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Food & Wine Grills the Granary’s Chef About St. Louis-Style Ribs

Food & Wine Grills the Granary’s Chef About St. Louis-Style Ribs

Pick up the June issue of Food & Wine magazine and you’ll find a familiar name.

Tim Rattray

Tim Rattray

Tim Rattray, chef at the Granary ‘Cue and Brew in the Pearl complex, offers up a recipe for St. Louis-style ribs on the grill.

That’s right, these aren’t smoked in the usual Texas barbecue fashion, but that doesn’t mean you can’t serve them up at your next party, for Memorial Day or any other occasion.

What the magazine prizes in Rattray’s recipe is the bark, that “thin crust … that shatters when you bit into it,” Ben Mims writes.

Rattray’s recipe starts with a rub that includes brown sugar, cinnamon and coffee. “The spices are like bass notes for the meat, amplifying its flavor,” the chef is quotes as saying.

The Granary’s has been written up a lot lately. It landed at No. 4 of Johnny Fugitt’s “The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America.” It was also featured in Bonnie Walker’s and my volume, “Barbecue Lover’s Texas,” and includes Rattray’s recipe for Banana Pudding, certainly the finest example of this barbecue favorite that we tasted in the entire state.

 

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À La Mode Gelato Brings Frozen Flavors to the Blue Star Complex

À La Mode Gelato Brings Frozen Flavors to the Blue Star Complex

After years of studying the art of Italian gelato, Josh Biffle is bringing his version of the frozen treat to the Blue Star Arts Complex.

A la Mode Gelato

A La Mode Gelato

À La Mode Gelato open May 21 at 1420 S. Alamo St. in the Blue Star Arts Complex with a party from 5 to 10 p.m. Live music will be provided by Steven Lee Moya, and Alamo Beer will sponsor the event, which means beer samples — and gelato, of course.

Biffle and his wife, Diletta Gallorini, a native of Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy, will personally manage the location.

À La Mode will offer 16 gelato flavors daily, including Ricotta and Blackberry, Madagascar Vanilla Bean and Bourbon, and Salted Caramel, as well as non-dairy sorbettos such as Belgian Dark Chocolate, Lemon and Prickly Pear, Blood Orange and Ginger, and Pear and Sauternes.

“I was fortunate to study in Italy with two well-respected gelatieri who remain my mentors today. Monia Bianconi and Ciro Fraddanno helped me discover the true artistry of gelato,” says Biffle. “They taught me about the intricate balance of flavors, and how to make the most of seasonal and regional ingredients. We’ll be importing as many of the classic ingredients as possible, as well as sourcing local dairy and produce. In this way, as in Italy, we’ll provide an experience, not just a treat.”

Because man does not live by gelato alone, À La Mode will also serve espresso drinks, Bakery Lorraine pastries, salumi boards (affettati misti) and panini throughout the day. The café will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to midnight Friday-Saturday. The web address is www.alamodegelato.com.

À La Mode has already earned a local following since setting up its mobile gelateria at area farmers markets. The brick and mortar location is Biffle’s first. For information, call 210-788-8000.

Josh Biffle (center) of A La Mode Gelato.

Josh Biffle (center) of A La Mode Gelato.

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It’s Going to a Hot Time at Hot Wells on June 3

It’s Going to a Hot Time at Hot Wells on June 3

Get ready for one of the most talked-about food events of the entire San Antonio year.

hot wellsThe Harvest Feast at the Hot Wells ruins returns June 3.

The annual event began with friends chef Robbie Nowlin and artist Justin Parr, who had the idea of planting the gardens on the grounds of the former hotel and spa.

They enjoyed the food that they grew so much that they began to include others. Out of that grew a dinner on the grounds using the harvest.

Chefs around town loved being a part of the event, and more than a few talked about it for months after it happened.

