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Whataburger Hauls Out the Holly for Its Annual Children’s Party


Snow greets children at the Whataburger Christmas party.

Snow greets children at the Whataburger Christmas party.

Whataburger welcomed the children of St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home (St. PJ’s), Respite Care of San Antonio and The Children’s Shelter to the company’s home office, which had been transformed into a winter wonderland filled with games, holiday treats and surprises.

Darth Vader puts in an appearance.

Darth Vader puts in an appearance.

It was the fifth year in a row for the event, which brought nearly 200 kids of all ages to the party, which included visits from Santa, Disney princesses and Star Wars characters as well as holiday treats and fun for all.

“All of us at the Home Office look forward to hosting this celebration each December, as in keeping with the holiday spirit of giving, it’s a treat to be able to see these children enjoying a unique and fun experience,” said Pam Cox, vice president of communications for Whataburger. “We have incredibly loyal customers in San Antonio and across the areas we serve, and thanks to their support, we’re able to transform our office into a winter wonderland for these kids complete with decorations, treats, carolers and even Disney princesses and Star Wars characters.”

One of the highlights was a rare sight for San Antonio: Snow greeted the children as they arrived.

Whataburger Family Members also hosted a company-wide toy drive to collect gifts for the children of St. PJ’s, Respite Care and The Children’s Shelter. The toys are donated to the organizations after the event.

“Our children have the opportunity to get dressed up in their holiday attire and enjoy an evening that is filled with festivities, cheer, and a visit with Santa Claus to tell them what they would like for Christmas. We are thrilled to be part of Whataburger’s Winter Wonderland every year, as we see the joy on the faces of our children, which reminds of us the work we do to help heal our children from their hurts,” said Anais Biera Miracle, vice president of external affairs for The Children’s Shelter.

Games are part of the holiday fun.

Games are part of the holiday fun.

“Our children are so blessed to be included in the Whataburger Winter Wonderland,” said Antonio Fernandez, interim CEO of St. PJ’s. “Our children have witnessed so much sadness in their young lives. This event will create wonderful, happy memories to last a lifetime.”

“Respite Care is honored for our children to participate in the Winter Wonderland hosted by our friends at Whataburger.  The Dobson family and all members of the Whataburger family support the needs of our children throughout the year, and this event is truly meaningful,” said Bert Pfiester, president & CEO of Respite Care.

St. PJ’s and The Children’s Shelter have been serving the children of San Antonio for more than a century. St. PJ’s cares for more than 1,500 children who have suffered abuse and/or neglect each year. Services also include foster care, adoption, community counseling and emergency assistance for families in need. The Children’s Shelter offers emergency shelter and residential treatment for children in crisis and helps children find permanent homes through foster care and adoption. Our Family Strengthening programs teach nurturing parenting skills to vulnerable families and help families overcome crises. Respite Care was established in the mid-1980s and provides support to families of children with developmental disabilities and child abuse victims.

Disney princesses add to the holiday cheer.

Disney princesses add to the holiday cheer.

Who wants a hug?

Who wants a hug?

Games galore.

Games galore.

Who can resist a superhero or super villain?

Who can resist a superhero or super villain?

Cinderella greets a real-life princess.

Cinderella greets a real-life princess.

Who's that under the hood?

Who’s that under the hood?

 

 

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NAO Celebrates Modern Cuisine in Mexico


Nao goes in search of Modern Mexico

Nao in the Pearl continues its series of celebrating cuisines with the launch of the Modern Mexico.

From now through May 2, diners can order the special tasting menu, which features three courses for $42.

The dinner begins with a choice between Modernist Aguachile created with texturized chia, torched scallops, crispy corn, serrano chile, lime and cucumber or Crema de Poblano featuring poblano chile emulsion, queso fresco sphere, chicharrón powder and roasted choclo.

Nao

Nao

The main course is a choice between Mole de la Casa, a roasted chicken breast over silky homemade mole, sunchoke puree, roasted zucchini and tomatillo, or Escolar en Tajada, a sweet plantain wrapped escolar over mole verde, toasted pepita rice, and heart of palm salad.

The menu ends on a sweet note with Maya Mousse made with cacao nicoatole, cashew and vanilla “nieve,” and Ixabentum creme anglaise.

