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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Griffin contributed to this report.

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Say ‘I Love You’ by Making Reservations Early


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Red and gold beet salad.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Filet mignon a popular choice for a romantic dinner.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Cupid Quesadilla at Paloma Blanca.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bright Shawl Begins Wine Dinner Series with Silver Oak


The Junior League of San Antonio, Inc. presents an intimate evening featuring one of Napa’s top wineries, Silver Oak. Dinner is at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at The Bright Shawl, 819 Augusta St.

A sumptuous four-course meal will be paired with distinctive Cabernet Sauvignons from this award-winning winery. Melissa Unsell, a board member of the Junior League of San Antonio and co-owner of Wine:  A Fine Wine Shop, will host the evening and discuss Silver Oak’s wines in more detail. This dinner kicks off the Bright Shawl’s Vintners Dinner series, with additional dates and featured wineries to be announced.

The menu begins with Shrimp Ceviche, then an Iceberg Wedge with queso panela, spicy pecans and a sun-dried tomato vinaigrette. The entrée is Angus Beef Filet with Roquefort, potato stacker and fennel and roasted red peppers. (There is a vegetarian option as well: Cheese and Vegetable Soufflé.) Dessert is a White Chocolate Chambord Napoleon with almond praline.

Tickets for the Vintners Dinner are $65 each and can be purchased online through www.jlsa.org. Note: Tickets must be pre-paid and that all sales are final.  For more information, visit www.jlsa.org or call 210-225-6366.

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Restaurant Notes & Quotes: Openings, Re-Opening, and Another Throw Down


A trio of tantalizing tacos from Davila's BBQ: pork belly (left), short rib and carnitas.

October throw down in Bulverde

If you loved this past weekend’s Boardwalk on Bulverde’s Food Truck Throw Down, you’ll want to look forward to their next event. This will be Octobeer Fest. Sometime in October, of course, but dates will be announced in the near future.

Pork Belly Prix Fixe Tasting at The Lodge Restaurant, Today and Wednesday only

Pork belly fans can sample this succulent meat prepared several ways at The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills for $30. The price includes a glass of wine, and the seating for this event is limited. Call for reservations at 210-349-8466.

On the menu:  Creamy Yukon Gold and Applewood Smoked Bacon Vichyssoise with Chive Crema and Bacon Fat Croutons;  Slow-braised Asian Pork Ragu with Pancetta, Soba Noodles and Orange Ginger Broth; Pan-seared Pork Belly with Celery Root Purée, Butter-poached Apple and Blue Cheese “Snow”; for dessert, Chocolate Nutella Torte with Candied Bacon Jam and Peanut Butter Mousse.

DUK Truck at Saglimbeni’s on Saturday

Check out the popular mobile food extravaganza by Jason Dady, the DUK Truck. It will be parked at Joe Saglimbeni Fine Wine, 638 Rhapsody Drive, from 1-3 on Saturday.

Sizzler brings Indian to Universal City

Sizzler has opened at 2053 Universal City Blvd. near Pat Booker Road in Universal City.

The Indian restaurant specializes in chicken tandoori, naan, curries, kebabs and biryani.

Lunch brings a buffet from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday for $6.99 a person. The dinner buffet costs $8.99, includes lamb and is available from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

The regular menu features a host of Northern Indian favorites including numerous vegetarian dishes.

For more information, call 210-314-3001.

Costa Pacifica serves up the Mexican Pacific

Costa Pacifica has opened at 434 N. Loop 1604 W., in the space formerly occupied by Spice.

The restaurant offers Panga Shrimp with a creamy mushroom and cheese sauce, shrimp-stuffed fish fillet, Diabla Shrimp, a Popeye fillet with spinach and mushroom sauce, and Parmesan fillet. There’s even Butter Garlic Octopus. For the beef eater, there  are beef fajitas with guacamole.

The fish taco “al pastor” features fish, pineapple and bacon marinated in achiote. Seafood empanadas, shrimp skewers, and coconut shrimp are also on the menu.

Happy hour is 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. Kitchen hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday with the bar staying open later.

Call ( 210) 491-1378 or visit www.costapacificausa.com.

Bright Shawl reopens with renovations, new management

The Bright Shawl, 819 Augusta St., reopened Monday. The Junior League of San Antonio, Inc., which has owned the property as a fundraiser since 1925, is resuming management and a new management staff is assuming duties. The team includes Victor Cervantes, general manager; Erica Clark, catering director; John Gemperlein, executive chef; and George Urrabazo, executive sous chef and pastry chef.

Cervantes oversaw The Bright Shawl’s recent renovations, including a complete remodel of the kitchen, the addition of an elegant wine cellar, a revamped outdoor patio, new glassware, kitchenware, and new decor. The kitchen now features an Alto-shaam smoker, allowing The Bright Shawl to expand its menu and catering options.

The Bright Shawl’s net proceeds will be returned to the community through its relationships with more than 50 area non-profits. The Junior League of San Antonio is one of only three junior leagues in the country with its own restaurant.

