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Steps to Take When Renovating a Restaurant

Robert Stoky is the owner of San Antonio’s Tony Roma’s, 849 E Commerce St. He recently remodeled his restaurant and here are some thoughts that went into the project.

The bar at the remodeled Tony Roma's on the River Walk.

The bar at the remodeled Tony Roma’s on the River Walk.

Renovating your restaurant may sound scary when you first think about the time and energy you would have to put in, but it’s a great opportunity to give your restaurant an upgrade. It can transform your restaurant’s image and add space to maximize sales. However, before pursuing this big jump, you should take the following steps to lead you in the right direction.

Decide whether the time is right for a change. You need to find your target in order to brainstorm ideas on how you want people to perceive your new image. Are you trying to change the décor? Or rebrand yourself? Jot down a basic blueprint and answer your questions to see if a change is really what you need.

Define your restaurant’s personality. Imagine your restaurant as a person. What kind of first impression would they give? How would they walk, talk and dress? Your restaurant should speak for itself when you create a new look. From there, you can begin to think of details such as space and interior.

Examine industry trends. Not saying you’re outdated on popular restaurant trends today, but you may need to examine other business’ actions and goals. For example, study your favorite restaurants or popular ones that are excelling. What do they have that other restaurants don’t? How are they attracting their customers? Why do people choose them instead of another similar restaurant?

The riverside dining area at Tony Roma's.

The riverside dining area at Tony Roma’s.

Find your demographics. Examine the type of customers that visit your restaurant and the locals that you want to visit. This will help determine a target of demographics you are aiming towards. If you want your restaurant to be a quiet lounge, then you would be more likely to attract locals who want a break from work or school to relax or do work in a relaxing environment. If you want a family-friendly restaurant, then you would attract the families that are looking for a great place to eat and enjoy their time with one another.

Build the right team. For a renovation, you’re going to want the right business partners, architects, designers and consultants to help rebrand your restaurant. Do your research on different professionals and businesses that do a great job and if they fit within your price range.

Don’t be afraid to take the risk. With a good amount of time, planning and a positive mindset, your restaurant will fall into the right place in rebranding itself.


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It’s Oktoberfest Time at the Hyatt Hill Country

The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, is throwing an Oktoberfest like no other this Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m.

You can sample an array of craft beers, go dancing, enjoy all of your favorite German foods and take advantage of the hotel’s famous five-acres of water fun.

beers1Held on the resort grounds, this Oktoberfest will also live music in the Luckenbach Pavilion from the 2 Rivers Brass Quintet.

Tickets for the event are $18 for adults and $12 for children ages 6-12, while children 5 and under are free. The admission price includes food, entertainment, one drink ticket and parking. A cash bar will be available to purchase additional drinks after you use the one drink ticket. Tickets for the event also include access to the resort’s pools and waterpark from noon to 8 p.m. on the day of the event. Tickets may be purchased by calling the resort at 210-767-7999.

Brews featured during the festivities include Texas craft beers such as St. Arnold’s Octoberfest, Karbach Krunkin Pumpkin, Hacker Pschorr Marzen Amber Ocktoberfest, Erdinger Hefe Weissbier Dark, Hofbrau Maibock, and Paulaner Oktoberfest. There may even be a few surprises to tempt your beer taste buds — like growlers for sale — and a full bar with other beers, wines, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages.

A true Texas resort that celebrates its heritage whenever possible, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort features Texas beers throughout the property—in fact, the draft lines in Charlie’s Long Bar consist of only Texas draft beers, so if you’d like to check out the selection while you’re enjoying Oktoberfest, feel free to pull up a bar stool and enjoy some Texas brews.

There’s nothing like a German feast to accompany your beer, and Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort’s food stations definitely fill the bill. With traditional German favorites such as Slow Cooked Sauerbraten and Egg Noodles, Shiner Bock Bratwursts, Braised Red Cabbage, Roasted Chicken with Beer and Onion Sauce, Warm Potato Salad, Pumpernickel Bread, Pretzel Rolls, Molasses and Honey Pfeffernuesse cookies, German Chocolate cake and much more, you’re sure to feel like you’ve stepped into a German brewhouse for a meal.

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Q Offers Its Second Urban Backyard BBQ — And It’s Free!

Q Kitchen | Bar in the downtown Hyatt, 123 Losoya St., has taken the concept of the neighborhood get-together and turned up the heat. This Thursday is the second annual Urban Backyard BBQ. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m., and it’s free to the public.

St. Louis Ribs at Q

St. Louis Ribs at Q

“The purpose is to get the downtown residents and workers together to mingle and celebrate, as well as showcase our new restaurant and bar,” says Hyatt Regency Food and Beverage Director Stephen Drew.

Guests will be able to sample Q Kitchen | Bar’s new menu items, including the popular and delicious Texas Style Poutine. These house-made french fries are topped with pulled pork, country gravy, and local cheddar cheese curds. Other featured items include the Queso Fundido, which consists of smoked brisket, black beans, creamy cheddar and fresh tortilla strips; the hearty Smoked Steak Sandwich featuring shaved, house smoked strip loin piled high and topped with white cheddar, mushrooms, caramelized onions, and roasted garlic aioli; Finally, crowd pleasing Mini Brisket Tacos will be served with pico de gallo, queso fresco, a lime wedge, salso rojo and chipotle cream.

“We are thrilled to be able to showcase these new items during the event,” says Drew. “We want our guests to experience how many different ways barbeque can be enjoyed.

No barbecue is complete without sips, and you can quench the flames with one of the many libations that Q Kitchen | Bar will have on hand. Featured beverage vendors include Karbach Brewing, Cinco Vodka, TX Blended Whiskey, Becker Vineyards and the 1972 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon blended specifically for Q Bar.

“Our focus is on beer and bourbon,” explains Drew. “Bourbon goes great with barbecue.”

A Millionaire Cocktail has been created for the event and combines Q’s 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon with orange liqueur, cocktail foam, grenadine, Dekuyper Anise and fresh lemon juice, with a sprinkle of grated nutmeg for garnish.

“It’s a delicious combination of flavors that even those people who think they aren’t bourbon drinkers will enjoy,” says Drew.

Salmon at Q Kitchen | Bar

Salmon at Q Kitchen | Bar

Fall is the perfect time to fire up the BBQ grill, but there’s more to grilling than just food and fun. Fire is nothing to play with and it is imperative that safety precautions are taken to avoid injury. The chef and staff at Q Kitchen | Bar feel strongly about grilling safety, and that is why the event,  which kicks off National Fire Prevention Week, will benefit the Texas Burn Survivor Society. Hyatt Regency and Q Kitchen | Bar are ongoing supporters of this organization that helps mentor burn patients at Brooks Army Medical Center’s burn unit, as they undergo treatment and rehabilitation in an effort to transition back to living fulfilling lives.

