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On The Cover Texas barbecue is about tender slow-cooked meat, but it’s also about the flavorful sides that help the main course shine. San Antonio’s South BBQ & Kitchen takes pride in getting both right. Photography // Jaime Monzon Art direction // Lea Thompson

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e’ve entered a new era of dining in San Antonio. No, the city hasn’t abandoned its Tex-Mex culinary roots, but its expanding restaurant and bar scenes are introducing us to new and invigorating flavors almost daily. Try the Hakata ramen at Noodle Tree, the tortas ahogadas at Ro-Ho or the fresh and accessible bites at the Good Kind’s Southtown location and you’ll know what we mean. In this summer’s Flavor, we highlight five local chefs who are driving this change in San Antonio’s food scene, and we show you where you can sample some of the city’s best new dining locations. We also spotlight the local restaurants and entrepreneurs who are putting the Alamo City at the forefront of the national vegan movement. From happy hour cheese boards and wine pours to vegan-friendly kolaches and cookies, we have you covered.

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Now rom the upscale to the downhome, San Antonio’s dining options continue to expand at an unparalleled pace. This roundup of recently opened restaurants provides a sampling of the city’s best.

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hef Mike Nguyen started his culinary career at one of Wolfgang Puck’s restaurants and worked in kitchens throughout the country before landing in San Antonio. After years of dreaming about a place of his own, he began hosting ramen popups and launched a food truck in 2018, before opening his first restaurant in January. From the outside, Noodle Tree looks like an everyday restaurant, but it’s quickly become one of the best places for ramen in San Antonio. No, this eatery doesn’t have frills, but it doesn’t need them to sell food this good. The house Hakata ramen, made with scallions, burnt garlic oil, pickled shitake mushrooms, chashu pork and a six-minute egg, adapts to the seasons – offering a lighter taste and broth during the summer months and a heartier bowl when it's cold out. The kimchi ramen offers a fresh taste with bite and pairs well alongside straightforward menu sides like chicken karage, edamame or pulled-pork bao buns, which tend to go fast. Whatever you do, ask for the house-made hot sauce, Liquid Rage, and wash it all down with some refreshing Calpico Soda.

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The Good Kind Southtown 1127 S St Mary’s St, San Antonio, 78210 (210) 801-5892 eatgoodkind.com/southtown

he Good Kind’s Southtown outpost boasts affordable, refreshing beverages and bites that will leave you feeling great, not regretful, about your food choices. Owner Tim McDiarmid established the original TGK at the Pearl’s Bottling Department in 2017 with healthy and fresh grab-n-go meal options, smoothies and snacks. The Southtown location came next in February with an expanded breakfast, lunch and happy hour menu and a shaded patio space that can’t be beat. What’s more, the restaurant brought new life to its familiar building, home to The Monterrey before its 2015 closure. TGK Southtown diners can choose from savory breakfast and lunch menu options or try the new bar snack menu, which includes a savory-and-sweet cheese and charcuterie board, served with housemade preserves and crackers. Order one of TGK’s frosty, customized botanical cocktails and share plates of sticky baked Asian wings served with with herb yogurt, peanuts and cilantro. The warm meatball-and-romesco sandwich and the West Coast nachos — topped with melted white cheddar, black beans, sour cream, salsa, guacamole and a dash of pico — also amaze without breaking the budget.

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6106 Broadway, San Antonio, 78209 (210) 245-8156 bistr09.com

arried chefs Damien Watel and Lisa Astorga-Watel teamed up to open Bistro9, a new Alamo Heights eatery that combines their specialties — well-executed seafood plates and classic cuisine with a twist. Among the bistro’s litany of expertly prepared standbys are lobster risotto, bouillabaisse, Dover sole and liver and onions (when available). The dessert list includes crème brulée and ile flottante. A classier, larger version of Watel’s original Chez Vatel Bistro, Bistro9 may be the French restaurant San Antonio can finally take to its heart. The steak frites prove that simple doesn’t mean simplistic, while the escargots comme d’habitude are snails you can easily make a habit of. Slip onto a bright yellow bar stool for a taste of new cocktail classics or consult the short-but-succinct wine list, which is heavy on French offerings — all respectably priced.

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Little Death

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2357 N St. Mary’s San Antonio, 78212 instagram.com/littledeathwine

okingly self-described as the “worst wine bar” in San Antonio, Little Death offers an evolving selection sourced from regions across the globe — and presented with a minimum of pretension. Little Death quietly opened in March under Chad Carey’s Empty Stomach Group, and the 550-square-foot bar was developed with 25 business partners all out to make local wine culture more equitable. Inside, you’ll find single glasses, shared bottles and small plates at affordable prices. Knowledgeable staffers take the time to walk you through the available wine varieties — everything from a chilled Riesling to a hard-to-find Beaujolais — then help select a bottle to split with friends or pair with your dinner. Take a bottle to go and you get to knock $10 off the price. The limited food menu includes fresh bread and butter, pâté en croûte, charcuterie and cheese selections in addition to other simple-yet-classic bites. The atmosphere is truly intimate as well. There are 32 stools, enough space for five people to gather around the bar. A vinyl record player spins music, adding to the vibe that you've stepped into the home of an old friend eager to turn you on to a great bottle.

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he first of several long-awaited cocktail concepts from Benjamin Krick, former bar manager at Juniper Tar, Jet-Setter’s arrival signifies a new era of elevated beverage and hospitality experiences in San Antonio. Krick teamed up with restaurateur Lucas Bradbury to renovate the space that formerly housed literary-themed bar The Last Word and transport guests to a carefully designed mid-century sky lounge, replete with fine liquor, refined taste and elegant decor. An international influence pervades everything in the basement-level bar, from the spirits and techniques to the glassware. Among the enticing house cocktails is the Maritime Commerce, a bracingly fruitforward drink with light rum, passion fruit and other Caribbean-inspired ingredients. Gin lovers may gravitate to the Oh Lala, which mixes the spirit with raspberry cordial, lemon and champagne. Gorgeous mocktails include the Disco Lemonade, made with butterfly pea, cane sugar, soda and lemon.

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Hill Country Distillers

723 FRONT ST. COMFORT, TX Hours: thursday-friday 2-8p | saturday-sunday 12-8p 830.995.2924 HillcountryTXdistillers.com

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Eastside Kitchenette

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hef Jeff White isn’t looking to reinvent anyone’s idea of Southern cuisine. Nor has he made a priority of creating dishes that are easy to eat without getting sauce on your face. Eastside’s pimento bacon hushpuppies, fried house-made pickles, Mexican corn and fried-chicken Cobb salad are simple yet flavorful takes on Southern classics. Check out White’s daily Blue Plate Specials, which include house specialties like pierogis, enchiladas and fish and chips. Head to the restaurant’s porch for a prime seat to watch the Spurs game or split a brunch spread that includes chicken and waffles or shrimp and grits. Co-owner Jenn White serves up thematically appropriate libations like the East Side Old Fashioned, East Side Sangria and the Line ‘Em Up — a Miller Lite served with two shots of Evan Williams Bourbon.

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200 E Grayson St Suite 117, San Antonio 78215 (210) 554-6484 savorcia.com

avor, the newest restaurant from the Culinary Institute of America, opened in a modern, beautiful space at The Pearl in early 2019. It offers a modern American menu and a great view of the chefs and students at work in the open kitchen and bar. Consider it a finedining interactive experience. After a brief hiatus, Savor reopened in May with a new class and new menu showcasing elegant yet inviting dishes such as seafood saffron risotto and steak tartare with chipotle, quail egg and plantain chips. Patrons can customize their own three- or four-course meals and head to the bar for classic cocktails, wine pours and beer.

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Ro-Ho Pork & Bread

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o-Ho Pork & Bread’s small menu offers only a few options, including its specialty tortas ahogadas — bolillo sandwiches "drowned" in piquant sauce. Good thing it does them all well. Chef Jorge Rojo began his career in Jalisco, Mexico, before arriving in San Antonio in 2011 to attend the culinary program at St. Philip's College. Since graduation, Rojo has served a humble assortment of flavorful dishes with well-seasoned pork, crisp and freshly made birotes and a legit tomato sauce to satisfy any craving for great Mexican street food. The restaurant recently moved from its original location on Cesar Chavez Boulevard into a bigger space near the airport. But the familiar RoHo Pork menu fans have come to know and love — which includes tacos, chicharrones and nachos, along with its tortas – hasn’t changed. Friendly staffers will invite you to pull up a seat at the counter or find a seat on the outside patio to enjoy an original or veggie-friendly sandwich. For those who like it hot, there’s plenty of chile de arbol to go around.

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Sarah’s Barbacoa

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6330 De Zavala Rd., San Antonio 78249 (210) 263-9955

he Hernandez family, frustrated by North San Antonio’s lack of local molinas and authentic Mexican dishes, decided to bring classics like menudo, pan dulce and barbacoa to the Northwest ‘burbs, one to-go order at a time. The family works together to sell an average 300 pounds of barbacoa each weekend. Also available are orders of the shop’s menudo, beans, pan dulce and tortillas. Like many other local molinas, Sarah’s is only open on weekends for now, but expect to see business hours expand soon.

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an Antonio certainly has is share of culinary rockstars. You know the ones: they win national awards, make regular cooking show appearances and have become almost synonymous with the city’s burgeoning food scene. But those talented chefs aren’t the only ones putting in hard work every day, innovating at the best restaurants, redefining kitchen culture and creating some of the best food in the city. Get to know these five rising chefs now, because they probably won’t remain behind the scenes much longer.

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Leo Davila Catch the Wave Chef, Culinary Instructor

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eo Davila worked in retail for years, but he always dreamed of opening and running a restaurant with his father. Eventually, the duo gave it a try and launched an eatery in Houston. “We failed miserably,” he laughed. “I knew I still wanted to do this, but I also knew I had a lot to learn.” So, Davila attended the culinary school at the Art Institute in San Antonio and graduated in 2014. He worked his way through kitchens at Mixtli, Folc and several hotels before becoming a senior director for Humble House Foods, a local hot sauce company with a brunch menu at The Pearl's farmers market. During that time, Davila returned to the AI campus as an instructor and began teaching introductory kitchen courses to aspiring chefs. Being

around students and the educational environment offered a surge of creative energy. After three years of helping Humble House grow, Davila left in December 2018, eager to build something new. “I’ve had a lot of family and friends tell me that I need to open up my own business, that I was going to ‘miss the wave’,” said Davila, who named his business as a nod to those friendly warnings. “I knew that once I opened, people would know where I was coming from and what I was trying to do.” Catch the Wave began catering and doing market pop-ups in January. The outfit found new fans during this spring’s Taco Fest at La Villita, where Davila’s creation — picadillo and corn in a cup on a blue corn tortilla — won first place

in the specialty taco category. “I like different food combinations and flavor profiles,” he said. “For the corn in a cup taco, I added a little bit of smokiness, a little bit of sweetness, a little bit of heat. It’s a full body of flavor.” Since then, business has expanded to new events and food competitions including May’s Barbacoa & Big Red Festival. Catch the Wave is still taking catering orders and hosting pop-ups while selling out both made-to-order dishes and a line of prepared foods, including CBD-infused jams. But, Davila adds, his desire to work with his father hasn’t gone away. He is just counting on their next endeavor to be better conceived and a lot more successful. Instagram: @catchthewave.io

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June 20 | September 15, 2019

ON VIEW AT MCNAY ART MUSEUM Andy Warhol: Portraits features over 120 paintings, prints, photographs, films, and videos that depict the artist’s favorite genre: the portrait. The exhibition presents a vibrant snapshot of New York’s art and social scene from the 1960s through the 1980s with portraits of Warhol’s inner circle; among them Joan Collins, Debbie Harry, Dennis Hopper, Mick Jagger, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol himself. Andy Warhol: Portraits is presented concurrently with Transamerica/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance Today, the country’s first broad survey of contemporary artwork from across North America to explore the construction of identity through gender and outward appearance.