Hand-crafted by Nao’s beverage manager Tim Bryand, Nao will feature a special Modern Mexico cocktail, Heros de Chapultepec, made with blanco tequila, mezcal, hibiscus, lime, sugar, and ginger beer.

The restaurant at 312 Pearl Parkway will also feature a special five-course dinner created by chef Sergio Remolina, who was instrumental in the development of this Celebration of Cuisines installment. It’s set for 6 p.m. March 19. Tickets are $65 apiece. Reservations can be made by calling 210-383-8952.

Whataburger PancakeBring Whataburger pancakes into your home

Whataburger’s Original Pancake Mix is now available at H-E-B stores. Located in the breakfast aisle, the mix can also be used for other dishes, including waffles and jalapeño corn and cheddar muffins. Just look for the recipes on the box.

The 32-ounce pancake mix uses the same ingredients and recipe used in Whataburger restaurants. Customers simply combine the mix with water and follow the instructions on the label to make the pancakes. Each package makes approximately 32 pancakes.

“Since 1950, nothing has made us more proud than to put a smile on the faces of neighbors and friends that we serve around the clock,” said Mike Sobel, vice president of retail. “We’ve had a lot of success selling our pancake mix online, so it was only natural to add them to retail shelves with our great partners at H-E-B.”

The Monterey sign featuredNew hours at the Monterey

The Monterey, 1127 S. St. Mary’s St., has new hours.

The restaurant and its ever-changing menus is now open Tuesday-Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m., and Friday-Saturday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..

Little Fox will continue to pop up Sunday and Monday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m.

Call 210-745-2581.

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Whataburger Beefs Up Its Lineup


Whataburger has been on a roll lately — with fries on the side.

Whataburger's Chicken Strip Monterey Melt

Whataburger’s Chicken Strip Monterey Melt

BuzzFeed.com sang its praises in the list, “30 Reasons Why Whataburger Is the Best Thing Ever.” And Thrillist.com recently declared Texas to be the best state in the nation for fast food in part because of the patty paradise Whataburger.

Now, the burger chain, which is headquartered in SA, has introduced the Chicken Strip Monterey Melt, a sandwich stacked high with three chicken strips, two slices of Monterey Jack cheese, grilled onions, poblano and bell peppers, and topped off with Jalapeño Ranch sauce.

It’s a carb-heavy treat that’s just perfect with a side of onion rings.

The sandwich was inspired by Whataburger’s Monterey Melt and will be available for a limited time. So get yours while it lasts.

You can get Whataburger’s Jalapeño Ranch as well as Honey BBQ and Bold BBQ sauces in H-E-B now. These join Fancy Ketchup, Spicy Ketchup, Original Mayo and Original Mustard as well as Creamy Pepper, Peppercorn Ranch and Honey Mustard sauces and condiments available under the Whataburger label.

In other Whataburger news, eight local stores will be among the 121 to compete in this year’s WhataGames competition, a unique and spirited contest designed to test the skills of Whataburger team members in three categories: operations, corporate history and customer service.

The teams, who beat out their competitors among Whataburger’s more than 760 restaurants in 10 states, will continue to prove their skills through a series of elimination rounds to earn one of the 24 coveted spots at the WhataGames Finals in Dallas in April 2015. Finalists will compete in three days of high-intensity competition for the Gold Medal and the esteemed title of WhataGames 2015 Champion. Whataburger will also award $165,000 in cash prizes to all members of the Gold, Silver and Bronze winning teams, which includes both team members who participated as well as those who stayed back to operate and manage their stores.

“Every two years, this unique competition and training event provides us the opportunity to further improve the ways we serve each other and our customers,” said Rob Rodriguez, senior vice president of operations Whataburger Restaurants LLC. “At Whataburger, our team members take pride in their work and love serving customers, which is why this event is a perfect opportunity to allow them to shine and reward them for their great work.”

The local teams are:

  • Unit 112, 7007 S. Zarzamora St., San Antonio
  • Unit 315, 3202 Wurzbach Road, San Antonio
  • Unit 790, 5760 W. Loop 1604 N., San Antonio
  • Unit 699, 6391 Babcock Road, San Antonio
  • Unit 352, 5075 Rigsby Ave., San Antonio
  • Unit 919, 4125 S. Loop 1604 E., San Antonio
  • Unit 949, 12510 SW Loop 410, San Antonio
  • Unit 1017, 123 Creekside Crossing, New Braunfels

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For UTSA Students, the Whataburger Challenge Is a Hands-On Event


What1Whataburger may offer fast food, but their latest challenge was a matter of endurance.

