Barbaro isn't just any pizza joint, think of it more as a pizza speakeasy - a neighborhood bar that features craft beer and absolutely fantastic pizza, salads and desserts showcasing the finest ingredients in combinations you wouldn't come up with on your own but make perfect sense once they're on your palette. If pizza had its own Oscar's, Barbaro's would be the Scarlet Johansson of the evening - sexy, sophisticated, clever and unique. We'd like to add cheesy, but you get our meaning. Barbaro's recently moved into the quaint Monte Vista neighborhood next to Lilly's cookies on McCullough and is yet another brilliant culinary creation birthed by the restaurateurs of The Monterey and Hot Joy.
Friendly to vegetarian and health-conscious diners, this funky spot serves breakfast tacos wrapped in whole-wheat tortillas, fruit muffins, and other diverse breakfast and brunch fare. The flour is stone-ground and unbleached, and most ingredients are organic, attracting a mixed clientele that includes granola yuppies and an older set just this side of hippie. Espressos and cappuccinos also get your day percolating. Everything is made from scratch here and the best part is they have two locations, so whether you're downtown or near Alamo Heights you can grab a cozy breakfast or pop in for lunch with friends and family. It's worth it!
Somehow Cafe Dijon manages to stay surprisingly affordable while at the same time serving up fresh and flavorful cafe food made with locally-sourced ingredients. This classy little restaurant and bakery has some yummy offerings for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch on weekends. A crowd favorite is the Dijon Burger made with locally-sourced Wagyu and Angus beef, grilled onions, pancetta, gouda, pickle, arugula and roasted tomato aioli on a housemade bun and served with housemade chips, although you're welcome to get a salad or fruit instead. The Duck Club is another popular choice, served on a brioche with bacon, black garlic aioli, romaine lettuce, tomato and pickled red onion. Although options may change day-to-day, you can expect to find some beautifully hand-painted macaroons, pastries and colorful chocolate truffles. They also serve up some satisfying local coffee from Pulp Coffee for the perfect finish.
Max's Wine Dive doesn't look very divey at all, in fact, they're an upscale joint but with a pretty humble attitude. Designed to be a chill and relaxed bar and restaurant, Max's blends a casual, industrial feel with a gourmet comfort food and wines from around the world. Max's mantra is "Fried Chicken and Champagne? Why the Hell Not?" Max's claims that on, "any given night of the week, you'll find a 20-something sitting at the bar next to a 60-something; each drinking the same Aussie Shiraz with the "Texas Haute Dog" and listening to rockin' tunes from the juke box." All over the city of San Antonio we've heard exclamations of delight over the most amazing fried chicken. Upon asking, invariable the answer is Max's Wine Dive.
20 Nine's new Chef, Jerry Toomey, came on board in June of 2014 and has, in just months, transformed it into one of the best farm-to-table restaurants in San Antonio. Toomey, a San Antonio native who resided in Seattle for a time, has brought along his sensibilities and passion for fresh, local ingredients and innovative cuisine. Practically everything you get here is made in-house, from the roasted chili oil which perfectly accompanies the Jumbo Scallop and Plantain appetizer to the fresh tomato sauce, hand-pulled mozzarella and dough that make their fantastic pizzas, such as the Pig and Pear. Much of the meat is also locally-procured and is ground in-house to make up delicacies such as 20 Nine's signature "Dork" Burger, which comes with a duck and pork patty, apple fennel jelly and crispy fried duck skin! You can also expect the freshest daily seafood specials, knowledgeable staff and an atmosphere that's elegant yet cozy. The ultimate pleasure!
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!
Enjoy a martini at ground level before ascending in the elevator to the dining area housed in this former silo. You can enjoy a prix fixe menu or just order by the plate. Thoughtfully-crafted dishes like scallop raviolis, mango-wasabi crab cakes, grilled and braised osso buco, and chicken-fried oysters (a local favorite) further distinguish Silo from other San Antonio establishments. Silo offers couples or families a place to celebrate a special occasion, even if it's just an hour or two of quiet time in an elegant atmosphere. If you're counting on chocolate souffle cake for dessert, call ahead because sweets vary nightly.
Bird Bakery is like a little bakery heaven. The staff is overwhelmingly friendly, encouraging you to try the wide variety of samples, from carrot cake, salted peanut butter cups, and Mexican chocolate brownies. Make sure to ask which items are gluten-free, as this is not a dedicated gluten-free bakery but comes with a variety of wonderful options. They have an amazing honey cheesecake made with Greek yogurt, but it tastes just as decadent and delicious as any cheesecake you've every tasted. Of course they have an array of cupcakes from the Elvis cupcake with peanut butter frosting to the Lemon Blueberry Pancake cupcake. Yum! Bird Bakery also serves lunch and dinner in a chic atmosphere.
Paloma Blanca is conveniently located in Alamo Heights and is something of an oasis, particularly on a hot summer day, with its flowering landscape and tropical palm trees. They offer much more than just an exceptional meal, they offer a relaxed, soothing environment where you can truly savor the conversation with your friends and family. Beyond the typical Tex-Mex fare, they offer dishes such as the Enchiladas San Miguel - enchiladas filled with mushrooms in a Salsa Guajillo, covered with queso fresco and served with poblano corn, white rice and Ensalada Esmeralda. Paloma Blanca is also leading the way in culinary awareness by offering a Paleo menu, complete with Paleo Tacos served on iceberg lettuce. Who says Tex-Mex can't be healthy?!
Paesanos has been around for a long time and will soon be celebrating its 50th year. They have several locations throughout town. Old World charm invigorates this San Antonio favorite, to which diners return again and again for sinfully delicious Italian eats. Shrimp Paesano is undoubtedly the favorite - think tender shrimp and pasta flavored by a luscious garlic-lemon sauce. Choices abound, ensuring that even the pickiest of eaters is satisfied. Veal is a specialty, but chicken, lamb, and beef also make appearances, as do pizza and a short but decent dessert list. The restaurant is always vibrant with activity and spontaneity. It's a great choice for a birthday party.