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Halloween Scares Up Some Fun at Area Restaurants

Halloween is bringing plenty of treats to area restaurants. Here are a few.

Authors John Griffin and Bonnie Walker to sign their new book Oct. 31

Authors John Griffin and Bonnie Walker to sign their new book Oct. 31.

Barbecue, books and more

John Griffin and Bonnie Walker will be at Texas Pride Barbecue, 2980 E. Loop 1604, Adkins, to sign copies of “Barbecue Lover’s Texas” for the last Friday fish fry of the season.

The signing begins at 6:30 p.m., at which time you can get your fill of barbecue as well as fried pollack or shrimp, have a few longnecks and listen to live music on a fall evening.

For more information, call 210-649-3730.

Copa is in a partying mood

Copa Wine Bar, 19141 Stone Oak Parkway, is having a Halloween party. On the menu for the evening:

  • Cocktail Specials-SCREAMsicles, Leinenkugal, Orange Shandy, French Vanilla Infused Sake
  • Hocus Pocus: Sparkling Rose & Blood Orange Italian Soda
  • Wine Specials: Happy hour all night with 25% off all wine and beer (excluding flights), $15 Make your own Concha y Toro Flights, $5 Sangria by the glass, 1/2 off full-size bottles of bubbly, 1/2 off anything from the Stellar Cellar
  • Food Specials: Belly of the Beast Tacos and Candy Corn Jarfaits
  • Costume Contest 7-10 p.m. Winner gets a 5-liter bottle of Casillero del Diablo Cabernet.

Call 210-495-2672 for more information.

Dale Watson

Dale Watson

Dale Watson at Two Step

Two Step Restaurant and Cantina, 9840 W. Loop 1604 N., is hosting Dale Watson and his Lonestars on Halloween evening. The music begins at 8 p.m.

VIP tables are $40 apiece and include an appetizer and a bucket of goodies from Lone Star Beer.

In addition to the concert, the restaurant is offering a haunted house and kids’ games.

For reservations and VIP tables, call 210-688-2686.


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Cooking Classes Get Two Area Barbecue Joints All Fired Up

Texas Pride Barbecue is bringing back the Friday Fish Fry starting March 2.

Texas Pride Barbecue, 2980 E. Loop 1604, Adkins, will start its regular fish fries back up on March 2.

The weekly event includes fried pollock or shrimp with hush puppies, fries and more (or you can order barbecue inside and bring it around back). Live music, room for dancing and bucket of longnecks all help make the evening pass in a most agreeable manner.

There’s no cover charge, just plenty of fun.

The restaurant is also going to start up cooking classes in mid-April.

For more information, call (210) 649-3730 or click here.

Meanwhile, Garrett Stephens will resume his popular Pitmaster Cooking Class on March 30 at the County Line, 10101 I-10 W.

Garrett Stephens

Class participants will receive a full serving of each of the three courses as Stephens demonstrates how to prepare each dish and takes questions from the guests as he cooks. Everyone receives a recipe book, with space to take notes.

A cocktail reception featuring frozen mojitos made with Steve’s Frozen Chillers and Cruzan Light Rum, both of which are sponsors, begins at 7 p.m.; the class/dinner begins at 7:30 p.m.

The theme for the March 30 menu is “Pigging Out Cuban Style” and includes:

  • Cuban chopped salad with sour orange vinaigrette featuring smoked pork belly with a mango-cilantro glaze
  • Slow-smoked whole suckling pig in Cuban Mojo served with Cuban black beans and rice
  • Grilled plantains with brown sugar coconut rum glaze, mango puree, and vanilla bean ice cream

Since the grill will be fired up, the cooking class will be held outside on the restaurant’s shaded patio; in case of rain, the class will be moved inside.

The cost for the evening, including meal, class and cocktails, is $50 a person.  To make a reservation, call (210) 641-1998 or email


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Texas Pride Plans 24-Hour Internet Radio Station

Texas Pride Barbecue is an Adkins destination spot.

