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Las Canarias Stages a Stag’s Leap Wine Dinner on Aug. 14


Las Canarias at La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St., will present the wines of Napa, California, favorite, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in a dinner set for Aug. 14.

stag's leapA reception is set for 6:30 p.m. with the five-course dinner beginning at 7 p.m.

The meal begins with Lemongrass-Poached Lobster, Pickled Papaya and Mustard Seed Relish with Curried Sweet Potato Nage and Stag’s Leap Sauvignon Blanc, followed by Fennel Flower Dusted Ono Spicy Petite Salad with White Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrette and Stag’s Leap KARIA Chardonnay.

Cocoa-Espresso Braised Lamb with Cipollini Wilted Greens and Port-Shallot Reduction will be paired with Stag’s Leap Hands of Time Red Blend. Slow-Roasted Buffalo Tenderloin Fennel, Salsify and Celery Root Ragout with Velour Jus will be served with Stag’s Leap Fay Cabernet Sauvignon.

Dessert is Bourbon Grilled Peach Olive Oil Cake with Salted Almond Streusel and Buttermilk Ice Cream with Stag’s Leap Artemis Cabernet.

The price is $95 a person plus tax and tip. For reservations, call (210) 518-1063.

 

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Wine Dinner, Las Canarias Features Wagner Wines, including Caymus


Enjoy wines for holiday meals, plus chocolate and cheese at Whole Foods.

Enjoy wines for holiday meals, plus chocolate and cheese at Whole Foods.

Las Canarias, at the Omni La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St., will be hosting a five-course chef’s tasting menu Thursday, Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m.

The wines will be from the Wagner Family of Wine, which includes the famous Caymus Vineyards label from Napa Valley, in addition to Mer Soleil from the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County and Belle Glos in the coastal areas of California.

The menu’s first course features chawanmushi with uni, sturgeon caviar, asparagus, egg and toast – paired with a Belle Glos Pinot Blanc. This will be followed by foie gras torchon with gargouillou of autumn vegetables – paired with a Mer Soleil Unoaked Chardonnay. Third course will offer prime calotte of beef with bone marrow beignets, foraged mushrooms and a green peppercorn sauce – paired with a Belle Glos Pinot Noir “Las Alturas” Vineyard. Fourth course will be a selection of artisan cheeses served with accompaniments – paired with a Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon. Finally, the meal will close with spiced sponge cake featuring cream cheese Bavarian, gingerbread base cake, carrot gelato, cinnamon moelleux and pecan tuile – paired with a Mer Soleil Late Harvest.

Dinner is $85 per person. To make a reservation, guests can call (210) 518-1177.

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Las Canarias: Classy Setting, Distinctive Flavors


It isn’t downtown Tuesday or thank God it’s Friday. Monday is just a quiet weekday when most of us are clinging to the vestiges of a weekend that’s rapidly vanishing.

But this week is Restaurant Week — Culinaria’s annual bash of budget-priced menus at some of the city’s favorite restaurants and a very good reason to leave home.

Ahead of time, we’d mentally sampled a range of flavors evoked by words on web pages — the menus from participating restaurants are online here. These are specials for three-course lunches ($15) and dinners ($35) offered through Saturday (and in some cases longer).

Braised Beef Short Rib with Homestead Grist Mill Polenta, Grilled Scallion and Pickled Okra Relish

Braised Beef Short Rib with Homestead Grist Mill Polenta, Grilled Scallion and Pickled Okra Relish

Las Canarias at the Omni La Mansion del Rio has long been a special-night-out place for my husband and me. Executive chef John Brand has continued its tradition of well-crafted dishes, local sourcing and many happy surprises in the well-constructed offerings from his menus.

Our first choice for Restaurant Week, Las Canarias tempted us with a starter of with grilled Texas Shrimp with Chimichurri Sauce and roasted corn for an appetizer as well as another good choice: Crispy Masa Dedos with aged cotija cheese and lime espelette aioli.

Served in a glass, the grill-marked shrimp had all the fresh, natural sweetness we’d wanted and was a perfect mate to the sugar in the roasted corn. Then, those sweet tastes did a lively two-step with tangy –  the fresh herbs and chimichurri sauce.

I’d had the masa dedos at a CIA Latin Flavors class a couple of years ago,  and Las Canarias’ version were just as warm and tender: Think airy, tiny little corn pancakes rolled up into flutes, then dipped into the creamy aioli and seasoned with some salty cotija cheese with a little sprinkle of red pepper.  Sumptuous but just enough for a starter, interesting but not likely to dull the appetite.