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Jessica Kukyendall

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rowing up in Laredo, Jessica Kukyendall was exposed to both Tex-Mex and the regional flavors of Northern Mexico. She left in 2002 to grow with San Antonio’s culinary scene — starting at chef Johnny Hernandez’s La Gloria then helping open Hotel Emma at The Pearl. Along the way, she relocated to Oaxaca, Mexico, to immerse herself in its regional cuisine before returning in 2018 to open Milpa, a Mexican food truck and catering business. When Kukyendall was named executive chef at Ocho, Hotel Havana’s Latin fusion restaurant earlier this year, she knew it was time to showcase her own experiences and approaches to dishes found throughout Latin America. The CIA-San Antonio culinary graduate recently introduced a new lunch menu with standout dishes like the Carnitas Ocho — salty and crispy pork served with cilantro lime rice, Cuban black beans and pickled red onions. The new menu also features items such as the Havana Hippie Torta, made with fried green tomato, shredded lettuce, red onion, queso fresco and lemon aioli. Beverage options have expanded to include a classic Hemingway daiquiri and a non-alcoholic CBD cold brew. The new dishes invite patrons to experience flavors and techniques uncommon in San Antonio’s downtown restaurants, Kukyendall points out. “San Antonio has always had a strong food culture, but it was one type of culture,” she said of the Tex-Mex that long dominated the local food scene. “Now I’m seeing people wanting to explore and experience food fusion. I can mix it up to make it my own story.” Kukyendall is also eager to share new Latin fusion dishes that go beyond Ocho’s Cuban roots and see people appreciate San Antonio’s food transformation within the last decade. “Sure enough, it was the best move I’ve made,” she said of her relocation to the Alamo City. Instagram: @havanasanantonio

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eddy Liang knows the restaurant industry top-to-bottom, in part because he started at the bottom. The San Antonio native launched his culinary career working as a dishwasher for Genghis Grill, the Mongolian BBQ franchise. He quickly fell in love with restaurant operations and, over the next eight years, worked his way up to general manager at one of the company’s Dallas-area locations. After a family trip to Taiwan, he took an interest in his own culinary roots and developed a love for cooking. Still, for Liang, great restaurants begin and end with family dynamics. “Restaurants have families — there’s the front of house, the back of house. It’s a little circle,” he said. “The family helps keep everyone in check and moving together. I got into restaurants because I wanted to create better family teams.” Liang grew his role within Genghis Grill to establish working families for more than 23 locations, before launching his own business as a restaurant consultant in the New Orleans area. A few hears ago, Liang moved back to the Alamo City, working as both a restaurant and private chef. Since his return, he’s helped launch the food programs at Francis Bogside and Hanzo and joined local nonprofit Chef Cooperatives. Liang can also be found at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, working with chef Dave Terrazas, or hosting monthly food popups throughout the city. Often, his dishes draw on his Taiwanese heritage but give them a Texas twist via local ingredients. At one recent event, he put a new spin on fried rice by incorporating purple mustard carrots, green onions, roasted sesame seeds, red beet soy glaze and a spicy aioli — all while maintaining the dish’s traditional essence. Longer term, Liang hopes to open his own San Antonio restaurant. Also on the drawing board is a mentoring program to connect current and new chefs with the skills and spaces they need to succeed in the industry. “I came back to build San Antonio to the next level,” he said, adding that small structural and cultural changes can have a big impact on restaurant staffs. “I believe in the city, and I see the passion, but I see a lot of waiting and no action. If you want to do [something], we have to start moving now.”

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June 21–September 1, 2019 Men of Steel, Women of Wonder is organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. The exhibition is generously funded by The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992, and The USAA Foundation, Inc. This exhibition is supported by the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture. Mel Ramos, Wonder Woman (detail), 1962, Oil on canvas, 50 x 44 in., Rochelle and Darren Leininger Family Collection; Fahamu Pecou, Nunna My Heros: After Barkley Hendricks’ ‘Icon for My Man Superman,’ 1969 (detail), 2011, Acrylic, gold leaf, and oil stick on canvas, 63 x 49 1/2 in. (160 x 125.7 cm), Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Gift of Marjorie and Michael Levine, 2012.8.1. © Fahamu Pecou, Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

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hef Samuel Butzke’s culinary start was something of a fluke. He was fresh out of the military and applying for a security job when he struck up a conversation with a chef outside the HR office. “He asked how I would like cooking, and I said, ‘Why not?’” It’s been nearly a decade since the chance encounter pulled Butzke into his first restaurant job, and he credits that early culinary training and banquet experience for helping land his current gig with Hyatt Regency. Butzke worked as chef for the Tavern 64 restaurant in Reston, Virginia, before arriving at Antlers in January. The resort allows Butzke to cook and learn something different every day, whether it’s for special banquets, corporate dinners or even Indian weddings. Exposure to diverse cuisines has helped the kitchen expand its menu to include more local products and introduce gluten-free and vegan options. “I know that people are looking for something different when they come here,” he said. “We’ve embraced that. We work with local producers and have locally sourced meats like elk, venison, wild boar, even the only local Wagyu steak found in Texas — things that most people wouldn’t usually see in a fine-dining restaurant.” Butzke also worked to champion local producers like Broken Arrow Farm and Deerheart Ranch since landing at the resort. Within six months of his arrival, he brought back its previously unattended garden, raising crops like corn, tomatoes, okra and lettuce for the restaurant. That fresh produce gets a starring role in seasonal dishes such as Antlers’ smoked beet salad with red quinoa. “Before I came on, 10% of my menu was local,” he said. “Now, it’s about 75% local.” Butzke is currently working with the grounds crew to establish a larger public garden patrons can visit to see where their food comes from. Beyond that, he plans to create new specialty products like deer jerky, made with locally sourced meats, to offer resort visitors. “That’s the best part about it. I take things that you don’t see every day and make them your everyday,” he said.

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new vegan food wave has arrived in San Antonio, and chefs like Tatiana Martinez of Miss Chickpeas Bakeshop are leading the way. Martinez attended the Cordon Bleu in Austin, where she learned about dairy and animal practices in addition to increasing food allergy rates. Armed with that knowledge, she was inspired to make delicious and beautiful pastries without animal products. “My standard when I [bake desserts] is that they should taste just like the real thing. They should be comparable to normal, non-vegan desserts,” she said. “There are people who enjoy these foods without realizing they’re vegan. They just know it tastes good.” Things have moved fast for Martinez. Using organic ingredients, she developed several vegan-friendly sweets to sell at the Vegan Stop Shop in 2017. Then she began hosting vegan pop-up events in 2018 and launched her bakery storefront early this year. Since the grand opening, Miss Chickpea's has been embraced by vegans and nonvegans alike. The shop offers a variety of sweet and savory items including vegan cakes, kolaches, gansito and vegetable quiche. Also on the menu are coffee and bites from fellow vegan business Hip Peaz Vegan Eats that offer both breakfast and lunch options. There’s even an export market for Miss Chickpea's baked goods. The bakery has become well-known for colorful and flavorful pop-tarts, which can be found during the week at Gold Coffee at Freight, Eat Binge Kitchen in San Marcos and at San Antonio’s Folklores Coffee shop on weekends. “This is a place where people don’t have to worry,” Martinez said. “They can try anything they see.” Instagram: @misschickpeasbakeshop sacurrent.com • S U M M E R

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Pharm Table Ayurveda diet or not, diners will find plenty to nosh on in this vegetable-forward oasis by chef Elizabeth Johnson. Expect bountiful salads and worldly techniques. 106 Auditorium Circle, (210) 802-1860, pharmtable.com. Powerhouse Bakery Eating on plan doesn’t mean missing out on all of the goodies. The dietitian-led shop is 100 percent gluten free. 4902 Golden Quail, Suite 101, (210) 722-8464, powerhousebakery.com. Señor Veggie Southtown gets its share of greens from this joint that takes vegan fare from across the globe. Find hearty yet healthy dishes like the pupusas Norteñas, corn masa flatbreads topped

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Green Vegetarian Cuisine With locations at The Pearl and Alon Market, folks have more ways to eat green. Entrées can instantly be made into vegan dishes with the substitution of vegan cheese for dairy cheese. Multiple locations, eatatgreen.com. La Botanica Helmed by chef Rebel Mariposa, this hopping restaurant/community center feeds your strongest vegan cravings with can’t-believeit’s-vegan menu board. 2911 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 716-0702, vivalabotanica.com.

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with tempeh chorizo, black beans and more. 620 S. Presa St., (210) 228-0073, senorveggie.us. Sweet Yams The first restaurant to offer vegan options to the East Side — and, oh, how sweet and funky it is. Chef Gus brings organic southern food and juices. 218 N. Cherry St., (210) 229-9267. Viva Vegeria Viva Vegeria is still putting a

plant-based spin on Tex-Mex. Go for the vegan nachos, mole poblano or raw stuffed avocados. 1422 Nogalitos St., (210) 465-9233, myvegeria.com. Zedric’s Sometimes you just want to leave the cooking to the pros. Let chef Zac Lutton and his staff-prepared meals (more than 80 at any given time) help you stick to your eating plan. Multiple locations, zedrics.com. sacurrent.com • S U M M E R

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need not be limp and bland affairs. This local chain keeps those in the know happy with home-style burgers made to order, crinkle-cut fries and fresh milkshakes. Multiple locations, burgerboysa.com.

2M Smokehouse A national barbecue darling with chingos of ganas. With a nod from Texas Monthly and seriously line-up-at-8 a.m.-brisket, sausage and sides, the future looks bright for this Southeast side joint. 2731 S. W. W. White Road, (210) 885-9352, 2msmokehouse.com.

Chatman’s Chicken Chicken done right is the main priority at this Southside joint. There are only two options for chicken, lemonpepper and spicy, your fate lies in which flavor you pick. Load up on the sides with the creamy mac ‘n’ cheese or perhaps the corn fritters. 1747 S. W.W. White Road, (210) 359-0245.

Augie’s Barbed Wire Grill Slowroasted, never rushed, Augie’s packs on the meat by the pound at this little smoke shack. Take a peek at their beer garden for some brews with your ‘cue. Multiple locations, augiesbs.com.

Chris Madrid’s Another favorite (what can we say, San Anto loves burgers), Chris Madrid’s has made plenty of half-pound Macho-sized tostada burgers since its launch in 1977. Though a fire put them out of commission in 2017, the restaurant currently operates from a food truck parked at 830 W. Hollywood Ave. until renovations are complete at 1900 Blanco Road, (210) 7353552, chrismadrids.com.

B & B Smokehouse The Southside knows good ’cue. Since 1984, the juicy chicken, and sweet ribs have kept folks coming back for more inside their updated new location. 2627 Pleasanton Road, (210) 9212745, bbsmokehouse.com. The Barbecue Station For more than 20 years, the crew has stood behind their promise for fresh, quality meats. Tender, succulent entrees dominate their menu as well as meats sold by the pound. 1610 NE Loop 410, (210) 824-9191, barbecuestation.com.

Dos — Quality and Flavor This young shop, opened by brothers Israel and Raul Armando Cepeda, offers a small but attractive menu highlighting flavors from Northern and Northwestern Mexico. Look to Dos for custom, made-to-order

burgers, tacos and empanadas that are served with taste. 6511 Ingram Rd Ste. 101, (210) 2675143, dos-satx.com. Fattboy Burgers & Dogs Autonomy to choose your destiny is nice. You can do just that at Fattboy with either your burger or dog, so go nuts. 2345 Vance Jackson Road, (210) 377-3288, fattboyburgers.com. Fletcher’s Hamburgers No frills, just delicious burgers with fresh ingredients. The chicken sandwich is worth your time, as is any of their creamy milkshakes. 312 Pearl Pkwy., Building 6, Suite 6107. Hawx Burger Bar We can’t decide what’s more impressive — the over-the-top burgers like the Norteño with grilled jalapeños and Oaxaca cheese, or the addictive Asiago truffle fries? There’s no need to decide. Multiple locations, hawxburgerbar.com. Mr. & Mrs. G’s Home Cooking and Pastries A classic meat-andthree establishment sits awaits on SA’s Southeast side. Go say hello! 2222 S. W.W. White Road, (210) 359-0002, facebook.com/mrmrsgs. Papa’s Burgers Robert Walker’s passion for great food and

customer service have made Papa’s Burgers a West Side institution. This is casual dining done well — the business has been recognized by both locals and national publications as one of the best burgers in America. 709 West Old, W US Hwy 90, (210) 3367743, papasburgerssatx.com. Smoke Shack BBQ Chris Conger, barbecue connoisseur, turned a sleepy spot across the Witte into barbecue church that was recently featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. 3714 Broadway, (210) 8298448, smokeshacksa.com. South BBQ & Kitchen One expects smoky, tender brisket and ribs to be the stars at any Texas BBQ joint, but at South you’ll also find a number of standout sides. The housemade spicy pickles, coleslaw, German potato salad and creamed corn elote are enough to warrant repeat visits. 2011 Mission Rd, (210) 437-0070, southbbqkitchen.com. TJ’s Hamburgers The Southside’s crowning jewel in burger form. TJ’s is the spot for shakes and have-ityour-way burgers on the cheap for more than 40 years. Family-friendly and delicious, TJ’s Hamburgers has lasting power. 2323 W. Southcross Blvd., (210) 927-7331.

