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Tribeca 212 Now Open for Lunch as Well as Dinner

Tribeca 212 Now Open for Lunch as Well as Dinner

Tribeca has made some changes since Brian West came aboard as executive chef recently. The first and most noticeable is a new name: The restaurant at 4331 McCullough Ave. is now known as Tribeca 212, instead of the lengthier Tribeca di Olmos, and it’s now open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

The Tribeca Salad with Fried Oysters

The Tribeca Salad with Fried Oysters

“Our new name distinguishes us as an important part of San Antonio’s food scene located in a historic neighborhood with its 78212 ZIP code,” said West, a former Culinary Institute of America instructor who also serves as ops chef on the Food Network show “Restaurant: Impossible.”

The changes have been exciting to owner Jean-François Poujol: “Brian will play a major role in our collaboration to take Tribeca 212 to new heights, so that we can offer an even greater dining experience to our guests, who are looking for upscale dining in a cool, casual atmosphere. We’ll be combining my 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry with his creativity and expertise as a chef to offer guests a modern approach to dining.”

West has added a series of new Mediterranean dishes to the menu, including Tuna Tartare, Chicken Liver Pate, Pickled Tomatoes, Gardinera, Marinated Burrata, Sweet Pea Hummus and a charcutierie plate. These are in addition to old favorites, the chef said.

tribeca“We’ll be keeping dishes that people love,” West said. “But with the introduction of our Mediterranean menu, we will offer a cuisine with Italian, French, Greek and Spanish influences and flavors.”

A new menu includes small plates with fried oysters, steamed mussels and the Tribeca Wagyu burger as well as salads, pizzas, pasta and a risotto of the day. Entrees include Cripsy Skin Salmon, Shrimp and Spicy Sofrito, Grilled Top Sirloin Steak and a Roasted chicken Roulade.

Tribeca 212 is now open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday – Friday. It is open for dinner 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Sunday brunch hours are 11 .m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, visit www.tribecadiolmos.com or call (210) 320-0698.

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A First Look at the New Silo Terrace Oyster Bar

A First Look at the New Silo Terrace Oyster Bar

Silo Fried Oysters with Braised Pork Belly

Silo Fried Oysters with Braised Pork Belly

Give in to your seafood cravings by dropping by the new Silo Terrace Oyster Bar near the Dominion on I-10. Whether you love your seafood on the half-shell or fresh out of the fryer, you’ll likely find something to please you.

Silo's Flounder Special

Silo’s Flounder Special

A pair of oyster-loving friends and I met up there recently for lunch and had a hard time narrowing our appetizer choices to just three selections from the lengthy menu of bivalves, largely from the Northeast.

We started with a trio of oysters from Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Maine. Each had its own delicious personality, even if the flavors did not always match the menu’s description. For example, we read that the liquor of our La St. Simon oysters were more sweet than salty, but the ones we were served were so briny that we felt instantly transported to a wind-swept seascape. That’s a good thing, by the way, as is trusting your own taste buds to come up with your own descriptors. You do it with wine and beer, right?

The Terrace

The Terrace

One friend couldn’t get enough bivalves in her diet that day, so, for her main course, she went for Silo’s signature fried oysters, which were served up with generous slabs of braised pork belly. It may have only been listed as a small plate, but it was large enough to please her while offering a few tastes to share.

The serving of fish and chips was enormous, with two large slabs of fish fried to a deep brown. There was plenty of tartar sauce, which taste better on the fries, in my opinion, than on the fish. Blame it on the European habit of dipping fries in mayonnaise, which I also love.

Silo's Fish and Chips

Silo’s Fish and Chips

I opted for the daily special, which was pan-fried flounder over coconut milk rice. A dollop of avocado relish (aka guacamole to most of us) and a few strands of fresh chervil crowned the dish in elegance. It was real eye candy, and it tasted as good as it looked.

The indoor dining area is more intimate than Silo 1604’s, yet there was a healthy vibe of contentment energizing the scene. The new location also offers an elevated patio with its own oyster bar and plenty of tables for fair weather days. I can hardly wait for spring – or even a warm afternoon — and a chance to dive into a dozen or two oysters on that patio.