Braised Beef Short Rib

Braised Beef Short Rib shreds easily with a fork.

While the Patagonia Salmon, crusted with spice and served with a local farmer caponata and a little lemon curd was tempting, we were on a carnivore’s quest: the Braised Beef Short Rib on Homestead Grist Mill Polenta with Grilled Scallion and a Pickled Okra Relish was what we’d come for — and a great choice it was.

The meat was served cut off the rib and shredded easily with a fork. The warm, strong beefy aroma was lavish but also fulfilled its promise with rich, full flavor that comes from braising.

The pickled okra relish had a lemony tartness that complemented the mellow beef, while the buttery polenta was not just comfort food but also cleared the palate for the next, tempting taste of complex flavors.

Duck Leg Confit at Las Canarias, with House-Made Bacon, Brussels Sprouts Hash

Duck Leg Confit at Las Canarias, with House-Made Bacon, Brussels Sprouts Hash

My companion shared his Duck Leg Confit with me (just a little), and it was all it should be, with glossy brown skin and fall-apart texture. The side dish that almost stole the show was the combo of house-made bacon with Brussels sprouts hash — a dish related to shredded cabbage, yes, but its rich and very well-appointed cousin. The sweet-tart cherry sauce was the third facet of this dish, a classic for duck but the tiny Montmorency cherries were the jewels that made the difference.

Our Restaurant Week meal at Las Canarias came to an end with plates of warm pudding (think about a just slightly underbaked, large sugary cookie — but better — topped with ice cream and served with the warm sauce served in a little pitcher. We poured the thick toffee sauce until it pooled around the bottom of the dish. And, then we poured some more. A sweet dish and good way to say goodnight to an excellent Restaurant Week meal.

Las Canarias is at the Omni La Mansion del Rio Hotel on the River Walk. 112 College St. 210-518-1063.

Las Canarias Sticky Toffee Pudding

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Las Canarias, Ostra Are Offering River Parade Tickets


Get your tickets for the Texas Cavaliers River Parade?

Get your tickets for the Texas Cavaliers River Parade?

The Texas Cavaliers River Parade is coming up on Monday, April 22. Have you got your tickets yet?

If not, you may want to consider watching the floats from either the Omni La Mansión del Rio or Mokara Hotel & Spa. Both are offering menus to complement the party atmosphere.

Las Canarias, 112 College St., will have a courtyard buffet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. with a cash bar that goes until 11 p.m.  The price is $55 for adults; $25 for children ages 6-12; and $10 for a riverfront seat for children ages 5 and younger (the buffet is free for them).

The price includes buffet, complimentary parking, select non-alcoholic beverages and one river-front seat. (Choice seating is available on a first-come-first-serve basis). Patio seating and balcony window tables available at an additional $25 per adult. Prices do not include tax and tip.

Call (210) 518-1177 for reservations. All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card and confirmed three business days prior to the event or a 100 percent non-refundable cancellation policy will apply. Reservations will be billed in full on the night of the event; cancellation fees will be charged when cancelled, if applicable.

Ostra at the Mokara, 212 W. Crockett St., will have its full à la carte menu with dinner service beginning at 5:30 p.m. Outside seating on the patio will be available with a required $100 per person food and beverage minimum. Call Ostra at (210) 396-5817 for reservations.

River-view seating without restaurant dining is available for purchase through the concierge staff at $15 per person. Call (210) 518-1177 for details and reservations

Happy Fiesta!

 

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Want to Visit the Most Romantic City for Dining on Valentine’s Day? You’re Here


What is your idea of a romantic place to dine?

What is your idea of a romantic place to dine?

With Valentine’s Day approaching, it makes sense that OpenTable would rank the most romantic cities in the country for dining.

At the top of the list? San Antonio with the unique beauty of the River Walk and its vast range of eateries or the epic sweep of the Hill Country that can be enjoyed at places such as Francesca’s at Sunset or Antlers.

Austin landed at No. 2, followed by Providence, R.I., La Jolla, Calif., and Columbus, Ohio.

Surprised? So was CultureMap Dallas, which announced the news in the expected tone of condescension that often accompanies know-nothing articles about the city: “When you think of the most romantic cities in the United States, there’s a clear pecking order: San Francisco, New York City, New Orleans and maybe somewhere like Charleston, South Carolina. But according to OpenTable, the most romantic city in the states is … San Antonio.”

