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Hot Chocolate, Gingerbread, Skating and Snow: It’s Holiday Time at the Westin la Cantera


Ice skating is happening at the Westin la Cantera regardless of how warm or cold it is.

Need a little Christmas now? Look no further than the Westin La Cantera, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, where the resort’s annual Hill Country Holiday festival is under way.

Snow is generated every evening, while a synthetic ice skating rink, Frost, is open day or night, no matter the temperature outside. The price is $10 a person for 45 minutes and includes skate rental.

Bandera cowboy Makin’ Dust leads the fun, which includes caroling and stories. Magik Theatre offers the children’s special, “Pirate’s Holiday,” and crafts galore are held. For a full schedule of events, click here.

Decorate your own gingerbread man.

On a recent visit, we encounter two special sources of fun that we took home with us. One was a decorate-your-own gingerbread man idea that is easily done with a few basic essentials: a gingerbread man, a cup of glaze and edible decorations, such as candy sprinkles and chocolate chips. Give each kid something safe to spread the glaze with and let them loose. They can eat the end result.

We also fell for pastry chef Henry Wesolowski’s dense hot chocolate, which felt like molten lava as it coated your throat with a dense unctuousness on its way down. We hadn’t had a cup of hot chocolate this rich or this good since the early days of Metropolitain at the Quarry.

The chef was kind enough to share the recipe.

Chef Henry’s Authentic Hot Chocolate

2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
4 ounces 61% bittersweet chocolate, broken in small pieces

Chef Henry’s Authentic Hot Chocolate

In a saucepan bring the water and milk to a boil. Add sugar, stir until dissolved. Add in chocolate pieces, stirring until dissolved.

Serve with your favorite homemade whip cream or marshmallows.

Makes about 3 cups.

From Henry Wesolowski/Westin La Cantera

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Shane Stresses a Healthful Approach to Eating


Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts is offering its weight management program at the Westin La Cantera.

The holidays are just around the corner, and that can bring terrible temptation for anyone trying to lose a few inches.

Ziporah Janowski knows that scenario all too well: Get-togethers with assorted cookies, fatty treats and sweet cocktails all pile up over the evening. And it’s followed by another evening of the same.  And another.

That’s where Janowski can help. She’s a co-founder of Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts, which can help people establish a more healthful approach toward eating and living. It’s an adult offshoot of the Shane Camp, the long-established camp for children who have weight issues. The Westin La Cantera, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, recently became the company’s second adult resort home, thereby allowing those in the program the chance to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Hill Country while they learn everything from how to cook better to how they can modify their behavior in a more healthful manner.

Grilled chicken over spinach.

So, when they leave the resort and they head out to a party, they know how not to go overboard. The advice can be as easy as reminding people to watch what you eat and drink, such as opting for water instead of punch or cocktails. Or you should eat something healthy before you go, so you won’t be tempted by all of the sweets around you.”It’s like that old saying about never going to the grocery when you’re hungry,” she said on a recent visit to San Antonio.

And if you do eat too much one evening, don’t beat yourself up about it. Just resolve to do better.

Baked pita chips go well with hummus.

Helping people reverse their weight issues has been the goal of Shane since Janowski’s in-laws first offered a camp for children in 1968. The first adult resort opened in 2008 at Honor’s Haven Resort in the Catskills, while the Westin came online in May.

“The people here saw what we’re doing,” Janowski said. “They pulled us in.”

And she’s glad they did. The 300-acre resort in the Hill Country provides a scenic backdrop for the Shane approach to weight control, which consists of three dimensions — nutrition, fitness and behavior coaching — each of which is given equal emphasis.

“Our guests sign up through us,” she said, explaining that they can get information from the company’s website, www.shanedietresorts.com.

Many stay for just a week, while others average a month at the resort, learning how to rethink the way they eat and adjust their lifestyles to something more healthy. Activities include cooking classes, fitness activities that range from hikes to Zumba, field trips, and coaching that will help people examine their history of weight gain and establish strategies for permanent weight loss.

Janowski was careful to place the emphasis more on losing inches around the waist over simple scale readings. Anyone starting a fitness program could lose inches but still gain weight because adding muscle will add pounds, yet that is desirable because of the health benefits that result. “I wish I could tell people to put away the scale,” she said, adding that it feeds people’s fears more than it helps.

Cranberries add to a chicken salad.

People who check into the Westin as part of the Shane program are “not locked up here,” Janowski pointed out. “”We’re not a boot camp. We’re not whipping people. … They can call for room service. They can go to the bar.” Neither is desirable, but the people who work on the program know that change doesn’t happen overnight.

They also realize that people who seek Shane’s help want their meals to taste great. So, recipes have been developed to meet the programs set-up of three meals and three snacks a day. Breakfast could consist of banana oatmeal pancakes with turkey bacon or a frittata with fresh fruit on the side and an eye-opening Virgin Mary. Lunch options include grilled chicken with vegetables or whole wheat macaroni and cheese, while dinner could bring fish, chili or even a steak.

Snacks can be a bit trickier, especially if you want something to keep in your desk at work or on hand while doing errands. Janowski suggested Greek yogurt, string cheese, a whole wheat pretzel with mustard, hummus and homemade baked pita cheese, and even a homemade power bar made of dates and nuts blended in the food processor. “Sometimes you could add other dried fruit, such as cherries, or you might add lemon zest,” she said.

Frittata, turkey bacon and fruit for breakfast.

“You’ve got to keep your metabolism up,” she said, adding that it means having that most important meal of the day, breakfast, as well as something here and there throughout the day, all without eating to excess.

“We’re teaching (people) how to eat,” she said.

At the Westin, a team of kitchen workers have learned to make menus the Shane way for those taking part in the program, and by mid-December, two registered dietitians will be on staff to assist.

Many still need help after they leave the resort and return to their regular lives.

Steak with green beans and a twice-baked potato.

To help them, Shane has a cookbook due out soon that will be filled with “simple, simple, simple recipes,” Janowski said, so that people can make whatever they need at home. These include several ideas for Thanksgiving or any time of year, including Honey-Baked Carrots, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Zucchini Bread.

There’s also an after-program that Shane offers, in which followup calls are made to help people stay on track with their goals.

It’s all part of the Shane plan, which has helped many lose weight and keep it off. That change in people’s lives pleases Janowski. “I have seen people completely change the way they eat,” she said. “You do have to be serious about it, but we do try to make it fun.”

 

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Restaurants and Reservations, an Easy, Delicious Combination for Thanksgiving Dinner


Turkey, it’s what’s for dinner at Thanksgiving. But it’s not all that restaurants are offering.

This is the 2012 listing.

Why stress making Thanksgiving dinner when you can have the big meal served to you at a restaurant — and no dishes to wash afterward. There are plenty of options in San Antonio to meet all prices and tastes, including the following list. Reservations are required at all places, unless otherwise noted. Tax and tip are not included in the prices listed.

Achiote River Cafe & Bar at the Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market St., (210) 451-6171 — Thanksgiving dinner will be served noon-10 p.m. The buffet starts with Forest Mushroom and Chestnut Bisque and salads: Organic Mixed Winter Greens, Waldorf, fresh fruits and compotes, whole grains and dried fruits, and select seafood. Specialties include Roast Pepper Crusted Tom Turkey and Pan Gravy, Smoked Rack of Pork with Chutneys and Relishes, Stuffed Planked Scottish Salmon, Corn Bread Stuffing with Grilled Poblanos, Crushed Garlic Scented Yukon Potatoes, Cauliflower au Gratin, Coconut Honey Sweet Potatoes, Ratatouille, and Mussels a la Cubana. Pastries and breads round out the array. Cost: $45 for adults, $22.50 for children 6-12. Menu price does not include an 18 percent tip, tax or alcoholic beverages.

Auden’s Kitchen, 700 E. Sonterra Blvd., (210) 494-0070 —Thanksgiving service will be 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The meal will be buffet style including your choice of one entrée. Appetizers and salads include antipasti, veg wrap pinwheels, stuffed mushrooms, roasted beet salad, Bibb salad with red wine vinaigrette, green lentil and marinated veg salad and Caesar salad. Entree options:  Sage roasted turkey, cornbread and Tasso ham stuffing;  Cinnamon and Harrisa roasted turkey, sweet potato hash, brussel sprouts with Spanish chorizo;  Ribeye with bacon and onion stuffed potato; and Salmon with lemon risotto and sautéed fennel.  The dessert table includes apple butter pumpkin pie bars, sweet potato bundt cake with marshmallows, peanut butter crunch chocolate bars, bourbon pecan pie, apple crumble pie bars, assortment of cookies. The price: $38.95 for adults or $18.95 for kids 12 and under.

Biga on the Banks,203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-0700 — Thanksgiving dinner hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. The Thanksgiving dinner includes a selection of appetizers and salads, plus a choice of of the following entrées: Herb Roasted Organic Turkey, sourdough sage and apple smoked bacon dressing, green beans; Jerk-rubbed Organic Turkey, Jamaican rice and peas, plantains; Pepper Roasted Beef Ribeye, grilled Idaho with fixings; braised pork with green chiles and white beans, mustard greens, fried egg;  Organic Nutty Brown Farms Eggs Benedict, English muffin, grilled baby romaine, Canadian bacon; Texas Brioche Toast, three berry compote, crunchy bacon, maple syrup; Crab and shrimp croquettes, basil aioli, frisee, marinated olives and beans; Guajillo-cranberry glazed Red American Snapper, butternut squash pepita risotto cake;  and a vegetarian dish. For a $5 supplement, get baked potato au gratin, Green beans with crunchy onions, garlic mashers, sourdough dressing, country potatoes, scrambled eggs, and pork braised beans. A children’s menu and a dessert station also offered. Cost is $58 for adults and $27 for children 12 and under.

