Located on San Antonio's east side, just a few minutes from downtown, Sweet Yams is a little gem worth checking out if you're looking for healthy but tasty options, that include gluten-free and vegetarian, with a focus on organic, high-quality produce. The menu is simple but delicious and tends towards Southern-style comfort food such as collard greens. Their gluten-free mac-n-cheese with either blackened chicken or shrimp is to-die-for! They also have an impressive veggie chili that's worth the trip. The space is humble but has a charm that reflects the warmth and goodness of its owners. Unfortunately, the sweet potato pie is not gluten-free, but it's completely worth a cheat day, barring any allergies.
Recommended for Farm to Table because: Although not much more than a hole in the wall, this eastside restaurant offers some of the best farm-fresh southern-style eats.
Kimberly's expert tip: Make your taste buds happy with their gluten-free Mac-N-Cheese topped with Blackened Chicken.
Rebelle Restaurant, located in the St. Anthony Hotel is one of San Antonio's premier restaurants. 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. The concept is shared plates of elegant, extraordinarily fresh and diverse cuisine. Rebelle is French for rebel and is their acknowledgment of the common use of French techniques used in the dishes, even though the menu is quite global. It's also the perfect description for these two men who are true to their own vision and no one else's. The menu includes the most succulent Char-Grilled Spanish Octopus with braised corona beans and basil pistou; a decadent 32 oz. Cote de Boeuf (bone-in Ribeye with tarragon butter); perfectly-cooked Veal Sweetbreads with black trumpets and lobster knuckle butter and Rosemary and Red Pepper Spiced Goat Shank, to name a few. Bon appetit!
Recommended for Farm to Table because: Rebelle sources their produce from a Texas farm in order to create incredible farm-to-table dishes.
Kimberly's expert tip: Rebelle is the ultimate destination for seafood lovers! Try the Monkfish Cassoulet for something unique, as it's not a dish you often see on the menu.
Hotel Emma showcases its culinary prowess in multiple ways, but it's the on-site restaurant, Supper; located along the northern extension of the San Antonio river walk, that is their best representation of what good food is all about. This farm-to-table restaurant almost dares you to not like veggies. Their menu is largely vegetarian, but each dish is so flavorful you don't miss the meat. Of course, that's not to say they don't also feature some amazing proteins, but they certainly don't rely on them. When they do feature dishes like their Duck Confit, it's balanced with a refreshing herb salad that accentuates the duck but doesn't weigh you down. A meal at Supper is an utter delight, not only because of the food and clear spirits cocktails, but also because of the stellar staff, beautiful views of the river from their outdoor patio, and the simple feeling that you're somewhere special. In truth, you are and all of San Antonio knows it!
Recommended for Farm to Table because: Supper makes sure to let the ingredients shine, which is easy when you use such beautiful fresh and local gems.
Kimberly's expert tip: After dinner, make sure to have a cocktail or two at Sternewirth Tavern and Club Room, which is also located inside Hotel Emma.
For a relaxed atmosphere with great gluten-free food, including burgers, and great entertainment, The Cove has become one of the most popular places in town to grab a drink and a meal. This one-of-a-kind restaurant, beer garden, live music venue is also, strangely, a Laundromat and carwash. The picnic-style seating, both inside and out, makes for a very casual yet intimate atmosphere that is both family-friendly and dive bar-esque at the same time. Expect to hear some great local bands every night of the week (except for when they're closed on Mondays), including big jazz bands, folk music, country and more. The menu is exceptional with care for using local, organic ingredients, grass-fed beef and the like.
Recommended for Farm to Table because: The Cove takes a traditional dive bar to the next level with high-quality, locally-sourced burgers, tacos and more!
Kimberly's expert tip: The Cove often features musical acts, such as live jazz on Wednesday nights. They showcase a variety of talented local musicians, typically Wednesday through Sunday.
Range is one of the newer restaurants to the downtown area and the creation of one of San Antonio's top chefs, Jason Dady. Chef Dady has outdone himself with this classic chophouse restaurant in a gorgeous space in the heart of the city, located at the Embassy Suites. It's a fantastic choice for both lunch, dinner and happy hour. If you're looking to treat someone to a special evening, dinner here is where it's at! Range sources the highest quality meats and produce, some of them locally. Choices include a New York Strip, Tenderloin Filet, Ribeye or Sirloin Coulette, for example, which you can enjoy with some yummy toppers or a side of succulent lobster tail. Their seafood game is on point and also includes Gulf Red Snapper and Pan-Roasted Ora King Salmon. One of the best aspects about Range is the exceptional service from knowledgeable staff, oh, and a giant cloud of freshly-made cotton candy that arrives at the end of your meal!
