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Beer of the Week: Peroni Nastro Azzurro


 

 

Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.

 

 

 

 

Peroni Nastro Azzuro

I’m headed to Italy in a few weeks, so I’ve decided to learn a few important words. I felt lucky to have found the website “Ordering Beer in Italian,” which offers a few key phrases, such as “Dove posso ottenere una buoa birra?” (Where can I order a good beer?)

Or I could just remember to ask for a Peroni Nastro Azzuro. Un Peroni  should do it.

Peroni is one of Italy’s top lagers, and it’s quite refreshing in the summer with seafood or just a good hunk of bread with butter and maybe some salami and cheese. Simple, but effective. Just the way the Italians like their food.

The beer pours a clear hay or straw color into the glass, with a nose that releases a yeasty quality mixed with a grassy tone and floral hops. I have had bottles with an odd aroma underlying those scents, but it was missing on a recent tasting.

There is a sweetness mixed in with the flavors of bread, grass and bitter hops before leaving on a clean note.

It’s not complex, just enjoyable. Just what il dottore ordered.

At the Lion and Rose, pair this beauty with fish and chips, Dockland’s shrimp and chips, Langostino Tilapia or a Portsmouth Po’boy overstuffed with fried clam strips.

And, ciao.

 

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Beer of the Week: Dogfish 60 Minute IPA


 

 

Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.

 

 

 

Dogfish 60 Minute IPA

Give me an IPA, or India Pale Ale, with an extra jolt of hoppy bitters, and I’m happy. Needless to say, I fell for Dogfish 60 Minute IPA from the first sip.

The brew’s website explains the name: “60 Minute IPA is continuously hopped — more than 60 hop additions over a 60-minute boil. (Getting a vibe of where the name came from?).  60 Minute is brewed with a slew of great Northwest hops. A powerful but balanced East Coast IPA with a lot of citrusy hop character, it’s the session beer for hardcore enthusiasts!”

Get this beer well chilled before opening. As you pour it into a mug, you’ll notice its bright golden color with an almost orange intensity. The foam rises about an inch high before settling into a wispy lace around the edge of the glass. As you pour, you also can’t escape the hoppy aromas bursting from the bottle. Both floral and slight piney scents mingle with notes of bread and citrus.

These carry over into the pleasantly bitter flavors of the beer, with an orange-lemon quality and a touch of sweetness floating in that bracing, often piney bitterness. This puppy has plenty of bite. It also leads to a bitter finish that will be welcome to any hop-head like myself.

I love drinking IPAs by themselves. They’re strong and refreshing. But they’re also surprisingly good with strong-flavored food. At the Lion and Rose, these could cut through the heat of the Hackney Hot Wings or offer a contrast to the sweetness of shrimp wrapped  in bacon in the Angels on Horseback plate. Have with any cut of steak or even the Central London Chicken Curry in a coconut-curry sauce with basmati rice.

Any way you pour it, Dogfish 60 Minute IPA is a fine catch.

 

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Beer of the Week: St. Peter’s Cream Stout


 

 

Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.

 

 

 

St. Peter’s Cream Stout

Why would anyone want to drink an iced mocha or Frappuccino, when you could have an adult beverage like St. Peter’s Cream Stout, which boasts more flavor than any of those super-sweet caffeine bombs? With this potent brew, you get flavors of chocolate and coffee swirling through each sip, but you get so much more.

First off, you get a great bottle. This is another of the distinctive St. Peter’s bottles (we wrote about St. Peter’s equally fine Old-Style Porter back in August), a 16.9-ounce antique-style green bottle that harkens back to the days when pharmacists worked in apothecaries, not drug stores.

There’s nothing medicinal about the aromas that burst forth when you remove the cap. Floral, toffee and licorice, partially stemming from what the label tells us are Fuggles and Challenger hops, mix with an obvious, strong roasted coffee quality as well as roasted malts.

