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Las Canarias, Ostra Have Seats for River Parade


Las Canarias at the Omni La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St., and Ostra at the Mokara, 212 W. Crockett St., are offering riverside specials for the upcoming Texas Cavalier’s Fiesta River Parade, which is set for April 23.

Dinner service will be from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. and will include several options:

  • Indoor dining includes a choice of à la carte or prix fixe dining with complimentary riverfront seating available at start of the parade.
  • Patio dining includes a choice of à la carte or prix fixe dining with a $100 food and beverage minimum per table.

The prix fixe menu begins with a choice of Martinez Farms Carrot Velouté with  Jumbo Lump Crab, Carrot Top Pesto and Curry Crème Fraiche or Arugula Salad with Poached Hen Egg, Black Pepper Candied Wisconsin Bacon and Champagne Vinaigrette, followed by a choice of Breast of Chicken with Black Trumpet Walnut Pesto and Broccolini or Creekstone Farms Braised Beef with Celeriac Yukon Potato Purée, Heirloom Carrots and Parsley Coulis. Dessert is Tres Leches Cheesecake with Pineapple Kiwi Relish, Prickly Pear and Almonds. The cost of the meal is $65 a person, or $90 with matching wines.

Chef John Brand is also offering a five-course tasting menu with matching wines for $100 a person.

Reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card and confirmed three business days prior to the event. Cancellation fees will be charged when cancelled, if applicable.

For reservations, call (210) 518-1063.

River-view seating without dining is available for purchase through the hotel’s concierge staff for $15 a person.

Ostra will have the full à la carte menu, with plenty of seafood options including oysters on the half shell, from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

During dinner service, beginning at 5:30 pm, outside seating on the patio will be available with a required $100 food and beverage minimum per table.

For reservations, call Ostra at (210) 396-5817.

Ostra’s Margarita Bar will be open from 2 to 11 p.m. Seating for the parade will be available on a first come, first served basis.

 

 

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It’s Almost Easter. Time to Get Your Bonnet and Your Brunch Reservations.


The Easter Bunny is coming, and he’s bringing plenty of wonderful treats for your special holiday meal. Here are a few choices that await you, in various price ranges.

Prices do not include tax and tip. Reservations are required.

Achiote at the Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market St., (210) 451-6171 — The Easter buffet is from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Features include a sushi station and a salad station plus the following chef-carved meats: Slow Smoked Prime Rib and Bone-In Ham. Entrees include Chicken Habanero Cassoulet, Roasted Loin of Pork with Ancho Ginger Glaze, Tomatillo Hominy Pozole Verde, Pan Seared Salmon with Cactus Tequila Ginger Butter Sauce, Valencia Seafood Paella, Tri-Color Potato Medley, Baby Seasonal Vegetables and Sesame Asparagus. A custom egg station, an array of traditional breads and desserts round out the meal. Cost is $42 for adults and $21 for children ages 4-12.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-0722 —Easter brunch hours will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m.The buffet will include appetizers, salads and desserts, while one entree is chosen from the menu. Entree options include: Maine Lobster omelet, poblano rajas, caramelized onion stuffed “Biga” potato, asparagus, avocado, guajillo salsa; Organic Egg Benedict, dill muffin, baby greens, Country bacon, red Hollandaise; Sautéed East Coast flounder, heirloom tomatoes and fennel, sherry brown butter; Roasted ribeye of beef, baked potato gnocchi, broccolini, black pepper beef sauce; Duck confit and mushroom risotto, Frisee, truffled duck jus; Zucchini burger, Fennel seed bun, heirloom tomato, lettuce, grilled onion, basil aioli and root vegetable chips. The selection of desserts: Carrot cake, cream cheese icing and candied carrots; Fresh blueberry baby tarts; Eclairs, Tiramisu, Texmati rice pudding; Torta Divina; and Sparkling strawberry fruit soup. There will also be kids desserts. The prices are $54 for adults and $27.50 for children under 12.

Bin 555,555 W. Bitters Road, (210) 496-0555 — The Easter brunch hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Begin with an apertif Cava Rose and Blood Orange Mimosa ($10). The four-course special begins with choice of appetizer: Mixed Field Greens with Candied Pecans, Texas Goat Cheese and Champagne Vinaigrette; Lobster Bisque with Chives and Smoked Butternut Squash; Sous Vide Farm Egg with Spring Vegetable Ragout and ecorino Romano “Frico”; and Buttermilk Biscuits with Shaved Serrano Ham and Strawberry Jam. Entree choices: Duck Confit with Thai Red Curry, Coconut Foam, “Cracklins” and Basil; Heirloom Tomato, Avocado and Steamed Eggs with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Black Pepper; Seared Salmon with Cauliflower Cous Cous, Orange-Carrot Puree, Miso and Charred Cumin; and Sous Vide of Beef Tenderloin Petite Filet with Caramalized Onion Puree, Blue Cheese Spoonbread, Roasted Leeks and Buerre Rouge ($5 Additional Supplement for Filet). After a cheese plate served family style, choose from Nutella and Dark Chocolate “Soufflé” Cake with Hazelnut, Raspberry and Smoked Pistachio; Strawberries with Mascarpone, Basil and Black Pepper; or Passion Fruit “Cheesecake” with Candied Lemon, “Blondies”, Blueberry and Pink Peppercorn. Cost is $29.95 a person or $11 for the children’s menu. An 18 percent tip will be added to all checks.

The Bright Shawl, 819 Augusta St., (210) 225-6366 — Easter Brunch will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meal will include: Breakfast Buffet with Omelets-to-Order Station, Waffle Station with Maple Syrup, Strawberry Compote and Chantilly Cream. Traditional Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise, Smoked Bacon and Maple Sausage, Home-baked Biscuits and Gravy, Assorted Breakfast Pastries, Breads, Butter and Preserves. Spring Favorites: Trimmings for a Classic Caesar Salad and Bright Shawl House Salad. Chef’s Carving Table: Slow-Roasted Pineapple Glazed Ham. Entrée Favorites: Fried Southern Style Chicken, Lemon-Pepper Fish, Yellow Fluffy Rice, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Steamed Broccoli Spears. Grand Dessert Buffet features Cakes, Tarts, and Petit Fours plus Fresh Easter Bunny Cookies and Brownies. Prices are $19.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 6-12, and $14.95 for senior citizens. Coffee and tea are included in the buffet price.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, (210) 821-5600 — Easter hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Menu specials include Breast of Chicken with Champagne Sauce ($29.50), Fresh Salmon Filet with Lemon-Butter and Capers ($36.50), Shrimp Lyonnaise with Wild Rice Blend ($36.50) , Tenderloin of Beef Savoy ($36.50), and Veal Scalloppini with Mushroom and Cognac Sauce ($36.50). The following is served with appetizer, cup of soup and house salad, fresh vegetables and dessert: Trilogy of Lobster Tail with Lemon Butter, Rack of Lamb Provençal and Tenderloin of Beef with Rossini Sauce ($49.50). Children’s menu available.

