Owned by San Antonio celebrity Chef, Johnny Hernandez, Burgerteca, is a new restaurant and the first to open up along the Mission Trail extension of the river walk, south of downtown. The concept itself is also the first of its kind, a burger and ice cream concept inspired by ingredients and flavors distinct to traditional Mexican food. Although you can almost always expect to find a crowd, this is a fun place to go for dinner on the weekends. You can relax outside on the patio or in their vibrantly decorated dining room. The burgers, too, are fun and tasty. These might not be the traditional burgers you're used to, but that's a good thing! Experiment with options such as the Al Pastor with beef, grilled pineapple, tomatillo and manchego cheese or even better, the Pacifica, a seared tuna burger with slaw, sesame seeds and avocado. Delicioso!
East meets west at this Peruvian restaurant that gleefully plays with Asian-South American fusions. The cuisine is properly referred to as Chifa Nikkei. In Peru, Chifa refers to Chinese-Peruvian cuisine and Nikkei to Japanese-Peruvian food. The seasoned chef of Botika, Geronimo Lopez, is a world traveler from Caracas, Venezuela. His cuisine is inspired by all of a multitude international cultures, offering diners a taste of something unique and exceptional. Unlike anything else you'll find at the Pearl or even in San Antonio for that matter, Botika is a fun and surprisingly affordable place to take a date before the game or any other kind of event. Start your meal with some Hoisin-shitake braised pork steamed buns or the duck confit and potato empanadas. As you roll into your main course, go light with some beautiful fresh sushi or dig into a signature dish.
Grayze is one of the newest restaurants to appear on the culinary landscape in San Antonio, conveniently located across Broadway Street from the popular Pearl Brewery Community. Grazye, which also sports a bar and patio, is the first of hopefully many more restaurant concepts to spring from this new restaurant group. With 50 percent farm to table ingredients, this self-proclaimed approachable gourmet cuisine served in a barnyard chic setting is expecting their affordable menu of familiar dishes will help establish Grayze as the new neighborhood hot spot and for good reason. The price point is almost unbelievable, making it the kind of place that a family could easily dine at a couple of times a week. Although they're certainly appealing to locals, the Pearl area is without-a-doubt the must-see neighborhood of San Antonio right now, and Grayze is the perfect place to dine to get a taste of the emerging food culture there. The menu ranges from mouth-watering burgers and scrumptious sides like frites with house-made ketchup and aioli, calamari with shishito chamoy and saffron aioli to heart happy vegetarian dishes like The Harvest, which comes with beets, green beans, asparagus, barley, farro, ricotta, almonds and preserved lemon vinaigrette. So good you don't miss the meat. Grazye also offers Happy Hour, which runs from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm from Monday through Saturday, and they also just they have also introduced breakfast and brunch on weekends.
While Sangria on the Burg makes some amazing sangria, they're also known for their chef-driven cuisine and are an industry favorite in town. Food-lovers and even chefs like to dine here. The menu is focused on Texas and Mexican ingredients and spices. Meat-lovers will appreciate the focus on BBQ, such as the smoked brisket tacos with pasilla onion strings and BBQ sauce. Tacos and sliders, such as the Deep Blue, a panko breaded salmon cake with guac, jalepeno-dill tarter sauce and red cabbage-carrot slaw, are the highlights. However, if you're dining light you can get your brisket on a salad or try their "Fideo of the Day." The outdoor seating is limited, but it's all so tasty, you won't mind if you have to sit inside. This is a hot spot for brunch, so make sure to make reservations or get there early. The vibe is fun and festive, so take the crew!
JD's Chili Parlor is new on the scene in San Antonio, although they've been serving up gourmet artisan chili, barbecue and mac-n-cheese at Texas markets for years. They recently moved to the Local Sprout Food Hub in San Antonio and are planning on opening a restaurant soon. Still, currently, you can enjoy their extraordinary "chili 'cue" and other yummy eats at markets such as the Four Seasons Market on Saturdays. This family-owned business crafts their barbecue and chili with love, and many of their recipes are based on historic recipes. The Chili Queens, for example, which started the chili craze right here in San Antonio over a hundred years ago and served up big bowls of red for tired cowboys, is a source of great inspiration for this innovative catering and events company. Some of the fan favorites include their classic Whiskey Chili served in a fresh-fried Hash Brown Bowl, the Angry Goat Chili, Double Red Vegan Chili, and some of the best darn whiskey-marinated, chili-rubbed brisket you'll ever eat!