The Whataburger at 6803 N. Loowhat4p 1604 W., near the UTSA campus, recently hosted a contest to see who could keep their hands on an inflated Whataburger cup the longest.

The winner of $1,000 donation was Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, UTSA Alpha Delta Chapter, while a $500 donation for the most fans at the event went to the UTSA Hispanic Student Association.

“We’re fortunate to have the most generous customers, and with their support, we can help support UTSA even more,” Whataburger director of operations Jorge Garza said.

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WhataGames Adds New Twist to Coming Finals


Whataburger LogoRecently, Whataburger announced the 21 restaurants that emerged as finalists in the company’s “WhataGames” competition, which tests the skills of Whataburger team members in three categories: operations, corporate history and customer service.

Now, Whataburger has added another twist to the competition — each finalist team has designated a nonprofit organization of their choice, and fans can vote on Whataburger’s WhataGames Facebook tab until Thursday, April 18 for that restaurant and its designated nonprofit organization. The organization with the most votes will receive a $5,000 donation.

Among the 21 restaurants are a San Antonio Whataburger and one from New Braunfels. The San Antonio Unit 790 store, at 5760 W. Loop 1604 N., has named the Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit & Medina Counties as its designated nonprofit organization.

The New Braunfels’ Unit 318 store, at 143 S. Interstate 35, has chosen to benefit the Alamo Area Parkinson’s Support Group.

Whataburger big burger“WhataGames is a really important part of our culture here at Whataburger, and equally important to us is giving back to the communities we serve,” said Clifton Rutledge, chief operating officer of Whataburger Restaurants LLC. “Our teams have so much fun with WhataGames, but this new element is so special because it means we’re providing a one-of-a-kind experience to our finalist teams and supporting a valuable nonprofit organization. I encourage everyone to get online and vote!”

The 21 finalist teams advanced from a pool of 100 semifinalists, who beat out their competitors among Whataburger’s more than 740 restaurants in 10 states. Semifinalists had to prove their skills through a series of elimination rounds to earn one of these 21 coveted spots at the WhataGames Finals in Dallas in April 2013. The finalists will compete in three days of high-intensity competition for the gold medal and title of WhataGames 2013 Champion, as well as $165,000 in cash prizes. Silver and bronze medals are also awarded.

WhataGames finals are the featured event during the Whataburger Family Convention, held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. The games were created in 1996 as a training exercise for operations to better serve customers and now occur every other year. The convention is a family occasion, hosting Whataburger corporate and regional representatives, franchisees and suppliers, along with the WhataGames national finalists.

To vote, visit http://www.facebook.com/whataburger and “like” your favorite restaurant and its designated nonprofit organization.

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Whataburger Spreads Some Christmas Cheer to Children in Town


Santa listens to what one little boy at Whataburger’s party wants for Christmas.

Whataburger’s staff welcomed the children of St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home (St. PJ’s), Respite Care of San Antonio and The Children’s Shelter of San Antonio this week to a Christmas party at their home offices. That jolly old elf, Santa Claus, even put in an appearance.

The Whataburger home offices are a winter wonderland for a party filled with games, sketches and more.

Nearly 200 kids filled the offices, which had been transformed into a winter wonderland complete with games, treats and holiday fun.

This was the second year that Whataburger has hosted the children from St. PJ’s and the first year with Respite Care and the Children’’s Shelter.

“We are so thrilled to have them at our San Antonio home office to celebrate the joy of the holiday season,” said Pam Cox, group director of Corporate Communications for Whataburger. “Giving back to the communities we call home has always been a focus for Whataburger, and we are excited to spend time with these amazing children and provide them with a special gift and a chance to experience the wonder of this time of year.”

During the weeks leading up to the event, Whataburger Family Members participated in a company-wide toy drive to collect gifts for the children.

“More than 100 of our children experienced Whataburger’s Winter Wonderland last year, and that celebration truly created wonderful and lasting memories for those who attended,” said James Castro, executive director of St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home. “We are thankful to Whataburger and all its employees for the chance for our kids to enjoy the party again this holiday season, and experience a time of fellowship with the kids from The Children’s Shelter and Respite Care.”

