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What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?


Fast away the old year passes, the song tells us. But we’re not going to let it go without a big blowout. New Year’s Eve parties galore dot the city scene, and the following are a few restaurant options that are offering feasts to greet 2013.

Reservations are required. Tax and tip are not included in the prices shown.

Enjoy live music during Biga on the Banks’ New Year’s party.

Achiote at the Grand Hyatt,  600 E. Market St., (210) 451-6171 — New Year’s Eve dinner is from 5 p.m. to midnight. The buffet includes salads, such as an arrangement of greens and winter vegetables, Moroccan Cous Cous and Legumes, Jicama with Red Endive and Chili Lime Slaw, Thai-inspired Green Papaya, duo of poached pears, and Roasted Beet, Citrus and Feta;  Traditional Seafood Soup with Saffron Aioli and Seed Crusted Baguette; a Seafood and Ceviche display with Poached Shrimp, King Crab Legs, Red Snapper Ceviche, Pacific Ahi Poke’ and Taro Chips; Anti-Pasti and Cheese Specialties; Carved dishes, such as Achiote-Crusted Natural Beef Tenderloin, Roast Rack of Lamb, Parsley Marble Potatoes, and Mahi Mahi Steamed on Asian Greens with Coconut Green Curry Broth; and  Daniel’s Denim and Diamond Dessert Display. The cost is $60 for adults, $30 for children, ages 6-12. Tax and 18 percent tip will be added to each check. Does not include beverages.

Alamo Street Eat Bar, 609 S. Alamo St., (210) 227-2469 — Ring in the New Year with a variety of treats from various food trucks, including the DUK Truck, and plenty of cheer on tap.

Barriba Cantina, 111 W. Crockett St., (210) 228-9876 — The cantina will be open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with free live music on both nights from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-2722 — The New Year’s Eve menu includes an amuse bouche of crab, cucumber and caviar, followed by appetizers that include Many Mushroom and Duck Confit Raviolo, Foie Grass Terrine, Chicken-Fried Oysters, Crab Spring Rolls,  Smoked Sturgeon Profiterole,  selection of artisan cheeses,  farm-raised American Transmontanous caviar ($85 supplement) or  Wild American Hackleback Caviar ($50 supplement). Soup and salad options:  Lobster Bisque,  Grapefruit and Avocado Salad (add butter-poached lobster $12),  Chardonnay Braised Leeks (add caviar $12),  Emile’s Hydroponic Greens with Rebecca Creek goat feta, Romaine Leaves with red pepper Caesar dressing (add 3 chicken-fried oysters $8) and Spinach Salad (add grilled quail $8). Entrees:  Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna,  Slow Braised Veal Osso Bucco,  South Texas Antelope and Bandera Quail,  Grilled Beef Tenderloin,  Australian Lamb Rack and additional fish options.  The dessert list has not been written yet. Price: $100 per person. Late seating includes live music and a glass of Champagne.

Bin 555, 555 W. Bitters, (210) 496-0555 — The New Year”s Eve menu comes with optional wine pairings. On the menu: Amuse: 2008 Argyle Brut with Bruschetta & Baba Ganoush and Ras El Hanout Chickpeas, Cilantro and Mint. Appetizer: 2008 Zaca Mesa Roussanne with choice of Roasted Butternut Lobster Bisque, Pan Roasted Pork Belly and Braised Beef Cheeks. Salad: 2010 Amici Sauvignon Blanc with choice of Butter Leaf Salad, Mixed Field Greens, or Autumn Squash Salad. Pasta: Iberico Pea Risotto with 2010 Feudi LaCryma Christi Bianco. Entrée choices: Wood Fired Halibut with 2009 Sequoia Grove Chardonnay; Local Texas Rabbit with 2009 Pierre Amadieu Vacqueyras La Grangeliere Grenache/Syrad; or Braised Lamb Shank with 2009 Pierre Amadieu Vacqueyras La Grangeliere Grenache/Syrah. Dessert: Taylor Fladgate 20-Year-Old Tawny Port with choice of Chef Dady’s Signature Nutella Torte, Raspberry, Hazelnut Nougat and Smoked Pistachio Anglaise, Panettone Pain Perdu, Cinnamon Mascarpone Chantilly, Raspberry and Sour Cranberry Compote, Apple & Pear Granola Crumble or Jim Bean Black Honey Bourbon and Crème Fraiche Ice Cream. Cost is $60 a person or $90 with wine pairing. Tax and 18 percent tip added.

Bliss, 926 S. Presa St., (210) 225-2547 — On New Year’s Eve, the restaurant will offer a 5-course menu for $100 a person.

Boardwalk Bistro, 4011 Broadway, (210) 824-0100 — The restaurant will be open 5 p.m.-1 a.m. with a five-course special that includes plenty of choices.    Start with a choice of appetizers such as Cold Water Seafood Risotto, Baked Eggplant Involtini, Grilled Lamb Kofta with Cinnamon Yogurt and Shrimp Casino in Puff Pastry. Soups:   Cold Water Lobster Asparagus Bisque, Winter Squash Soup with Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Sweet Pea with Ham and Croutons and Heirloom Tomato Basil with White Cheddar Breadsticks. Salads:  Traditional Caesar Salad, Mesclun Greens with Fried Shallot and Stilton Bleu Cheese, and Spinach Salad with Corn Bread Croutons. Entrees: Prosciutto Wrapped Black Cod ($63),  Surf and Turf  (grilled lobster tail and filet mignon, $72), Panko-crusted Eggplant Napoleon ($52),  Applewood-smoked Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin ($65), and Grilled Lamb T-Chop ($68). Desserts: Duo of Crème Brulee, New York Cheesecake with Berries,  Chocolate Pecan Caramel Torte with Frangelico Anglaise,  and Tiramisù with Frangelico Anglaise filled Chocolate Truffle.  An optional flight of wines can  accompany each course for an additional $20.

Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, 219 E. Houston St., (210) 472-2600 —The restaurant will be open New Year’s Eve for those celebrating along Houston St. The regular menu with steaks, including Akaushi Beef,

Laurent’s Modern Cuisine

Boiler House Texas Grill and Wine Garden, 312 Pearl Parkway, (210) 354-4644 — Chef Jesse Perez of the upcoming Arcade Midtown Kitchen joins Boiler House chef James Moore to create a special six-course New Year’s menu that includes:  Chilled Smoked Sturgeon, Caviar Creme Fraiche;  Moroccan Quail Medallions, Pomegranate Molasses;  Confit Rabbit Terrine, Pickled Mustard Seed Aioli;  George’s Bank Diver Scallops, Smoked Oyster Stew;  Balsamic Braised Cabrito, Goat Cheese Farro Risotto;  and ‘Crispy & Salty’ Chocolate Bar. The price is $65 per person (food only); plus 6 half glasses of paired wines, $25 per person, or  six half glass of premium wine for $45. Balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight.  Live music 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

Bolo’s at the Omni San Antonio Hotel, 9821 Colonnade Blvd., (210) 699-5803 — New Year’s Eve seatings begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m. The meal features a Spanish Tapas-style menu with dishes from different regions of that country. The price is $65 a person and includes a Champagne toast at midnight. The bar in the hotel will have a large-screen TV broadcasting the drop of the ball at midnight for those who want to watch.

