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Get a Sneak Peek of Southerleigh

Get a Sneak Peek of Southerleigh

Chef Jeff Balfour shows some of the beers at Southerleigh that are being barrel-aged.

Chef Jeff Balfour shows some of the beers at Southerleigh are being barrel-aged.

The beers are aging in their tanks and barrels. The brick oven has been set up in the kitchen, and test runs are in progress. The serving dishes have been delivered. The final steps are being put in place before Southerleigh opens at the Pearl Brewery.

southerleigh8The latest restaurant and brewery in the complex will be a showplace for Texas and Southern comfort food with a coastal influence, says chef Jeff Balfour, a Galveston native and fan of what the gulf has to offer. Plus, you can expect some foods, from mussels to pretzels, designed to pair with the beers on tap.

The exact opening date still isn’t certain, but Balfour is hopeful to have the certificate of occupancy by the beginning of the April. A preview party is being held March 29 as part of the closing festivities of San Antonio Beer Week.

In the meantime, the chef has been putting the finishing touches on his menu, while head brewer Les Locke gets his beers ready for the taps. In addition to the series of copper and stainless tanks, Locke is also aging some of his beers in pinot noir barrels from A to Z Wineworks, the winery in which Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich is a partner; others are in old bourbon or rum barrels.

Dishes for mussels and fries

Dishes for mussels and fries

There’s still plenty of work to be done, but major steps are being taken each day.

Out front, workers are making sure the garden space is ready for the first Sunday Pearl Farmers Market, which begins this weekend.

Inside Southerleigh, workers were just as busy. On Thursday, they hung a new chandelier made from pieces found in the original Pearl Brewery.

The designer didn’t want to overdo the old pieces but wanted to make sure that those used would stand out. They include a Pearl clock at the host’s stand by the door, roller conveyors over the open kitchen and the facades of the old brew tanks. They also include the original pillars, which are not being painted but being shown in their aged glory.

When it’s finished, Southerleigh’s main dining area will seat about 140, while extra space can be had in front of the open kitchen, in the bar and out on the patio. A private dining room for up to 15 will be housed in the silo out front.

For more information, click here.

A view of the Southerleigh dining area from above

A view of the Southerleigh dining area from above

Tanks in the afternoon light

Tanks in the afternoon light

New tanks behind the facade of the old

New tanks behind the facade of the old

Beer waiting to be tapped

Beer waiting to be tapped

The new chandelier

The new chandelier at Southerleigh

 

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NAO Celebrates Modern Cuisine in Mexico

NAO Celebrates Modern Cuisine in Mexico

Nao goes in search of Modern Mexico

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

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

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

Nao

Nao

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

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

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

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

Whataburger PancakeBring Whataburger pancakes into your home

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

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

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

The Monterey sign featuredNew hours at the Monterey

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

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

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

Call 210-745-2581.

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Sustenio Returns to Its Roots

Sustenio Returns to Its Roots

Stampede 66 Honey-Fried Chicken with Mabel's Buttermilk Biscuits and Bread-and-Butter Pickles at Sustenio

Stampede 66 Honey-Fried Chicken with Mabel’s Buttermilk Biscuits and Bread-and-Butter Pickles at Sustenio

Honey-fried chicken with buttermilk biscuits. Wagyu brisket smoked with mesquite for 72 hours with Rebecca Creek barbecue sauce. Grilled Gulf swordfish with a sweet corn pudding tamal. Tortilla soup with grilled chicken and guajillos. Snickers ice cream in a Dublin Dr Pepper float.

Butterscotch Pudding at Sustenio

Butterscotch Pudding at Sustenio

Now, that’s eating — Texas style. And it’s the best sign that Sustenio at the Eilan Hotel has returned to its roots.

The new menu showcases the best of celebrity chef Stephan Pyles’s way of showcasing the best the state has to offer in modern presentations, whether you have a hankering for Gulf seafood, beef or a flatbread pizza with Texas cheeses melted on top. Pyles recently made the list of semifinalists for the James Beard Award for the best chef in the country.

Faux Gras Mousse at Sustenio

Faux Gras Mousse at Sustenio

But the new menu will likely surprise fans of the original Sustenio in that the prices have been cut back. A few changes have been made in the setting as well, including a few more tables where a wine tower used to be.

But the real news here is that Pyles’s cooking, as presented by chef John Herdman, is using as many local ingredients as it can source in a savory mix of tradition and today’s tastes. A recent menu included the following names of farms and providers from across the state: Animal Farm, Groomers Seafood, Bluebonnet Hydroponic Produce, Dewberry Farms, G&S Groves, Hairston Creek Farm, Itz Garden, Richardson Farm, Round Rock Honey, Wateroak Farm, Brazos Valley Cheese, Homestead Gristmill, Peeler Chicken, Gaucho Gourmet, Lightsey Farm, Strube Ranch, Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Dos Lunas Cheese and Texas Meats.

Crispy pork belly with winter cabbage at Sustenio

Crispy pork belly with winter cabbage at Sustenio

And they’re used in dishes such as Faux Gras Mousse with jalapeño jelly, a ceviche made of Gulf shrimp, and a fried oyster taco among starters. Entrees include Compressed Pork Belly Confit with winter cabbage, a wood-grilled filet with mac and cheese, a 20-ounce prime bone-in rib-eye, and wood-fired salmon with Texas Cameo apples.