St. PJ’s and The Children’s Shelter have been serving the children of San Antonio for more than a century. St. PJ’s cares for more than 400 children each year, providing a safe, nurturing community to children who have suffered from abuse or neglect. The Children’s Shelter of San Antonio offers services from emergency shelter care to a continuum of care of emergency shelters, foster care, adoption, residential treatment care, child abuse prevention and teen pregnancy programs. Respite Care was established in the mid-1980s and provides support to families of children with developmental disabilities and child abuse victims.

 

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Whataburger Helps SA Food Bank to Tune of $25K


Whataburger announced Friday its sponsorship of SA Goes Orange, a San Antonio Food Bank campaign designed to encourage everyone across southwest Texas to “Go Orange” and take action to fight hunger during September, Hunger Action Month.

During today’s press conference at the Food Bank, Whataburger Regional Director of Operations Bobby Pemelton, presented Food Bank representatives with $25,000 to help fund the management and distribution of food to the area’s most needy families and individuals.

Whataburger donation will help the San Antonio Food Bank feed hungry local kids.

“In support of Hunger Action Month, Whataburger employees will volunteer their time and resources to help feed the hungry in our community,” said Pemelton. “We are excited to join the Food Bank’s fight against hunger and help raise awareness of this issue in San Antonio and across southwest Texas.”

This is the third year Whataburger has sponsored the SA Goes Orange campaign. In 2011, Whataburger’s monetary contributions and volunteer efforts supported more than 157,000 meals to area children, seniors, individuals and families in need.

For this year’s campaign, Whataburger will host an internal food drive for employees to donate kid-friendly and ready-to-eat snack items to the Food Bank’s BackPack Program during the month of September. The company’s food drive will wrap up Friday, Sept. 21 with Whataburger volunteers packing food donations into backpacks to be distributed throughout the school year to children who are at risk of going hungry over a weekend or holiday. Additionally, Whataburger employees and their families will volunteer their time at the Food Bank on Saturday, Sept. 8 to work in the warehouse and garden.

“The San Antonio Food Bank relies on the continued support of generous companies like Whataburger to serve the individuals and families in our area who count on the Food Bank,” said Eric Cooper, president and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank. “With Whataburger’s support and sponsorship of SA Goes Orange, we are able to bring attention to a critical need in our community and feed hundreds of thousands of Texans.”

According to the Food Bank, nearly one out of every four children and one out of every five adults in southwest Texas lives in poverty and has difficulty meeting basic nutritional needs.

 

The San Antonio Food Bank is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization providing millions of pounds of food to over 450 charitable organizations in Southwest Texas serving those in need.  In addition to food distribution, the San Antonio Food Bank provides numerous programs that not only solve the immediate problems of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security.  For more information about the San Antonio Food Bank, visit our website Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/safoodbank or follow our news on Twitter at http://twitter.com/safoodbank. 

 

Whataburger is headquartered in San Antonio, with more than 735 locations in 10 states with sales of more than $1 billion annually. Visit www.whataburger.com for more information on the company or become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/whataburger.

 

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Matters of the Heart and the SA Dining Scene


Viola Barrios

You gotta get Got Heart. That’s the message coming from Diana Barrios Treviño, who is offering a sweet deal to tempt people.

“It’s July and time to celebrate my mom, Viola, during her birth month!” Diana Barrios Treviño says. “Stop in at Los Barrios or La Hacienda de Los Barrios and enjoy a slice of Pastel con Flan and get a limited edition Got Heart T-shirt for $14.99!”

All of the proceeds go directly to Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation.

“It’s tax deductible, delicious and incredibly stylish!” she says.

Los Barrios is at 4223 Blanco Road. La Hacienda de los Barrios is at 18747 Redland Road.

Whataburger CEO Preston Atkinson presents JoNeen Serna of MDA San Antonio with a check.

Big heart for the MDA

Whataburger apparently has a big heart when it comes to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The San Antonio-based burger chain recently presented the local MDA chapter with a check for $100,000, which the staff of the various restaurants raised in a day.

Whataburger also threw a party for 10 local children who are headed off to MDA summer camp as well as their families.