Big Bob’s Burgers Founder Bob Riddle may not be with us any longer, but his awardwinning burgers remain, as do the homemade fresh-cut fries and onion rings. 447 Hildebrand Ave., (210) 734-2627, bigbobsburgers.com. The Big Bib BBQ Located off Austin Highway, The Big Bib boasts the best brisket and baby back ribs in town. Their smoky, tangy sauce is irresistible, but don’t miss the amazing cobbler. 104 Lanark Drive, (210) 654-8400, thebigbib.com.

Bolner’s Meat Market Great meats come from great butchers and the staff at this cafeteriastyle butcher shop knows how to smoke some mean brisket. 2900 S. Flores St., (210) 533-5112, bolnersmeatmarket.com. Burger Boy Drive-thru burgers

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Blanco BBQ Sandwiches and po’boys make the cut, so to speak, and most meats can be turned into a combo. Plus the space offers plenty of seating for groups of all sizes. 13259 Blanco Road, (210) 251-2602, blancobbbq.com.

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LISTINGS Two Bros. BBQ Market The outside patio makes a great outing for family dinners while the inside has the rustic charm of a farmhouse outside of the Texas Hill Country at this Dady brother-created joint. 12656 West Ave., (210) 4960222, twobrosbbqmarket.com. Two Step Restaurant & Cantina From the one-step burger to the “Texas-sized” two-step salad– everything on the menu is sure to put some pep in your step. Wash it all down with a frozen margarita and have yourself a serving of their whiskey custard cream. 9840 W. Loop 1604 N., (210) 688-2686, twosteprestaurant.com.

ASIAN Chinese Golden Wok Sometimes you want tiny pockets of deliciousness in your mouth. Enter Golden Wok’s extensive dim sum menu, which helped propel it as Best Chinese in several of our Best of San Antonio readers polls. Visit the Wurzbach location on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for a dim sum house feel. Multiple locations, goldenwoksa.com. Kim Wah Chinese BBQ Don’t be fooled by a long line of fan-drying ducks: You must order ahead. The duck is divine, wrapped in a puffy, dim-sum-like bun. Ask for the authentic Chinese menu for a dinein delight. 7080 Bandera Road, (210) 520-2200, kimwah.com. Kungfu Noodle The noodles, available in both stretched and thick ribbons, are hand-pulled by a pair of Chinese transplants, hailing from the Anhui province. 6733 Bandera Road, (210) 451-5586. Lucky Noodle When compared to its predecessor off Bandera Road, Lucky Noodle features more than 1,500 square feet of seating and an open kitchen area — so you can watch the noodles being pulled and stretched. 8525 Blanco Road, (210) 267-9717. Sichuan Garden The OG Sichuan spot in SA is still going strong. Try

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Wrigleyville Grill Hot dogs, the Chi-Town way. If the buns don’t have poppy seeds, you’re in the wrong spot. It’s not Chicago, but it’s as close as you’ll get without leaving the city. 602 NW Loop 410, Suite 146, (210) 369-9833, wrigleyvillegrill.com.

Kungfu Noodle the challenging sliced pig’s ear or duck tongues with jalapeño before retreating to the likes of the (also very good) stir-fried lamb with cumin. 2347 NW Military Hwy., (210) 525-8118, sichuansa.com.

town to offer halo-halo, or Filipino shaved ice, Sari-Sari also offers an extensive list of soups, starters, entrees, all-day breakfast and baked goods. 5700 Wurzbach Road, (210) 647-7274, sari-sari-satx.com.

Sichuan House Sichuan House delivers regional favorites hailing from Sichuan, found in the southwest of China. Go for the handmade dumplings, smashed cucumber salad, tea-smoked duck, or eggplant. Remember to BYOB. 3505 Wurzbach Road, Suite 102, (210) 509-9999, facebook.com/ sichuaneats.

Susie’s Lumpia House This buffet-style restaurant in the city’s far west side offers freshness and a rotating list of dishes. 8923 Culebra Road, Suite 106, (210) 616-4354, facebook.com/susieslumpiahouse.

Tang Street This outpost serves unique northeastern Chinese fare, executed simply but exceptionally. Adventurous diners should look out for sauerkraut braised pork intestine and a cucumber needle mushroom dish. 16111 San Pedro Ave., (210) 490-1788, tangst.com.

Filipino Lily’s Philippine Restaurant From whole-cooked fish to fragrant stews to chicken adobo to biko and cassava cake, Lily’s is your go-to for life on the island. 8210 Glider Ave., (210) 674-7007. My ChockDee Oriental Market Dive into fried pork belly, kare kare stew, longanisa or lumpia all found at this buffet. 115 E. Lindbergh Blvd., Universal City, (210) 566-2210. Sari-Sari Filipino Restaurant Likely one of the few spots in

Indian Biryani Pot Find food from Hyderabad, a former princely state on India’s Southeast coast. As the name suggests, rich and elegantly spiced rice dishes are the star. 9386 Huebner Road, Suite 109, (210) 561-8874, biriyanipotusa.com. India Oven Naan bread, vegetable pakoras, tandoori specialties, and a wide buffet have earned India Oven many longtime fans. 1031 Patricia St., (210) 366-1030, indiaoven.com. India Palace A fresh and varied buffet makes this Northern Indian restaurant a popular lunch or dinner spot. Saag paneer and channa masala are comforting and reliable. 8747 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 100, (210) 6925262, indiapalacesatx.com. Tarka Indian Kitchen This Austin-based franchise is making Indian fare fast casual with a list of curries, kabobs and biryanis

that still pack some heat. 427 N. Loop 1604 W., (210) 499-0982, tarkaindiankitchen.com. Taste of India This tiny hole-inthe-wall isn’t much to look at but the friendly service and flavorful lunchtime thalis offer a welcome break from other Indian eateries’ buffet tables. 5999 De Zavala, (210) 561-4409, tasteofindiasa.com.

Japanese Fujiya Japanese Garden Servers in traditional attire, a long list of sushi rolls to choose from, and a collection of Japanese bites have made this a favorite in the city since 1972. 9030 Wurzbach Road, (210) 615-7553, fujiyajapanesegarden.com. Godai Sushi Bar and Restaurant Fusion sushi with a Western flair is the vibe at Godai. Classic sushi rolls, sashimi and yakisoba are all on the menu. Always take a look at the specials board. 11203 West Ave., (210) 348-6781 godaisushi.com. Kai Japanese & Asian Cuisine Colorful plates with matching taste, this authentic Japanese restaurant serves affordable lunch specials and bento boxes. 2535 NW Loop 410, (210) 340-8888, kaisushisa.com. Koi Kawa Japanese Restaurant A bright dining space near the San Antonio River is the setting for creative sushi, tasty sashimi and warm katsu don. The specialty rolls include a surprising variety of veggie options. 4051 Broadway, (210) 805-8111.

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LISTINGS signature dishes like Devil’s Chicken and Angel Shrimp (get it?), but don’t overlook the sushi. 4901 Broadway, (210) 822-3253, monsthai.com. Thai Esan The Pad King or the Pad Thai are safe bets, but don’t be afraid to try Thai classics. 9820 Huebner Road, Suite 109, (210) 877-0888. Thai Dee This friendly, familyowned treasure serves up what we once described as “ridiculously good, huge dishes at rock-bottom prices.” BYOB. 5307 Blanco Road, (210) 342-3622, thaideesa.com . Thai Chili Curries, fish and noodle dishes in over 30 authentic varieties make this Thai spot with locations off Thousand Oaks and Stone Oak, is the ultimate in healthy pan-Asian cooking. Try the Phad Prik Khing, or Tod Mun Pla. Multiple locations, thaichili.net

Nama Ramen If you are extra hungry or with a group, like I was during this visit, the okonomiyaki fries are a crowd favorite. Topped with kewpie mayo, okonomiyaki sauce and bonito furikake, they’re truly a must-have. 6565 Babcock Road, (210) 641-2888, namaramen.com. Niki’s Tokyo Inn Don’t let the outside fool you. Inside is masterful sushi, fresh and simple. Sit at the sushi bar and watch your order being delicately formed. Japanesestyle seating is also available. 819 W. Hildebrand Ave., (210) 736-5471. Osaka Japanese Steak & Sushi The bright red sign begs a visit to the Broadway or Bandera location. Warm kitchen dinners vary in flavor and price for any diner and sashimi is served fresh. Multiple locations, osakasteaknsushi.com. Rock San Thai + Sushi Bar Rock San brings something different to the San Antonio sushi scene with “appethaizers,” Thai dishes and a very local USAA roll. 5238 DeZavala, Suite 124, (210) 561-0011, rocksanrestaurant.com. Sumo Steakhouse & Sushi Bar Dinner and a show is done well here with a variety of dinner options, house butchered beef, a pleasing sushi menu at reasonable prices and stellar cocktails. 8342 I-10 W., (210) 541-8100, sumosanantonio.com.

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French Sandwiches Sushihana Appetizers are as simple as edamame or as elegant as seared scallops, but sushi is the real standout here. Don’t forget to check out the sake list. 1810 NW Military Hwy., (210) 340-7808, sushihanasan.com. Tenko Ramen Quealy Watson flew the coop and opened up his own ramen shop inside the Bottling Department Food Hall. The karaage is a hit, as is the chicken katsu atop a bowl of tonkotsu. Slurp! 312 Pearl Pkwy., Building 6, tenkoramen.com. Uni’ko Sushi Uni’Ko is a modern Japanese restaurant betraying Mexican influences and featuring elaborate rolls and presentation. 17803 La Cantera Terrace, Suite 1101, (210) 239-6610, unikojapanesehouse.co. Yellowfish Sushi With three locations, SA has made it perfectly clear they love Japamex. Temaki rolls are tacos, and yes, you can enjoy a spicy sushirrito here. Multiple locations, yellowfishsushi.com. Yummi Sushi Nigiri, sashimi, and a list of special rolls like the Black Tiger, with shrimp tempura, cucumber, eel and spicy may keep diners happy. Multiple locations, yummisushisa.com.

Korean Arirang Korean Restaurant Get ready to try some Korean snacks, or pan chan, at this friendly late-night

spot — there are at least 50 items on the bilingual menu and traditional soju, a rice-based distilled liquor, on offer. 2154 Austin Hwy,, (210) 6503845, arirangkoreanrestaurant.net. Ilsong Garden This café introduced many San Antonians to Korean cuisine, and has been rewarded with the top spot in the Best Korean category of our annual Best of San Antonio readers poll for many years. 6905 Blanco Road, (210) 3664508, ilsonggarden.com. Kim’s Galbi Go interactive with Kiku Garden’s unique cook-ityourself Korean BBQ experience. Start off with a platter of bulgogi and wang kalbi and let the good times roll. 4527 Goldfield, (210) 662-6699, kiku.com.

Thai Bangkok 54 Try the softshell crab with basil, and very capable favorites like yum talay and Massaman curry. 2515 Nacogdoches Road, (210) 8225454, bangkok54restaurant.com. Jasmin Thai Begin your meal with spring or summer rolls, then move on to Jasmin’s specialties: green papaya salad with dried shrimp and a bowl of noodle soup. 4065 Medical Drive, (210) 615-6622, jasminthai.org. Mon Thai Bistro and Sushi Mon Thai offers sushi and Thai cuisine, including spicy drunken noodles and

Tong’s Thai Restaurant Tong’s Thai offers several vegetarian dishes, a critically acclaimed lemongrass curry, a large beer and wine selection, and a fun-and-funky ambiance. 1146 Austin Hwy., (210) 829-7345, tongsthai.com.  Yaya’s Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar The Thai pantheon stands out by virtue of its Panang curry with New York strip, the veggie-packed pad woon sen and fresh, well-seasoned apps like the lemongrass-packed fish cakes and the crisp, carefully fried spring rolls. Multiple locations, yayasthai.com.