The County Line, 10101 I-10 W., (210) 641-1998 — The restaurant will be open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations will be taken.

The County Line Riverwalk, 111 W. Crockett St., (210) — The River Walk location is open New Year’s Eve from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. No reservations accepted.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, (210) 821-5454 — On New Year’s Eve, chef Francois Maeder will be serving appetizers such as artichokes stuffed with goat cheese and almonds or Nova Scotia smoked salmon with cream cheese. Guests can experience Crumpets Trilogy, a special main course featuring a lobster tail with lemon butter, rack of lamb Provencal, and tenderloin of beef with Rossini sauce. Other entrées offered are chicken, shrimp, Rainbow trout, veal and beef. All include an appetizer, cup of soup, house salad and dessert.

Fig Tree Restaurant, 515 Villita St., (210) 225-2111 — There will be two seatings on New Year’s Eve: 6-9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.-midnight. The special menu starts with an optional connoisseur caviar course (30 g of osetra) for a $150 supplement. The dinner includes Caramelized Onion Tart with Figs, Chevre and Arugula Pistou; Peking Quail with Persimmon Chutney; Bok Choy and Pear Salad; Lobster Cannoli Chanterelles and White Truffles, Mascarpone Béchamel; Chateaubriand for Two with Béarnaise and Chateau Potatoes. Dessert choices: Dark Chocolaté Pavé, Milk Chocolate Mousse or Wild Morello Cherry Crème Brulee. The price is $98 a person plus tax and 18 percent tip.

Celebrate the arrival of 2013 at your favorite restaurant.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, 255 E. Basse Road, (210) 824-WINE (9463) — Fleming’s will celebrate Dec. 28-31 with a special menu that includes a complimentary Gulf shrimp and grits appetizer, followed by a choice of Delmonico Steak with Blue Crab & Gruyere Glaçage ($74.95), Filet Mignon and Lobster Brioche Bread Pudding ($69.95), and Lobster Tail with Macaroni and Cheese ($79.95). Chocolate Budino ($9.95) is the special dessert. Magnums of Gloria Ferrar Sonoma Brut will be poured at $12 a glass or $100 for the 1.5-liter bottle. The regular menu will also be offered.

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, (210) 828-9050; Frederick’s Bistro,  14439 N.W. Military Highway, (210) 888-1500 — Both restaurants will ring in the new year with the following special menu. First course is a choice of Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops with Leeks Ragout and Caviar Beurre Blanc, Seared Veal Carpaccio with Herbed Cheese, Stuffed Quail and Foie Gras Terrine Platter or Assorted Seafood Delicacy. Second course: Frederick’s Salad and Goat Cheese with Champagne, Hazelnut Vinaigrette. Main course choices: Orange Ginger Glazed Duck Breast Over a bed of Wild Rice Risotto, Beef Tournedo “Rossini” with Foie Gras and Perigourdine Sauce, Sea Bass and Crab Meat Napoleon or Grilled Maine Lobster. Fourth course is choice of dessert. Cost is $85 a person.

Gallo Pizzeria, 164 Castroville Road, (210) 264-0077 — The pizzeria is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. New Year’s Eve.

The Granary ‘Cue and Brew, 602 Avenue A, (210) 228-0124 — A five-course tasting menu will include oyster on the half shell, root beer-glazed scallop, TG Texas Toast and ‘Cue Butter, Smoked Bison and Baked Alaska. The cost is $68 a person. Add $20 for beer pairings.

Hyatt Hill Country Resort, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, (210) 767-7999 — Two packages are available for New Year’s. The Sea World package includes full breakfast buffet for two adults and two children (under 12) each day, tickets to  SeaWorld’s Twilight New Year’s Eve Party from noon – 9 p.m.,  and transportation to and from the resort. Some of SeaWorld’s New Year’s features: fireworks spectacular, A Dolphin Christmas,  Elmo’s Christmas Wish,  Shamu Christmas,  A Sesame Street Christmas,  and Clyde & Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas. Antlers Lodge New Year’s Eve dinner package includes overnight accommodations, four-course dinner for two, live entertainment, party favors, Champagne toast at midnight and breakfast buffet for two on Jan. 1. Call for prices.

JW Marriott,23808 Resort Parkway, (210) 483-6622 — The resort is offering a variety of activities and events to celebrate the New Year. Raise a toast and dance the night away in Crooked Branch or High Velocity after enjoying dinner either 18 Oaks and Cibolo Moon, both of which feature special New Year’s Eve menus. A complete New Year’s Eve package is available for $239, which includes a guest room and a $50 resort credit that can be applied to golf, spa or dining. 18 Oaks will feature a selection of special a la carte dishes on New Year’s Eve, including Cast Iron Baked Fontina for $16 and a 16-ounce Ribeye for $48. Cibolo Moon is offering a New Year’s Eve buffet dinner for $28 featuring king and stone crab, oysters, aged cheeses, smoked meats, prime rib, Shiner-brined turkey and much more. A Kids’ Zone dinner buffet is also available for $14.

Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse, 123 N. Loop 1604 E., (210) 404-2221 — Chef Daniel Nemec is preparing a special menu priced at $89 a person. Start with a choice of Texas Sterling Lamb Wellington,  Cedar Plank Diver Sea Scallops With Grilled Applewood Smoked Bacon and a Chive Beurre Blanc,  House-made Crisp Gnocchi With Garlic Sautéed Wild Mushrooms and Sauce Carbonara,  Broiled Veal Marrow and Kirby’s Signature Maryland Style Crab Cake. Second course choices:  Oven Roasted Grape Tomatoes with Baby Mozzarella, Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette in a Parmesan Tuile;  House Caesar;  Baby Arugala and Fire Kissed Strawberry Salad; or Lobster Bisque. Third course choices:  Grilled 7- or 10-ounce Blue Ribbon Filet; Grilled 16-ounce Ribeye; 7- or 10-ounce Filet Oscar; Grilled Cobia Fillet; Oven-Baked Cold Water Western Australian Lobster Tail with Alaskan King Crab Dressing; Texas Sterling Lamb Shank Osso Buco; 16-ounce Prime New York Strip.  Served with side and choice of dessert. Melina Narezo Band will perform.