Pour it into the pint glass and, well, it sort of looks like used WD40. It’s blacker than the most eye-opening jolt of espresso you’ve ever had, and it produces a lovely full head that dissipates to a state of lace around the edges of the glass fairly quickly.

The sense of sweetness carries over from the nose, but it’s held firmly in check by the bitter coffee flavors that somehow don’t coalesce the way sugar melts into coffee. Also, the cream is there, and it works well with the other flavors, but you would never mistake this for the cream in your coffee. And that’s all for the better, especially when you add the gentle carbonation that offers a pleasant tongue tingle.

Chocolate is also there, along with some fruit and caramel flavors, and all those dark, mysterious qualities that mark a fine stout. The sweetness disappears entirely at the back of your palate, leading to a creamy yet dry finish.

Is it any wonder this brew took gold medals from the International Beer Competition/Challenge in 2003, 2004 and 2006, as the label says?

Serve St. Peter’s Cream Stout at cellar temperature, a little warmer than refrigerator level but not Texas room temperature. That makes it ideal in cooler weather.

I like the fact that this comes in a bottle just slightly larger than a pint glass. That means you have a little left over, kind of like when you order a milkshake and your server brings you the metal container with whatever wouldn’t fit into your serving glass.

Ideally, you would pair this beer with something as robust and vigorous as this is. At the Lion and Rose, that could be an appetizer order of Bloke’s Mushrooms with cream gravy on the side. It could be any of the steaks, such as the King Richard’s Rib-eye or a Pub Burger with sautéed mushrooms and blue cheese added for good measure. Top it off with a Four High Chocolate Cake for dessert.

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Beer of the Week: Old Speckled Hen


 

Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.

 

 

 

 

Old Speckled Hen

Guys, if you’re out on a first date, take a few words of advice: Don’t order an Old Speckled Hen for the lady. As good as the beer is, and it is quite good, she may just take the name as an editorial comment, and there won’t be any such thing as a second date.

On just about any other occasion, order this British ale with gusto.

The drink dates back to 1979, when the Morland Brewery decided to craft a beer in honor of the 50th anniversary of the MG sports car factory in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, according to the beer’s website:

Named after an old MG car which was used as the factory run around, they would park the old MG Featherweight Fabric Saloon outside the paint shop where it would normally get spattered in paint and so it became known as the ‘Owld Speckl’d Un’. This turned into “Old Speckled Hen” when the beer was unveiled.

Pour it into a glass and you’ll notice its copper color with a nice fizz. A head builds up and then falls back to about 1/4 inch, and that foam lingers through most of the drinking time.

The aroma is fruity and malty in good measures of each, suggesting the smooth balance that is the hallmark o this brew. There’s a touch of honeyed sweetness, too that adds to its appeal.

Flavors of yeasty whole grain bread, again with a touch of honey, come to the fore with a light funkiness that is mixture of both hops and citrus fruit. But the flavors aren’t quite as important as the refreshing nature that the Hen brings to your mouth. Its zing lingers even as the ale itself passes through to a dry, hoppy finish.

This is a beer that the Brits made with a pub in mind, and at the Lion and Rose, you can pair this beauty off the tap with just about any of the pub grub on the menu, from fish and chips or bangers and mash to the vegetarian plate made up of side dishes. This is an ale that would love a potato in just about any form, especially the bubble and squeak.

If you like a brew early in the day, try it with the breakfast dishes now being served at the Lion & Rose’s Stone Oak location, 700 E. Sonterra Blvd.

Or try it by itself.  This is a smooth talker, a welcome addition to your regular beer repertoire if it isn’t already in the lineup.

 

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Beer of the Week: Lindemans Framboise Lambic


 

 

 

Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.

 

 

 

Lindemans Framboise Lambic

This week, we present a beer that’s probably different from any other brew you’ve ever had in your life. This Belgian confection is a light-bodied brew with a bright red color that it derives from the additions of raspberries. Think of a sparkling red wine but with greater heft, thanks to the barley and unmalted wheat that truly make it a beer.