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, (210) 828-9050; Frederick’s Bistro,  14439 N.W. Military Highway, (210) 888-1500 — Call for hours. Soups include Beef Barley & Vegetables ($6) and Cold Cucumber, Smoked Salmon & Dill ($7). Appetizers include Assorted Pate Plate ($8), Shrimp Cocktail & Jumbo Crab Meat & Cocktail Sauce ($11), Baked Oysters Casino ($9), Baked Brie & Goat Cheese in Puff Pastry ($9), Spring Rolls served in a Lettuce cup with Fresh Mint & Cilantro ($10), Crab Cake served with Mixed Greens & Tartar Sauce ($11); and Frivolites Of Smoked Smoke Salmon & Salmon Roe ($10). Salads: Roquefort & Walnut Salad ($8), Caesar Salad, ($8), Tomato & Cucumber Salad ($9), Frederick’s Salad with Mixed Green, Fresh Corn, Black Beans & Artichoke Heart ($9). Main courses: Lobster & Lump Crabmeat with Asparagus & Grand Marnier Dressing ($35), Parmesan Crusted Rainbow Trout with Avocado Relish ($18), Fresh Baked Norwegian Salmon Dijonnaise ($19), Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic & Fresh Thyme Sauce ($21), Beef Filet Mignon with Jumbo Shrimp & Béarnaise Sauce ($31), Grilled Chicken Breast with Sun-dried Tomato & Artichoke Hearts ($17), Eggs Norfolk w/ Smoked Salmon & Crabmeat ($18), and Shrimp with Tomato & Garlic Sauce ($18). The children’s menu: Chicken Breast with Fries ($13) and Grilled Salmon and Fries ($14).

The Grill at Leon Springs, 24116 I-1o W., (210) 698-8797 — The Easter brunch buffet will include 18 assorted salads, waffle station, omelet station, meat-carving station and three main courses. The price is $25.95 for adults or $32.95 with mimosas added; or $11.95 for kids under 12.

Hilton Palacio del Rio, 200 S. Alamo St., (210) 224-3357 — There will be three seatings for the annual Easter brunch and petting zoo: 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. There will be a brunch buffet and Champagne as well as Easter baskets for each table, an appearance by the Easter Bunny, a live piano player and complimentary valet parking. The petting zoo will include rabbits, chickens, sheep, a miniature goat and a potbelly pig. Cost is $34.95 for adults, $30.95 for seniors and $16.95 for children 6-10.

Hyatt Hill Country Resort, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, (210) 1234 — Easter brunch hours are 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For breakfast lovers, there will be pancakes, muffins and croissants, eggs benedict with shaved ham, an omelet bar to include a selection of seasonal ingredients. At the artisan bread, cheese & fruit kiosk: freshly baked rustic hearth breads, tapenade and bread dips, handcrafted cheeses with dried fruit and nuts, and seasonal fruit offerings. Salads and seafood options include local and seasonally inspired salads, hand-shucked oysters, chilled shrimp, smoked gulf mussels, oak-smoked salmon, rémoulade, jalapeño mignonette and plum tomato cocktail sauce, and smoked salmon with bagels, chopped egg, red onion, capers and cream cheeses. The carving station will have slow-roasted beef steamship au jus, sea salt enhancements and creamy horseradish, maple-glazed ham and cumin-crusted turkey. Entrées and sides: Pan-roasted “catch of the day” with three bean stew and poblano tomatillo sauce, mesquite charred chicken with sweet pepper marmalade, griddled new potatoes with fresh herbs, pecan smoked sausage, spring vegetables as well as a chef-attended pasta bar. Desserts: chocolate brownie cobbler, mousses, ice cream sundae bar, cakes, pies, tortes and pastries, and crème brûlée. Prices: Adults – $49.95; Seniors – $39.95; Children – $23; and children under four. There will be a children’s buffet.

Las Canarias at La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St., (210) 518-1063 – There are extended hours for the Champagne Brunch: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost for the brunch is $69.95 per person and $34.95 for children ages 6-12 years. The regular à la carte dining at Las Canarias will resume at 5:30 p.m.

The Lion and Rose, various locations — The brunch will include such options as Eggs Benedict, Irish Hash and Eggs, Wimbledon French Toast, a Breakfast Burger and more. The Westlakes location will feature bagpipe players at 1 p.m.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, (210) 561-9700 — Easter lunch will be from noon to 4 p.m. The three-course special includes choice of Zuppa di Aragosta (Lobster Bisque), Caesar Salad or Caprese with tomato slices and fresh mozzarella to start. Second course choices: Agnello Scottadito (Parsley and Garlic Brined Australian Lamb Chops) or Pesce alla Luce (Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass, Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto) Dessert: Spumoni, Crème Brûlée or Chocolate Lava Torta with Vanilla Gelato. Cost: $29.95. An a la carte menu also available.

Lüke, 125 E. Houston St., (210) 227-5853:  Easter hours are 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Celebrate with our Sunday jazz brunch from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Brunch menu specialties include fried shoulder pork chop on biscuit, pork grillades, a crabmeat and avocado omelet and fried Texas quail and waffles. Visit lukesanantonio.com for more information.

Max’s Wine Dive, 340 East Basse Rd., Suite 101, 210-444-9547: All Easter weekend: Giant Pecan Praline Cinnamon Rolls,$6; Classic Style House Mustard and Chive Deviled Eggs, $4; Asparagus, Pancetta, and Cheddar Quiche,$9; Guajillo-Rubbed Grilled Ham Steak with two Fried Farm Eggs, Caramelized Pineapple Relish, Maple Lacquered Yams, $19.

Mike’s in the Village, 2355-3 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, (830) 438-2747 — Easter brunch is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an omelet station offering everything from bacon to crawfish etouffée for your eggs. Buffet items and carved-to-order items include prime rib, broiled salmon, French toast and gumbo. Sides include roasted new potatoes, grilled asparagus, assorted fruit and a salad bar. Desserts: Bread pudding with cinnamon rum sauce and strawberry shortcake with black pepper-Balsamic syrup. The cost is $39.95 for adults or $15 for children under 10.

Morton’s the Steakhouse, 849 E. Commerce St., (210) 228-0700 — The Easter dinner special is a three-course meal consisting of a choice of Lobster Bisque, Ahi Tuna Tower, Jumbo Shrimp Alexander, Caesar Salad, Morton’s Salad or Chopped Spinach Salad, followed by a choice of 6-ounce Center-Cut Filet Mignon served with Steamed Asparagus Spears; Honey-Chili Glazed Salmon Fillet with Vegetable Relish; or Chicken Bianco with Artichokes, Capers & White Wine Sauce. Dessert choices: Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee, Double Chocolate Mousse or Individual Souffle. Cost: $59 a person.

Myron’s Prime Steakhouse, 10003 N.W. Military Hwy., (210) 493-3031 — Holiday hours begin at 11 a.m. and continue into the evening. The regular menu will be offered. Seating is limited.

Oro at the Emily Morgan, 705 E. Houston St., (210) 225-5100 — Easter brunch will be served 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The brunch buffet includes omelets made to order,Texas Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes, Spiced Maple Syrup, Applewood Smoked Bacon and Sausages, Home Style Potatoes with Garlic Sea Salt, Fresno Pepper and Aged Cheddar Biscuits and Cracked Pepper Gravy. Chilled items: Seasonal Fruit and Berries, Mixed Lettuces with Roasted Tomatoes and Local Goat Cheese, Blanched Asparagus with Shaved Parmesan, Bacon Aioli,  Grilled Baby Portabello, Spring Tomato and Aged Balsamic. Warm items: Truffled Garlic Yukon Gold Potato Puree, Garden Asparagus and Wild Mushrooms with Pickled Onions, Sautéed Texas Squash and Zucchini with Roasted Tomato, Dried Cranberry and Apricot Studded Wild Rice. Main items: Achiote Honey Rubbed Pit-Style Ham with a Cinnamon Walnut Sauce, Hickory Smoked Prime Rib with Natural Jus and Horseradish Crema, Herb Seared Scottish Salmon with a Gorgonzola Cilantro Cream, and Coriander Mustard Smeared Pork Loin With A Grilled Apple and Garlic Veal Sauce. Sweets: Pumpkin Pie, Assorted Cookies and Blondies, Lemon Ice Box Cake and Strawberry Shortcake. Complimentary valet parking. Prices:  $39.95 for adults, $19.95 for children.