Las Canarias at Omni La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St., (210) 518-1177 — On New Year’s Eve, the restaurant will offer a special five-course pre-fixe menu for $100, with reservations available from 5:30 to 11:00 p.m. Menu items include a chilled white asparagus velouté, Pacific sturgeon and Strube Ranch wagyu beef bavette. Á la carte dining will also be available at featured menu prices. A live band with dancing and party favors will perform from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. and a complimentary champagne toast will be offered at midnight to bring in the New Year. Complimentary parking will also be available on a first come, first serve basis. On New Year’s Day, the brunch will be from 6:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The cost is $25 for adults, $15 for children ages 6-12 and free for those 5 and under. The buffet menu consists of eggs and omelets made to order, Texas cut cinnamon raisin French toast, fried eggs Benedict with crispy pork belly and a selection of breads and cereals, among other options. The buffet also includes complimentary parking, juice and coffee; all other beverages are non-inclusive. Las Canarias’ à la carte dining will be available from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Laurent’s Modern Cuisine,4230 McCullough Ave., (210) 822-6644 — The New Year’s Eve menu will include a five-course meal with the chance of adding a cheese course to the lineup. Some of the items on the menu include appetizer choices of Diver Sea Scallop with sweetbread strudel, candied orange, blood orange gastric; Ahi Tuna Tartar, caramelized sea urchin, fried quail egg; Foie gras crème brûlée, mini ginger bread and torchon sandwich; or Three cheeses Profiteroles, Brie, Humblefog and Gruyere, Yellow pepper coulis.  Salad course: -Petite Mache salade, baby Heirloom, shaved asparagus, frisee, champagne vinaigrette.  Main course choices:  Norwegian Halibut (or Sea Bass), Fresh Peas and Horseradish puree, Miso beurre blanc; Farm raised Capon, baby vegetables, Parsnips puree, Red plum-chicken jus; Beef Tenderloin, Crispy Pig Feet, Sauce Perigourdine, Truffled dauphines potatoes; or Half roasted Maine lobster, curried crab meat, Roasted corn Hach, Sauce Americaine. The price is $75 a person while the cheese course is an optional $10 more.

Little Rhein Steak House, 231 S. Alamo St., (210) 225-2111 — New Year’s Eve sittings are 5-6:30 p.m., 7-9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.-midnight. The early dinner special includes choice of Shrimp Cocktail or Bacon Wrapped Quail Legs, followed by Beef Steak Tomatoes with Blue Cheese or Field Greens with Cranberries, Walnuts, Goat Cheese and Basil Vinaigrette. Main course choices:  Prime Rib, Prime Strip Loin,  Center Cut Filet Mignon, Bay of Fundy Salmon Fillet or Center Cut Filet and Lobster. Entrees served with Au Gratin Potatoes, Sautéed Wild Mushrooms and Buttered Asparagus. Dessert is either Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream or  New York Cheesecake with Strawberries.  A glass of Champagne included. Price is $70 a person plus tax and 18 percent tip. Later seatings add lobster bisque to the menu. Price is $79 a person plus tax and 18 percent tip.

Ring in the new year with Morton’s Legendary Chocolate Cake.

Mike’s in the Village, 2355-3 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, (830) 438-2747 — The regular menu will be served all New Year’s Eve.

Morton’s The Steakhouse, 300 E. Crockett St., (210) 228-0700 — The restaurant will be celebrating during dinner on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Oro at the Emily Morgan Hotel, 705 E. Houston St., (210) 224-0146 — New Year’s Eve seating starts at 5:30 p.m.  Begin with a Belvedere Martini, followed by Bluebonnet Farms Petite Lettuces or Charleston She Crab Soup. The main course is a choice of grilled ribeye with sherried lobster mushrooms or pan-roasted halibut with hickory smoked oyster sweet potato hash. Dessert is a choice of espresso tiramisu or caramelized pear and apple beignets. The cost is $79.95 a person and includes the martini, a glass of Moet et Chandon Brut Champagne and complimentary valet parking.

Ostra at the Mokara Hotel, 212 W. Crockett St., (210) 396-5817 — Reservations can be made from 6:30 to 11 p.m. with bar beverage service continuing until 2 a.m. Party favors and champagne toasts part of the celebration.

Paloma Blanca, 5800 Broadway, (210) 822-6151 — The restaurant will be open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. New Year’s Eve.

Perry’s Steakhouse,15900 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 558-6161 — Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille is offering a three-course menu followed by a champagne toast at midnight. For each course, guests can choose from a selection of Perry’s signature items, such as the lobster bisque, Perry’s Famous Pork Chop and Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Bar dessert. For those dining at 5:30 p.m. or earlier, the cost is $54.95 per person plus tax and tip; it is $74.95 per person plus tax and tip for 6 p.m. or later.

Say Happy New Year with fireworks!

Q on the Riverwalk at the Downtown Hyatt, 123 Losoya, (210) 362.6325 — The New Year’s Eve celebration will feature dining from 6 to 10 p.m. The meal includes choice of the following main courses: house-smoked standing rib roast, fire-grilled fillet of salmon or roasted breast of chicken. Side dishes include roasted butternut squash risotto, baked mashed potatoes, au gratin potatoes, and grilled seasonal vegetables. There will also be a build-your-own salad bar as well as desserts that include vanilla bean creme brulee, mini-strawberry cheesecake, chocolate mousse shooters and cappuccino tarts. The cost is $50 a person.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Concord Plaza, 7720 Jones Maltsberger Road (210) 821-5051; Sunset Station, 1170 E. Commerce St. (210) 227-8847 — The specially priced menu consists of Ruth’s Chris steaks and other signature favorites for $99 per person and includes a Champagne toast as well as view of fireworks from the balcony of the Sunset station location.

Silo, 1133 Austin Hwy., (210) 824-8686; 434 N. Loop 1604 W., (210) 483-8989 — The New Year’s Eve special menu begins with a choice of lobster bisque, chicken-fried oysters, ricotta gnocchi, tuna carpaccio or five-spice Texas quail. Second course choices: Hydroponic mixed greens, baby wedge salad, Caesar salad, or roasted beet and watercress salad. Third course options: Roasted duck breast and confit leg, grilled beef tenderloin, prosciutto-wrapped sea bass, grilled Australian rack of lamb, or whole butter-poached lobster. Fourth course choices: Toasted coconut mousse pie or Callebaut dark chocolate truffle tart. A glass of Piper Heidsieck Brut is the finale. Price is $85 a person.

Sustenio at Eilan Hotel Resort & Spa, 17103 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 598-2950 — There will be two seatings on New Year’s Eve. The first is at 7 p.m. and features a three-course dinner priced at $75 a person.  The second is at 9 p.m.  and features a five-course dinner with dancing at iDance City and a Champagne toast, all for $125.

The Terrace Grill at Riven Rock Ranch, 390 Hermann Sons Road, Comfort, (830) 995-4045 —The New Year’s Eve party begins at 8 p.m. and runs until 12:30 a.m. The meal includes passed appetizers, soup or salad, a choice of Beef Tenderloin with red onion and Singing Water red wine marmalade, sweet cream whipped potatoes and Texas caviar or seasonal fresh fish topped with blue crab and pecan brown butter sauce with wild rice pilaf and Texas caviar. Cost is $99.95, which includes party favors and a complimentary glass of Champagne at midnight.

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., (210) 299-1600 — The restaurant will be open early and late, offering diners skewers of meat as well as its extensive salad bar.

Thai Dee, 5307 Blanco Road, (210) 342-3622 — Thai Dee Restaurant will be open on New Year’s Day serving your favorite Thai dishes.