That helps explain the lengthy list of chefs and booths for this year’s event:

·         Chef Robbie Nowlin-Citrus

·         Bar Chef Jorel Pena-The Last Word

·         Bar Chef Jaret Pena-The Brooklynite

·         Chef Jason Dady-Jason Dady Restaurant Group

·         Chef Stefan Bowers-Feast

·         Chef Josh Cross-Toro Taco Bar

·         Chef Brooke Smith-Esquire Tavern

·         Chef Chris Jara-St Anthony Hotel

·         Chef John Fahle-Outlaw BBQ

·         Chef Brandon Mckelvey-Say.She.Ate

·         Chef Harris Esparza-Compass Group

·         Chef Rebecca Masson-Fluff Bake Bar-Houston

·         Chef Zach Garza-Primero Cantina

·         Charles Gonzales-Rosella Coffee

·         Chef Jeff White-The Boiler House

·         Chef Beto Gutierrez-Houston

·         Chef Jeff Wiley

·         Chef Quealy Watson-Hot Joy

·         Chef Andrew Wiseheart-Gardner-Austin

·         Chef PJ Edwards-Gardner-Austin

·         Chef Geronimo Lopez-CIA/NAO

·         Chef Mark Weaver

·         Chef Luis Colon-FOLC

·         Chef Halston Conella-Citrus

 Hot Wells is at 5503 S. Presa St. Tickets are $75 a person or $125 a couple. Call Cindy Taylor at 210-912-5868 for tickets.

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Are You Ready to Treat Mom to a Special Meal?

Are You Ready to Treat Mom to a Special Meal?

Mimi's Cafe has several specials for Mom.

Mimi’s Cafe has several specials for Mom.

Mother’s Day arrives on May 10, so it’s time to think of how you’re going to thank Mom for all she’s done for you. One way you can show your appreciation is by taking her out for a special meal. Plenty of restaurants in the San Antonio area are willing to help out, as the following menus amply show.

Just remember to make reservations. And all prices listed below do not include tax or tip.

Asado Seafood & Grill at the Hilton San Antonio Airport, 611 N.W. 410, (210) 377-4653 — Mother’s Day brunch is served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Buffet features include salads, smoked salmon and gravlax, oysters, peel and eat shrimp, crab claws, hickory-smoked prime rib, grilled salmon, an omelet station, vegetable stuffed chicken, crepes, French toast and more. Prices are $29.95 for adults, $24.95 for seniors and $14.94 for children.

MomBiga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 255-0722 — Brunch will be served 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrees like Roasted Ribeye of Beef, green chili tomatillo pork stew with queso fresco, and warm Scottish salmon crepes with egg vinaigrette share the spot light with more breakfast-style offerings including a Maine Lobster Frittata and a Biga take on Eggs Benedict. Then you can help yourself to an array of appetizers, salads, muffins, sushi, antipasto and a host of different desserts. There is also a kids’ dessert table. Prices are $59 for adults and $27 for children.

Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden, 312 Pearl Parkway, (210) 354-4644 — Mother’s Day brunch is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef Jeff White has a series of specials in addition to the regular menu. They include: Boiler House Monte Cristo served with Foie Gras Peanut Butter, Smoked Strawberry Jam, Salted Caramel Bananas and Candied Walnuts for $15; Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Fresh Lemon Curd, Raspberry and Southern Chantilly Cream for $14;  Cracklin Crusted Soft Shell Crab with Local Bluebonnet Farms Watercress, Radish and Old Bay Hollandaise for $17;  Brisket Biscuits and Gravy made with House Smoked Brisket, Buttermilk Jalapeño Biscuits, House-made Pickles, Aged Cheddar and Bacon Gravy for $14;  and Lobster “Cobb Salad” made with Butter Poached Lobster, Crispy Pork Belly, Hard Boiled Egg and Peppercress for $19.

