One of us is going to admit that one of their favorite Italian places is Olive Garden, and that person also admits that she knows Olive Garden isn’t true Italian food (but who can resist those breadsticks?). Which is why we were elated and giddy to find out about Stefan Bowers’ concept for turning an old firehouse in Southtown into an Italian culinary fete. Stefan Bowers’ Feast and Rebelle are foodie-havens, and Battalion is no exception. With an opening date set in March, we eagerly made reservations and the wait was well worth it.
Sangria on the Burg – One of San Antonio’s newest noshery that drew us in with two words: Sangria Flights. When we started researching on where this delightful new restaurant was, we expected one of our local haunts: Pearl, Broadway, Southtown – But in a twist of events, Sangria on the Burg is located north, and cleverly on Frederickburg (get it – on the burg?) If a restaurant could have this much fun with their name, we were excited to see what they could do with their menu. After seeing glimpses of what they had to offer on some of our fave foodie Instagrams, we made our way there on a rainy Saturday to experience what this new restaurant on the berg was all about.
If you’re apart of a self-acclaimed ‘brunch bunch’, then you’re always on the look out for the best spot in your town. And with brunch becoming the phenomenon that has, the need for bigger, better, best is apparent, and BITE has all of that and more. BITE is located in Southtown – San Antonio’s ever-growing neighborhood where everything is upcoming with trends you didn’t even know were trends. Located inconspicuously on the corner of S. Presa, BITE is the creation of Chef and Owner Lisa Astorga-Watel. Her menu is inspired by her travels around the world, and it’s clear that there’s nothing else like it.
f you asked us last year where our destination of choice would be, not sure we would have said Marfa. While Marfa was somewhere we always wanted to go, we didn’t even know where to start – Until we just went. Now, three times later, we consider ourselves ‘sorta’ Marfa aficionados. After our first trip there, now the question everyone seems to ask is “What do y’all even do there?” each time we depart for West Texas. And here’s the deal – a lot of nothing, and a bunch of everything. Marfa is the wonderful anomaly where we’re totally okay with doing nothing, yet there are so many things to do, and some of those things (okay … most of those things) include the best eats around.
Both of us know parts of San Antonio really well – and a few years ago, the area around the University of Texas San Antonio was somewhere we frequented as we wrapped up school. So when researching restaurants to try for Culinaria San Antonio Restaurant Week, we were surprised to find San Antonio’s newest hang was right down the street of our alma mater. San Antonio Restaurant Weeks is a great opportunity to explore the culinary scene for a great deal and an even better cause. With a lunch at Dough under our belts, we set our sights on an amazing dinner and chose the well for it’s delightful menu and the fact that they were so new to the scene.
We’re not going to name names here – but there’s a certain place around town that should take notice of a new addition to the North West (not affiliated with Kim or Kanye) corner of San Antonio. Kneaders is opening up this week and is already a fan-favorite if you’ve been lucky enough to venture to the Stone Oak location. Patricio and I are not of that lucky club – and we can tell you after our first visit for their media preview, we’re officially Kneaders Fanatics.
Marpho (Pronounced Mar-fuh) is one of the newest additions to Marfa’s thriving food scene. Debuting within the last few months, Marpho has quickly dug their heels in the sand as a contender for one of the most popular places to snag lunch in this tiny town.
We anxiously awaited all Spring and and tidbit of Summer, looking at delicious updates via their Instagram on what we had in store. Chef Geronimo Lopez leads Botika’s Chinese and Japanese-Puruvian-fusion. Botika moved to San Antonio’s best piece of real estate, the Pearl Brewery. With neighbors like Southerleigh, Cured and Supper, Botika had to stand on it’s own – and secret’s out, they’ve knocked it out of the park.
Mint Society is in Dallas and we got to explore one of Texas’ best city! The newest home of Bravo’s housewives' franchise and the site of some the most influential fashion bloggers – including one of the OG’s, Courtney Kerr. Our first stop after checking into the most charming Air Bnb’s we could have asked for - was going to be food.
Houston has an array of restaurants ranging from the best Tex-Mex, world-renowned steak houses, and any sampling of cuisines you could imagine from around the world. It is the best melting pot Texas has to offer, and finding a good restaurant isn’t that hard of a task. We came across Little Liberty on our social media (like everyone else finds anything post 2k12), and knew that we needed to make a stop.
The Luxury has been home to San Antonio’s most unique eats, serving up sandwiches with ingredients like buttermilk fried chicken, jalapeños, curried chicken, lamb and a menu full of other choices. Their fries are smothered in their special ketchup, aioli and topped with an egg.
We’re back at the Pearl Brewery – Are you surprised? But the time has come to nosh at the restaurant that everyone in town is talking about – Southerleigh. While Southerleigh has been around for a year now, they have quickly built buzz thanks to Chef Jeff Balfour’s amazing take on coastal seafood, growing list of accolades and prime real estate next to Hotel Emma.
Like most of our spots in San Antonio, we begin at the Pearl Brewery. About a month ago we were heading out after a coffee run and saw a sign the outside of a building that read ‘Down on Grayson – Coming Soon’. My hands immediately found my phone so I could start following the journey of this restaurant, and find out when the Pearl’s newest gem was set to take the stage. Brought to us by the same family who own Texas favorites like Gruene Hall and Josephine St., they set the bar high through their sneak Instagram posts about their 70ft-tiled bar and their floor-to-ceiling arched windows.
After five years we know some key essentials about the other. There are a few things that we’re always down to eat, and granted these are not a part of the official food pyramid, but they’re on our very own – pizza, burgers, Indian and BBQ. No matter where from, or what time of day, you can lure us into any restaurant if you serve those previous choices.
Our means of discovery lately have been through serendipitous posts on Instagram while we’re scrolling late at night. It could be the latest trends, a great coffee company or even the next best restaurant in town. A few weeks ago we stumbled upon The Old Main Assoc. and decided to give it a try after seeing their delectable cocktails and mole fried chicken showcased on their Instagram. So we went, and went again. And while we don’t want to share what has quickly become one of our favorite places to snag a burger – We’re going to.
There was a point in our lives where we really appreciated a trip to Applebee’s and CiCi’s Pizza. Okay – I’m lying, we still appreciate the occasional trip to Applebee’s and CiCi’s, but we have really tried to up our palates in these last few years. We’ve been to every restaurant between Broadway and Blue Star at least a dozen times, and are always on the hunt for something new. Instagram has become a place of discovery, in particular @safoodiegram, who through delectable posts introduced us to Grayze on Grayson. The name was enough to have us drop everything and venture down to the opposite side of the Pearl Brewery.
Food trucks have become the foodie phenomenon of the last decade – No matter which city, state or country you’re in, you are guaranteed to find a local favorite by wandering down the street. Growing up in Austin, food trucks were once a delicacy of the late night wanderers, and now apart of the every day landscape. Even the growing empire of Torchy’s Tacos started right on the streets as the place Austinites satisfied their monster taco cravings. The same rules apply for Marfa, where the food truck culture ups it game as far as their servings and surroundings.
All guides to Marfa will tell you to put Jett’s at Hotel Paisano on your list. We quickly realized in this quiet West Texas town — you really only have a few choices (especially if your journey doesn’t fall between Friday at 12p until Sunday). We were lucky to snag a room with a balcony at the Hotel Paisano, and after an afternoon of lounging around and drinking cocktails we made our way down the tiled stairs and took a right into Jett’s Grill.
Once a coveted pop up, Hot Joy quickly rose to fame due to its pan-asian fusion mixed with tex-mex and southern influences – and soon became a mainstay in SA’s bumping South Town.