Tre Trattoria in Alamo Heights, 4003 Broadway, (210) 805-0333 — All parties receive family-style antipasti on New Year’s Eve, followed by the following menu. First course choices: Slow Roasted Caprese with House Pulled Mozzarella and Basil; Pear and Apple Panzanella with Rye, Arugula, Shaved Fennel, Spiced Walnuts and Lemon; or Salt Cod and Yukon Gold Fritters, Roasted Cauliflower Salad and Caper Aioli. Second course choices: Roasted Pumpkin Bisque with Spiced Pumpkin Seeds and Caramel Crema or Mussels and Chickpea with Saffron, Italian Sausage, Caramelized Fennel and Greek Yogurt. Third course options: Pan Seared Diver Scallop with Pecan Ice; Butter Poached Cold Water Oysters with Creamy Orzo, Chiles and Bottarga; or Tagliatelli with Smoked Local Cabrito, Calbrese Peppers, Pecorino and Rosemary. Fourth course choices: Pan Seared Ahi Tuna with Beluga Lentils; Wild Boar Ragu and Creamy Polenta; Grilled Tuscan Ribeye and Smashed Red Potatoes with Fontina; or Crispy Skin Duck Confit with Grilled Chicories. Fifth course options: Nutella x 3; Butterscotch “Blondie” with Thyme Chantilly and Praline “Crumble”; or Olive Oil Cake with Citrus and Mint. Price is $69.95 a person. Price does not include tax and 18 percent tip.

Tre Trattoria Downtown at The Fairmount Hotel, 401 S. Alamo St., (210) 223-0401 — The special New Year’s menu begins with an optional apertif of Cinco Vodka, Cava and Hibiscus flower syrup with Pomegranate Juice and Lime ($12 supplement). It is followed by a choice of House-made Mozzarella Caprese Salad, Caesar Salad or Lobster Bisque. Second course is Pearl Farmers Market Bruschetta served family style. Third course is a choice of Tuscan Farro Salad, Black Eyed Pea and House Sausage, or Israeli Cous Cous with Crab ($7 supplement for the latter). Fourth course choices: House-Made Pan Seared Potato Gnocchi; House-Made Tagliatelle with Wild Mushrooms, Thyme and Parmigiano Reggiano; or House-cut Fettuccini with Roasted garlic, Wilted Spinach, Basil and Parmigiano Brodo. Fifth course choices: Seared Diver Sea Scallops: Pan Seared Salmon with Marinated Purple Cabbage; Grilled Tuscan Marinated Ribeye ($15 Supplement); or Cornish Game Hen. Dessert choices: Nutella x 3, Vanilla Gelato, or Fresh Fruit and Local Honey Parfait. Price is $90 a person plus tax and tip or $120 with wine pairings.

The Westin La Cantera Resort, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 558-2253 — Dinner on New Year’s Eve will be in Francesca’s at Sunset and will include an Alice in Wonderland theme. Chef Stephen Gonzalez and sommelier Steven Krueger are planning a five-course meal with matching Champagnes. The price is $125 a person.

 

 

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Quail, Crab and Pork Show That Kirby’s Appeal Extends Beyond Beef


Kirby’s Tenderloin Yakitori

The road through Restaurant Week led us to Kirby’s Steakhouse Sunday, which proved to be a lucky move. Not only did we have a wonderful dinner at the steakhouse, known for its prime cuts and dimly lit dining rooms, but we also enjoyed a nice surprise concerning the bottle of wine we ordered: The steakhouse on Loop 1604 offers 50 percent off  all bottles under $200 every Sunday evening.

The special menu for Restaurant Week, which Kirby’s actually offers through Sept. 1, is varied and includes a number of options not on the regular menu. You can also get larger portions for a  little extra.

Achiote Chile-glazed Texas Quail

Instead of larger portions, we opted to split an additional appetizer, a moist quail in a lightly spicy ancho chile rub that costs a $7 extra. The exceptionally tender meat cut easily with a butter knife, and we enjoyed dredging it in a bing cherry balsamic reduction that offer a fruity balance to the ancho’s heat.

Among the appetizer choices, my friend opted for the crab cake, made with plenty of crab meat and topped with a garlic butter sauce. Two skewers of beef tenderloin yakotori, with a smoky layer of paprika seasoning each bite, were served over a honey-ginger sauce; the sauce was a tad too sweet for my taste and distracted from the excellent beef flavor; thankfully, it was easy to avoid.

Among the half-dozen entree options, including a pair of beef options, my friend had her sights firmly set on the generous Australian rack of lamb with a shiitake-veal demi-glace. It was served perfectly medium rare as ordered, while the combination of mushrooms and veal added a welcome earthiness.

Alaskan king crab cake with

The herb-crusted pork tenderloin, served medium, as recommended, was juicy and satisfying, with sage coming through the herb blend beautifully. I wish I could say the same for the bland dressing on the side, which bore no trace of the promised mushroom flavor. It was the lone misstep of the evening.

The meals came with a welcome plate of sautéed vegetables, including squashes, carrots and broccoli, as well as mashed potatoes and mushrooms.

Instead of the advertised desserts, Kirby’s chef willingly made us two dishes of mixed berries for this pair of diabetics. The medley of strawberries, blackberries and raspberries went well with the last vestiges of the Cabernet Sauvignon we had ordered with dinner. On sommelier Sam Miller’s recommendation, we chose a 2006 Forefathers Lone Tree Vineyard Cab, which was opened beautifully in the glass, revealing some luscious dark berry and red fruit flavors blended with some soft tannins. It was a welcome accompaniment to the entire meal.

Mixed berries with chantilly cream.

Culinaria’s Restaurant Week continues at about three dozen places around town. Lunches cost $15, while dinners are priced at $35. For a list of participants, click on the Culinaria ad above.

Kirby’s Steakhouse
123 N. Loop 1604 E.
(210) 404-2221
kirbyssteakhouse.com

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Respect Your Father! Take Him Out for a Great Father’s Day Meal


Paloma Blanca is giving dads a special queso for Father's Day.

You treated Mom to a special meal on Mother’s Day. Now, it’s time to give Dad his due. Here are a list of places that are open Sunday, June 17. Many have specials just for Dad.

Most don’t require reservations. Tax and tip are not included in the prices listed.

Antlers, Hyatt Hill Country, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, (210) 520-4001 — Dinner on Father’s Day is from 5:30 to 10 p.m. with items on the menu to include pan-roasted black tiger shrimp, USDA prime Nieman Ranch New York strip, Broken Arrow Ranch antelope tenderloin and pecan-crusted venison chops.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 255-0722 — Father’s Day hours are 5:30-10 p.m. and will feature a series of meat-and-potato favorites: Griddled 16-ounce beef ribeye with baked potato mashers and tobacco onions; Mustard Crusted Australian Lamb Rack with cheesy grits, Rebecca Creek goat cheese and mushroom jus; and grilled 10-ounce beef tenderloin with corn pudding, poblano chimichurri and guajillo demi glaze. Add a jalapeño martini or try a bottle of wine; on Father’s Day, wines over $50 will be discounted 25 percent.

Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, 219 E. Houston St., (210) 472-2600 — The restaurant will be featuring its full menu on Father’s Day starting at 5 p.m. In addition, all dads will receive a sleeve of golf balls.

