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The Cortez Family Opens Viva Villa Taqueria

The Cortez family has opened its fourth restaurant, Viva Villa Taquería, in the city’’s historic Market Square. It’s the family’’s first fast casual restaurant, in a lineup that includes Mi Tierra, Pico de Gallo and La Margarita. It features a chef-inspired menu featuring more than 30 tacos along with craft beer and wine, Big Red, soft serve and more.

viva villa taqueria Viva Villa lives up to its namesake, Pancho Villa, by offering “revolutionary tacos” while letting customers design their own meal. Customers select from three styles — “cazuelas”, “mercado” or “mini-street tacos” — and are able to choose their own toppings.

Viva Villa is open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner where customers can grab-and-go or sit down with the restaurant’’s free Wi-Fi. Local food delivery service is available as well as a drink to-go program that lets patrons stroll around El Mercado with margaritas in hand or take their craft beer home in a refillable 64-ounce growler.

viva villaAlthough Viva Villa is the family’s newest restaurant in San Antonio, it grew from historical roots. Its 110-year-old brick building incorporates the original brick work in a space modernized to comfortably seat 75 people inside and 70 people outside. Complete with a giant pop-art mural of Pancho Villa, distressed leather booths and mango wood imported from Costa Rica, Viva Villa’s ambiance is nothing short of urban revolution. 

Viva Villa’s old-meets-new concept is largely influenced by chef and general manager Cariño Cortez, a third-generation foodie who grew up in the Cortez family’’s restaurant business. Her family tradition began at Mi Tierra Café in San Antonio, but her passion for cooking has taken her across the country. She is expanding her family’’s legacy thanks to her education at the Culinary Institute of America. A profound care for food, family and culture inspired her custom menu creation and the development of Viva Villa.

Viva Villa is at 905 Dolorosa. Call (210) 225-3955 or click here for more information.

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Griffin to Go: Scenes from Restaurant Week

Culinaria’s Restaurant Week continues, so what better reason do you need to go out and eat?

Smoke's Shrimp & Swine

Smoke’s Shrimp & Swine

Nothing, in my book, which is why I headed out to several lunches and a dinner in the past week.

The trips started with a visit to Brian West’s Smoke: The Restaurant and a $10 lunch that was largely wonderful.

It began with a warm pork jowl and shrimp salad, also known as Shrimp & Swine, in which the meats were tossed with cabbage and bacon. One bite convinced us that it was a masterful blending of flavors and textures, and it left us with an appetite for the meaty pleasures to come.

The main course is a three-meat plate. I don’t know if the lineup changes, but we were pleased with our trio of turkey, pork and brisket. A delicate touch of smoke laced the juicy slab of turkey while letting the real flavor of the meat shine through. The brisket was tender, but the salty crust was even more impressive; the thick-cut serving also tasted good with the house chimichurri sauce, thanks to its bright garlicky base. Strands of moist pulled pork filled out the tray and provided a great vehicle to try the six pack of sauces that arrived at the table; I preferred the tangy tomatillo sauce, while you might prefer the sweeter honey mustard. Give them all a shot.

Bolo's Monte Cristo

Bolo’s Monte Cristo

Dessert was a welcome serving of banana pudding that featured firm yet flavorful slices of fruit floating in a creamy base with a vanilla wafer offering a crunchy contrast. I had a hankering for this homespun favorite before the first morsel of food arrived, thanks to a waiter who bore a tray of servings past our table shortly arrived I arrived.

The food in and unto itself made for a great lunch, especially at $10, and we were lucky to have an attentive server even though the restaurant was slammed with diners. Unfortunately, the background music was so loud that it was hard to hear my companions that day. They had asked for the music to be turned down before I arrived a little late, and while their wish was granted, that seemed to last for only a song. By turning the music back up, Smoke lost one of my friends who decided he had no need to return, no matter how good the food is. I’ll opt for the outdoors when the weather isn’t so hot.

Bolo's lemon sorbet with stone fruit

Bolo’s lemon sorbet with stone fruit

My second lunch visit was to Bolo’s Rotisserie Grill at the Omni Colonnade, a short trip from my day job.

The special menu, at $15 for lunch, began with a grilled Caesar made with smoky romaine that had been wilted and slightly charred on the grill. A light taste of oil from the roasted poblano dressing added to the fresh of the lettuce while pearl tomatoes, grown on the hotel’s rooftop garden, added a bright touch. A couple of anchovies would have been even more welcome, but I welcome anchovies with most any dish.

The main course was a Monte Cristo sandwich filled with generous slices of honey-roasted turkey and Hill Country ham as well as plenty of Swiss to help melt it all together. The French toast that surrounded the meats and cheese arrived sizzling to the touch and went from hot and crisp to a welcome warm soft state before the last bite disappeared.

Biga's snapper with pappardelle and bacon

Biga’s snapper with pappardelle and bacon

Dessert that day was a lemon sorbet instead of the advertised mango, and that was perfectly fine with me as it arrived over a medley of plums and peaches in a passion fruit and honey sauce (the honey was also harvested from that rooftop garden). It sent me back to work with a sweet smile.

By Saturday night, I was ready for more, and Biga on the Banks happily delivered.

My friend and I were able to split most of the Restaurant Week options even without quibbling over who would try what.

She wanted the advertised soup choice, a chilled bowl of potato cilantro soup, which was refreshing after a hot day even as it excited with a drizzle of chile oil on top. I opted for a special that evening, a warm soup with roasted mushrooms and cauliflower, which proved earthy and bold; one spoon convinced me it would be hard to top, no matter how good the rest of the meal proved to be.

Biga's mousse bar

Biga’s mousse bar

And it turned out to be quite good indeed.

A Kobe beef burger (with a slab of foie gras for a $15 supplement) was practically perfect, thanks to a juicy slab of meat matched by a bun loaded with the flavor of caramelized onion. The bread overwhelmed the foie, so we merely removed it and enjoyed it by itself. The burger and fries were bolsterd by a robust Simi Cabernet Sauvignon.

I’ve been trying somewhat to increase my seafood intake, so I ordered the seared snapper over pappardelle pasta. The fish was firm and fresh, complemented by the dill in the sauce, and truly satisfying. I just won’t tell my doctor about the bacon that also appeared in the sauce, sending the dish into a whole new realm of texture and flavor.

We finished off the evening with a chocolate-raspberry mousse bar topped with melted orange marshmallow, which was dense and rich, but somehow couldn’t eclipse the brilliance of lemon custard with blueberries and coconut ice cream.