Two restaurants cited in the report were Ounce Prime Steakhouse, 1401 N. Loop 1604 W., and Bella … on the River, 106 River Walk St.

I guess romance is in the eye of the beholder. It could be a candlelit table for two in a secluded spot, such as the Vineyards, or an elegant table at the top of the Tower of the Americas. Perhaps that’s why Dallas, an unfocused urban sprawl with its sad display of money over taste, made the list at No. 11.

So, how do you define romantic? And where in San Antonio will you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Here’s a list of possibilities.

 

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Griffin to Go: Tales of Portugal, Chocolate and Roasted Radishes


The holiday season always means an extra-busy schedule, filled with gatherings at work and with friends as well as shopping, stuffing stockings and enjoying the lights both on the River Walk and on many people’s homes. It also brings on a lot of good food, both homemade and in restaurants around town.

The following are some random food notes that have nothing to do with each other than they were recent treats that offered a few culinary lessons along the way.

At Portugal’s table

I’ve visited Portugal twice and hope to go back many more times. The cuisine from the country’s various regions, largely unknown in America, is a lesson in making the most of every morsel available.

The people in the county are not rich in money, but their food is certainly filled with the riches of the ocean as well as their own farms. Cheeses bursting with flavor, unctuous and tangy olive oils, and hundreds of desserts made with a mixture of egg yolks and sugar are just a few of the culinary treasures to be found.

So, when Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard in Elmendorf announced that Portugal would be the latest dinner in their ongoing passport series, I was more than willing to taste whatever chef Scott Grimmitt came up with for his menu.

Sure enough, the evening began with two of those stunning cheese, which vary from town to town. One was a creamy Azores Flores and an aged raw cow’s milk cheese call Sao Jorge, both of which paired well with a sparkling wine from the ever-reliable Casal Garcia.

Then the courses flew by, with a kale and sausage filled Caldo Verde, thickened with potato, a happy marriage of pork and clams, and, perhaps my personal favorite of the evening, grilled sardines with a piri-piri sauce and fresh lemon. Grimmitt shared his recipe for the killer sauce, which he described as a chimichurri with sriracha adding a welcome kick. (So, that’s parsley, garlic, olive oil, a touch of vinegar and salt, plus the fiery kick of sriracha used to taste.) Try it on fish, fajitas of any type, roast chicken or just a slice of bread.

A hearty steak with potatoes preceded a custard tart — those egg yolks and sugar, again — topped with port-soaked strawberries. While the tart was wonderful, the simple magic of the port-soaked strawberries could make an easy dessert throughout the holiday season. A dollop of whipped cream and you’re all set.

The program for the dinner included next year’s dinners at Sandy Oaks, so you may want to start preparing now:

  • Feb. 1 — Croatia
  • April 12  — Sicily
  • June 7  —  Andalucia
  • Aug. 9  — Morocco
  • Oct. 11  — Chile
  • Dec. 13  —  Mexico

For more information on Sandy Oaks, click here.

Chocolate many times over

A chocolate temple complete with torches and a pool of passion fruit sauce.

Susana Trilling, one of Mexico’s top chefs, made a welcome appearance at Las Canarias for a chocolate-themed dinner. It’s the first in a series the restaurant in the Omni La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St., has planned. Chiles and corn will be the themes of the next two meals, planned for early 2013.

The five-course tasting menu, accompanied by a savory starter and truffles laced with hot chiles, made you rethink all you thought you knew about the flavors of chocolate, cocoa and cacao.

Duck breast in an achiote-chocolate sauce was silky with a slight tingle of heat and the supple, dark mystery of the cocoa. Beef sautéed with wild porcinis in a chocolate and Cabernet Sauvignon sauce offered a complex host of flavors, and a roasted pumpkin soup was served with chocolate croutons. Chocolate came in all three dishes, but that common ingredient didn’t taste the same from dish to dish.

Perhaps my favorite expression was a mixed green salad with matchsticks of watermelon radish, Honeycrisp apple and almonds tossed with a chocolate-orange-vanilla dressing. Las Canarias chef John Brand said that the original recipe had also called for kohlrabi, but his suppliers and local farmers could find any that day.

Dessert was a dark chocolate temple dedicated to the rain god Cosijo and arrived with a passion fruit sauce that disappeared as quickly as the chocolate.