The County Line, 10101 I-10 W., (210) 641-1998 — Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the full slate of barbecue favorites, including beef ribs, baby back ribs, pulled pork, smoked turkey, brisket and chicken-fried steak.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, (210) 821-5454 — Brunch will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Start with an appetizer, such as puff pastry with wine mushroom sauce, the Scottish smoked salmon or the mousse truffle pâté. Then, for your entrée, choose from specials such as shrimp salad on avocado, eggs Benedict, chicken breast with champagne sauce, veal scaloppini with mushroom cognac sauce, fresh rainbow trout almondine, tenderloin of beef with green peppercorn sauce, or shrimp lyonnaise over wild rice blend. The popular Trilogy menu will also be available, featuring tenderloin of beef, lobster tail and rack of lamb Provençal. Prices vary per dish.

Feast, 1024 S. Alamo St., (210) 354-1024 — Father’s Day brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with items from the regular menu.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 255 E. Basse Road, (210) 824-9463 (WINE) — The restaurant will open at 11:30 a.m.for a special Father’s Day brunch priced at $34.95, starting with choice of appetizer, followed by choice of Filet Mignon Benedict, New Orleans-style French Toast, Fleming’s Frittata, Steakhouse Filet Mignon Cobb and Prime Rib of Beef. Choice of dessert concludes the meal.

Frederick’s Bistro, 14439 N.W. Military Hwy., (210) 888-1500 — The restaurant will be open for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. with the regular menu.

Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse, 123 N. Loop 1604 E., (210) 404-2221 — Sunday hours are 5 to 9 p.m., including prime steaks, Australian rack of lamb, grilled redfish with jumbo lump crab, cedar plank salmon and seared ahi tuna.

Las Canarias, Omni-La Mansion de Rio, 112 College St., (210) 518-1063 — On Father’s Day, the restaurant is offering extended hours for the Champagne Brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On the buffet: Applewood Smoked Bacon, Country Breakfast Sausage, Chilaquiles, Poached Cage Free Egg Benedict, Vanilla Malt Pancakes and Waffles, Chef-Prepared Omelets, European Charcuterie, Prime Rib of Beef, Smoked Texas Beef Sausage, Suckling Pig, Venison and Blueberry Sausages, Kobe Beef Hot Dogs, Waygu Beef Sliders, and Guajillo Grilled Shrimp. Cooked to order: Black Angus Beef Tenderloin, Waygu Beef Bavette Steaks,New York Strip Steaks, Lobster Tails on the Half Shell and Number One Ahi Tuna.  The cost is $58.95 for adults and $24.95 for children ages 6-12; tax and tip not included. In addition, the regular à la carte dining at Las Canarias will resume at 6 p.m. Reservations required.

Lüke, 125 E. Houston St., 210-227-5853 — Open from 10 a.m. till 11 p.m. on Father’s Day, Lüke will offer a special of bone-in Texas Waygu Ribeye served with new potatoes and local vegetables for $30. The full menu featuring Buttermilk Fried Quail, the Lüke Burger, the Croque Monsieur and Brendan’s Bread Pudding will also be available. Enjoy a jazz brunch from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. and treat Dad to a beer from Lüke’s selection of craft brews. lukesanantonio.com.

Max’s Wine Dive, 340 E. Basse Road, (210) 444-9547 —  Father’s Day specials include Max’s Clambake, clams and house-made chorizo in a wine broth ($15), Ultimate Steak ‘n’ Eggs ($25) and Texas Ranger Peach Pie ($8).

Mike’s in the Village, 2355-3 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, (830) 438-2747 — The Father’s Day brunch will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and will feature omelets, barbecue ribs, Herb Roasted Chicken, French Toast and Salmon, plus, fresh sides like Loaded Mashed Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, Garden Salad, Shrimp Pasta Salad and Tropical Fruit Salad. For dessert, enjoy White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce or our New York Style Cheesecake.  Cost is $39.95 for adults, $15.50 for children under 12.

Morton’s the Steakhouse, 300 E Crockett St., (210) 228-0700 — Father’s Day hours are 5 to 10 p.m. with the regular menu of steaks and seafood. There will also be a $59 special that includes a choice of salad (Morton’s Salad, Caesar Salad or Sliced Beefsteak Salad), a choice of entree (Double-Cut Prime Pork Chop, Center-Cut Filet Mignon, Braised Beef Short Rib, Chicken Bianco or Honey-Chile Glazed Salmon Fillet), a choice of a vegetable or potato and a choice of dessert (Double Chocolate Mousse, Key Lime Pie or Individual Soufflé).

Myron's Prime Steakhouse knows how to treat Dad.

Myron’s Prime Steakhouse, 10003 N.W. Military Hwy., (210) 493-3031 — The bar opens at 4 p.m. and dinner begins at 5 p.m.. In addition to prime steaks, the restaurant serves rack of lamb, salmon, Australian lobster tail and double-cut pork chops.

Ostra, Mokara Hotel and Spa, 212 W. Crockett St., (210) 396-5817 — The regular à la carte menu will be available during breakfast and lunch hours on Father’s Day. Featured specials will be offered during dinner service only beginning at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended.

Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine, 5800 Broadway, (210) 822-6151 — The restaurant is offering a free appetizer for all dads from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dads will receive Queso a la Dimas (white queso dip with chunks of beef and poblano pepper) when they dine in-house only. www.palomablanca.net

Perry’s Steakhouse, the Shops at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 558-6161 — Sunday hours are 4 to 9 p.m. The regular menu features prime steaks, a one-pound pork chop, pecan-crusted red snapper and chicken Oscar.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 1170 E. Commerce St., (210) 227-8847; 7720 Jones Maltsberger Road, (210) 821-5051 — Hours are 4:30 to 10 p.m. Signature steaks cover a range of favorites from a Cowboy Ribeye to a porterhouse for two, while other entree options include lamb chops, barbecued shrimp and even a vegetarian option.

Sea Island Shrimp House, six locations — All Sea Island Shrimp House locations are open Father’s Day and will feature a Ribeye special—a choice cut 10-ounce ribeye steak with two sides and a freshly baked baguette for $12.99. The ribeye special will be available June 15–17. www.shrimphouse.com.

Tejas Steakhouse and Saloon, 401 Obst Road, (830) 980-2205 — The restaurant is offering Dad a discount. Get 25 percent off all entrees for dads on Father’s Day. The restaurant is serving brunch, lunch and dinner 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., (210) 229-1600 — The restaurant is opening at 11 a.m. on Father’s Day. Regular prices will be in effect, but Dad gets to eat free with the purchase of another regular dinner. The offer is limited to one dad per table. Reservations recommended.

Two Step Restaurant, 9840 N. Texas 1604 Loop W., (210) 688-2686 — The regular menu will be available 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. plus the following special: prime rib slow smoked overnight with horseradish mashed potatoes.

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill, the Shops at la Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 690-3334 — Father’s Day hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with brunch until 3 p.m. So treat your dad early to his favorite from the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar or later in the day to the likes of green chile barbacoa enchiladas, chorizo-stuffed pork tenderloin or Five-Cheese Macaroni and Achiote Chicken.

Restaurateurs, if you would like to add your restaurant to this list, email walker@savorsa.com or griffin@savorsa.com.