Silo Terrace Oyster Bar
22211 I-10 W.
(210) 698-2002Lunch: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday
Dinner: 5 – 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5 – 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday

The inside dining room at Silo Terrace Oyster Bar

The inside dining room at Silo Terrace Oyster Bar

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Lessons Learned from the Annual Burger Brawl

Lessons Learned from the Annual Burger Brawl

burger brawlStuck in a burger rut? You won’t be if you try some of the ingenious specialty burgers served up Saturday at The Point Park and Eats, 24188 Boerne Stage Road, during the second annual Burger Brawl.

The six entries, from a broad variety of food trucks, offered bold flavors that played on favorite tastes and offered new combinations.

Scratch's Mushroom Gouda Burger

Scratch Bistro’s Mushroom Gouda Burger

In the end, the judges’ choice was for Scratch Bistro’s Mushroom Gouda Burger, which featured an Akaushi patty topped with mushrooms, smoked gouda, tomato jam, bibb lettuce and a spicy Dijon aioli on a handmade brioche bun. So many exciting features on this burger, such as the tomato jam as a ketchup substitute. But the real star was the patty itself, with a nice char on the outside and juicy, beefy richness at the center.

Gilbo's Grill's Saucey Baucey

Gilbo’s Grill’s Saucey Baucey

The fan favorite was from Gilbo’s Grill. The Saucey Baucey was a kind of gourmet version of the Big Mac with its double meat, double American cheese with the Original G sauce, lettuce, pickle and caramelized onion finishing off the burger in high style.

Big Guido's Cosa Nostra Burger

Big Guido’s Cosa Nostra Burger

There were no bad burgers in the lot, so choosing was not entirely easy. Praise could be make for Big Guido’s Costa Nostra Burger with ham, salami, prosciutto, pepperoni and roasted red peppers melted on top of a burger patty with plenty of mozzarella and the tang of an Italian vinaigrette.

Dixieland BBQ's Hillbilly Heritage Burger

Dixieland BBQ’s Hillbilly Heritage Burger

Or Dixieland BBQ’s Hillbilly Heritage Burger with a smoked patty smothered in pimento cheese, bacon and a generous smear of spicy chow-chow.

Crazy Carl's The Luther

Crazy Carl’s The Luther

Crazy Carl’s The Luther featured Angus beef smashed on the grill with bacon and American cheese all sandwiched between a grilled glazed donut as the bun.

The Melting Point's Grilla Zilla

The Melting Point’s Grilla Zilla

And finally, there was the Melting Point’s Grill Zilla, which used two grilled cheese sandwiches as the bun with the beef patty, grilled onions and pepper Jack cheese all tucked nicely inside.

The Point Park and Eats is home to the Burger Brawl.

The Point Park and Eats is home to the Burger Brawl.

So, take a tip or three from these burger beauties and dress your own accordingly. Your burger — and your belly — will thank you.

The Point Park and Eats is on Boerne Stage Road.

The Point Park and Eats is on Boerne Stage Road.

 

 

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The Rim: New Zoë’s Kitchen Opens Thurs.

The Rim: New Zoë’s Kitchen Opens Thurs.

Zoe's Kitchen hummus and pita bread with olives.

Zoe’s Kitchen hummus and pita bread with olives.

Dallas – Zoës Kitchen, a high growth, fast casual restaurant concept serving Mediterranean-inspired dishes, opens its RIM-San Antonio location on Thursday (Dec. 18).

This opening marks the company’s 133th location and 35th location in Texas. The new restaurant is located at 17603 La Cantera Pkwy, Bldg. 100, San Antonio.

“We are thrilled to become a part of the RIM-San Antonio community and expand our presence in Texas,” said regional operator of Zoës Kitchen, Art Acevedo.

“At Zoës, our mission is to deliver goodness from the inside out. We provide nutritious, high quality, made-from-scratch meals to our guests and deliver it with genuine, Southern hospitality and attentive service, whether our customers choose to dine-in, take-out or host a catered event.  We look forward to delivering Zoës goodness to the RIM-San Antonio community,” he said.

Facebook Contest Gives Away 500 Meals, Free Zoës Kitchen for a Year

To celebrate the opening, Zoës Kitchen is giving away 500 meals at the new location in RIM-San Antonio and to top it off, there is a chance to win a grand prize of free Zoës for a year at the new restaurant. The contest runs through the opening date this coming Thursday. Visit the Zoës Kitchen’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ZoesKitchen to enter to win.