Desserts offer another area of Pyles’s ingenuity. In addition to the Dr Pepper float, options include an old-fashioned butterscotch pudding with salted caramel, lemon meringue parfait and a seasonal cobbler.

The menu is available nightly in the restaurant, which is part of the Eilan Hotel & Spa, 18603 La Cantera Terrace.

For more information and reservations, call (210) 598-2950.

 

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Ruth’s Chris Renovates and Re-energizes as 50th Anniversary Approaches

Ruth’s Chris Renovates and Re-energizes as 50th Anniversary Approaches

Ruth's Chris owner Lana Duke (center) talks with Debi Struss and Gary Penny at the Concorde location.

Ruth’s Chris owner Lana Duke (center) talks with Debi Struss and Gary Penny at the Concorde location.

On May 25, restaurateur Lana Duke plans to lead a group of friends and business associates to a party at a cemetery in New Orleans. A band will be on hand, and at 11:30 a.m., a toast will be raised to memory of Ruth Fertel, the woman whose name lives on in the Ruth’s Chris Steak House chain.

The Concorde Ruth's Chris now has a new al fresco dining area.

The Concorde Ruth’s Chris now has a new al fresco dining area.

The time is important because it was at that moment 50 years earlier that Duke’s friend Fertel opened the doors on the first Ruth’s Chris in New Orleans.

 

“It’s a salute to Ruth Fertel and her legacy,” said Duke on a visit to San Antonio, where she owns both of the local steakhouses.

Duke has been working on her own tribute to Fertel’s memory in her own way.

Work has recently finished on a $600,000 expansion and renovation of the Ruth’s Chris in the Concorde, 7720 Jones Maltsberger Road. The work, prompted by Duke’s son, David, included an expansion of the bar area, the addition of al fresco dining and the renovation of the private dining area. The work has resulted in an additional 4,000 square feet of space. A re-opening party Friday drew hundreds of regulars to check out the new space and enjoy a snack or two before settling down for Ruth’s Chris trademark sizzle.

Duke is also planning her third  SA location, which will be in a freestanding building at the Eilan complex off I-10 and La Cantera Parkway. “September 1 is the target,” she said. “I feel really good about this location.”

She’s also planning on expanding in the Toronto area. She currently has two restaurants north of the border and has plans for another to open early next year. Her seventh — and her final, she says — Ruth’s Chris will open in a Marriott Hotel in Markham, Ontario, before the end of 2016.

The time is right, Duke said, adding that the renovation and the expansion are helping bring in a younger market, “which is the future of Ruth’s Chris.”

The renovation included work on the private dining area.

The renovation included work on the private dining area.

Younger diners are particularly excited about the larger bar space as well as the new Sizzle, Swizzle & Swirl happy hour menu, which is available from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. daily in the bar area. Sizzle snacks include a prime burger with fries, a tenderloin and mushroom skewers salad, a steak sandwich with fries and seared ahi tuna, while Swizzle & Swirl drinks include a pomegranate martini, Ruth’s Manhattan and a Rocks Rita as well as wine and beer specials.

It’s obvious that Duke loves going over the changes that have taken place almost as much as she loves meeting and greeting her customers. She’s been that way throughout her career and doesn’t see a change anytime soon, though she admits she has cut back to “six or eight hours a day.”

There’s a good reason for that: “I love it too much, the mental stimulation of business, the excitement of growth,” she said.

But she also loves spending time with her grandson, Jackson, and is anxiously awaiting the arrival of a granddaughter later this year.

Duke continues to be active with charity work, including giving a hand to Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives. One project on behalf of the agency that helps abused and neglected children is done in conjunction with the Texas Cavaliers. Each year, the Cavaliers’ director selects an appetizer from the Ruth’s Chris menu, and a set amount from the sale of each order goes to Roy Maas. This year, William Wendell Hall chose Shrimp Voodoo, a favorite dish in which lightly fried shrimp are tossed in a spicy cream sauce. Last year’s promotion raised $18,000 for Roy Maas. Duke’s hoping this year will bring in even more, thanks to the expanded bar and the dish appearing on the happy hour menu.

 

“It’s an exciting time,” she said.

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Brian West Sends Up Smoke Signals; SpiceSea Gourmet Moves On

Brian West Sends Up Smoke Signals; SpiceSea Gourmet Moves On

A few years back, I ran into chef Brian West at Boardwalk on Bulverde during a festival featuring food trucks from all over the region. It was a hot afternoon, but that wasn’t stopping the crowds from lining up in front of their favorites. The queue was particularly long in front of Davila’s BBQ, visiting from Seguin, proving once again that barbecue, especially in Texas, has an appeal that transcends the venue in which its presented.

It could be a food truck, a sit-down restaurant, a roadside stand or even inside the main Whole Foods in Austin. It doesn’t matter. We’ll eat it.

smoke1That day, however, West was hoping for a little more cutting edge food from the trucks. Pork belly, maybe, he said.

What he didn’t know then was that Davila’s was serving pork belly tacos that day. They just weren’t on the written menu.

West also didn’t realize then that he would one day be running his own barbecue food truck.

Smoke the food truck is coming, and West is going to be offering a few of those cutting edge items he wanted along with the traditional items you expect.