Thanksgiving dinner at Antlers is one of three dining options people have at the Hyatt Hill Country this year.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, (210) 821-5600 — Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef and owner François Maeder is preparing traditional Thanksgiving dishes with his own taste of Europe. Guests can look forward to a menu with roasted turkey  and baked ham with all the trimmings ($28.50), as well as Maeder’s Veal Scaloppini with mushroom cognac sauce ($33.50) and other restaurant favorites. All entrees are served with fresh bread, salad, appetizer and dessert. A children’s menu is also available.

Earl Abel’s, 1201 Austin Hwy., (210) 822-3358 — The Thanksgiving menu will be served 11 a.m.-9 p.m., with breakfast starting at 6:30 a.m. Reservations are not accepted.  Appetizer specials include pumpkin soup, Earl’s Cream of Chicken soup and deviled eggs. Entree options: Roasted Turkey with handmade cornbread dressing, giblet gravy and cranberry relish; fried chicken with mashed potatoes; Thanksgiving pot roast with mashed potatoes and carrots; fried shrimp served with a baked potato; and a repeat of last year’s Venison Sausage from Broken Arrow Ranch in Ingram and served with German Potato Salad and Red Cabbage. Pies that day will include pumpkin pie, sweet potato pecan pie with Chantilly cream, chocolate ice box pie, pecan pie, strawberry shortcake, and chocolate and butter crème cakes. There will also be a children’s menu.

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, (210) 828-9050; Frederick’s Bistro,  14439 N.W. Military Highway, (210) 888-1500 — Thanksgiving hours are from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and from 5-9 p.m. A few items from the lunch menu: Butternut Squash Pumpkin Soup ($6);  Lobster Bisque ($7);  Crab Cake with Spicy Remoulade ($9.5);  Roquefort Walnut Salad ($7);    Avocado, Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Salad ($25); Frederick’s Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey served with Home-style Stuffing, Fresh Cranberries and Seasonal Vegetables ($19); Jumbo Sea Scallops with Capers and Lemon and Butter, Caper Sauce ($20); and Black Angus New York Strip with Grilled Shrimp & Béarnaise ($29). Highlights from the holiday dinner menu include Frederick’s Spring Rolls ($9);  Crispy Calamari with Spicy Marinara Sauce ($9);  Oyster Casino ($9);  Escargot Bordelaise with Mushrooms and Garlic Butter ($10);  Frederick’s Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey served with Home-style Stuffing, Fresh Cranberries & Seasonal Vegetables ($25); Norwegian Salmon with Whole Grain Mustard White Wine Sauce ($27);  Black Angus Beef Tenderloin with Grilled Shrimp & Béarnaise ($34) and Parmesan Crusted Rainbow Trout with Avocado Relish ($28). Children’s menu available at both meals.

Green Vegetarian Downtown location only; 1017 N. Flores;  210-320-5865, $15 per person. Prix Fixe menu: Roast Turkey; Glazed Wham; Sausage and Apple Stuffing; Glazed Yams; Green Bean Casserole; Mashed Potatoes; Cranberry Salad; Tea. Please RSVP to marketing@GreenSanAntonio.com. www.GreenbSanAntonio.com

Hilton Palacio del Rio, 200 S. Alamo St., (210) 224-3357 — Seating times are at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. The lavish buffet includes fresh salads, bread display, an omelet station, entrées, traditional turkey and dressing, and a delicious dessert display. Price: Adults $34.95, Seniors/Military $31.95, Children 6-10 $16.95, Free for children 5 and under. Includes complimentary valet parking.

Hyatt Hill Country Resort,9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, (210) 767-7999 — The resort is offering two dining options for all tastes:

  • The Hill Country Ballroom will be offering a brunch from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Features include a rustic soup station with butternut squash soup, onion soup with Gruyère crouton, roasted tomato soup with smoked cheddar crostini, chicken tomatillo soup, and posole with cilantro and diced onion. The salad bar includes a selection of local greens, composed salads, and a specialty apple and pear tasting accompanied by warm mulled cider, Seafood: jumbo shrimp and cascabel chile cocktail sauce, hand-shucked oysters with jalapeño mignonette, smoked salmon with traditional garnish and mini bagels, smoked garlic mussels. Cheese kiosk and artisan breads will include locally made cheeses and crusty breads, warm, smoked-cheddar green chile biscuits with agave butter, Leaning Oaks Vineyard wine conserves and chipotle-pomegranate jam, and a marinated vegetable and olive bar. On the Butcher Block: citrus-coriander basted tom turkey with house-made gravy, maple-glazed honey baked ham with spicy mustard, and roasted beef steamship with horseradish. There will also be a Cranberry Bar, Pasta and specialties, including sweet potato with marshmallow gratin, corn bread stuffing, mashed garlic potatoes, baked “fresh catch” with lime butter cream sauce, roasted acorn squash with sherry and chestnuts, haricot vert and pancetta. Breakfast items, pastries and a children’s buffet also included. Cost: $49.95 for adults, $39.95 for seniors, and $23 for children 5-12 years.
  • Thanksgiving dinner in Antlers will be served 3-9 p.m. The special menu begins with soup and salad: Spanish Chorizo and Kale Soup with Leeks, Carrots, Celery, and Potato plus Chopped Salad with Romaine and Radicchio, Apple Bacon, Bleu Cheese, Pecans and Maple Vinaigrette. Main Dishes and Accompaniments include Sage Butter Roasted Turkey and Kettle Gravy, Lavender Honey-Glazed Ham, Wild Mushroom and Chorizo Stuffing, Tequila-Jalapeño and Traditional Cranberry Sauce, Smoked Cheddar Whipped Potatoes, Autumn Vegetable Hash, Parmesan Broccolini with Smoked Paprika, and fresh baked breads and butter. Dessert is your choice of Caramelized Pumpkin Tart with White Chocolate Whipped Cream, Roasted Apple-Cranberry Cobbler or Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie. Sommelier-recommended specialty wines available. Cost: $53 adults, $42 seniors, and $22 children 6-12.
  • The Springhouse Café will serve dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. The meal will include the traditional Thanksgiving favorites with a carving station for turkey and ham. Cost: $23 for adults, $11.50 for children 6-12. Reservations are not required.

JW Marriott, 23808 Resort Parkway, (210) 483-6622 — The Grand Oaks Ballroom will be the scene of a Thanksgiving buffet from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Options start with breakfast items, including Omelet Station, Fresh Fruit and Berries, Warm Breakfast Pastries, House Smoked Salmon, Mini Bagels, Farm Fresh Scrambled Eggs, Applewood Smoked Bacon and Elgin Hot Links Sausage. Salads, breads, sides and soups will be served along with seafood: Shrimp, Snow Crab Claws, Clams, and Oysters. At the carving station: Maple Brined Tom Turkey, Peach and Cranberry Relish, Prime Rib, Natural Pan Jus, Potato Sea Salt Rolls, and Bourbon Glazed Smoked Pork Loin. A dessert buffet and a children’s buffet are also included. Price: $54.95 for adults, $46.95 for seniors, and $25.95 for children 4 and older.

Las Canarias at La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St., (210) 518-1177 —The Thanksgiving buffet is served from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The buffet includes complimentary parking and choice of champagne, mimosas and Bloody Mary. The cost is $72 for adults, $36 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. Regular a la carte dinner service with featured themed specials will resume at 6 p.m.

Las Ramblas, Hotel Contessa, 306 W. Market St., (210) 298-3040 — Seatings are at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. The meal will include two carving stations at the main buffet, a waffle and omelet station, a chilled seafood display, a pastry chef’s table and a children’s buffet. Price: Adults, $41 (with bottomless mimosas and sangria, add $9); children 7-16, $16.

Expect to find all sorts of pies among the dessert offerings.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, (210) 561-9700 — The restaurant will be open noon-4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. A traditional turkey dinner will be served for $21.95 per person. The a la carte dinner menu will also be served.

Lüke, 125 E. Houston St.,  (210) 227-5853 — The Thanksgiving dinner will be served 11 a.m.-11 p.m. The five-course family-style Thanksgiving feast will be served to all, including service men and women from Fort Sam Houston, who will be honored guests that day. Starters include Crab Deviled Eggs, Southern Caviar and Cornmeal Pancakes, Hogs Head Cheese and Grilled Bread, and Boudin Balls, followed by Shrimp Maison, Braune Farms Beet Salad, Young Spinach Salad, Creole Seafood Gumbo, Turducken, Dirty Rice, Texas Yam Souffle, Mirliton and Shrimp Stuffing and more. Dessert is a choice of Mascarpone and Pumpkin Pie with White Chocolate Croustillant, Wild Turkey Pecan Pie with Vanilla Pot de Creme, Walnut and Apple Strudel with Creole Cream Cheese Ice Cream, or Brendan’s Bread Pudding, Candied Pecans, Vanilla Ice Cream. The cost is $45 for adults, $20 for children, plus tax and gratuity. A limited a la carte menu will be available as well.

Mike’s in the Village, 2355-3 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, (830) 438-2747— Thanksgiving dinner with will be served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Start with a choice of Butternut Squash Soup, Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, Caesar Salad or Mixed Greens with Raspberry Vinegrette, followed by an entree of Cranberry Glazed Carrots; Green Beans & Mushroom Casserole; Creamy Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes; Roasted Turkey Breast with Chorizo, Andouille, Walnut & Cornbread Stuffing; Giblet Gravy and Whole Fruit Cranberry Relish. Dessert is a choice of Pecan Pie with White and Dark Chocolate Sauce, Pumpkin Pie with Fresh Whipped Cream or White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce. The cost is $24.95 for adults, $9.99 for children under 10.