Ostra at the Mokara, 212 W. Crockett St., (210) 396-5817 – The regular à la carte menu will be available during breakfast and lunch hours, with featured Easter Sunday specials during dinner service beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Q on the Riverwalk, 123 Losoya St., 210-362-6325: Easter Brunch, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Adults: $42 per person; Children: ages 0-3 Free; ages 4-12 $21 pp. Menu: Antipasto and cheese display of domestic and international cheese; cured meats and grilled vegetables. Salad bar: Hearts of Romaine, Baby Spinach, mesclun greens, house blend, tomato, bacon bits, hearts of palm, croutons, Parmesan cheese, green onions with House dressing, ranch or bleu cheese dressing. Also, Cucumber Salad; Red Onion and Heirloom Tomato Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette; Roasted Fennel, Red Peppers, and Texas Orange Segments; Grilled Artichokes, Roasted Red Pepper, and Tomato Salad Topped with Feta Cheese. Roasted and Hand-Carved Meats: Roasted Leg of Lamb with Rosemary, Sweet Lemon Preserves, and Mint Tzatziki; Texan Wild Boar Ham with Whole Grain Mustard, Cherry and Pineapple Marmalade. Entrees: Ancho Chili Mustard Crusted Red Fish with Tomatillo Salsa; Corn Bread Muffins Topped with Chorizo and Eggs and a Chipotle Hollandaise Sauce; Pancakes with Blackberry Raspberry Compote and Bourbon Orange Compote. Custom omelet stations and fresh egg dishes. Traditional Holiday Sides: Bacon and Sausage; Three Cheese Mac n’ Cheese; Breakfast Potatoes. Traditional Bread Table: Blueberry Muffins, Banana Nut Muffins, Muesli Bread, French Baguettes, Croissants, Ciabatta. Dessert buffet: Mini Cookies, Napoleons, Mini Mousse Shooters, Coconut Mini Flan, Crème Brulee, Pot De Crème, Opera Cake, Pear Tart, Fruit Tart, Mini Cheesecake, Mini Strudel’s & Macaroons. www.qriverwalk.com

Roaring Fork, 1806 N. Loop 1604 W., (210) 479-9700 — The Easter Brunch from executive chef Matt Inouye will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The specialty a la carte menu features a selection of breakfast items, signature side dishes, hearty entrees and tasty desserts. Menu items include: Chicken and Waffles; Pancakes in Pulled Pork; Fresh Baked Warm Cinnamon Rolls; Breakfast Flatbread with Fried Eggs, Elgin Sausage and Bacon; Cast Iron Skillet of Green Chile Pork with Oven Roasted Sunny Side Up Eggs; Chicken Enchiladas and Eggs with Black Beans; Carnitas Benedict with Poached Eggs, cornbread and Chipotle Hollandaise; Elgin Sausage Migas with White Cheddar and warm buttered tortillas; and the  full menu and regular brunch menu. Mimosas and Bloody Mary cocktails will be priced at $5.00 each. Cost for the brunch is $29 per person.  www.roaringfork.com

Tre Trattoria, 4003 Broadway, (210) 805-0333 — Easter hours for the four-course brunch are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Start with a Pomegranate, Pineapple Juice, Vodka Martini Topped with Ruffino Prosecco ($10). The meal begins with a choice of Slow Roasted Caprese; Simple Mixed Field Salad with Shaved Fennel, Cherry Tomato and Red Wine Vinaigrette; Yukon Gold Potato Bisque with Smoked Paprika Crema and Basil; or Toasted English Muffin with Italian Sausage, Organic Fried Egg and San Marzano Jam. Second Course choice: House Made Tagliatelli with Oyster Mushrooms and Thyme; Spinach and Bacon Frittata with Calabrese Salsa and Roasted Squash Escabeche; Crispy Skin Rainbow Trout with Brussel Sprout Hash and Salsa Verde; and Duck Confit Leg with Polenta Waffle Maple Agrodolce and Aruglula. After a Cheese plate served family style, enjoy your choice of Nutella X 3, Local Strawberry and Mint Parfait, or Olive Oil cake with House Made Apple Sauce. Cost is $37.95 for adults or $11 for the children’s menu. An 18 percent tip will be added to all checks.

Tre Trattoria at the Fairmount, 401 S. Alamo St.,  (210) 223-0401 — A four-course Easter brunch is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Start with your choice of the following appetizers: Slow Roasted Caprese with Mozzarella and Basil; Mixed Field Greens with Shaved Fennel, Grape Tomatoes, Red Wine Vinaigrette; Yukon Gold Potato Bisque with Celery Heart and Parsley Salad; and Toasted English Muffin with House Made Italian Sausage, Fried Egg, San Marzano Jam. Entrée choices: Tagliatelle, Thyme and Wild Mushrooms; Nutella Stuffed French Toast with Caramelized Bananas, Nutella Chantilly; Grilled Tuscan Ribeye with Roasted Rosemary Potatoes, Charred Green Beans, Tarragon Butter ($12 beef supplement); Pan Roasted Salmon with, English Peas, House Made Ricotta Cheese, Pickled Mustard Seeds, Roasted Spring Onions; and Crispy Duck Confit, Polenta Waffles, Baby Arugula, Maple Agrodolce. After a cheese course (served family style, enjoy your choice of Nutella x 3 or Strawberry and Mint Parfait. The cost for the four-course meal is $39.95 a person. The regular menu will be served after 4 p.m.

Two Step Restaurant and Cantina, 9840 W. Loop 1604 N.,(210) 688-2686 — The Easter Bunny will put in an appearance during brunch. In addition to the regular menu, there will be a Scotch egg special for $6.95 on both Saturday and Easter Sunday.

Westin La Cantera, The Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, in the San Antonio Grand Ballroom 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For reservations call 210-558-2439. The annual Grand Ballroom brunch this holiday features a variety of seasonal specialties and traditional fare. Our buffet features cuisines sure to please any palate, including carving stations, fresh seafood, local favorites and a chocolate fountain with decadent dessert display. Everyone in the family is sure to enjoy live music, children’s activities and more. Adults, $52 pp;  Child $25 (6-12), Senior $40. Children 5 and under are free.

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, Suite 25100, will open from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Easter Sunday. The Easter Bunny will have treats for children and pose for complimentary photos until 3p.m. Z’Tejas’ new brunch menu, which features a jalapeño bacon stuffed relleno served with scrambled eggs and a chorizo pork scramble skillet will be available from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. To receive a special 20 percent off discount for Easter dinner, follow Z’Tejas on Facebook at facebook.com/ZTejasLaCantera or on Twitter at @ZTejas. For reservations, call 210-690-3334.

John Griffin contributed to this report.

Restaurateurs, if you want to be included in our lists, email walker@savorsa.com or griffin@savorsa.com.

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It’s Easy to Eat Well When It’s for a Good Cause


The SA Chef Coalition included Il Sogno sommelier Gabe Howe (front left) and David Gilbert of Sustenio, while the back row features, from right, John Brand, Michael Sohocki, Steven McHugh, Jason Dady, Chad Carey, Andrew Weissman and Jesse Perez.

The founding members of the SA Chef Coalition want what every chef wants: They want people to have a good meal and come back for more.

Braised beef cheeks with garlic, tomatoes and kale.

But they want something more.

They want that meal to showcase the best produce and meats of the immediate region, and they want the food prepared in way that reflects the finest San Antonio has to offer.

To that end, the group of chefs got together for a family-style dinner under the loquat and oak trees that line the patio of Tre Trattoria on Broadway. Guests had to bring their own plates, silverware and wine glasses, while God provided perfect weather. The food, meanwhile, came from farms such as Oak Hills and My Father’s Farm.