Brisket, pulled pork, Dr Pepper pork ribs, Shiner Bock-brined turkey and house-made bratwurst will all be available by the pound while you can also order Frito pie, guava-glazed crispy pig tails, braised pork belly with apple butter and poutine-style tater tots. Beer-can chicken, brisket sloppy joes on handmade bread and fried catfish will also be on the menu.

West’s barbecue bona fides include teaching it at the Culinary Institute of America during his tenure as an instructor. He also wrote a history of Texas barbecue for Bonnie Walker’s and my book, “Barbecue Lover’s Texas.”

You can try Smoke two different ways: It will be a food truck and it will also be a restaurant at 700 E. Sonterra Blvd., which is a little more than a mile from West’s old restaurant, Cafe Mariposa/Cafe Paladar.

For more information, visit www.smokethetruck.com

Celebrate St. Pat’s at Boardwalk on Bulverde

Boardwalk on Bulverde

Boardwalk on Bulverde

Smoke is planning to be at Boardwalk on Bulverde, 14732 Bulverde Road, during the fourth annual Feast of St. Patrick on March 13-15. Sponsored by George Killian’s, the event is free and open to the public.

Throughout the weekend, Boardwalk on Bulverde will feature a variety of food trucks serving food from all over the world. From Cajun cuisine to Vietnamese and seafood, you’ll find something to satisfy every taste. Trucks include Treats on Streets, Gracie’s Kitchen, Vietnamese Cuisine, Smoke, Kitchen Cabin, Gilbo’s Grill, Mr. Fish and the first food truck built by Cruising Kitchens, Wheelie Gourmet. Adults can get into the St. Patrick’s day spirit by enjoying George Killian’s Irish Red during the Feast.

March 13 entertainment will be provided by DJ Quake, while The Kerosene Drifters will bring live music to Saturday night.

Boardwalk on Bulverde is San Antonio’s first food truck park. Newly remodeled, it features a playscape for kids, a mobile school bus arcade, washers and a basketball hoop.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen San Antonio. While at the Boardwalk on Bulverde, attendees can register for Race for the Cure, which will take place at the Alamodome on April 11.

The event will run Friday, March 13, from 6 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, March 14, from noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, March 15, from noon to 8 p.m. For more information about Boardwalk on Bulverde can be found online at www.boardwalkonbulverde.com or by calling 210-402-2829.

Beer Week at Random

Random Beer Garden, 11 Upper Cibolo Road, Boerne, is jumping on the San Antonio Beer Week bandwagon. The annual celebration runs March 21-28, and Random’s part includes tap takovers on the bookending Saturdays.

On March 21, the lineup will feature Boerne Brewery and two from Austin: Infamous and Uncle Billy’s. On March 28, try beers from Independence (Austin); Wild Bunch (LaGrange) and Pedernales (Fredericksburg).

One of the trucks featured on March 21 will be Chef Bully, the new venture from Cibolo chef David “Bully” Page, a winner on TV’s “Frankenfood.”

spiceseaSpiceSea Gourmet moves on

The SpiceSea Gourmet is moving down the road. The well-loved food truck will serve its last meal in Texas at the Point Park and Eats, 24188 Boerne Stage Road, this Friday evening. Sorry to see this one go.

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Sea Island Creates a New Special for Lent; Cocina Heritage Closes but Continues On

Sea Island Creates a New Special for Lent; Cocina Heritage Closes but Continues On

Sea Island Shrimp House is celebrating its 50th anniversary in part by offering a new fish special for Lent— Texas Fish and Chips — featuring crispy hand-breaded Alaskan whitefish marinated in Shiner Bock beer and served with coleslaw, hush puppies and your choice of fries or handmade potato chips for $8.49 all day throughout the Lenten season.

sea islandLent ends April 4 with Easter on April 5.

Sea Island Shrimp House, a family-owned and operated seafood company, is marking its 50th anniversary this year.

“Our restaurants are always bustling during Lent, and one of our goals as a company is to offer our loyal customers an excellent value on a delicious fish platter throughout this important religious season,” said Barclay Anthony, Sea Island CEO.

Say It Ain’t So, Cocina Heritage

Sometimes we get announcements that leave us bummed out, even when they’re written in the nicest way possible.

Cocina Heritage muffins

Cocina Heritage muffins

This notice from Silvia Alcaraz and Lupita Rivero, the two women behind Cocina Heritage, 118 N. Medina St., is one of those.

“I hope this message finds you in good spirits,” they write. “We are elated to share Cocina’s newest projects.  We have closed our doors to the restaurant due to the recently announced work extension of Medina street.”