Copa Wine Bar, 19141 Stone Oak Parkway, (210) 495-2672 — Mother’s Day brunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Features include: Popover Bar including Bacon, Sausage, Shirred Eggs, Gravy, Shrimp Newburg and more; Waffle Station including Carrot Cake Waffles, Cinnamon Roll Waffles, Chocolate Brownie Waffles; Home Fry Bar with fresh home fries, and tons of different toppers including all sorts of veggies, scrambled eggs, brisket, and pulled pork; a coffee bar; Bottomless Mimosas, Micheladas and Sangria; and more. The price is $25 a person.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach, (210) 821-5454 — Mother’s Day brunch is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Multi-course brunch options include a choice of appetizer, salad, vegetable, bread, dessert, and choice of coffee, tea, wine and champagne. Entrée choices include Shrimp Salad, Eggs Benefict or Chicken Breast with Champagne Sauce ($29.50 each); Veal Scaloppini, Fresh Alaskan Salmon, Beef Ribeye or Shrimp Lyonnaise ($39.50 each); or Trilogy of Beef Tenderloin, Lobster Tail and Rack of Lamb ($49.50). A children’s menu with tortellini or chicken breast with salad or dessert is available for $12.50. A special dinner menu will be offered Saturday, May 9, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. and Sunday, May 10, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Citrus at the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk, 150 East Houston St. (210) 230-8412 — Mothers Day brunch will be prepared by chef Robbie Nowlin and his great team. The buffet menu includes an array of artisanal charcuterie, oysters, grilled artichoke antipasti, brioche french toast, citrus eggs Benedict, truffled macaroni and cheese gratin, pan-seared Atlantic salmon, slow-roasted prime beef ribeye chimichurri, roasted airline turkey breast, caramelized white chocolate custard macadamia streusel and much more. Seating is 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (last seating is at 2:30 p.m.) Prices are $69.95 for adults and $34.95 for kids 6-12.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 255 E. Basse Road, (210) 824-9463 — Mother’s Day brunch is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The prix fixe menu begins with a choice lobster bisque, a Modern Caesar or seasonal fruits, followed by a choice of Eggs Benedict, baked brioche French toast, prime rib with a trio of sauces, a blue crab omelet or a porcini-crusted filet mignon. Dessert choices: white chocolate bread pudding, walnut turtle pie or cheesecake. Price: $39.95 a person.

Fogo de Chao's salad bar includes a watermelon, feta and cucumber salad.

Fogo de Chao’s salad bar includes a watermelon, feta and cucumber salad.

Fogo de Chao, 849 E. Commerce St., (210) 227-1700 — Mother’s Day hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the full array of roasted meats plus salad bar available. Mothers will receive a gift card for a free meal on their next visit.

Frederick’s Restaurant: 7701 Broadway, 210-828-9050; Frederick’s Bistro: 14439 NW Military Highway, 210-888-1500 — The Mother’s Day brunch includes numerous appetizer choices: Cold Cucumber Smoked Salmon Dill ($8); Frederick’s Oysters Casino ($11); Smoked Duck Breast with Mango and Apple Asian Salad ($9); Crab Cake Served with Mixed Greens and Tartar Sauce ($15); Spring Rolls Served In Lettuce Cup with Fresh Mint and Cilantro ($11); Duck Liver Mousse Platter ($8); Baked Brie and Goat Cheese In Puff Pastry ($9); and Flash Fried Brussels Sprouts with Asian Spices ($8). Main course options include Parmesan Crusted Rainbow Trout ($20); Norwegian Salmon ($21); Veal Piccatta Milanaise ($21); Lamb Chops with Garlic and Fresh Thyme Sauce ($26); Shrimp and Scallops Provencale ($24); New York Strip with Grilled Shrimp and Béarnaise Sauce ($29); and Frederick’s Eggs: Half Benedict & Half Norfolk ($18). Call for hours.

Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar, 1287 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, (830) 606-1281  — The Gristmill is open Mother’s Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The menu includes favorites such as Beef Tenderloin Salad with creamy vinaigrette, Pepper Filet with herb-lime butter, and the Gruene Country Club with special prime sauce.  Jack Daniel’s Pecan Pie, Fudge Pie, or Strawberry Shortcake for dessert.  For the more casual celebration have one of our juicy burgers or famous chicken fried steaks with cream gravy.  

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, (210) 767-7999 — The brunch will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with seatings every half hour. Highlights from the extensive buffet include a breakfast bar with made-to-order cage-free omelets, French toast action station, antipasti, a salad buffet, a seafood kiosk with chilled shrimp and crab claws, a pasta station and dessert bar. Hot entrees include pan-seared airline chicken, blackened red fish, and wild mushrooms with spinach and cognac cream. The carving station will include slow-roasted and smoked pepper crusted prime bison strip loin, butterflied leg of lamb and  10-bone pork loin rack Adults, $63; seniors 60+, $49; children 6-12, $26.

Kirby’s San Antonio, 123 N. Loop 1604 E., (210) 404-2221  — Mother’s Day hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Kirby’s is giving away a $50 gift certificate good only on Mother’s Day: To enter, share a picture of you and your mom or with your children via Facebook. Winner will be chosen on Monday, May 4. Use the hashtag, #MothersDayatKirbysSa.

