San Antonio's Culinary Scene is Exploding with Exceptional Restaurants and Visionary Chefs

Kimberly Suta

By , Local Expert, San Antonio
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The San Antonio culinary scene is exploding with passionate, trend-setting and extraordinary Chefs who are showcasing their sexy and scrumptious dishes at some of the newest restaurants in town. Even the restaurants which have been open for a while are rolling out new menus, new dishes and new concepts. Los Angeles and New York had better put on their fighting gloves because there's soon to be a battle for the best foodie town and San Antonio, often the underdog, is gaining momentum and soon to be the favorite! Restaurants such as Boiler House and Arcade are taking advantage of the growing community of hip foodies at the Pearl...  Read more »

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    Tejas Steakhouse & Saloon

    Tejas Steakhouse offers guests superb cuisine as well as a unique and exciting experience, especially on...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Do yourself a favor and start your meal out right with Tejas' signature "Quail on a Wire," which consists of bacon-wrapped Texas quail breasts stuffed with smoked jalapenos and pepper jack cheese! For those who aren't familiar with the Akaushi beef served at Tejas, it's a heart-healthy Japanese Wagyu breed of cattle."

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    Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden

    Boiler House makes exceptional cuisine using the best farm-to-table ingredients you won't find anywhere else in Texas!

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the Chorizo Sausages or Braised Kurabuta Pork Belly for some gluten-free yumminess!"

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    Sustenio offers an elegant Mediterranean menu, an extensive wine list and a celebrity chef at the helm!

    Local Expert Tip: "The Baklava with pralines, cajeta-cinnamon ice cream and salted chocolate crunch is a must-have for dessert!"

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    Arcade Midtown Kitchen

    Arcade is one of the newer restaurants to hit the San Antonio culinary scene and are becoming a local's favorite.

    Local Expert Tip: "Start your meal off with a barrel-aged cocktail such as an Old Fashioned, complete with your very own iceberg. Next, enjoy one of the foodie favorites, such as the Lobster Soft Taco, P.E.I Mussels with Chorizo or any of Arcade's daily specials!"

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    Bella on the River

    Bella is a great restaurant to visit if you're looking for a place on the Riverwalk with exceptional cuisine.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to take advantage of the made-from-scratch desserts such as their ever-popular Virginia's Pistachio Cake or the scrumptious Butterscotch Creme Brulee. Yum!"

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    Ilsong Garden

    If you're craving some Asian cuisine, you can't go wrong at Ilsong gardens which features some of the best Korean classics.

    Local Expert Tip: "Ask for "Kevin's Ramen!""

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    Minnie's Tavern

    French, fun, elegant and cool, Minnie's Tavern is a great date night with top-notch food!

    Local Expert Tip: "For dessert, you simply MUST try the Merengue! It melts in your mouth!"

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    Taps Y Tapas

    They puts a lot of tender-loving-care into all of their dishes; plus it's a great place to hang with friends and drink some craft beer!

    Local Expert Tip: "Chef's daily specials are superb! Sample treats like Braised Beef Cheek Sliders, Lamb Tacos and Tuna Tartare Tostadas! Oh, and don't forget to try the homemade sangria and bottomless momosas on Sundays!"

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    The Clean Plate

    If you are wanting a place that serves only farm-to-table dishes and doesn't cost you an arm and a leg, The Clean Plate is the best!

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the Gua Bao!"

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    Saveurs 209

    Saveurs 209 is run by a family that is extremely passionate about what they do and what they do is create exemplary French cuisine.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the chocolate souffle for dessert with a sweet and tangy black current sorbet that is divine."



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