The Omni San Antonio at the Colonnade, 9821 Colonnade Blvd., (210) 691-8888 — The Thanksgiving brunch buffet will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a turkey bar featuring several types of turkey, from Cajun and rotisserie to roasted and smoked, and a stuffing/dressing bar with fixings that include shrimp, chicken, chorizo, oysters, prosciutto, dried fruit and nuts. Rosemary steamship of beef and herb-crusted pork loin will also be offered in addition to soups, salads, desserts and breakfast items. The price is $39.95 per adult plus tax and a 21 percent service charge. Children ages 6-11 cost $16.95. You can also sponsor a wounded warrior to a Thanksgiving dinner when you make your reservation.

Candied yams are a seasonal favorite.

Oro at the Emily Morgan Hotel, 705 E. Houston St., (210) 224-0146 — Thanksgiving dinner will be served 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The seafood selection includes a variety of East Coast Oysters, Ahi Tuna, Gulf Redfish, Gulf Shrimp Ceviche, Gulf Cocktail Shrimp with Pickled Onion and Cilantro Cocktail and Littleneck Clams.  Chilled items include Bluebonnet Farms Heirloom Tomato and Roasted Mushrooms, local lettuces and salads, and assorted seasonal fruit and cheeses. Vegetables include Caramelized Brussels Sprouts and Steamed Wild Rice with Cranberries and Huckleberries, Roasted Cherry and Butternut Squash Puree, and Sweet Potato and Braised Cabbage Hash. Hot favorites: Carved Rosemary and Cardamon Scented Turkey, with Classic Dressing, Alamo Beer and Citrus Braised Berkshire Pork Shank, Mesquite Smoked Garlic Studded Beef Sirloin and Natural Jus, and Pan Seared Mahi Mahi with Passion Fruit Butter and Charred Bell Peppers. Dessert options: Petit Fours, Classic Seasonal Berry Cheesecake, Caramelized Texas Pecan Pie with Chantilly Cream, and Decadent Pumpkin Pie with Golden Raisin Caramel. Cost: $39.95 plus tax and tip; $19.95 for kids 12 and under. Complimentary Valet Parking.

Ostra at the Mokara Hotel, 212 W. Crockett St., (210) 396-5817 — Ostra will have its regular à la carte menu available all day. Featured themed specials are available during dinner service, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Q on the Riverwalk at the Downtown Hyatt, 123 Losoya St., (210) 222-1234 — Thanksgiving dinner will be served 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Start with shrimp and crab claw shooters, prosciutto, capicola, Genoa salami, mortadella, marinated vegetables and Brazos Valley cheeses, season produce and salads, breads and soup as well as herb-roasted turkey breast or molasses-glazed bone-in ham, both carved to order. The Wall of Fire includes pistachio-encrusted salmon, brussels sprouts with bacon and caramelized onions, Brazos Valley White Cheddar mashed potatoes, Haricot Vert Casserole, and Bruleed Sweet Potatoes. Desserts include pumpkin cheesecake, bourbon pecan pie, Calvados apple cobbler, maple creme brulee, clementine fruit tarts, banana pudding cones and cinnamon roll French toast. Cost is $44 for adults or $22 for children. Price includes a glass of champagne and parking in the garage across the street.

Sustenio at Eilan Hotel Resort and Spa, 17103 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 598-2950 — On Thanksgiving Day, Sustenio is hosting a 3-course family style Thanksgiving Day meal from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Start with a choice of two of the following: Apple and Pear Salad, Pumpkin Soup, Truffle Chantilly, Traditional San Antonio Smoked Pork Tamales, Caesar Salad, Double Diamond Texas Quail, Smoked Chicken Deviled Eggs, Crab Salad and Goat Cheese Dip ($5 per person for an additional appetizer.) Choose two entrée selections: Wood Grilled Beef with Wild Mushroom Ragout; Heritage Turkey Breast; Texas Oak-Wood Smoked Ham; Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin; Leg of Lamb; Pan Seared Stripe Bass; Pressed Confit Duck; and Vegetarian Pasta ($7 per person for additional entrée). Choose three side dishes: Grandma’s Corn Bread, Sautéed Green Beans, Savory Pumpkin-Anise Bread Pudding, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Caramelized Root Vegetables, Smoky-Cheddar Stone Ground Grits, White Bean and Grilled Vegetable Salad, Braised Red Cabbage, Honey Glazed Carrots, Sweet Potato Soufflé and Yukon Gold Potato Puree ($4 per Person for an additional side.) Choose two desserts: Peppermint Cheesecake, Spiced Orange-Cranberry Cake, Pumpkin Panna Cotta, Pecan Whiskey Tart, Fruit Tart and Apple Cobbler ($5 per person for additional dessert.)  The cost is $42 for adults, $16 for children.

Many restaurants will serve Thanksgiving favorites family-style.

The Terrace Grill at Riven Rock Ranch, 390 Hermann Sons Road, Comfort, (830) 995-4045 — Chef Brantley is serving Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 5 p.m. The cost will be $49.95 for adults and $29.95 for children under 10, plus beverage, tax and tip.  A salad precedes the meal featuring the following sides: Fresh baked sweet corn muffins with whipped butter; Four Cheese Broccoli Casserole-with Romano, Fontina, Provolone and mozzarella cheese, topped with toasted bread crumbs; Orange Scented Haricots Verts with sun dried cranberries and toasted almonds; Sweet Corn, Water Chestnut and Texas Mushroom Cornbread Stuffing; and Agave Syrup Infused Sweet Potatoes and Spiced Apples with a Whiskey Glaze. You can choose two of the three meats from the carving station: Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, Center Cut Pork Loin and Amaretto, Pecan & Peach Glazed Smoked Ham. Dessert choices: Warm Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate-served with Chantilly whipped cream, grated chocolate and marshmallows; Caramel Jonagold Apple Cheesecake Bars with ginger snap cookie crust and streusel topping; and Traditional Pumpkin Pie-creamy custard based pumpkin pie sprinkled with candied pecans and spiced whipped cream.

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., (210) 299-1600 — The Brazilian steakhouse opens at noon  Thanksgiving Day with a few traditional items, such as roast turkey, sweet potato casserole and cranberry sauce in addition to the regular array of meats.

Vegeria Vegan Restaurant, 8407 Broadway, (210) 826-4223 — Vegeria’s Thanksgiving buffet will be 100 percent vegan and gluten free. It will also be completely local and organic.  The cost is $20 and includes drinks and dessert, but not tax or tip.  Seating choices are Slot A: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Slot B: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.; Slot C: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. On the menu: Corn Cheddar Bread Pudding, Quinoa and Corn Bread Stuffing, Harvest Kale Salad with Candied Pecans and Walnuts, House Salad, Green Bean Casserole, Herbed Mashed Potatoes, Pumpkin and Butter Nut Squash Curry, Fresh Cranberry Sauce, Baked Herb Tofu with Creamy Portabella Gravy, fresh vegetables with homemade vegan cheese, Fresh Corn Bread and Jalepeño Cheddar Corn Bread, Pumpkin Spice Tamales, Spinach and Cream Cheese Tamales, Thanksgiving Stuffed Tamales, Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake, Raw Pecan Pie, Apple Spice Cupcakes, and Pumpkin Spice with Bavarian Cream Cupcakes. The raw menu includes raw savory pumpkin seed loaf with cranberry sauce, raw marinated kale and mushrooms, raw apple and sweet potato casserole, house salad, Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake and Raw Pecan Pie.

The Westin La Cantera, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 558-2439 — The Thanksgiving meal will be offered during seatings that run ever half hour from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  The brunch will include soup, salads, and carving stations with roast tom turkey, pineapple-glazed ham and prime rib au jus. Entrees include tomato-mozzarella stuffed chicken roulade, Provençal-style salt cod, and chile-rubbed pork loin. Breakfast specials, an array of side dishes and desserts, and a children’s menu are all offered.  Cost is $49 for adults, $25 for children.

If you would like to add another restaurant to the list, email walker@savorsa.com or griffin@savorsa.com.

 

 

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‘The Wineslinger’ Is Combining a Book Signing with Some Liquid Fun


To celebrate Texas Wine Month, the Westin La Cantera is hosting Russ Kane, who has recently written perhaps the most comprehensive guide to wine the state that has appeared to date.

Kane will be signing copies of “The Wineslinger Chronicles: Texas on the Vine” from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday in the resort’s Steinheimer’s Lounge. Kane is also the author of the wine blog, VintageTexas.

That’s also the time that the resort’s sommelier, Steven Krueger, shares his passion for local pours, so you can sample a flight of four 2-ounce Texas wines for $10.

Kane will be glad to answer any questions you have about the wines you’re sampling or the Texas wine industry in general.

The Westin La Cantera is at 16641 La Cantera Parkway. For more information, call (210) 558-6500.

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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.

Restaurateurs, if you want to be included in our lists, email walker@savorsa.com or griffin@savorsa.com.

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Celebrate a World of Pilsners at Spring Beer Dinner


Sample five pilsners at the Westin La Cantera's spring beer dinner.

The Westin La Cantera, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, is planning a spring beer dinner for 7 p.m. March 30.

The meal, which will be presented in La Cantera Grille will feature five pilsners from around the world.

The brews, from countries such as Germany and Japan, have been paired with five courses created by chef Isaac Cantu and chef Henry Wesolowski.

The menu is as follows:

  • Japan’s Asahi Amber Lager paired with Assorted Dim Sum, Vegetable Sushi and Skewered Duck
  • Italy’s Birra Moretti served alongside Homemade Gnocchi with Roasted Red Pepper “Pesto”
  • Germany’s Bitburger Classic Eintopf with “German Stew”
  • America’s Rahr and Sons Ugly Pug Black Lager with Slow Smoked BBQ Glazed Short Ribs
  • India’s Kingfisher Premium Lager with Wesolowski’s Dessert Creation

Tickets cost $55 a person, plus tax and tip. For reservations, call (210) 558-2305.

 

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Ready or Not, New Year’s Is Around the Corner


Happy New Year's!