“It only takes a second for someone to be seriously burned,” cautions Drew. “We want to make sure that people are safe when it comes to grilling and cooking at home, and we want to help others who are suffering from burn trauma.”

As part of their commitment, Q Kitchen | Bar will hold a raffle at the event and donate proceeds from ticket sales to the Texas Burn Survivor Society. Prizes include a bottle of Q’s 1972 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon, lunch for four at the Pasta Buffet, tickets to a beer or bourbon dinner, and a one-night stay at the hotel, complete with breakfast.  In addition, Q Kitchen | Bar will also donate 5 percent of proceeds from all dinners throughout the month of October to the Texas Burn Survivor Society.

“It’s our way of trying to make a difference in the lives of these individuals and their families, while providing something fun for the community,” says Drew.

For more information, click here. Complimentary self-parking can be had at the Central Parking System across from the Hyatt Regency.

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The Cookhouse Opens, Bringing a Taste of New Orleans to East Mistletoe

cookhouse sign

The revitalization of the North St. Mary’s Street area near U.S. 281 continues tonight with the opening of Pieter Sypesteyn‘s Cookhouse at 720 E. Mistletoe Ave.

Pieter Sypesteyn

Pieter Sypesteyn

The space, which previously housed Carmens de la Calle, will be the home of New Orleans food filtered through Sypesteyn‘s culinary talent.

The restaurant opens at 5 p.m. this Friday and Saturday. Next week, lunch will be added, and the restaurant will be open Tuesday through Saturday.

Sypesteyn‘s work is known to fans of food trucks in the city. His Where Y’At truck, parked most often at Alamo Street Eat Bar on South Alamo Street, has gathered a host of fans because of his po’boys, including the Peacemaker, which features a winning mix of fried oysters and crisp pork belly.

You’ll find that sometimes on the lunch menu, when the New Orleans sandwiches are offered with such filings as fried shrimp, fried catfish, hot roast beef, hot sauce and cheeseburger.

At dinner, entrees might include Sypesteyn‘s award-winning New Orleans BBQ Shrimp, Paneed Pork Chops and charbroiled oysters. The lineup will change regularly with stuffed mirliton, a k a chayote squash and a real NOLA favorite, filled with shrimp and ham; roasted duck and dumplings; hanger steak with bone marrow butter; and, for the vegetarians in the house, tomato artichoke cannoli with handmade pasta.

Turtle soup; Gulf oysters; a wedge salad with bacon, pecans and blue cheese dressing; shrimp remoulade; and smoked duck boudin are among some of the other dishes you might find there.

For more on the Cookhouse, click here or call (210) 320-8211.

With Tycoon Flats, Faust, TBA and Candlelight all nearby (not to mention El Milagrito, which closes far too early in the day), this is a great time for a pub crawl through the area.

Attagirl in the works

attagirlSypesteyn‘s neighboring truck at Alamo Street Eat Bar is Chris Cullum’s Attaboy, known for its hamburgers made from freshly ground beef on a house-made bun and topped with other handmade treats. Cullum is going to be his neighbor again when he opens Attagirl Ice House at 726 E. Mistletoe Ave.

The space once housed Willard’s Jamaican Jerk and still has the barbecue pit out back, which Cullum is planning to put back into use. The menu is still under construction as renovations on the space continue, but Cullum is hoping to have the space open in October.

It’s Cullum’s latest venture after taking over Tucker’s Kozy Korner on East Houston Street, another area that is showing welcome signs of revival.

Carmens wants to come back

If you are among the crowd that misses Carmens de la Calle, the sangria, the tapas or the flamenco, then you may be interested in the fact that the search is on for a new location. To fund the new space, the owners will be launching a Kickstarter campaign on Sept. 17, according a post on Carmens’ Facebook page. Click here for more. (By the way, Sypesteyn used Kickstarter to get Cookhouse funded.)

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Griffin to Go: Are Too Many Diners Expecting the Moon These Days?

Diners, beware. Open season has been declared on those of you who eat out. And the complaints aren’t just coming from wait staff.

Do you see this person as friend or foe?

Do you see this person as friend or foe?

Chefs, managers, critics and even some actors are getting into the mix.

Oh, sure, there are still a few people who go out to eat, politely order their food, eat and enjoy themselves, tip their server between 15 and 20 percent, maybe thank the chef and then leave. But if you’re one of those people, you need to realize that you’re part a dying breed.

Today’s diners are far less gracious. Don’t think that I’m merely talking about the hipster crowd or Millennials, because the rampant bad behavior seems to belong to no single age group. There are grumblers, old and young, who are never satisfied with what they’re served and make no bones that anything less than perfection is unacceptable.

Take tables, for example. Anywhere they’re seated is not good enough. Too close to the kitchen. Too far from the bar. Too noisy. Too close to another table. Too lacking in feng shui. After playing Goldilocks with the chairs a half-dozen times, they still haven’t found a place that’s “just right,” and they blame the restaurant for it.

Or maybe the table is filled with diners who spend 20 minutes taking pictures of their food and then complain that the meal is not hot enough. Really, folks? How long does it take to take a picture? I have often joked that food photography has become the 21st century’s way of saying grace, because, in a way, it’s a form of being grateful for the food that has been set before you. But if it takes longer to get your picture than it does to say the common table prayer, then you have no right to complain about the temperature of your food — or much of any else.

And let’s not get started on the issue of tipping.

Sure, service needs to evolve to meet the new standards, demands and eccentricities of today’s entitled diners. But where is the line drawn between reasonable and ridiculous? The gripes and sniping have gained in volume, as if some people think they’ll get a free meal if they scream loud enough; their puerile behavior leaves the rest of us wondering what we did wrong because we were enjoying our meal. Some of the restauranteurs who failed to cave in to these diners’ demands have later discovered online reviews from those same upset people who have lashed out in their outrage. These reports pile grievance on top of grievance until it seems as if their dinner had been served in a prison instead of a neighborhood bistro.

Too often, though, these posts come across as outrageous and unintentionally funny, and they have led to the hysterical Real Actors Read Yelp series on YouTube. There are more than 20 of these short videos, and each one is sadder and more laughable than the one that came before it. For a particularly apt example, click here. At the end, you can choose any of the others until you’ve had your fill.

In recent weeks, various stories have appeared about a supposed report that a New York restaurant has done comparing its service from 10 years ago to its service today. Why are so many more complaints are generated nowadays about the service? Videos from both years show that, of course, the diners are the problem and not the restaurant. That is why I say “supposed,” because the restaurant’s identity has not been revealed, so there have been claims that it’s a hoax.

Whether it’s false or true, you may want to read one account of the story (click here) because it offers a lot to chew on, in San Antonio as well as New York. Pay attention to the comments at the end of the piece, too. The vitriol from the readers, who come from all backgrounds and not just the restaurant business, equals the petulance of some diners.