Vietnamese 4 Star Vietnamese and Chinese Known for large portion sizes, 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 the popular pad Thai option. Multiple locations, pho4star.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. 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.

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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. Singh’s Vietnamese This St. Mary’s Strip newcomer is the brick-and-mortar incarnation of a popular food truck. Don’t let the stripped-down menu fool you, fresh seasonal ingredients and creative touches make Singh’s stand out. 2805 N St Mary’s, (210) 940-9662, facebook.com/ SinghsVietnameseTrailer 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 Medical 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) 525-8388, vivapho.com.

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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) 5214507, phohalong.webs.com.

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Bakeries/Desserts The Art of Donut This hip little shop on St. Mary’s St. specializes in truly over-the-top doughnuts, including seasonal variations and quirky combos like baconcinnamon toast crunch. 3428 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 265-5423, artofdonut.com. Bakery Lorraine Chefs Anne Ng and Jeremy Mandrell keep expanding their empire, which now includes spots at the Pearl, the Medical Center, The Rim and inside the DoSeum. 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 brings rustic flair with small town charm to Broadway. 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. 11255 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. Brew’s Lee Tea Freshly brewed teas and tapioca are just part of the charm behind this bubble tea shop that’s perfect for a midafternoon pick-me-up, chill hang with friends or laidback date. 4009 Broadway, (210) 598-0068, brewsleetea.com. C’est La Vie Bakery Flaky croissants, spicy kolaches, and chocolaty macarons are just some of the reasons to check out this Castle Hills staple. 8055 West Ave., Suite 107, (210) 259-8359, cestlaviebakingco.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. Holy Pops Who doesn’t like popsicles? Especially when they’re sprinkled with toppings ranging from chocolate to chamoy. 19141 Stone Oak Pkwy Ste 303, (210) 992-3029. 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. La Boulangerie This familyowned French bakery is filled with Maitre Boulanger Guillaume Boulard’s expertly made flaky croissants, buttery brioche and an assortment of traditional pastries — all sufficient to satisfy anyone with a savory or sweet tooth. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better French bakery in San Antonio. 207 Broadway, (210) 639-3165, facebook.com/pg/laboulangeriesa. 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.

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LISTINGS 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) 954-6753, 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. Space Wrangler Sno Balls Sno-Balls — ­ a NOLA specialty made with fluffy shaved ice and colorful, sweet flavorings — have become one of San Antonio’s most beloved cool treats, thanks in large part to Space Wrangler’s mobile truck and inventive flavor combos like Dreamsicle, red velvet and key lime pie. 3303 Broadway, (210) 973-1560, facebook.com/ spacewranglersb. 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 Birminghamtransplant is winning over fans with its chocolate-dipped, carameldrizzled offerings. 812 S. Alamo St., (210) 963-6540, steelcitypops.com.

CONTEMPORARY Biga on the Banks Bruce Auden’s menu includes such SouthwestContinental dishes as chicken-fried oysters with squid-ink linguini and pancetta, and grilled Texas quail, all of which can be paired to appropriate wines by the glass from Biga’s ample list. 203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-0722, biga.com. Bite Bite’s interior, with its horseshoe-shaped marble counter, glossy orange accent wall, and aubergine swivel chairs, has a retromodern look that’s only reinforced by Astorga-Watel’s husband Damien’s riffs on pop-art paintings. 1012 S. Presa St., (210) 5322551, biterestaurantsa.com. Bliss Chef Mark Bliss (see what they did there?) opened his namesake dining room with evident attention to detail. From the elaborate charcuterie boards to the iconic chicken fried oysters and expert service, Bliss is is one of Southtown’s dining jewels. 926 S. Presa St., (210) 225-2547, foodisbliss.com. Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden A true Texas original, the menu includes small plates, individual main dishes and numerous items designed for sharing – all perfectly complemented by the extensive list of wines from around the world. 312 Pearl Pkwy., Building 3, (210) 354-4644, boilerhousesa.com.

Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen Creole and Cajun flavors meet a boozy happy hour filled with Bellinis and martinis. The Redland location is the most picturesque, but you can’t beat the appeal of the Riverwalk adjacent spot. Multiple locations, bourbonstreetseafoodkitchens.com. Cappycino’s/Cappy’s Both staples of Alamo Heights, both for a good reason. Though a fire threatened to shut down the beloved eateries a few years back, the staff used it as a reason to rebuild their kitchen. Cappycino’s packs in solid lunch options, and the adjacent Cappy’s lets you indulge in fine dining the SA-way with chicken and duck liver pâté, rack of lamb and PEI mussels. 5011 Broadway, (210) 828-9669, cappysrestaurant.com. Clementine Chefs John and Elise Russ are serving some of the most exciting food in San Antonio. The kitchen’s great work with seasonal vegetables and expert front-ofhouse service are turning this small restaurant a dining destination. 2195 NW Military Hwy, (210) 503-5121, clementine-sa.com. The Cookhouse Chef Pieter Sypesteyn keeps Tobin Hill happy with this Nawlins-inspired kitchen. From po’boys at lunch filled with blackened catfish and barbecue shrimp to dinner with pan-roasted trout, smoked duck breast and a redfish on the half shell, Cookhouse has wow diners since 2014. 720 E. Mistletoe Ave., (210) 320-8211, cookhouserestaurant.com.

Cured Since 2013, Cured has helped cement the Pearl as a dining destination. The charcuterie is made in-house, produce is sourced from local farms and Cured’s dinner service means chef Steve McHugh and his staff can really stretch their legs with a collection of plates that earned them a James Beard nomination. 306 Pearl Pkwy., Suite 101, (210) 314-3929, curedatpearl.com. Feast A contemporary gem on the Southtown corridor, the Feast here is for all of the senses. The modern and glamorous décor sets the scene for cocktails and a fun twist on familiar classics, like lettuce-wrapped barbacoa, sought-after macaroni and cheese and goat cheese-stuffed grape leaves. 1024 S. Alamo St., (210) 354-1024, feastsa.com. The Granary ’Cue & Brew Sure, we could have listed this restaurant under barbecue, but that would be selling it short. With quality Texas ’cue served up for lunch and gastronomy-influenced dishes for dinner such as the 44 Farms beef clod with coffee quinoa crunch or grilled veal breast and crispy sweetbreads, The Granary is more dress up than down. 602 Avenue A, (210) 2280124, thegranarysa.com. Grayze on Grayson Grayze keeps surprising us with new flavors and a solid list of vegetable-forward items. Don’t miss this patio come happy hour. 521 E. Grayson St., (210) 481-8776, grayzeongrayson.com. Liberty Bar The tilted building is but a faint memory. This salmontinged Southtown eatery is rich in history and locally sourced menu items, from the hefty bread and creative appetizers to the lightly charred quail in piquant green mole and Virginia Green’s chocolate cake. Stop by on Monday’s for half-off bottles of wine. 1111 S. Alamo St., (210) 227-1187, liberty-bar.com.

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Mixtli Opened in 2013, Mixtli (or Nahuatl for cloud) ups the ante on multi-course dinners. Led by James Beard semifinalists Diego Galicia and Rico Torres, this progressive restaurant shares beautiful dishes, all telling the story of Mexico one region at a time, for 12 guests at a time, inside a renovated train boxcar. 5251 McCullough Ave., (210) 338-0746, restaurantmixtli.com. Outlaw Kitchens The husbandwife team running this restaurant inside a quaint stone cottage in Alta Vista serve up simple but well-executed fare that includes one vegetarian and one meat entre nightly. 2919 N Flores, (210) 3004728, outlawkitchens.com. Periphery Led by Jason Dady alum Mark Weaver, Periphery packs big, bold flavors and fun techniques into a casual neighborhood eatery that keeps Monte Vista dwellers more than happy. 2512 N. Main Ave., (210) 966-0404, peripherysa.com. Rebelle Before Battalion, there was Rebelle. The restaurant focused on French techniques and flavors established by Feast inside a hotel setting. The seafood fare is an alltime favorite. Don’t miss their take on char-grilled Spanish octopus. 300 E. Travis St., (210) 352-3171, rebellesa.com. Restaurant Gwendolyn Old is new again. SA’s pristine locavore has added a la carte options to their prix-fixe offerings making it that much more accessible for diners to check out this awardwinning fare. 152 E. Pecan, Suite 100, (210) 222-1849, restaurantswendolyn.com.

Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery While house-brewed beer is part of this Pearl centerpiece’s selling point, the food is far more ambitious than typical pub grub. Expect fresh and deftly prepared seafood whether you’re dining inside the extravigantly refurbished interior or at the outdoor oyster bar. 136 E Grayson St #120, (210) 4555701, southerleigh.com Supper Hotel Emma’s resident restaurant is led by chef John Brand. The Midwesterner is packing in new American flavors from breakfast through dinner. A visit requires a taste of the cinnamon toast waffle topped with goat cheese, or a bite of the English muffin French toast. Lunch means vegetable-forward plates and sandwiches, while dinner continues that trend in resplendent fashion. 136 E. Grayson St., (210) 448-8351, supperatemma.com.

Hearthstone Bakery Café Panini, sandwiches, soups and salads make up the menu at this family-owned café. Cozy up to a warm coffee and enjoy their free wifi or stop by for a quick eat, Hearthstone will do all the work while you play. Multiple locations, hearthstonebakerycafe.com.

Magnolia Pancake Haus Breakfast lovers can feast on a variety of pancake flavors, waffles, fresh eggs, perfectly browned hash and Canadian bacon. The joint is known to be one of Guy Fieri’s favorites and that guy knows a thing or two about food. Multiple locations, magnoliapancakehaus.com.

Herb & Pickle Don’t be fooled by its simple name, Herb & Pickle’s menu is far from so. Specials have included smothered roasted pork, tacos al pastor, pollo asado and the El Bandito Burger. Multiple locations, herbnpickle.wixsite. com/herbandpickle.

Mary Ann’s Pig Stand A staple in Texas since the 1920s, Mary Ann’s Pig Stand has stood the test of time. This vintage diner is full of kitsch and worth a visit for their pies alone. 1508 Broadway, (210) 222-9923.

Jim’s Restaurants A San Antonio staple since 1947, this diner if your go-to for late-night fare to fuel a night out or study session. Multiple locations, jimsrestaurants.com. Lulu’s Bakery & Café Big-as-yourface cinnamon buns, plate-sized chicken fried steak and more at this traditional greasy spoon spot. 918 N. Main Ave., (210) 222-9422, lulusbakeryandcafe.com.

DELI & DINERS Chicago Bagel and Deli Chicago Bagel and Deli takes pride in its product with fresh, never-frozen bagels that are made on site. Hot and cold sandwiches are paired with your choice of chip, potato salad, cole slaw or pasta salad. 10918 Wurzbach Road, (210) 691-2245, chicagobagelanddeli.com.

Max & Louie’s New York Diner You don’t have to travel to the Big Apple to get that same big city diner feel. The new expanded dining room means more room for all to enjoy matzo ball soup, bagel and lox and overstuffed New York deli-style sandwiches. 226 W. Bitters Road, (210) 483-7600, maxandlouiesdiner.com. Panchos & Gringos Deli The Eastside joint is home to stickto-your-gut American breakfast

DeWese’s Tip Top Café Stepping into this petite café will have you feeling like you’ve gone back to the times of poodle skirts and big hair. The fried chicken platter is as big as the Lone Star State. 2814 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 7320191, tiptopcafe facebook.com/ tiptopcafesanantonio.

Silo Elevated Cuisine An elegant update on shrimp and grits and signature chicken-fried oysters are among the favored dishes at this restaurant and bar. The Dominion area is home to the latest iteration, Silo Terrace Oyster Bar and it’s as delicious as it sounds. Multiple locations, siloelevatedcuisine.com.