San Antonians love to party on New Year’s Eve. Well, we love to party almost any day of the year, but New Year’s Eve is special. The following restaurants are offering special meals or special hours to ring out the old and ring in the new. Reservations are required at ease. Prices do not include tax and tip.

And Happy New Year’s!

Achiote at the Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market St.,  210-224-1234 — The New Year’s Eve dining hours are 5 p.m.-midnight. The buffet will include the Achiote Salad Bar, a Seafood and Ceviche Raw Bar with fresh oysters, shrimp, crab claws and Peruvian Red Snapper Cilantro Ceviche,  Antipasto and Cheese Station with Lobster Bisque and Roasted Carrot Kabocha and Ginger Soup, and an  Assorted Dessert Bar. Entrees will be served tableside, and choices include:  Naturalwell New York Steak with Roasted Shallot Sauce, Miso Glazed Salmon with Char Sui Bar BBQ Sauce,   Stuffed Wild Rice Cornish Game with Cherry Port Sauce,  and Petite Filet and Chile Glazed Shrimp. All entrees served with local baby vegetables and choice of either Roasted Garlic Peruvian Mashers or Herb and Texas Blue Cheese Polenta.  Cost is $60 a person, plus tax and 18 percent tip.

Barriba Cantina, 111 Crockett St., 210-228-9876 — The restaurant and bar will be open regular hours, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. There will be live music with no cover charge. And reservations are not needed.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., 210-225-0722 — Biga has two options:

  • The New Year’s Eve early menu will be served 5:30-7:30 p.m.  The menu includes an amuse bouche of Duck rillete with cumberland sauce, followed by choice of appetizer: two Pork and Mushroom Spring Rolls with cilantro and ginger dipping sauces (add spring roll for $6 extra); Grilled Natural Scallop with lobster risotto and truffled butter; Hong Kong Crab Congee with scallion chile oil; Cuzco Ceviche, Gulf fish and shrimp, sweet potato, avocado, chile and crunchy corn; Chicken-Fried Oysters with squid ink linguini, Swiss chard, pancetta and mustard hollandaise; 10 ounces of Farm Raised American Transmontanous caviar ($85 supplement); or 10 ounces of Wild American Hackleback Caviar ($50 supplement). Soup and salad choices include  Hong Kong crab congee with scallion chile oil; Chardonnay Braised Leeks, smoked salmon, capers, organic egg, an dlemon dill vinaigrette (add caviar for extra $12 ); Grapefruit, Watercress and Endive Salad with hard cheese, toasted almonds, honey vinaigrette (add seared foie gras for extra $12);  romaine Leaves with red pepper Caesar dressing, tiny croutons and Parmesan tuile (add chicken-fried oysters for extra $8); Spinach salad with tart apples, brie, spiced pecans, bacon, trumpet royal mushrooms, gaufrettes and warm sherry garlic vinaigrette (add grilled quail for extra $8). Entree choices include two fishes of the day; Roasted Australian Lamb Rack with wild rice mushroom strudel, soft fennel, date chutney and balsamic mint sauce; Slow Cooked Veal Cheeks, pappardella pasta, asparagus, herbs and porcini jus; Grilled Beef Tenderloin, smashed purple potatoes, asparagus, portabella mushrooms, blue cheese béarnaise, and port veal demi glaze (add two shrimp for extra $7); and Beef Bourguignon in Puff Pastry, fingerling potatoes, broccolini, mushrooms, bacon, baby carrots, pearl onions.  Dessert options: Pistachio Dacquoise, with dark chocolate mousse, raspberry crush and orange dust; trio of panna cottas — strawberry, coffee and cajeta, and Dulce de Leche and Banana Crepe, coconut anglaise, dulce de leche ice cream and caramelized banana. Cost is $65 a person.
  • The later dinner will be served 8 p.m.-midnight. The menu includes an amuse bouche of Duck rillete with cumberland sauce, followed by choice of appetizer: foie gras terrine with cherry-Grand Marnier marmalade, two Pork and Mushroom Spring Rolls with cilantro and ginger dipping sauces (add spring roll for $6 extra); Grilled Natural Scallop with lobster risotto and truffled butter; Hong Kong Crab Congee with scallion chile oil; Cuzco Ceviche, Gulf fish and shrimp, sweet potato, avocado, chile and crunchy corn; Chicken- Fried Oysters with squid ink linguini, Swiss chard, pancetta and mustard hollandaise; 10 ounces of Farm Raised American Transmontanous caviar ($85 supplement); or 10 ounces of Wild American Hackleback Caviar ($50 supplement). Soup and salad choices include  Hong Kong crab congee with scallion chile oil; Chardonnay Braised Leeks, smoked salmon, capers, organic egg, an dlemon dill vinaigrette (add caviar for extra $12 ); Grapefruit, Watercress and Endive Salad with hard cheese, toasted almonds, honey vinaigrette (add seared foie gras for extra $12); Emile’s hydroponic greens, Rebecca Creek Goat feta and lemon maple vinaigrette;  romaine Leaves with red pepper Caesar dressing, tiny croutons and Parmesan tuile (add chicken-fried oysters for extra $8); Spinach salad with tart apples, brie, spiced pecans, bacon, trumpet royal mushrooms, gaufrettes and warm sherry garlic vinaigrette (add grilled quail for extra $8). Entree choices include three fishes of the day; Hill Country Axis Venison and Bandera Quail; Roasted Australian Lamb Rack with wild rice mushroom strudel, soft fennel, date chutney and balsamic mint sauce; Slow Cooked Veal Cheeks, pappardella pasta, asparagus, herbs and porcini jus; Grilled Beef Tenderloin, smashed purple potatoes, asparagus, portabella mushrooms, blue cheese béarnaise, and port veal demi glaze (add two shrimp for extra $7); and Beef Bourguignon in Puff Pastry, fingerling potatoes, broccolini, mushrooms, bacon, baby carrots, pearl onions.  Dessert options: Pistachio Dacquoise, with dark chocolate mousse, raspberry crush and orange dust; trio of panna cottas — strawberry, coffee and cajeta, and Dulce de Leche and Banana Crepe, coconut anglaise, dulce de leche ice cream and caramelized banana. Cost is $100 a person. Music by Bett Butler and Joel Dilley.

Boudro’s on the Riverwalk,  421 E. Commerce St., 210-224-8484 — Boudro’s will be open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. to midnight. The New Year’s Eve special will include a starter of Texas Blue Crabcake with Avocado Frisée Salad, Tangled Onion Rings and Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette. The Entrée will be a combination plate with Grilled Black Angus Tenderloin, Bordelaise and Potato Galette along with a Baby Lobster Tail Etoufee, Choron Sauce and Wild Mushroom Spinach Flan. Dessert will be a Frangipan and Apple Tart with Champagne, Vanilla Sabayon. The cost is $45 aperson, plus tax and gratuity, or $70 a person with wine pairings. Regular A La Carte Dinner Menu available. Credit card number required for reservations, call (210)-224-8484. www.boudros.com

Ring out the old at your favorite restaurant.

Fig Tree Restaurant, 515 Villita St., 210-225-2111 — The New Year’s Eve menu begins with a little something special: 30 grams of  Osetra caviar for a $150 supplement. The prix fixe includes Duck Terrine with Apple Cider Poached Quince, Mache Salad, Cider Vinaigrette;  Sunchokes Ravioli with Season’s First White Truffle and Truffle Scented Honey; Butter Poached Lobster with Saffron Risotto, English Peas, Pequillo Peppers, and Spanish Chorizo; Roasted Veal Tenderloin with Poached Veal Cheeks, Creamy Polenta and Chanterelles; and your choice of Pineapple Tatin with Almonds Crumble and Passion Fruit Sorbet or Chocolate Fondant with Fiore de Latte Gelato.  The cost is $98 a person plus tax and 18 percent top.

Las Ramblas at the Hotel Contessa, 306 W. Market St., 210-229-9222 — Enjoy a four-course wine-paired dinner with a midnight Champagne toast on the rooftop. Seating is at 10 p.m.  The menu includes Duck Bacon “BLT” amuse bouche with Volvetti Prosecco, followed by Carpaccio Melange with Shrimp, Lobster, Scallop and Octopus with 2009 White Haven Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Smoked Oyster and Salsify Soup with Foie Gras Torchon will be paired with 2009 La Crema Pinot Noir, followed by Certified Angus Beef with Honeycomb Potato, Cabrales, Pancetta and White Truffle Dust with 2008 Navarro Correas Malbec Gran Reserva. Dessert is Frozen Strawberry Terrine with Champagne Gelee, Dark Chocolate Torte, Marcona Almond Butter and Cookie Crumb iwth Neige Apple Ice Wine. The cost is $125 a person plus tax and tip.

Little Rhein Steak House, 231 S. Alamo St.,  210-225-2111 — Little Rhein has two New Year’s Eve options.

  • The early bird menu, served from 6 to 6:30 p.m., begins with a choice of Shrimp Cocktail or Quail Legs, followed by a choice of Beefsteak Tomatoes with Roquefort Cheese or Field Greens with Cranberries, Walnuts, Goat Cheese and Basil Vinaigrette.  Prime Rib-Eye,  Prime Strip Loin,  Filet Mignon, Wild Salmon or  Filet and Lobster are the entrée choices. Entrées served with Au Gratin Potatoes, Sautéed Wild Mushrooms and Buttered Asparagus. Dessert choices: Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream or  New York Cheesecake with Strawberries. A glass of Champagne is included. Cost:  $70 a person plus tax and 18 percent tip.
  • The later menu is offered at seastings set for 6:30-9 p.m. or 9 p.m.-midnight. The menu includes choice of Shrimp Cocktail  or Quail Legs, followed by Lobster Bisque. A choice of Field Greens with Cranberries, Walnuts, Goat Cheese and Basil Vinaigrette or Beefsteak Tomatoes with Roquefort Cheese precedes choice of Prime Rib-Eye, Prime Strip Loin, Filet Mignon, Wild Salmon or Filet and Lobster. Entrées served with Au Gratin Potatoes, Sautéed Wild Mushrooms and Buttered Asparagus. Dessert choices: Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream or  New York Cheesecake with Strawberries. A glass of Champagne is included. Cost is $79 a person plus tax and 18 percent tip.