Whataburger is also showing some concern for the heart by introducing a new menu of items under 550 calories. They include:

  • Whataburger Jr. with Bacon & Cheese, 400 calories
  • Double Meat Whataburger Jr. with Cheese, 470 calories
  • New Grilled Chicken Melt, 460 calories
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich, 510 calories
  • Chicken Fajita Taco, 420 calories
  • Whatacatch Sandwich, 450 calories

Whataburger breakfast choices under 550 calories include:

  • Cinnamon Roll, 390 calories
  • Bacon & Egg Taquito, 380 calories
  • Bacon or Sausage Biscuit, 350 to 540 calories
  • Egg & Cheese Biscuit, 450 calories
  • Biscuit & Jelly, 340 calories
  • Egg Sandwich, 310 calories

The baked goods at Little Aussie Bakery are all gluten-free.

Gluten-free goodness

A growing number of restaurants in San Antonio are offering gluten-free offerings to meet the growing number of people living with celiac disease.

And Little Aussie Bakery, 3610 Avenue B, is helping a few of them.

The bakery is now making the following gluten-free items for local restaurants:

  • Whole flax buns for the various Babes Burgers
  • Focaccia for All Aboard Deli, 5255 McCullough Ave.
  • Buns for the Cove, 606 W. Cypress
  • Pizza crust for Gallo Pizzeria, 164 Castroville Road
  • Buns for various Rome’s Pizza places

Little Aussie has its own great gluten-free products, dishes and a dazzling array of baked goods, including mouthwatering cakes, that are worth checking out, too. Call (210) 826-7787.

Perry’s Steakhouse

4 for $4 at Perry’s

Perry’s Steakhouse in the Shops at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, has a thing for the number 4.

During the month of July, if you visit Perry’s on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (except July 4), $4 gets you  your choice of an 8-ounce version of the famous pork chop; the house-made Polish sausage appetizer; the Candy Bar dessert, reminiscent of a Reese’s Cup; and the Perry-tini, a take on a lemon drop martini. Or you could have all four for $16.

On a visit this week, plenty of $4 pork chops were being served to the folks in the bar, which is where those of us without reservations sat and enjoyed the live piano as well as the various treats we tried.

For reservations, call (210) 558-6161.

If you have restaurant news, email griffin@savorsa.com or walker@savorsa.com.

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Scotch Tasting at Kirby’s on Tuesday and Other Restaurant News


San Antonio’s restaurants are serving up something for all tastes.

Kirby’s Scotch Tasting

Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse, 123 N. 1604 E., is hosting its monthly scotch tasting from  6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

On the menu this month are the 14-year-old Clynelish, 15-year-old Dalwhinnie, 14-year-old Oban and 12-year-old Caol Ila.

Master of Whiskey Theresa Menendez will be on hand to offer background information, tasting notes and answer questions.

The cost is $25 a person and reservations are recommended. Call 210-404-2221 or email Sam Miller at S.Miller@KirbysSteakhouse.com.

'Cabernet Is King' at Morton's

“Cabernet Is King” at Morton’s

Morton’s the Steakhouse, 300 E. Crockett St., is hosting a master class called “Cabernet is King” at 6 p.m. June 17.

General manager and certified Morton’s sommelier Todd Bricker will lead the tasting of Cabernet Sauvignons from around the world. The list will include Swanson Alexis from Napa, Livernano Divinita from Tuscany, Sebastiani Secolo from Sonoma, Chateau Ste Michelle Cold Creek from Washington’s Columbia Valley, Rosemount Show Reserve from Australia’s Coonawarra, Penfolds Thomas Hylands from South Australia, Chateau Greysac from France’s Medoc and Montes Alpha from Chile’s Apalta.

Featured hors d’oeuvres include Smoked Salmon Pinwheels, Chicken Goujonettes, Roma Tomato Fresh Mozzarella and Basil on a Crostini, Petite Filet Mignon Sandwiches, and artisan cheeses with fresh fruit.

The cost is $49 a person plus tax and tip. For more information, 210-228-0700 or email mitzi_pearson@mortons.com.

Four at the Fork

Roaring Fork, 1806 N. Loop 1604 W., is offering a Four at the Fork promotion through Sept. 30. From Sundays through Thursdays, diners can choose an entrée with three side dishes for $18. Some of the main course options include Shrimp and Grits, Cedar Plank Salmon, rotisserie chicken and fried chicken while the sides include cilantro rice, broccoli, spinach, green beans, and mac and cheese.

Call 210-479-9700 or visit www.roaringfork.com.

