macarons are just some of the reasons to check out this Castle Hills staple. 8055 West, (210) 259-8359, cestlaviebakingco.com.
4 Star’s kitchen serves up heaping helpings of fragrant pho and lemon chicken. The restaurant isn’t afraid to cross borders, as evidenced by Chinese and Thai dishes—particularly their popular pad Thai option. Multiple locations, pho4star.com.
Chocollazo With a second location opening next year in Hemifair, Chocollazo is definitely a hit with San Antonians who love chocolate in all shapes and forms. 4013 Broadway, (210) 776-3963, chocollazo.com.
Berni Vietnamese Service is speedy, and servings are massive at this spotless Vietnamese joint off Wurzbach that ends your meal with a warm bowl of taro tapioca. 8742 Wurzbach Road, (210) 485-5982.
Kuma More is more at this dessert shop that fills bubbly Hong Kong waffles with ice cream, mocha, Pocky, toppings and yes, even buñuelos. 6565 Babcock Road, Suite 17, (210) 641-2888, facebook.com/kuma.satx.
French Sandwiches Tucked away in the same shopping center that houses India Palace is French Sandwiches with its hearty, leafy French Vietnamese sandwiches and excellent soups and salads. Don’t miss the grilled pork sandwich or the French onion soup. 8448 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 692-7019.
Pho Cong Ly Adventurers who dare rub lips with a little “soft tendon” in their bath of noodle soup (found under “fortifying combos” on the menu) will be rewarded with a tongue tingle worth remembering. 300 W. Bitters Road, (210) 499-5572. Pho Ha Long It seems that Pho Ha Long’s found a secret formula for keeping Alamo City slurpers happy. We’re particularly partial to the No. 10 with round eye steak, lean flank and chewy tendon. 6424 NW Loop 410, (210) 521-4507, phohalong. webs.com. Pho Kim Long Get the giggles out of the way before you head to Pho Kim Long. The joint carries pho favorites in massive bowls, vermicelli bun and Vietnamese sandwiches on soft bollilos. 4230 McCullough Ave., (210) 829-8021. Viet Nam Restaurant Albeit a name change in recent years, Viet Nam went back to the original moniker and continues to offer clay pots and banh xeo for the purist, and decadent spring rolls and richly accessorized pho for mainstream Asian dabblers. 3244 Broadway, (210) 822-7461. Suck It The Restaurant Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, and a dash of puro San Anto make up this Medi-
Heavenly Pho Big appetites should go for the No. 1 with beef noodle soup with eye round steak, brisket, rare flank, tendon, tripe and meatball. Settle in for a bit of cloud 9. 19178 Blanco Road, Suite 305, (210) 5453553, heavenlypho.com.
Lily’s Cookies Cookies with Chihuahuas, mermaids, dinosaurs–you name it, Lily’s can make it. Since 2002, Lily’s Cookies has been baking SA sweetness in all forms. 2716 McCullough Ave., (210) 832-0886, lilyscookies.com.
Bubble Waffle Bar cal Center eatery that wows guests with fusion plates and over-the-top. 7220 Louis Pasteur Drive, Suite 125, (210) 560-2113, facebook.com/ suckittherestaurant. Viva Pho Vietnamese Cuisine and Teabo Lounge In the way of pho, Viva presents 10 variations of the much-loved comfort food. Hearty portions of the civilly priced soups come with filet mignon, brisket, tendon, tripe, meatballs, flank steak, or eye round, plus a few combinations of these. 2114 NW Military Hwy., (210) 5258388, vivapho.com.
Bakeries/Desserts The Art of Donut Miguel Aja and Andrea Aguirre opened their quaint shop off St. Mary’s St. with over-thetop doughnuts and coffee-based drinks. 3428 N. St. Mary’s St., artofdonut.com. Bakery Lorraine Chefs Anne Ng and Jeremy Mandrell expanded their empire with a flagship location at the Pearl, the Medical Center and The Rim. Known for their homemade French macarons, fruit tarts, and croissants, Bakery Lorraine serves goodness with fresh ingredients and style. Multiple locations, bakerylorraine.com. Bird Bakery San Anto celebrity Elizabeth Chambers continues to
bring decadent sweets to her bakery that combines rustic flair with small town charm. 5912 Broadway, (210) 804-2473, birdbakery.com. Brindles Awesome Ice Creams Five words: waffle taco ice cream sundae. Load it up with any of the house-made flavors for a delectable treat. 12255 Huebner Road, (210) 641-5222. Broadway Daily Bread One whiff of this bakery and you’re hooked. Stop in for full-size and mini loaves, scones, muffins and more in this Alamo Heights fave. 5001 Broadway, (210) 822-1621, broadwaydailybread.net. Bubble Waffle Bar Hong Kong waffles have taken SA by storm, and at BWB, the combinations dip into savory territory. Order the fried chicken and waffles or waffle sandwiches stuffed with deli meats for yourself. 7755 Eckhert Road, (210) 425-9813, facebook.com/bubblewafflebar. Brews Lee Tea Freshly brewed teas and tapioca are just part of the charm behind this bubble tea shop that’s perfect for a mid-afternoon pick-meup, chill hang with friends or laidback date. 4009 Broadway, (210) 5980068, brewsleetea.com. C’est La Vie Bakery Flaky croissants, spicy kolaches, and chocolaty
Paleteria San Antonio Hemisfair’s Yanaguana Garden needed a little sweetness. The first shop to open in the area features 50-plus varieties of fruit and dairy-filled paletas. 510 S. Alamo St., Suite 104, (210) 9546753, paleteriasanantonio.com. SA Pops It doesn’t stop at homemade popsicles here. Chef Andrew Gutierrez cranks out gelato, soft serve and other tasty creations in innovative flavors like prickly pear lemonade, cucumber, peach and corn. 3420 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 736-2526. Snopioca Taiwanese shaved ice hit SA last spring and it brought some friends. Stop in for several varieties of snow, bubble tea and smoothies. 6423 Babcock Road, Suite 104, (210) 455-8638, snopioca.com. Steel City Pops San Anto knows paletas, but this Birmingham-transplant is winning over fans with its chocolatedipped, caramel-drizzled offerings. 812 S. Alamo St., (210) 963-6540, steelcitypops.com.
CONTEMPORARY 20 Nine Restaurant & Wine Bar Dimly lit, and filled with just about all the wine your heart desires, this Alamo Quarry Market restaurant is a refuge from chains. 255 E. Basse Road, Suite 940, (210) 798-9463, 20ninewine.com Biga on the Banks Bruce Auden’s menu includes such Southwest-Continental dishes as chicken-fried oysters with squid-ink linguini and pancetta,
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