Lüke, 125 E. Houston St., 210-227-5853 — A New Year’s Eve dining event featuring a prix fixe five-course dinner with wine pairings will be offered. Seating begins at 8 p.m. in Lüke’s upstairs private dining space overlooking the River Walk. Cost is $150 per couple, plus tax and tip. Prepaid reservations are required for event. Lüke will also offer its full menu from 11 a.m. until midnight on New Year’s Eve. lukesanantonio.com.

Mike’s in the Village, 2355-3 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, 830-438-2747 —  Mike’s will be serving its regular menu along with some specials from 5 to 9 p.m.

Ocho at the Havana Hotel, 1015 Navarro St., 210-222-2008 — New Year’s Eve at the Hotel Havana will include live music by Son y No Son from 9 p.m. to 12:30  a.m. Cost is $100 a person and includes wine, Champagne and passed hors d’oeuvres. The menu features Fried Quail and Waffle, Truffled Egg Rolls, Shishito Pepper Bites, Fried Avocado Lollipops with cilantro lime crema, Cornflake-crusted Shrimp and Tinga Tostadas. Special room rates may also be available over the holidays.

Oro at the Emily Morgan, 705 E. Houston St., 210-225-5100 —Oro is having a three-course Champagne dinner and fireworks showing from 5 to 11 p.m.  the evening begins with a chef’s offering to stimulate your palate, followed by your choice of smoked oyster and corn chowder with caviar crème fraiche; Oro mixed lettuce, marinated tomatoes, goat cheese and white balsamic vinaigrette; or sweet potato gnocchi, truffle, shaved Parmesan and veal jus. Main course choices are pan-seared filet, roasted pepper potato dauphinoise, asparagus and clove demi; natural grilled chicken, caramelized onion sweet potato puree, wilted spinach, and chile hollandaise; or herb-seared farm-raised trout, borracho black eyed peas, and tomato cucumber escabeche. Dessert choices:  Tahitian vanilla bean and cherry crème brûlée, snicker doodle cookie and seasonal berries; selection of Da Vinci sorbets — mango, lemon, or pomegranate; or Oro trifle, seasonal berries, crème anglaise and chantilly cream. A Champagne toast and fireworks showing on the rooftop included. Price is $65 a person.http://www.savorsa.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=31244&action=edit&message=10

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Q on the Riverwalk, Hyatt, 123 Losoya St., 210-382-6325 —The New Year’s dinner will be served from 5 to 10 p.m. The menu includes house-smoked standing rib roast of Angus beef, fire-grilled Arctic char, fillet of salmon, Korabuta pork loin with grilled Korabuta pork chops and roasted breast chicken with fresh oregano. The salad display will feature winter greens tossed with spiced pecans, bay shrimp, marinated mushroms and amphissa olives. Selections from the dessert display include vanilla bean crème brulee, chocolate mousse shooters and cappuccino tarts.

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., 210-299-1600 — The Brazilian steakhouse will be serving its regular menu of meats as well as the varied salad bar and desserts. Dining hours will be until late in the evening.

Tost Bistro & Bar, 14415 Blanco Road, 210-408-2670 — The New Year’s Eve menu begins with Lobster and Crab Croquette, blood orange béarnaise sauce and micro greens, followed by a choice of Wild Mushroom Bisque with herb crème fraiche and shiitake “bacon” or Arugula, Brie and Fig Salad with crispy prosciutto, shaved red onions and balsamic Dijon vinaigrette. The entree choices are Pan Roasted Sea Bass with butternut squash puree, grilled broccolini and Champagne beurre blanc; Braised Veal Osso Bucco with creamy Yukon goat cheese masher and tomato, onion and olive ragout; or Seared Beef Tenderloin with truffle hollandaise, bleu cheese mash potato and grilled asparagus. Dessert is the Tost Trio with Crème Anglaise. Cost: $55 per person or $90 with the midnight celebration. Tax and tip not included. An open bar will be from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Westin La Cantera,16641 La Cantera Parkway, 210-558-2253 — If the Mayan calendar brings everything to an end in 2012, then it’s time to party down on New Year’s Eve at the Westin La Cantera where the last supper is the party theme of the evening. Wear your toga if you’d like and enjoy a Mayan-themed menu that includes Various Mayan Flavors, such as Blue Corn and Sikil Pak Cannelloni, Tamale Negro, Xni-Pek and Sour Cruda Xcatic Salsa. Whetstone Valley Goose with Black-Eyed Pea and Confit Hash, Pulverized Corn, Red Pipian, Salt-Brined Hen Yolkand Celery Root Puree will percede Ossabaw Pork Tenderloin, Brushed Anchiote, Sylvetta, Bacon, Mashed Plantain, Golden Corn Puree and Huitlacoche Coulis. Lobster with Avocado, Chanterelle Puree, Sweet Potato, Carrot, Sweet Corn Granola and Foie Gras Sauce will be served before  Chayote Mousse, Vanilla Cornbread, Cocoa Nib, Crunchy Beet, Horchata, “Gold,” and a Pine Nut Praline. Mayan cocktails, Pol Roger Champagne and more will be available. The cost is $125 a person.

Zinc Bistro and Wine Bar, 207 N. Presa St., 210-224-1313 — Celebrate the New Year in the wine cellar at Zinc with a five-course dinner that begins at 8 p.m. Matching wines and Champagnes will be paired with the dinner courses. The menu starts with appetizers of Oregon mushroom duxelle in a sour cream tartlet, gorgonzola and tobacco onions on lavosh squares and brandy-cured salmon on crisp flatbread with poblano cream cheese and daikon sprouts paired with Canals and Munne Rosé Cava. Shiitake mushroom and arugula consommé with shaved serrano ham will preced pomegranate marinated duck confit salad with spicy walnuts and orange vinaigrette and 2009 Louis Tete “Le Pot”,Beaujolais. After mango basil granite, there is a choice of filet of black Angus beef tenderloin with shallot-cabernet demi glace or poached halibut with shrimp, crawfish and clam stock. Both will be paired with 2007 Orogeny Pinot Noir. Zinc profiteroles and Moet et Chandon Imperial Epernay will close out the meal. A Champagne toast at midnight is included. Cost is $100 a person, plus tax and gratuity. All reservations must be prepaid.

Restaurateurs, if your restaurant is not on this list, please email details of your party to griffin@savorsa.com or walker@savorsa.com.

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Have Visions of Honey-Glazed Hams and Christmas Treats Dancing in Your Heads


Book your reservations for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

Christmas falls on a weekend this year, which means a great many restaurants will be closed on Dec. 25 and many are closing earlier than usual on Dec. 24. But the following will be open for special meals. Make sure you make reservations. Prices do not include tax and tip.

And have a merry Christmas.

Achiote at the Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market St., 210-224-1234 —At Achiote, you’ll find:

  • A Christmas Eve buffet from 5 to 10 p.m. with a salad station, Carved Smoked Prime Rib with Yellow Tomato Chimichurri, Horseradish Sauce and Salsa Verde as well as Pollo Verde Tomatillo Salsa, Grilled Salmon with Ancho Ginger Jus, Roasted Rosemary Red Potatoes, Rice Pilaf/Black Bean and Corn, Pork Posole, Roasted Calabasas, Shrimp and Roasted Corn Chowder, Homemade Tortilla Chips and Queso. A bread display and assorted desserts are also available. Cost: $20 a person plus tax and 18-percent tip.
  • The Christmas Day buffet will be served noon-9 p.m. Highlights include: a salad station, Slow Roasted Strip Loin, Roasted Pork Loin, medley of roasted potatoes, wild rice pilaf, Roasted Carrot and Kabocha Soup, Togarashi Seared Mahi Mahi, Chimichurri Chicken Breast, roasted local harvest vegetables and Poblano-Garlic Creamed Corn. A bread display and assorted desserts are also available. Cost: $20 a person plus tax and 18-percent tip.

Auden’s Kitchen, 700 E. Sonterra Blvd., 210-494-0070 — Christmas Eve hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. with lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 3-8 p.m. The appetizer special will be  Crispy Lobster Wontons with a sweet chili dipping sauce. For  $36.95, a three-course prix-fixe will include choice of  Frisee and Apple Salad with cherries and walnuts or a cup of soup;  choice of Lamb Stroganoff with local mushrooms over peppered spaetzle  or  Cioppino with mahi mahi, shrimp, mussels, and scallops; and choice of  Beignets with three sauces: Mexican chocolate, caramel with pink sea salt and clementine marmalade. All specials will be available a la carte.  Closed Dec. 25-26.  www.audenskitchen.com.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., 210-225-0722 — Christmas Eve hours are 5-8 p.m. The special menu includes the following starters:   Shrimp Spring Rolls, Duck Dumpling with foie grass apples and braised cabbage, Steamed PEI Mussels with Spanish chorizo, Chicken-Fried Oysters, House Apple-Smoked Salmon Nachos, and Farmed-Raised American Transmontanous Caviar. Soups and salads include  Turkey Chowder, Pear and Tangerine Salad, Warm Spinach Salad, and Baby Iceberg Lettuce. Entrees include Seared Natural Scallops,  fresh catches for the day,  Close-to-Bouillabaisse,  Braised Veal Osso Buco, Grilled Beef Tenderloin,  Roasted Game Hen with Boudin sausage risotto,  11-Spiced Texas Sika Venison and Grilled Texas Quail, and Smoky Pork Loin Chops. Dessert options include  Christmas Pudding, Eggnog Creme Brulee with Santa’s favorite cookies, Chocolate Bouche de Noel, Chocolate Soufflé with candy cane anglaise, and Apple Pie with vanilla ice cream and walnuts.

