who want to watch their meal prepared up close.

They’ll get a good look at the focus of the kitchen, a 6,500-pound gas- and wood-fired oven that can reach a temperature of 1,100 degrees. What all that heat means is that pizzas will be cooked in about 1 minute, said Weissman, who is obviously excited by its possibilities.

Those pizzas, by the way, will be priced in accordance with the time you order them. So, if your order is placed at 5:15 p.m., the price will be $5.15. If it’s ordered at 8 p.m., expect to pay $8.

Luca Dellacasa, who has worked with Weissman for several years at Le Reve, will be in charge of the kitchen, while Terri Wright, formerly of Silo, will manage the front of the house.

Il Sogno (SOWN-yo) is Italian for “the dream.” Just as Le Reve is French for “the dream.”

The new restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No reservations will be taken. Call (210) 223-3900.

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