Add in Biga’s always excellent service and inviting ambience, and you have the perfect illustration of why Restaurant Week is such a favorite of diners. I hope your adventures are proving to be as rewarding.

Biga's lemon custard with blueberries and coconut ice cream

Biga’s lemon custard with blueberries and coconut ice cream

Smoke: The Restaurant
700 E Sonterra Blvd.

Omni Colonnade – Bolo’s Rotisserie Grille
9821 Colonnade Blvd

Biga on the Banks
203 S. St. Mary’s St., Suite 100

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Arcade Midtown Kitchen to Close on Sunday

Arcade Midtown Kitchen in the Historic Pearl, 303 Pearl Parkway, is closing Sunday.

Jesse Perez at Arcade Midtown Kitchen in the Historic Pearl.

Jesse Perez has opened Arcade Midtown Kitchen at the Pearl.

After over two successful years at the Historic Pearl in San Antonio, chef Jesse Perez has decided to close the restaurant to focus on culinary expansions including his newest endeavor, Oxido, which is in New York City.

“I’m incredibly thankful for all of the support Arcade Midtown Kitchen has received over the past couple of years. We’ve experienced great successes as a restaurant and I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family and diving into new business endeavors and adventures,” he says. “After 20 years of focusing my energies in the kitchen, I am interested in more entrepreneurial freedom to explore different concepts.”

Perez will continue to be a strong ambassador not only for the San Antonio Culinary Community, but also for Texas. In addition to his other endeavors, he remains committed to the Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Culinary Taskforce, which is working to bring recognition to San Antonio’s culinary scene, as well as Culinaria. He will also continue as an active partner in Oxido, a fast casual Mexican restaurant with modern influences, as they plan future expansion. 

“We at Oxido are excited and fully supportive for Chef Jesse for embracing new business ventures and opportunities to forge full steam ahead with his brilliant career,” says Daihwan Choi, CEO and co-founder of Oxido. “We congratulate Chef for all the success that he created and achieved with Arcade, and look forward to our continued partnership with Oxido here in New York City and beyond. “

Jesse Perez is closing Arcade Midtown Kitchen.

Jesse Perez is closing Arcade Midtown Kitchen.

The restaurant’s last day of operation is Sunday, and the meals leading up to the end will be filled with celebrations, including Arcade classics such as chile and lime calamari, chorizo mussels and lobster soft tacos. The Arcade burger will return for lunch and dinner. Drink specials will include barrel-aged cocktails as well as flight tastings Arcade’s bar menu. Wine specials by the glass or bottle will be available all week long.

Perez has spent more than 20 years in the kitchen. Prior to opening Arcade Midtown Kitchen in 2013, he earned numerous culinary accolades, including Top Latino Chef in 2009 by the Flavors of Passion Awards. Arcade Midtown Kitchen became one of Eater’s Top 40 new restaurants of 2013 San Antonio’s Best New Restaurant.

For more information on Oxido, Perez’s New AYork fast casual restaurant, which serves traditional Mexican food blended with modern influences, visit

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How Do You Thank Dad for All He’s Given You?

Vegan cupcakes for Dad from Green Vegetarian Cuisine.

Vegan cupcakes for Dad from Green Vegetarian Cuisine.

Father‘s Day is June 21 this year, and restaurants all over town are gearing up to give Dad a treat he’ll remember.

Call for reservations, though they aren’t needed at all places. Prices do not include tax and tip.

Alamo Beer Company, 202 Lamar St. – FatherFest will run from noon to 6 p.m. Together with Kiolbassa Sausage, the brewery will offer live music, sausage cook-offs, “dad stuff” and, of course, beer. “Supporting pints for prostates,” reads the flier for the event.

Arcade Midtown Kitchen, 303 Pearl Parkway, (210) 369-9664 – The restaurant will be open for Father’s Day brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ruth's Chris is one of the steakhouses open on Father's Day.

Ruth’s Chris is one of the steakhouses open on Father’s Day.

Bakery Lorraine,  306 Pearl Parkway, (210) 862-5582 – The bakery will be open on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Boiler House Texas Grill and Wine Garden, 312 Pearl Parkway, (210) 354-4644  – The restaurant will be hosting a Special Father’s Day Brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The dishes will range from $13 to $19 each.    

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach, 210-821-5600 — Father’s Day brunch will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Begin brunch with an appetizer and choose from Puff Pastry with White Wine Mushroom Sauce, Scottish Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese or Mousse Truffle Pate. For the main course, choose from an extensive selection of entrées including Chicken Breast with Champagne Sauce, Fresh Rainbow Trout or Tenderloin of Beef with Green Peppercorn Sauce. The Crumpets Trilogy will also be available on the Father’s Day Menu. A children’s menu will be available. Dinner begins at 7 p.m.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 255 E. Basse Road, (210) 824-9463 — Treat Dad to brunch beginning at 10 a.m. Guests have their choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert from our special holiday menu.  Entrées include Prime Rib, Fleming’s Signature Eggs Benedict, Baked Brioche French Toast, Blue Crab Omelet and Porcini-Crusted Filet Mignon. The price for adults is $39.95. Kids’ menu is $18.95.

Green Vegetarian Cuisine – The restaurant will be open Father’s Day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Josephine St. Cafe is ready to treat Dad.

Josephine St. Cafe is ready to treat Dad.

Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar, 1287 Gruene Road, Gruene Historic District at New Braunfels, (830) 606-1287 – This Father’s Day, the off-menu special is Baby Back Ribs. Served with a dinner salad and side. Pair it with a cold Shiner. Opens at 11 a.m.

Josephine Street Cafe, 400 E. Josephine St., (210) 224-6169 – The restaurant is open on Father’s Day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The specials include a 7-ounce sirloin with shrimp for just $13.95. Shrimp can be fried, blackened or grilled.

Kirby’s Steakhouse, 123 N. Loop 1604 E., (210) 404-2221 — Father’s Day hours are 5 to 9 p.m. with the regular menu of steaks, seafood and more.

Liberty Bar, 1111 S. Alamo St., (210) 227-1887 — Brunch on Father’s Day is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with dinner service available until midnight. Brunch specials include sourdough waffles with bacon and Original 1984 Waldorf Eggs Benedict. Other specials for the day include Hemphill County Cowboy Salad, Short Ribs and Fettuccine, Pork and Chicken Stew Oaxacan Style, Cherry Tarts and Abuelita Ice Cream.