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A Grand Tasting with Room to Spare


Chef Jesse Perez talks with patrons at the Grand Tasting.

Culinaria’s Grand Tasting, sponsored by Ambhar Tequila Saturday night, was a grand mix of glitz and glamor, side-by-side with  a casual ambience that gave the event more the feeling of a gathering of friends. Where last year’s event was something of a noisy mob scene, this year’s audience was scaled down, with plenty of space to mingle, taste and talk.

The food, while small in scale in terms of portion size offered diversity as well as a great variety of flavors, from tenderest breaded calamari with a sweet and sour sauce from Citrus to Jesse Perez’s scrumptious albondiga on an unexpected base of creamy white bean hummus; from molecular sorcery to whole-grain cookies. Within a few steps you could down a tiny, open-faced meatloaf slider from the JW Marriott, then sip a watermelon-based gazpacho with seafood from 20nine.

Culinaria CEO Suzanne Taranto Etheredge (left) and Jenny Niemann enjoy the Grand Tasting.

While strolling through the grotto area under the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, we found plenty of treats to love, including the strips of tender beef in a cognac cream sauce, served on a rich spoonful of mashed potatoes from Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse. The restaurant also offered dessert right at the next table — three delicious varieties of hand-rolled chocolate truffles — chile, tangerine and walnut.

Chef Steven McHugh, of Lüke San Antonio presented a colorful, updated chicken salad, sans mayonnaise, but bursting with flavors from tiny tomatoes, sprouts, mini-croutons and a light, spiky dressing.

Peeler Farms chicken in a salad from Luke San Antonio.

Chicken tinga tostadas from Paloma Blanca and Chile en Nogada from Picante Grill were among the Mexican flavors of the evening, while Jason Dady offered a tequila ice made in a smoky bowl of dry ice.  It was a fun feat of molecular cooking, though his Thai-infused treat of coconut, curry and various spices tasted even better.

Chef Jason Dady swirls some dry ice to cool off his drink.

Flour Power Cafe and Lux were among those offering sweets to finish off the tasting.

Numerous other restaurants and wineries kept patrons happy, while the lines moved quickly, whether they were after food or wine, tequila or beer. An icy glass of Kim Crawford Saugivnon Blanc from New Zealand, a chilled California Chardonnay from  J. Lohr and some Hogue Cabernet Sauvignon with winery founder Gary Hogue himself on hand were some of the wines on hand, while Ambhar offered tastes of silver, reposado and añejo tequilas and explanations to guide you through what makes each special.

And again the weather cooperated with the event, providing a gentle breeze.

Culinaria’s 2012 festival concludes Sunday with Burgers, BBQ and Beer at the Pearl Brewery. Click here for details.

Flour Power Cafe offer tastes of several varieties of cakes

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Culinaria Launches This Year’s Festival with Sip, Savor and Shop


Crowds flock into the Shops at La Cantera for Sip, Savor and Shop.

Wine and beer flowed in abundance Wednesday as about 1,400 people turned out for the annual Sip, Savor and Shop extravaganza that served as a kickoff  of this year’s Culinaria.

Blue Moon is more than just good beer. It's art.

The crowd was a great mix of people, some of whom showed up for the savory treats that restaurants such as Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse and 20nine served. Others were there for the shopping, as the stores at one end of the Shops at La Cantera offered tantalizing discounts for patrons of the event. And then there were those who showed for the wine and the beer, with a few even bringing their own glasses so they could enjoy the event a little better.

No matter the reason people turned out, most were grateful by the end of the evening to have had a chance to indulge in all three aspects of the event.

Brio served up a meaty ziti dish, while Z’Tejas offered a tuna ceviche treat. Flour Power Cafe offered samples of several types of cake, while Kirby’s served  up different varieties of chocolate truffles, including one with the kick of cayenne pepper. 20nine had a shrimp and scallop ceviche, while other treats included cheeses, pretzels and snacks to go with the assorted wines and craft beers.

Eduardo Franco of Brio serves up ziti.

Wines from around the world, ranging from the Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon and Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc from Chile to Cuvaison’s Charonnay and Pinot Noir from California’s Carneros region, kept people happy. Beer lovers had a series of good choices including Blue Moon, which sponsored a canvas that people could contribute to over the course of the evening.

It was a fun launch to the festival, which continues tonight with a series of special wine dinners, including a feast at the Westin La Cantera in which sommelier Steven Krueger will be pouring the Raymond Sommelier Series that he helped craft the blend of. Also new this year is the Food Truck event at the H-E-B Alon Market on Northwest Military Highway.

The Best of Mexico is at La Villita on Friday. The Grand Tasting follows on Saturday and Burgers, BBQ and Beer is at the Pearl on Sunday. For a full schedule of events, times, dates and ticket prices, click here.

20nine serves up shrimp and scallop ceviche.

 

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Get an Appetite! Restaurant Week is all this Week.


Pecan-crusted Fried Chicken at Citrus featured during Restaurant Week, 2010.

Sample some of San Antonio’s most exciting restaurant fare during Restaurant Week, which starts Saturday and runs through Aug. 27.  Sponsored by Culinaria, this delectable deal comes with specially priced menus of $15 for lunch and $35 for dinner.

Reservations are not required, but you are encouraged to do so if you wish. Make them directly with the restaurants of your choice. The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills is getting a head start by offering its prix fixe meals already. Kirby’s Steakhouse, meanwhile, is extended its special through Sept. 3.

A few of the participating restaurants include Antlers Lodge, Auden’s Kitchen, Bin 555, Bolo’s Rotisserie Grill, the Esquire Tavern, the JW Marriott’s 18 Oaks and Cibolo Moon, Ruth’s Chris, Texas de Brazil, and Tost. Go to Culinaria’s website for the full list. Here are some of the specials you’ll be able to enjoy:

Fig Tree Restaurant, 515 Villita St.

The special menu begins with a Caprese salad of burrata, baby tomatoes and arugula or Gazpacho Andaluz prepared tableside. The main course is a choice of braised short rib with polenta and wild mushrooms or Wahoo Façon Provençal with eggplant caviar, tomatoes and Niçoise olives. Dessert is a choice of chocolate macaron with hazelnut gelato or Macedoine de Fruit Tropicaux. Call 210-224-1976 for reservations.

Kirby’s Steakhouse, 123 N. Loop 1604 E.

Restaurant Week special at Kirby’s will run Aug. 20-Sept. 3.

The menu opens with an optional additional course that can be had for $7 extra:  Grilled Maine Day Boat Scallops with Watercress & Charred Pineapple Green Chili Salsa. The special Restaurant Week menu begins with your choice of the following: Hudson Valley Duck Confit and Pan-seared Foie Gras with a Blackberry Veal Stock Reduction or  Maryland-style Crab Cake with Classic Sauce Beurre Blanc. Main course options include 5-ounce Peppered Center Cut Tenderloin with the Signature Cognac Pepper Sauce;  Australian Rack of Lamb with Shiitake Mushroom Veal Demi;  Hickory-smoked Berkshire Pork Chop with a Bacon Maple Hotel Butter;  Grilled Alaskan Halibut with Grilled Asparagus and an Artichoke Cream Sauce;  Filet Oscar with Asparagus and Classic Sauce Béarnaise.  All entrees served with Susie’s Famous Mashed Potatoes and Fresh Sautéed Vegetables. Dessert choices include Grand Marnier Crème Brûlée,  Kirby’s Chocolate Spice Cake and Key Lime Pie.  For reservations,  210-404-2221.

