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San Antonio Ensures Your First Meal of the Day is Your Best!



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! 

 

 


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Tribeca 212
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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.

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Tribeca has cornered the market on deliciousness in central San Antonio, and that includes brunch!

Kimberly's expert tip: You can get one of Tribeca's amazing homemade pizzas for half off during Happy Hour!

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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!

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: You might not often think of Italian for brunch, but Il Sogno has some wonderful offerings.

Kimberly's expert tip: Make sure to give yourself time to walk around the shops at the Pearl Brewery before or after you're meal, which is located along the new extension of the Riverwalk. Makes for a romantic after-dinner stroll!

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Feast
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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.

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Feast is a favorite in the Southtown area for unique plates of deliciousness.

Kimberly's expert tip: The grilled Heritage pork belly with orange confit and thyme is absolutely to die for!

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Cappy's


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!

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: For elevated brunch cuisine, Cappy's knows how to make their guests happy!

Krissy's expert tip: If you can, be sure to make a reservation, as this place fills up fast for lunch or any other time.

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Magnolia Pancake Haus
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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.'

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Magnolia Pancake Haus is an extremely popular joint for breakfast and brunch... just expect a wait.

Krissy's expert tip: Kids under four get a free pancake.

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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.

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Boiler House makes some of the most decadent and unique brunch creations San Antonio has to offer.

Kimberly's expert tip: Try the Chorizo Sausages or Braised Kurabuta Pork Belly for some gluten-free yumminess!

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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.

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: La Fonda on Main puts a unique Mexican twist on your brunch, along with some fabulous drinks.

Krissy's expert tip: Sunday brunch outside? You bet! Ask for outdoor seating if you like.

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Guenther House
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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.

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: If you had breakfast here seven days a week it would be too little. Everything is made from scratch!

Krissy's expert tip: Be sure to check out the pastry case. The Guenther House bakes their own pastries daily and offers a nice selection of sweet treats.

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The Kitchen at Sandy Oaks
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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

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: The Kitchen at Sandy Oaks offers a unique brunch experience with the backdrop of the beautiful olive orchard and super fresh ingredients.

Kimberly's expert tip: Make sure to order the Olive Leaf Tea with your meal - it's both healthful and refreshing!

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