La Gloria, 100 E. Grayson St., (210) 267-9040 – The restaurant will be open on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Local Coffee, 302 Pearl Parkway, (210) 248-9133 – The coffee house will be open Father’s Day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mozie’s, 1601 Hunter Road, Gruene Historic District at New Braunfels, (830) 515-1281 – Let Dad enjoy lunch with the family in air conditioning while watching sports on eight all-sports TVs. The specials include Panko Parmesan Chicken with angel hair pasta in a chipotle cream sauce. Stop in Gruene Hall for free live music all day while in Gruene. Opens at 11 a.m.

Morton’s the Steakhouse, 300 E. Crockett St., (210) 228-0700 — There’s a special three-course menu for Dad priced at $59.

Myron’s Prime Steakhouse, 136 N. Castell Ave., New Braunfels, (830) 624-1024; 10003 N.W. Military Hwy., (210) 493-3031 — Father’s Day dinner hours are 4 to 11 p.m.

Southerleigh offers Dad brews, meats and coastal seafood.

Southerleigh offers Dad brews, meats and coastal seafood.

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 558-6161 — The steakhouse will be open 4 to 9 p.m. on Father’s Day with its usual array of steaks, chops and seafood.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Concord Plaza, 7720 Jones Maltsberger Road, (210) 821-5051; Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market St., (210) 227-8847 — The Concord Plaza location will be open at 4:30 p.m. Father’s Day with the full menu. The Grand Hyatt location will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery, 136 E. Grayson St., (210) 455-5701 – The restaurant is opening for dinner on Sunday and giving a complimentary commemorative beer glass to all fathers having dinner. 

Sustenio at Éilan Hotel and Spa, 17103 La Cantera Pkwy., (210) 598-2950 Father’s Day brunch will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The buffet features Smoked Ribs plus Artisanal Cheese Selection, Antipasti Display, Charcuterie & Marinated Olives, Seasonal Fruit Display, Smoked Salmon Display, Caesar Salad with Focaccia Croutons and Garlic Vinaigrette, Caprese Salad, Classical Eggs Benedict, Brioche French Toast, Oven Roasted Salmon with Mango & Peach Chutney, Grilled Breast of Chicken with Organic Mushrooms, Chef’s Omelet Station and Carved-to-Order Prime Beef. A Bloody Mary Bar will be offered. Cost: $24.95 for adults, $12.95 for children 4 – 12.

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., (210) 229-1600 — Service begins at 11 a.m. on Father’s Day. All Dads will receive a certificate for a free lunch or dinner on their next visit.

Whiskey Cake, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 236-8095 — Father’s Day food service is from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with bar service until 11 p.m.

If you’d like to add your restaurant to this list, email

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Are You Ready to Treat Mom to a Special Meal?

Mimi's Cafe has several specials for Mom.

Mimi’s Cafe has several specials for Mom.

Mother’s Day arrives on May 10, so it’s time to think of how you’re going to thank Mom for all she’s done for you. One way you can show your appreciation is by taking her out for a special meal. Plenty of restaurants in the San Antonio area are willing to help out, as the following menus amply show.

Just remember to make reservations. And all prices listed below do not include tax or tip.

Asado Seafood & Grill at the Hilton San Antonio Airport, 611 N.W. 410, (210) 377-4653 — Mother’s Day brunch is served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Buffet features include salads, smoked salmon and gravlax, oysters, peel and eat shrimp, crab claws, hickory-smoked prime rib, grilled salmon, an omelet station, vegetable stuffed chicken, crepes, French toast and more. Prices are $29.95 for adults, $24.95 for seniors and $14.94 for children.

MomBiga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 255-0722 — Brunch will be served 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrees like Roasted Ribeye of Beef, green chili tomatillo pork stew with queso fresco, and warm Scottish salmon crepes with egg vinaigrette share the spot light with more breakfast-style offerings including a Maine Lobster Frittata and a Biga take on Eggs Benedict. Then you can help yourself to an array of appetizers, salads, muffins, sushi, antipasto and a host of different desserts. There is also a kids’ dessert table. Prices are $59 for adults and $27 for children.

Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden, 312 Pearl Parkway, (210) 354-4644 — Mother’s Day brunch is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef Jeff White has a series of specials in addition to the regular menu. They include: Boiler House Monte Cristo served with Foie Gras Peanut Butter, Smoked Strawberry Jam, Salted Caramel Bananas and Candied Walnuts for $15; Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Fresh Lemon Curd, Raspberry and Southern Chantilly Cream for $14;  Cracklin Crusted Soft Shell Crab with Local Bluebonnet Farms Watercress, Radish and Old Bay Hollandaise for $17;  Brisket Biscuits and Gravy made with House Smoked Brisket, Buttermilk Jalapeño Biscuits, House-made Pickles, Aged Cheddar and Bacon Gravy for $14;  and Lobster “Cobb Salad” made with Butter Poached Lobster, Crispy Pork Belly, Hard Boiled Egg and Peppercress for $19.

Copa Wine Bar, 19141 Stone Oak Parkway, (210) 495-2672 — Mother’s Day brunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Features include: Popover Bar including Bacon, Sausage, Shirred Eggs, Gravy, Shrimp Newburg and more; Waffle Station including Carrot Cake Waffles, Cinnamon Roll Waffles, Chocolate Brownie Waffles; Home Fry Bar with fresh home fries, and tons of different toppers including all sorts of veggies, scrambled eggs, brisket, and pulled pork; a coffee bar; Bottomless Mimosas, Micheladas and Sangria; and more. The price is $25 a person.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach, (210) 821-5454 — Mother’s Day brunch is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Multi-course brunch options include a choice of appetizer, salad, vegetable, bread, dessert, and choice of coffee, tea, wine and champagne. Entrée choices include Shrimp Salad, Eggs Benefict or Chicken Breast with Champagne Sauce ($29.50 each); Veal Scaloppini, Fresh Alaskan Salmon, Beef Ribeye or Shrimp Lyonnaise ($39.50 each); or Trilogy of Beef Tenderloin, Lobster Tail and Rack of Lamb ($49.50). A children’s menu with tortellini or chicken breast with salad or dessert is available for $12.50. A special dinner menu will be offered Saturday, May 9, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. and Sunday, May 10, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Citrus at the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk, 150 East Houston St. (210) 230-8412 — Mothers Day brunch will be prepared by chef Robbie Nowlin and his great team. The buffet menu includes an array of artisanal charcuterie, oysters, grilled artichoke antipasti, brioche french toast, citrus eggs Benedict, truffled macaroni and cheese gratin, pan-seared Atlantic salmon, slow-roasted prime beef ribeye chimichurri, roasted airline turkey breast, caramelized white chocolate custard macadamia streusel and much more. Seating is 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (last seating is at 2:30 p.m.) Prices are $69.95 for adults and $34.95 for kids 6-12.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 255 E. Basse Road, (210) 824-9463 — Mother’s Day brunch is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The prix fixe menu begins with a choice lobster bisque, a Modern Caesar or seasonal fruits, followed by a choice of Eggs Benedict, baked brioche French toast, prime rib with a trio of sauces, a blue crab omelet or a porcini-crusted filet mignon. Dessert choices: white chocolate bread pudding, walnut turtle pie or cheesecake. Price: $39.95 a person.