Zoës Kitchen menu items are made with fresh produce and lean proteins that are predominantly preservative- and additive-free, the company says.

Zoe's Kitchen Skewers

Zoe’s Kitchen Skewers

Signature dishes include salads, chicken kabobs, chicken roll-ups and hummus.   Zoës Kitchen also offers a variety of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. Zoës is committed to serving food using fresh ingredients prepared daily from original recipes. There are no fryers or microwaves at Zoës, either.

At Zoës, guests can dine in, order online or call ahead for takeout. Also available for purchase are a variety of fully-prepared Dinners for Four for the hungry family on the go and Fresh Takes by the pint.

Zoës’ extensive catering menu includes box lunches, party trays and hot meals for any business occasion or social gathering that can be delivered locally.

Zoës’ RIM-San Antonio location seats approximately 99 guests in the dining room, including an outdoor patio which seats 32. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The new location also plans to offer beer and wine.

 

Zoes Cropped Quinoa croppedAbout Zoës Kitchen

Founded in 1995, Zoës Kitchen is a fast-casual restaurant concept serving a distinct menu of fresh, wholesome, Mediterranean-inspired dishes delivered with Southern hospitality. With more than 110 locations in 15 states across the US, Zoës Kitchen provides simple, tasty and fresh Mediterranean meals, inspired by family recipes, and made from scratch daily.  Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes are also available.

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Nao Heads for the Amazon

Nao Heads for the Amazon

The flavors of the Amazon are being featured at Nao.

The flavors of the Amazon are being featured at Nao.

Take a culinary adventure down the Amazon River. Nao, the Culinary Institute of America’s restaurant at the Pearl Brewery, 312 Pearl Parkway, is featuring the flavors of the Amazon from Dec. 2 to Jan. 26.

“The vast region known as the Amazon encompasses 40 percent of South America,” a release from the school says. “Its jungle and unique treasures are integral to the health of our planet. Also found there are the flavors and diverse culinary traditions that make Amazonian food so exciting. From chayote to açai and from papaya to Brazil nuts, our tribute to the flavors of the Amazon awaits you at Nao!”

Featured dishes include Xuxu Salad, which is made with chayote; Moqueca di Peixe, a seafood stew; and Creme de Papay con Açai, a fruit pudding.

For reservations or more information, call 210-554-6484.

 

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Denny’s in Schertz Hits a Grand Slam

Denny’s in Schertz Hits a Grand Slam

denny'sDenny’s in Schertz will celebrate its recent remodeling by serving up a Grand Slam celebration on Thursday, beginning at 9 a.m. Located at 17455 I-35 N., the newly renovated restaurant offers diners a first look at its all-new, locally inspired design and updated features.

To kick off the opening festivities, Denny’s will give away 10 free Original Grand Slam breakfasts, which includes two buttermilk pancakes, two eggs cooked to order, two bacon strips and two sausage links, every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additional prizes will be given away during the day-long celebration.

“Today’s grand re-opening is not only an exciting day for the residents of Schertz, but for all of us at Denny’s as well,” said Dawn Lafreeda, Denny’s franchisee. “We’ve been a key part of this community for many years, and we couldn’t think of a better way to mark this occasion than with a Grand Slam of a celebration.”

As a full-service diner, the Schertz Denny’s will offer these deals:

    • $2 $4 $6 $8 Value Menu.

Kids Eat Free – Guests can get up to two free kids meal for children ages 10 and under with the purchase of each adult entrée. The offer is good from 4 to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays.Free Birthday Grand Slam – Celebrate your special day with a free Original Grand Slam with proof that it’s your birthday. Good for dine-in only.AARP Members Save 15 Percent – Show your AARP membership card at participating Denny’s restaurants.

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6 Ways to Help the Less Fortunate This Season

6 Ways to Help the Less Fortunate This Season

SAN ANTONIO FOOD BANK: Benefiting the hungry in San Antonio

Turn hungry holidays into happy holidays by ordering holiday cards from the San Antonio Food Bank. Designed by the Food Bank, you can send these cards to family, friends, coworkers, colleagues, and clients to wish them a happy holiday while helping to put food on the tables of those in need. Purchase cards here.

