San Antonio Ensures Your First Meal of the Day is Your Best!
By Kimberly Suta
San Antonio Local Expert
Breakfast and brunch are meals that are meant to be truly enjoyed. The first meal of the day sets the tone for the rest of the day, so it's important to find just the right place to satisfy your brunchy cravings when visiting San Antonio!
To start with, The Kitchen at Sandy Oaks knows what it means to luxuriate in a meal. In fact, everything about this excellent restaurant beckons relaxation. Located on an olive tree farm, expect so much more than just brunch. The surroundings and the cuisine are enough to make you feel like you've traveled to a country far away where the ingredients are picked fresh that day and passion is everything.
You can get breakfast at the Guenther House every day of the week, but be sure to get their early, especially on Sundays. While there is often a wait for their soft, fluffy biscuits and sweet cream pancakes, you had better believe they're worth it! Put your name down on the wait list and then enjoy a little stroll along the riverwalk to build up an appetite.
Boiler House is another favorite for brunch on both Saturdays and Sundays because they know how to spoil their guests with some decadent selections. From the "David Lee Roth" Krispy Kreme Burger complete with a fried egg and warm maple syrup, to the Egg Nog Mexican Vanilla French Toast and House-Smoked Salmon Quiche, there is nothing else like it in San Antonio!
And don't forget your mimosas!
Tribeca has managed to find the right balance of great New American cuisine and exceptional service in a warm, cozy atmosphere and all at a surprisingly low price point. They're also open for lunch during the week, brunch on Sundays and happy hour for some mixologist-invented elixirs. The cuisine is eclectic and largely created with locally-sourced ingredients from a wide variety of Texas farms and ranches that Tribeca proudly displays on their website. The dishes are nothing short of divine. Where else will you find a dish made of brussel sprouts, crispy house-made pancetta, pecorino, rosemary vinaigrette and a poached farm egg that can so easily become an obsession? Other favorites include the Oven-Roasted Lockhard Quail with asparagus and wild mushroom risotto and Seared Scallops, perfectly cooked, with butternut squash risotto, sauteed spinach and lemon butter sauce. ((210) 320-0698)
9 Il Sogno
What could be better than Italian seafood? Il Sogno, located at the historic Pearl Brewery, is a five-star Italian caf� that offers homemade Italian classics created by the well-known restaurateur, Chef Andrew Weissman. The space is bright and modern, fun yet classy. The menu features Italian fare found in Rome and Florentine trattorias and osterias. For lunch, Il Sogno's offers a fantastic spread of antipasto as well as pizza, salad and other delights. For dinner, your palette can enjoy anything from homemade ravioli to their pan-seared halibut. You'll definitely want to pair your Italian delicacies with one of Il Sogno's fine beers, wines or desserts! (210-223-3900)
What's wonderful about Feast is their original perspective on food, not to mention their amazing execution of said perspective. They have divided their dishes into six categories, those being Oceanic, Heat, Chilled, Grilled, Crispy, Hearty. Feast opened their doors in September 2011 and have been offering spectacular New American cuisine with a Mediterranean flair in a variety of appetizers, entrees and "small plates" ever since. Chef Stefan Bowers culinary career developed its initial roots while growing up in Berkeley California during the early 1980's. Living in a city on the forefront of the organic movement gave him his first look at the now popular "sustainable" culinary food culture. ((210) 354-1024)
Cappy's, and Cappy himself, has been a staple of the Alamo Heights district in San Antonio for over three decades. In a word, superb! This upscale American cuisine restaurant is a sure thing if you're looking for a wonderful meal in an elegant atmosphere. They offer some of the freshest seafood, excellent steaks and regional/seasonal options as well. For lunch, you can't go wrong with the Oak-grilled Akaushi Burger, Chicken & Brie Sandwich or the Spiced Ahi Tuna Salad. If you're looking for something a bit more adventurous, try the Pecan-crusted Catfish or the Mussels and Fries. They also offer a great wine list and an outdoor patio where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful San Antonio sunshine! (210-828-9669)
6 Magnolia Pancake Haus
Known for its buttermilk pancakes that started from a recipe called 'The World's Best Pancakes,' the Magnolia Pancake Haus is a favorite among locals. Ask a group of San Antonians what their favorite place for breakfast is and you'll hear the name Magnolia many times. The Magnolia prides itself on making the type of food your great grandmother would have served to her guests. They even make their syrups right there in the restaurant. They offer a wide selection of breakfast products including omelets, waffles, Eggs Benedict and a variety of pancakes. Pancake flavors include bacon, bananas foster, blueberry, chocolate and of course their famous 'World's Best Pancakes.' (210-496-0828)