Fogo de Chao's salad bar includes a watermelon, feta and cucumber salad.

Fogo de Chao’s salad bar includes a watermelon, feta and cucumber salad.

Fogo de Chao, 849 E. Commerce St., (210) 227-1700 — Mother’s Day hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the full array of roasted meats plus salad bar available. Mothers will receive a gift card for a free meal on their next visit.

Frederick’s Restaurant: 7701 Broadway, 210-828-9050; Frederick’s Bistro: 14439 NW Military Highway, 210-888-1500 — The Mother’s Day brunch includes numerous appetizer choices: Cold Cucumber Smoked Salmon Dill ($8); Frederick’s Oysters Casino ($11); Smoked Duck Breast with Mango and Apple Asian Salad ($9); Crab Cake Served with Mixed Greens and Tartar Sauce ($15); Spring Rolls Served In Lettuce Cup with Fresh Mint and Cilantro ($11); Duck Liver Mousse Platter ($8); Baked Brie and Goat Cheese In Puff Pastry ($9); and Flash Fried Brussels Sprouts with Asian Spices ($8). Main course options include Parmesan Crusted Rainbow Trout ($20); Norwegian Salmon ($21); Veal Piccatta Milanaise ($21); Lamb Chops with Garlic and Fresh Thyme Sauce ($26); Shrimp and Scallops Provencale ($24); New York Strip with Grilled Shrimp and Béarnaise Sauce ($29); and Frederick’s Eggs: Half Benedict & Half Norfolk ($18). Call for hours.

Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar, 1287 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, (830) 606-1281  — The Gristmill is open Mother’s Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The menu includes favorites such as Beef Tenderloin Salad with creamy vinaigrette, Pepper Filet with herb-lime butter, and the Gruene Country Club with special prime sauce.  Jack Daniel’s Pecan Pie, Fudge Pie, or Strawberry Shortcake for dessert.  For the more casual celebration have one of our juicy burgers or famous chicken fried steaks with cream gravy.  

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, (210) 767-7999 — The brunch will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with seatings every half hour. Highlights from the extensive buffet include a breakfast bar with made-to-order cage-free omelets, French toast action station, antipasti, a salad buffet, a seafood kiosk with chilled shrimp and crab claws, a pasta station and dessert bar. Hot entrees include pan-seared airline chicken, blackened red fish, and wild mushrooms with spinach and cognac cream. The carving station will include slow-roasted and smoked pepper crusted prime bison strip loin, butterflied leg of lamb and  10-bone pork loin rack Adults, $63; seniors 60+, $49; children 6-12, $26.

Kirby’s San Antonio, 123 N. Loop 1604 E., (210) 404-2221  — Mother’s Day hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Kirby’s is giving away a $50 gift certificate good only on Mother’s Day: To enter, share a picture of you and your mom or with your children via Facebook. Winner will be chosen on Monday, May 4. Use the hashtag, #MothersDayatKirbysSa.

J-Prime Steakhouse, 1401 N. Loop 1604 W., (210) 764-1604 — Mother’s Day brunch is from 11 a.m.  to 3 p.m. Executive chef Chris Brooks has created a menu that includes a custom omelet station, carved turkey and prime rib, fresh seafood, a salad station, meats and cheese, artisanal pastries, bottomless mimosas and more. Price is $39.95 a person.

Las Canarias at the Omni La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St., (210) 518-1063 —Mother’s Day brunch is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The extensive buffet features eggs and omelets made to order, bacon, sausages, bananas foster, quiche, chilled shrimp, crab claws, smoked salmon, salads, charcuterie, blackened red fish, roasted breast of chicken, beef skirt steak, prime rib, center cut pork loin, turkey and desserts. Price is $72 for adults and $36 for children ages 6-12.

Liberty Bar, 1111 S. Alamo St., (210) 227-1187  — Brunch with specials and the regular menu runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with dinner continuing until midnight.

Little Gretel, 518 River Road, Boerne, (830) 331-1368 — Sunday brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu highlights include eggs Benedict, poached egg on crab cake, omelets, French toast, buttermilk pancakes, steak and eggs, and more.

Mom1Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, (210) 561-9700 —Mother’s Day hours are noon to 5 p.m. In addition to the regular menu, there is a three-course special for $39.95. It includes a choice of Caesar Salad or Caprese Salad, followed by Roasted Prime Eye of the Rib with Rosemary Yukon Gold Potatoes and Toasted Garlic Spinach. Dessert choices: Spumoni, Tiramisu, Crème Brûlée or Chocolate Lava Torta with Vanilla Gelato.

Market on Houston at Sheraton-Gunter Hotel, 205 E. Houston St., (210) 554-1721 — Mother’s Day brunch is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features items such as Sambal Shrimp, Fried Chicken & Waffles, Farm Raised Kobe Burger, Crab Louie Benedict, Breakfast Crepes, Hickory Smoked Brisket Hash and more. Or you can treat Mom to a three-course dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. It’s priced at $35 a person. The menu includes Chilled Cucumber Mint Soup or Grilled Shrimp Cocktail to start with. Entree choices include Grilled Boar Medallions, Redfish en Papillote or Chicken Fra Diavolo. Dessert choices: Brulee trio, and Primavera Berries with mango mousse.

Max’s Wine Dive, 340 E. Basse Road, (210) 444-9547 — Brunch hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mother’s Day. In addition to the regular menu, specials include: Ultimate Steak & Eggs made with Roasted Prime Rib over Jalapeño Cheesy Grits, Two Poached Eggs and Chipotle Hollandaise for $25;  Crab Cake Benedict made with Gulf Crab Cakes, Pulled Pork Belly and Two – Poached Eggs on Toasted Brioche with Roasted Tomato Remoulade Served with Home Fries for $19;  Mediterranean Seared Salmon Salad made with Butter Lettuce, Egg, Applewood-Smoked Bacon, Toasted Almonds, Asparagus, Piquilo Peppers, and Cherry Tomatoes Tossed in a White Balsamic topped with a Mediterranean Marinated Seared Salmon  and finished with a dollop of Dill Saffron Aioli for $18; and  Cast Iron Mexican Chocolate Sticky Buns topped with Candied Pecans and Dulce de Leche Icing for $7.