Dignowity Meats The sandwiches are meaty and the options keep expanding at this mostly outdoor East Side joint. Try the pastrami, smoked bologna or The Pop, with smoked turkey, provolone, greens and a spicy habanero aioli and get there soon — Dignowity Meats was one of Guy Fieri’s stops during his last San Antonio visit. 1701 E. Houston St., (210) 598-8049, dignowitymeats.com

Signature Start with the five-piece house-made charcuterie selection. Presented on an antique wooden paddle, it’s a marvel of composition and a textbook example of varying tastes and textures from salty to sweet and plush to rustic. 16401 La Cantera Pkwy., (210) 2470176, lacanteraresort.com.

Earl Abel’s Since 1933, Earl’s has satisfied the appetites of SA locals with its vast menu of burgers, sandwiches, chicken and dumplings, fried chicken, steaks and more. Grab a slice of Chocolate Ice Box Pie or bread pudding — we won’t tell. 1639 Broadway, (210) 822-3358, earlabelssa.com.

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housemade cornbread and a cold, refreshing drink. 555 W. Bitters Road at The Alley, (210) 481-4214, meadowsantonio.com.

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LISTINGS classics, but come lunchtime, you’ll want to order any of their loaded sandwiches. 900 Nolan St., (210) 227-6700. Schilo’s This delicatessen is the real deal. House-made sausages are great, but don’t miss the split pea soup and pumpernickel bread. 424 E. Commerce St., (210) 223-6692, schilos.com. The Station Café Fresh homemade buns; Chocolate chip cookies as big as your face; pizza? What more could you ask more? For a scrumptious sandwich try the pesto turkey while brave souls should aim for the turkey Chupacabra with its spicy Serrano sauce. 108 King William St., (210) 444-2200, thestationsa.com. W.D. Deli At W.D. Deli it’s all about serving love in a bun. Go for the roast beef, but stay for the spinach chicken salad and don’t forget to grab a cookie. W.D. Deli’s 11 different cookie choices or the raspberry pecan bars also make great additions to your meal. 3123 Broadway, (210) 828-2322, wddeli.com. Zito’s Deli Sometimes you just need a great sandwich. Let the staff at Zito’s — established in 1974 — take care of you with one of their massive Serious Sandwiches. Filled with salami, two types of ham, provolone, cheddar, black olives and LTO on fluffy homemade Italian flatbread, this sando means business. Multiple locations, zitosdeli.net.

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tortas at this truck. Various locations, (210) 419-3845, facebook.com/ lamaceta.52. Palm Frites This food truck proves that fries are more than just a side. In fact, they’re the main attraction at Palm Frites, where hand-cut fries are served up with an assortment of toppings, from chili and cheese to tomato and jalapeño. (210) 7482335, facebook.com/palmfritessa. The Frosty Frog Cool off with a fresh mangonada or your choice of ice cream at this northwest side truck. 11619 Bandera Road, (210) 835-5978, facebook.com/ thefrostyfrog.ceo. WhatAKabob WhatAKabob specializes in delicious, late-night Middle Eastern eats worthy of a visit to the St. Mary’s Strip. The menu features individual bites and plates such as beef shawarma, lamb tikka and gyros that will make your night. (210) 452-7529 whatakabob.business.site. WingIt Try various flavors of wings at this wing-centric food truck. Various locations, (210) 900-3097, orderwingit.com. Yai’s Mobile Kitchen You’ll find some of the city’s best tom yom noodles at Yai’s Mobile Kitchen, located just outside the Still Golden bar. Yai’s also offers bold, spicy dishes like Thai curry, fried chicken wings and spring rolls. 1900 Broadwayfacebook.com/pages/ category/Restaurant/Yais-MobileKitchen-233973833899123/

Berbere Ethiopian Cuisine Legit Ethiopian cuisine on wheels, with vegetarian options available made its way to SA. (210) 310-9264, berbereethiopian.com. Chamoy City Limits It doesn’t get much more puro than this, folks. Chamoy City Limits has made a name for itself by dishing up eye-poppingly colorful shaved ice in addition to scratch-made chili that honors our city’s Chili Queens legacy. (210) 744-0000 chamoycitylimits.com Chela’s Taco Truck Delicious, vibrant, classic tacos. What more is there to say? Various locations, (210) 535-7340, chelas-tacos.com. La Maceta Tapatios These rolled taquitos are NOT flautas, but they are plenty delicious. Get your fix of tacos Tapatios and fresh Mexican street food like corn in a cup and

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Global Latin American Azuca Nuevo Latino After relocating two spaces over to its new digs, Azuca is still packing in crowds looking for a refreshing mojito, tostones with mojo and a dance floor to merengue the night away. 709 S. Alamo St., (210) 2255550, azuca.net. Beto’s Alt-Mex Known for its empanadas and epicurean fare, Beto’s features a veggie taco that comes stuffed with well-seasoned squash and caramelized onions. It’s almost as good as the savory potato-and-spinach empanada. 8142 Broadway, (210) 930-9393, betosinfo.com. Botika Nikkei and chifa cuisines were introduced to San Antonio

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Ocho inside this posh Pearl spot helmed by chef Geronimo Lopez. Lomo saltado, empanadas, ceviches and tiraditos all share a space on the menu, but make sure to save room for a few sips of sake. 303 Pearl Pkwy., Suite 111, (210) 670-7684. Brasa Chicken Peruvian Rotisserie With hearty sandwiches, and loaded entrees such as arroz chaufa de carne or especial, Peruvian-roasted birds could replace your H-E-B runs soon. 8523 Blanco Road, (210) 8964719, brasachickentx.com. Cocina El Jibarazo Latin Cuisine It’s a trek, sure, but don’t skip the sandwiches from this beloved spot. Plates all come bearing yellow rice, salad, plantains and your choice of pernil, pollo a la plancha or chuletas. 1790 Austin Hwy., (210) 2045908, cocinaeljibarazo.com. Ceviche de Waldito Chef’s been slanging buffet-style Peruvian fare since 2010. Stop in for an inexpensive lunch of roasted chicken and tamales served by

Waldito himself. 5526 Evers Road, (210) 681-8100. Fonda Latina Fonda Latina successfully captures the flavors of authentic Colombian cuisine, serving traditional dishes like bistek a caballo — steak with a fried egg on top — banana-leaf-wrapped tamales, and arepas con pollo and aji. 6714 San Pedro Ave., (210) 824-2544. Luna Rosa Puerto Rican Grill The understated locale focuses on its cuisine, combining Spanish tapas and Puerto Rican favorites. Start the night with a helping of patatas bravas, smothered in red spicy sauce and garlicky mayoketchup, the Luna Rosa house sauce and follow it with paella. 2603 SE Military Drive, Suite 106, (210) 314-3111 lunarosatapas.com. Jamaica Jamaica All entrees come with a generous serving of rice and peas, steamed cabbage, and plantains. The roast pork, several gray slabs doused in a thick mahogany sheet, pull apart as delicately as spiderwebs, and work with the rice and peas to


LISTINGS homemade flaky baklava. Opa! 7159 Hwy. 90 W., (210) 674-3464, agreekhouse.com. Papouli’s Greek Grill The SA-based chain has four locations throughout the city, each dishing up traditional and contemporary cuisine made with fresh ingredients. Multiple locations, papoulis.com.

Hawaiian Ali’i Cove The owners of Big Aloha Food Truck ditched their wheels for a brick-and-mortar outpost in Universal City that opened this past November. Stop in for their legendary Spam musubi, classic Hawaii dishes and ramen. 1210 Pat Booker Road, (210) 507-2042. The Aloha Kitchen The Aloha Kitchen does Hawaiian best when sticking to the basics – and basic does not mean simple. Lau lau and loco moco are attention grabbers. 1151 Harry Wurzbach, (210) 826-7426.

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create a balanced, dense-as-bone kind of bite. 2026 Austin Hwy., (210) 590-0515, facebook.com/ jamaicajamaicacuisine1. Jerk Shack This West Side openair establishment specializes in “cheffed up” Caribbean classics. The herbs and subtle spice of the jerk chicken make this simple dish stand out as the star. 117 Matyear, (210) 776-7780, facebook.com/ thejerkshacksatx. La Marginal The rice with pinto beans here is savory and on point in terms of flavor thanks to a decent sofrito with olives and ham. The buffet offering is affordable and workable, as long as you stick with the tender roast pork, pernil, and salty, sweet plantains. 2447 Nacogdoches Road, (210) 8042242, lamarginalrestaurant.com. Ocho Pair your Hemingway Daiquiri with aspirational lunch and dinner fare, including the Havana Cubano torta with achiote-roasted pork shoulder, griddled ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and Dijon mustard,

and savory papas bravas. Hotel Havana, 1015 Navarro St., (210) 222-2008, havanasanantonio.com.

Greek Demo’s Greek Food With locations off Blanco, the Vineyard and St. Mary’s, this 19-year-old, local fast-casual chain isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Go for the tender beef souvlaki, but stay for the charming décor and belly dancing. Multiple locations, demosgreekfood.com. John the Greek The flavors of Athens, which have been served in this Greek home-style eatery since 1988, make John The Greek so compelling. Avgolemono soup, gyros, souvlaki and mousaka. 16602 San Pedro Ave., (210) 4030565, johnthegreek.com. Mina and Dimi’s Greek House Although the pita is perfectly soft and savory, the flavorful gyro can stand on its own, perhaps accompanied by flaky spanakopita or a tangy Greek salad. Sweeten the deal with

Azro Moroccan & Mediterranean Bistro Azro engineer-turned-chef Khalid Said whips up Moroccan faves such as the vibrant and warm harira soup, a beautiful tabouli and seafood bastilla made of baked layers of thin pastry filled with salmon and shrimp inside this Castle Hills nook. 2211 NW Military, Suite 131, (210) 3420011, azro-bistro.com. Jerusalem Grill Long skewers of lamb and chicken beckon, but try the Syrian-style kibbeh instead, with sides of both hummus and baba ghanoush. Multiple locations, jerusalemgrill.net. Mediterranean Turkish Grill Dolmas, hummus and fresh bread are signatures of this authentic Mediterranean grill. 8507 McCullough, Suite B13, (210) 399-1645, kmturkishgrill.com. Moroccan Bites Tucked away in a shopping center off Evers, Moroccan Bites is all about family and fresh ingredients. Skip the soups and go straight for the chicken or lamb tagine. 5714 Evers Road, (210) 706-9700, moroccanbitescuisine.com. Pasha Mediterranean Grill It’s hard not to fill up on the hot, fresh flatbread and zaatar spice mix, but you have to save room for Pasha’s delicious Mid-east fare. Standouts include the tender kabobs and the saffron-marinated Cornish hens. Multiple locations, gopasha.com.

Shisha’s Café A hotspot for hookah-loving college students, Shisha has plenty to offer. Try the garlicky hummus, the giant falafel or the perfectly seasoned chicken shawarma sandwich wrapped in warm pita bread and filled with garlic sauce, pickles, lettuce and tomatoes. 5500 Babcock Road, Suite 101, (210) 694-4800. Turquoise Grill Open for lunch and dinner, Turquoise Grille is a welcome setting for a variety of Turkish foods–including excellent Doner kebab, mixed grill, chicken tava, baklava, rice pudding — with affordable prices. 3720 NW Loop 410, (210) 736-2887, turquoisegrill.com.

Pakistani Kohinoor Restaurant & Grill The spices and service are warm and intoxicating at this family-run restaurant that uses 100 percent Zabiha Halal meat. Although the menu is a list of possibilities, take a chance on the special of the day. 9425 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 314-8692, kohinoorsa.com.

Spanish Carmens de La Calle Evereclectic Carmens serves up paella, ceviche, empanadas and sangria in a cozy setting with live flamenco and jazz performances. 320 N. Flores St., (210) 281-4349, carmensdelacalle.com. Toro Kitchen + Bar If you’re in the mood for paella, there’s two Toros to visit these days. The Stone Oak location now has a downtown sibling at St. Paul Square where the wine keeps flowing as do the tapas. Multiple locations, torokitchenandbar.com.

ITALIAN Aldino Cucina Italiana The original “kids on the block” at the popular intersection of 1604 and Blanco, this premiere Italian restaurant, offers Tuscan tastes reminiscent of the countryside of northern Italy. 1203 N. Loop 1604 W., (210) 340-0000. Barbaro Barbaro is staying consistent with playful pies, technique-driven sides, and plain delicious desserts. Did we mention the extensive list of cocktails and quaint Monte Vista setting make this the perfect spot for late night ‘za? 2720 McCullough Ave., (210) 3202261, barbarosanantonio.com.