For many chefs and restaurateurs, these special dinners can just seem like extra work. But not at Las Canarias during this meal. Everyone we spoke with from the staff was in awe of Trilling and the knowledge she had to impart. Some even came in on their day off to help make the banana leaf-wrapped mole tamales filled with olives and plantain.

Roast that radish

Roasted radishes a la John Brand

This coming Sunday is Noche de los Rabanos, the Oaxacan festival of radishes. Every year on Dec. 23, the citizens of that Mexican village get together with radish carvings of the most intricate nature. It’s a chance to celebrate together before enjoying the more private family gatherings of Christmas. (A bit of trivia: Trilling was born on Dec. 23, thereby earning the nickname “Rabanita,” or “Little Radish.”)

I love to use radishes in a lot of dishes, both raw and cooked, from latkes to raw ravioli, in which this slices of lime-soaked daikon radish have goat cheese spread between them.

Brand offered up another variation of what to do with these root vegetables: Take red globe radishes, rub olive oil over them and season with rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper. Roast at 350 degrees for about a half hour or until the radishes are done. Then, serve them as a snack.

Brand said if he ever had a bar, he’d make this the snack food.

After giving them a try, I can see why. They’re aren’t just good by themselves, they’re great with a pilsner on the side.

Let no leftovers go to waste

A pot of ham soup.

In a column of leftover food items, it’s good to end with a few thoughts on real leftovers.

I found myself facing some really good leftover ham, minus the ham bone, so it just made sense to make a fresh pot of soup using the vegetables I had in the bottom of the fridge. A turnip, some broccoli stems, carrots, onion and cabbage, with a little garlic, became the base, sautéed for about 10 minutes in olive oil, while some vegetable broth came to a boil on the back burner. Then, about as much ham as vegetables went into the pot for a good warming before the stock was added. A beer was added at the end to provide an added richness of flavor.

There was still plenty of ham left. So more cabbage and onion got chopped up. This time, dill pickles were added with the ham to create a massive amount of salad, mixed with sour cream and mayonnaise, some extra dill weed for good measure, plus salt and pepper.

Both will come in handy on those days when making lunch takes up too much time in the morning.

When I told this to a friend, she wondered why no ham casserole. That’s certainly a possibility, but most casseroles have too many potatoes, carb-heavy soups and starches for my diabetic diet, but I could easily see layering ham, potatoes and cheese in a 9-by-13-inch pan, adding milk or cream and seasonings, and baking until its a bubbling thing of beauty. Or maybe adding ham to a baked macaroni and cheese.

What do you like to do with leftover ham when you don’t have a ham bone?

 

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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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Are Reservations for Dinner on Your Christmas List?


Bohanan’s is decorated for Christmas guests.

Christmas is coming, and that means it’s time for yet another list. This one isn’t for Santa, it’s of places where you can dine out for the holiday, either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Also included are a few special lunches. Reservations are required at most places, and prices do not include tax and tip. Call first and enjoy your holiday meal.

Achiote at the Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market St., (210) 451-6171 — Christmas Eve brings a special buffet dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. with salads, pickled beets, creamed herring, Shrimp and Smoked Corn Chowder, Pork Posole, Carved Hardwood Smoked Prime Rib, St.Louis Style Pork Ribs, Hill Country Wild Boar Sausage, Asian Braised Beef Short Ribs, Fresh Market Select Fish Lightly Finished, Roasted Winter Vegetable Ragout and Daniel’s Festive Dessert Celebration. The cost is $45 for adults, $30 for children ages 6-12. Tax and 18 percent tip will be added to each check. The Christmas Day buffet is from noon to 9 p.m with salads, Tortilla Soup San Antonio, Natural Beef Rib-eye “Paralliada,” Seared Crusted Rack of Berkshire Pork, Pan Jus, Baked Mahi Mahi Barigoule, Rosemary Scented Chicken with Winter Mushrooms, Local Harvest Vegetable Medley, Holiday Cookies and Traditional Treats. The cost is $45 for adults, $30 for children 6-12. Tax and 18 percent tip will be added to each check.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-0722 — Biga is open Christmas Eve from 5 to 8 p.m. with a menu that includes the following:  Crab, glass noodle and wood ear mushroom spring rolls with mint and shiso dipping sauces;  slow braised veal Osso Buco, soft parmesan rosemary polenta, broccolini, Meyer lemon olive gremolata, natural jus;  and Double Chocolate Bouche de Noel, tiny meringue mushrooms, cherry sauce.  Seasonal jazzy music from Katchie Cartwright and Richard Oppenheimer.