This standoff is likely to get worse before it gets better. But all you prickly, picky diners who expect support from food critics, think again. Your behavior is turning off those who eat out for a living. In a recent online chat, Tom Sietsema of the Washington Post had this to say after being asked what a restaurant was supposed to do after a person slipped and fell in the dining room: “More than any other business I know, people expect restaurants to be and do everything. Can you imagine asking your hair dresser to give you a free trim because it was your birthday? Or expecting half-off on a root canal if your dentist kept you waiting more than 15 minutes?”

So, the next time you go out, leave your attitude at home. You’ll find yourself enjoying the experience more. So will the people around you. If you can’t do that, then kindly limit yourselves to restaurant drive-thru windows. You may not realize it now, but it never pays to bite the hand that feeds you.

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Copa Becomes a Smokehouse on June 28 for a Great Cause

Copa Wine Bar, 19141 Stone Oak Parkway, is turning into a smokehouse for one afternoon in order to raise money for a young boy named Rowan.

Jeff Bridges will be smoking brisket and chicken.

Jeff Bridges will be smoking brisket and chicken.

Rowan’s Smokehouse at Copa will be held on June 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until all of the barbecue sells out.

“Rowan is a delightful young boy and the son of some dear friends of ours,” owner Angie Bridges says. “He has been diagnosed with a rare disorder, Shwachmann-Diamond Syndrome. It affects the pancreas, GI tract, immune system, blood and bone marrow. He is only 7 but has spent over 800 days in the hospital, had dozens of blood transfusions, made 59 trips to the OR, yet is one of the happiest, most amazing little boys you’ll ever meet. He finds joy in the little things and never ever feels sorry for himself.

“We all could learn a thing or two from Rowan, our little trooper!”

Bridges’ husband, Jeff, will be smoking briskets and chicken with side dishes. Plats are priced at $20 apiece or $50 for a family of four. Each plate comes with a ticket good for a bottle of Pedernales Brewing Co. beer, a glass of wine or a glass of Rowan’s ginger lemonade. There will also be some great silent auction items.

For more information about Rowan, click here.

For more information about Rowan’s Smokehouse at Copa, call (210) 495-2672.

Stephan Pyles, Paula Lambert team up

Two Texas food icons are coming together to bring Italy to San Antonio in a special four-course dinner at Sustenio this Saturday night.

Stephan Pyles

Stephan Pyles

James Beard award-winning chef Stephan Pyles, the driving force behind Sustenio’s Mediterranean menu, will join Texas cheesemaker and cookbook author Paula Lambert for an Italian-themed menu. Each course will be paired with a wine from Italy.

The dinner begins at 7 p.m. in the private dining room at Sustenio.

The cost is $85 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis for 40 guests and can be made by calling Sustenio at (210) 598 -2950.

The menu includes a first course of Soft Shell Crab with Paula’s Mozzarella, Local Tomatoes and Basil, served with 2011 Feudi di San Gregario Falanghina from Campania, Italy.

Next, Tortellini with Swiss Chard and Fresh Herbed Ricotta will be paired with a 2010 Edoardo Sobrino “Vigna Cristina” Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba from Piedmont, Italy.

The third course features Grilled Free-Range Veal Chop with Peach Mostarda, Brown Butter-Sage Polenta and Fire-Roasted Artichokes and Almonds served with a 2009 Pasquale Pelissero Bricco San Giuliano Barbaresco.

Finally, Pyles’ Orange-Mascarpone Panna Cotta with Chocolate Chip Biscotti and Vin Santo Gelée will be paired with a 2008 Antinori Santa Cristina Vin Santo Trebbianco from Tuscany.


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Join Nao for Some Savory New Culinary Adventures

Plenty is happening these days at Nao, the Culinary Institute of America’s restaurant on the San Antonio campus.

Nao's Venezuelan Siete Potencias, or Seven Powers

Nao’s Venezuelan Siete Potencias, or Seven Powers

The restaurant at 312 Pearl Parkway is showcasing the foods of Venezuela as its latest culinary adventure. Plus, it’s hosting a dinner with a chef who graduated from the school and has his own cookbook out.

The series has drawn a large following from the local community, chef Geronimo Lopez said, with about 40 percent of all dinners ordered being the culinary special.

Venezuela holds a special connection for Lopez because that is his homeland. “Venezuela is a large country and a rich melting pot,” he said. “Venezuela’s cuisine draws from the Caribbean, the Andes and the Amazon. These make up the colors and flavors that invite you to savor life.”

He’s been pleased to be able to find many of the ingredients at local supermarkets as well as the international markets that serve the city’s increasingly diverse population. It’s far different from previous years, such as when he lived in Paris, and he had to make seemingly endless substitutes whenever he tried to make a Venezuelan dish.

Venezuelan cuisine was heavily influenced by Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and French settlers as well as African and Native American traditions. It is a diet rich in seafood with plantains, yucca and beans as well as chicken and beef.

Geronimo Lopez

Geronimo Lopez

The dishes on his menu include the Caracas-style Chicken Polvorosa, a chicken pot pie with sweet and spicy flavors; Red Snapper Paraguito Frito, in which the crispy fish is served with plantain tostones and a touch of coleslaw; and Butterflied Sirloin Santa Barbara with queso fresco, diced avocado and yuca fries. Siete Potencias, or Seven Powers, Seafood Cocktail features shrimp, conch, mussels and clams as well as the sweet pepper aji dulce, onion, tomato and crisp plantain chips.

Dessert is Bienmesabe, a Venezuelan type of tres leche made with an airy coconut genoise, pastry cream, and meringue brûlée.

Lopez is happy to have found his favorite Venezuelan rum, Diplomatico, which has been barrel-aged for 10 years, much like a scotch, he said. Nao’s beverage director, Tim Bryand, has used the tea-colored liquor in a cocktail he created called Rio Caribe, which also features pineapple, lime, honey and Angosturra Bitters.

A special three-course menu featuring these dishes is available for $42 until July 7.

Chef Adan Medrano, author, book-signing

On June 19, Nao and the Twig Book Shop will be co-hosting a dinner featuring chef Adán Medrano, a graduate of the San Antonio CIA and author of the new cookbook, “Truly Texas Mexican.” The evening will include a book-signing and reception as well as a three-course dinner featuring dishes from the book.

A CIA student at work at Nao.

A CIA student at work at Nao.

“I am quite enthused about partnering with Chef Geronimo Lopez and the team at Nao because they understand the international taste dimensions of cuisines of the Americas,”  Medrano said. “I’m looking forward to meeting each of the guests and sharing perspectives on their dining experience. I am so proud to collaborate with the progressive, cutting edge kitchen of Nao as Chef Lopez is a brilliant chef who takes deliciousness to new levels.”

The book signing and reception will be in the Nao lounge from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with wine and passed hors d’oeuvres, including Smoked Trout with Chipotle-Yerbaniz Mayonnaise; Albóndigas de Chile Ancho; and Flor de Calabaza Rellena con Frijol y Chorizo.