Mike’s in the Village, 2355-3 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, (830) 438-2747 — Mother’s Day brunch will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First course is a choice of Caprese salad, house salad or ceviche, followed by a choice of shrimp, andouille sausage and grits; coffee-crusted grilled pork tenderloin; fried chicken and waffles; broiled salmon; or petite filet topped with caramelized onions. Dessert choices: white chocolate bread pudding, chocolate cheesecake or balsamic and strawberry shortcake. Moms get a free champagne drink. Children’s menu also available. Price is $28.95 for adults or $7.95 for children ages 10 and younger.

Mimi’s Cafe, 17315 I-10 W., (210) 877-5792 — Mimi’s is offering a three-course menu for $16.99, which includes a choice of Soup, Salad or Croissant/Muffin as well as a choice of Brioche French Toast; Egg, Spinach and Cheese Crepes; Santa Fe Omelet; Chicken Chop Salad; Quiche Florentine; and Brioche Cheeseburger. Dessert is a Triple Croissant Bread Pudding made with a chocolate and almond croissant, salted caramel and whipped cream. Mothers can also enjoy $5 Mimi-Mosas made with fresh-squeezed orange juice and a Tangerine burst, while their children color a special menu, which doubles as a Mother’s Day Card.  To continue the celebration throughout the day, Mimi’s Cafe will gift each guest with an individually wrapped Blackberry Muffin Square to go.

Morton’s the Steakhouse, 300 E. Crockett St., (210) 228-0700 — The Mother’s Day special is a steak and lobster combination for $55 a person. Dinner hours are 5 to 10 p.m.

Oak Valley Vineyards, 27315 Natural Bridge Road, (830) 980-8033  — The Mother’s Day brunch buffet includes Prime Rib English Cut, Yorkshire Pudding Aus Ju, Honey Baked Ham With Orange Zest and Mint Sauce, Cilantro Lime Chicken over Spinach, Portabella Mushroom Ravioli, Fresh Salmon, Eggs Benedict, Herb Mashed Potatoes, Hill Country Hash Smoked Gouda/Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese, Medley of Seasonal Vegetables and Assorted Mixed Salads. The price is $35 a person, or $15 or children 12 and younger. Call for hours.

Mom2The Omni San Antonio Colonnade, 9821 Colonnade Blvd., (210) 691-8888 — Mother’s Day brunch is from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the last seating at 2 p.m. Breakfast items include Apple-wood Smoked Bacon, House Smoked Country Sausage, Eggs Benedict Florentine, Roasted Tomato Hash and Mascarpone Cheese Blintz with Grilled Peach Devonshire. An omelet station, seasonal fruit, chef-prepared salads and cheese, fresh breads, a seafood display and desserts will be offered. Hot entrees and carved-to-order items include Bourbon Marinated Pork with Whole Grain Mustard Reduction, Lemon Pepper White Fish with Rooftop Herb Veloute, Grilled Chicken Provencal with Veal Bone Reduction, Roasted Texas Root Vegetables, Redneck Cheddar Mash and Chives, Oven Roasted Prime Rib with Herbed Pan Drippings and Pepper Crusted Bone-In Leg of Lamb. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, milk, mimosas and Champagne included. Prices are $53 for adults, $46 for seniors 65+, and $24 for children 5-11.

Q Kitchen | Bar at the Hyatt Regency, 123 Losoya St., (210) 510-4477 — The Mother’s Day brunch will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dishes on the buffest include Chilled Prawns, Marinated Mussels,  Half Shell Oysters, salads, Sunchoke and Leek Bisque, Omelets Cooked to Order, Smoked Berkshire Pork Hash, Chocolate Spiked Pancakes with Grand Marnier-Infused Maple Syrup, Chicken Jalapeno Sausage, Smoked Bacon, Antipasto Display, Roasted Pacific Halibut, Smoked Chicken Breast with Blueberry BBQ Sauce, Achiote Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Charred Pepper Sauce, Sea Salt and Tri Color Peppercorn Crusted Beef Rib-Eye, Heritage Bone-In Ham, desserts and sweets. Complimentary self-parking across the street. Prices: $47 for adults and $23 for children ages 4-12.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House at the Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market St., (210) 227-8847 — Breakfast is served 7 to 11 a.m., lunch is 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner is served 4:30 to 10 p.m.

Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, 25195 Mathis Road, Elmendorf, (210) 621-0044 —Mother’s Day brunch at the olive orchard will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The special menu includes four courses, starting with your choice of White Grape Gazpacho or Corn Bisque, followed by either a Beet and Pear Salad or a Caesar Salad. Entrée choices: Baked Salmon with grilled asparagus and garlic mash potatoes or Grilled Chicken Alfredo with a warm baguette. Dessert choices are Chocolate Mocha Cake or Homemade Scones and Jellies. A children’s menu is available. Prices are $32 for adults and $12 for children under 12.

mothers day2Stone Werks, various locations — Celebrate Mother’s Day with a special brunch and drink menu, available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drink specials include $2.75 Mimosas, Sangria, and Bloody Marys. A flower will be provided for each mother while supplies last.

Sustenio at the Eilan Hotel and Spa, 18603 La Cantera Terrace, (210) 598-2950 — Sustenio will host a Mother’s Day brunch in the Incanto Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The buffet will include a Local Artisan Cheese Display with Charcuterie and Marinated Olives, Seasonal Fruit, Smoked Salmon, salads, Poached Jumbo Shrimp, Crab Claws and Gulf Oysters, Churro Waffles, Crispy Cinnamon Sugar Waffles, Buttermilk Biscuits n’ Pork Belly Gravy, Applewood Smoked Bacon and Country Sausage, Cheesy House-made Sausage Casserole, Eggs, House-made Spicy Sausage, Tillamook Cheddar, Grilled Salmon, Honey Dusted Sous-vide Fried Chicken, Central Texas Farm Vegetable Ragout, Pimento Mac n’ Cheese, Mashed Potato Creation Station, Chef’s Omelet Station, Garlic Crusted Prime Rib, Ancho Maple Roasted Pork Steamship and Chef’s Display of Pastries and Desserts. Price is $52 for adults and $18 for children 5-12.