Cocina Heritage will still be around, however, and they have these projects in the works:
1. We’ will offer a weekly supper take out service. More information to come, please add us to your contacts to avoid the spam folder (eventually we will use Mail chimp).
2. We will continue to offer catering services. Please keep us in mind for catered events and let us take your guest through the culinary tour just as you experienced it at the restaurant.
3. Lastly, We have an exciting project: we will host monthly long table dinners at Dorcol Distilling Company. (The first dinner is Feb. 20. For more information, click here: https://1stmoonchefdinner.ticketbud.com/firstmoondinner
Cocktail Conference Makes a Difference for Four Charities
Summer Raspberry drinkThe 2015 San Antonio Cocktail Conference was served up 168 different cocktail recipes to nearly 7,000 attendees in just four days.
But even more important was the fact that the SACC served up a $115,000 donation to four San Antonio children’s charities from the event’s profits. On Thursday, The Children’s Shelter, ChildSafe, HeartGift San Antonio and Transplants for Children were on hand to receive the money and celebrate the success of SACC 2015 with a light brunch and morning cocktails courtesy of the St. Anthony Hotel, Bohanan’s and Folc.
“We are thrilled to be able to make a significant contribution to our community through these charitable organizations that work so tirelessly to help save the lives of children,” says Cathy Siegel, executive director of Houston Street Charities, the organization behind the SACC. “It’s been at the heart of SACC since the beginning.
“Offering a beautiful Cocktail Conference to thousands of participants is great, but getting to present these charities with a check is the perfect garnish on the cocktail!”

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Feast on Seafood, Music During Lent at County Line

Feast on Seafood, Music During Lent at County Line

County Line, 10101 I-1o W., is serving up some seafood specials and music during Lent and beyond.

Catfish at County Line.

Catfish at County Line.

The following specials run from Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, through Easter Saturday, April 4:

Fried Tortilla-Crusted Catfish Sandwich: a fried catfish fillet with a cornmeal-tortilla crust served on a freshly made bun with fries; available at lunch and dinner for $8.99.

Fried Tortilla-Crusted Catfish: a plate full of fried catfish with a cornmeal-tortilla crust served with two sides and whole-wheat house bread, in two portions: “hearty” for $13.99 and “lite” for $11.49.

Grilled Salmon: a grilled 12-ounce boneless Norwegian salmon fillet served with a side salad plus choice of fries, garlic mashed potatoes or baked potato for $19.49; 6-ounce portion priced at $15.49.

Salmon Salad: hand-tossed Caesar salad topped with a grilled 6-ouunce boneless Norwegian salmon fillet for $14.99.

Happy Hour runs Mondays through Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m., except Thursday, when it’s extended until 9 p.m. for open mic night.

If you didn’t give up music for Lent, check out the three free music series, all occurring on the restaurant’s patio with Happy Hour:

Open mic night with local singers/songwriters runs Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m.’

Friday Night Live returns March 1 with full-service outdoor dining and acoustical music under the stars from 7 to 10 p.m. The lineup includes Joe Moreno (March 6), Kerosene Drifters (March 13), Luke Huggins (March 20), Meyer Anderson (March 27), Will Owen Gage (April 3), Johnny Kiser (April 10), James Pardo (April 17) and Jonathan Garcia (April 24).

Ancira Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 2014 Live Music Series returns April 1 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. for its 15th season with Texas and national country music stars. It benefits the SA Food Bank.

Call (210) 641-1998 or visit www.countyline.com.

Enjoy these other Lenten offerings

Cantina del Rio, 1299 Gruene Road, Gruene Historic District at New Braunfels, (830) 515-1950 — The Lenten special is available Feb. 18 to April 2 and includes Fish and Shrimp Tacos seasoned and topped with avocado, cilantro, red onion, tomato and lime with your choice of homemade flour or corn tortillas. Fish tacos are also topped with South Texas Slaw. Available a la carte ($4.29) or as a plate served with two tacos, rice and refried beans ($9.99). 

Fried shrimp and fish at Gristmill

Fried shrimp and fish at Gristmill

Gristmill, 1287 Gruene Road, Gruene Historic District at New Braunfels, (830) 606-1287 — The Lenten specials are available Feb. 18 to April 2. The off-menu lunch special Monday through Friday until 4 p.. during Lent is the Shrimp and Fried Fish Platter with handmade hushpuppies and Hill Country Cole Slaw ($12.99). House favorites available all day:  Bronze Catfish, grilled with Cajun seasoning and topped with tequila lime butter ($14.99), Deep Fried Catfish ($13.99), Fresh Ahi Tuna & Fresh Catch at market price. 

Josephine St. Café, 400 E. Josephine St., (210) 224-6169 — The Lenten specials are available Feb. 18 to April 2. Gulf Shrimp Platter ($12.95), Salmon Salad ($13.95), Rainbow Trout ($11.95), Farm Raised Catfish ($10.95) and Fresh Catch at market price, all served the way you like it — fried, grilled, blackened or steamed with your choice of side. Friday’s Lunch Special features Fried Shrimp, a garden salad and choice of side for $8.99 until 4 p.m.

Mozie’s, 1601 Hunter Road, Gruene Historic District at New Braunfels, (830) 515-1281 — The Lenten special is available Feb. 18 to April 2. Fish tacos with fresh marinated tilapia (seasoned and grilled) comes topped with Mozie’s signature slaw, fresh avocado, diced tomato, red onion, roasted salsa, lime juice and a hint of cilantro. Three tacos served on corn tortillas for $11.99.

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Whataburger Beefs Up Its Lineup

Whataburger Beefs Up Its Lineup

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

Whataburger's Chicken Strip Monterey Melt

Whataburger’s Chicken Strip Monterey Melt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The local teams are:

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

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Joseph’s Storehouse Restaurants Have Closed

The Joseph’s Storehouse Restaurant and Bakery locations in San Antonio have closed, according to the restaurants’ website.

“We are sorry to say that we have closed our stores,” reads the message. No reason was given.