The chefs lineup included John Brand of Las Canarias and Ostra, Chad Carey of the Monterrey, Jason Dady of Tre Trattoria and Bin 555 among other ventures, David Gilbert of Sustenio, Steven McHugh of Lüke, San Antonio native Jesse Perez, Michael Sohocki of Restaurant Gwendolyn and Andrew Weissman of Il Sogno and the Sandbar.

The evening began with Rebecca Creek whiskey sours and a series of appetizers that ranged from an array of charcuterie, a little bit of everything from oxtail terrine to calf’s liver sausage, to a carrot purée and grilled spring onions.

Salt and pepper breadsticks.

Two salads, one featuring fresh greens while the other boasted several types of beets, preceded a main course of chicken, braised beef cheeks and numerous side dishes, such as creamy polenta, grits and a farro dish. Dessert features strawberries and whipped cream with a colorful Pop Rocks-influenced topping.

The chefs are planning future events that will include more San Antonio chefs, Dady said.

Each of the dinners will benefit a local charity, with the proceeds from the first dinner going to help the culinary programs at three area high schools, Perez said.

For details on more Chef Coalition events, follow SAChefCoalition on Twitter.

Until then, “get off your asses and get out and eat,” Dady said.

(Photographs by John Griffin and Bonnie Walker.)

Patrons enjoy the perfect weather and a family-style feast of local food.

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Say ‘I Love You’ by Making Reservations Early


You can treat your sweetheart to breakfast, lunch or dinner on Valentine's Day.

Valentine’s Day vies with Mother’s Day for being the biggest dining out day of the year. That means you need reservations, and the sooner you make them, the better. Otherwise, you may have to wait an hour or two with your loved one for the possibility of a table opening up.

Many places are offering specials over the weekend before Valentine’s Day, for those who want to celebrate a little earlier to avoid the crush.

Some prices listed below are per person, others are per couple. A few are listed per dish. Tax and tip are not included, unless otherwise indicated.

18 Oaks at JW Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa, 23808 Resort Parkway, 210-491-5841 — The special Valentine’s dinner menu includes a series of appetizer choices, such as oysters on the half shell ($16) or roasted beet salad with goat cheese ($14) as well as the following entrées: 8-ounce filet mignon ($38), 16-ounce rib-eye ($45), baked stuffed lobster ($50), Windy Bar Ranch short ribs ($36), seared Scottish salmon ($34) or olive oil-poached monkfish ($35).

Achiote at the Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market St., 210-224-1234 — The Valentine’s menu is available Feb. 10-11 and 14.   The special consists of a Spicy Smoked Avocado Cucumber Shooter and Seared Ahi Tuna Skewer with Citrus Ponzu, followed by Infused Watermelon and Fried Goat Cheese Salad with Arugula, Frisée, Radicchio and Thai Basil Vinaigrette. The entrée is Angus Beef Filet and Gulf Red Fish with Shiitake Mushroom Ragu and Rock Lobster Papaya Salsa. Dessert is Chocolate Hazelnut Cake with Tahitian Vanilla Custard and a Dipped Strawberry. The cost is $50 a person and includes a glass of Champagne. www.achioterivercafe.com

Aldaco’s at Sunset Station, 100 E. Hoefgen St, 210-222-0561 — Live flamenco and Spanish guitar will be offered on Valentine’s Day at 7 and 9 p.m. The restaurant is also offering a five-course special: bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese, Ensalada de Patatas y Atun (Russian salad with seared tuna), Gambas con Chorizo y Pan de Tomate (shrimp sautéed with chorizo and garlic, tomato garlic toasts), Champinones y Puntitas de Solomillo al Ajillo (roasted mushrooms and beef tenderloin with garlic sauce) and Flan de Cafe (coffee flan with Grand Marnier cream and shaved chocolate). Cost is $55 a person.

Red and gold beet salad.

Antlers at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, 210-647-1234 — The special Valentine’s menu begins with an amuse bouche of  roasted pepper, goat cheese and basil, followed by a choice of  open-faced petite lobster rolls, brioche and tarragon oil or chile-crusted antelope medallions, crispy shallots and orange oil. A golden and crimson beet salad with blood orange, fennel,feta and roasted hazelnuts is served before your choice of cider-glazed rack of lamb, basil and mint gelée, carrot parsnip purée, warm potato salad with wild boar bacon; grilled salmon, smoked pepper and lemon quinoa, spicy Napa cabbage slaw with cilantro dressing; Niman Ranch filet, pan-roasted morels, purple flowering kale, sweet potato matchsticks, consommé of veal and fresh herbs; or Chile black bean cakes, avocado salsa, cumin and lime yogurt sauce.  Dessert is dark chocolate custard, roasted balsamic strawberries and vanilla crisp. The cost is $68 a person.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., 210-225-0722 — The special Valentine’s menu begins with a choice of carrot soup with lemon, honey and cumin; shrimp croquettes with olives; or roasted asparagus salad with raspberries and brie. Second course is a choice of hot-smoked salmon with roasted broccolini and hazelnuts, purple mashers, tomatoes and dill or beef tenderloin with corn pudding, poblano chimichurri, and guajillo chile sauces. Dessert options include Strawberry Rhubarb Fruit Soup with strawberry sorbet, strawberry rosewater mousse, rhubarb chips and rose petals; Turtle Cheesecake with caramel sauce, toasted pecans and pecan lace tuille; Chocolate Amaretto and Raspberry Pavé, layers of chocolate cake soaked with amaretto, raspberry ganache, candied almonds and raspberry coulis; Orange Canolli, citrus cookie filled with orange cream, vanilla citrus salad and mint oil; and Coconut Dacquoise, coconut pastry cream, tropical fruits, passion fruit sorbet and pineapple chips. the cost of the special is $57 a person or $75 with paired wines. La Rosa’s Photography will be here to take Valentine pictures.

The Bright Shawl, 819 August St., 210-225-6366 — Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a special Valentine’s dinner, which include your choice of Wild Mushroom Bisque or Bright Shawl Signature Salad Greens with Sautéed Goat Cheese Dollars and Cranberries. Main course options are Stuffed Breast of Chicken with Wilted Spinach, Cream, Greek Feta Cheese, Garlic Confit and Lemon Butter Sauce ($26) or Angus Beef Steak Medallions á la Diane, Surf & Turf ($34). Dessert is a Fresh Berry Fruit Tarte or White Chocolate Chambord Napoleon. www.brightshawl.com

Cibolo Moon at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa, 23808 Resort Parkway, 210-491-5841 — The Valentine’s Day special is offered from 5 to 10 p.m. It begins with a choice of appetizer: foie gras with fig bacon jam and brioche or grilled jalapeño poppers wrapped in bacon and filled with cream cheese. Choice of entrée: redfish on the half shell with red chile butter and vegetable; filet and scallop with corn purée, jalapeño and smoked gnocchi; or the Blue Plate Special with seasonal vegetable. Dessert is a duo of dark chocolate Snickers torte and banana pudding.  The cost is $55 a person plus tax and tip. The full dinner menu will also be available.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, 210-821-5600 — Dinner hours on Valentine’s Day are 5:30 to 10 p.m. All  entrées are served with appetizer, cup of soup or house salad, fresh vegetables and dessert. Main course options include Breast of Chicken with Montrachet Sauce ($35), Fresh Salmon Filet with Lemon-Butter and Capers ($35), Shrimp Lyonnaise with Wild Rice Blend ($45) , Tenderloin of Beef Savoy ($45), and Veal Scalloppini with Mushroom and Cognac Sauce ($45). The following is served with appetizer, cup of soup and house salad, fresh vegetables and dessert: Trilogy of Lobster Tail with Lemon Butter, Rack of Lamb Provençal and Tenderloin of Beef with Rossini Sauce ($55). Gourmet breakfast delivery, including a flower for Valentine’s Day, is available for $28.50 a person, plus tax and delivery fee.