Bin 555, 555 W. Bitters Road, (210) 496-0555 — The Christmas Eve special is a five-course prix fixe for $45. the menu includes Pan Seared Diver Scallops with Fennel, Sugar Pumpkin Puree, Apple and Cranberry as the entree and Signature Nutella Torte with Hazelnut Nougat.

Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, 219 E. Houston St., (210) 472-2600 —  Bohanan’s will be open Christmas Eve offering its regular menu of prime aged corn-fed beef, seafood, and tableside desserts flambé.

Bolo’s at the Omni San Antonio Hotel, 9821 Colonnade Blvd., (210) 699-5803 — The Christmas Day Champagne Brunch is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items from the buffet include  Apple wood Smoked Bacon, Country House Pork Sausage Links, Eggs Benedicts with Serrano Ham and Chorizo Hollandaise Sauce, Rotisserie Roasted Yukon Hash, Apple and Cheese Crepes, an  Omelet Station, Seasonal Fruit, Warm Butter Croissants & Fruit Danish, muffins,  Prepared Salads & Cheese,  Tamale Station, Pulled Pork with Green Chile, Achiote Chicken, Beef and Cilantro, Pupusa Station, Braised Pork Shoulder and Mexican Slaw, Paella Station, Pozole Station, Butter Poached Cod with Yukon Potatoes, Marinated Chicken Breast with Tomato Jam, Beef Medallions with Chimichurri,  Oven Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, Bone-in Ham, Seafood Display and desserts. Prices are $39.95 for adults, $35.95 for seniors, and $16.95 for children ages 5-11.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, (210) 821-5454 — The restaurant will be open 5:30-10 p.m. Christmas Eve. Chef Francois Maeder will be serving holiday cheer in the form of 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.

Las Canarias will host an elaborate Christmas Day buffet.

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, (210) 828-9050; Frederick’s Bistro,  14439 N.W. Military Highway, (210) 888-1500 — Both restaurants will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Night for dinner. A few items from the special menu: New England Clams & Crab Chowder ($8),  Fried Calamari with Spicy Thai Barbecue Sauce ($11),  Escargot Bordelaise Sauce and Mushroom ($11),  Frederick’s Crab Cake & Spicy Tartar Sauce ($12), Frederick’s Traditional Turkey Served with all the trimmings  ($27),  Apple Cider & Maple Syrup Glazed Christmas Ham ($24),  Beef Tenderloin ($38),  Norwegian Salmon with Champagne Caviar Mousseline ($29),  and Veal Strip Loin with Shiitake Mushroom Port Wine Sauce ($32).

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

Hyatt Hill Country Resort, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, (210) 767-7999 — While the resort is undergoing a $35 million renovation, the Christmas activities include s’mores by the fire on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The movie in the ballroom will be “Charlie Brown Christmas” and “A Christmas Carol” on Dec. 24 and “Arthur Christmas” on Dec. 25. Santa will appear at the resort from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Las Canarias at Omni La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St., (210) 518-1177 — The Christmas Day brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It includes classic breakfast items, such as omelets made to order, Country Breakfast Sausage, Blueberry Sage Sausage Patties, Belgian Waffles, Classic Mushroom and Gruyére Quiche, Soft Poached Eggs on Serrano Ham, and Strawberry and Mascarpone Cheese Blintzes. Starters: Rio Grande Valley Fresh Fruit Salad, Charcuteriere, artisian cheeses, Chef Prepared Salads, Roasted Chestnut and Butternut Squash Bisque, Penne Pasta Salad, Seared Portobello Mushrooms, Hearts of Romaine Lettuce, Spinach and Smoked Duck Salad, Cobb Salad, Smoked Trout, Chilled Jumbo Prawns, Louisiana Gulf Oysters, Redfish Ceviche and Cocktail Crab Claws. Chef-carved items include Smoked Prime Rib of Beef, Guinness and Honey Roasted Turkey Breast, Roasted Leg of Lamb, and Cider Cured Pork Loin “Ham.” A few of the desserts: Eggnog and Vanilla Panna Cotta, Grasshopper Brownies, Christmas Sugar Cookies, Raspberry Marshmallows, Minted Blueberry Cheesecake, Spiced Brown Sugar Coffeecake and Carrot Cupcakes with Pistachio Cream Cheese Mousse. Cost is $72 per adult or $36 for children ages 6-12. The regular menu will be offered starting at 6 p.m.