The restaurant and bakery at 3420 N. St. Mary’s St. had been known for a long time for its breakfasts and lunches plus its fine array of baked goods. The breakfast sandwiches, the spinach and strawberry salad and the Texas sheet cake with its near-perfect, nut-filled frosting were among the dishes that had their fans.

The second location was at 2611 Wagon Wheel.

The restaurant had been named after the biblical character Joseph, who used seven years of prosperity to build storehouses that would hold food during seven subsequent years of famine.

 

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Valentine’s Day: Dining Experiences to Love

Valentine’s Day: Dining Experiences to Love

Looking for a great place for the night out on Valentine’s Day? Here are some choices of special meals, offers, wines, flowers and more from San Antonio restaurants. Be sure to get your reservations in soon. The prices on the entries below do not include tax and gratuity.

18 Oaks at the JW Marriott, 23808 Resort Parkway, (210) 491-5825 — The Valentine’s dinner special will be offered 5 to 10 p.m. Feb. 13-14. The menu includes a first course to share: Oyster on the half shell to share and caviar, followed by a second course to share including goat cheese fondue. A petite serving of soup and salad will be followed by a surf and turf of Texas Wagyu Short Rib and Maine Lobster, followed by a dessert duo. Price is $95 a person, or $150 a person with paired wines.

Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano, 8539 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 696-2536 — Valentine’s dining will be from 5 to 11 p.m. Feb. 14 with a special menu for love birds. Appetizer options include a Caprese salad ($10), carpaccio ($14) and escargots ($12) while main course options include lasagna ($21), Pollo Gorgonzola ($28), Scampi di Mario ($29),  Salmone alla Griglia ($29), spring lamb chops ($35) and Filetto alla Griglia ($39). Desserts include Aldo’s famous cheesecake, tiramisu, chocolate cake and spumoni ($9 each). There will be a live piano performance and a festively decorated dining space.

Steak at Josephine Street Cafe -- atmosphere, downtown location.

Steak at Josephine Street Cafe — atmosphere, downtown location.

Antlers Lodge at the Hyatt Hill Country, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, (210) 520-4001 — Valentine’s dinner will be served 5:30 to 10 p.m. Feb. 14. The special menu begins with an amuse bouche followed by your choice of open-faced petite lobster rolls or chile-crusted antelope medallions. Prosciutto Wrapped Miniature Greens with Grilled Artichokes and Baked Goat Cheese will be served before your choice of cider-glazed rack of lamb, potato-wrapped grouper, Niman Ranch filet with pan-roasted morels or stuffed poblano chile with asparagus. Dessert is a dark chocolate mousse with almond-chocolate brownie and warm Belgian chocolate sauce. The price is $70 a person.

Arcade Midtown Kitchen, 303 Pearl Parkway, (210) 369-9664 — Arcade will be celebrating Valentine’s Day and more over the course of the weekend. Get the special prix fixe menu in addition to the regular menu on Feb. 12-13. The prix fixe menu is priced at $55 per person, with optional wine and cocktail pairings for an additional $35 per person. It includes dishes such as Spicy Beef Filet and Roasted Garlic Potato Puree, Buttered Up Lobster Tail with sweet potato mash, and Bitter Sweet Chocolate Kisses with sugar.  On Feb. 14, celebrate the restaurant’s second birthday with the prix fixe or dishes that commemorate the restaurant’s birthday. The prix fixe that evening is priced at $65 a person, or $35 extra for wine and cocktail pairings. On Feb. 15, Arcade will host its second annual Lover’s Sunday Brunch, with a prix fixe menu set at $30 per person, with optional wine and mimosa pairings for an extra $25 per person. The prix fixe menu will feature items such as Chocolate Dipped Pancakes with sweet cream and Drunken Love Strawberries, Steak Frites, and Oven Roasted Salmon with lemon and asparagus. 

Backyard Bistro, 167 Panther Ridge, Pipe Creek, (830) 535-4094 The special Valentine’s menu will be the only offering Feb. 12-14. Special dishes include Surf & Turf (Lobster Tail and Sirloin), Heart Shaped Rib-eye for Two, Flounder Stuffed with Jumbo Lump Crab Meat, Red Bird Farm Heart-Shaped Tequila Chicken, Grilled Eggplant Roulades Stuffed with Grilled Vegetables, T-Bone Steak, Red Bird Farm Pecan Chicken with Texas Wildflower Honey on a Bed of Pasta, and California Cioppino.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 255-0722 — The Valentine’s menu is offered Feb. 13-15. Reservations are tight for Feb. 14, but you can still get a table Friday or Sunday of that weekend. From the multi-course special menu, you can choose the following for the main course: Grilled beef tenderloin with herby mushroom pudding (foie gras can be added for $15),  seared Texas Gulf coast red snapper with a roasted Mediterranean vegetable terrine, grilled bone-in chicken breast with soft polenta and roasted root vegetables, or butternut squash tortellini with sage and pumpkin seeds. The price is $69 per person, or $89 with paired wines.

Boiler House Texas Grill and Wine Garden, 312 Pearl Parkway, (210) 354-4644 — Valentine’s hours are 5 to 11:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Chef Jeff’s three-course meal will be priced at $59 a person with optional wine pairings at $35 a person.