Chef Andrew Weissman is the "it" chef in San Antonio and he's got his name written all over Signature - quite literally. Everything about this upscale, thoughtfully-crafted and elegant restaurant screams Weissman. This is not just any old hotel restaurant, this is a place reminiscent of a European countryside Michelin star restaurant, from the drive up to the venue to the excellent cuisine described only as classic contemporary. Signature features of the restaurant include an open kitchen, wood burning fireplace and putting green, where you can sip on a cocktail and play while you wait to be seated. The menu is "straightforward and beguiling," featuring first class ingredients, from Atlantic Coast oysters to Pacific Northwest lamb, and without a doubt, Texas Hill Country venison, dove and quail. When it comes to providing an unforgettable experience, you can bet it all on Chef Weissman!
Rebelle Restaurant in the newly-renovated St. Anthony Hotel has finally come to fruition and oh what a plump, juicy treat it is. Once, years ago, the restaurant at the St. Anthony was the place to go for dinner... and now it is once again! Executive Chef Stefan Bowers along with restaurateur Andrew Goodman, have already proven their talents at the successful Feast Restaurant in Southtown, San Antonio. With Rebelle, they're now well on their way to earning national attention. With Chef Bowers' gift for blending scintillating flavors and Goodman's aesthetic grace, this duo is a match made in heaven - which is what Rebelle looks like, if heaven is an enchanting, purple-hued dreamscape where the lusty libations and seductive cuisine never end. For Chef Bowers, it's all about the flavor. While the dishes are certainly thoughtfully put together, you quickly lose sight its beauty once you taste it. Chef Bowers calls it "high-risk" cuisine because if even one component of these highly composed dishes is not on point, it throws the entire dish off. It's also the perfect description for these two men who are true to their own vision and no one else's. The new seafood menu is bursting with ocean bounty. Make sure to try the lobster if sky's the limit!
Not only is this Pan-Latin restaurant and bar located along San Antonio's picturesque riverwalk, but it has one of the most stunning dining rooms in the country, with a floor-to-ceiling glass wall the opens up when the weather's cool enough to enjoy it. Chef Edward Villarreal is at the helm, serving up an array of Latin-inspired breakfast dishes, from sweet plaintain griddle cakes to a Cubano con Huevo. This savvy chef is also the star of a culinary series, Homegrown Chef, that inspires gourmands to cook, eat and explore San Antonio's delicious food scene. Go for breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner. They also offer happy hour, and good eats from their downstairs speakeasy-esque bar and late night options, when most restaurants are closing down. The perfect choice before or after an event at the Tobin, as they're within walking distance.
The reputation of Battalion, a new American Italian restaurant, precedes it as one of the three outstanding Andrew Goodman and Chef Stefan Bowers restaurants in San Antonio. This is their newest incarnation, and what a delight! Located in an historic building in Southtown that was once a fire station, it has since been transformed into one of the coolest, classiest joints in town. With exacting modern Italian dishes and a true Italian pasta chef making housemade pasta every day, Battalion should be at the top of everyone's list for lunch, dinner or even a few cocktails and appetizers before a night out. Chef Bowers describes what they do as merging contemporary cooking with old world flavors in a fun environment. The interior was lovingly designed by Mr. Goodman himself to facilitate a good, rowdy, delicious time. Lunch is shockingly inexpensive and certainly approachable. Battalion is most definitely upscale, but it's not just a special occasion restaurant, unless you want it to be!
Clementine is a family-owned, visionary neighborhood restaurant created by two of San Antonio's favorite chefs, John and Elise Russ (husband and wife team). The menu focuses on seasonal Southern and American eats in a casual but elegant setting. They source from several local farms so you can expect fresh, seasonal fare. The Country Fried Bandera Quail is impeccable. You might also enjoy the Seared Tri-Tip with wilted greens, giant beans, front garden chimichurri, seared tomato and grilled bread. The truth of the matter is you can't go wrong here, whatever you choose. If you're in a daring mood, order the "Feed Me," prix fixe menu, where the chef sends out course after course of superb seasonal flavors. You may get so full you'll want to say, "no more," but you won't!