The dinner begins at 6:45 p.m. with a duo of mini-gorditas featuring Nopalitos con Camarón and Frijoles Refritos with Queso Fresco. The meal will continue with Chile Relleno Lampreado served with Arroz con Cilantro. Dessert is a Watermelon Ice with Blueberries served with Hojarascas.

“Adán captures the essence of Mexican influence and heritage, and we are excited to have him take us on a journey to the deep Mexican roots of Texas,” Lopez said.

Tickets are priced at $80 per person and include a signed copy of “Truly Texas Mexican,” the recepion and the three-course dinner. All dinner proceeds go to the not-for-profit CIA. For reservations, call 210-554-6484.

Those who deep-dive into behind-the-scenes restaurant news may have seen that the CIA is advertising for a faculty member to oversee the restaurant. Does that mean Lopez is leaving? No, he said, explaining that managing the restaurant is done a rotational basis, so he will still be a part of the San Antonio campus, but he will have other duties.


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It’s Dad’s Turn to Be Treated Special, and Restaurants Are Happy to Oblige

Mother’s Day is still the busiest restaurant day of the year, but it seems that a lot of places are willing to pay tribute to dear ol’ Dad with plenty of specials. Father’s Day is June 15 this year. The following list has everything from steaks to Mexican to vegetarian dishes, so that all dads can be happy on their special day.

Reservations are recommended at some places, though you won’t need them at all. Just call first and spare yourself the trouble. Prices do not include taxes or tip.

Arcade Midtown Kitchen, 303 Pearl Parkway, (210) 369-9664 — Arcade will be offering their second annual Father’s Day Steak-Out menu just for dad from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The menu will include specials like P.E.I. Mussels with Chorizo, Lobster Soft Taco, 8-ounce barrel-cut filet, 14-ounce New York Strip, Peruvian Sea Bass and Chocolate Pudding Cake.

Barraca Paella and Tapas Bar, 1420 S Alamo St No. 101, 210) 445-2203 — Bring Dad to Barraca Paella and Tapas Bar for Sunday Brunch off regular menu, with prices ranging from $10-$12 per item. Bottomless Mimosas are $6. Choose from among Eggs Benedict, Tortilla Espanola, Torrejas, Spanish-Style omelet, Jamon y Queso con Huevos, Fruit Parfait, Steak and Eggs, and an Omelet of your choice, with 3 ingredients.

Mozie's top sirloin is served with lemon butter.

Mozie’s top sirloin is served with lemon butter.

Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, 219 E. Houston St., (210) 472-2600 — Enjoy classic cocktails and wine at Bohanan’s Bar, then head upstairs for Akaushi beef, executive chef Mark Bohanan’s large custom cuts of prime aged corn-fed beef, seafood flown in fresh daily, and table-side desserts flambé. In honor of Father’s Day, all fathers will receive a complimentary sleeve of golf balls.

Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden, 312 Pearl Parkway, (210) 354-4644 —Father’s Day specials in additional to the regular brunch menu are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They include: Caballero Ranchero ($15), barbacoa, smoked bacon, jalapeño jack and smoked cheddar cheese, charred tomatillo salsa on grilled bread topped with 2 eggs and ranchero diablo sauce; Hanger Steak Benedict ($19), braised hanger steak, grilled Lavain bread, poached eggs, Meyer lemon hollandaise with roasted potatoes; Pan Roasted Salmon ($23), 
warm German potato salad, mustard hollandaise; Kobe Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs ($28), pan-fried Kobe steak , two poached eggs and House sausage cream gravy; and Dad’s Grown Up PB&J Cake ($9), peanut butter cream chocolate cake with raspberry chipotle sauce. There will also be drink specials with to-go pricing.

Cantina del Rio, 1299 Gruene Road, Gruene Historic District at New Braunfels, (830) 515-1950 — Doors open at 11 a.m. Tender chicken or beef fajitas marinated in a fresh-squeezed lime marinade, served with beans, rice, real guacamole, fresh pico and your choice of fresh flour or homemade corn tortillas are among the items to order. Enjoy a frozen margarita, sangria or ice cold beer on the deck tucked into the trees of Gruene Historic District.

The County Line, 10101 I-10 W., (210) 641-1998 — If Dad has a hankering for barbecue or Texas favorites like chicken-fried steak or a rib-eye steak, then check out the full menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Father’s Day.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, (210) 821-5600 – Father’s Day brunch will be served 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Specials include appetizer, house salad, breads, dessert and a choice of iced tea or coffee and wine or Champagne. Start with a choice of Scottish Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese or Mousse Truffle Paté, followed by choice of Shrimp Salad on Avocado, Eggs Benedict or Chicken Breast with Champagne Sauce ($26.50); Veal Scaloppini with Mushroom-Cognac Sauce, Rainbow Trout Amandine, Tenderloin of Beef with Green Peppercorn Sauce, or Shrimp Lyonnaise over Wild Rice Blend ($32.50); or the Trilogy of beef tenderloin with Rossini Sauce, lobster tail with lemon butter and rack of lamb Provençal ($45.50). Children menu, priced at $12.50, is tortellini or chicken breast with salad or dessert.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 255 E. Basse Road, (210) 824-9463 — On Father’s Day from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests can enjoy a choice of the Prime Rib with a Trio of Sauces, Fleming’s Signature Eggs Benedict, Prime Rib Hash or Baked Brioche French Toast layered in vanilla and orange custard with choice of appetizer and dessert – all for only $39.95 per person. In addition, each dad will receive a $25 dining card valid for a future visit.

Tiu Steppi's Steak with Cheese.

Tiu Steppi’s Steak with Cheese.

Green Vegetarian Cuisine, 200 E. Grayson St., (210) 320-5865 — Green is offering a menu designed just for dad! It will include: an entrée, drink and dessert for $12.99. Ask your server for details.

Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar, 1287 Gruene Road, Gruene Historic District at New Braunfels, (830) 606-1287 — Doors open at 11 a.m. Hungry dads (and moms!) will love the mouth-watering ribs with handmade BBQ sauce or a 16-ounce bone-in rib steak, among the many items on the menu. Both are served with a garden dinner salad and your choice of side.

Habanero’s Grill, 13444 West Ave., (210) 499-0099; 17711 I-10 W., (210) 699-4681; 12243 Nacogdoches — Dads get a free roll of duct tape when you visit on Father’s Day.