Bolo’s at the Omni Colonnade, 9821 Colonnade Blvd., (210) 691-8888 The Valentine’s special is available Feb. 13-14. The meal includes an appetizer of butter-poached black cod with wild mushroom ragout, followed by Beef Wellington for two. After an intermezzo of an edible Margarita, dessert will be a twist on strawberry shortcake. The meal is priced at $50 per couple or $25 a person.

The Brooklynite, 516 Brooklyn Ave., (210) 444-0707 — The Brooklynite is holding its second annual Anti-Valentine’s Day party, complete with $8 Whiskey Kiss cocktails and ’90s R&B and slow jams by SA’s own resident ladies’ man, DJ Steven Lee Moya. Nothing says Valentine’s Day Schmalentine’s Day like whiskey and R&B. Reservations recommended. The fun begins at 9 p.m. Feb. 14.

Cantina del Rio, 1299 Gruene Road, Gruene Historic District at New Braunfels, (830) 515-1950 — The Valentine’s fun will be served up Feb. 13-15 with happy hour prices. The chicken or beef fajitas marinated in a fresh squeezed lime marinade, served with beans, rice, real guacamole, fresh pico and your choice of fresh flour or homemade corn tortillas, is priced at $11.99 for one or $20.99 for two. Sip a frozen margarita or sangria or an ice cold beer on the deck tucked into the trees of Gruene Historic District.

Cover 3, 1806 N. Loop 1604 W., (210) 479-9700 — The chef’s special is called the Perfect Filet and includes an 8-ounce filet mignon with bacon goat cheese butter, It is topped with a seared scallop and served with garlic mashed potatoes for $34.95. Pair it with Davis Bynum Pinot Noir for $12 per glass of $48 per bottle.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach, (210) 821-5454 — Celebrate Valentines on Feb. 13-14 with a special menu that includes appetizer, soup, dessert and choice of entree, including Breast of Chicken with Montrachet Sauce or Shrimp Lyonnaise ($44 each); Salmon Fillet, Beef Tenderloin or Veal Scaloppini ($55 each); or Lobster Tail with Garlic Butter, Rack of Lamb Provençal or Beef Tenderloin with Rossini Sauce ($68 each). You can also arrange to have breakfast-in-bed delivered to you for $28.50 a person and includes eggs Benedict, fresh fruit, orange juice, coffee, fresh European pastries and croissants, and a complimentary card and a fresh flower.

Cured, 306 Pearl Parkway, (210) 314.3929 The Feb. 14 special features dinner for two with three courses for $120 per couple, or $180 with wine pairings. The first course includes Sweet Potato Brandade Fritters with Wild Arugula, Grapefruit and Warm Squash Bisque (Bread & Butter Chardonnay, Napa Valley). Next is Wagyu Ribeye for two from nearby Peeler Farms, served with Roasted Brassicas, Beef-Fat Fried Potatoes and three sauces (Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley). For the sweet finale, indulge in Oyster Chocolate Stout Ganache with Hazelnuts, Smoked Caramel Ice Cream & Huckleberries (Graham Beck Brut Rosé, South Africa).

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, 255 E. Basse Road, (210) 824-9463 — Celebrate Valentine’s Day Feb. 13-15  with a three-course prix fixe menu featuring a Filet Mignon paired with a choice of an 8-ounce lobster tail ($69.95) or Pecan Crusted Salmon ($59.95). Pair it with Fleming’s featured cocktail, French 75, for $10, or choose between  of the featured wine bottles, including the Goldeneye Pinot Noir, The Prisoner Red Blend or Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet for $85 each. Guests can also choose to end the night with a chef-inspired house-made Toasted Marshmallow S’more Cheesecake with rich dark chocolate marbling, strawberry coulis and chocolate fudge sauce for $9.95.

A Valentine''s dessert at Fogo de Chao.

A Valentine”s dessert at Fogo de Chao.

Fogo de Chao, 849 E. Commerce St., (210) 227-1700 — Guests who dine Friday, Feb. 13 – Sunday, Feb. 15 will receive a gift card entitling them to one complimentary lunch or dinner on their next visit.

Frederick’s Restaurant: 7701 Broadway, 210-828-9050; Frederick’s Bistro: 14439 NW Military Highway, 210-888-1500 — Four-course menu for $90 a person. The meal comes with your choice of appetizer, a salad, a dessert and the following entree options: Grilled Lamb Chops, Beef Tenderloin with Jumbo Shrimp, Parmesan Crusted Red Snapper with Avocado Relish, Sea Bass and Sea Scallops with Champagne Caviar Veloute, and Fresh Half Maine Grilled Lobster & Veal Tenderloin Shiitake Mushroom Sauce and Mushroom Risotto.

The Granary, 602 Avenue A, (210) 228-0124 — The Granary will be serving a special Valentine’s Prix Fixe menu on Feb. 13-14. Seatings will be at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. each evening. The menu will be three courses priced at $55 per person. The menu will feature and include items like house-made charcuterie, squab and a special chocolate ganache dessert. The Granary’s brewmaster will also be selecting unique beers that can be paired with the three-course menu for a full dining experience.

Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar, 1287 Gruene Road, Gruene Historic District at New Braunfels, (830) 606-1287 — The Valentine’s special is available Feb. 13-15. Order an 8-ounce New York Strip accompanied by the Gristmill’s award winning bacon-wrapped stuffed Texas gulf jumbo shrimp. It’s served with a wedge salad and mashed potatoes for $24.99. Dessert options include Ultimate Turtle Cheesecake topped with fudge, caramel, pecans, chocolate chips and whipped cream.

Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road, Gruene Historic District at New Braunfels, (830) 606-1281 — No matter when you celebrate with your Valentine, there’s music to be had

    Feb. 8: Sweethearts’ Gospel Brunch
    Feb. 12: Chubby Checker
    Feb. 13: William Clark Green
    Feb. 14: Shinyribs

Josephine St. Café, 400 E. Josephine St., (210) 224-6169 The Valentine’s special is available Feb. 12-14. Start with an iceberg wedge salad, topped with bacon, diced tomatoes the house-made chunky blue cheese dressing. Then order a 7-ounce bacon-wrapped filet. Choose any of the house-made desserts for your finale. The price is $22.95.

Shrimp Cocktail, a classic starter for a LOVEly dinner.

Shrimp Cocktail, a classic starter for a LOVEly dinner.

Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse, 123 N. Loop 1604 E., (210) 404-2221 The four-course special menu for Feb. 14 is priced at $89.95 a person and includes these entree choices: New Zealand Red Buck Chop, Grilled Blue Ribbon Filet, Smoked or Grilled Rosewood Rib-eye, New York Strip, Chardonnay-Poached Atlantic Salmon, Pan-Seared Ahi Tuna and Australian Cold Water Lobster Tail. The dining room opens at 4 p.m. that day and those with reservations for before 5 p.m. will receive a $10 discount.

Las Canarias at the Omni La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St., (210) 518-1063 — A multi-course Valentine’s special will be available in addition to the regular menu on Feb. 12-13 and will be the only offering Feb. 14. The tasting menu begins a choice of numerous starters including parsnip soup, hoisin-glazed short ribs, fried oysters and Parmesan gnocchi. After an heirloom carrot salad, you can choose from pan-seared grouper, roasted organic chicken, filet mignon and three cheese tortilloni. Dessert is a warm chocolate bread pudding. The price is $75 a person.

Las Ramblas at the Hotel Contessa, 306 W. Market St., (210) 298-8040 — Valentine’s dining is from 5 to 10 p.m. Feb. 14. A prix fixe menu begins with guests being offered a shared plate of Spanish cured meats, cheeses and olives, followed by their choice of Spanish Caesar salad with piquillo peppers and cracked olives or a creamy piquillo pepper and shrimp bisque.  Main course choices include a 14-ounce dry-aged prime ribeye steak, a double cut pork chop or a Texas redfish with three-olive salsa. Dessert choices include  a mulled wine-infused molten chocolate torte or “tres leches” cake with three milks, limon sorbet and a lemon berry soup. Price is $80 a person.

The Last Word, 229 E. Houston St., Ste 10, (210) 314-1285 — At The Last Word, lovers are encouraged to make their reservations for two at The Last Word website (http://thelastwordsa.com/reservations/), where they can special order their choice of bubbly from our list. Upon making reservations for one of the plush, stylish nooks, the staff will ensure guests receive their specified brand of bubbly and an unforgettable experience. Each reservation will also ensure a single red rose as part of the table setting- for the member of the couple who had enough foresight to make reservations, but forgot to bring flowers.

Liberty Bar, 1111 S. Alamo St., (210) 227-1187  — A special Valentine’s dinner menu will be available Feb. 13-14 with special items including Poulet Fendu Farci au Four, Pasta Puttanesca, Lamb Shanks with Garlic and Oaxacan Stew. A Valentine’s brunch will be offered 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Feb. 14-15. Brunch menu items include Hotel Waldorf Eggs Benedict, Hobart Ranch Sourdough Waffles with bacon, Hudson Clearwater Breakfast Salad and Triflin’ Fool a la Drew Allen.

Lick Honest Ice Creams and Bakery Lorraine at the Pearl Brewery — Lick Honest Ice Creams has teamed up with Bakery Lorraine to help lovers satisfy their sweet tooth. For the week of Valentine’s Day, Feb. 9-15, any customer who purchases a pint of Lick Honest Ice Creams will receive 10 percent off a box of Bakery Lorraine macaroons. When customers purchase a box of macaroons at Bakery Lorraine, they will receive 10 percent off a pint of Lick ice cream. All customers must present the receipt to receive the promotion.

Little Gretel, 518 River Road, Boerne, (830) 331-1368 — Celebrate Feb. 13-14. The special menu is priced at $49 a person and includes salad, a Chocolate Soup Inspired by Goethe’s Mum, entree choice of rib-eye and shrimp or chicken breast with chocolate-port sauce, and Strawberry Pavlova for dessert.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, (210) 561-9700 — Celebrate from 4 to 10 p.m. Feb. 13-14. The chef-selected menu is three courses and includes plenty of options, from a soul-warming soup to Grilled Filet Mignon and decadent desserts, such as crème brulee. Price is $44.95 a person.

MAX’s Wine Dive, 340 E. Basse Road, (210) 444-9547 — Max’s Valentine’s dinner hours are 5 to 11:30 p.m. Feb. 14. The special is a three-course It’s Amore special priced at $39 a person with an optional wine pairing for $25 a person. Specials on sparkling wines and Champagnes will be offered all evening, and live music is planned from 8 to 11 p.m.