EZ’s Brick Oven and Grill, various locations — EZ’s will be open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Feb. 14 and will offer two specials. The three-course dinner for two, starting with an organic spinach salad tossed with blueberries, artichoke hearts, toasted walnuts and house-made lemon ginger vinaigrette or a Caesar salad. It’s followed by an 11-inch Mediterranean pizza or calzone, featuring sweet Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese, roasted peppers and more or another favorite pizza or calzone.  For dessert, choose between a Blue Bell ice cream hot fudge sundae or a Valentine’s Day Big Red Blue Bell float!  Two glasses of wine and a bottle of sparkling Pellegrino water are included for $25 per couple. Exchange the two glasses of wine for a full bottle for $32.  If you just want dessert, Be My Big Red features  Blue Bell Ice Cream and Big Red for $4.

Fig Tree Restaurant,515 Villita St., 210-225-2111 — A three-course Valentine’s special is available Feb. 10-14. It begins with a choice of Ahi Tuna au Poivre and Hearts of Palm with Uzu Dressing or Seared Diver Scallop with Truffle Nage and Braised Leeks. Main course is a choice of Braised Waygu Short Rib, Creamy Polenta, Fresh Oregon Truffles and Natural Jus or Lobster and Saffron Risotto, English Peas, Spanish Chorizo, Pequillo Peppers and Lobster Foam. Dessert is either Chocolate Pavé with Berry Sauce or Raspberry Frangipane Tart with Almond Anglaise. Each meal is served with a glass of Champagne. Cost is $75 a person. Regular menu is also available.

Filet mignon a popular choice for a romantic dinner.

Francesca’s at Sunset at the Westin La Cantera, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, 210-558-2253 — The Valentine’s special is a three-course dinner that begins with the following appetizer choices: sweet white asparagus vichyssoise with shaved black truffle, white truffle-mint oil, white asparagus; surf and turf ensalada with organic romaine lettuce, chilled-steamed black mussels, Texas orange vinegar drizzle and pecan dust; or Haute Caprese with Burrata cheese, heirloom tomato, hoja santa herb, Champagne vinegar, Hawaiian black sea salt and extra virgin olive oil.  Main course options: Grilled lamb T-bone with mint chimichurri, Peruvian potato croquettes, yellow wax beans; seared lemon fish with fresh roasted beet and spinach rounds, mini kiwi blocks and orange foam; filet mignon with wilted red Russian kale, heirloom carrot crisps, purple carrot-cauliflower purée; or Scallops Salteado with multi-colored fingerling potato salad, quinoa pilaf, mustard vinaigrette. Dessert is a choice of a   banana split or tiramisù. Cost is $65 a person. Holiday hotel packages are also available for those with more than food on their minds.

Frederick’s, 7701 Broadway, 210-828-9050;  Frederick’s Bistro, 14439 N.W. Military Hwy., 210-888-1500 — The special menu includes choice of Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops with Leeks Ragout and Caviar, Spring Rolls with Mint Cilantro and Lettuce, Stuffed Quail and Mousse of Foie Gras  Terrine Platter, Assorted Seafood Delicacy or Tuna Tartar with Citrus Vinaigrette. Second course is Frederick’s Salad and Champagne Hazelnut Oil Vinaigrette, followed by a choice of Glazed Duck Breast with Orange Ginger Sauce with Wild Rice, Beef Tenderloin with Jumbo Shrimp and Roquefort Fresh Herb Sauce, Sea Bass and Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Napoleon with Champagne Caviar Velouté, Fresh Maine Lobster and Crab Navarin served with Spring Vegetables on a Bed of Parppedele Pasta or Veal Strip Loin with Foie Gras with Mushroom Duxelle and Madeira Sauce. Dessert is a choice of Frozen Lemon Grass Parfait with Mango and Passion Fruit Purées, Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse Cake or Dark and White Chocolate Terrine. The dinner is priced at $90 per person.

Kirby’s Steakhouse, 123 N. Loop 1604 E., 210-404-2221 — The special Valentine’s menu begins with a  choice of one of the following: Maryland Style Crab Cake,  Grilled Herb Polenta with Sautéed Baby Spinach and Robiola Cheese, Peppered Lamb Lollipops with a Cognac Button Mushroom Sauce and Totten Bay Oysters on the Half Shell with a Cilantro Lime Mignonette. Course two options: Chopped Salad,  Classic Caesar Salad,  Salad Lyonnaise with a White Truffle Vinaigrette  or Lobster Bisque.  Main course options: 7- or 10-ounce Blue Ribbon Filet with a choice of sauces,  18-ounce Rosewood Smoked Rib-eye with Signature Rub,  16-ounce prime New York strip, Lobster Newburg, Australian Barramundi Oscar or  Braised Lamb Shank.  All entrées accompanied by Lobster Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed White Truffle Wild Mushrooms and Grilled Asparagus. Dessert is Belgian Dark Chocolate Nirvana Cake with Tahitian Vanilla Bean Strawberry Compote. Cost is $85 a person.

Las Canarias, Omni La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St., 210-518-1063 — Executive Chef John Brand has created a special three-course and five-course menu to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The three-course menu includes choice of Roasted Shiitake Mushroom Bisque or Blue Bonnet Farms Hot House Green Lettuces; entrée choice of Pan-Roasted Local Farm Raised Chicken Breast with Swiss Chard, Yukon Gold Potato Purée and Natural Jus or Creekstone Farm’s Braised Beef with Lamb’s Grist Mill Polenta, Baby Carrots and Veal Demi-Glace. Dessert is a Valrhona Chocolate Tasting with Guanaja Chocolate Cake, Equatorial Mousse, Caraibe Panna Cotta and Caramelia Gelato. The five-course menu includes Dungeness Crab and Jerusalem Artichoke Velouté with Sea Urchin Roe; Gundermann Acres Beets with Local Watercress and Chèvre; Lavender Honey-Lacquered Duck Breast and Hudson Valley Foie Gras with Torched Figs and Fiddlehead Ferns; Tasting of Wagyu Beef Prime Rib with Chanterelle Risotto and Sauce Perigourdine; and Valrhona Chocolate Tasting of Guanaja Chocolate Cake, Equatorial Mousse, Caraibe Panna Cotta and Caramelia Gelato. The menus are available Feb. 10-14. The three-course meal costs $125 a person, while the five-course costs $150 a person. The regular menu will also be available.  Las Canarias’ regular champagne brunch offering will be available on Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost of the Champagne brunch is $39.95 a person.

Little Rhein Steak House, 231 S. Alamo St.,  210-225-2111 — The four-course Valentine’s special is available Feb. 10-14. Start with a choice of Shrimp and Crab Cocktail or Bacon Wrapped Quail Legs, followed by either a Caesar salad or Beefsteak Tomatoes with Blue Cheese Crumbles. Main course options are served with asparagus, sautéed wild mushrooms and au gratin potatoes plus your choice of the following: Prime Rib Eye, Filet Mignon, Grilled Salmon and Lobster Tail. Desserts include New York-style Cheesecake or Crème Brulee. Glass of Champagne is included. Cost is $68 a person. Regular menu is available.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 12255 Huebner Road, 210-561-9700 — The restaurant is offering a three-course special beginning with a choice of  Zuppa di Aragosta (Lobster Bisque), Carpaccio Cipriani (Raw Thin Cut of Beef Tenderloin),  Baby Arugula Salad and Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, Mustard Aioli, Caesar Salad, Insalata di Mare (Cold Salad, Shrimp, Calamari, Scungilli, Diver Scallops, Garlic, Celery, Extra Virgin Olive Oil) or Caprese (Tomato Slices and Fresh Mozzarella di Latte, Basil and Olive Oil). Main course options:  Filetto e Capesante (Grilled Filet Mignon and Diver Scallop, Toasted Garlic Vegetables and Basil Mashed Potatoes, Veal Reduction) or Pesce alla Luce (Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass, Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto, Toasted Garlic Vegetables). Dessert choices are Spumoni,  Crème Brûlée or Chocolate Lava Torta with Vanilla Gelato. The cost is $36.95 per person.