J-Prime Steakhouse, 1401 N. Loop 1604 W., (210) 764-1604 — Mother’s Day brunch is from 11 a.m.  to 3 p.m. Executive chef Chris Brooks has created a menu that includes a custom omelet station, carved turkey and prime rib, fresh seafood, a salad station, meats and cheese, artisanal pastries, bottomless mimosas and more. Price is $39.95 a person.

Las Canarias at the Omni La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St., (210) 518-1063 —Mother’s Day brunch is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The extensive buffet features eggs and omelets made to order, bacon, sausages, bananas foster, quiche, chilled shrimp, crab claws, smoked salmon, salads, charcuterie, blackened red fish, roasted breast of chicken, beef skirt steak, prime rib, center cut pork loin, turkey and desserts. Price is $72 for adults and $36 for children ages 6-12.

Liberty Bar, 1111 S. Alamo St., (210) 227-1187  — Brunch with specials and the regular menu runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with dinner continuing until midnight.

Little Gretel, 518 River Road, Boerne, (830) 331-1368 — Sunday brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu highlights include eggs Benedict, poached egg on crab cake, omelets, French toast, buttermilk pancakes, steak and eggs, and more.

Mom1Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, (210) 561-9700 —Mother’s Day hours are noon to 5 p.m. In addition to the regular menu, there is a three-course special for $39.95. It includes a choice of Caesar Salad or Caprese Salad, followed by Roasted Prime Eye of the Rib with Rosemary Yukon Gold Potatoes and Toasted Garlic Spinach. Dessert choices: Spumoni, Tiramisu, Crème Brûlée or Chocolate Lava Torta with Vanilla Gelato.

Market on Houston at Sheraton-Gunter Hotel, 205 E. Houston St., (210) 554-1721 — Mother’s Day brunch is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features items such as Sambal Shrimp, Fried Chicken & Waffles, Farm Raised Kobe Burger, Crab Louie Benedict, Breakfast Crepes, Hickory Smoked Brisket Hash and more. Or you can treat Mom to a three-course dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. It’s priced at $35 a person. The menu includes Chilled Cucumber Mint Soup or Grilled Shrimp Cocktail to start with. Entree choices include Grilled Boar Medallions, Redfish en Papillote or Chicken Fra Diavolo. Dessert choices: Brulee trio, and Primavera Berries with mango mousse.

Max’s Wine Dive, 340 E. Basse Road, (210) 444-9547 — Brunch hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mother’s Day. In addition to the regular menu, specials include: Ultimate Steak & Eggs made with Roasted Prime Rib over Jalapeño Cheesy Grits, Two Poached Eggs and Chipotle Hollandaise for $25;  Crab Cake Benedict made with Gulf Crab Cakes, Pulled Pork Belly and Two – Poached Eggs on Toasted Brioche with Roasted Tomato Remoulade Served with Home Fries for $19;  Mediterranean Seared Salmon Salad made with Butter Lettuce, Egg, Applewood-Smoked Bacon, Toasted Almonds, Asparagus, Piquilo Peppers, and Cherry Tomatoes Tossed in a White Balsamic topped with a Mediterranean Marinated Seared Salmon  and finished with a dollop of Dill Saffron Aioli for $18; and  Cast Iron Mexican Chocolate Sticky Buns topped with Candied Pecans and Dulce de Leche Icing for $7.

Mike’s in the Village, 2355-3 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, (830) 438-2747 — Mother’s Day brunch will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First course is a choice of Caprese salad, house salad or ceviche, followed by a choice of shrimp, andouille sausage and grits; coffee-crusted grilled pork tenderloin; fried chicken and waffles; broiled salmon; or petite filet topped with caramelized onions. Dessert choices: white chocolate bread pudding, chocolate cheesecake or balsamic and strawberry shortcake. Moms get a free champagne drink. Children’s menu also available. Price is $28.95 for adults or $7.95 for children ages 10 and younger.