So many friends who have sworn they’d never like a fruit beer are astounded by the flavor of this treat, while more than a few beer drinkers are equally perplexed by its unique nature. Some won’t come around to accepting it as a beer when compared with a more bitter or heavier brew, but that’s really their loss. A few would even like to divide the camps between the sexes, dubbing this a girly beer that men won’t care for. But anyone who loves raspberries (one of my two or three most favorite foods in the world) will enjoy this, regardless of gender.

That’s because it is so much more than raspberry soda. The robust nose has aromas of red fruit, of course, laced with notes of yeast, wood, a sugar vinegar and tobacco.

Pour it into a tall, thin stein and notice how huge a head of foam rises. And it lasts, sparkling pink over the darker red brew below.

The flavor conveys raspberries in all their glory, with the seeds seeming to have provided a touch of tannin. There’s also a slightly sour note to balance the sweetness, the same element that made me think of vinegar on the nose. Though it is sweet on the tongue, it has a surprisingly dry finish.

If, after a bottle or two, you still think want to think of this as soda, at least think of it as an adult, raspberry version of Dr Pepper.

Obviously, the style of beer is different. It’s called lambic, which Wikipedia defines as being “brewed only in the Pajottenland region of Belgium (southwest of Brussels) and in Brussels itself. … Unlike conventional ales and lagers, which are fermented by carefully cultivated strains of brewer’s yeasts, lambic beer is produced by spontaneous fermentation: It is exposed to the wild yeasts and bacteria that are said to be native to the Senne valley, in which Brussels lies. It is this unusual process which gives the beer its distinctive flavour: dry, vinous and cidery, usually with a sour aftertaste.”

Not all lambics use fruit, but Lindemans has been making a whole line of fruit-laden specialty brews, including some made with cherries, peaches and apricots, since 1811. They’re good, but this is the best of the lot and the perfect one to start with if you’ve never tried this style of beer.

You may have heard someone say that Cabernet Sauvignon should be paired with chocolate cake for dessert. Not so. That pairing couldn’t hold a candle to Lindemans Framboise alongisde Lion & Rose’s Four High Chocolate Cake, the Big Ben Brownie Sundae or the Sticky Toffee Pudding.

And, yes, this is a beer.

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Beer of the Week: Newcastle Brown Ale


 

 

Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.

 

 

 

Newcastle Brown Ale

One of my best friends introduced me to Newcastle Brown Ale when I was in college, and it’s a beer we still share however many years later whenever we get together.

It’s distinctive, certainly worthy of the slogan “The One and Only” that adorns each bottle.

The clear glass bottle means you can see from the moment you pick it up that this is a brown ale. It also means you probably shouldn’t hold on to a Newcastle too long, though one bottle will lead you to consume the rest in relatively short order.

Pour this beauty into a tall stein or mug and you’ll notice a decent foam at first, but it quickly dissipates into a thin lacing over the top of the glass.

The nose is filled with malty, bready scents with a touch of something sweet, almost cherry-like mingled in.

You’ll get some of that sweetness from your first sip when a noticeable caramel or roasted brown sugar element comes up front, along with malt, almond or pine nut, and bread. You can see why it was nicknamed the “never bitter beer.”

The mouthfeel is light-bodied and it feels clean. There’s no viscous quality, threatening to leave a residue on the tongue. There’s also a touch of malt again on the finish, but it doesn’t linger, meaning it goes down smooth and easy.

The label tells you that Newcastle was intorduced in 1925 by a Colonel J. Parker (no relation to Elvis’ Colonel Parker, at least that I know of). It took three years, though, before the brewer got the recipe right and it swept the 1928 International Brewery Awards, which accounts for the gold medals on its label.

The late great beer and scotch writer Michael Jackson (no relation to the singer, thankfully) notes in his “Great Beer Guide” that the marketing men at Newcastle removed the word “ale” from the label back in 2000 because it was deemed old-fashioned. This only happened in England, and not the rest of the world, which apparently appreciates ale more than “mad men.” The word was restored a few years later without any fanfare when the change in the label produced no difference in sales. Thankfully, those geniuses did not suggest the brewery change the formula for what goes inside the bottle.

