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Ruth’s Chris Renovates and Re-energizes as 50th Anniversary Approaches


Ruth's Chris owner Lana Duke (center) talks with Debi Struss and Gary Penny at the Concorde location.

Ruth’s Chris owner Lana Duke (center) talks with Debi Struss and Gary Penny at the Concorde location.

On May 25, restaurateur Lana Duke plans to lead a group of friends and business associates to a party at a cemetery in New Orleans. A band will be on hand, and at 11:30 a.m., a toast will be raised to memory of Ruth Fertel, the woman whose name lives on in the Ruth’s Chris Steak House chain.

The Concorde Ruth's Chris now has a new al fresco dining area.

The Concorde Ruth’s Chris now has a new al fresco dining area.

The time is important because it was at that moment 50 years earlier that Duke’s friend Fertel opened the doors on the first Ruth’s Chris in New Orleans.

 

“It’s a salute to Ruth Fertel and her legacy,” said Duke on a visit to San Antonio, where she owns both of the local steakhouses.

Duke has been working on her own tribute to Fertel’s memory in her own way.

Work has recently finished on a $600,000 expansion and renovation of the Ruth’s Chris in the Concorde, 7720 Jones Maltsberger Road. The work, prompted by Duke’s son, David, included an expansion of the bar area, the addition of al fresco dining and the renovation of the private dining area. The work has resulted in an additional 4,000 square feet of space. A re-opening party Friday drew hundreds of regulars to check out the new space and enjoy a snack or two before settling down for Ruth’s Chris trademark sizzle.

Duke is also planning her third  SA location, which will be in a freestanding building at the Eilan complex off I-10 and La Cantera Parkway. “September 1 is the target,” she said. “I feel really good about this location.”

She’s also planning on expanding in the Toronto area. She currently has two restaurants north of the border and has plans for another to open early next year. Her seventh — and her final, she says — Ruth’s Chris will open in a Marriott Hotel in Markham, Ontario, before the end of 2016.

The time is right, Duke said, adding that the renovation and the expansion are helping bring in a younger market, “which is the future of Ruth’s Chris.”

The renovation included work on the private dining area.

The renovation included work on the private dining area.

Younger diners are particularly excited about the larger bar space as well as the new Sizzle, Swizzle & Swirl happy hour menu, which is available from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. daily in the bar area. Sizzle snacks include a prime burger with fries, a tenderloin and mushroom skewers salad, a steak sandwich with fries and seared ahi tuna, while Swizzle & Swirl drinks include a pomegranate martini, Ruth’s Manhattan and a Rocks Rita as well as wine and beer specials.

It’s obvious that Duke loves going over the changes that have taken place almost as much as she loves meeting and greeting her customers. She’s been that way throughout her career and doesn’t see a change anytime soon, though she admits she has cut back to “six or eight hours a day.”

There’s a good reason for that: “I love it too much, the mental stimulation of business, the excitement of growth,” she said.

But she also loves spending time with her grandson, Jackson, and is anxiously awaiting the arrival of a granddaughter later this year.

Duke continues to be active with charity work, including giving a hand to Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives. One project on behalf of the agency that helps abused and neglected children is done in conjunction with the Texas Cavaliers. Each year, the Cavaliers’ director selects an appetizer from the Ruth’s Chris menu, and a set amount from the sale of each order goes to Roy Maas. This year, William Wendell Hall chose Shrimp Voodoo, a favorite dish in which lightly fried shrimp are tossed in a spicy cream sauce. Last year’s promotion raised $18,000 for Roy Maas. Duke’s hoping this year will bring in even more, thanks to the expanded bar and the dish appearing on the happy hour menu.

 

“It’s an exciting time,” she said.

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Notes & Quotes: Ruth’s Chris on the Move; Restaurant Week


Barbecue chickenCopa Wine Bar  turns up the smoke Saturday — all for a good cause
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On Saturday (July 20) at Copa Wine Bar, owner Jeff Bridges will be smoking briskets and chickens, with sides, for a benefit at the request of a boy named Rowan. The event will go from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or as long as the barbecue and beer last.