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., (210) 229-1600  — Mother’s Day hours begin at 11 a.m. The regular array of meats will be offered as well as the salad bar. All mothers will receive a gift card for a complimentary lunch or dinner to use on a subsequent visit.

Whiskey Cake, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 236-8095 — Mother’s Day hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Brunch items include Eggs Benedict, Pork Belly Ramen, Jumbo Grilled Shrimp, Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes, BBQ Banh Mi and more.

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Two Chefs Team Up for Toro Taco Bar

Chefs Josh Cross and Rick Frame first met back in the 1990s while working for Bruce Auden at Biga. Both have had plenty of high-end dining experience under their belts since, such as Cross’s Olorosa.

The pickup window at Toro Taco Bar

The pickup window at Toro Taco Bar

So, naturally, they’ve teamed up for a taco bar.

Toro Taco Bar at 114 Brooklyn Ave. is an east side, open air patio with street tacos and quesadillas served up alongside an icy Carta Blanca with salt encrusting its long neck and a slice of lime perched on the rim.

“Rick had the spot and has been doing improvements for about 1 1/2 years,” Cross says. “And one evening at Robbie Nowlin’s Wicked Nights supper club series, Rick told me his idea of Toro and half jokingly asked me if I’d like to come aboard. This version of food and drink was exactly what I wanted to do back here in San Antonio. Basically, we’re two chefs making drinks and snacks.”

toro carta blancaIt’s not really as simple as that, though both Frame and Cross appear to be enjoying the laid-back atmosphere of the place — and the attention the place has received in the two weeks or so that Toro has been opened. Old friends in the restaurant business, curious restaurateurs and hungry diners alike have kept the place busy since it’s been open.

Cabrito guisada tacos

Cabrito guisada tacos

Frame and Cross have kept up with the demand, while settling into their business routine. In the evenings, you can find music, sometimes live and sometimes from a DJ, filling the night air while you savor the likes of cabrito guisada tacos or campechana filled with fresh shrimp, oysters and more.

Cross described the menu as “playful  and interesting” as well as “ever-changing and evolving.” “Our ’empanadas’ so far have been poblano and mushroom pop tarts and cabrito hot pockets. Our quesadillas are nopales, corn, goat and calabaza with huitlacoche,” he says. “I’m toying around with the idea of chicarrone poutine.”

Toro's bar area

Toro’s bar area

What this all means is that “we have a high standard of quality, but aren’t taking ourselves too seriously,” Cross says. “The drink program mirrors the food. We have a ton of tequilas, mescal and sotols. Our beers will encompass all of Mexico and Central America. I’m still working out the wine list.”

Both chefs take pride in the fact that everything is made in house. Everything, that is except for the tortillas. “I couldn’t do as good of a job as Adelita’s,” Cross admits.

Toro Taco Bar is the latest hot spot to open on the east side. It’s near the new Alamo Brewing Co. and not too far from Amaya’s Tacos, Dignowity Meats and the revitalized Tucker’s Kozy Korner, all of which are making the neighborhood and exciting area for really good food and drink.

Toro Taco Bar is open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Monday. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. For more information, click here.


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Brewing Up Fun at Southerleigh

The open kitchen at Southerleigh.

The open kitchen at Southerleigh.

Chef Jeff Balfour is dishing up his brand of Texas cross-cultural cuisine to Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery, which is now open at 136 E. Grayson in the Pearl Brewery.

Southerleigh plans to offer numereous beers on tap in addition to the ones brewed in house.

Southerleigh plans to offer numereous beers on tap in addition to the ones brewed in house.

As of Thursday’s opening, Southerleigh is already considered to be the 10th largest brewpub in the country.

So you can sip on a Seawall Belgian Wheat or a Darwinian IPA while dining on Pecan-Crusted Flounder, Old School Stuffed Crab, Braised Oxtail Pie or Brick-Griddled Diamond H Quail with oyster stuffing.

Starters range from freshly made pretzels to shrimp bisque to a roasted beet salad, while desserts include a wood-oven baked apple pie and, because it’s the season, strawberry shortcake with buttermilk sorbet.

Southerleigh houses a custom-manufactured brewery designed by Portland Kettle Works. Brewer William Les Locke Jr. has ensured that the new brewery sets new standards in San Antonio’s evolving brewing scene. It has a 15-barrel brew house, six serving tanks, and an extensive firkin/wood barrel-aging program. Southerleigh plans to offer up to twenty different beers on tap, including three hand engine, which will be available in flights or by the glass, bottle or growler. Current offerings also include the light Parsel Smash; Conjunction Curry Porter, an English porter with flavors of mustard seed, turmeric, fenugreek, cumin, curry powders, and black pepper; and a coconut porter.

Spooning up Shrimp Bisque.

Spooning up Shrimp Bisque.

Austin-based architects Clayton & Little and interior designer Joel Mozersky of Austin’s Joel Mozersky Design have worked together to design the space, which honors Pearl’s historic brew house with refurbished designs while also reflecting Balfour’s coastal southern cuisine.

The 7,900-square-foot space boasts multiple dining options, including bar seating, patio seating, and a private dining room housed in one of the original grain silos that can seat up to twenty people. Additional private dining in the north dining room will hold seating up to seventy-five people, and Southerleigh will have the capacity to host parties up to two hundred people.

Southerleigh is now open daily from 6 to 11 p.m. for dinner with the bar opening at 5 p.m. and staying open until midnight. Lunch will be added in a few weeks. For more information, visit

Kasey McCullough is Southerleigh's lab tech.

Kasey McCullough is Southerleigh’s lab tech.

Oak Grilled Gulf Red Snapper over Shrimp and Pork Jowl Soubise.

Oak Grilled Gulf Red Snapper over Shrimp and Pork Jowl Soubise.


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A First Look at the New Silo Terrace Oyster Bar

Silo Fried Oysters with Braised Pork Belly

Silo Fried Oysters with Braised Pork Belly

Give in to your seafood cravings by dropping by the new Silo Terrace Oyster Bar near the Dominion on I-10. Whether you love your seafood on the half-shell or fresh out of the fryer, you’ll likely find something to please you.

Silo's Flounder Special

Silo’s Flounder Special

A pair of oyster-loving friends and I met up there recently for lunch and had a hard time narrowing our appetizer choices to just three selections from the lengthy menu of bivalves, largely from the Northeast.