Boudro’s on the River Walk, 421 E. Commerce St., 210-224-8484 — Boudro’s will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The holiday special includes a Christmas Salad with sour apples, spice almonds and smoked tomato piloncillo vinaigrette, black Angus rib-eye with Bordelaise, Yukon gold scalloped potato and Parmesan and cream spinach flan. Dessert is winter spiced molten chocolate cake with sugard raspberries. The cost is $38 a person. The regular dinner menu is also available. www.boudros.com

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach, 210-821-5454 — On Christmas Eve, dinner will be served from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Chef François Maeder will be serving a holiday menu beginning with appetizer choices such as Mousse Truffle Pâté, Stuffed Artichoke or Nova Scotia Smoked Salmon and Cream of Mushroom or New England Clam Chowder soups. Entrée choices include Breast of Chicken with Montrachet Sauce, Fresh Rainbow Trout, Shrimp Lyonnaise with Wild Rice Blend, Tenderloin of Beef Savoy or Veal with Chanterelles Mushrooms and Cognac Sauce. Or try the Trilogy, which includes an appetizer, soup and house salad, Lobster Tail with Garlic Butter, Rack of Lamb and Tenderloin of Beef Rossini. www.crumpetsa.com.

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Earl Abel’s, 1201 Austin Hwy., 210-822-3358 — Earl Abel’s has a busy holiday schedule:

  • Christmas Eve hours will be 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. with Christmas wassail and a series of seasonal specials, including Christmas Ham Steak, traditional roasted turkey, Rosemary and Lemon Roasted Chicken, pot roast, fried chicken, fried shrimp and Niman Ranch Top Sirloin, plus a limited menu of regular favorites.
  • Earl Abel’s will be open on Christmas Day for the first time since 1965 and only the second time in its 78-year history. Hours are from 9 a.m. to noon for breakfast with the special menu served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Only the special menu will be served and will include the following entrées: Christmas Ham Steak, traditional roasted turkey, pot roast, fried chicken, fried shrimp and Niman Ranch Top Sirloin. The To Go window will be closed but to-go fried chicken orders can come into the main dining room with the cashier.
  • There is a takeout menu with your choice of an 11-pound Honey-Glazed Country Ham ($160) or 23-pound Oven-Roasted Turkey ($145) with cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry relish and dinner rolls for $145. Or get half a turkey with sides ($95) and just a turkey for $90.

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, 210-828-9050, and Frederick’s Bistro, 14439 N.W. Military Hwy, 210-888-1500 — The restaurants will be open for dinner only on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The special Christmas menu will include, but will not be limited to, some of the following starters: Mussel and Crab Chowder, Cherry Wine Infused Beef Consomme, Duck Foie Gras Mousse and traditional escargot. Main course options include Frederick’s Traditional Turkey, Apple Cider and Maple Syrup Glazed Christmas Ham, Beef Tenderloin, Norwegian Salmon, Gratinated Fresh Maine Lobster Thermidor and Curried Lamb Chop.

Hyatt Hill Country, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive — The resort has two options for Christmas Day:

  • Flavors of Christmas buffet in the Hill Country Ballroom will be offered Christmas Day from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Breakfast items will include  eggs Benedict, an omelet station, blintzes, pecan-smoked sausage, rosemary bacon and fresh Danish. The seafood bar will have pickling, spiced and chilled shrimp, hand-shucked oysters and smoked salmon and mussels. A rustic soup and salad station  will feature lobster bisque, chicken noodle, and French onion. On the butcher block:  oak-smoked prime rib, espresso and maple glazed ham and citrus coriander basted tom turkey. Pasta bar, tamales with green chile sauce, pecan crusted chicken, roasted pork loin and brown buttered apples, maple roasted sweet potatoes, butter whipped potatoes, green beans and pancetta, and wild rice with dried fruit are among the other dishes.  Desserts and drinks include  white hot chocolate, eggnog with fresh grated nutmeg, mulled apple cider, chocolate dipped strawberry trees, chocolate croissant, spiced poached pears, ice cream and gingerbread cake, spiced chocolate truffles, pecan chocolate pie, cranberry tarts and pumpkin pie. There will be a children’s buffet, and the Joe Posada band will play light jazz. Cost is $49.95 for adults, $39.95 for seniors over 60, and $23 for children ages 5-12. Call 210-767-7999 for reservations.
  • Christmas dinner in Antlers will be from 3 to 9 p.m. December 25th 3-9 p.m. The prix fixe dinner will begin with  Lobster Bisque and spinach and arugala salad with red onion, walnuts, locally sourced feta, warm green apple and jalapeño bacon vinaigrette, followed by your choice of two of the following: English cut, oak smoked prime rib, Roasted Turkey Roulade with a chorizo and dried fruit stuffing, grilled Texas quail with cornbread stuffing and pan seared seasonal catch with a locally sourced honey BBQ glaze. Sides include   herb roasted red potato, Hill Country grits casserole with Homestead Gristmill grits, smoked cheddar and chorizo and Roasted Brussels sprouts jalapeño bacon and roasted chestnuts. Dessert is baked “hot chocolate” with mint ice cream and Bailey’s cookie. Cost is $52 for adults, $40 for seniors over 60, and $20 for children ages 5-12. Call (210) 647-1234, ext. 51, for reservations.

Las Canarias at the Omni La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St., 210-518-1063 — The Christmas Day buffet will be served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with omelets made to order, Applewood Smoked Bacon, country breakfast sausage,  Belgian Waffles, Classic Mushroom and Gruyere Quiche, Olive Oil Fried Egg on Smoked Salmon Benedict, blintzes, Roasted Chestnut and Butternut Squash Bisque, chilled jumbo prawns, Louisiana Gulf oysters and cocktail crab claws, Smoked Trout Salad, Seared No. 1  Tuna, carving board of French charcuteriere and cheeses, handmade tortillas and gorditas, tamales, prime rib, Guinness and Honey Roasted Turkey Breast, leg of lamb, Grilled Shrimp and Texas Sausages with Shiner Bock BBQ, artisan hearth-baked breads, Chocolate Sponge Cake, Cream Cheese Cake Brulee, Lemon Shortbread Tarts and more. The cost is $68.95 a person.

Las Ramblas at the Hotel Contessa, 306 W. Market St., 210-229-9222 — The Christmas Day buffet will be 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Carving stations will feature Fruita Mustarda Rotisserie Prime Rib, Whole Roasted Duck with Orange Cognac Glaze, Rosemary Peppercorn Leg of Lamb with Cranberry Pinot Reduction and Valencian Paella Station. The main buffet will include artisan cheeses and fruit, country breads, lobster bisque, couscous salad, organic greens, Waldorf Salad, Apricot Brie Stuffed Pork Loin with Butterscotch Glaze, Kalamata Olive Bread Pudding with Asiago, roasted broccoli, shallots and cauliflower, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, apple fennel crisp, candied yams, eggs, waffles and omelets, boiled shrimp, snow crab claws, oysters, crawfish, ceviche shooters, mussel salad, and salmon, and the Pastry Chef’s Table, There will be a children’s buffet, and Santa is supposed to make an appearance. Cost: Adults, $39.95; children ages 7-16, $17.95 and children 6 and under, free.

The Lion and Rose, various locations — The locations will be open on Christmas Day with the regular menu.

Lüke on the River Walk, 125 E. Houston St., (210) 227-LUKE (5853) — Lüke will be open Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The full menu and special à la carte holiday entrées will be available. lukesanantonio.com.

Morton’s the Steakhouse, 300 E. Crockett St., 210-228-0700 — Morton’s is open for lunch, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., on the following dates: Thursday, Friday and Dec. 20-22. There will be a limited menu plus a special prix fixe option with choice of soup or salad and entree for $35 per person. Christmas Eve hours are 5-10 p.m.

Oro at the Emily Morgan, 705 E. Houston St., 210-225-5100 — On Christmas Day, a family-style dinner will be served 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Salad will feature baby spinach with strawberries and goat cheese. The main course will be a family-style serving of chicken confit, buffalo sausage, and petite filet and sauces alongside seasonal vegetables and cranberry-studded wild rice with bacon and onions. The dessert assortment will include Tahitian vanilla bean creme brulee, bittersweet chocolate cake, tres leches with seasonal berries and cheesecake with chantilly cream. The cost is $44.95 per couple or $79.95 per four people.

Have yourself a merry Christmas dinner.

Q on the Riverwalk, Hyatt, 123 Losoya St., 210-382-6325 — At Q, two buffets are offered on Christmas Day:

  • From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the menu will include such options as roasted peppercorn strip loin, crusted white fish, prime rib and bone-in ham, an antipasti display, baby Yukon potato salad, and more in addition to mini-chocolate pot de cremes, muesle breads, winter spiced carrot cake and eggnog shooters.
  • From 5 to 10 p.m., the Christmas dinner menu will feature roasted peppercorn strip loin, crusted white fish, and achiote-roasted pork shoulder as well as antipasti display, baby Yukon potato salad, and more in addition to muesle breads, baguettes, Texas berry buckles, spiced carrot cake and eggnog shooters.