Rowan, who is only 6, has been diagnosed with a rare disorder, Shwachmann-Diamond Syndrome. It affects the pancreas, GI tract, immune system, blood and bone marrow. He has spent over 800 days in the hospital, had dozens of blood transfusions, made 59 trips to the operating room, yet is one of the happiest, most amazing little boys you’ll ever meet.

On Sunday, July 21, he’ll be 7, and he asked if his friends, instead of bringing him gifts, would donate to Kidd’s Kids. So, the barbecue will be $20 a plate, or $50 for a family of four. Each plate comes with a beverage ticket good for a Blue Moon Belgian White Ale, or a glass of wine, or a glass of Rowan’s famous Ginger Lemonade. There will also be silent auction items and some great live entertainment from The Reality Project Band.  Copa Wine Bar is at 19141 Stone Oak Pkwy.

 

Ruth’s Chris downtown location to close on Commerce Street July 27
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filet mignon Ruth's ChrisThe Ruth’s Chris Steak House at 170 E. Commerce St. in Sunset Station will be closing this month. The last day of business at this location will be Saturday, July 27.

In the near future, Ruth’s Chris will open a new location on the River Walk, that will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offer complimentary valet parking. The restaurant will have an extensive Prime Bar inside and a large patio with bar outside directly on the River Walk. Look forward also to River Barge Dining Charters offering a Ruth’s Chris Steak House dining experience as well.

The new Ruth’s Chris will be at the Grand Hyatt, at 600 E. Market St. The restaurant is expected to open late in September.

Feliz cumpleaños with Choripán Saturday

Gaucho Gourmet fans, when you go to GauchoGourmet, 935 Isom Road, to do your shopping for some of the imported charcuterie, cheeses and much more, you can help celebrate Luciano Ciorciari’s birthday this coming Saturday, July 20, with a traditional  Choripán sandwich for lunch. Served this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the sandwiches are $6 each. 

Choripán is a type of sandwich with chorizo popular in Argentina and other Latin and South American countries. The name comes from the combination of the names of its ingredients: a grilled chorizo (sausage) and a pan (crusty bread) such as a baguette. It was invented in Argentina and is traditionally topped with chimichurri sauce made from finely chopped parsley, minced garlic, olive oil, oregano, and vinegar.
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Culinaria Restaurant Week Aug. 17-24

Culinaria Restaurant Week 2013Now in its fourth year, Culinaria Restaurant Week will be here soon to tempt your palates, introduce you to newcomers and give you a chance to dine out in style Aug. 17- 24.

Restaurants such as Arcade Midtown Kitchen, The Boiler House and Texas de Brazil, join founding participating restaurants such as Bin 555, Biga on the Banks, Kirby’s and more, to offer three-course, pre-fixe menus for $15 at lunch and $35 at dinner.

Participating restaurants span the city from downtown to Alamo Heights, to Stone Oak and La Cantera Parkway. Reservations are not required, but encouraged.

“Restaurant Week presents a tremendous opportunity for local residents and out-of-town visitors to discover the art of gourmet dining in San Antonio at affordable prices,” says Suzanne Taranto-Etheredge, president and CEO of Culinaria. “Plus, it generates excitement and buzz about the wide range of choices and excellent food that defines our city,” she said.

For an up-to-date list of participating restaurants, click here.

 

Violas Ventanas croppedA sweet treat at Los Barrios’ restaurants all month, for Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation
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Throughout this month, you can celebrate with the Barrios family as they continue to build restaurant founder Viola Barrios’ legacy by giving — and offering customers a sweet treat in commemoration of Barrios’ birthday.

Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation is a charitable organization that was set up after Barrios’ death to carry on her spirit of generosity. The Foundation recently presented full scholarships that will support three young women through high school. One scholar has gone on to earn a scholarship, residency included, to Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

If you purchase a slice of Viola’s Heart Cake, a chocolate or vanilla cake with creamy flan, or the entire cake, at any of the three Barrios restaurants in San Antonio, all proceeds will go directly to the foundation. The piece of cake costs $5.99 and a whole cake is $49.99.

The restaurants are Los Barrios at 4223 Blanco Road, La Hacienda de Los Barrios at 18747 Redland Road and Viola’s Vantanas at 9660 Westover Hills Blvd, 2 miles from Sea World. Or, you can mail a tax-deductible donation to: Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation, PO Box 700508, San Antonio, TX 78270. Visit the foundation’s website by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Restaurants Want You to Savor the Season in Some Special Treats


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

RustyZipper.com has all sorts of vintage ugly sweaters.