We started with a trio of oysters from Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Maine. Each had its own delicious personality, even if the flavors did not always match the menu’s description. For example, we read that the liquor of our La St. Simon oysters were more sweet than salty, but the ones we were served were so briny that we felt instantly transported to a wind-swept seascape. That’s a good thing, by the way, as is trusting your own taste buds to come up with your own descriptors. You do it with wine and beer, right?

The Terrace

The Terrace

One friend couldn’t get enough bivalves in her diet that day, so, for her main course, she went for Silo’s signature fried oysters, which were served up with generous slabs of braised pork belly. It may have only been listed as a small plate, but it was large enough to please her while offering a few tastes to share.

The serving of fish and chips was enormous, with two large slabs of fish fried to a deep brown. There was plenty of tartar sauce, which taste better on the fries, in my opinion, than on the fish. Blame it on the European habit of dipping fries in mayonnaise, which I also love.

Silo's Fish and Chips

Silo’s Fish and Chips

I opted for the daily special, which was pan-fried flounder over coconut milk rice. A dollop of avocado relish (aka guacamole to most of us) and a few strands of fresh chervil crowned the dish in elegance. It was real eye candy, and it tasted as good as it looked.

The indoor dining area is more intimate than Silo 1604’s, yet there was a healthy vibe of contentment energizing the scene. The new location also offers an elevated patio with its own oyster bar and plenty of tables for fair weather days. I can hardly wait for spring – or even a warm afternoon — and a chance to dive into a dozen or two oysters on that patio.

Silo Terrace Oyster Bar
22211 I-10 W.
(210) 698-2002Lunch: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday
Dinner: 5 – 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5 – 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday

The inside dining room at Silo Terrace Oyster Bar

The inside dining room at Silo Terrace Oyster Bar

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Christmas Is Coming. The Goose Is Getting Fat.

There are only a few days left until Christmas. Have you made your reservations yet for brunch or dinner? Here are some ideas for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Reservations are required at most places, unless noted. Tax and tip are not included.

Christmas ornamentBiga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-0700 — Christmas Eve dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. Specials include open-faced BBQ lamb ravioli with Rebecca Creek goat cheese and fig relish and braised, stuffed veal breast with spinach & mushrooms, salsify and natural jus. Egg nog and Christmas crackers (the kind with paper hats) are also available.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, (210) 821-5454 — Christmas Eve dinner is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The multi-course special includes choice of appetizer, followed by choice of soup or salad. Entrée options include Breast of Chicken with Montrachet Sauce ($34.50), Fresh Rainbow Trout – Meuniere or Amandine ($34.50), Shrimp Lyonnaise with Wild Rice Blend ($39.50), Veal with Mushroom-Cognac Sauce ($39.50), Tenderloin of Beef with Green Peppercorn Sauce or Béarnaise ($39.50) or The Trilogy (lobster tail, lamb Provencal, beef tenderloin with Rossini Sauce ($49.50). Dinner also includes dessert.

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, Ste 20, (210) 828-9050 — Hours for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5:30 to 9 p.m. for dinner; Frederick’s Bistro, 14439 NW Military Hwy., Ste 100, (210) 888-1500 — Hours for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 9 p.m. for dinner. Dinner specials at both Frederick’s restaurants include: Frederick’s Traditional Turkey ($24), Apple Cider and Maple Syrup Glazed Christmas Ham ($20), New York Strip with Jumbo Shrimp ($35), Veal Tenderloin with Shiitake Mushroom and Port Wine Sauce ($30), Norwegian Salmon with Champagne Caviar Mousseline ($28), Parmesan Crusted Fresh Red Snapper with Avocado Relish ($29), Shrimp and Scallop Lemon Butter Caper Sauce ($25), and Half Fresh Maine Lobster Thermidor ($27).

Christmas bubblesHyatt Hill Country, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive — Two options are available:

  • Christmas Brunch in Hill Country Ballroom will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Breakfast items include an omelet station and eggs Benedict. The seafood station features several types of shrimp, stone crab claws and freshly shucked oysters. At the butcher block, get oak-smoked prime rib with smoked cheddar green chili biscuits, maple-glazed ham and citrus coriander basted Tom turkey with homemade gravy. A pasta bar, pork tamales and cheese tamales with green chile sauce, fresh harvested tomato and caper crusted salmon with pickled radish tartar, and mushroom and walnut stuffing are among the other dishes. Soups, salads, desserts and more Price: $63 Adults, $45 Seniors (60+), $26 Children (6-12), Children 5 & under free. For brunch reservations, call (210) 767-7999.
  • Christmas Dinner at Antlers Lodge will be 5:30 to 10 p.m. The special dinner begins with Chef’s Amuse Bouche, followed by fall harvest salad. Braised venison shank and Texas quail with chorizo grits and roasted tomatillo salsa will be served before Texas sweet potato and apple cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream. Price is $52. The a la carte menu will also be available. For dinner reservations, call (210) 520-4001.

Las Canarias at La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St., (210) 518-1177 — The elaborate Christmas Day brunch buffet, with seatings every half hour, runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Features include pecan-smoked prime rib, Shiner Holiday Cheer brined turkey breast, bone-in ham with mustard aioli, chilled shrimp, crab claws, classic breakfast dishes including quiche Lorraine and an omelet station, sides, desserts and more. Prices: $69 for adults, $35 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. The Christmas Day dinner buffet with many of the same dishes, but additions include a shrimp and grits bar, salmon with warm faro risotto and charcuterie. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Prices: $69.95 for adults, $35 for children 6 -12 and free for children 5 and under.

Christmas ornamentsLas Ramblas, Hotel Contessa, 306 W. Market St., (210) 298-3040 — Three seatings for the Christmas Day brunch will be at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. The brunch will include stations of ham, seafood and turkey, a waffle and omelet station, a savory kitchen table, a pastry table and a children’s buffet. Prices are $49 for aduls, $16 for children (7-16) and free for children 6 and under.

Little Gretel, 518 River Road, Boerne, (830) 331-1368 — Christmas Eve dining begins at 5 p.m. Specials include roast goose, Jaeger Schnitzel, Wiener Schnitzel, Beer-Battered Walleye, Stuffed Pork Chop and Filet Mignon.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, (210) 561-9700 — On Christmas Eve, dinner will be served from 4 to 9 p.m. The special, priced at $33.95 a person, begins with a choice of Zuppa di Zucca, Pasta Fagioli, Misto, Caprese or Caesar Salad, followed by Pesce alla Luce (Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass, Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto with Toasted Garlic Vegetables). A la carte menu also available.