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LISTINGS gnocchi and cast-iron griddled pizzas. 200 W. Jones St., Suite 501, (210) 805-0333, tretrattoria.com. Tribeca 212 It’s all about service and good ingredients at Tribeca 212, which serves burgers, pizza, pasta, steak, drinks and more. 4331 McCullough Ave., (210) 320-0698, tribeca212.com.

Pizza Big Lou’s Pizza You’re not a true San Antonian unless you take seven of your closest friends to Big Lou’s and try to take down their 42-inch pies. 2048 S. W.W. White Road, (210) 337-0707, biglouspizza-satx.com. Capo’s Pizza Get your pizza fix prepared by one of San Antonio’s longtime pizza markers Rick Perno. 8522 Broadway, Suite 105, (210) 3621901, capospizzasa.com. Deco Pizzeria Savory meatballs, wings and weekend lunch (and brunch!) specials expand the options just across the way from the Woodlawn Theater and now the Medical Center. Multiple locations, decopizza.com.

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Il Forno Chef Michael Sohocki’s turn at Neapolitan-style pies is a hit with South Flores residents. The shop has a handmade pizza oven, a sprawling garden filled with fresh veggies for the kitchen to use and seasonal specials galore. 122 Nogalitos St., (210) 616-2198, ilfornosa.com. Pizza Classics Near Trinity U and the Strip, Pizza Classics has retained its late-night audience. The buy-one, get-one carry out deals make PC a value-friendly option. 3440 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-3356, pizzaclassics.com.

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Capparelli’s on Main Smack dab in the center of Monte Vista, this charming neighborhood nook serves up traditional Italian fare with hearty pizzas and an unbeatable house salad. 2524 N. Main Ave., (210) 735-5757, capparellisonmain.com. Fratello’s Deli With two locations (Broadway and Plaza de Armas), Fratello’s is keeping bellies full and happy with fresh red-sauce fare, valuedriven sandwiches like the Napoli stuffed with copocolla and ham, and house-made desserts. Multiple locations, fratellosdeli.com. Julian’s Italian Pizzeria Recent visits meant digging into the balanced lasagna, fluffy gnocchi and delicious Caesar salads. An awesome addition to Alamo Heights, this locally owned one-stop-shop for Italian has two locations. Multiple locations, julianspizzeria.com. Luciano’s From full restaurants at area malls to casual neighborhood pizzerias, Luciano’s scores points for giant pizzas at ridiculously cheap prices. Multiple locations, facebook.com/ lucianorestaurantssa.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca Authentic Italian cuisine and wine is the passion of Neapolitan owner and chef Joe Buonincontri, who brings family recipes and tastes from his travels to Italy back to his wine-centric restaurant. 11255 Huebner Road, (210) 561-9700, lucesanantonio.com. Nosh With cheesy pastas, delicately topped flatbread pizzas, and cheeseboards, Silo’s sister (and adjacent) eatery can hold its own. Don’t forget about the awesome selection of craft beers. 1133 Austin Hwy., (210) 824-8686. Paesanos Joe Cosniac’s original Lincoln Heights heir serves the signature breaded, garlicky Shrimp Paesano, a meaty eggplant parmigiana, and if the devotees are to be believed, one of the best steaks in town. Multiple locations, paesanos.com. Tre Trattoria Jason Dady reimagined the old Tre and gave us rustic chic with plentiful Italian relocated to the San Antonio Museum of Art. Favorites remained true with authentic salumi,

Playland Andrew Goodman and Stefan Bowers are trying their hand at sourdough pizza and it’s definitely worth a trip downtown. 400 E. Houston St., (210) 908-9362, playlandsa.com. Ray’s Pizzaria Check the daily lunch and dinner specials at this authentic New York-style pizzeria. Calzones, stromboli and Italian entrees like baked ziti, served with cheesy garlic bread, satisfy even the hungriest diner. Multiple locations, rayspizzaria.com. Rome’s Pizza Founded in 1986, now with several locations, Rome’s cozy atmosphere and gourmet Italian cuisine have satisfied two generations. Multiple locations. romespizza.com. Sorrento Ristorante e Pizzeria Since 2001, the Ciccone family has prepared tasty pizza, seafood and pasta out of their Alamo Heights Kitchen. 5146 Broadway, (210) 824-0055, sorrentopizzeria.com. Tiu Steppi’s Osteria Loop 1604 has two great options for Italian fare. Locally owned by the sacurrent.com • S U M M E R

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LISTINGS family behind Two Step, these Italian outposts deliver great pizzas, pastas and delectable desserts. Multiple locations, tiusteppis.com.

MEXICAN/TEX-MEX Ácenar Rosario’s owner Lisa Wong paired vivid décor and haute Tex-Mex with romantic riverside seating and the bar’s dance floor sizzles on weekends. 146 E. Houston St., (210) 222-2362, acenar.com.

sabroso, and drinks that keep the convo flowing are in store at either the Alon or Blanco location. Multiple locations, elmirasolsa.com. Garcia’s Mexican Food You can’t call yourself a true San Antonian unless you’ve enjoyed a brisket and guacamole taco from Garcia’s. Helmed by the Garcia family since 1962, this tiny nook on Fredericksburg is a piece of heaven in a plump tortilla. 842 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 735-4525.

Hacienda’s food. Try the time-tested standbys such as the cabrito en salsa and the Cortadillo Zuazua style, a semi-stew of tenderloin. 18747 Redland, (210) 497-8000, lhdlb.com. La Margarita Restaurant & Oyster Bar Part of the Mi Tierra family of restaurants, La Margarita is billed as the first American restaurant to serve sizzling fajitas. 120 Produce Road, (210) 227-7140, lamargarita.com.

Guajillo’s Billed as “SA’s only Mexico City kitchen,” the entrees here are healthier and less Tex than Mex by any standards. Try the calabaza con mole verde, a sauce made with pumpkin seeds, cilantro and Serrano peppers. 1001 NW Loop 410, (210) 344-4119, guajillos.com.

La Michoacana #5 This location on North Flores boasts a carniceria, panaderia, fruteria and more. The taqueria may be the chain’s strong suit; the tacos can be spectacular, especially creations like chicharrón en salsa verde and calabacita con puerco. 1224 N. Flores St., (210) 223-3802, lamichoacanameatmarket.com.

Jacala Mexican Restaurant With a kitschy interior that screams Tex-Mex, Jacala has been a Westside fave since 1949. The great puffy tacos don’t hurt either. 606 West Ave., (210) 732-5222.

Lisa’s Mexican Restaurant Lisa’s aced the basics with a hearty, rich pozole, a tasty lengua guisada and solid refrieds. Finish up with a cocktail at Bar Mosaico. 815 Bandera Road, (210) 433-2531, lisasmexican.com.

La Fonda on Main Monte Vista residents still flock to this institution for both traditional and forward-thinking Mexican fare. The duck or fish tacos or mole enchiladas are deliciously dependable. 2415 Main Ave., (210) 733-0621, lafondaonmain.com.

Los Barrios One of San Antonio’s most beloved Mexican restaurants (yes, that is saying a lot), Los Barrios’ exhaustive menu includes items like “the world’s only gourmet sour nachos,” 16 different Mexican dinner plates. 4223 Blanco Road, (210) 732-6017, losbarrios1.com.

La Fogata There are several reasons to visit La Fogata: the arboreal wonderland of a patio, the tequila-laden margaritas, the friendly staff, the light starters, the hearty enchiladas … should we go on? 2427 Vance Jackson Road, (210) 3401337, lafogata.com.

Mary Lou’s Café Expect robust and fresh down-home dishes from this neighborhood joint. The enchiladas verdes and beans and rice are well above average, but ask for the salsa verde over the house dip. 4405 McCullough Ave., (210) 396-7909.

El Milagrito Their cheese enchiladas are titans of Tex-Mex, topped with good, chunky gravy that indicates Milagrito’s guisada is also a cut above. The breakfast menu merits a try, too. 521 E. Woodlawn Ave., (210) 737-8646, elmilagritocafe.com.

La Gloria Still a favorite for tourists and locals hoping to taste a little of Mexico, chef Johnny Hernandez’s first restaurant scores points with its tacos de alambre and tortas. Enjoy a house margarita on the icehouse’s airy patio at The Pearl, Dominion or newly added AT&T Center. Multiple locations, lagloriaicehouse.com.

Mi Tierra Restaurant & Bakery For those in the know, Mi Tierra is truly a wonder. The panaderia at the entrance alerts that this is the real deal. An institution since its 1941 founding, Mi Tierra is one of the few places still open 24/7, holidays included. 218 Produce Row, (210) 2251262, mitierracafe.com.

El Mirasol Interiors that help you escape to Cancun, food that satiates that itch for something

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Original Donut Shop This Fredericksburg Road institution is known for good breakfast tacos and outstanding doughnuts —and now accepts credit cards! 3307 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 7345661, facebook.com/theoriginaldonutshop.

Alamo Café The addition of Patio 81 to the San Pedro location means you can enjoy vats of queso and wash it down in a cool bar setting. Multiple locations, alamocafe.com. Aldaco’s Mexican Cuisine Blanca Aldaco took her zesty restaurant north to convert the Loopland masses with crema al cilantro and signature avocado margaritas. 20079 Stone Oak Pkwy., (210) 494-0561, aldacosrestaurants.com. Blanco Café This anchor of the homegrown chain serves massive Tex-Mex portions to happy weekend crowds. The just-right-greasy enchiladas are a fave of Current readers. Multiple locations, blancocafe.net. Cascabel Mexican Patio The tiny South St. Mary’s spot offers an intriguing alternative to taqueria fare, with recipes from southern. 1000 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 212-6456. Chacho’s The Monster Kong Nachos are loaded with four different types of meat: chicken and beef fajitas, shredded chicken and picadillo. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Multiple locations, chachos.com.

Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine A perennial favorite in our Best of San Antonio readers’ poll for enchiladas and guacamole, Paloma Blanca showcases hacienda-inspired architecture and interior Mexican eats for an elevated dining experience. 5800 Broadway, (210) 822-6151, palomablanca.net.

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Palenque Grill From the makers of Pollo Loco and Taco Palenque, Palenque Grill’s dishing up traditional dishes to the La Cantera set. Try the lengua and coastal creations inspired by the Pacific Mexican coast that are worth a try. 15900 La Cantera Pkwy., palenquegrill.com.

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Perico’s Mexican Cuisine The hacienda-style chain has locations off Bandera and Sonterra, but you’ll find standard Tex-Mex at any stop. Make sure to wash it down with a Parrot Tail, a concoction of vodka, coconut rum, Triple Sec, Hypnotiq, cranberry juice and sour mix. Multiple locations, pericosgrill.com.

Mexican fare as prepared with local flair. 905 Dolorosa St., (210) 9878482, vivavillatacos.com.

Cocktails/Pubs/ Wine 1919 Expertly made cocktails, a speakeasy setting and monthly spirit tastings complete with bites are found at this Blue Star Art Complex nook. 1420 S. Alamo St., Suite 001, (210) 227-1420, facebook. com/1919sa.

Ray’s Drive Inn Puffy tacos and a certain San Antonio je ne sais quoi are the draws at this Westside establishment. Portions are large (bring the whole family), but remember to bring cash; our critics recommend the brisket and guacamole puffy tacos. 822 SW 19th, (210) 432-7171, raysdriveinn.net.

Bar America This Southtown favorite is serving up bar snacks these days. Their happy hour specials vary by day and are perfect for those on a budget. 723 S. Alamo St., (210) 223-1285, baramericasatx.com.