Get out your ugly holiday sweaters

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

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

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

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

Christmas concert at Boardwalk Bistro

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

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

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

McDonald’s Holiday Pie

McDonald’s decorates its menu with holiday flavors

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

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

Cookie Bites and more at Corner Bakery Café

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

Call (210) 441-4547.

EZ’s Pumpkin Latte Shake

Pumpkin treats at EZ’s through the holidays

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

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

Click here for more information.

Holiday lunches return to Ruth’s Chris

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

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

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

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

No other promotions can be used with this offer.

Black-eyed pea tamales at La Fonda Alamo Heights

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

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

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

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

 

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Ruth’s Chris, Wine Enthusiast, Present Top-Rated Wines, Dinner


Ruth’s Chris Steak House, at Concord Plaza, will be presenting a special event in partnership with Wine Enthusiast magazine on Aug. 23.

A five-course wine dinner will feature some of the steak house’s signature dishes paired with wines that have 90-plus ratings. (See menu below, including wines to be poured.)

Ruth’s Chris will have 48 participating corporate locations and 18 participating franchise locations for this National Wine Enthusiast Dinner. All dinner guests will also receive a complimentary three-month subscription to Wine Enthusiast magazine.

Reservations are required, seating is limited. The price is $115 plus tax and gratuity. Valet parking is complimentary. The Concord Plaza location is at 7720 Jones-Maltsberger Ave. The dinner is at 7 p.m. Make reservations at 210-821-5051 or Kathleen Fenlon at 210-821-6375.

1st COURSE

Warm Brie and Pecan Tartlet

Savory Apple-Mango Chutney, Guava Sauce

Ferrari NV Brut Metodo Classico – 90 Points


2nd COURSE

Summer Tomato, Cucumber & Feta Salad

Kalamata Olives, Fresh Herb Vinaigrette

Planeta Chardonnay 2009 – 91 Points

 

3rd COURSE

Lobster & Chorizo Risotto

Cognac Spiked Creamy Lobster Sauce

Santa Rita Triple C 2007 – 90 Points

 

4th COURSE

Filet Mignon Oscar

Sauce Béarnaise, Ruth’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes

 

Col D’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2007 – 94 Points

Dessert

Fresh Strawberry Shortcake

Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries

S.A, Prum-Riesling Spatlese 2009 – 92 Points

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Butternut squash and other fall vegetables are many Thanksgiving menus.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Order Tamales, Cheesecake, Pecan Pie and More for Your Christmas Meals


Order an entire meal or just some complementary dishes. Options range from a full spread with beef tenderloin to cheesecakes in a variety of flavors.

Give the gift of a Flying Pig cheesecake

Flying Pig Cheesecakes

Flying Pig has expanded its product line and added cookies, as well as some great new cheesecake flavors.

Some of the new cheesecakes from the San Antonio bakery are White Chocolate Truffle, rich, creamy white chocolate with an overlay of orange liqueur; Fireside Dream, bright cranberries, a subtle hint of orange and the elegant smoothness of white chocolate; Dia de los Muertos, Mexican dark chocolate, cinnamon, and smokey chipotle; Heavenly Harvest, with pumpkin, honey, and perfect spices; the Lodge, a flavor to make you think of mulled apple cider and the scent of juniper as you sit on the porch of a mountain lodge.

The new cookies come in some of the cheesecake flavors, but also flavors all their own. Ask for Mango Tango, Fire Island, Dia de los Muertos, The Lodge, Fireside Dream, German Chocolate, Turtlelly Awesome, and Tranquility, as well as Molasses and Peanut Butter flavors.

All cheesecake orders can be made with low-fat cream cheese upon request. Call 210-844-8458 or e-mail flyingpigbaking@yahoo.com for more information and delivery costs.

Mike's in the Village offers plenty of options to meet your holiday needs.

Mike’s offers everything from appetizers to desserts

Need a ready-to-serve appetizer or five? Or maybe two or three different desserts?