Laurent’s Modern Cuisine, 4230 McCullough Ave., (210) 822-6644 — Christmas Eve will feature the regular 5-course prix fixe dinner with several specials including lobster and possibly fresh dover sole.

Little Gretel, 518 River Road Boerne, (830) 331-1368 — Little Gretel will be open Christmas Eve for dinner with the regular menu being offered.

Little Rhein Steak House,231 S. Alamo St., (210) 225-2111 — The Christmas Eve menu includes a multi-course dinner beginning with a Holiday Bread Basket, followed by Lobster Bisque. A Field Greens Salad with Cranberries, Walnuts, Goat Cheese and Basil Vinaigrette precedes a choice of Prime Rib with Au Jus and Horseradish Cream, Asparagus and Au Gratin Potatoes and Yorkshire Pudding or Bay of Fundy Salmon Fillet with Lemon Dill Sauce and Roasted Fall Vegetables. Dessert is a choice of Sticky Toffee Pudding or Apple Pie with Cinnamon Ice Cream. Cost is $49 per person.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, (210) 561-9700 — The restaurant will be open from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Christmas Eve with a Chilean sea bass special in addition to the regular menu.

Lüke San Antonio, 126 E. Houston St., (210) 227-5853 — The restaurant will be open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Christmas Day. The multi-course menu includes appetizers, salad, soup, an entree of roasted prime aged beef rib with sides, followed by a pre-dessert and dessert. The price is $55 per adult and $22 per child.

Oro at the Emily Morgan Hotel, 705 E. Houston St., (210) 224-0146 — Oro is offering a family-style multi-course wine dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Christmas Eve. The meal begins with a salad of Bluebonnet Farms Petite Lettuces and local goat cheese. The main course is a mixed grill with Peeler Farms half-roasted young chicken, Akaushi Flat-Iron Steak, Mesquite Smoked Beef Ribeye and assorted sausages. Sweets include an assortment of house-made favorites: Lime Chevre Cheesecake, Dark Chocolate Espresso Cake and Strawberry Creme Brulee . The meal is priced at $59.95 per couple or $119.95 for four persons and includes a selection of Berringer Founders Collection Wines and complimentary valet parking.

Dine from Ostra’s regular menu on Christmas Day.

Ostra at the Mokara Hotel, 212 W. Crockett St., (210) 396-5817 — Ostra will have its regular à la carte menu available all day. Featured themed specials are available during dinner service, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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

Perry’s Steakhouse, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 558-6161 — Perry’s will be open until 11 p.m. Christmas Eve.

Q on the Riverwalk at the Downtown Hyatt, 123 Losoya, (210) 362.6325 — The Christmas Day brunch buffet will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The buffet includes shrimp and crab claw shooters, charcuterie, seasonal produce including winter greens and fingerling potato salad, roasted butternut squash bisque and breads. Carved to order: peppercorn-encrusted prime rib and Calvados-glazed bone-in ham. The Wall of Fire will feature bourbon-braised beef short ribs, crab-encrusted rainbow trout, spiced rum and maple-glazed pork, chicken roulade, bruleed sweet potatoes, and grilled asparagus and baby carrots. Desserts: warm apple strudel, pumpkin rolls, chocolate pot de creme, maple creme brulee, glazed tangerine tarts, chocolate bread pudding and boubon banana crepe station. Cost: $44 for adults, $22 for children. Price includes champagne and parking in the Hyatt garage across the street.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House— The restaurant is offering Christmas lunches Monday-Friday at both locations. Lunches are available now through Dec. 21 at Concord Plaza, 7720 Jones Maltsberger Road, (210) 821-5051, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunches at the Sunset Station location, 1170 E. Commercce St., (210) 227-8847, are Dec. 17-21 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The meal costs $50 a person and includes starter, choice of entrée, accompaniment and dessert.

Silo,1133 Austin Hwy., (210) 824-8686; 434 N. Loop 1604 W., (210) 483-8989 — The special Christmas Eve menu includes a choice of salad, followed by choice of veal chip with wild mushroom risotto (add jumbo lump crab for $6 extra), gulf flounder with lemon pepper basmati, or lamb loin with red skin smashed potatoes. Dessert choices are toasted coconut pie or dark chocolate truffle mousse. The price is $42 a person. The regular dinner menu will be available.