Mimi’s Cafe, 17315 I-10 W., (210) 877-5792 — Mimi’s is offering a three-course menu for $16.99, which includes a choice of Soup, Salad or Croissant/Muffin as well as a choice of Brioche French Toast; Egg, Spinach and Cheese Crepes; Santa Fe Omelet; Chicken Chop Salad; Quiche Florentine; and Brioche Cheeseburger. Dessert is a Triple Croissant Bread Pudding made with a chocolate and almond croissant, salted caramel and whipped cream. Mothers can also enjoy $5 Mimi-Mosas made with fresh-squeezed orange juice and a Tangerine burst, while their children color a special menu, which doubles as a Mother’s Day Card.  To continue the celebration throughout the day, Mimi’s Cafe will gift each guest with an individually wrapped Blackberry Muffin Square to go.

Morton’s the Steakhouse, 300 E. Crockett St., (210) 228-0700 — The Mother’s Day special is a steak and lobster combination for $55 a person. Dinner hours are 5 to 10 p.m.

Oak Valley Vineyards, 27315 Natural Bridge Road, (830) 980-8033  — The Mother’s Day brunch buffet includes Prime Rib English Cut, Yorkshire Pudding Aus Ju, Honey Baked Ham With Orange Zest and Mint Sauce, Cilantro Lime Chicken over Spinach, Portabella Mushroom Ravioli, Fresh Salmon, Eggs Benedict, Herb Mashed Potatoes, Hill Country Hash Smoked Gouda/Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese, Medley of Seasonal Vegetables and Assorted Mixed Salads. The price is $35 a person, or $15 or children 12 and younger. Call for hours.

Mom2The Omni San Antonio Colonnade, 9821 Colonnade Blvd., (210) 691-8888 — Mother’s Day brunch is from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the last seating at 2 p.m. Breakfast items include Apple-wood Smoked Bacon, House Smoked Country Sausage, Eggs Benedict Florentine, Roasted Tomato Hash and Mascarpone Cheese Blintz with Grilled Peach Devonshire. An omelet station, seasonal fruit, chef-prepared salads and cheese, fresh breads, a seafood display and desserts will be offered. Hot entrees and carved-to-order items include Bourbon Marinated Pork with Whole Grain Mustard Reduction, Lemon Pepper White Fish with Rooftop Herb Veloute, Grilled Chicken Provencal with Veal Bone Reduction, Roasted Texas Root Vegetables, Redneck Cheddar Mash and Chives, Oven Roasted Prime Rib with Herbed Pan Drippings and Pepper Crusted Bone-In Leg of Lamb. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, milk, mimosas and Champagne included. Prices are $53 for adults, $46 for seniors 65+, and $24 for children 5-11.

Q Kitchen | Bar at the Hyatt Regency, 123 Losoya St., (210) 510-4477 — The Mother’s Day brunch will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dishes on the buffest include Chilled Prawns, Marinated Mussels,  Half Shell Oysters, salads, Sunchoke and Leek Bisque, Omelets Cooked to Order, Smoked Berkshire Pork Hash, Chocolate Spiked Pancakes with Grand Marnier-Infused Maple Syrup, Chicken Jalapeno Sausage, Smoked Bacon, Antipasto Display, Roasted Pacific Halibut, Smoked Chicken Breast with Blueberry BBQ Sauce, Achiote Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Charred Pepper Sauce, Sea Salt and Tri Color Peppercorn Crusted Beef Rib-Eye, Heritage Bone-In Ham, desserts and sweets. Complimentary self-parking across the street. Prices: $47 for adults and $23 for children ages 4-12.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House at the Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market St., (210) 227-8847 — Breakfast is served 7 to 11 a.m., lunch is 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner is served 4:30 to 10 p.m.

Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, 25195 Mathis Road, Elmendorf, (210) 621-0044 —Mother’s Day brunch at the olive orchard will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The special menu includes four courses, starting with your choice of White Grape Gazpacho or Corn Bisque, followed by either a Beet and Pear Salad or a Caesar Salad. Entrée choices: Baked Salmon with grilled asparagus and garlic mash potatoes or Grilled Chicken Alfredo with a warm baguette. Dessert choices are Chocolate Mocha Cake or Homemade Scones and Jellies. A children’s menu is available. Prices are $32 for adults and $12 for children under 12.

mothers day2Stone Werks, various locations — Celebrate Mother’s Day with a special brunch and drink menu, available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drink specials include $2.75 Mimosas, Sangria, and Bloody Marys. A flower will be provided for each mother while supplies last.