Mike’s in the Village, 2355-3 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, offers an array of pre-cooked options that can be catered to suit your needs.

For appetizers, consider spinach- and cornbread-stuffed mushrooms, chicken and Gouda phyllo triangles, apricot- and walnut-stuffed double crème brie en croute, crudité and vegetable platters with asparagus and roasted peppers or one of the signature crawfish cheesecakes.

White chocolate bread pudding with cinnamon rum sauce, warm cherry clafouti pudding, warm Bananas Foster over vanilla bean ice cream and  caramelized apple flan are among the dessert choices.

Call 830-438-2747 or click here.

Holiday tamales at Paloma Blanca

Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine, 5800 Broadway, is now taking orders for holiday tamales.

They come in four flavors: chicken verde, pork, poblano corn and black bean. Each is $8 per dozen.

Tres Leches cake is also available. It comes in your choice of vanilla, chocolate, piña colada and strawberry.

Call 210-822-6151 or visit www.palomablanca.net.

Cookies, pies and buche de Noël at Marioli

At Marioli, 18730 Tuscany Stone, chef Mariana Oliver has created an expansive holiday dessert repertoire.

The international array of cookies, sweet breads, pies, brownies and puddings is designed to appeal to any taste, no matter the country of origin.

Garibaldi pastries, for example, are a mainstay at the Stone Oak eatery.

“These are traditional sweet breads of Mexico and are often served with café de leche,” she says. “This is something that you find all over Mexico City and the rest of the country.” The shape of the dessert resembles the hat worn by the Italian freedom fighter Giuseppe Garibaldi who was dubbed the “hero of two worlds” in recognition of his military exploits in South America and Europe.

There are also Mariposa cookies, slathered with apricot or raspberry jelly between two shortbread layers that have been drizzled with chocolate as well as brownie triangles encrusted with peppermint crunches.

Also for the season is the buche de Noël, or yule log, served at Christmas in France and Belgium. Miniature pecan pies, flan, cupcakes filled with tres leches and drizzled with sweet cream, and more are available.

Marioli is open 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Satruday and noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Call 210-496-1111 or visit www.marioli2go.com.

More options

  • Aldaco’s Mexican Cuisine, 20079 Stone Oak Parkway, 210-494-0561 — People can place orders for Blanca Aldaco’s tres leches cake, available in various flavors. These cakes serve up to 20 slices.
  • Bill Miller Bar-B-Q, various locations — Click here to order online. A 10- to 12-pound turkey with gravy and dressing costs $38.99, while an 18- to 20-pound turkey with gravy and dressing costs $59.99. Honey-glazed spiral cut ham costs $5.19 a pound. Party packs, pies and extras are also available.
  • Central Market, 4821 Broadway, 210-368-8600 — Place orders by 2 p.m. Nov. 23. Order a traditional Thanksgiving dinner that serves 6-8 for $129.99. The lavender-white hickory smoked turkey dinner for 6-8 costs $139.99. A turkey breast dinner for 4-6 costs $99.99. The glazed white hickory-smoked ham dinner for 6-8 costs $99.99. The herb-roasted rib-eye dinner for 6-8 costs $159.99. The herb-crusted beef tenderloin dinner for 6-8 costs $169.99. The vegetarian hazelnut-fig roast en croûte for 2 costs $39.99. A package of holiday side dishes for 6-8 costs $49.99.
  • The County Line Barbecue, 10101 I-10 W., 210-641-1998 — Boneless, smoked, pepper-rubbed turkey breast is available for $12.99 a pound. The breasts are generally 4 pounds and feed 10-12 people. The emergency kit of barbecue and sides is available for $11.99 a person. Ship barbecue via AirRibs by visiting www.airribs.com or by calling 800-AIR-RIBS (800-247-7427).
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 1170 E. Commerce St., 210 227-8847; and 7720 Jones Maltsberger Road, 210-821-5051 – San Antonians can order the following side dishes, which serve 10-12, throughout the holidays: sweet potato casserole, green beans and roasted garlic, creamed spinach and corn pudding. Desserts for 8-10 people include pecan pie and bread pudding with whiskey sauce. Desserts for 10-12 include a whole cheesecake or a whole Chocolate Sin Cake. Orders must be picked up 24 hours in advance.
  • Whole Foods, 255 E. Basse Road, 210-826-4676 — Order your holiday meal online by clicking here.  The herb-crusted prime rib roast is priced at $42.49-$254.94. A pre-roasted whole organic turkey is $109.99. Other dishes include chipotle-glazed pork loin for $17.99, chocolate pecan pie or pecan pie for $12.99 and brie with fig spread and almonds, $11.99.