Though the beer is on the sweet side, it does pair well with a great many bold=flavored dishes. At the Lion and Rose, it would partner nicely with Hackney Hot Wings, Bangers and Mash, Beggars Pouches with four cheeses inside, the Pub Burger and the Whiskey Steak. In other words, it likes food as much as you and I do.

The Lion and Rose has draught Newcastle Brown Ale for various prices depending on the size you want.

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M Is for the Many Restaurant Options for Mother’s Day


On May 8, it’s all about Mom. Remember all she’s done for you and treat her right. Treat her to the dinner of her choice. The following restaurants range in style from prime steakhouses to extensive buffets to barbecue in the great outdoors.

Reservations are required unless otherwise noted. Tax and tip are not included.

Whether Mom wants a light lunch or an extensive buffet, San Antonio resaturants are ready to please.

Achiote River Cafe, Grand Hyatt San Antonio, 600 Market St., 201-224-1234 — Mother’s Day buffet is 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Begin with spring greens, a Tomato-Thai Basil Salad, Barley and Papaya Salad, Calamari and Shrimp Couscous Salad, and fruit cocktail in ginger syrup. Entrees include Shiner Bock-battered Atlantic Scrod Fillets, Miso-glazed Grilled Chicken, Coconut-Ginger Lamb Curry, prime rib, bone-in ham and an omelet station. Other dishes include a hot and sour tomatillo soup, roasted local harvest vegetables, steamed asparagus in black sesame soy, and garlic horseradish mashed potatoes. Seasonal pastries, mousse and cakes as well as Chef Daniel’s chocolate creation round out the meal. Cost: $30, adults, and $15 for children ages 3-12.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., 210-225-0722 — Brunch hours on Mother’s Day are 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. A buffet of appetizers, salads and artisan breads precede an entrée from a menu. Options include a Maine lobster omelet, an organic Eggs Benedict, curried spiced mini lamb meatloaf with spring vegetable ratatouille, brioche Texas toast,  seared Atlantic salmon, pork goulash, pan-roasted wild Alaskan halibut, and smokey garlic roasted prime rib ($3 supplemental). A dessert buffet closes out the meal. A kids’ menu, with choices such as chocolate waffle and chicken fingers with fries, is available. Cost: $49 for adults, $27.50 for kids.

BIN 555 Restaurant and Wine Bar, Artisans Alley, 555 W. Bitters Road, 210-496-0555 — A special four-course Mother’s Day brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The menu features choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert and will include a cheese course served family-style. Drink specials, mimosas and sangria will be available. Cost: $29.95. Children’s menu: $11.

Boardwalk Bistro, 4011 Broadway, 210-824-0100 — Mother’s Day brunch will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A three-course menu will be offered, varying in price from $20 to $32 a person depending upon the entrée selected. Appetizer choices include lobster-asparagus bisque, tomato-basil bisque, a mini-Belgian waffle and Waldorf salad. Entrée options: Eggs Benedict, three-egg omelet, smoked Black Forest Ham on pumpernickel French toast, crab cake, honey-glazed spiral baked ham, and Chateaubriand. Desserts: cheesecake, strawberry tiramisù, chocolate pecan caramel torte, brandied apricot croissant pudding and fresh berries in mascarpone sabayon.  An optional flight of wines accompanies the meal for $16. Flamenco guitar and percussion will also be featured. A child’s plate for $8.99 is available.

Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, 219 E. Houston St.,  210-472-2600 — On Mother’s Day, Bohanan’s open at 5 p.m. with its full menu. In addition, all Mothers will receive a yellow rose and gift box of truffles. www.bohanans.com

Coco Chocolate Lounge and Bistro, 18402 U.S. 281 N., 210-491-4480 — Brunch will be served 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bottomless Champagne or mimosas will be served alongside a buffet of starters featuring smoked salmon and bagels, tomato and mozzarella, shrimp cocktail, mushroom dip, goat cheese dip, hummus, and daily selection of green, Caesar, potato, red pepper, chicken, white truffle and fresh lemon penne salad as well as a selection of charcuteries and cold cuts and a platter of imported and domestic cheeses. A crêpes station will feature sweet and savory selections, including eggs and bacon; smoked salmon with chives and cream; ratatouille and egg; roasted red pepper with tomatoes , potatoes and egg, Nutella banana, chocolate, and roasted pear and crème Chantilly. Egg and entrée choices include  scrambled eggs with apple wood smoked bacon country breakfast sausage and sautéed potatoes; eggs Benedict with smoked Canadian bacon or smoked salmon; and tagliatelle with lardons, English peas, Asiago and chicken. A dessert buffet with a chocolate fountain and more closes out the meal. Cost: $35 for adults, $15 for children under age 12.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, 210-821-5600 — Chef Francois Maeder is giving Mom a weekend of celebrations. Special menus will be offered for lunch and dinner May 7 and brunch and dinner May 8. Dinner menus on both evenings will feature hors d’oeuvres, such as Marinated Gulf Shrimp, Scottish Smoked Salmon and Mousse Truffle Pâté. Entrées include Chicken Chasseur, Fresh Rainbow Trout, Shrimp Lyonnaise, New York Strip and the Trilogy, featuring Lobster Tail with Lemon-Garlic Butter, Rack of Lamb Provençal and Beef Tenderloin Rossini.  The May 7 special lunch menu will be served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and will feature a variety of salads, pasta dishes and entrées such as Rosemary Chicken, Fresh Rainbow Trout, Tenderloin of Beef and more. The Mother’s Day brunch, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., includes entrées such as Shrimp Salad on Avocado, Eggs Benedict, Veal Scaloppini, Shrimp Lyonnaise and more. The Trilogy will also be available. Children’s menu available.  www.crumpetsa.com

Earl Abel’s, 1201 Austin Hwy., 210-822-3358 — Mother’s Day hours are 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. with a special menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Two breakfast specials are Earl’s Famous Thins topped with strawberries and served with bacon or house-made pork sausage and Bananas Foster & Walnut French Toast with bacon and maple syrup. For lunch and dinner, specials include a new field greens salad with citrus, jícama and a cilantro-lime vinaigrette; a 6-ounce filet mignon with a Torre di Pietra Port sauce; Beef Lasagna; and Rainbow Trout Amandine. Fried chicken, roast turkey and a select menu of favorites will also be available. Dessert specials include red velvet cake and Earl’s Boston Crème Pie. Children’s menu available.

814 A Texas Bistro, 713 High St., Comfort, 830-995-4990 — Mother’s Day brunch is 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The menu includes grilled petite filet mignon with sweet potato mash and bistro steak butter ($22),  Sautéed Norwegian Salmon with Sweet Pea Risotto and Tomato-Shallot Vinaigrette ($19),  Shrimp & Grits ($18), and Apricot-Herb Glazed Duck Breast ($18). All entrées include choice of salad or soup and a complimentary mimosa for Mom. www.814ATexasBistro.com

El Jarro de Arturo Mexican Restaurant, 13421 San Pedro Ave., 210-494-5084 — The Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet is from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.    Chef-prepared omelets, chilaquiles, spiral ham, potatoes, waffles with Bananas Foster, fajitas, Tex-Mex tacos, enchiladas, pork cascabel, Mexican sides, salads, fresh fruits and desserts will be featured. Cost:  $18.95, adults; $9.95, children under age 10. Regular menu available from 3 to 9 p.m. www.eljarro.com

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 255 E. Basse Road, 210-824-WINE (9463) — The Mother’s Day brunch is 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The special meal begins with a choice of fruit salad or wedge salad. Entrée choices include mushroom, cheddar and filet mignon frittata; berry-stuffed French toast; smoked salmon and toasted bagel; asparagus, Swiss cheese and lump crab frittata; and filet Benedict. Dessert choices include walnut turtle pie, New York-style cheesecake and  crème brûlée. Cost: $32.95, adults; $15.95, children ages 12 and younger. Moms receive a $25 gift card for a future visit.