5 Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden
Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden is a true Texas original. Situated in the historic Pearl Brewery complex on the San Antonio River Walk, this wine-centric restaurant occupies the former "boiler house" which powered the adjacent brewery. The menu focuses on grilled items from local farms and markets, with a focus on "Texas ranch-style" cuisine. The good news is they have a wide variety of gluten-free dishes and are clearly noted on the menu. These delicacies are paired with extraordinary wines from around the world (all available by the glass, bottle and "to-go"), live music and a casual yet energetic atmosphere. The unique list of wines features pricing based on a "retail" model, and boasts some of the lowest prices in the area. (210) 354-4644)
4 La Fonda on Main
La Fonda is the oldest Mexican restaurant in San Antonio. Established in 1932, the restaurant has served at least two American presidents (Teddy Roosevelt and Lyndon B Johnson). However, their primary focus is on serving the city of San Antonio and the locals love this place! The restaurant serves Tex-Mex as well as interior Mexican foods. In a casual atmosphere with colorful decorations, diners relax and enjoy themselves. From the Espinaca Omelet to Migas La Fonda, you will find the perfect Tex-Mex brunch here. You'll also find traditional sides in the form of hasbrowns and a fruit cup available. (210-733-0621)
3 Arcade Midtown Kitchen
Arcade Midtown Kitchen is that rare and wonderful find in San Antonio. Not only do they source their ingredients locally whenever possible, which isn't too difficult when inspiration lies right outside their front door at the Pearl Brewery's Farmer's Market every Saturday, but they do something else even more extraordinary. Arcade knows how to artfully showcase the farm-fresh ingredients and flavors that they use. Executive Chef and owner, Jesse Perez, has a passion and great respect for his ingredients, such as the Diamond H Texas free-range quail he procures from nearby Bandera, Texas. Arcade's delectable Americana cuisine is influenced largely by Chef Perez's South Texas upbringing as well as his exposure and experience working with Southern, Californian, Mexican and Italian cuisines. Ahead of the curve, Arcade's appreciation for farm-to-table is not only about quality but about the relationships being built with the local farmers. Prepare for some divine dishes! ((210) 369-9664)
2 Guenther House
Sausage, biscuits, eggs, pancakes, waffles with sweet cream and a San Antonio mainstay: breakfast tacos. It is all at The Guenther House! Like so much of San Antonio, this restaurant has history behind it. The building is nearly 100 years old and even holds a museum and gift shop. It is a popular stop in the down town area. Whether you are in the mood for a full traditional breakfast or prefer a small plate of fresh and seasonal fruit, you are sure to find something to suit your breakfast attitude at The Guenther House. (210-227-1061, 800-235-8186)
1 The Kitchen at Sandy Oaks
The Kitchen at Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, located just south of San Antonio, is truly something to behold! Both the cuisine and the property are nothing short of majestic, but that's to be expected when the majority of ingredients are grown and picked exclusively for the restaurant. Besides the orchard, Sandy Oaks also maintains an olive tree nursery and an impressive garden filled with an unimaginable bounty. Chef Cook brings his expertise and farm-to-table mentality, what he calls farm-to-fork, to the Kitchen. It's easy to see this Chef and Orchard were meant for each other. The menu is inspired by the freshest seasonal ingredients available in the garden. Olives are, of course, artfully-integrated into the dishes. The new summer menu features a thoughtful array of fresh salads, soups and entrees, such as the Gulf Shrimp Scampi made with local zucchini, squash noodles and heirloom tomato. Dessert is also a must! The house made Olive Oil Cake with seasonal berry coulis is unbelievably moist and the Olive Oil Ice Cream is unexpectedly yummy. For those wishing to have this old world charm and serenity all to themselves can rent out this exceptional South Texas destination for a wedding or any other special event ((210) 621-0044)
About Kimberly Suta
Kimberly A. Suta is a professional freelance writer, filmmaker and entrepreneur with a background in marketing, advertising and social media. Her first business, Midnight Sun Innovations, involved a partnership with Regal Cinemas, the largest theatre chain in the world. Kimberly has written, directed and produced several films that have screened at Texas film festivals and she produces an annual film competition at the popular Alamo Drafthouse theatre. She recently published her second novel, The Rain Queen, which can be found on Amazon.com. Kimberly currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas, a place of much inspiration to her.
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