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Make Reservations: Delicacies Aplenty on Christmas Menus


Christmas is fast approaching. It’s time to make reservations for dinner either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Here are some suggestions of dinners around town. Reservations are required unless otherwise noted.

Achiote River Cafe, Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market St., 210-224-1234 — The Christmas Eve buffet will be 5-10 p.m. with the following: pan Latino mixed salads, composed Latin salads and salad bar, carved apricot glazed bone-in ham, stewed chicken in green tomatillo sauce, roast strip loin, pan-seared salmon with mango-papaya salsa, roasted pumpkin soup and holiday desserts. The Christmas Day buffet is noon–9 p.m. and will include pan Latino mixed salads, carved slow roast prime rib, chipotle-apple cider glazed pork loin, roasted salmon with grain mustard cream sauce, roasted achiote crusted turkey with giblet gravy, roasted pumpkin soup and assorted holiday desserts. The cost for both is $30 a person including tax and tip. No reservations.

Antlers Lodge, Hyatt Hill Country, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, 210-520-4001 — Christmas Eve dinner is from 3 to 9 p.m. The multi-course family-style dinner includes lobster bisque and endive salad for starters, followed by a choice of two of the following:  oak-smoked prime rib, rosemary maple braised pork belly, grilled Texas quail with cornbread stuffing and bourbon barbecue shrimp. Sides include fingerling potato confit, creamy polenta and wilted brussels sprout slaw with pancetta. Baked “hot chocolate” with mint ice cream and Bailey’s cookie close out the meal.  The cost is $49 for adults, $40 for seniors, and $20 for children ages 5-12.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., 210-225-0722 — Seatings on Christmas Eve will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The special menu includes dishes such as Close-to-Bouillabaisse, applewood-smoked beef tenderloin, bone-on pork chop rack and grilled lamb T-bones. Dessert options include Bruce’s Christmas pudding soufflé, chocolate bûche de Noël, and apple, cranberry and walnut pie. Closed Christmas Day.

Bin 555, Artisans Alley, 555 W. Bitters Road, 210-496-0555 — On Christmas Eve, specials include the following winter cocktails for $7: Winter Sour, Caramel Cider and Vin Chaud. The entrée special is house bacon-wrapped pheasant roulade with Swiss chard, wild huckleberries and pickled chantrelles for $15. The dessert special is warm juniper pudding with holiday grape sorbet. Closed Dec. 25-27.

Brennan’s Cafe, the Westin La Cantera, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, 210-558-6500 — The holiday dinner special will be available Dec. 18-26. It is available as a three-course dinner for $39 a person or a la carte. The first course is a choice of sweet potato soup, “Pork and Beans” (crisp pork belly with red brick beans) or Winter Texas Salad. Entrée options are soft smoked prime rib, pan-roasted mahi mahi with shrimp and poblano hash and grilled ham. Dessert is a choice of yule log, warm toffee pudding, and holiday milk and cookies.

The County Line, 111 W. Crockett St., 210-229-1941; 10101 I-10 W., 210-631-1998 — Both locations will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, 210-821-5600 — Christmas Eve lunch will be from the regular menu while dinner hours with a special menu are 5:30-10 p.m.  Entrées are served with appetizer, cup of soup or salad as well as vegetable and dessert. Appetizers include mousse truffle pâté, stuffed artichoke and  Nova Scotia smoked salmon. Soups: New England clam chowder and cream of mushroom. Entrée options, at various prices, include chicken breast with Montrachet  sauce, rainbow trout, Shrimp  Lyonnaise, veal  with chanterelle mushrooms, Tenderloin  of  Beef  Savoy, and a Trilogy of lobster tail, rack of lamb and beef tenderloin. (No coupons accepted.) www.crumpetsa.com

814 A Texas Bistro, 713 High St., Comfort, 830-995-4990 — The restaurant will be open Dec. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 6 to 9 p.m. for dinner. The restaurant will be closed Dec. 25-28 and will resume regular hours Dec. 29.