Mi Tierra Restaurant and Bakery, 218 Produce Row, (210) 225-1262 — This restaurant is open 365 days a year, so that includes Christmas Day, which is appropriate since it’s always decorated for Christmas. Reservations aren’t necessary.

Omni San Antonio, 9821 Colonnade Blvd., (210) 691-8888 — The Christmas Day brunch begins at 10:30 a.m. with the last seating at 2 p.m. The menu includes Applewood Smoked Bacon, Herbed Chicken Sausage, Eggs Benedict and Omelet Station, Pan Dulce, Latin American Sweet Breads, Salads and Cheese Display, imported and domestic cured meats, salads, Whole Wildflower Honey Roasted Hog, Pozole, Poached Cod Fish with Cilantro Lime Béchamel, Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, Beef Medallions with Chimichurri, Green Bean Almandine, Garlic Butter Whipped Potatoes, Oven Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, Herb Crusted Leg of Lamb with Mint Jelly, Seafood Display and desserts. Prices: Adults $50, seniors (65+) $43, children (5-11) $21, and children under 5 free.

Christmas nutcrackerOstra at the Mokara Hotel, 212 W. Crockett St., (210) 396-5817 — On Christmas Day, a breakfast buffet with omelet station will be served 6:30 a.m. to noon. Price: $19.95 for adults, $9.95 for children 6 -12, free for children 5 and under. À la carte dining at featured menu prices also available. A 3-course pre-set dinner menu will be served from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Prices: $65 for adults, $30 for children 6 -12, and free for children 5 and under.

Q Kitchen | Bar, Hyatt Regency San Antonio, 123 Losoya St., (210) 510-4477 — The Christmas Day Brunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Features include a seafood and antipasto display, Brazos Valley cheeses, salads, soups and desserts. The carving stations include peppercorn-crusted prime rib, glazed roast of pork with Rebecca Creek Fuji Apple Compote. The Great Wall of Fire will include bourbon-braised beef short ribs, crab-crusted rainbow trout, Broken Arrow Ranch wild game paella and chicken roulade. Prices: Adults $46, children (4-12) $23. Complimentary Champagne Toast.

Texas Roadhouse, various locations — Christmas Eve hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tre Trattoria, 4003 Broadway, (210) 805-0333 — There is a five-course prix fixe dinner for $39.95 a person. Entree choices include Braised Beef Short Ribs with Sweet Potato “Mashers” and Pearl Onions ($5 supplement), Grilled Rainbow Trout with Brown Butter Spaetzle and Chopped Kale Salsa Verde, or “Cast Iron” Seared Pork Loin with Braised Greens, Crispy Pancetta and Huckleberry Jam.

20nine, 255 E. Basse Road, (210) 798 -WINE (9463) — Christmas Day dinner will be served 2 to 8 p.m. The dinner begins with a choice of Mixed Greens, Caesar Salad or Butternut Squash Soup. Entrée choices: Confit Turkey Leg, Filet Mignon and Veal Meatloaf, Pork Porterhouse or Rockfish. Dessert choices: Crumble Cobbler Bar, Napoleon Apple Pie or Gingerbread with Streusel, Vanilla Ice Cream and Egg Nog Anglaise. The price is $35 a person.

Umai Mi, 555 W. Bitters Road, (210) 496-0555 — A three-course prix fixe dinner is offered for $30. Main course options include Duck Confit, Umai Mi Bomb Wagyu Steak ($12 surcharge, served medium rare), and Squid.

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Mixtli Announces Plans for a Mezcal Bar and Other Restaurant Notes

mixtli“It has been a really exciting day for everybody at Mixtli,” the folks at the Mexican restaurant on McCullough Avenue posted Thursday on their Facebook page. “It is with great joy that we announce the opening of Mezcaleria Mixtli early 2015. It will have a heavy focus on mezcal, Mexican craft beer and mezcal cocktails, along with other Mexican spirits like sotol, charanda and tequila.

“Food will also play a big role as we will focus on some traditional botanas. All with the same impeccable attention to detail and respect to our Mexican heritage that has made Mixtli unique. It has been a fantastic year for us and can’t wait to see our new project in action. Stay tuned for more details!”

If all goes well, the city’s first mezcal bar will be up and running by the 2015 San Antonio Cocktail Conference.

Burger and fries, anyone?

Burger and fries, anyone?

A new Big Bob’s is on the way

Big Bob’s Burgers is opening its third location in a few weeks. It will be at 4553 N. Loop 1604 W. in the space that recently housed Old West Burgers.

The menu will be the same as the other two locations of Big Bob’s, owner Bob Riddle says. But the new place will have a full bar as well as a spruced-up playground for the kids.

Except the new Big Bob’s to be open by the beginning of December.

Nao celebrates Puerto Rico

Nao, 312 Pearl Parkway, shines a spotlight on the foods of Puerto Rico in its next culinary adventure, which runs Oct. 21 through Dec. 1.

Dishes include a Piñones sampler, Sorullitos, Chillo Frito, Beef Steak Enccebollado, and a Bacardi Añejo Braised Pineapple.

The regular menu is also available. For reservations, call 210-554-6484.

pollo tropicalPollo Tropical opens

Pollo Tropical, Taco Cabana’s sister restaurant, has opened its first San Antonio location. It’s at 6819 N. Loop 1604 W. and is open 10:30 a.m. to midnight daily.

“We are really looking forward to bringing a taste of the islands to a new city, particularly our sister restaurant Taco Cabana’s hometown,” said Pollo Tropical COO Danny Meisenheimer. “Pollo Tropical offers a uniquely tropical twist on fresh, healthy, hand-prepared foods, giving families the convenience and variety of meal choices they can feel good about eating every day.”

Pollo Tropical’s menu has a Caribbean flavor, blending savory island spices, mixed herbs and citrus into rubs and marinades used on vegetables, pork, beef and, as the name implies,  chicken dishes.

In addition to its signature bone-in chicken, Pollo Tropical offers boneless, skinless grilled chicken breasts, Mojo Roast Pork, Calypso Beef and Grilled Tropical Wings as well as sandwiches, salads, wraps, kids meals and family meals. Made-from-scratch sides include rice, beans, yuca with garlic sauce, sweet plantains and many more.

A new Taco Cabana has opened next door.

A second Pollo Tropical will open later this year at 838 Bitters Road.

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Mike’s in the Village changes hours

Mike’s in the Village, 2355-3 Bulverde Road in Bulverde, has changed its hours. The restaurant with a Cajun flair is now open Wednesday through Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. while Sunday brings a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For information, call 830-438-2747.


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