The Lodge Restaurant at Castle Hills, 1746 Lockhill Selma Road

The Lodge is already offering its Restaurant Week prix fixe dinner menu:

First course: Pan-seared Diver Scallop with Deconstructed ‘Bloody Mary’,  Celery Root Agnolotti, Charred Heirloom Tomato Coulis, Spring Radish, Preserved Lemon and Picholine Olives; Second course: Choice of Pan-roasted Duck Breast with Yuzu-Carrot Purée, Brussels Sprouts, Wild Mushroom, House-cured Guanciale and Smoked Peach-Bourbon Jus OR Forbidden Rice-crusted Hawaiian Wahoo with Yukon Mousseline, Ginger “Fried” Cauliflower and Coconut Broth. Third course: Choice of Nutella Torte with Housemade Caramel, Peanut Butter Mousse and Hazelnut Nougat or Key Lime Pie Tart with Vanilla Chantilly and Coconut Meringue. For reservations, call 210-349-8466.

Max’s Wine Dive, 340 E. Basse Road

The special lunch menu includes Cauliflower Velouté with fried cheese curd dipsticks; a choice of Pulled Crab Tamale with tomato marmalade and roasted sweet red pepper créme fraîche;  Fredericksburg Dog with pickled red cabbage, house-made German mustard and Max’s frites; or  Alamo City Prime Rib Sando with Max’s chips. Dessert is White Chocolate and Butterscotch Crème Brûlée. The dinner special includes Pulled Crab Tamale, followed by choice of Pumpkin Gnocchi with brown beurre meunier;  Chicken with Butternut Risotto; or Ahi Tuna ($7 upgrade) with ginger-scallion-shiitake rice cake and soy wasabi butter. Dessert is White Chocolate and Butterscotch Crème Brûlée. Call 210-444-9547.

The Shops at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Parkway

Participating restaurants in the Shops include Brio’s Tuscan Grille, Grimaldi’s, Kona Grill, The Yard House and Z Tejas Southwestern Grill. If you spend $100, you can redeem dining receipts at Customer Service in the mall management office to receive a $20 Shop Etc. gift card. One gift card per person and recipient must be 18 or older, ID required. Available through Aug. 27 while supplies last.  Reservations are preferred.

 

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Fralo’s Plans to Add Microbrewery, Plus Eating Vegan and More


Artful pizzas at Fralo's that taste as good as they look.

Fralo’s Art of Pizza, 23651 I-10 W., is expanding at its Leon Springs location.

Owner Frank Hakspiel says he has purchased microbrewery equipment from Sea World and plans to open his own brewery on the property in the spring. The microbrewer from Sea World has agreed to help him get started once the equipment has been moved to the site.

He has already named one of the beers, Grant’s Pale Ale, for his infant son. Grant’s name is also on the caramelized pear and prosciutto pizza the restaurant offers.

Hakspiel is also talking about adding a second restaurant next door. It would offer high-end Italian food prepared by former Il Sogno chef Luca Della Casa, who has been working at the restaurant, making all of the revamped pasta dishes and providing specials each weekend. “He makes all of the pasta,” Hakspiel says.

Della Casa has also added a Torino pizza — Italian sausage, chicken, arugula, sun dried tomatoes, mozzarella and provolone cheese with a spicy tomato sauce — that was named after his home region in Italy. Torino is also a possibility for the name of the new restaurant, Hakspiel says.

Isn't she a beauty? Fralo's is going to transform her into a catering truck.

As if all that weren’t enough, Hakspiel has plans for the 1940s-era fire truck he has on the property. He plans on adding an oven to the back of the truck and use it for catering. Kids of any age who have played with a miniature fire truck should love having the real thing at a party.

We learned this over a wonderful lunch at Fralo’s with vegan travel blogger Carolyn Scott-Hamilton, who produces and writes HealthyVoyager.com. She was able to get a vegan pizza that she declared one of the five  best she has ever had. In keeping with Fralo’s ongoing desire to please a multitude of tastes and diets, the restaurant also offers gluten-free and whole wheat crusts as well as an off-the-menu feature of a miniature pizza made on a portobello mushroom for those who are avoiding flour.

For more information about Fralo’s, call 210-698-6616 or click here.

 

Exploring more vegan options

Carolyn Scott-Hamilton and her husband, Dan Hamilton: Healthy Voyagers at Fralo's.

Other restaurants Scott-Hamilton and her husband, Dan Hamilton, also her cameraman, visited during their stay were Mi Tierra, the Cove and Adelante. She described the latter, with its riot of color and collection of whimsical Mexican folk art as looking “like Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.”

The couple are from Los Angeles and were here on a Convention and Visitors Bureau trip for travel writers. A Boston blogger who writes about women traveling alone and an Orange County mom who writes about traveling with her kids were also invited. All three were part of teams that competed against each other in a series of events that ranged from feeding the lorikeets at the zoo to lassoing a statue of a cow. On Sunday, in the heat, the couple found themselves running from the Tower of the Americas to the Alamo, where they had to start a conga line and encourage as many participants as they could to join in.

If you’re wondering why Scott-Hamilton and her husband didn’t go to Green, Pavani Express or the city’s new vegan restaurant, Vegeria, which opened last week at 8407 Broadway, it’s because she likes to focus her trips on restaurants where vegans are welcome, even if the place is not entirely vegan.

At the Cove, she was able to get the Vegan Bacon Cheeseburger and a Vegan BLT along with a gluten-free beer before heading off to First Friday.

If you are looking for vegan food and are unsure if a restaurant can accommodate your tastes, give it a call first and ask. It’s as simple as that.

Wine Spectator honors area restaurants

Wine Spectator magazine has released its annual roundup of restaurants with excellent wine lists. New this year is Antlers Lodge at the Hyatt Hill Country, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive.

Others to make the list are Bohanan’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, Biga on the Banks, Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse, Coco Chocolate Lounge, Fleming’s, Fogo de Chão, Francesca’s at Sunset, Kirby’s, Las Ramblas, Morton’s the Steakhouse, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Silo, the Melting Pot, the Palm and Wildfish Seafood Grille.

The importance of the list has been debated, but despite any faults, it does bring in customers, which is why you’ll find a restaurant like Morton’s unveiling a new program, the Sommelier Selections of its wine list. This area includes boutique wines and rare gems that include Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain 2005) and Freemark Abbey Cabernet (Napa 2002), which are available only at Morton’s domestic locations.

Wine on tap

We always thought wine sales would go up if you could get a great glass without having to buy the full bottle. This is the secret behind the Boerne Wine Company, 302 S. Main St., Boerne, where you can try such top-shelf wines as PlumpJack and Palmaz by the glass from their dispenser systems that keep an open bottle fresher for longer period of time.