Mike’s in the Village, 2355-3 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, (830) 438-2747 — Mike’s is offering a four-course special in addition to the regular menu on Feb. 12-13. It will be the only option on Feb. 14. The meal begins with lobster bisque followed by your choice of salad. Main course options include lobster with tarragon butter, pepper-crusted filet mignon with wild mushrooms, seared duck breast or pomegranate, rosemary and garlic marinated grilled lamb chops. Dessert is a choice of flourless chocolate torte or chocolate strawberry crepes. The price is $65 a person. On Valentine’s evening, Jerry Bailey will perform from 6 to 9 p.m.

Morton’s the Steakhouse, 300 E. Crockett St., (210) 228-0700 — Morton’s will be open at 4 p.m. Feb. 13-16. The Valentine’s special is a steak and cold water lobster tail for $55.

Mozie’s, 1601 Hunter Road, Gruene Historic District at New Braunfels, (830) 515-1281 — The Valentine’s specials are available Feb. 13-15. They include a 6-ounce filet and a 16-ounce porterhouse T-bone. Both flat-top grilled, covered in Hoffbrau lemon butter and served with a blue cheese wedge salad and a choice of side ($29.95). To sweeten your dining experience, try specialty martinis, including Strawberry Cheesecake, Godiva Chocolate or Key Lime Pie.

Nao, 312 Pearl Parkway, 554-6484 — Nao will be offering a special Valentine’s menu Feb. 13-14 for $75 per couple, with an additional wine pairing for $20 per person. Additionally, each guest on those two nights will receive a complimentary sweet treat. The special is the Gaucho Kitchen prix-fixe, which with a choice between Chimichurri Octopus or Provoleta Asada and Faina, a chickpea flatbread served with mixed greens and sundried tomatoes. The menu continues with a choice of Ojo de Bife, Rescoldo, and Fritas, a fire-roasted 12-ounce rib-eye steak served with fire-roasted eggplant and peppers and homemade steak fries; or Chorizo and Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breast with sweet corn “humita” tamal, grilled asparagus, and preserved lemon sauce. The dinner ends with a Chocolate Exotica dessert.

Oak Valley Vineyards, 27315 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, (830) 980-8033 — The special menu for Feb. 14 begins with a choice of soup or salad, followed by a choice of Smoked Peppercorn Rib-eye, Pine Nut and Herb Crusted Chilean Sea Bass, Pan-seared Beef Tenderloin, Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms or Airline Chicken Breast. Dessert along with champagne will be served on the patio with dancing. The price is $75 a person.

Ostra at the Mokara Hotel & Spa, 212 W. Crockett St., (210) 396-5817 — The special Valentine’s menu will be available in addition to the regular menu on Feb. 12-13, but it will be the only option on Feb. 14. It will be available for both lunch and dinner Feb. 14. It begins with a choice of appetizers that include asparagus salad, Crab Louie, seafood gumbo, New England clam chowder and lobster rangoon. Entree choices include beef tenderloin, Frenched chicken breast, Shrimp Alfredo, blackened redfish, and Togarashi Tuna. Dessert choices include vanilla creme brulee, flourless chocolate cake and red velvet cake. The lunch price is $45 a person plus $15 with wine pairings. Dinner price is $65 a person plus $25 for wine pairings.

Q Kitchen| Bar at the Hyatt Hotel, 123 Losoya St., (210) 510-4477 — From now through Feb. 14, the bar is offering a series of drinks specials made with Casamigos Tequila. The Sweet Amigo with muddled serranos is for the gents. The Casa Bella for the women is also tequila-based but has lime and Champagne to give it a lift. The Casa Amore for singles has reposado tequila with cinnamon and champagne, and the Migos Manhattan features reposado with creme de cacao, mole bitters and more.

Stone Werks, various locations — The Valentine’s special menu will be offered Feb. 13-15 with carnations being handed out on Feb. 14. Appetizer specials include barbecued oysters ($13.95), a Caprese salad ($8.95) and roasted tomato basil soup ($7.95). Main course options include Mongolian Glazed Salmon ($21.95), Slow Roasted Rotisserie Prime Rib ($25.95), Chicken Scallopini Toscana ($20.95) and a surf and turf of center-cut filet with shrimp ($34.95). A mini chocolate ganache cake ($7.95) is the dessert special.

Sustenio at the Eilan Hotel & Spa, 18603 La Cantera Terrace, (210) 598-2950 — A special Valentine’s prix fixe menu will be offered Feb. 13-14. Diners can choose the whole menu or only the dishes they want. The hotel is also offering a special packages for those who want to stay overnight.

Thai Topaz: 2177 NW Military Highway, (210) 290-9833 — Romance is on the menu at Thai Topaz’ Castle Hills location for their Valentine’s Day menu. The fine dining establishment will offer a select menu for $35 per person, highlighted by their famous Hibiscus tea, red curry mussels, and spicy mango delight. Lovers will also be able to select from two dessert options: red ruby water chesnuts or a decadent Godiva chocolate cheesecake with fresh strawberries. In addition to the memorable cuisine, guests will also receive a box of chocolates or commemorative teddy bear, a rose on each table, and candlelight to set the mood. As always, the service and locally owned flair will combine for a evening couples young and old can enjoy. Reservations are encouraged. For more information about Thai Topaz, please visit their website here.

 

 

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