Rosario’s Restaurant y Cantina Lisa Wong’s other baby is a staple with the Castros and other power lunch-goers. The bright lights, big city cantina concept — aided by lots of concrete and a neon-lit faux palapa — and Tex-Mex add a certain buzzy feel to Southtown and the aesthetic reaches the northside location. Multiple locations, rosariossa.com. Soluna Home of the Chispa, this Alamo Heights restaurant comes alive on weekends. Pour over the entire menu and work your way through it with several visits. We won’t judge. 7959 Broadway, (210) 930-8070, solunasa.com. Taco Haven A Southtown staple for more than 30 years, the menu has expanded to include a few Tex-American dishes such as chicken-fried steak and burgers. Multiple locations, tacohaven.info. Taco Taco A plethora of choices here but the best thing to order is, of course, the namesake: tacos of all kinds, served on piping hot, homemade corn or flour tortillas. 145 E. Hildebrand Ave., (210) 822-9533, tacotacosa.com. Tacos y Burritos Metro Basilica 2 Taco truck fare inspired more by DF than SA. Branch out to less familiar menu items like mulita (meat and cheese sandwiched between two thick masa tortillas), lengua and tripas, or stick with tried-and-true chicken quesadillas and asada tacos. 7627 Culebra Road, Suite 105, (210) 680-1412. Taqueria Datapoint The food hasn’t lost its late-night street charms at this taco-truck-turnedrestaurants. Current readers say you must try the gorditas, and our critics recommend the mini asada

Big Hops Offering a long list of local beer on tap at any of their three locations, including Bitters, Huebner and the Hays Street Bridge, Big Hops is a must-stop for craft beer lovers. Multiple locations, bighops.com.

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Francis Bogside taquitos and chicken torta. Multiple locations, (210) 615-3644. Taqueria El Chilaquil Our secret late-night spot, we come here for al pastor and carnitas mini tacos and giant schooners of Dos Equis after evenings out downtown. 1821 W. Commerce St., (210) 226-5410. Taqueria Los Arcos Homey and authentic Mex-Texican fare, Los Arcos scores with especially good sopes and outstanding tortas, at prices low enough to treat your entire work crew. 13777 Nacogdoches Road, Suite. 103, (210) 599-1822. Taqueria Vallarta Seafood is far from the emphasis at the Broadway location; carnes asadas and fajitas abound. 8234 Broadway 78209, (210) 829-0180. Taquitos West Ave. With choice of cabeza, lengua, suadero, carnitas and trompo (only on weekends), Taquitos has built a legion of followers that keep spreading the word. The Nacogdoches spot also features a panaderia next door. Multiple locations, taquitoswestavenue.com.

Teka Molino The puffy tacos are a must, but don’t sleep on the guacamole cups and bean rolls. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Teka has been serving San Antonio for more than 60 years. Multiple locations, tekamolino.com. Tito’s Restaurant The art-lined walls are the perfect background for a variety of breakfast options and an express lunch for those who work in the King William area. 955 S. Alamo St., (210) 212-8226, titosrestaurant.com. Vida Mia Don’t miss out on breakfast of chilaquiles like the Piporro with machacado and red salsa or Cantinflas with chorizo and green salsa, at Stone Oak and Huebner or Bulverde Road. Multiple locations, vidamiacuisine.com. Viola’s Ventanas The third effort from the Barrios family pays tribute to mother Viola, who started the Los Barrios legend in 1979. 9660 Westover Hills, (210) 684-9660, violasventanas.com. Viva Villa The legacy of Mi Tierra is in safe hands as chef Cariño Cortez and staff share interior

Blue Box Tasty cocktails meet a great happy hour. Come game time, the staff sets you up with free snacks made by some of the city’s best chefs. 312 Pearl Pkwy., (210) 227-2583. The Broadway 5050 San Antonio’s original, swanky good times bar has been an Alamo Heights favorite since opening its doors in 1927. 5050 Broadway, (210) 826-0069, broadway5050.com. Burleson Yard Beer Garden This pet and kid-friendly bar near the Hays Street Bridge is a traditional beer garden with indoor and outdoor seating. Pick from their long list of beers or opt for wine or liquor, and grab snacks at one of the food trucks. 430 Austin St., (210) 354-3001, facebook.com/ burlesonyard. Cellar Mixology Toro Kitchen + Bar’s downtown outpost brought with it a lower-level cocktail bar with classics and new twists on your faves. 1142 E. Commerce St., (210) 592-1075, cellarmixology.com. Cherrity Bar Philanthropic tipples can be found at this massive bar that also holds a ramen bar! Every month, three charities are picked as recipients of nearly all of the bar’s proceeds so drink up! 302 Montana St., (210) 598-0496, facebook.com/cherritybar.

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LISTINGS Con Safos Cocina & Bar A West Side cantina in the heart of downtown with a polished modern twist is what you’ll find inside Con Safos Cantina & Bar, the home of San Antonio’s pan dulce burger. 607 Hemisfair Blvd., (210) 5145006, consafos-sa.com. Copa Wine Bar Voted best wine bar in 2014’s Current Best Of readers poll, Copa is worth a trip to the city’s North Side with their wine and tapas. 19141 Stone Oak Pkwy., (210) 495-2672, thecopawinebar.com. Cullum’s Attagirl Just off the N. St. Mary’s strip, Attagirl’s everevolving list of craft beers alongside their famous chicken wings, fried bologna pimento sandwiches and more. 726 E. Mistletoe Ave., (210) 437-4263, facebook.com/ cullumsattagirl. The Dakota East Side Ice House Chill vibes meet casual comfort food vibes at this former grocery store-turned-neighborhood-bar. 433 S. Hackberry St., (210) 375-6009, thedakotasa.com. Dorcol Distilling + Brewing Co. You’ll find Kinsman rakia (an unaged apricot brandy) and a sizeable lineup of expertly made beers to quench your thirst. 1902 S. Flores St., (210) 229-0607, dorcolspirits.com. The Esquire Tavern A San Antonio original, Esquire Tavern serves up crafted cocktails, wine and craft beers alongside some serious eats like their signature bison burger and charcuterie at Downstairs. 155 E. Commerce St., (210) 222-2521, esquiretavern-sa.com. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium Back before San Antonio turned into a craft town (well, we’re working on it), there was the Saucer. Excellent for pups on patios, great sandwiches, expert service and, yes, hundreds of beers to choose from, the Saucer isn’t going anywhere any time soon. 11255 Huebner Road, Suite 212, (210) 696-5080, beerknurd.com. Francis Bogside This Southtown fave made a serious comeback in 2017 with an all-new stage, and more bar space! 803 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 988-3093. Freetail Brewing Beers on tap change regularly and food comes by way of fantastic brick oven pizzas. 4035 N. Loop 1604 W., Suite 105, (210) 625-6000, freetailbrewing.com. 60

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Lion & Rose British Restaurant Pub Don’t let its Rim location confuse you, this puro pub is great for grabbing a pint, watching a football game (or soccer, to most of y’all) and chowing down on a full English breakfast at brunch, fish and chips or Scotch eggs. 17627 La Cantera Pkwy., (210) 798-5466, thelionandrose.com. El Luchador The newly opened lucha-libre themed bar off Roosevelt has a cantina vibe with a bar, dance floor, lounge area and patio. 622 Roosevelt, (210) 272-0016, facebook.com/luchadorbarsa. Haunt Sleek and spooky, this Downtown joint makes it easy to get in a happy hour before dinner at sister restaurant Rebelle. Hold your séance here while sipping on cocktails inspired by the specters that haunt the St. Anthony Hotel. 300 E. Travis St., (210) 227-4392, facebook.com/hauntsa. High Street Wine Co. Wine lovers of all levels will enjoy a visit (or two or three, we’re not judging) to this Pearl-based wine bar. The only thing better than the selection of reds, whites, rosés and bubbles? High Streets awe-inspiring charcuterie boards. 302 Pearl Pkwy., Suite 104, (210) 908-9144, highstreetwine.com. Hoppy Monk This Northside bar features over 50 beers on tap, as well as delicious cuisine and cocktails made from fresh ingredients and local products. Stop in for mezcal! 1010 N Loop 1604 E., (210) 545-3330, thehoppymonk.com/sanantonio. Knockout The newest addition to the Main Strip includes daily inexpensive happy hours and is split into two rooms for variety. Grab a slice from their attached Pup’s Pizza as early as 11am or late night. 1420 N. Main Ave., (210) 227-7678, knockoutsa.com. The Modernist Olaf Harmel and Gerry Shirley are taking bespoke cocktails to another level with this post-modernist drinker that features a small tiki trailer slinging boozy faves on weekends. 516 E. Grayson St., (210) 446-8699, facebook.com/themodernistsa. Lowcountry There’s a whole lot to love about this bar that blends country vibes with Southern charm inside a historic home. Bar snacks include lovely pickles and boiled peanuts. Grab a cold one and enjoy live music on the back patio. 318 Martinez St., (210) 560-2224, lowcountrysa.com.

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Con Safos Cocina & Bar Luther’s Cafe After relocating a few times, Luther’s remains a staple on the Main strip. Stop in early or late and select from their varied menu of food and drinks inside or on the patio. Stay for karaoke on Friday or dinner and a show on Saturdays. 1503 N. Main Ave., (210) 223-7727, lutherscafe.com. Oak Hills Tavern This Medical Center dive bar features 14 taps of local and Texas beers, bar games like pool and darts, and a varied menu with pizza, tacos, burgers and more. 7920 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 614-8855, facebook.com/ oakhillstavern. Paramour Perfect for all your selfies and party pics, Paramour elevated the bar scene literally. As Downtown’s first rooftop bar, the sprawling location brings in tourists and locals alike for classic cocktails and cheeky house concoctions. 109 9th St., Suite 400, (210) 3078740, paramourbar.com. The Pigpen The neighborhood bar features wine, beer on draft or in cans and bottles, and specialty drinks like the brisket bloody mary and frozen Moscow mule. Feeling hungry? Pair your drink with some nachos or a grilled cheese. 106 Pershing Ave., (210) 267-9136, thepigpensa.com. The Roost Sometimes we wish we lived at 1221 Broadway so we too could have a downstairs bar/

community space. Alas, we don’t. But that doesn’t stop us from going for all the local and regional craft beer we can get our hands and growlers on. 1221 Broadway, Suite 116, theroostsa.com. The Squeezebox With the Sulla Strada Pizza truck on the patio and a puro vibe that combines Tejano, cumbias, and dance hits, there’s something for everyone at this popular joint. 2806 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 314-8845, facebook. com/thesqueezebox. Southtown Wine and Tapas It’s hard not to like the homey feel of this neighborhood wine bar. Bites range from bacon-wrapped dates drizzled with New York maple syrup to a fideo of the day. 1702 S Presa St, (210) 462-1157, southtowntapas.com. Still Golden Social House Back from its brief hiatus after being torn down, Still Golden is back with more swag, cocktails and more. 1900 Broadway, (210) 616-2212, stillgoldensa.com. TBA This St. Mary’s Strip secret serves up handcrafted drinks and tasty bites. A serious happy hour packs inexpensive house cocktails, beers, grilled cheese and charcuterie. 2801 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 320-1753, tbasatx.com. Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar The prickly pear margaritas aren’t just


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onion into a colorful tower. 1819 McCullough Ave., (210) 465-9178.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Immediately upon opening in 2008, Wildfish became the go-to destination for seafood in North San Antonio. Featuring dishes such as North Atlantic lemon sole and crispy cashew calamari, Wildfish added fresh ideas to the seafood market. It may not be the new thing anymore, but it’s still a fresh catch. 1834 N. Loop 1604 W., (210) 493-1600, eddiev.com.

Neptune’s Seafood House Neighborhood seafood comes affordable, friendly and delectable at Neptune’s. Crispy fried okra, catfish po’boys and family dinner under $20 are all aboard this seafood boat. Fried specialties include a fried frog leg plate. 1922 Goliad, (210) 337-7294, neptunesseafoodhouse.com.

Hula Poke Various locations of this poke salad spot have earned it a special place in the heart of San Antonians looking to try something new and fresh. Visit them off I-10 and DeZavala, San Pedro and near 1604 and Bandera. Multiple locations, facebook.com/ hulapokesa.

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’gram-worthy, they’re strong and delicious. Pair them with the Crack Burger, or peruse the wine selection — your call. 207 N. Presa St., (210) 224-2900, zincwine.com.

SEAFOOD 210 Ceviche The place to watch futbol while noshing on seafood and drinking a cold one, 210 Ceviche offers a refuge from the heat. Try a ceviche sampler to start. Stick with the satisfying cooked dishes such as the Arroz 210 with seafood bits or the sautéed salmon. 9502 IH-10, Suite 101, (210) 593-9300, 210ceviche.com. Camaron Pelado Seafood Grill What Camaron Pelado lacks in atmosphere is made up for in coastal dishes that warrant praise. Classic ceviche, mounds of shrimp and a piled-high tostada all at fair prices make for a superb lunch or dinner. Don’t miss the seafood caldos with shrimp, oyster, crab and octopus. 2918 W. Commerce St., (210) 434-6700, camaronpelado.info.