Lüke, 125 E. Houston St., 210-227-5853 — The restaurant will host a private dining event featuring a prix-fix four-course dinner with wine pairings on Feb. 14. Seating begins at 7 p.m. in Lüke’s upstairs private dining space. Menu highlights include pan-seared scallops with Allen Benton’s bacon and spiced pumpkin “love letters.” Dark chocolate torte with blood orange sorbet is dessert. Cost is $75 a person. Prepaid reservations required. The downstairs dining room is also accepting dinner reservations.  lukesanantonio.com

Max’s Wine Dive, 340 E. Basse Road, 210-444-9547 — The Valentine’s Couple’s Menu begins with the Chef’s Choice Amuse Bouche and a half glass of bubbles, followed by Baked Jalapeño and Oysters “Max-a-fellers.” Second course is a choice of Pan-seared Veal Chop with balsamic red onion confit, twice baked white cheddar new potatoes, and Crab and Asparagus Bavorois or Cracklin’ Chicken and Butternut Squash Risotto Dessert:  Pandora’s Chocolate Box of Love (filled with fresh berries and a white chocolate and port mousse). A take-away Valentine’s treat: chocolate and gold laden truffles. The cost is $75 a couple; wine pairings available at an additional $25 per person. The regular menu and items from the couple’s menu will also be available. www.maxswinedive.com

Mike’s in the Village, 2355-3 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, 830-438-2747 — Mike’s will be offering a Valentine’s special Feb. 10-14 (the regular menu will be available Feb. 10-11). The multi-course meal will include Lobster Bisque, followed by Shrimp and Grits with Jumbo Shrimp. Entree choices include Pan-seared Sea Bass over Warm Fresh Spinach, Wild Mushroom and Crabmeat Salad with Lemon Scented Creole Cardinal Sauce; Tender Filet Medallion over Feta and Green Onion Potato Cake, Haricot Vert and Wild Mushroom Marchand de Vin Sauce; Pecan and Herb Crusted Lamb Chops with Apple Mint Chutney with Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Haricot Vert. Dessert, served with a glass of Prosecco, is a choice of Chocolate Tort with Warm Chocolate Glaze, Raspberry Sauce and Fresh Raspberries; Molten Chocolate Lava Cake; or Strawberry Shortcake with Balsamic and Black Pepper Syrup. The cost is $60 a person.

Ostra at Mokara Hotel & Spa, 212 W. Crockett St., 210-396-5817 — Ostra’s regular a la carte menu is available during its normal hours throughout Valentine’s Day weekend. Additionally, on Valentine’s Day only, Ostra will feature specials during dinner service, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Paesanos 1604, 3622 Paesanos Parkway, 210-493-1604 — The Valentine’s dinner is served with your choice of a bottle of Solletico Prosecco, La Crema Chardonnay or La Crema Pinot Noir. It accompanies two entrées of Classic Shrimp Paesano with pasta and two house salads, plus bread, followed by Limoncello Cheesecake. The cost is $95 per couple plus tax and tip.

Paesanos Riverwalk, 111 W. Crockett St., 210-226-8490 — Valentine’s seatings are at 7 and 9 p.m.  Dinner begins with an optional appetizer sampler for two (for an $14.95 a person) of Parmesan Crusted Artichoke Hearts and Giant Calamari with Duet Of Sauces and Crab Cake Croquettes. The special begins with  House Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette, Olives, Tomatoes and Feta Cheese.   Entree choices include Shrimp Paesano with Lemon Butter and Garlic; a Grilled Ribeye Steak and a Herb Garlic Béarnaise Sauce; Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breast with Linguini, Capers and Lemon Butter Sauce;  Grilled Ahi Tuna and a Basil Parmesan Vinaigrette; or Cheese Tortellini with Basil Pesto Cream and Pine Nuts.  Dessert is Lemon Mascarpone Cream Cake. The  children’s menu is a choice of Lasagna, Manicotti or Spaghetti with Butter or Tomato Sauce. Iced tea and soft drinks included.  The cost for the meal is  $51.95 a person plus tax and 20 percent tip; the cost for children ages 9 and under is $25.95 per child plus tax and 20 percent tip.

The Cupid Quesadilla at Paloma Blanca.

Paloma Blanca, 5800 Broadway, 210-822-6151 — The restaurant is offering the following specials Feb. 10-16: Sabor de Amor ($29.99), includes a 7-ounce filet mignon grilled “au” carbon and topped with chipotle butter; Cajita Corazón (19.99), a chicken breast filled with champiñones (mushrooms), corn and Oaxaca cheese, covered in a creamy poblano sauce and topped with melted cheese; and Quesadilla de Chocolate Cupido ($9.99), Chocolate Abuelita ice-cream sandwiched between two flat chocolate buñuelos drizzled in a Kahlua reduction.

Q on the Riverwalk at the Downtown Hyatt, 123 Losoya St., 210-222-1234, ext. 4240 — The Valentine’s menu will be available Feb. 10-11 and 14. It begins with an amuse-bouche of  Gulf Blue Crab Cake Paddlefish Caviar, followed by Hearts of Locally Grown Organic Romaine Lettuce with Heirloom Tomato, Aged Asiago Cheese and Moët-Blood Orange Vinaigrette. After an intermezzo of Passion Fruit Sorbet, dine on Chateaubriand with Fennel Bulbs, Swiss Chard, Baby Patti Pan Squash, Golden Beets and Chateau Potatoes with a choice of sauces. Dessert is Strawberry La Bomba, an explosion of strawberry and amaretto cream in an almond-flecked cake. The cost is $100 per couple and includes a glass of Champagne per person. www.qontheriverwalk.com

Romo’s Cafe, 7627 Culebra Road, 210-521-7666 — The four-course Feb. 14 special includes she crab bisque and foie gras garden, followed by a palette cleanser of tarragon sorbet and Champagne. For entrees, choose two of the following: beet and potato wrapped seabass with citrus beurre blanc; crab raviolo with crab aioli; handcut Texas rib-eye with red wine redux; lamb with a green peppercorn demi; and pheasant with herb l’orange. Choose your sides: potatoes gratin, haricot vert, spinach saute or herb roasted potatoes. Dessert is a trio of raspberry devil’s chocolate cake, cheesecake with honey and figs, and RoMo’s chocolate bar. Cost is $80 per couple.  A wine pairing including two special blends from the Boerne Wine Company is available for an additional $35 per couple. Book your reservation before Feb. 8 and receive a special gift (chocolate-dipped strawberries) and a rose for your date. On Feb. 11, the restaurant will celebrate Singles Awareness Day with a special menu for those Anti-Valentines.

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., 210-299-1600 — The restaurant is offering special Valentine’s Day cocktails and a decadent chocolate dessert in addition to the regular offerings. Drink specials, priced from $7 to $9, include the Brazilian Rose, the Brazilian Kiss, the Raspberry Cream Dream and the decadent Milky Way Martini. The special dessert is a Triple Layer Chocolate Mousse Cake just right for sharing.