Las Canarias at Omni La Mansión del Rio, 112 College St., (210) 518-1063 — On Father’s Day, Las Canarias will offer a Champagne brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $52.95 per adult and $26.95 for children ages 6-12, plus tax and tip. Highlights off the brunch menu include: Vanilla Malt Pancakes and Waffles Prepared to Order with Fresh Berries and Brown Butter Pecans, Brioche Raisin and Cinnamon Texas French Toast with Vermont Maple Syrup, Fresh Shucked Gulf Oysters and Jumbo Shrimp, Modelo BBQ Baby Back Ribs Chef Carved from the Smoker, Cooked to Order Black Angus Beef Tenderloin, Bourbon Pecan Pie, Pretzel Bacon Brownies, among other items. Regular à la carte dining at Las Canarias will resume at 5:30 p.m. and will feature a Chef’s Special Bone-In Rib Steak. Reservations are recommended.

Liberty Bar, (210) 227-1187 — Brunch hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu includes plenty of eye openers as well as Liberty Huevos Rancheros, Broken Arrow Ranch Sausage and Eggs, Chilaquiles Norteños and Irish Steel Cut Oats with your choice of flavorings.

Two Step Restaurant's Shiner Bock Shrimp Scampi

Two Step Restaurant’s Shiner Bock Shrimp Scampi

Max’s Wine Dive, 340 E. Basse Road, (210) 444-9547 — Executive chef Justin Johnson and his team are creating a special for Dad: Smoked Prime Rib with two eggs any way and roasted potatoes ($25) along with the regular brunch, featuring items such as a Migas Omelet and a Fried Egg Sandwich, and the dinner menu. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Mike’s in the Village, Bulverde Road, Bulverde, (830) 438-2747 — Father’s Day brunch will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A three-coure prix fixe menu begins with your choice of Cobb Salad, Caesar Salad or Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, followed by a choice of a half rack of Barbecued Baby Back Ribs, Smoked Brisket with Loaded Mashed Potatoes, Creole-seasoned Prime Rib, Eggs Benedict with Canadian Bacon or Bacon French Toast. Dessert options: White Chocolate Bread Pudding, White Chocolate Brownie or New York Style Cheesecake. A kids’ menu is available. Adults pay $26.95 and children under 10 pay $7.95.

Morton’s the Steakhouse, 300 E. Crockett St., (210) 228-0700 — The Father’s Day special includes three courses for $59. Start with a choice of salad, then choose from the following entrees: double-cut filet mignon, double-cut prime pork chop, braised beef short rib, chicken blanco or honey-chile glazed salmon fillet. Get a side dish and a choice of dessert, including dark chocolate mousse, key lime pie or an individual souffle.

Mozie’s, 601 Hunter Road, Gruene Historic District at New Braunfels, (830) 515-1281 — The doors open at 11 a.m. On the menu, you’ll find a thick 10-ounce top sirloin finished on a flat top grill with Hoffbrau-style lemon butter. Served with skinny fries and a lettuce wedge salad with bleu cheese dressing. Also offering a half-pound charbroiled cheeseburger, “The Char-King,” and some pasta dishes.

One Lucky Duck, 303 Pearl Parkway, (210) 223-3825 — One Lucky Duck has something brewing for the health-conscious dad. Buy a shake or a made-to-order juice and dad gets one free. Dad must be present to redeem, only one per dad.

Ostra Restaurant at Mokara Hotel & Spa, 212 W. Crockett St., (210) 396-5817 — Ostra’s regular à la carte menu will be available during breakfast and lunch. Featured specials will be offered during dinner service beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Reservations are recommended.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House,7720 Jones Maltsberger, (210) 821-5051; Grand Hyatt San Antonio, 600 E. Market St., (210) 227-8847 — Father’s Day Chef Specials include handcrafted cocktails for $13 and craft beers for $5 apiece. Specials include prime rib ($48), lobster tail and filet ($63) and pan-roasted Chilean sea bass piccata ($35). Ruth’s Classics, a pair of multicourse options, are also offered.

Texas de Brazil is featuring its full array of meats.

Texas de Brazil is featuring its full array of meats.

Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, The Kitchen at Sandy Oaks, 29195 Mathis Road, Elmendorf (210-621-0044)  —  Sandy Oaks is offering lunches off their new summer menu, complied by food and beverage director and chef, Chris Cook. While there is no special Father’s Day brunch, this lovely ranch setting, just 20 minutes from downtown San Antonio on I-37, would be a great getaway for all the family. See more about Father’s Day at Sandy Oaks HERE.

Taps y Tapas, 1012 N. Flores St., (210) 277-7174 — Brunch begins at 10 a.m. and goes until everything is sold out. “Bottomless (somewhat) mimosas,” according to the restaurant, are served in the bar.

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., (210) 229-1600 — Service begins at 11 a.m. Fathers will receive a certificate for a complimentary dinner in the future.

Tiu Steppi’s, 9910 W. Loop 1604 N., (210) 688-9885 —During the week leading up to Father’s Day, you can buy a growler and fill it up with one of the craft beer selections for half price. On Father’s Day, you can get a special 8-ounce Steak with Roquefort Cheese and Red Wine Peppercorn Sauce in addition to the regular menu. The dessert special is Chocolate Espresso Panna Cotta.

Several places are featuring Bloody Marys.

Several places are featuring Bloody Marys.

Tucker’s Kozy Korner, 1138 E. Houston St., (210)) 320-2192 — Brunch hours are 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with dishes such as Southern Fried Chicken, Benedict East, and Ham and Eggs. It’s all served up with a touch of gospel music.

Two Step Restaurant, 9840 W. Loop 1604 N., (210) 688-2686 —On Father’s Day, Two Step Restaurant is featuring bottles of Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet for $100.  Shiner Bock Shrimp Scampi with Jalapeño Bread Crumbs and Mashed Potatoes for $17.95 and a 22-ounce Porterhouse with Au Jus and Mashed Potatoes for $29.95.

Zoko Restaurant & Bar, 700 E. Sonterra Blvd., (210) 494-2804 — Sunday brunch is served 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with a menu that includes Grilled Hangar Steak and Eggs, Chicken Basquaise, Grilled Shrimp and Salmon Duo, Eggs “Beni” and Steamed Mussels. You can order a Bottomless Mimosa or Bloody Mary for $15.

Z’Tejas, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 690-3334 — Father’s Day hours are 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. All dads receive a $25 bonus card for a future visit.

Restaurateurs, if you’re not listed here and want to be included, email details of your Father’s Day specials to

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The Best of Mexico and the Best Weather Imaginable

The St. Anthony Hotel crew serves up mini tacos.

The St. Anthony Hotel crew serves up mini tacos.

Hundreds of Mexican food fans, not to mention more than a few margarita lovers, poured into a corner of the Shops at La Cantera Friday evening for Culinaria’s annual Best of Mexico feast.

Spicy fideo? An El Machito treat.

Chicken chilaquiles, a spicy fideo capped with some queso crumbles and seared tuna with watermelon cubes were among the delicacies that were served up by a host of restaurants, including Vida Mia, El Machito and La Fruteria.