Laguna Madre Seafood Company Bill Miller’s isn’t all chicken and brisket. The San Anto fave also deals — deliciously — in fish. Fried plates include choice of shrimp, fried cods, catfish or oysters. Multiple locations, lagunamadreseafood.com.

Poke Planet Opened by the folks behind Copa Wine Bar, Poke Planet has helped poke fans in the Medical Center area get their fix of this Hawaii-based dish. 7302 Louis Pasteur Drive, Suite 103, (210) 627-6060, pokeplanetsa.com. Rudy’s Seafood For over 40 years, Rudy’s Seafood has drawn in Southside residents for large platters of fried fish served the Rudy’s way with fries, lemon bread and a serrano pepper. Also on the menu: grilled fish tacos, fried mushrooms, burgers and sweet potato fries. 4122 S. Flores St., (210) 532-1315, rudysseafood.com.

Smashin’ Crab You know it’s going to be a fun time when the server drapes a bib across your chest. Seafood boils are available drenched in different sauces but our favorite is the tangy Trinity! Multiple locations, smashincrab.com. Shuck Shack Consider Jason Dady your boat captain on this seafaring adventure. Try the fish and chips, which can’t be missed — the batter is crisp and dreamy and consistently so. The shrimp roll employs an alluring mixture of brown butter, sofrito and horseradish aioli to delectable results. Or just throw back a few oyster shooters? Not into deliciously briny bivalves? Stick with piña coladas, rosé and tasty hushpups and let the kiddos take up residence on the playground. 520 E. Grayson St., (210) 236-7422, shuckshack.com. Tiago’s Cabo Grille Inspired by the flavors of Cabo San Lucas, the food here is light, fresh and flavorful.

Las Islas Marias A colorful Sinaloan seafood restaurant specializing in shrimp in several guises with winners such as the empanadas de camaron, ceviche ejecutivo, camarones zarandeados, charola de mejillones and camarones aguachiles en salsa roja. 522 SW Military, (210) 922-7777. Mariscos El Bucanero Mariscos may be in the name, but first-rate Mexican dishes — from the asada plate, chile rellenos and enchiladas — are on the menu as well. Of course, seafood lovers may also enjoy the molcajete de ceviche, camarones a la diabla or the fried fish. And don’t forget to try the fried shrimp. Many consider it the best in town. Multiple locations, bucanerosanantonio.com. Mariscos El Marinero Familiar, yes, but still tasty. Order the tostada known as the Torre Imperial for an awe-inspiring stack of seafood that perfectly layers several ceviches, chopped scallops, octopus and peel-and-eat shrimp, and yep, red

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Costa Pacifica Known for innovative, fresh dishes, oneof-a-kind specialty Drinks and ambiance reminiscent of the Pacific Coast of Mexico, Costa Pacifica is all about freshness. Visit for the fish “al pastor” costras, tuna capaccio or the

Koi Fin Poke Ramen, poke salads and sushirritos are all in store at this UTSA-adjacent spot that offers 10 percent off on Tuesday and Wednesdays with student ID! 7211 Green Glen Drive, Suite 102, (210) 451-0050.

Poke Central Billed as sushi in a bowl, this poke shop opened on the city’s northside feeding Looplanders fresh creations and savory soups. 1130 N. Loop 1604 W. Suite 101, (210) 479-7653, facebook.com/ pokecentralsa.

Sea Island Shrimp House After celebrating 50 years as San Antonio’s go-to Lenten spot, Sea Island is still cranking out hits. It’s not Port A, but it’ll do especially when you order the “world famous” charbroiled shrimp plate, of fifteen lightly breaded, skewered and citrusy shrimp arrived alongside your choice of sides. Multiple locations, shrimphouse.com.

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A spin on the traditional Mexican, this coastal cuisine includes such fare as fire-grilled skewers and street vendor-style tacos. Daily lunch specials and signature drinks, like the San Lucas Breeze, put Tiago’s a notch above the rest. Multiple locations, tiagoscabogrille.com.

STEAKHOUSE Barn Door A San Antonio institution, the Historic Barn Door offers down-home fare with Texas hospitality. Steaks can be ordered blackened, rolled in black peppercorn or smothered in jalapeños. 8400 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-0116, thebarndoorrestaurant.com. Chama Gaucha Locally headquartered, this Brazilian steakhouse has outposts in Atlanta, Chicago and Houston. Head here for big celebrations and make sure to bring your appetite. Choose from 12 meats — bacon-wrapped filet, anyone? — and more than 30 salad bar items. 18318 Sonterra Pl., (210) 564-9400, chamagaucha.com. Galpao Gaucho Stone Oak holds a delicious secret: a locally owned Brazilian steakhouse with an extensive wine selection, happy hour, and all the meats your heart desires. It’s laid-back and great for date night. 2318 N. Loop 1604 W., (210) 497-2500. Josephine Street Café Since 1979, Josephine’s has always been a downtown gem with its signature steak and whiskey offerings. Stop by Josephine’s for a 16-ounce Texas t-bone and feel enriched in a downtown tradition. 400 E. Josephine St., (210) 224-6169, josephinestcafe.com.

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J-Prime Steakhouse Texans love steaks. They also love charcuterie boards, badass brunch buffets complete with made-to-order omelets and a meat carving station, and excellent happy hours, and you can find them all at J-Prime. 1401 N. Loop 1604 W., (210) 764-1604, jprimesteakhouse.com.


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Kirby’s Steakhouse This Dallas-based specialty steakhouse originated in 1954 and is known for its aged Midwestern prime beef. The San Antonio location has been a local favorite since opening its doors in 2007. 123 Loop 1604 NE, (210) 404-2221, kirbyssteakhouse.com. Little Red Barn This little red chophouse isn’t so little and its iconic red building is visible from the highway. For over 50 years, Little Red Barn has catered to hungry SA diners in a folksy dining hall. Don’t mind the faux-pistol-clad servers, it’s just part of the aesthetic. 1902 S. Hackberry St., (210) 5324235, littleredbarnsteakhouse.com. Little Rhein Steakhouse With a wide wine list and rustic charm, Little Rhein impresses in the historic Bombach house from 1847. The dining experience is elevated with a River Walk patio making it ideal for a romantic, dimly lit dinner. 231 S. Alamo St., (210) 225-2111, littlerheinsteakhouse.com. Myron’s Prime Steak House Steaks take center stage but also memorable is the jalapeño mac and cheese, stuffed tomatoes and bread pudding with Maker’s Mark sauce. Be sure to check out the extensive wine list. 10003 NW Military, Suite 2101, (210) 493-3031, myronsprime.com. Tejas Rodeo Company Eat in cowboy fashion with a wooden dining room, country dancing and Go Texan top sirloin in the Hill Country. Now under new management — chef Johnny Hernandez and his True Flavors company — the menu retains favorites like KC Steaks but new menu items celebrate Texas cuisine. March through November you can still catch professional rodeo on Saturday nights. 401 Obst Road, Bulverde, tejassteakhouse.com. Texas de Brazil Influenced by the flavors Porto Alegre, Brazil, Texas de Brazil takes the cuisine of Brazil and combines the hospitality of Texas for a meal unique to this churrascaria. Brazilian sausages, picanha, prosciutto and leg of loin are reliable staples. Hit the salad bar for a lighter choice. 313 E. Houston St., (210) 299-1600, texasdebrazil.com.

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San Antonio Restaurants, Businesses Lead A Plant-Powered Movement

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ntil recently, many Americans considered veganism an elite, alternative lifestyle — perhaps one equated with unappealing and flavorless food options. However, more Americans are turning to vegan or plant-based lifestyles to improve their health, reduce their carbon footprints or protest animal industry practice. And San Antonio restaurants including Pharm Table, Earth Burger and La Botanica are at the forefront of this national movement that’s changing how we eat. According to a 2018 Gallup poll, the number of self-identified vegans in the U.S. hasn’t grown much within the last decade, but the demand for “plant-based” foods has since exploded, bringing over $3 billion in sales in 2017. San Antonio currently ranks among the unhealthiest cities in the nation, but the growing interest in vegan eating could combat the city’s high rates of obesity and diabetes, said Akeem Best, CEO of Go Vegan San Antonio, a vegan food truck located at the main UTSA campus. Best, who opened the truck with his wife Tara in 2017, is proud to be part of the city’s new wave of vegan businesses, with an increasing number of restaurants also introducing vegan options. “There’s more energy going toward plant-based eating, not only in San Antonio but on a worldwide level,” Best said. 64

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“Veganism and sustainability go handin-hand. Anybody can be vegan; anybody can lead a plant-based life. Now we’re working to make veganism accessible to anyone in San Antonio. “

Vegans, They’re Just Like Us Contrary to stereotypes, vegans aren’t a weird, isolated group, and there’s no Vegan Illuminati that dictates what foods are nutritionally pure. Illustrating the broad local interest in the lifestyle, San Antonio is now home to more than 50 vegan businesses, including Miss Chickpea's Bakeshop and The Vegan Revolt, which turn up at monthly Vegan Stop Shop events hosted throughout the city. The Vegan Stop Shop is always packed with customers Best said. “But I’d say only half of those customers are actually vegan. They just enjoy good, healthy food and products.”


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Planting the Vegan Flag Over recent years, San Antonio has helped lead a bigger plant-based movement that's growing in cities across the nation, said Mike Behrend, who co-owns local restaurants Green and Earth Burger, “Twelve years ago, when Green first opened, we were the only vegetarian place in town,” he said. “Now we get phone calls every day from people across the country, looking to franchise one of our restaurants and open a new location.” San Antonio has an advantage when it comes to plantbased and vegan foods, Behrend said. Local chefs understand regional ingredients and the importance of 66 6

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The rise in local vegan businesses inspired Best to found the nonprofit Vegan Initiative Dynamic Association (VIDA) and launch VegFest, the city’s first vegan festival, which this year will run August 31 through September 1. VIDA has also established a core team of area vegan business owners, activists and chefs who are working to make the event approachable for anyone, especially people of color and those interested in finding affordable and accessible healthy foods. “VIDA wants to be that tissue that connects the whole community,” Best added. “There are vegans that only eat fruit or raw food, and junk-food vegans that eat fried food all day, but we can accomplish more if we’re not fighting each other from within.”

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bold flavors. Both are important to reworking favorite dishes like biscuits and gravy or carne guisada without the meat and making them enjoyable and approachable to diners. “In the South, if the food’s not flavorful, we won’t accept it,” he said. Behrend also credits the rise of food documentaries and consumers’ access to more online health information with the demand for plant-based foods. Following the release of the 2017 film What the Health, which looks at nutrition as a way to combat chronic disease, business shot up by 20% across all of Behrend’s restaurants. “People are beginning to ask why we’ve been told to [consume] dairy three times a day, and why beef is ‘What’s for dinner’,” he said. “You realize that many health organizations are largely funded by corporations, and that there’s a dirty side to these industries when you follow the money.” Even national food chains are recog-

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nizing the trend. National grocery stores and fast-food chains like Burger King and Carl’s Jr. have started to offer plantbased meat substitutes from Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. “There was a time where if you wanted to eat vegan, you gave your kids a burger full of sprouts and they would throw it right back at you,” Behrend said. “Today, there’s a variety of meat alternatives that taste amazing and are better for you. I would stack up one of Earth’s burgers next to those any day.

Still Room to Grow? Rebel Mariposa, owner of La Botanica, is amazed how much the vegan movement has grown since she moved back to San Antonio from California and opened her plant-based Mexican eatery in 2015. “More people know what veganism

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is these days. You don’t get side eye like you used to,” she said. “There are still people who come to La Botanica and get bummed out when they see we serve all-vegan food, but I always invite them to try it and if they don’t like it, it’s on the house.” Very few have wanted their money back, she added. Local, plant-centric food businesses and menus have sprouted up all over, but the local vegan movement still has room for new restaurants and events like VegFest to make the movement more inclusive of communities of color, Mariposa said. “It’s important that we represent San Antonio’s population and make sure that locals, especially people of color, see themselves represented and welcome to the movement,” she said. “People don’t necessarily think about the brown and black and red folk who are doing this work and have been doing this work for years.”


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