Freetail Brewing Co. won’t expand to Houston

Having previously announced expansion into the Houston market, Freetail Brewing Co. will suspend plans for this second location, says founder and CEO Scott Metzger.

“As I moved forward with the Freetail Houston project, I began to run into an increasing level of resistance in capital markets. A brewpub is a good project for downtown Houston, but the deal is simply not there for me at this time,” explained Metzger.

“When we announced the project on May 17, we also stated there were financial considerations to be addressed. Those considerations are ultimately what put this project on hold indefinitely, and no other reason. To move forward with the project at this time would be irresponsible and an injustice to my company and the City of Houston.

“For now my focus will be to continue growing our successful original location, which has internal expansion needs of its own, and moving forward in the battle for fair reform of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, as it relates to the activities of our state’s brewpubs and breweries,” Metzger said.

 

 

 

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Restaurant Notes & Quotes: Lüke/Becker Dinner, Real Ale, Il Sogno, Viola Barrios


Lüke Wine Dinner to Feature Becker Wines

Steven McHugh, executive chef at Luke San Antonio.

Lüke San Antonio will team up with Becker Vineyards for a wine dinner next Wednesday.  The price will be $60 per person plus tax and tip. Luke is at 125 E. Houston St. To make reservations call 210-227-5853.

Becker wines on the menu are Fume Blanc, Texas 2010, Becker Prairie Roti, Texas Hill Country 2009; Reserve Chardonnay, Hidden House Vineyard 2010; Chenin Blanc Texas 2011; Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Canada Family Vineyard, 2009; and Clementine, Bingham Vineyard 2010 (late harvest viognier).

Menu items to include Louisiana Crawfish Bisque, Stuffed Crawfish Head and Tapioca, House-made Fromage Blanc Dumplings, Texas Rabbit Rouladen and Orange Basil Semifreddo.

Barrios Family Awards Scholarship in Viola’s Memory

Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation has selected its second scholarship recipient, Daniela Portillo, an incoming sophomore at Providence High School. This is the second such scholarship from the foundation. The first was awarded to Abigail Issarraras.

The Barrios family, owners of Los Barrios Mexican Restaurant and La Hacienda de los Barrios, established the the charity in memory of Viola Barrios. The scholarship supports young women who exhibit the kind of hardworking, generous characteristics of Viola, and who may not otherwise have an opportunity to pursue a high quality education.

Daniela Portillo and her family will be at Los Barrios, 4223 Blanco Road, at 5 p.m. today. They’ll meet with well-wishers and customers of the restaurant Viola Barrios founded, with the help of her daughters Diana Barrios Treviño and Dr. Teresa Barrios, and her son, Louis Barrios. The foundation also supports a Les Dames d’Escoffier scholarship in Viola’s name.

Il Sogno Celebrates Two Years at Pearl

Osteria Il Sogno, at the Pearl Brewery, will be celebrating its second anniversary this month, chef/owner Andrew Weissman said.

“We would like to thank our many loyal guests who repeatedly visited us and supported our concept,” said Weissman. He also noted that Il Sogno was listed as the No. 3 top “most delicious” restaurant in the recently published  “Fearless Critic,” while another of his restaurants, Sandbar, also at the Pearl Brewery, was given the No. 1 listing. Chris Carlson is executive chef at Sandbar.

Tost Weekend Specials

Tost Bistro Bar specials this weekend will be Fresh Atlantic Striped Bass and Fried Chicken Livers. Tost is open for lunch daily except Sundays and Mondays, and the Sunday Brunch is Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tost happy hour is from 4-7 p.m., $15 per person gets you drinks from a lineup of selected house spirits and beer. On Fridays and Saturdays, happy hours are 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. For more information call Tost at 210-408-2670.

Real Ale Beer Dinner at Westin La Cantera’s Palo Duro Pavilion

Check out the delicious possibilities when pairing a great beer with chef-prepared foods created to match. This will happen at the Real Ale Brewing Company dinner on July 22 at the Westin La Cantera Resort’s Palo Duro Pavilion. The reception begins at 7 p.m., with the four-course meal at 7:30 p.m.  Please make reservations at 210-558-2305.

Five different beers from Real Ale in Blanco will be poured and paired with a special menu by chefs Isaac Cantu and Henry Wesolowski.

Erick Ogershok, head brewmaster of Real Ale Brewing Company, will be the host. Click here for the ales and menu featured at the dinner.

Bright Shawl on Takes a Break for Renovations

The Bright Shawl, the restaurant and meeting space owned by the Junior League of San Antonio, Inc., is taking a break this summer to renovate its kitchen and refurbish its dining room.  The restaurant will be closed through July 27 while the work is being completed, and it should be reopened by early August. The Bright Shawl is at 819 Augusta St. The original facility housing The Bright Shawl was named a Texas landmark in 1973, and the restaurant there has been in continuous operation since 1925. For more information on The Bright Shawl, click here, or call 210-225-6366.

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