Scenic Loop Cafe, 25615 Boerne Stage Road, 210-687-1818 — Christmas Eve hours will be 11 a.m.-8 p.m. with a limited menu. Christmas Day brings a holiday buffet from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Westin La Cantera, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, 210-558-2439 — A host of holiday happenings are going on at the Westin. At 5 p.m. daily, guests are guided around the property by the storyteller, Bandera Cowboy Makin’ Dust, who sings and tells holiday stories while introducing the lores and legends of La Cantera. The program concludes with snow magically falling from the sky as the choir begins to sing a holiday song at the top of Plaza San Saba.  Santa’s Workshop, which runs through Dec. 24, is a place where guests can take a photo with Santa, make a holiday toy or decorate cookies with the elves. Some charges may apply.  Brannon’s Holiday Feast is served family style from 5 to 10 p.m. each evening. Lunch beginning at 11 a.m. will be added Dec. 17 and continue day and night through Dec. 25. Entrees include honey-glazed ham and grilled top sirloin with buttermilk biscuits, rosemary-roasted red bliss potatoes and sautéed green beans, plus warm chocolate molten cakes for dessert. Cost: $18 for adults; $12 for children. free for children 5 and younger. Minimum two people required.  For more on holidays at the resort, visit www.westinlacantera.com/holidays.html

Restaurateurs, if your restaurant is not included in this list, please email details to griffin@savorsa.com or walker@savorsa.com, and we will update the file as soon as we can.

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Give Thanks, and Don’t Forget to Make Reservations!


A traditional Thanksgiving dinner can be yours at many area restaurants.

Thanksgiving is approaching and there are numerous options if you want to dine out. Reservations are required at all places, unless otherwise marked. Tax and tip are not included  in the prices.

Achiote at the Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market St., (210) 224-1234 — The buffet will be from noon to 9 p.m. Highlights include a salad station with organic mixed greens, Waldorf salad, tortilla slaw, shrimp pasta salad and fruit salad; a main area with  roasted tom turkey, Virginia bone-in ham, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, candied yams, corn and roasted poblano stuffing, giblet gravy, greens beans, miso-glazed salmon, cauliflower au gratin and roasted carrot kabocha soup with  horseradish yogurt, peach-apple chutney, cranberry-orange relish and whole grain mustard; and assorted desserts.  Cost is $30 a person, plus tax and 18 percent tip.

Antlers at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa; 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive (210) 647-1234 — Family style Thanksgiving dinner is 3-9 p.m. First course: Caldo verde with chorizo, leek, potato and kale; Fall harvest salad with locally sourced greens, shaved apple and green pear, toasted almonds, Brazos Valley blue cheese, cranberry jalapeño vinaigrette. Second course: Smoked turkey and kettle gravy; Lavender honey glazed ham; Chorizo stuffing; Tequila-jalapeno and traditional cranberry sauce; Butter whipped potatoes; Scalloped sweet potatoes with homemade marshmallow crust; Creamy baked green beans with mushroom and fried onions; Fresh baked breads and butter. Third course: Individual dessert selections; choice of one: Caramelized pumpkin tart with white chocolate whipped cream; Roasted apple-cranberry cobbler; Bourbon chocolate pecan pie. Cost: adults, $51; seniors, $40; children 5-12 years, $20; children 4 and under, free.

Auden’s Kitchen,700 E. Sonterra Blvd., (210) 494-0070 — Thanksgiving dinner will be served 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The special includes a salad, the dessert buffet and choice of entrée.   Appetizers, served a la carte, include  sizzling mushrooms, meat and cheese plate, roasted garlic white bean dip, and steamed mussels and fries. Entrées include sage-roasted turkey, pork sausage and apple dressing, creamy green bean with crispy shallots, skin-on mashers, pan jus, cherry cranberry sauce;  ancho-rubbed roasted turkey, charred poblano and sweet potato au gratin, brussel sprouts with Spanish chorizo, ancho jus;  14-ounce rib-eye, horseradish mashers, rosemary grilled asparagus, sautéed mushrooms, Auden’s Kitchen zinfandel steak sauce;  and whole roasted trout with potato galette, sautéed Swiss chard (if available), pine nut brown butter, cured lemon.  The dessert table will include pumpkin éclairs, pecan pie bars, walnut brownies, snickerdoodles and chocolate chip cookies. Cost is $38.95 for adults or $18.95 for children. The kids menu includes a traditional turkey plate, fish and chips, a burger and fettucine with marinara sauce.

Biga on the Banks,203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-0722 — The special Thanksgiving meal is 11 a.m.-8 p.m. There will be a buffet of appetizers and salads, followed by your choice of seated entrée: herb-roasted free range turkey with sourdough sage and applewood-smoked bacon dressing;  free-range turkey mole poblano; garlic-rubbed prime rib of beef rib-eye; braised lamb with tomatoes, coconut and curry flavors;  organic Eggs Benedict; and several fish options. Children’s options include chicken or turkey pasta, a child’s turkey plate and a child’s beef plate. The dessert buffet includes Chocolate Pecan Tart, Butternut Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust, Sweet Potato Pie, Maple Vanilla Crème Brûlée, and Pumpkin Tartlette with Sweet Whip Cream. There is also a kids table with desserts, including dried fruit studded Rice Krispie treats, rocky road brownies and mini pumpkin cupcakes. Cost is $55 for adults, $27 for children ages 12 and under.

Boudro’s, 421 E Commerce St., (210) 224-8484 — The special dinner will be 11 a.m.1 p.m. The special menu includes a choice of butternut squash or green apple soup or spinach salad with pears, pickled red onions and almonds. Entree choices are Black Angus Rib-eye with chipotle bordelaise or achiote butter-basted turkey breast with savory dressing. Dessert options: Sweet potato pecan pie, pumpkin crème brûlée or a regular dessert off the menu. The cost is $38 for adults or $15 for a children’s turkey dinner. The regular dinner menu is also available.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, (210) 821-5600 —The special Thanksgiving menu will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All adult entrées are served with appetizer, bread, house salad and dessert. Appetizer options include  Mousse Truffle Pâté, Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese, and Puff Pastry with White Wine Mushroom Sauce. Entrée options: Roasted Turkey and Baked Ham with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy ($28.50); Tenderloin of Beef ($35.50) ; Veal Scaloppini ($33.50)  Fresh Rainbow Trout Amandine or Meunière ($28.50). Children under 10 can have a turkey and ham plate with salad or dessert for $12.

Earl Abel’s,1201 Austin Hwy., (210) 822-3358 — The restaurant will open at 6:30 a.m. with Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. No reservations accepted. Among the appetizers will be pumpkin soup and deviled eggs. Roasted turkey with handmade cornbread dressing, giblet gravy and cranberry relish; fried chicken with mashed potatoes; Thanksgiving pot roast; fried shrimp; and venison sausage with German potato salad and red cabbage will be among the specials served that day. Pies, of course, will be available, including pu mpkin, chocolate iced box, pecan and maple as well as strawberry shortcake and chocolate and butter crème cakes. A children’s menu is also available.

The Emily Morgan,  705 E. Houston St., (210) 225-5100 — The Thanksgiving buffet is 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Omelet station with all the fixings; Assortment of dim sum and spring rolls, dipping sauces, ancho chile shrimp, jicama slaw, ceviche with avocado, mango, and fresno pepper, assortment of fruit and berries, selection of imported and domestic cheeses. Salads: Marinated wild mushroom, with pickled onion; seasonal field greens, marinated tomato and pecans; baby spinach. strawberries, spiked almonds; fresh mozzarella and local tomato, aged balsamic vinegar, caramelized sweet potato puree, green bean casserole with blackened breadcrumbs, roasted new potatoes with garlic oil, honey-glazed carrots with pink peppercorns. Main dishes: Braised turkey with smoked apple dressing; Shiner Bock braised beef pot roast with carrots and potatoes; Blackened catfish with braised collard greens. Desserts: Chef’s selection of pies, tortes, and cakes.  $39.95 per person; Kids 10 and under eat free.

Frederick’s Resaturant, 7701 Broadway, (210) 828-9050, and Frederick’s Bistro,14432 N.W. Military Hwy., (210) 888-1500 — Lunch and dinner will be served at both locations. Frederick’s traditional Thanksgiving turkey will home-style stuffing, fresh cranberries and seasonal vegetables will be available for $25 a person in addition to other specials (Black Angus beef tenderloin with Gulf shrimp, jumbo sea scallops, lamb with garlic red wine sauce) and regular menu items.

Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa in the Springhouse Café: 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, (210) 520-4000 for parties of 12 or more — The Thanksgiving meal is from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are not required. Rustic Soup Station: Butternut squash soup, pozole with cilantro and diced onion; Salad Bar: A selection of local greens, dressings and salad accompaniments prepared to order, composed salads derived from the fall harvest; Seafood: Jumbo shrimp and cascabel chile cocktail sauce, smoked salmon with traditional garnish and mini bagels, Cheese kiosk and artisinal breads, locally made cheeses and crusty breads; the Butcher Block: Citrus coriander basted tom turkey with homemade gravy, maple glazed honey-baked ham spicy mustard, Roasted beef steamship with horseradish, Traditional cranberry sauce; Pasta: Bourbon Barbecue ribbon pasta with red onion and local sausage, brisket with egg noodles with smoked paprika sauce, sweet potato with marshmallow gratin, corn bread stuffing, mashed garlic potatoes, baked “fresh catch” with lime butter cream sauce, roasted acorn squash with sherry and chestnuts, haricot vert and pancetta; breakfast:waffles, pancakes with assorted toppings; omelet bar, bacon and country sausage, biscuits and gravy, pastry, tarts, traditional pies, Black Forest Cheesecake, Red Velvet Cake, Warm Fig Bread Pudding with Bourbon Hard Sauce, White hot chocolate. Cost for adults, $38.95; seniors, $28.95;  children ages 5-12, $19.50; and children 4 and under, free.

Butternut squash and other fall vegetables are many Thanksgiving menus.