Tost Bistro and Bar, 14415 Blanco Road, 210-408-2670 — The Valentine’s Day special includes a multi-course meal that begins with a seared scallop on top of crispy roasted red beet risotto cake with spicy chimichurri, followed by Tost Bibb Salad with lardons, shaved carrots, cherry tomatoes with creamy buttermilk chive dressing or Butternut Squash Bisque. Main course choices are a pan-seared filet topped with truffle hollandaise with roasted wild mushrooms, grilled asparagus and creamy Yukon gold mash potatoes or crab-stuffed red snapper with roasted fingerling potatoes, spinach and a Champagne thyme beurre blanc. End with a choice of white chocolate mousse with fresh berries or house-made sorbet. The cost is $58.00 a person.

Two Step Restaurant and Cantina, 9840 W. Loop 1604 N., 210-688-2686 — The special Valentine’s Day menu includes a shared entrée, with your choice of 12-ounce Prime Rib Slow Smoked for 10 hours or 10-ounce Blackened Beef Tenderloin with Poblano Pesto Cream Sauce. Either choice is served with six Hot Buttered Shrimp with Tabasco Lemon Sauce and Horseradish Mashed Potatoes. Dessert is El Rey Chocolate Silk Custard. Two glasses of wine, your choice of Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay or Cabernet, included. Price is $50 per couple. twosteprestaurant.com

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, 210-690-3334 — Z’Tejas will offer a three-course Valentine’s Day menu Feb. 11–14. The menu features a Baja shrimp martini to start, followed by a choice of ancho grilled pork tenderloin, peppercorn-crusted filet, pan-seared sea scallops or pepita-crusted chicken. A white chocolate mousse with raspberries and PAMA pomegranate syrup will be available for dessert. Accompany the meal with Valentine’s Day cocktails featuring PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur. Menu items are priced individually.

Restaurateurs, if you would like to add your Valentine’s information, email griffin@savorsa.com or walker@savorsa.com.

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Chefs and Cellars Pair Up the Best Food and Wine in Town


Johnny Hernandez's deconstructed chile en nogada featured aspic versions of the pomegranate seeds, the walnut sauce and the poblano, the three colors of the Mexican flag.

Chef Jason Dady talks with his diners at Chefs and Cellars.

Pigeon stuffed with foie gras and bacon. New York strip and shrimp with a roasted pepper stuffed with fresh vegetables. Chocolate mousse with brandied cherries and red velvet crumbles. 1981 Chateau Margaux.

These were some of the many treats that diners were exposed to during Culinaria’s annual Chefs and Cellars dinners at the Culinary Institute of America’s San Antonio kitchens.

Five of the city’s best chefs — John Brand from Las Canarias and Ostra, Jason Dady from the Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills and others, Johnny Hernandez from La Gloria and True Flavors catering, Jesse Perez from Alamo Cafe, and Andrew Weissman from Il Sogno and the Sandbar — teamed up with wine collectors from the area to present a feast of flavors.

Jesse Perez prepares a course for his diners.

Guests were seated with an individual chef, who presented the multi-course meal as if it were a chef’s table at a private restaurant. Bonnie Walker and I were lucky enough to be seated with Johnny Hernandez, who created a spectacular array of dishes to match wines chosen by local wine authority and educator Woody De Luna.

The end result offered course after course of spectacular Mexican food, from a salmon salpicon to a fig-topped Cajeta Pound Cake soaked in cream, each of which was paired with German Rieslings; perhaps California’s most sought-after Chardonnay, Stony Hill; a Sauvigny-les-Beaunes Burgundy that found a grateful home with both surf and turf; and a pair of lively Champagnes.

The lesson here was simple and clear: Great wines can work with great food, no matter where in the world each is from. Hernandez may have offered street food in the form of black bean-filled corn tortilla topped with fresh guacamole or cochinita pibil, but the dish was elevated to gastronomic heights when partnered with a 2003 Gunderloch Riesling Rothenberg Grosses Gewachs from Germany. I know first-hand from my family that the Germans wouldn’t know what to make of Mexican food, from low to high, but their wines proved a perfect  partner.

Everyone we spoke with during and after the dinner sang the praises of his or her individual chef, who not only prepared the food with his staff but also explained the dishes and the approach each took.

Jason Dady served pigeons stuffed with foie gras and served with miso-corn and candied bacon.

There were some excellent wines from local cellars to match the dishes, including aged Sauternes, fine Bordeaux and Burgundies, and spectacular Chardonnays, both from California and France.

The interior of the stretch limousine from Lonestar Limousines, which helped us drink and (not) drive safely.

Because of the great amount of great wine poured, Bonnie and I engaged the services of Lonestar Limousine, a luxury service that made sure we enjoyed every last drop of wine poured without driving home irresponsibly in the blessed rain.

 

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Restaurant Notes & Quotes: Wine dinners at Las Canarias, Ostra


September wine dinners at Las Canarias, Ostra

Two River Walk restaurants, Las Canarias at the La Mansion del Rio and Ostra, at the Mokara Hotel & Spa, will be offering wine dinners in September. Las Canarias features wines from Far Niente Winery and Ostra will showcase Jordan Vineyards. John Brand is executive chef at both restaurants. Both events begin at 7 p.m.  Call 210-518-1017 to make reservations for either dinner.

The Far Niente Winery Wine Dinner at Las Canarias is Sept. 22. The price is $125 per person. Las Canarias is at 112 College Street.

On the menu: East Coast Fluke, Avocado Oil, Bella Verdi Greens and Citrus w/Far Niente Chardonnay; Hudson Valley Duck Liver and Prosciutto Roulade, Pickled Cherries, Duck Confit Palmiers w/En Route Pinot Noir; Third Course: Peeler Farms Egg Ravioli, Black Trumpet Mushrooms and Smoked Scamorza, Local Oxtail and Short Rib Stew w/Far Niente Cabernet; Culotte of Waygu Beef, Heirloom Carrot Ribbons, Mille-feuille of Gold Potato, Kabocha Pumpkin, Marrow, Marjoram Gremolata w/Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet and Sullenger Cabernet: Dessert is Cooper Farms Peach and Brown Butter Tart, Pure Luck Sainte Maure and Blue Heron Cajeta/w Dolce by Far Niente.

On Sept. 23, Ostra, 212 W. Crockett St., will feature Jordan Vineyards. This wine and food event will be $100 per person. On the menu: Passed hors d’oeuvres; Green Apple Carpaccio, Pure Luck Chevre, Marcona Almonds, Gold Beets, Watercress; Hawaiian Kona Kampachi Crudo, Grapefruit, Amaranth and Bottarga Aioli w/2009 Chardonnay; Strube Ranch Waygu Beef Flatiron, Engle Farms Squash Gnocchi, Spinach, Caper and Sage Beurre Noir w/2002-2004 Cabernet; Valrhona Equatorial Chocolate Mousse, Jivara Pot de Crème and Cocoa Nibs, Roasted Cherries, Red Velvet Sponge Cake w/ 2007 Cabernet.

Rather Sweet takes a month off

Rather Sweet Bakery, Rebecca Rather’s bakery at 249 E. Main St., Fredericksburg, will be closed for the month of September, according a posting on Facebook. Rather will reopen Oct. 1.

Louis Halfant doing fine dining in Boerne

Chef Louis Halfant, San Antonio chef and former chef/owner of Eclipse, on Northwest Military Highway, is now chef at the Limestone Grill in Boerne. The fine dining restaurant is in the historic Ye Kendall Inn, 128 W. Blanco St.