The St. Anthony Hotel kept the comals heated and lines long as they offered five different types of mini tacos, including barbacoa made from rib-eye, al pastor loaded with pineapple, and bites of shrimp. Picante Grill served up bits of chiles en nogada, complete with the walnut cream and pomegranate seeds. A warm bowl of handmade soup is welcome, and Nicha’s tortilla soup with plenty of cheese melted on top was no exception. Lux Bakery offered tastes of empanadas both sweet and savory.

Other participants included La Fogata, Z’Tejas, La Gloria, Sabor Colombiano and Big Pimp’s Nacho Factory as well as H-E-B, which offered chile-spiked fruit, Mexican charcuterie and cheeses, guacamole and a series of Mexican-inspired salads.

It didn’t matter if the dish was not originally Mexican in origin. Leslie Horne of Aurelia’s Chorizo brought paella with everything from octopus to mussels — and chorizo, of course — was a hit with diners. Two large pans, prepared by chef Jeffrey Balfour emptied quickly.

Luz Bakery's empanadas

Luz Bakery’s empanadas

Another treat that disappeared quickly was the whiskey bread that Bar Louie handed out; and when that disappeared, the bar offered bits of airy, salty pretzels with stone-ground mustard. All it needed was a cold beer from the beer tent.

Wine and beer lovers had a host of options to wet their thirst, while tequila and margarita lovers had a separate area where they could sample all they wanted.

Adding to the scene was a night of perfect weather in which to enjoy the food, libations and the Latin-flavored music of Colao. As the sun began to set, strings of lights overhead intertwined with colorful papeles picados that waved in the gentle breeze to add a romantic touch.

Culinaria’s Festival Week continues Saturday with afternoon seminars at Bar TBA and the Grand Tasting at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. For a full list of activities, click here.

Chicken chilaquiles from Vida Mia.

Chicken chilaquiles from Vida Mia.

The papeles picados wave over the crowd.

The papeles picados wave over the crowd.

Colao adds a Lain music sizzle to the evening.

Colao adds a Lain music sizzle to the evening.



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Easter’s Coming. It’s Time to Make Brunch Plans.

Get your bacon and eggs a little something different this Easter.

Get your bacon and eggs — and more– this Easter.

Easter is coming, and area restaurants are getting read to fix their best brunch dishes just for you. But you need to make reservations at most places, if you want a guaranteed table. Here are some of the offerings in the area. Prices do not include tax and tip.

Biga on the Banks, 203 St. Mary’s St. at Market Street. 210- 225-0722. Kids’ menu available. Service from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Biga’s brunches are rightly famous year round. For Easter you’ll find entrées like roasted rib-eye of beef, seared natural scallops with parmesan mashers, and red chili pork pozole with white cabbage, oregano and lime share the spot light with more breakfast-style offerings including a Maine lobster frittata and a Biga take on eggs Benedict with smoky paprika hollandaise. After ordering your entrée, help yourself  to an array of appetizers, salads, muffins, sushi, cheese and many other options.

Audens Kitchen 7The kids’ table desserts are served at kids’ height, making the goodies very reachable for young brunchers.  Adults have numerous sweets to select from like coconut raspberry cake, lemon meringue tarts, chocolate cremeux, mint chocolate cheesecake, cookies, brownies and more. Adults $59 and kids’ menu will be available for $27.
Reservations are a good idea.

Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden, 312 Pearl Parkway, 210-354-4644 — Easter brunch is 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Order off the regular brunch menu or choose one of chef Jeff White’s specials, which include Caballero Ranchero with barbacoa, smoked bacon, jalapeno jack and smoked cheddar cheese;  Wagyu Hanger Steak Benedict; Lobster Carbonara Pot Pie;  Ultimate Steak and Eggs; and Lemon Curd Trifle. Prices vary.

Charlie Wants a Burger, 223 Losoya St., 210-227-0864 — Easter hours are 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. with breakfast offerings in the morning, plus the regular menu of food and drinks.

The County Line, 10101 I-10 W., 210-641-1998 — The restaurant will be open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. with its regular array of slow-smoked meats. Or, if you want your ribs shipped to you, click here.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse will offer French Toast on Easter Sunday.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse will offer French Toast on Easter Sunday.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach, 210-821-5600 — Easter brunch is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m with live music accompanying the meal. All entrées are served with appetizer, house salad, fresh vegetable, breads, dessert, and your choice of coffee or iced tea and wine or champagne. Appetizers include Puff Pastry with White Wine Mushroom Sauce; Scottish Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese; and Mousse Truffle Pate. Entrée choices: Shrimp salad on avocado, eggs Benedict or chicken breast with Champagne sauce ($29.50 each); Split rack of lamb Provençal, Grilled salmon fillet with lemon butter and capers, Prime beef ribeye with choice of sauce or Shrimp Lyonnaise ($39.50 each); or the Trilogy of beef tenderloin with Rossini sauce, lobster tail with lemon butter and rack of Provençal ($49.50). The children’s menu for kids under 10 include tortellini or chicken breast with salad or dessert for $12.50.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine, 255 E. Basse Road, 210-824-9463 — A special Easter Three-Course Brunch menu will be offered 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Choices include Prime Rib with a Trio of Sauces, Fleming’s Signature Eggs Benedict, Prime Rib Hash or Baked Brioche French Toast layered in vanilla and orange custard with choice of appetizer and dessert.. The price is $39.95 per person. In addition, guests will also receive a $25 dining card valid for a future visit.

Frederick’s, 7701 Broadway, 210-828-9050; Frederick’s Bistro, 14439 N.W. Military Hwy., 210-888-1500 — Easter Brunch specials include appetizer choices of Shrimp and Crab Cocktail with Spicy Cocktail Sauce ($12), Baked Oysters Casino ($10) and Crab Cake ($11). Main course choices: Parmesan Crusted Rainbow Trout ($21), Grilled Lamb Chops ($26), Beef Filet Mignon with Jumbo Shrimp ($33), Eggs Benedict ($19) and Sea Scallops and Shrimp with Tomato & Garlic Sauce ($22). Call for hours.

Hilton Palacio del Rio, 200 S. Alamo St., 210-222-1400 — Easter Brunch seatings are at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The meals will be served in the hotel’s Salon del Rey Ballroom, and includes a brunch buffet, a glass of champagne, an appearance by the Easter Bunny, and complimentary valet parking. Visit the petting zoo including baby goats and sheep, bunnies, chicks, a piglet, and more. Guests will also enjoy a live harp performance during brunch.

Hyatt Hill Country Resort, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, 210-767-7999 — Easter brunch in the new Independence Ballroom will be 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. An Easter egg hunt on the lawn begins at 9 a.m. and other family activities are planned. Pricing: Adults – $54.95, Seniors (60+) – $44.95, Children ages 6-12 – $26. Evening dining in Antlers Lodge will be available.