Simi’s Indian Cuisine, 4535 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 737-3166 — The restaurant is open from 3 to 8 p.m. Christmas Day.

Sustenio at Eilan Hotel Resort & Spa, 17103 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 598-2950 — Sustenio will offer dinner Christmas Eve from 5 to 10 p.m. with dinner from the regular house menu. Christmas Brunch will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with traditional holiday fare served family style. The cost is $42 for adults and $14 for children 12 and under.

The Terrace Grill at Riven Rock Ranch, 390 Hermann Sons Road, Comfort, (830) 995-4045 — Christmas Day dinner is served from 2:30 to 5 p.m. A salad station with five options and a dessert station featuring Pumpkin Layer Cake, Cranberry & Blueberry Cobbler and Double Chocolate French Silk Pie be offered. The main course comes with plenty of sides and the choice of two of the following carved meats: Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, Herbs De Provence & Sea Salt Crusted Pork Loin or Texas ranchers registry certified Angus Prime Rib. The cost is $54.95 for adults, $34.95 for children under 10, no charge for infants.

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

Tre Trattoria in Alamo Heights, 4003 Broadway, (210) 805-0333 — The Christmas Eve special is a four-course prix fixe with complimentary antipasti for $45. The menu includes Rosemary Porchetta with House Made Spaghetti and San Marzano and Egg Nog Gelato with Italian Cookies.

Tre Trattoria Downtown at The Fairmount Hotel, 401 S. Alamo St., (210) 223-0401 — The Christmas Eve special includes a four-course prix fixe for $35 a person. On the menu is a  Cast Iron New York Strip with House Made Gnocchi with Natural Jus as well as Nutella X3 Signature Dessert.

The Westin La Cantera Resort, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 558-6500 — Dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will be in Brannon’s Cafe.

Restaurateurs, if your place is not on our list, please email griffin@savorsa.com and we’ll add you.

 

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Las Canarias Dinner with Susanna Trilling, a Feast in Chocolate


One of Mexico’s most famous chefs, Susanna Trilling of Oaxaca, will be the guest chef at a triple chocolate dinner set for Dec. 13 at Las Canarias, Omni La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St.

The evening begins with a chocolate drink with mezcal, followed by Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Chocolate Croutons.

Mixed Greens with Kolrabi, Apples and Almonds with a Chocolate Orange Vanilla Dressing precedes Duck Breast in Achiote Chocolate Sauce on a Nest of Sweet Potato and Apple Fritters. Filet of Beef Sauteed with Wild Porcinis, Chocolate and Cabernet Sauvignon will be served before a Chocolate Temple Dedicated to the Rain God Cosijo with Tejate Ice Cream.

Mexican Coffee and Tea with Chocolate Chile Truffles will also be served.

This is the first of three dinners with Trilling that will focus on New World foods. The other two, centered on chile and corn, will be scheduled for 2013.

The price is $85 a person or $100 with additional beverage pairings. For reservations, call 210-518-1177 and ask to be included in the chocolate dinner.

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The Lighting of the River Parade Brings Sparkle to the Dining Scene


The Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony is Nov. 23.

One of the most enjoyable events of the entire year in San Antonio is the sparkle and luster of the Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony, which kicks off the holiday season on the river. This parade is always the Friday after Thanksgiving, which means it is on Nov. 23 this year. A number of restaurants along the river are offering seats and special meals to celebrate. The list includes the following:

Achiote River Cafe & Bar at the Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market St., (210) 451-6171 — Seating is from 5 to 10 p.m. The meal includes salads, antipasto Latino, shellfish with orzo, jicama with citrus, chips with guacamole and three salsas, lobster and shellfish bisque, hickory-smoked strip loin, dill-crusted Scottish salmon, chicken Margharite, Texas short rib chili con carne, macaroni and aged white cheddar and miniature desserts. Cost is $65 per person for patio seating, $45 for restaurant seating, and half price for children ages 6-12. Price does not include tax and 18 percent service charge.

Hilton Palacio del Rio, 200 S. Alamo St., (210) 224-3367 — The menu for river parade includes romaine and chive wedge salad with cilantro rolled goat cheese and chipotle Caesar dressing; Airline chicken breast with ancho chile butter; Cilantro rice and chef’s selection of holiday vegetables; and Kahlua and Mexican chocolate cheesecake. Menu includes iced tea and coffee service with dessert. Additional beverages and cocktails can be purchased at an additional charge. Price: $59.95, dinner with outdoor patio seating; $42.95, dinner with indoor seating; $25, single parade chairs, available on the night of the parade.