Television has shown the wonders of Texas Pride Barbecue and the fun that can be had on the joint’s backyard patio.

The Texas Pride Studio

Soon, people will be able to hear the sounds of the restaurant on an Internet radio station that will be broadcast through the restaurant’s website,

Tony Talanco

Owner Tony Talanco says the station will launch in about six weeks and will feature daily updates. The emphasis will be on Texas music with a new “Talk About Texas” program each Saturday and “The Old Time Gospel Show” on Sundays. (You can now tune in to both shows, hosted by Roy Holley, weekends on KKYX-640 AM.) A small recording studio stands out back, near the stage.

Talanco has been interested in music all his life, and he’s featured plenty of stars on his stage behind the restaurant, 2980 E. Loop 1604, Adkins. Johnny Rodriguez, Moe Bandy, Johnny Lee, David Allen Coe, Johnny Winter and more have performed there.

In recent years, it has been featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” the Golf Channel’s “GolfNow” and “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” The latter was a bit of a surprise to Talanco, who was pleased that all of the housewives spoke well of his ‘cue.

The barbecue joint draws crowds each Thursday for its bike night, each Friday for its fish fry, Saturday for its music and Sunday for the Daisy Duke Charity Bike Wash from 1 to 6 p.m.

For more information, call 210-649-3730.

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Restaurant Notes & Quotes: Wine, Winners and a Special Dinner

Robbie Nowlin (Photograph courtesy The Lodge at Castle Hills)

Lodge chef heading to Napa, French Laundry

As we reported last month, the chef de cuisine at The Lodge at Castle Hills, Robbie Nowlin, is headed to a new position at the French Laundry, Thomas Keller’s famed restaurant in Napa Valley, Calif. (Click here for details.)

To celebrate this achievement, Nowlin will be preparing a “Last Dinner” from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. This will be an over-the-top menu featuring caviar, uni steam buns, Moulard duck foie gras en terrine, butter-poached Maine lobster tail, sous vide Akaushi New York strip and crème brulée.

The Lodge is at 1746 Lockhill Selma Road. Call for reservations at (210) 349-8466. Price is $120 a person plus tax and tip.

A win for South Side Whataburger team

San Antonio Whataburger GM Juan Salinas and nine of his employees are $1,000 richer this week, after they took a bronze medal in the Burger Olympics, held in Grapevine. The team is from the Whataburger unit at 503 S.W. Military Drive.

Salinas and the team competed with 16 teams during a two-day competition at the Gaylord Texan Resort. The three-part competition involved a simulated 30-minute lunch rush at a nearby Whataburger restaurant, a game-show style competition and a card game related to Whataburger’s procedures.

Employees who stayed in San Antonio to run the restaurant each also received $100 for their part in making the San Antonio restaurant excel.

All this — and bubble-and-squeak, too!

Check out the Saturday drink specials at all locations of the Lion and Rose British Restaurant & Pub. Guinness Stout, Harp Lager, Half & Halfs pints are $3.95; Bushmills is $4.50.  From 4-7 p.m. on Saturdays, well drinks are $2.99 and a selection of domestic bottled beers are $2.75. From 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., it’s karaoke time, hosted by KJ Krystal and more than 100,000 song titles to choose from.  Check out Lion and Rose locations by clicking here.

Champagne Sunday’s at Max’s

The Sunday brunch menu at Max’s Wine Dive includes several specialty eye-openers: Pomegranate or Blood Orange Mimosa Sunrise (sparkling wine, orange juice and splash of POM pomegranate); Raspberry Mint Mimosas; Peach Bellinis (Prosecco, peach, fresh squeezed orange juice); and Clementine-Ginger Mimosas. You can order each by the glass or get a flight of three.


• All  sparklers sold on-premise are sold at a special “Champagne Sunday” price.

• All sparklers sold for retail (to-go) through The Black Door are sold at case price per bottle.

• Popular trivia, for prizes every hour.