Sustenio at the Eilan Hotel and Spa, 18603 La Cantera Terrace, (210) 598-2950 — Sustenio will host a Mother’s Day brunch in the Incanto Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The buffet will include a Local Artisan Cheese Display with Charcuterie and Marinated Olives, Seasonal Fruit, Smoked Salmon, salads, Poached Jumbo Shrimp, Crab Claws and Gulf Oysters, Churro Waffles, Crispy Cinnamon Sugar Waffles, Buttermilk Biscuits n’ Pork Belly Gravy, Applewood Smoked Bacon and Country Sausage, Cheesy House-made Sausage Casserole, Eggs, House-made Spicy Sausage, Tillamook Cheddar, Grilled Salmon, Honey Dusted Sous-vide Fried Chicken, Central Texas Farm Vegetable Ragout, Pimento Mac n’ Cheese, Mashed Potato Creation Station, Chef’s Omelet Station, Garlic Crusted Prime Rib, Ancho Maple Roasted Pork Steamship and Chef’s Display of Pastries and Desserts. Price is $52 for adults and $18 for children 5-12.

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., (210) 229-1600  — Mother’s Day hours begin at 11 a.m. The regular array of meats will be offered as well as the salad bar. All mothers will receive a gift card for a complimentary lunch or dinner to use on a subsequent visit.

Whiskey Cake, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 236-8095 — Mother’s Day hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Brunch items include Eggs Benedict, Pork Belly Ramen, Jumbo Grilled Shrimp, Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes, BBQ Banh Mi and more.

If you’d like to add your restaurant to this list, email griffin@savorsa.com.

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Have Dinner and a Drink at H-E-B’s New 3009

Have Dinner and a Drink at H-E-B’s New 3009

The staff at 3009, including general manager Josh Stager (right).

The staff at 3009, including general manager Josh Stager (right).

H-E-B doesn’t sell hard liquor, but you can get a cocktail as well as dinner at the supermarket chain’s new restaurant and bar, 3009 (that’s 3 Double-0 Nine, if you’re pronouncing it). It’s opening today next to the H-E-B Plus at 17460 I-35 and FM 3009 in Schertz.

3009's Korean Fried Chicken

3009’s Korean Fried Chicken

H-E-B has lavished a lot of attention on the 3009 menu, which includes street tacos, pizzas, small plates, sandwiches, salads and small plates. The burger lineup includes several variations on the classic, with or without cheese, made with prime beef as well as turkey, garden, ahi tuna and brisket burgers.

The Texas Creamsicle

The Texas Creamsicle

Houston chef Randy Evans, formerly of Haven and Brennan’s, was brought in to consult on the project and help create the food, which also includes a series of entrees ranging from Korean Fried Chicken and Creole Shrimp and Grits to Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli with Creamy Pesto Sauce and Penne with Spicy Sausage and Goat Cheese.

Central Texas-style post oak-smoked barbecue, including brisket, spare ribs, turkey, chicken and sausage, will be available by the plate or by the pound.

The exterior of 3009

The exterior of 3009

But it’s the cocktail menu that will likely intrigue first-time visitors because of the novelty of having a Texas Creamsicle made with rum or an Avocado Pineapple Martini before picking up that week’s groceries. A dozen Texas beers are on tap. Wines will be available by the glass or bottle. And cocktails made with an array of spirits, including many from Texas’s growing number of distilleries are featured.

In addition to the food, live music will be offered at 3009 on the weekends. There is also a large outdoor children’s play area.

This is the third H-E-B restaurant. The first was Oaks Crossing in Stone Oak, and the second is in Houston. Josh Stager, who helped open Oaks Crossing last year, is the general manager of the new 3009. He has been working for H-E-B for five years, and his previous experience includes managing military dining facilities in Afghanistan.

3009 Restaurant & Bar, 17460 I-35, is open daily. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday with brunch service until 2 p.m. For to-go orders, call (210) 651-0415.

The 3009 bar area

The 3009 bar area

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Andrew Goodman Has a Lot on His Plate

Andrew Goodman Has a Lot on His Plate

Andrew Goodman was having fun Monday night. His restaurant, Feast, was hosting the second of Texas Monthly’s Fire & Smoke dinners, which brought together chefs Stefan Bowers and Jason Dady. He recently won a year-long lawsuit that will let Feast stay at 1024 S. Alamo St.