Support arts’ à la carte on Sept. 27

Grilled Cheese Sandwich at The Monterey.

On Sept. 27, the Artist Foundation of San Antonio will stage a one-day event at area restaurants called arts’ à la carte. Proceeds will assist the Artist Foundation to continue its mission, which is “to enrich our artistic and economic fabric by providing monetary awards to individual artists, across diverse disciplines, thereby advancing their creative enterprise and the arts in our community.”

The participating restaurants and their specials include:

  • Aldaco’s (Stone Oak),  20 percent off food only, 3-9 p.m.
  • Bharmacy, 20 percent off food and drinks,all day
  • Patty Lou’s, 20 percent of food and drinks, all day
  • Bistro Vatel 20 percent off food & drinks/all day
  • Capparelli’s on Main, 20 percent off food and drinks, dinner only
  • Coco Chocolate Lounge, 20 percent off food and drinks, all day
  • Cool Cafe (Stone Oak), 20 percent off food and drinks, all day
  • Counter Culture Cafe, 20 percent off food and drinks, all day
  • The Esquire Tavern, 20 percent off food and drinks, all day
  • Green Vegetarian Cuisine, 20 percent off food and drinks,dinner only
  • Liberty Bar, 20 percent off food and drinks, all day
  • The Monterey, 25 percent off food and drinks, all day
  • Paloma Blanca, 20 percent off food and drinks, lunch only
  • Piatti, 20 percent off food and drinks, all day
  • Twin Sisters (Alamo Heights), 20 percent off food and drinks, all day
  • Twin Sisters (Downtown), 20 percent off food and drinks, all day

For more information on the event, click here.

Benihana Restaurant closed, Sumo Japanese to Open

The restaurant at 8342 I-10 W. has closed and will reopen under the new name this week.

SavorSA co-editor John Griffin contributed to this post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Refreshing Watermelon a Trendy Ingredient This Season


Watermelon with strawberries, cilantro pearls and black sesame sponge bread from the RK Group.

What’s not to love about watermelon, especially when it is in season and bursting with refreshing flavor? It’s perfect for a picnic or great alongside a plate of just-grilled meats.

This year, more and more local chefs are using watermelon in salads and entrêes in ways that go far beyond the norm. Chef John Brand of La Mansión del Rio and Ostra on the River Walk served slabs of watermelon alongside hamachi sashimi during a recent Culinaria luncheon at Becker Vineyards, while The Monterey served it in a salad with feta cheese, dried olive and heirloom tomatoes.

The great thing about most of these recipes is that you can make them at home, layering the ingredients mentioned to your taste. Think about a watermelon margarita with a touch of lime, tequila and just a hint of orange liqueur mixed with watermelon juice and ice to your taste.

At a recent fundraiser for HeartGift, five chefs from around the city made various dishes pairing watermelon with everything from jumbo shrimp cocktail with watermelon from Cabo Seafood to a watermelon pavé with cilantro pearls and black sesame sponge cake from the RK Group. Heather Nañez of Bohanan’s seared hamachi and topped with a watermelon salsa, while Patricia Wenckus of Auden’s Kitchen crisped up prosciutto, adding a little salty flavor that the fruit seems to love.

Damien Watel of Bistro Vatel offered up an elegant, easy salad, the recipe for which appears below.

Watermelon margaritas

HeartGift is a San Antonio charity that flies children with congenital heart defects from around the world here so that they can be operated on for free. The event raised $23,000. According to HeartGift executive director Cathy Siegel, “Our spring season of events offered guests an opportunity to participate in a series of fine dining adventures while providing the gift of life-saving heart surgery to a child from a country where treatment is unavailable or inaccessible. With the success of this series of events, we are now able to bring another child to San Antonio for heart surgery.”

For more on HeartGift, click here.

What do you like to do with watermelon? Add a cube or two to a vodka martini? Serve it with fried shrimp? Smoke it in your barbecue pit? (It has been done.) Post your favorite ideas below.

Damien Watel’s Watermelon, Tomato and Feta Salad

Watermelon cubes, to taste
Ripe tomatoes, cut into pieces similar in size to the watermelon, to taste

Damien Watel's Watermelon, Tomato and Feta Salad

Crumbled feta cheese, to taste
Olive oil, to taste
Rice wine vinegar, to taste
Basil or flat-leaf parsley, to taste
Salt, to taste (optional)

Mix watermelon and tomatoes. Sprinkle feta on top. Drizzle olive oil and a touch of rice wine vinegar. Garnish with some microgreen herbs, such as basil, or finely chopped basil or parsley, to taste. Salt, if desired.

Adapted from Damien Watel

 

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Lines, Food, Spirits, Fun and More Lines


Barbara Hunt serves up a Mediterranean-style sandwich from Boardwalk Bistro.

Culinaria’s Grand Tasting is always an occasion for sampling excellent fare from the area’s best restaurants, fine wines and other spirits. But Saturday’s sold-out gathering was also a chance to mix and mingle with thousands of others while enjoying the evening.

Often that was while waiting in line for the likes of Jeff Balfour’s braised oxtail tostada from Citrus and John Brand’s combination of oysters from Ostra and pork belly from Las Canarias.

Guest chef Susana Trilling (right) from Oaxaca talks with Culinaria's director of development, Ginger McAnear.

It was the first time Ben Dorris had ever tried an oyster, but he braved a briny bivalve with friends Joe Carreon and Vanessa Jauer. He was not impressed with the texture, but his friends, who have had a little more oyster-eating experience, were.

The evening’s sponsor, Ambhar Tequila, offered samples of their silver, reposado and añejo tequilas as well as cocktails for those who wanted something in addition to the vast array of wines on hand. These ranged from the crisp Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet to the silky elegance of the Chalone Pinot Noir. Bottles of Belgian beer Stella Artois disappeared quickly during the balmy evening.

Diane Wiltz is one of the volunteers pouring wine at the Grand Tasting.

The long lines meant some restaurants had to stretch the food they brought, though each of the chefs and their restaurants brought enough for 1,500 servings. Barbara Hunt of Boardwalk Bistro started out serving a Mediterranean-style sandwich with lamb. When the lamb ran out, it became a vegetarian sandwich with a roasted tomato and some tzatziki sauce adding such bold flavors that no one really missed the meat.

Shea Ash of the Peach Cafe in Boerne handed out several treats, including a mini-muffuletta with olive salad from her business partner Nancy Fitch’s restaurant, the Pomegranate in Artisans Alley.

Guest chefs included Nordic chef Trine Hahnemann as well as Susana Trilling of Oaxaca, who hopes to have her new line of culinary products, including mole enhancers and salt from her region of Mexico, in area stores soon.

Chocolate truffles from Kirby’s and cake from Flour Power Cafe were among the choice desserts for those with a sweet tooth.

Long lines greet chef Jason Dady each year.

The longest lines were those waiting to sample the multi-course mini-meal prepared by Jason Dady’s restaurant group. As he has done in the past, Dady offered samples of dishes that represent his restaurants, which include the Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, Bin 555, Tre Trattoria, Two Bros. BBQ and the DUKTruck.

Shredded flank steak with a molasses-Shiner Bock barbecue sauce and a bright coriander-based pickle on top, a Mediterranean tossed salad, smoked deviled eggs with crab meat and cheesecake were among the various treats he served.

It took 22 members of his staff to keep the plates moving and to offer guests a personal explanation of what each dish was.

Lines were so long at Dady’s booth that the chef stayed more than an hour after the event ended to make sure everyone still waiting in line got to taste what he had to offer. We ran into Dady at The Monterey shortly before midnight where he was treating his staff to a late meal for the hard work they’d done.

Photographs by Bonnie Walker.

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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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