• Drawings — tables can enter by supplying a business card or filling out a Black Door sign up form. Drawings are weekly.
Each Sunday six winners will win a prize and a chance to be entered in the Tête de Cuvée prize drawing — a VIP Champagne/sparkling wine tour for 6 people with Chef James and Max’s Wine Guru, Chris Renteria.

Max’s Wine Dive is at 340 E. Basse Road.  210-444-9547

Texas Pride Barbecue proud to offer Bike Night, Friday Night Fish Fry

The barbecue is good, the peach cobbler sensational, at Texas Pride Barbecue, 2980 E. Loop 1604 in Adkins.

But this time of year there’s even more on the menu.

Celebrating its sixth year while drawing upwards of 500 motorcycle enthusiasts on rides from mild to wild, Bike Night runs from 6:30-10:30 p.m. every Thursday. There is no cover charge.

A favorite for everyone from teenagers, families with toddlers and grandparents, the ninth annual Friday Night Fish Fry & Free Dance takes place from 7-11 p.m. every Friday.

“I want everyone to know that Texas Pride Barbecue is all about families,” owner Tony Talanco said. “All events are family oriented, even Bike Night. The No. 1 reason for doing all these events is to bring families together to have a good time.”

Both events will run weekly through October. Kids can have fun in the safe environment of a large playground.

For more information on upcoming music events, click here. Call for more information at 210-649-3730.

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Texas Pride Dance, Auction to Benefit Adkins Family

Dillon Lee Roberts

Texas Pride Barbecue, 2980 E. Loop 1604 S., is hosting a dance and auction to benefit the family of a boy who was killed in a recent dirt bike accident.

Live music, barbecue and auction items including a beach house vacation will be included in a benefit to help pay hospital bills and the funeral of 14-year-old Dillon Lee Roberts from 4 p.m.-midnight on Saturday at the barbecue joint.

Roberts, who would have been a freshman at Floresville High School this fall, was injured in a dirt bike accident on June 28 and died the next day. He was the son of Mark and Terri Roberts of Adkins.

A DJ will play music at 4 p.m. followed at 7 by honky-tonking country artist Jack Higginbotham.

The $15 tickets include a barbecue dinner and the dance.

Live and silent auction items include a week at a beach house in Crystal Beach near Galveston; an air-conditioning unit from Jon Wayne Heating and Air; dove and feral hog hunts; an electric gate opener; jewelry; brunch at the Omni La Mansion Del Rio; wine and gift baskets; and a hat from Herb’s Hat Shop.

For advance tickets or to make donations, call 210-332-8445 or 210-355-8823. For more on Texas Pride Barbecue, call 210-649-3730 or click on

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Barbecue, Benefit at Texas Pride

Want to win a hat autographed by George Strait and help a woman in need at the same time? Then head out to Texas Pride Barbecue, 2890 E. Loop 1604 S., on Aug. 21 for Hope Fest, a benefit for Patricia Jansky Quick, who was left paralyzed after surgery and finds herself in need of a new home.

Six bands will perform at the event, which runs from 1 to 10 p.m. There will also be auctions, including that hat signed by Strait.

Quick is the younger sister of Clifton Jansky, the country music artist who recorded “Amarillo by Morning” before Strait and is the winner of multiple awards from the Christian Country Music Association.

According to a press release on the event, “Quick became paralyzed from the waist down after surgery in December for scoliosis, or curvature of the spine. She could move her toes and legs after the nine-hour surgery, which included the insertion of two titanium rods to straighten her spine. Two days later, she was paralyzed, and her doctors could not explain why or whether she will ever walk again. The doors in her mobile home, where she was helping rear her 6-year-old grandson, were too narrow for her wheelchair for her to go to the bedroom or bathroom. So she stayed in the living room. Her brothers Clifton and Galen Jansky brainstormed about building her a small home and contacted friends and businesses. Volunteers and donations – including the concrete slab, framing and plumbing and electrical work – poured in, and she moved into the modest, 1,100-square-foot house earlier this summer. But Quick needs $20,000 to pay for the remainder of the bills.”