Christmas at the Caverns: Perfect for families and visiting relatives! Beginning on November 28 and running through December 23, Natural Bridge Caverns will be illuminated by thousands of twinkling lights outside along with two new underground Christmas shows and other holidays attractions on the grounds. $2 from every ticket will be donated to the San Antonio Food Bank and if you bring two cans of food to donate as well, you will receive a $2 gift card to use for food, beverage, or retail items at the park.  For more information and list of all holiday attractions click here.

NUTCRACKER SWEETS: Benefiting Battered Women and Children’s Center

The popular Nutcracker Sweets holiday tasting event is back – bigger and more scrumptious than ever. The event venue is the cherry on top: the exquisite Tobin Center.Christmas nutcracker

Nearly 20 of the city’s top restaurants, bakeries, chefs and trucks will roll out an evening of holiday delights – from savory to sweet – on Monday, Dec. 8 (2014) from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter.

“Domestic violence has been making national headlines lately,” says Marta B. Peláez, BWCS president/CEO. “But it remains a local issue that knows no socio-economic boundaries – and no particular season.”

Nutcracker Sweets tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for 13 – 17-year-olds, and entrance is free for kids 12 and younger. Tickets are available online at NutcrackerSweetsSA.org or may be purchased by phone by contacting Brooke Bell at 210-930-3669.

HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE: Benefiting Marine Corps Toys for Tots

Boardwalk on Bulverde, 14732 Bulverde Road, will host its annual holiday toy drive benefiting the Marine Corps Toys for Tots San Antonio on Dec. 5-6.

Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy for donation to Marine Corps Toys for Tots San Antonio.

On December 7, the food truck park will host its first Silent Disco event. Guests are invited to attend this high energy yet silent experience where the DJ broadcasts through headphones worn by event-goers. Admission is free and toy donations will be accepted (donations on Sunday will distributed to local children in San Antonio, not through Toys for Tots).

Boardwalk on Bulverde will feature a host of food trucks during this weekend-long celebration. For more information, visit www.boardwalkonbulverde.com or by calling 210-402-2829.

JINGLE BELLS AND BURGERS: Benefits Elf Louise Project

elflouiseThe new Big Bob’s Burgers, 4553 N. Loop 1604 W., will mark its grand opening by hosting Jingle Bells and Burgers to benefit Elf Louise. The fundraiser will be Dec. 9 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. 

The cost is $20 per person, which includes a burger, fries, drink and beer. All of the money will be donated to the Elf Louise Christmas Project, which provides toys to less fortunate families. In 2012, more than 19,000 children in 5,434 San Antonio families were given gifts.

Lucas Jack, who opened for Foreigner at The Majestic, and who does both covers of Billy Joel and Elton John, as well as his own music, will be entertaining. He’s playing for free as well.

There will be raffle items, including eighth row center Spurs tickets Santa himself will be there for pictures.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

COWS FOR COATS: Benefiting local shelters

chick-fil-aParticipating Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Antonio and New Braunfels are collecting new and gently used coats Dec. 1-6.

Your coat donation will also get you a coupon for a free grilled chicken sandwich or chicken nuggets.

The coats will be donated to shelters in San Antonio and New Braunfels to distribute to those in need.

 

 

 

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There Is No In and Out at the New In-n-Out

There Is No In and Out at the New In-n-Out

The wait is over. The eating can begin. But where to sit?

The wait is over. The eating can begin. But where to sit?

San Antonio has greeted the opening of the city’s first In-n-Out Burger with the glory and attention generally reserved for a Spurs championship win, NIOSA or a papal visit. ‘

How long are you willing to wait for a burger?

How long are you willing to wait for a burger?

The store opened at 10918 Culebra Road on Thursday and has been faced with lengthy lines at both its counter and drive-thru window ever since. After 9 p.m. Friday, the lines were so long that one of the traffic volunteers estimate that the wait for drivers was more than an hour while the foot traffic probably was just under an hour.

“It’s been like that all day,” he said.  