Fogo de Chão, 849 E. Commerce St., 210-227-1700 — Christmas Eve hours are 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. for lunch and 5-10:30 p.m. for dinner. Christmas Day hours are 4:30-10:00 p.m. The cost is $24.50 for lunch, $42.50 for dinner and $19.50 for salad bar only.

Frederick’s Bistro, 14439 N.W. Military Hwy., 210-888-1500 — Christmas Eve hours are 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. The special menu includes beef tenderloin,  Norwegian salmon,  fresh Maine Lobster Thermidor, Chilean sea bass, rainbow trout and baby shrimp with lemon butter sauce, and  veal tenderloin with shiitake mushrooms.

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, 210-828-9050 — The special Christmas Eve menu will be available 6-9:30 p.m. Some of the entrée options are Frederick’s traditional turkey, apple cider and maple syrup-glazed Christmas ham, beef tenderloin,  Norwegian salmon,  fresh Maine Lobster Thermidor, and Chilean sea bass. www.frederickssa.com

The Gazebo at Los Patios, 2015 N.E. Loop 410, 210-655-6171 — A Christmas lunch special is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 31: Chicken breast stuffed with roasted bell peppers, spinach and ricotta cheese, served with rice pilaf and fresh vegetables is available for $9.95. There a different kids’ menu available for $6.95.  A special brunch is available 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sundays. The restaurant is closed on Christmas Day, but to-go orders are available; they must be picked up by noon Dec. 24. www.lospatios.com

Hyatt Hill Country, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, 210-767-7999 — The Hill Country Ballroom will have a buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Christmas Day. Breakfast items  include a Benedict and omelet station, cheese blintz with stewed cherries, pecan-smoked sausage, rosemary bacon and fresh Danish. The seafood bar will have pickled, spiced and chilled shrimp, hand-shucked oysters, and smoked salmon and mussels. A rustic soup and salad station will include tomato fennel and white bean soup, roasted acorn squash soup, chicken noodle and lobster bisque.  The butcher block will have oak-smoked prime rib and espresso and maple glazed ham.  Salads, a pasta bar, tamales, pecan-crusted chicken, roasted pork loin and an array of desserts round out the meal.  Cost is $45 for adults, $35 for seniors, and $23 for children ages 5-12. A more limited array of foods will be available for the same hours in the Hyatt Springhouse. The cost for that buffet is $36.95 for adults, $33 for seniors and $19.95 for children ages 5-12. Reservations are required for the ballroom but are not taken for the Springhouse Cafe.

Las Canarias, La Mansión del Rio, 112 College St., 210-518-1063 — A Christmas Day buffet is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It will feature numerous stations offering meat carvings including leg of lamb, prime rib and turkey as well as composed salads, local Texas and imported cheeses with seasonal sliced fruits and berries, omelets and Belgium waffles. The buffet includes unlimited Mumm sparkling wine; all other alcoholic beverages are non-inclusive. The cost is $65 per person, $30 for children ages 6-12 and free for children ages 5 or younger. Regular à la carte dinner service will resume at 6:30 p.m. Click here.

Limestone Grille, Ye Kendall Inn, 128 W. Blanco, Boerne, 830-249-2138 — The Christmas Day luncheon will be served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Choose from soup or salad options, followed by one of these entrées: slow-roasted herbed turkey, glazed pit-smoked ham, braised and slow-smoked beef short rib, grilled wild Coho salmon. Dessert is white chocolate cherry cordial mousse. Cost is $25.95 for adults, $23.95 for seniors  (ages 55 and older), and $12.95 for children ages 10 and younger. www.yekendallinn.com

The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, 1746 Lockhill Selma Road, 210-349-8466 — The Lodge will have regular hours on Christmas Eve, with lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner beginning at 6 p.m. A special six-course dinner is available, featuring such options as local rabbit roulade, pan-seared Moroccan salmon with preserved lemon couscous, cast iron-seared beef tenderloin with duck fat potato confit and Maple Leaf Farms duck confit.  Cost is $50 a  person, plus $20 with wine pairings.