The bands performing are the Rankin Twins, Mario Flores & the Soda Creek Band, Road Home, Jack Higginbotham, Freddy Scott and the Landon James Band.

Other items in the auction include a suite at the AT&T Center for a Rampage hockey game, home accessories, wine and liquor baskets and paintings by Texas artists.

Tickets, which include a barbecue meal, are $15 online or $20 at the door. For more information, to buy tickets or to make donations, click on

Monetary donations to the Patricia Quick – Special Fund may be made at any Security Service Federal Credit Union branch office. Checks may be made to Patricia Quick – Special Fund and mailed to 1826 Pipestone Drive, San Antonio, TX  78232.

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Restaurant Openings and Other News

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

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

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

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

Philly’s Phamous Italian Ice
12054 Blanco Road
San Antonio, TX 78216

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

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

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Burgers, Barbecue, Beers and More at JW Marriott

Strolling the grounds of the JW Marriott

Diana Barrios Trevino serves tortilla-wrapped sliders.

Culinaria, the event formerly known as the New World Wine & Food Festival, showed off the manicured lawns of the new JW Marriott Thursday night with a relaxed Burgers,  BBQ, Beer and Texas Spirits.

Hundreds of locals as well as those attending the Valero Texas Open strolled the lush green lawn from booth to booth sampling sliders made of everything from salmon to pork and, yes, beef. The little treats came on a variety of buns and rolls as well as wrapped in tortillas and were served up by an array of restaurants that included Auden’s Kitchen, La Hacienda de los Barrios and the resort itself while Two Bros. BBQ Market and Texas Pride Barbecue dished up some smoked meats.

Texas spirits included Dripping Springs Rum and Republic Tequila, while beers from Real Ale and Alamo showed what area brewers are capable of.

There were also wines, ranging from the summery Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc and the ever-pleasurable Jordan Chardonnay to Bonterra’s organic Cabernet Sauvignon and Ferrari-Carano’s Cab from Alexander Valley for those who prefer reds.

Guests arrive for Burgers, Barbecue, Beer and Texas Spirits

It was a evening made for the open spaces under the Texas sky, a perfect setting for Texas fare, drinks and music, as Robert Earl Keen ended out the evening. His album title, “A Bigger Piece of Sky,” offered an apt description for the setting.

The festival continues Friday with several events, including the Grand Tasting at the Grotto under the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 200 E. Market St. Tickets are $60. For more information, visit the Culinaria site or check out the SavorSA calendar of events for the weekend.

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Texas Pride Barbecue: Celebrates 15 Years, Lots of Barbecue

Brisket, sausage, beans and potatoes were the fare at Wednesday night's birthday bash at Texas Pride Barbecue.

A sprawling country location east of San Antonio on Loop 1604, good food and a reputation as a great place to bring out-of-town guests has built Texas Pride Barbecue’s reputation over the past 15 years.

At a private party Wednesday night, owners Tony Talanco Jr., and his wife, Joni, hosted local reporters, public relations personnel, and other guests to celebrate the birthday, serving barbecued brisket, sausage, beans and cheesy potatoes, with peach cobbler for dessert.

The building, out in the middle of a wide, open space, near the town of St. Hedwig, started out as a replica of a 1950s  Sinclair filling station. “I thought I’d open a place on a highway in the middle of nowhere, where there were no other restaurants … so that when people are driving by they can’t miss it,” Tony Talanco says. Since then, he’s added on a large stage, open air pavilions and other buildings for food and drink to serve the crowds. Texas memorabilia, antiques and a 1925 Model T Truck are part of the attractions.

It’s not all barbecue: Crowds topping more than 400 show up for his Friday Night Fish Fry, during the warm seasons.  Another attraction is Bike Night Thursdays, which  pulls in up to 500 motorcyclists and more who come out to see the show and eat.

Ushering guests in and out of the party Wednesday were parking attendants on horseback — something very few barbecue restaurants, even in Texas, offer customers.