Fogo de Chão, 849 E. Commerce St., 210-227-1700 — The Brazilian steakhouse will be open for special hours on Mother’s Day. Lunch is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at a cost of $32.50 a person while dinner is 3:30-9 p.m. at a cost of $42.50 a person. Children ages 5 and under are free, and children 6-10 are half-price. Valet parking will be available.

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, 210-828-9050 — The restaurant will be open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with a special menu. A few of the dishes include New York strip with grilled shrimp, pan-seared salmon, shrimp with Pernod saffron sauce, Korabuta pork chop veal T-bone and more. www.frederickssa.com/

Frederick’s Bistro, 14439 N.W. Military Hwy., 210-888-1500 — The restaurant will be open 11 a.m.-3 pm. for lunch and 5-9 p.m. for dinner. Appetizer specials include, but are not limited to, Baked Oysters Casino ($9), spring rolls in a lettuce cup ($8), crab cake ($9), and beef carpaccio ($8). Some of the main course options include lobster and lump crab meat asparagus salad ($29), Parmesan-crusted rainbow trout ($17), grilled lamb chops ($19), filet mignon with crab and béarnaise ($27), and Eggs Norfolk with smoked salmon and crab ($18). www.fredericksbistro.com/

The Hilton Palacio del Rio, 200 S. Alamo, 210-224-3357 — There will be three seatings for the brunch: 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The soup and salad bar will feature  Cream of Butternut Squash Soup, Cucumber-wrapped Mesclun Mix Salad and Romaine and Pesto-Goat Cheese Bundles. A bread display will be set up alongside omelet and carving stations. Entrées include Chocolate Pecan Waffles, Grilled Salmon, Teriyaki Glazed Chicken, Herb-crusted Pork Chops,  Confetti Jasmine Rice, Pan-Roasted Asparagus, Grilled Carrot Sticks and Shallot Smashed Potatoes. A dessert bar rounds out the meal. Complimentary valet parking and a special chocolate gifts for mothers included. Cost:  $29.95 for adults, $24.95 for seniors,  $15.95 for children ages 6-10 and free for children 5 and younger. www.palaciodelrio.hilton.com

Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, 210-767-7999 — The Mother’s Day Brunch, which runs 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., features high tea dishes, pasta and paella, local and artisan cheeses, salads, sides and more. Egg and breakfast dishes include smoked salmon benedict, brisket hash with poached egg and hollandaise, rosemary brown sugar bacon, country sausage links, cheese blintz with orange marmalade, personal omelets, and pancakes with syrups and roasted fruit. Surf and turf dishes: fresh shucked oysters, oak-smoked mussels and salmon, iced shrimp and roasted chile cocktail, whole fried snapper with chimichurri, grilled flank steak, whole roasted barbecued spiced chicken. From the bakery: pain au chocolat, almond-filled croissants, Palmier, tarts, petite carrot cakes, decadent chocolate truffles, crème brûlée, vanilla bean panna cotta and an ice cream sundae bar. Children’s table offered. Cost: $46.95, adults; $37.95, seniors; $22.50, children ages 5-12.