JW Marriott, 23808 Resort Parkway, (210) 483-6622 — The Easter Buffet will be from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pricing: Adults $70; seniors $60; children ages 4-12 $30. The menu includes all of your favorites with a Hill Country twist.

Farmers Market omeletLas Canarias at the Omni La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St., 210-518-1177 — Las Canarias’ Easter Champagne Brunch will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Items on the brunch menu include Eggs Benedict with House-Cured Ham, Texas Cinnamon Raisin Brioche French Toast, Bananas Foster over Pearl Sugar Belgian Style Waffles, Blood Orange and Dill Gravlax Salmon, and Farm Fresh Eggs and Omelets Made-to-Order, along with a full salad station including an assortment of meats and cheeses. Featured dishes include Texas Redfish and Shellfish Paella along with a chef carving station offering Apple and Mint Stuffed Leg of Lamb and Smoke Prime Rib of Beef. A pastry station will include an assortment of handmade brownies and cupcakes, Lemon Meringue Shortbread Tarts and Croissant Bread Pudding with Spiced Caramel Anglaise. The price is $72 per adult and $36 for children ages 6-12. Regular à la carte dining at Las Canarias will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Las Ramblas in the Hotel Contessa, 306 W. Market St., 210-298-8040 — Easter Brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Executive chef Jordan Mackey has created a menu of Easter specialties, including traditional holiday favorites with flavorful Spanish overtones. Entree selections include but are not limited to applewood-smoked prime rib, Moroccan maple-glazed ham, honey-glazed turkey breast and an extensive seafood bar and smoked seafood display. Paella Valencia, roasted salmon and pasta also highlight the chef’s savory selections. Artisan cheeses and Spanish cured meats, fresh vegetables, salads and a roasted asparagus soup will also be served, in addition to a waffle and omelet station. A children’s buffet with macaroni and cheese, mini corn dogs, chicken tenders and pizza will also be available. There will a dessert buffet for all. Prices are $51 for adults, $17 for children ages 7 to 16, and free for children 6 and under. Sangrias and mimosas are priced at an additional $12 per person.

Little Gretel, 518 River Road, Boerne, 830-331-1368 — Easter hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis and no reservations will be taken. The busier time tends to be between 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, 210-561-9700 — Easter hours are noon – 9 p.m. with a three-course special for $39.95 a person. The menu begins with a choice of Zuppa di Zucca (Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Soup, Braised Escarole, Pancetta), Caesar Salad or Caprese, followed by a choice of Costolette D’ Angello (Parsley and Garlic Brined Grilled Lamb Porterhouse Chops) or Pesce alla Luce (Pan Seared Fresh Halibut Fillet). Dessert choices: Spumoni, Tiramisu, Crème Brûlée and Chocolate Lava Torta with Vanilla Gelato.

Lüke San Antonio, 125 E. Houston St., 210-227-5853 — Easter brunch is served 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Specials include boiled crawfish with new potatoes; Jamon Tejano, house-cured ham with a goat cheese fritter; Redfish “on the Half Shell”; and Twin County Farm Lamb Ragout. The dessert special is Heavenly Hash with candied pecans, nougat marshmallow and devil’s food brownie.

Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery, 4788 NW Interstate 410 Loop Frontage Road, 210-680-4257 — Dine in for Easter Brunch or Easter Ham Dinner. Easter brunch includes a selection of traditional brunch items while the dinner includes ham with pineapple sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy and more. Some of the options for dinner to go include:

Salad bar saladHam Feast ($99.99) – A bone-in spiral cut quarter ham and chipotle-pineapple glaze topping with feast trimmings. Serves up to 6 people.

  • Turkey Feast ($99.99) – A delicious oven roasted turkey breast with all the feast trimmings. Serves up to 6 people.
  • The Ultimate Whole Turkey Feast ($119.99) – A whole roasted turkey with all of the feast trimmings. Serves up to 8 people.
  • Ham and Turkey Combo Feast ($139.99) – A roasted turkey breast and bone-in spiral cut quarter ham with chipotle-pineapple glaze topping and all the feast trimmings. Serves up to 8 people.
  • The Ultimate Whole Turkey & Ham Feast ($149.99) – A whole roasted turkey, bone-in spiral cut quarter ham and chipotle-pineapple glaze topping. Serves up to 8 people.
  • Brunch Feast ($49.99) – Perfect for an Easter brunch, this feast includes eight freshly baked muffins, two 9” classic quiches, seasonal fruit, whipped topping all packaged and ready to go. Serves up to 10 people.

There are also 30 types of pie available to go in flavors such as Apple, Chocolate Cream, Lemon Meringue and Pumpkin.

Max’s Wine Dive, 340 E. Basse Road, 210-444-9547 — Easter brunch is 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Order off the regular brunch menu with some Easter specials, including mimosas. Also, for a special price get an Easter Retail Package with wine. To make a reservation call the number above. Easter specials include Smoked Tomato Aioli with pickled Quail Egg and Bavarian Crème Salad and Smoked Duck Breast Omelet with Spinach, Brie and Marbled Potatoes. Prices vary.

Morton’s the Steakhouse, 300 E.  Crockett St., 210-228-0700 — Morton’s will be open for dinner on Easter with the regular menu and a steak and lobster special for $55.

Use fresh ham, not cured or smoked, in this recipe.

Use fresh ham, not cured or smoked, in this recipe.

Mike’s in the Village, 2355 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, 830-438-2747 — Easter Brunch is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  First course is a choice of House Salad, Caesar Salad or  Baby Spinach Salad with Bacon and Boiled Egg. Second course is a choice of House Cured and Baked Virginia Ham with Sweet Potato Hash and Sautéed Vegetables;  Grilled Fresh Wild Caught Salmon with Lemon and Capers; Cajun Seasoned Prime Rib; Shrimp with a Tomato and Andouille Sausage Broth plus Smoked Gouda Cheese Grits; or  Eggs Benedict with Sautéed Spinach and Applewood Bacon.  Dessert choices: Blueberry Bread Pudding with Lemon Chantilly Sauce; Strawberry Crepes with Chocolate Drizzle; and  Bananas Foster with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. The price for adults is $26.95. Children’s menu choices: Grilled Cheese with French Fries and Fresh Fruit;  Grilled Chicken with French Fries and Fresh Fruit;  Chicken Tenders with French Fries and Fresh Fruit; and Pancakes with Bacon and Fresh Fruit. The children’s options, for kids under 10, come with a drink for $7.95.

Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade, 9821 Colonnade Blvd., 210-699-5803 — Easter Day Champagne Brunch in in the Omni Grand Ballroom is from ​10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with seatings every 30 minutes until 2 p.m. Breakfast entrees include Applewood Smoked Bacon, Country House Chicken and Apple Links, Eggs Benedict with Canadian Bacon and Red Pepper Hollandaise and Vanilla Cinnamon Swirl French Toast. An omelet station, seasonal fruit, Warm Butter Croissants and Fruit Danish, Muffins, Sliced French Baguettes and Bagels, and salads will be offered. Easter favorites: Smoked Pork Loin with Granny Smith Apple and Fennel; Roasted Salmon with Wild Mushroom Confit and Wine Reduction; Garden Herb Marinated Chicken Breast and Natural Jus; Green Bean Amandine; Dungeness Crab and Pea Soup; Home-style Mash Potatoes; and Saffron Rice Pilaf with Orzo.