Now, Boston.com is reporting that a few wineries are selling their best by tap. “That’s right, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir from kegs, not bottles, dispensed from a tap like beer and ale,” the article says. “The approach promises to remake restaurant by-the-glass programs by lowering costs, dramatically reducing waste (wine in open bottles deteriorates rapidly), and making the whole process considerably greener. … But a switch won’t happen overnight.”

Costs, of course, are a factor. But if this catches on, it will be a revolution in wine and dining.

 

 

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Chuck Ramirez Focused on Coconut, Kirby’s Snuffs Smoking, and More


Coconut Series: White Coconut by Chuck Ramirez

Thoughts of September, photos and a break in the weather

We haven’t even hit August yet, but thoughts of September and a break in the heat have been filling our minds lately. And September in San Antonio always means Fotoseptiembre, the annual photography exhibit at Blue Star Contemporary Arts Center.

This year’s opening will be, go figure, on Sept. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the center, 116 Blue Star.

This year’s event includes photographs from the late Chuck Ramirez as well as Carlos Betancourt, Rodolfo Choperena and Debra Sugerman. And on the menu will be some food images, including Ramirez’s Coconut series. The image, White Coconut (right), is icy and cooling in its own right.

For more information, call 210-227-6960 or visit www.bluestarart.org.

Kirby’s is going smoke-free

Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse, 123 N. Loop 1604 E., is going smoke-free as of Aug. 1. That includes the bar as well as the dining area.

That means no smoking during the monthly Scotch tasting, which happens from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2.

This month’s selection includes four from Glenfiddich, including the 15-year-old, the 18-year-old, the 21-year-old and the Snow Phoenix Limited Edition.

A brand ambassador from Glenfiddich will be on hand to answer questions.

The cost is $25 a person, and reservations can be made by calling 210-404-2221. Click here for more information.

Crumpets celebrates the wines of Banfi

Chef Francois Maeder of Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, will host a wine dinner showcasing Castello Banfi of Italy at 7 p.m. July 29.

The dinner begins with the Centine Bianco paired with Ricotta Tortellini Alfredo, followed by Pinot Grigio San Angelo and Shrimp with Sautéed Peppers, Tomatoes, Onion, Garlic and Basil.  Rosso Montalcino and Eggplant Piemontese precede  Colle Pino Toscana Merlot and Sangiovese with Veal Marsala. Dessert brings Brachetto D’Acqui Rosa Regale and Meringue with Raspberry Sorbet and Zabaglione Cream.

Cost is $70 a person plus tax and tip. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, call 210-821-5600 or visit www.crumpetsa.com.

 

 

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Scotch Tasting at Kirby’s on Tuesday and Other Restaurant News


San Antonio’s restaurants are serving up something for all tastes.

Kirby’s Scotch Tasting

Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse, 123 N. 1604 E., is hosting its monthly scotch tasting from  6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

On the menu this month are the 14-year-old Clynelish, 15-year-old Dalwhinnie, 14-year-old Oban and 12-year-old Caol Ila.

Master of Whiskey Theresa Menendez will be on hand to offer background information, tasting notes and answer questions.

The cost is $25 a person and reservations are recommended. Call 210-404-2221 or email Sam Miller at S.Miller@KirbysSteakhouse.com.

'Cabernet Is King' at Morton's

“Cabernet Is King” at Morton’s

Morton’s the Steakhouse, 300 E. Crockett St., is hosting a master class called “Cabernet is King” at 6 p.m. June 17.

General manager and certified Morton’s sommelier Todd Bricker will lead the tasting of Cabernet Sauvignons from around the world. The list will include Swanson Alexis from Napa, Livernano Divinita from Tuscany, Sebastiani Secolo from Sonoma, Chateau Ste Michelle Cold Creek from Washington’s Columbia Valley, Rosemount Show Reserve from Australia’s Coonawarra, Penfolds Thomas Hylands from South Australia, Chateau Greysac from France’s Medoc and Montes Alpha from Chile’s Apalta.

Featured hors d’oeuvres include Smoked Salmon Pinwheels, Chicken Goujonettes, Roma Tomato Fresh Mozzarella and Basil on a Crostini, Petite Filet Mignon Sandwiches, and artisan cheeses with fresh fruit.

The cost is $49 a person plus tax and tip. For more information, 210-228-0700 or email mitzi_pearson@mortons.com.

Four at the Fork

Roaring Fork, 1806 N. Loop 1604 W., is offering a Four at the Fork promotion through Sept. 30. From Sundays through Thursdays, diners can choose an entrée with three side dishes for $18. Some of the main course options include Shrimp and Grits, Cedar Plank Salmon, rotisserie chicken and fried chicken while the sides include cilantro rice, broccoli, spinach, green beans, and mac and cheese.

Call 210-479-9700 or visit www.roaringfork.com.

Pineapple treats

Whataburger introduces two new pineapple-flavored items on Monday after 3 p.m.: Pineapple Shakes and hot Pineapple Pies. Both will be available for a limited time only.

Smashburger love

Smashburger has kicked off a “Why I Love the Classic Smashburger” video contest, which runs through June 20. The videos, of course, have to be about the burger and must be emailed to classic@smashburger.com. The five top finalists will be posted on Smashburger’s Facebook page, where fans will be invited to vote for the best submission. The winner will receive free Smashburgers for a year.

 

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Beer Dinner Tuesday at Brasserie Pavil


Brasserie Pavil will host a beer dinner featuring the Beers of the World, with featured guest Travis Poling, author of the book “Beers Across Texas.”

The evening begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday and there will be a five-course meal and a reception with passed appetizers.

Enjoy these drinks:  Sunner Kolsh,  Koln (Cologne) Germany; Filnsburger Dunkel Schleswig-Holstein, Germany;  Southern Star Bomb Shell Blonde, American; Triple Karmeliet, Belgium; Southern Star Pine Belt Pale Ale, Texas;  Southern Star Buried Hatchet.

A beer-friendly Texas  meal will include: Medjool Date with foie gras mousse, duck pastrami and a port reduction; Curry Butternut Squash Soup with a goat cheese and crab dumpling and chipotle oil; Mediterranean full-on Sardine Tempura and a jicama, cilantro salad; Roasted Quail Cordon Blue with Manchego cheese and prosciutto, herbed red quinoa and a brown butter mustard. Also, Almond and Portabello- crusted Veal, Pale Ale-ginger emulsion and a white bean ragout. Dessert is Kaffir Lime Cheese Cake with ginger sauce

Price is $49 per person.   For reservations, call (210) 479-5000 or visit www.brasseriepavil.com.  Brasserie Pavil is at 1818 N. Loop 1604 W.

Irish whiskey tasting at Kirby’s

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the monthly Scotch tasting at Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse takes on a whole new profile. The feature on the first Tuesday of the month, March 1, will be four Irish whiskies from Jameson Distillery.

The Not Scotch Tasting will include Jameson Standard, Jameson 12-Year, Jameson Gold and Jameson 18-Year. The Jameson ambassador will also be on hand to answer questions.

The tasting runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and is priced at $25 a person. Kirby’s is at 123 N. Loop 1604 E. For reservations, call 210-404-2221.

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