JW Marriott, 23808 Resort Parkway, (210) 483-6622 — The Thanksgiving buffet is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The feast includes a Hill Country salad bar; cold seafood including shrimp and slipper lobster; carving stations with slow-roasted tom turkey, prime rib and bourbon-glazed boneless ham; side dishes of roasted carrots, asparagus and parsnips, cornbread stuffing, buttermilk whipped potatoes, country-style candied yams, green bean casserole. The extensive dessert lineup includes Spiced Pumpkin Pie, Spiced Mincemeat Pie, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, Cinnamon Crumb Apple Pie, Red Velvet Cake, Fuji Apple Cider Cake, Chocolate Hazelnut Cake, Almond Caramel Cream Cake, Sweet Potato Roasted Marshmallow Tart, Orange Cardamom Truffle Tart, Key Lime Curd, Milk Chocolate Fudge, Pecan Caramel Swirl Cheesecake, Myers Lemon Vanilla Cream Cake, pralines, truffles, chocolate candies, and almond and coconut macaroons. There is a kids buffet, too. Cost is $52.95 for adults, $45.95 for seniors, $25.95 for children, and free for children ages 3 and under.

Las Canarias, Omni La Mansión del Rio, 112 College St., (210) 518-1063 — The Thanksgiving buffet will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Highlights include omelets made to order, applewood-smoked Wisconsin bacon, country-style pork sausage, maple blueberry sausages, sweet potato waffle station, Eggs Benedict, quiche, Meyer lemon and beet cured salmon and smoked halibut, charcuterie, salads, colossal shrimp, lobster and crab claws, fresh shucked oysters, heirloom tomatoes with Sandy Oaks Texas Olive Oil, smoked prime rib, roasted suckling pig, Texas citrus and sage roasted turkey breast, grilled Texas sausages from Elgin, grilled shrimp with Spanish chorizo. Pastry choices include Bourbon Texas Pecan Pie, Brown Butter Pumpkin Cheesecake, Caramelized Pineapple Cheesecake, Valrhona Chocolate Mousse Cakes, Pumpkin Pie Mousse Verrines, Rum Raisin Bread Pudding with Vanilla Anglaise, Warm Toffee Puddings with Toffee Sauce and more. Cost is $68.95 for adults, $34.95 for children ages 6-12.

Las Ramblas, Hotel Contessa,  306 W. Market St., (210) 298-8040 — The Thanksgiving buffet will be 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Carving stations include slow applewood-smoked prime rib, roasted turkey with giblet gravy, salt-crusted striped bass and Valencian paella station. The main buffet will feature artisan cheese and fruit, roasted butternut squash bisque, roasted beet mélange, Waldorf salad, roasted chicken breast with spinach and sun-dried tomato ragout, honey-glazed spiral cut ham, baked orrechiette with brie fondue, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy corn bread pudding, candied acorn squash, boiled shrimp, snow crab claws, oysters, crawfish, ceviche shooters, mussel salad, and whole poached and chilled salmon. Breakfast items include a waffle station and omelet station. A children’s buffet is also offered. Cost: adults, $38.95; children ages 7-16, $16.95; and children 6 nd under, free. Sangria and mimosas: $9.

The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, 1746 Lockhill Selma, 210-349-8466 — The restaurant is not open Thanksgiving Day, but chef Jason Dady is offering a Maine Lobster Thanksgiving Dinner Menu during Thanksgiving week, Nov. 22, 23 and 25, 26. Live Maine lobster will be the star of this four-course menu for $40. Reservations are required and may be made by phone or emailing  info@thelodgerestaurant.com.

Luby’s, various locations — The cafeteria is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a Thanksgiving special that’s available whether you want to dine in or take dinner to go. The cost is $10.99 per person.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road,  (210) 561-9700 — Thanksgiving dinner will be served 12:30-4 p.m. There will be a special three-course dinner, starting with a choice of Zuppa di Zucca (butternut squash soup)  or  Insalate Misto (salad with goat cheese truffle), followed by a main course of  Tacchino (slow-roasted tom turkey with pine nut stuffing, vegetables and cranberry sauce). Dessert is a choice of pumpkin pie  or vanilla ice cream with berries. The cost for the special is $23.95 for adults or $7.95 for children under 12. The entire menu will also be available. Complimentary mimosa for all adults.

Lüke on the River Walk, 125 E. Houston St., (210) 227-LUKE — Lüke has invited 50 servicemen and women stationed at Fort Sam Houston to take part in a traditional Thanksgiving meal with a New Orleans twist at 2 p.m., and the public can show up to support the troops by joining them in the meal. The cost is $45 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. The meal includes a fall greens salad, followed by Pumpkin Soup with Crab Meat. Whole roasted turkey will be served over mirliton and shrimp dressing with Bourbon Pecan Pie for dessert.

Mike’s in the Village, 2355-3 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, (830) 438-2747— The restaurant will be serving turkey and all of the fixings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

Sweet Potato Pie is one of the many seasonal desserts you'll find.

Ostra at the Mokara Hotel & Spa, 212 W. Crockett St., (210) 396-5817 — Ostra will have its regular à la carte menu available all day. Featured specials will be available during dinner service after 5:30 p.m.

Q on the Riverwalk, 123 Losoya, Downtown Hyatt, (210) 222-1234 — The restaurant is having one buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and another from 5 to 10 p.m. The first will feature chimichurri-based Angus strip sirloin, pan-seared salmon, oak-smoked tom turkey, an antipasti display, salad bar and assorted desserts. The cost is $42.50 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 7-12 and free for children 6 and under. The evening meal will feature roast pork loin with apples and onions, smoked tom turkey, a salad bar, and dessert. Cost is $28 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 7-12 and free for children 6 and under.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 7720 Jones Maltsberger Road, (210) 821-5051 — The Thanksgiving menu will be served 2-8 p.m. The special includes a choice of starter, including the soup of the day, Steak House Salad or Caesar Salad; followed by an entrée of sizzling turkey and dressing with gravy and cranberry relish plus your choice of side dish. Dessert options: Warm Apple Crumb Tart, Chocolate Chunk Bread Pudding, ice cream or sorbet. The cost is $49 a person.

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., (210) 229-1600 — Dinner on Thanksgiving begins at noon. In addition to the usual array of meats and sides, roast turkey and gravy, sweet potato casserole and cranberry sauce will be available. 

Westin La Cantera Resort, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 558-2439 —  In the Grand Ballroom, the buffet begins at 10:30 a.m. and will include Sweet Potato, Corn and Jalapeño Soup and harvest greens that can be dressed with smoked duck, spiced pecans, pear, celery and cider vinaigrette. Carving stations will have Sage, Rosemary and Thyme Roast Turkey, Garlic Studded Roast Beef and Honey-glazed Ham, all with  whipped potatoes, turkey gravy, sausage and cornbread stuffing. An American artisan cheese display, chilled Gulf shrimp, chicken breast,  autumn squash, Potato-encrusted Fresh Cod and a chef’s selection of pies including pumpkin, pecan, apple and cherry. Breakfast specialties include Cinnamon Belgian Waffles, made-to-order omelets, smoked  bacon and country sausage and more. There will also be a children’s buffet.  The cost is $42 for adults, $221 or children ages 6-12, and free for children under 6 with a paying adult. Activities include balloon artistry for the kids, live entertainment and ice skating for all ages.

Zocca at the Downtown Westin, 420 W. Market St., (210) 444-6070 — Thanksgiving lunch and dinner will include free-range, hickory-smoked turkey with chestnut dressing, cranberry-citrus relish, and maple-glazed carrots. The three-course sprecial ends with a sweet potato and pecan tartlet with cinnamon-infused cream and warm mulled cider. The cost is $32 for adults and $16 for children.

If your Thanksgiving dinner was not included, email the details to griffin@savorsa.com or walker@savorsa.com.

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It’s Election Time. Vote for the Westin La Cantera’s Jeffery Bloody Mary.


The Jeffery

Bartender Robert Carrillo of the Westin La Cantera Resort, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, has been named by Absolut Vodka as the maker of the best Bloody Mary in San Antonio.

The local competition is part of a national search to find the Best Absolut Bloody Mary in each of the 50 states, which leads to a finale competition in New York, where the Best Absolut Bloody in America will be decided.

To help drive support for Carrillo’s creation in the state competition, his version of the drink dubbed the Jeffery, will be featured at the Westin’s restaurant, Francesca’s at Sunset, during its Sunday brunch. Every Sunday in October from 10:30 a.m.  to 2 p.m., diners can taste the drink for free and vote online on Absolut’s Facebook page, Best Bloody in America — Absolut.

Carrillo created his version after trying the Westin’s clear gazpacho soup. His drink features Absolut Vodka, of course, as well as lime juice, basil leaves and Tabasco. It is muddled and shaken up with house made spicy clear tomato juice and served with red tomato ice cubes.

For more information on the brunch at Francesca’s, call 210-558-6500.

The Jeffery

½ ounces lime juice
3-4 Basil Leaves
2 ounces Absolut Vodka
Dash of Tabasco, or to taste
4 ounces Clear Tomato Juice (see recipe below)
Ice
Chile salt
Tomato Juice Ice (recipe below)
Basil leaves, olives and celery ribs (for garnish)

In a mixing cocktail tin, muddle lime juice, basil, vodka and Tabasco together. Add Clear Tomato Juice and ice. Shake well.

Moisten the rim of a tall glass and dip in chile salt (a mixture of chile powder and salt). Add Tomato Juice Ice, alternating with regular, water-based ice to fill glass.

Strain contents from mixing tin into tall glass.

Garnish with basil leaf, olive and celery.

Makes 1 cocktail

Clear Tomato Juice

2 jalapeños
1 clove garlic
2 celery ribs
½ medium onion
4 large tomatoes
5 dashes of Tabasco
5 dashes of white Worcestershire sauce

In a blender, mix jalapeños, garlic, celery, onion, tomatoes, Tabasco and Worchestershire. Purée ingredients thoroughly.

Filter puréed mush through five coffee filters until resulting juice is clear.

Makes 16 ounces.

Tomato Juice Ice

32 ounces tomato juice
½ ounce lime juice
½ ounce Tabasco

Mix tomato juice, lime juice and Tabasco. Pour into ice cube trays or molds place in freezer until frozen.

From Robert Carillo/The Westin La Cantera

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