Pineapple treats

Whataburger introduces two new pineapple-flavored items on Monday after 3 p.m.: Pineapple Shakes and hot Pineapple Pies. Both will be available for a limited time only.

Smashburger love

Smashburger has kicked off a “Why I Love the Classic Smashburger” video contest, which runs through June 20. The videos, of course, have to be about the burger and must be emailed to classic@smashburger.com. The five top finalists will be posted on Smashburger’s Facebook page, where fans will be invited to vote for the best submission. The winner will receive free Smashburgers for a year.

 

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Restaurant Notes & Quotes: Brasserie Pavil Closes


Hot and hotter. Good thing some cool specials are happening indoors.

Brasserie Pavil

The restaurant, at Huebner Road and Loop 1604, closed its doors on Tuesday.  A sister restaurant, Watermark Grill, closed in February. Both restaurants were owned by Watermark Hotel Co. Inc.

Sangria and more at Azuca this summer

Azuca is offering sangria as a way to battle the heat.

Head over to Azuca’s website for a coupon, and then go to the actual restaurant for two of Spain’s most delicious treats: sangria and tapas (savory little snacks).

Azuca is at 713 S. Alamo St. Call 210-225-5550 for information.

Tejas Steakhouse to open this week

Tejas Rodeo Company is opening the Tejas Steakhouse and Saloon on its property at 401 Obst Road, Bulverde. (Just take Blanco Road north to Specht Road, about 10 miles from Blanco and 1604, and turn right. Follow the road for two miles and you’ll see Tejas Steakhouse and Tejas Rodeo on your left.)

Opening night is set for Friday.

Steaks are obviously a part of the menu, with a 20-ounce bone-in rib steak the star attraction. But it also offers burgers, catfish, chicken, salads, tacos and more. There’s also a kids’ menu.

The steakhouse will be open for dinner Thursday-Sunday as well as lunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Open Thursday-Sunday for Dinner; plus lunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Details at www.tejassteakhouse.com.

In addition to dinner, the Tejas Rodeo Company offers live music plus open mic night under the stars.

Call 830-980-2226 for more information.

The kitchen at the Esquire is offering lunch specials.

Now at the Esquire Tavern

Check out the lunch specials offered 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Monday-Thursday at the Esquire, 155 E. Commerce St. Select entrée and side are available for $12, served with iced tea and daily ice cream.

Fridays are for martinis: Have the house martini along with steak and frites and the daily ice cream for $18. And yes, we llike the sounds of the daily ice cream as much as you do.

Also, happy hours are 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. Select local draft beer is priced at $3.50; select cocktails at $4.50.

Yes, it’s cool inside, but the small balcony overlooking the River Walk is pretty, too, and might even be breezy.

This week at Fig Tree Restaurant

The Fig Tree’s Tuesday and Wednesday dinner specials are among the best deals in town. It’s a great chance for we who live here to get down to the River Walk and enjoy one of the best destination restaurants in town.

The three-course prix fixe menu is $39 per person; if paired with wine, it’s $49. Selected wines are $29 per bottle. (The regular menu is available, as well.) Valet parking is for free. The Fig Tree is located at 515 Villita Street on the San Antonio River Walk. For reservations call 210-224-1976.

Here is the menu for today and Wednesday:  Escargot Ravioli with tomatoes, olives and garlic butter, or, Summer Rolls with Thai prawns and peanut sauce: optional wine is Chateau D’Esclan “Whispering Angel” Cotes de Provence 2010.  Lamb Noisettes with  raspberry demi, Potatoes Borex, upland cress: wine is Main Street Merlot, Sonoma 2006; or, Grilled Sturgeon with yazu butter, carrot mousse and thyme jus served with St. Francis Chardonnay, Sonoma 2008. For dessert, a choice of Passion Fruit Mousse or Molten Chocolate Cake.

Fig Tree is at 515 Villita St. Call 210-224-1976.

Burger lovers, make way for a Chicken Club

Whataburger is about more than burgers. That’s why it has introduced its Honey Mustard Chicken Club.

The folks who work hard to make you want to try these limited-time options — the folks in the marketing department, that is — have described the new sandwich as follows: “It’s your choice of a grilled or crispy chicken breast with bacon, fresh tomatoes, lettuce and Swiss American cheese topped with sweet Honey Mustard sauce.”

 

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