What is all the hoopla about? In recent years, In-n-Out Burger has been  hailed as breaking the stereotype surrounding how fast-food restaurants are run. The meat is said to have never been frozen, the potatoes are supposed to be peeled on site, and an emphasis is placed on freshness on all levels. All of that is supposed to translate into burger nirvana, which is why Julia Child, who loved the rewards a great burger can provide, was said to have kept a list of In-n-Out Burger locations with her.

But would you wait in line an hour for a chain burger? The crowds didn’t seem to mind; otherwise, they could have left anytime they felt like it.

The store is on Culebra Road, north of Loop 1604.

The store is on Culebra Road, north of Loop 1604.

I’ve waited three hours in line for Franklin Barbecue in Austin, almost two hours for Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland and 90 minutes for Pecan Lodge’s ‘cue in Dallas, and all were worth it. In fact, I can’t tell you how many times I wish I were standing in line at Killen’s for another of their beef ribs. Texas barbecue, in my book, doesn’t get any better.

But I bypassed my chance for an In-n-Out burger Friday night. I had eaten at one in Las Vegas about seven or eight years ago. The memories of that visit, both good and bad, will hold me over until the hysteria dies down and I can see if it’s still the same.

In the meantime, if you’re in the Culebra and Loop 1604 area and want a burger but don’t want to wait in line, you can always go to Red Robin, Carl’s Jr., Steak ‘n Shake or Jim’s. They are all within a stone’s throw of In-n-Out, and all of them looked like they were doing a bustling business on Friday night as well.

Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

There is some outdoor seating in back of the restaurant.

There is some outdoor seating in back of the restaurant.

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Got $400 for an Ounce of Scotch?

Got $400 for an Ounce of Scotch?

It’s the most expensive whisky ever sold, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Only 355 bottles made it from Scotland to the United States, and one of them has landed in San Antonio.

Macallan MIf that hasn’t caught your attention, you might just want to skip to the next story.

But if the idea of a celestial single malt Scotch way out of range of most of our budgets kicks your thirst into overdrive then you might be interested in learning that one, single, solitary bottle of Macallan M can be found at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, 23808 Resort Parkway.

You’ll find it in the resort’s 18 Oaks prime steakhouse, where it is listed at a price of $400 an ounce.

That’s right, $400 an ounce.

But it’s not just the Scotch that’s so exclusive. Even the bottle merits attention.

According to a press release on the Scotch, “M is born of a collaboration between three masters of their crafts: Fabien Baron; Lalique; The Macallan, with a unique objective: to create the most sophisticated whisky in the world contained in an exquisite, exclusively designed crystal decanter. M is a masterpiece of design brought to conception by creative director Fabien Baron; brought to life by Lalique’s mastery of crystal; and brought to purpose by The Macallan’s highly complex, meticulously crafted single malt whisky.”

Note the spelling of “whisky,” and remember that Scotland refused to secede, so I guess the British spelling sticks.

And remember, as the press release points out, “It is the ultimate 1-up for that special business dinner.”

And if you’re picking up the tab, invite me, too.

 

 

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The Food at San Antonio’s Airport Gets a Nod

The Food at San Antonio’s Airport Gets a Nod

On a Thrillist ranking of the top 50 best airports for food and drink, San Antonio International Airport has landed at a decent No. 21, ahead of Houston Hobby but behind airports in Austin and Dallas.

airport1Problem is, the writers, Kevin Alexander and Liz Childers, seems to have hit only one terminal, because they left off any mention of Rosario’s or La Fruteria. But they did have this to say:

Sure, you can dance with “Macho style” burritos from Las Palapas or a craft beer at Alamo City Microbrewery, but why do any of those things when you could just go to Iceman Gervin’s Sports Bar, which has amazingly hilarious basketball-based names of pub foods, like a Slam Dunk turkey sandwich, Base Line nachos, and a Nothing but Net club sandwich. Though I’m still patiently waiting for their Danny Green Eggs and Ham.

Austin-Bergstrom International landed at No. 13 as much for its live music as for its Salt Lick barbecue, but the big surprise, to the writers as well as most readers, is that Dallas/Fort Worth International landed at No. 1. The reason seemed to be largely the wealth of barbecue and craft beer options, which is enough to keep most of us going no matter how long the layover is.

For the full article, click here.

 

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