Andrew Goodman talks with patrons at Feast.

Andrew Goodman talks with patrons at Feast.

And he has plans for more in the works.

First up is a new bar called Haunt at the St. Anthony Hotel, which he hopes to open in the next two weeks. It will have some light bar food as well as drinks. It’s named after the ghosts said to

Shortly after that, Goodman and chef Bowers will open a restaurant in the luxury hotel at 300 E. Travis St. Goodman, a San Antonio native, says the place will be ready in about three weeks, but Bowers wasn’t sure. A kitchen is being added, and that might cause more time to make sure everything is ready.

There’s also a question about the name. Goodman referred to it as Rebelle, but Bowers said that could change. Regardless of the name, it will be a nice dining addition to the area near the Tobin Performing Arts Center and the Majestic.

After that, Goodman will be turning his attention to a proposed project for the old Fire Station No. 7 at 604 S. Alamo St., across from the Alamo Street Eat Bar.

A full plate perhaps, but great news for those us who know the power of Bowers’ food and Goodman’s flair.

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Jason Dady Opens Tre Enoteca in the Alley

Jason Dady Opens Tre Enoteca in the Alley

Jason Dady has opened his latest restaurant venture: Tre Enoteca in the Alley at 555 W. Bitters.

Jason Dady

Jason Dady

The Italian restaurant is akin to the original Tre Trattoria on Broadway, but there are differences, Dady says.

Like the original, the pasta is made in-house, but at the new restaurant, there’s “a fancy extruder,” he says, and it allows the kitchen to use semolina flour to make a denser pasta.

Plus, there’s a wood-burning oven for the pizzas and large lounge that will feature a series of Old and New World wines as well as signature cocktails.

Tre Enoteca is only open for dinner at present, but more hours will be added soon.

Dady, who also owns Two Bros. BBQ Market, the Duk Truck and B&D Ice House, is always busy. So, though he has just opened Tre Enoteca, he’s hard at work on another project, the Shuck Shack, an oyster bar set for Grayson Street. That plan was to have the Shuck Shack opened by now, but work on the property and work with city officials have delayed that.

At Shuck Shack, expect at least three oysters from the Northeast and three more from the Pacific Northwest.

Dady got some shucking practice on Monday night. He served up oysters on the half shell during a special dinner at Feast that brought the chef and his team together with chef Stefan Bowers, who once worked for Dady.

 

 

 

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A Few Specials Can Help Take the Bite Out of Tax Day

A Few Specials Can Help Take the Bite Out of Tax Day

You’re taxes are due Wednesday.

taxesIf that depresses you, then news of these Tax Day specials might cheer you up.

Stone Werks is offering a special $2 appetizer and drink menu from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Drink specials include all regular size draft beer, well drinks and frozen margaritas. Chips & queso, spinach and artichoke dip, and 10-inch one-topping pizzas will be available. These specials are available at all three locations — Lincoln Heights, The Rim and The
Vineyard.

At Hard Rock Cafe, 111 W. Crockett St., guests can get a free Local Legendary™ Burger if they sing for their supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Henry Brun, a Latin Grammy musician, will kick off Sing For Your Supper, and Paseo del Rio River Walk Royalty will be onsite to encourage guests’ participation. “The Sing for Your Supper campaign is an enjoyable way for the brand to give back to our guests and help ease the burden of Tax Day,” said John Galloway, vice president and chief marketing officer of Hard Rock International.  “We hope to see many loyal fans of the brand, as well as new guests, come out to their local cafe, take the stage and try one of our unique local burger offerings.”

IHOP Restaurants are offering a stack of three buttermilk pancakes for $1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Butter and syrup included.

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Tacos and Trucks and Good Times Are Coming

Tacos and Trucks and Good Times Are Coming

The VFW Post 76 at 10th Street and Broadway will host the fifth annual Twisted Taco Truck Throwdown, a taco and food truck competition, on Saturday, May 9, from 4 p.m. to midnight. And the organizers are looking for participants.

taco truckPresented by Twisted Tea, this free event for all ages will feature live music from Finding Friday during the day and Los #3 Dinners in the evening as local taco trucks and food trucks showcase their twisted culinary masterpieces. Attendees can eat their fill from 4 to 8 p.m. when tacos al pastor will be available from all trucks for only $1. Each truck will feature a signature item as well, giving event-goers a variety of eats from which to choose. La Paloma White Wings is the official tortilla.