Luce Ristorante y Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, 210-561-7900 — Christmas Eve dinner will be served 5-10 p.m. The regular menu is available as well as the following three-course special:  antipasti choice of  Zuppa di Pesce (a seafood soup with shrimp, scallops, lobster, mussels and clams) or Insalata di Mare (a cold salad with shrimp, calamari, diver scallops, garlic and celery); main course of Pesce alla Luce (pan-seared Chilean sea bass); and dessert choice of cannoli or tiramisú. Cost: $39 a person.

Maggiano’s Little Italy at the Rim, 17603 I-10 W., 210-451-6000 — The restaurant will close at 10 p.m. Dec. 24, an hour earlier than usual. The regular menu will be offered. Closed Christmas Day.

Mi Tierra Café y Panaderia, 218 Produce Row, 210-225-1262  – The restaurant ever decorated for the holiday will be open 24 hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Reservations not accepted.

Ostra, Mokara Hotel and Spa, 212 W. Crockett St., 210-396-5817 — The à la carte menu available all day on Christmas. Featured specials are available during dinner service beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Paesanos, 555 E. Basse Road, 210-828-5191 — Christmas Eve hours begin 4 p.m. and will continue late into the evening.

Paesanos 1604, 3622 Paesanos Parkway, 210-493-1604 — Christmas Eve hours begin 4 p.m. and will continue late into the evening.

Paesanos Riverwalk, 111 W. Crockett St.,210-227-2782 — Christmas Eve hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Q on the Riverwalk, Hyatt Regency, 123 Losoya St., 210-222-1234 — On Christmas Day, the buffet will be served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. The buffet includes Churassco Sirloin with Red Chili Horse Radish and Chimichurri Verde, Roasted Breast of Tom Turkey, Smoked Maple Pork Loin with Black Currant and Herb Jam, Roasted Turkey Thighs with Sage au Jus, Fresh Grilled Whitefish Filets with Smoky Remoulade Sauce and Roasted Tomato, and Crispy Tempura Battered Quails and Pomegranate Molasses as well as vegetables, breads and desserts. The cost is $40 for adults, $36 for seniors, and $20 for children ages 5‐12. Complimentary self‐parking available at the Central Parking garage located across from the hotel.

Restaurant Insignia, Fairmount Hotel, 4o1 S. Alamo St., 210-223-0401 — Christmas Eve brings a four-course prix-fixe menu includes options such as lump crab and sweet corn fritters, pan-roasted chicken breast with white bean ragú, cast iron-seared beef tenderloin and pan-seared salmon. Cost is $30 a person plus tax and tip. Reservations are not required. The restaurant is closed Christmas Day but open for brunch on Dec. 26. restaurantinsignia.com

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 1170 E. Commerce St., 210-227-8847; 7720 Jones Maltsberger Road, 210-821-5051 — Lunch hours through Dec. 24 are 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. weekdays. Complimentary shuttle service from downtown businesses to the Commerce Street location available. Complimentary valet parking at both sites. www.RuthsChrisSA.com

Scenic Loop Cafe, 25615 Boerne Stage Road, 210-687-1818 — Christmas Eve hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m.  with the regular menu available. On Christmas Day, a buffet with prime rib, turkey and salmon will be offered 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $19.95 a person.

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

Tre Trattoria, 4003 Broadway, 210-805-0333 — Christmas Eve specials include house-made eggnog for $6 or $9 with alcohol, Cioppino for $7, Foie Gras Pastrama with cranberry mostarda for $8.50 and Arancini and Bolognese for $8.50. Pan-seared Diver Scallops with truffled orzo costs $25. Complimentary Italian cookies. Closed Dec. 25-27.

Watermark Grill, 18740 Stone Oak Parkway, 210-483-7600 — The Christmas Eve dinner will feature a three-course prix fixe menu for $75 a person. The menu starts with choice of Harvest Salad, White Asparagus-seared Nantucket Sea Scallops, Foie Gras Torchon or Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Velouté. Entrée options: Arctic Chard Glacé, Rotisserie Capon with chestnut stuffing or Wood Fire-grilled Cowboy Steak. Dessert is red velvet yule log with dolce de leche butter cream.

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

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