Also: Carved-to-order: Garlic and Thyme Studded Baron of Beef with Raspberry Merlot; Mustard Crusted Leg of Lamb with Mint Jelly; and Hickory Smoked Bone-In Ham. Seafood Display: Citrus Brined Shrimp, New Zealand Green Lip Mussels, and Crab Claws. Cowboys Campfire: Hill Country Chili and Jalapeno Cornbread, Pickled Ham Hocks and Honey Baked Beans, Venison and Root Vegetable Stew, and Fredericksburg Peach Cobbler with Roasted Oats and Texas Pecans. Desserts: S’mores Bar with Graham Crackers, Bite-Size Desserts and Bars, Mini Cakes and Pies and Sugar-Free Delights. Prices are ​​​​$50 for adults, $43 for seniors 65+ and $21 for children ages 5-11.

easter2Ostra at the Mokara Hotel & Spa, 212 W. Crockett St., 210-396-5817 — Breakfast will be available at Ostra beginning at 6:30 a.m. Ostra’s regular à la carte menu will be available during breakfast and lunch. Featured Easter specials will be offered during dinner service only beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Paesanos 1604, 3622 Paesanos Pkwy., 210-493-1604; Paesanos Lincoln Heights, 555 E. Basse Road, 210-828-5191; Paesanos Riverwalk, 111 W. Crockett St., 210-227-2782 — Easter hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the regular menu plus blackboard specials.

Piatti at Eilan, 17101 La Cantera Parkway, 210-251-3542 — Easter brunch begins at 11 a.m. with service going until closing. Easter specials will be offered in addition to the regular menu.

Q on the Riverwalk at the San Antonio Hyatt, 123 Losoya St., 210-510-4477 — The Easter brunch will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Included will be a Seafood Station with Chilled Prawns – Marinated Mussels – Half Shelled Oysters; a series of salads plus Cream of Asparagus Soup with Blue Crab Meat. At the Breakfast Station: Made-to-Order Omelets, House Smoked Chairman Reserve Brisket Sopas, Bourbon Pecan French Toast with Molasses Butter and Maple Syrup, Chicken Jalapeno Sausage and Smoked Bacon. Entrees: Herb Roasted Halibut Lemon Confit, Apple & Fennel Stuffed Organic Chicken Breast and Hickory Smoked Bison Brisket with Prickly Pear BBQ Sauce. At the Carving Station: Cedar River Farms All Natural Beef Rib-Eye and Heritage Bone-In Ham. Desserts include Cream Puffs, Petite Fours, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Fruit Tarts and more. The price is $47 for adults and $23 for children ages 4-12. Complimentary Champagne or Mimosa. Complimentary self-parking across the street, if space is available.

Rio Rio Cantina, 421 E. Commerce St., 210-226-8462 — Easter hours are 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. with breakfast options in the morning. The regular food and drink offerings will be available until closing.

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 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Easter with the full menu as well as Ruth’s Classics, a multi-course prix fixe special. The Grand Hyatt location will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Easter.

ChampagneSilo Elevated Cuisine, 434 North Loop 1604 W., (210) 483-8989 — A three-course Easter Champagne brunch will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  First course, choice of one: Lobster Bisque, Smoked Salmon, Grilled Honey Ancho Glazed Quail, Classic Caesar Salad, Baby Arugula, Little Gem Lettuce. Second course: Silo Eggs Benedict, Maine Lobster Scramble, Seared Sea Scallops, Southern BBQ Grilled Redfish, Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast, Beef Tenderloin. Third course: Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, Dark Chocolate Truffle Mousse Pie. Children’s menu: Angel Hair Pasta with butter, garlic and cheese bread, Chicken Tenders and third course, Chocolate Sundae. Cost is $38 per person not including tax and tip; Children’s menu, $11.

Sustenio at Éilan Hotel and Spa, 17103 La Cantera Pkwy., 210-598-2950 The Easter Brunch Buffet will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will feature chef Stephan Pyles’ newly unveiled Mediterranean-inspired menu. At the carving station, Sustenio’s signature Grilled Bistecca Fiorintina “Prime” Porterhouse will be accompanied by Spinach Florentine and Chianti Jus. Other carving station choices include Oven-Roasted Prime Rib with Horseradish Cream and Natural Jus and Apple Honey Glazed Spiral Ham infused with Anise and served with Apple Chutney. Other entrees: Oven Roasted Salmon with Mango and Peach Chutney; Grilled Breast of Chicken with Organic Mushrooms and Natural Jus; Farmers Market Vegetables and Whipped Yukon Potatoes.

FLEMINGS_EggsBenedict_DetailThe brunch also includes Sustenio Chicken-Fried Steak Benedict with Buttermilk Biscuit; Traditional Eggs Benedict with Nueskie Canadian Bacon and House Hollandaise; Brioche French Toast with Honey Butter and Pure Maple Syrup; and Applewood Smoked Bacon and Country Sausage. The omelet station provides made-to-order creations while seafood options include Poached Jumbo Shrimp and Crab Claws; Oyster Shooters; Sashimi; and Crudo. Other features: local artisan cheeses, antipasti, charcuterie and marinated olives, seasonal fruit, smoked salmon, Caesar and other salads, side dishes, a Brick-Oven Flatbread Station and dessert selections, including a made-to-order “Liquid Nitro” Ice Cream Station. Prices are $59.95 for adults, $49.95 for seniors and active military; and $19.95 for children ages 4 to 12.

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., 210-229-1600 — Service on Easter begins at 11 a.m. Early diners can also enjoy scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, pastries and more in addition to the array of meats.

Tre Trattoria Alamo Heights, 4003 Broadway and Tre Trattoria Downtown, Easter Brunch from 10-4.  210-805-0333. See full multi-course brunch online here. $42.50 non-inclusive of tax and tip.

Tre Trattoria Downtown, 401 S. Alamo, at the Fairmont Hotel. Easter Brunch from 10-4. (210) 223-0401. See full multi-course brunch online here. $42.50 non-inclusive of tax and tip.

Tuk Tuk Taproom, 1702 Broadway, 210-222-8277 — On Easter weekend, Dim Sum Pajama Brunch will be available both Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. People are encouraged to wear their pajamas and come as they are. The prices are $25 for adults and $14.50 for children under 14.  For reservations:

Z’Tejas, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, 210-690-3334 — Easter brunch hours are 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Receive a complimentary photo with the Easter Bunny.

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