While the grand champion winner is always determined by the judges’ scores for each trucks’ tacos al pastor, this year the contestants have the option to compete in the new Freestyle category as well. This will give all participants an opportunity to show off their culinary creativity.

The Twisted Taco Truck Throwdown

The Twisted Taco Truck Throwdown

The 2014 Grand Champion, The Grilled Jalapeño, will be in attendance to defend their title. After receiving the most text votes from the crowd last year and being crowned the 2014 People’s Choice winner, Teka Molino will be defending their title as well. Additional trucks confirmed to participate include: 2013 People’s Choice winner Gracie’s Kitchen, 2010 People’s Choice winner Doña Kika Tacos y Gorditas, Mini Tacos El Maicol, Pancho’s Mini Tacos, El Amigo Tacos, Gracie’s Kitchen, Truck N’ Taco, Mr. Mexium, Lady Picoza, Hippie Mommas, Cheesy Jane’s and Sir-Wacha.

The VFW Post 76 is the oldest post in Texas. This event has continually been one of the largest one-day fundraisers for their VFW Post 76 Veteran Relief Fund. Again this year, a portion of the proceeds will benefit this fund that provides assistance to veterans in need.

Persons interested in participating in this event should contact Kimberly Arellano at 210-725-5477 or email Kimberly.arellano@att.net.

More information can be found on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TwistedTacoTruckThrowdown.

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Two Chefs Team Up for Toro Taco Bar

Two Chefs Team Up for Toro Taco Bar

Chefs Josh Cross and Rick Frame first met back in the 1990s while working for Bruce Auden at Biga. Both have had plenty of high-end dining experience under their belts since, such as Cross’s Olorosa.

The pickup window at Toro Taco Bar

The pickup window at Toro Taco Bar

So, naturally, they’ve teamed up for a taco bar.

Toro Taco Bar at 114 Brooklyn Ave. is an east side, open air patio with street tacos and quesadillas served up alongside an icy Carta Blanca with salt encrusting its long neck and a slice of lime perched on the rim.

“Rick had the spot and has been doing improvements for about 1 1/2 years,” Cross says. “And one evening at Robbie Nowlin’s Wicked Nights supper club series, Rick told me his idea of Toro and half jokingly asked me if I’d like to come aboard. This version of food and drink was exactly what I wanted to do back here in San Antonio. Basically, we’re two chefs making drinks and snacks.”

toro carta blancaIt’s not really as simple as that, though both Frame and Cross appear to be enjoying the laid-back atmosphere of the place — and the attention the place has received in the two weeks or so that Toro has been opened. Old friends in the restaurant business, curious restaurateurs and hungry diners alike have kept the place busy since it’s been open.

Cabrito guisada tacos

Cabrito guisada tacos

Frame and Cross have kept up with the demand, while settling into their business routine. In the evenings, you can find music, sometimes live and sometimes from a DJ, filling the night air while you savor the likes of cabrito guisada tacos or campechana filled with fresh shrimp, oysters and more.

Cross described the menu as “playful  and interesting” as well as “ever-changing and evolving.” “Our ’empanadas’ so far have been poblano and mushroom pop tarts and cabrito hot pockets. Our quesadillas are nopales, corn, goat and calabaza with huitlacoche,” he says. “I’m toying around with the idea of chicarrone poutine.”

Toro's bar area

Toro’s bar area

What this all means is that “we have a high standard of quality, but aren’t taking ourselves too seriously,” Cross says. “The drink program mirrors the food. We have a ton of tequilas, mescal and sotols. Our beers will encompass all of Mexico and Central America. I’m still working out the wine list.”

Both chefs take pride in the fact that everything is made in house. Everything, that is except for the tortillas. “I couldn’t do as good of a job as Adelita’s,” Cross admits.

Toro Taco Bar is the latest hot spot to open on the east side. It’s near the new Alamo Brewing Co. and not too far from Amaya’s Tacos, Dignowity Meats and the revitalized Tucker’s Kozy Korner, all of which are making the neighborhood and exciting area for really good food and drink.

Toro Taco Bar is open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Monday. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. For more information, click here.

 

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