Recommended for Farm to Table because: Range is a popular downtown steakhouse that sources from the highest quality farms in Texas and beyond.
Kimberly's expert tip: The pasta is made fresh and worth a taste! Try their Beef Tenderloin Bolognese for a treat.
Cured is one of the newest restaurants to grace the historic Pearl Brewery and it clearly belongs in such fine company. Chef Steve McHugh brings charcuterie, salumi and other hand-made, farm-to-table dishes to the carefully restored Administration building at the Pearl. Their charcuterie options are cured from 60 days to 10 months and are becoming quite popular fare in San Antonio. All of the items, such as the Apple Jalapeno Pork Rillettes, Whipped Pork Butter and Country Style Pork Pate are made in house and proudly displayed in their humidity-controlled locker. The entrees at Cured aren't to be overlooked. Whether you're in the mood for seafood, fowl, beef, pork, goat, lamb or simply vegetarian, there's a little something scrumptious for everyone!
Recommended for Farm to Table because: Located at the Pearl, Cured is more than just farm-fresh food, they have a great story, thanks to Chef McHugh, who is a cancer survivor.
Kimberly's expert tip: For dinner, try their seasonal Pearl Farmers Market Vegetarian selection for something truly local! For example, a "scallop turnip" with carrot puree, butternut squash agnolotti and peas.
Conveniently located across from the Tobin Center, this unique cafe's slogan is "eat to live." Pharm Table's mission is to offer nourishing yet delicious foods to the community because they understand how food impacts not only the body but the mind as well. Besides offering breakfast and lunch, they also offer to-go meals and health-centric classes and events such as yoga, essential oils and more. The globally-inspired menu offers dishes made with ingredients that are locally-sourced from Texas farmers. For brunch, enjoy dishes like sweet potato waffles. For lunch, you can expect a mix of savory soups like Winter Squash Moqueca, vibrant salads and bowls, such as the Avocado Collard Bowl made with coconut oil, seared collards, avocado, hemp, pepitas, blueberries, maple syrup and toasted coconut.
Recommended for Farm to Table because: Ahead of the curve, Pharm Table offers truly healthy and delicious farm-fresh food with an Ayurvedic twist.
Kimberly's expert tip: If you're needing to stay super healthy while you're in town Pharm Table offers a 3-Day Ayurvedic Cleanse. Ayurveda is a traditional Hindu system of medicine based on the concept of balance in bodily systems and addresses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing.
Gwendolyn, located downtown along the Riverwalk, is a fine-dining American restaurant that, like the Grandmother, it's named for, inspires deep love and devotion. A cozy, romantic venue, Gwendolyn is an ideal place for a first date, anniversary or if you're simply a foodie who appreciates impeccable food. Gwendolyn is committed to serving handmade food made from local ingredients. Chef Michael is a devotee of the Slow Food Movement which emphasizes eco-awareness. Even more impressive, Gwendolyn refuses to use all the modern gadgetry that most restaurants can't seem to live without. The menu is small, offering a three course or five-course prix fixe menu with two options for each course that changes daily. You can check the website to see what the current day's menu will be, and you'll want to call ahead to book your reservation.
Recommended for Farm to Table because: Gwendolyn is the best of the best when it comes to farm-to-table, dedicated to fine dining, scratch-made cuisine.
Kimberly's expert tip: Gwendolyn is now open for lunch Tuesday through Friday, featuring favorites such as a Bacon Cheeseburger.
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 a 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!
Recommended for Farm to Table because: The Executive Chef at Battalion is one of the most well-known in San Antonio for using the highest quality local ingredients.
Kimberly's expert tip: A wonderful choice for brunch on Sunday, when they feature affordable, playful options such as a Strawberry-Calabrese Chili Jam Ricotta Funnel Cake.
Meadow is a charming neighborhood restaurant located at The Alley in central San Antonio. The spacious eatery is family-owned and offers a creative menu of Texas-centric delights. Start your meal off right with their pork belly biscuit or wood oven cornbread accompanied by some scrumptious house-made jalapeno pimento cheese and honey lard-butter. Next, sample a variety of shared plates, such as their cabbage pancake or steak tartare. For entrees or large plates, you can't go wrong with their fried chicken served with braised greens, chow chow and hot sauce. It might just be the best fried chicken in the city! Everything is made from scratch by Chef PJ Edwards. The restaurant also makes an effort to work with local farmers and ranchers, ensuring the dishes are fresh and made with seasonal Texas ingredients that are guaranteed to have your mouth watering!
Recommended for Farm to Table because: This talented chef incorporates local South Texas ingredients into his traditional New Orleans fare.
Kimberly's expert tip: Meadow is doing some creative one-time events, such as a Pig Roast, which is a fun way to explore San Antonio's thriving culinary scene. Check the website for details.