The Jack Guenther Pavilion 6-9 p.m., 210 W. Market St., the Briscoe Western Art Museum and Rosemary’s Catering have joined together to offer Holiday River Parade patrons a gourmet dinner and premier seats for the River Walk lighting and the parade. You’ll enjoy a direct bird’s-eye view of the River Parade route, sitting directly across the river from Arneson theatre. Guests will experience indoor and outdoor spaces, a gourmet dinner, private restrooms, exclusive parade seating, a cash bar and plenty of room to mingle and enjoy the holiday season with friends and family. This event welcomes large families, tourists, parade enthusiasts, foodies and anyone looking for a fun experience in downtown San Antonio! Reservations are now being accepted. No tickets will be sold the day of the event, reservations must be placed in advance to secure a spot. Call Rosemary’s Catering at 210-474-7640 or email acampos@therkgroup.com.

Las Canarias at Omni La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St., (210) 518-1063 — La Mansión Pool Buffet will be served 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. with cash bar until 9 p.m. Pricing: Adult: $32.95 per person; children ages 6-12: $16.95 per person; children ages 5 years and younger can eat for free but the cost of a riverfront seat is $10 each. Riverfront seat is available for $25 per person in advance or $15 per person on the day of, based on availability. Las Canarias is offering the following dining options from 5:30 p.m., during dinner service: Restaurant Interior: Limited à la carte dining menu will be available with complimentary river-front seat. Restaurant Patio: Dinner available for $150 per person and includes a four-course dinner, one complimentary glass of champagne and one complimentary cheese and fruit plate, per table.

Ostra at the Mokara Hotel, 212 W. Crockett St., (210) 396-5817 — The following dining options are available from 5:30 p.m., during dinner service: Restaurant Interior: The regular à la carte menu will be available, no food and beverage minimum required. Restaurant Patio: Patio dining requires a food and beverage minimum of $50 per person.

The holiday season kicks in with the Lighting of the River.

Paesanos Riverwalk, 111 W. Crockett St., (210) 227-2782 — Start with an optional appetizer sampler for two: Parmesan Crusted Artichoke Hearts, Giant Calamari With Duet of Sauces And Crab Cake Croquettes, $14.95 extra. Follow that with a multi-course meal that begins with field green salad or Italian Wedding Soup. Entrée choices: Shrimp Paesano, Nicoise Salad With Herb Crusted Salmon, Grilled Center Cut Filet Mignon, Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breast, or Eggplant Parmigiana. Dessert: Crepes With Fresh Strawberries. Includes iced tea, assorted soft drinks and coffee. Seating and Pricing Options: Riverfront dining, $80; other seating options, $58.95. Tax and 20 percent service charge to be added. Children’s menu available.

Rio Rio Cantina, 421 E. Commerce St., (210) 226-8462 — Among the treats during the river parade are Fresh Tostadas and Dips, Multi-Colored Tortilla Chips, Salsa and Chile Con Queso, Fiesta Layered Dip, Rio-Rio Veggie Wraps, Chicken Flautas, Mini Barbecue Chicken Kabobs, Salad Station, Build Your Own Fajita Super Nacho Station, Beef & Chicken Fajitas Al Carbon, Enchilada Station, Mexican Rice and Refried Beans, and desserts. Price: Adult, $49.95; Child 9 and younger, $24.98. A 20 percent service charge and tax will be added.

Zuni Grill, 223 Losoya St., (210) 227-0864 — A multi-course meal will be served including Spinach Salad followed by a choice of Shrimp Paesano, Grilled 10-ounce Chipotle Rubbed Ribeye, Southwest Chicken or Portobello Fajitas. Dessert is Chocolate Confusion Cake. Dinner includes iced tea, assorted soft drinks and coffee. Seating and pricing options: Inside dining with parade chair on the river, $49.95; outside river patio table for dining and viewing of parade, $49.95; dining inside on second level loft with a parade chair on loft balcony for viewing, $49.95. Sales tax and 20 percent service charge will be added. Kid’s menu available.

Photos courtesy www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com

If you would like to add another restaurant to the list, email walker@savorsa.com or griffin@savorsa.com.

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