Go to for more information.

Photos by Nicolas Mistry

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Where to Wine and Dine Along the Wildflower Trail

Can’t get enough of the wildflowers this year? The selection is extraordinary, ranging from vast fields of bluebonnets to swatches of Indian paintbrushes.

If you’re out on the trail, whether you are heading north to the Hill Country or south to Pleasanton, here are a few places we suggest as places to stop for lunch or dinner. The list is far from complete, but the places are listed by area:


Steak night at 11th Street Cowboy Bar
307 11th St.
(830) 796-4849
Every Wednesday from 6 to 10 p.m. Bring your own meat or vegetables to grill. No cover.


Cypress Grille
170 S. Main St.
(830) 248-1353 (reservations suggested)
Sushi Wednesdays, smoky prime rib Thursdays, and now open for lunch.

Limestone Grille, Ye Kendall Inn
128 W. Blanco St.
(830) 249-2138 (reservations suggested)
Award-winning wine list, award-winning fare, including a cowboy rib-eye, Angus prime rib and smoked roasted short ribs.


814-A Texas Bistro
713 High St.
(830) 995-4990 (reservations suggested)
Pan-seared crawfish cakes, a mixed grill with lamb and pork tenderloin, sea scallops with arugula. Any questions?


Steak Night at Waring General Store
Welfare-Waring Road
(830) 749-2332 (reservations suggested)
Dine in the great outdoors each Wednesday on a grilled steak, baked potato bar, salad, appetizers and desserts. Live music. Loads of fun.


Welfare Cafe
223 Welfare-Waring Road
(830) 537-3700 (reservations suggested)
Inventive German fare with a Texas touch served up in the former Welfare General Store.


Hill Top Cafe
10661 N. U.S. 87
(830) 997-8922 (reservations suggested)
From Greek to Cajun fare, this Texas cafe is a constant delight. Save room for pie.

The Nest
607 S. Washington St.
(830) 990-8383 (reservations suggested)
A renovated house is the setting for a special meal featuring fine cuisine and a top-notch wine list.

Rock House Restaurant at Fredericksburg Herb Farm
405 Whitney
(830) 997-8615 (reservations suggested)
Lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch at this rustic treat includes dishes flavored with the herbs grown on the property.


Austin’s at Rose Hill Manor
2614 Upper Albert Road
(877) ROSEHIL (767-3445) (reservations suggested)
A Texas-style Tara is the dramatic setting of a dinner you’ll likely remember for months to come.


Mac and Ernie’s Roadside Eatery
11804 FM 470
(830) 562-3727
A new location now allows you go inside to place your order for first-rate fare, from pork tenderloin and shrimp to the famous cabrito burger.


Cowboy Steak House
416 Main St.
(830) 896-5688
Grilled steaks, seafood and an amazing wine list make this place a Texas treasure.


McBee’s Bar-B-Que
309 2nd St.
(830) 569-2602
Barbecue without the frills but with plenty of flavor.


McBee’s Bar-B-Que
129 W. San Antonio St.
(830) 420-3118
Check out the daily specials and sink your teeth into some good ‘cue.


Texas Pride Barbecue
2980 E. Loop 1604 S.
(210) 649-3730
From the fish fry on Fridays to the concerts featuring Texas legends, this barbecue joint knows how to keep you entertained.

New Braunfels

Cooper’s Old-Time Pit Bar-B-Que
1125 Loop 337
(830) 627-0627
The home of the Big Chop (a pork chop that weighs in at more than 1 pound) is well worth a visit. The berry cobbler is killer.

Liberty Bistro
200 N. Seguin Ave.
(830) 624-7876
The inventive fare, the extensive wine list and the intimate atmosphere. To quote a movie from the 1940s: “Just go – and God bless America!”

Myron’s Prime Steakhouse
136 N. Castell Ave.
(830) 624-1024 (reservations suggested)
Prime steaks grilled to order, a fine wine list and a warm setting in a renovated movie theater make this place a winner.

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