The Lion and Rose, various locations — Mother’s Day brunch will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eggs Benedict, a breakfast burger, Irish Hash and Eggs, Wimbledon French Toast and more will be offered. Some of the drink specials:  Mimosa, $3.49; Bloody Mary, $3; Irish Bulldog, $5; Pimm’s Royal, $4.99; and Pimm’s Punch, $4.99. Happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, 1746 Lockhill Selma, 210-349-8466 — The restaurant is celebrating its 10th year of honoring mothers with a brunch served served 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m. A five-course menu, with plenty of the restaurant’s signature dishes, will include choice of appetizer and entrée, followed by cheese course and choice of dessert. The Lodge will feature a Farmers Market-inspired Mimosa. Cost: $37.95. Children’s menu: $11.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, 210-561-9700 — Mother’s Day brings a three-course meal from noon to 5 p.m. Start with your choice of Insalata di Mare (cold seafood salad), Arancini di Riso (Italian rice balls), Polenta con Carciofi (polenta cakes with artichoke hearts),  Cozze Fradiavolo (sautéed mussels)  and Carpaccio Cipriani (thin-cut beef tenderloin) among others. Entrée options include Salmone al Caperi (salmon with pasta and a lemon caper sauce), Linguine con Frutta di Mare (linguine with seafood), Pesce Fresca (pan-seared Chilean sea bass),  Carciofi (sautéed chicken breast with artichoke hearts), veal piccata, Agnello Scottadito (parsley- and garlic-brined New Zealand lamb chops), Osso Buco, and Bistecca di Manzo (grilled center-cut New York strip steak). Dessert options:  Tiramisù, cannoli, and fresh berries with cream. Cost: $27.95.

Max’s Wine Dive, 340 East Basse Road., Suite 101, 210-444-9547 — Service hours are 10 a.m.–10 p.m.. All items are available all day, through brunch, lunch and dinner. The menu includes Almond, Strawberry, and Spinach Salad ($9), Orange and Fig Glazed Ham, Roasted Asparagus, Glazed Carrot Purée ($15), and Warm Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Fondue ($8).

Mike’s in the Village, 2355 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, 830-438-2747 — Mother’s Day brunch will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be an omelet station while entrées on the buffet will include carved-to-order Creole-seasoned Rib-eye, Herbed-roasted Turkey Breast, Miso-glazed Salmon with Lemon Butter, Southwestern Eggs Benedict plus sides and desserts.  Cost: $39.50 for adults, $15.50 for children ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and younger.

Morton’s the Steakhouse, 300 E. Crockett St., 210-228-0700 — A special Mother’s Day menu is available 3-9 p.m. It includes a choice of Morton’s Salad with Morton’s blue cheese dressing, chopped egg and anchovies or Caesar Salad;  a choice of Single-cut Filet Mignon, Filet Oskar with Asparagus and Jumbo Lump Crab, Broiled Salmon Fillet with Beurre Blanc, Colossal Shrimp Alexander or Chicken Christopher; and choice of vegetable or potato; and a choice of Crème Brûlée or Double Chocolate Mousse. Cost: $59. Regular menu also available.

Paesanos, 555 E. Basse Road, 210-828-5191 — Service will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the regular menu.

Paesanos 1604, 3622 Paesanos Parkway, 210-492-1604 — Service will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the regular menu and a Mother’s Day special: a complimentary Bellini, a small Caesar salad, a five-piece order of Shrimp Paesano and cheesecake and seasonal berries in a Grand Marnier sauce. Cost: $31.95.

Paesanos Riverwalk, 111 W. Crockett St., 210-227-2782 — Service will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the regular menu.

Pike’s Place Restaurant, 167 Panther Ridge, Pipe Creek, 830-535-4442 — Mother’s Day brunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A few of the items from the menu are bacon and fontina risotto with a poached egg, eggs Benedict or crab cake Benedict, buttermilk fried chicken, ham and Swiss eggs en croute, vegetarian quiche, steak and eggs, brioche French toast, buttermilk pancakes and mesquite-smoked prime rib. Prices range from $9 to $20. Endless mimosas are priced at $12.

Q on the Riverwalk, Downtown Hyatt, 123 Losoya St., 210-222-1234, ext. 4241 — Service is from 11 a.m.  to 3 p.m.  On the salad bar: fresh spring greens, taboulleh, grilled asparagus, heirloom tomatoes, cold smoked and pressed foie gras, venison brats on cornbread croutons and chipotle aioli, salmon tartar with avocado cream, fresh fruit parfait. Antipasti: assorted domestic and international cheeses, fruit and compote garnishes, variety of charcuterie and patés smoked trout and ale mousse, country pork paté with truffles and pistachio croccantinis with fennel and lavosh, melba toast. Breakfast favorites: made-to-order omelets and eggs, applewood bacon, grilled breakfast sausage, buttermilk waffles with spiced peach compote and maple butter. Entrees: beef sirloin with creamed horseradish, fresh grilled gulf mahi mahi with avocado and smoked mango salsa, green Thai curry with jasmine pilaf, apple chili bbq pork loin with Ranger Creek ale demi, saffron and English pea risotto. Assorted sweet, savory breads. Dessert table. Complimentary champagne and mimosas. Cost: $40, adults; $34, seniors; $19, children ages 5-12. Complimentary self-parking available at the Central Parking garage located across from the hotel.

Roaring Fork, 1806 N. Loop 1604 W., 210-479-9700 — Brunch is served 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with dinner available after 4 p.m. In addition to its regular brunch menu, Roaring Fork will offer Pecan-crusted Pork Loin with Molasses Apple Glaze, Oven-baked Snapper over Watercress and Arugula Salad. Dessert options include Key Lime Pie with a Cointreau Raspberry Sauce. www.roaringfork.com

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., 210-229-1600 — The doors open at 11 a.m. Mother’s Day with the full array of meats and the salad bar with more than 50 items plus dessert. Also special for Mother’s Day are Brazilian mimosas, a frozen cocktail made with house Champagne, blended with a choice of fruit purée and a touch of orange juice. Mango, papaya, wild berry, strawberry, pomegranate, passion fruit, and guava flavors are among the purées available.

Tost BistroBar, 14425 Blanco Road, 210-408-2670 — A three-course brunch will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will begin with the following: appetizer choice of Watermelon Salad with Feta Cheese, Mint and Watercress; Shrimp Bisque with Crème Fraîche; or Crab Cake with a Jicama Slaw. Entrée choices: Pan-seared Petit Filet with Goat Cheese Mash Potato, Grilled Asparagus and Bleu Cheese Béarnaise; Seared Sea Bass with a Crab Citrus Butter Sauce and Curried Cauliflower Purée; or Truffled Lobster Risotto with Roasted Sweet Corn. Dessert choices:  S’mores Chocolate Tart or Homemade Sorbet. Cost: $27.

Tre Trattoria, Fairmount Hotel, 401 S. Alamo St. 210-223-0401, and 4003 Broadway 210-805-0333 — A five-course Mother’s Day brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Signature mimosas and Chef’s Bloody Marys will also be available. Cost: $34.95 a person. Children’s menu: $11.

TriniCakes Cupcakery, 999 E. Basse Road, Suite 178, 210-229-2107 — The Mother’s Day box includes a dozen specialty cupcakes – three lemon, three strawberry, three milk chocolate, and three orange cupcakes – adorned with flower decorations handpicked with her in mind. Cost: $36 a dozen.

Two Bros. BBQ Market, 12565 West Ave., 210-496-0222 — All Moms with a complimentary glass of sangria with dine-in orders over $18. Kids can play in the large yard covered by a canopy of oak trees. No reservations.

Wildfish Seafood Grille, 1834 N. Loop 1604 W.,210-493-1600 — Brunch will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a menu that ranges from Chef Steve’s Sashimi Tasting, Maine lobster bisque and broiled oysters to Lemon Sole in Parmesan Crust, Jumbo Georges Bank Scallops, and prime New York Strip. The full menu and dinner will be available after 5 p.m. www.wildfishseafoodgrille.com

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, Suite 25100, 210-690-3334 — Mother’s Day brunch will be served from 10 a.m.  to 3 p.m. Z’Tejas favorites, such as the Chicken and Potato Hash and the Breakfast Quesadilla, will be offered. The weekend fun bar, featuring make-your-own Bloody Marys and mimosas cost $3.50. Until 3 p.m., the Z’Tejas staff will be taking and printing complimentary keepsake family photos, and all moms will receive a free dessert. Reservations are recommended but not required. sanantonio.ztejas.com

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