Seasoned food-lovers will want to visit these relatively new joints (some are just weeks old) to expand their culinary horizons — from Peruvian fusion to comfort food.
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For $35 you can check out the Pearl's latest eatery through August 27. And if you feel like splurging, the $18 wine add-on isn't too shabby. The menu includes choice of ceviche levante with ginger, garlic, aji amarillo, and beet and potato causa (a type of mash) or Bon-Lai salad of green papaya, cucumber, tomato, carrot and cashews. The choices of mains includes chancho frito and chaufa (crispy cubed pork, edamame, napa cabbage, green onion, corn nuts and anticuchero aioli) or tacu tacu and tokatsu (Japanese-style beef tenderloin malinese, rice and beans cake, katzu glaze and salsa criolla. Desserts include choice of sorbet trio made using Amazonian ruits and topped with a ginger lace tuile or coconut sticky rice with jackfruit syrup and compressed melons.
301 Pearl Pkwy., Suite 111, (210) 670-7684.
Lunch at Frank means spending $15 on a Jackalope dog with waffle fries, choice of soda or tea, and chocolate-covered bacon for dessert. Dinner time means a party of two can enjoy a sausage board, choice of large specialty waffle fries, choice of soda or tea and either a Frankencookie or chocolate-covered bacon. Amen to that.
1150 S. Alamo St., (210) 265-5292.
As far as new restaurants that I love go, Grayze is pretty high up there. Be it for its patio, great, but nuanced flavors or chill vibe, it'd behoove most eaters to pay them a visit during restaurant week. The $35 dinner menu includes choice of green gazpacho or Grayze greens; choice of pork croquettes or spicy tofurizo empanada; and choice of porchetta sandwich, chile-dusted gulf shrimp, ramen (add the pork belly for an extra $5) or bison burger. Dessert's not included but you can partake in either the PB...Also J ice cream sandwich or bourbon vanilla ice cream with fried bananas and salted caramel for $5 each.
521 E. Grayson St., (210) 481-8776.
Hop and Vine
Brunch alert: Alamo Ranch's latest eatery is one of the few if not only restaurant offering a three-course brunch menu this week. Stop in and enjoy a $15 feast with choice of strawberry avocado toast or farmers parfair with homemade granola; Hop and Vine benedict with toasted ciabatta, slow-roasted pork belly and over easy eggs, or chicken and waffles or the B.E.A.S.T sandwich with bacon, egg, avocado, sprouts, fried green tomatoes and whole grain bread; with your choice of mimosa, bloody mary, juice, coffee or iced tea.
5619 W. Loop 1604 N. Suite 109, (210) 878-4071.
Choose to make lunch a special but speedy occasion with a sandwich from Larder. The lesser lauded of all of Hotel Emma's eateries, Larder has a great selection of sammies all made using locally sourced fare, and on house-made breads. Choose any one of the eight sandwiches (we're partial to the roasted chicken and bacon wrap with avocado and cashew mole or smoked salmon bagel with everything cream cheese), chips and finish it off with at Topo Chico.
136 E. Grayson St., (210) 448-8355
Nectar Wine Bar and Ale House
San Antonio's favorite wine bar is helping bring folks back Downtown with its super cute space, great service and attention to bubbles. For week one of #SARW, the bar is serving up prosciutto-wrapped figs, filet medallions on bleu cheese au gratin and caramel custard with salted popcorn. Space is limited, and Nectar only does two seatings per evening Tuesday through Saturday with one seating on Monday.
214 Broadway, (210) 375-4082.
Be one of the first people to check out Brigid's newly announced menu. The three-course $35 dinner includes choice of ratatouille soup or wild boar bourguignon; half-roasted chicken and potatoes or mussels with bacon and pomme frites; and chocolate cake with caramel kettle corn or tres leches cake. 803 S. St. Mary’s St., 210-263-7885.
At just several month's old, Sukeban is adding sushi to the #SARW offerings. Stop in for choice of red miso soup, seaweed salad or edamame; choice of two between sashimi, the spicy Culinaria roll, Southtown roll or white Alaskan roll; and finally New York cheesecake with honey green tea sauce.
1420 S. Alamo St., (210) 562-3231.
Want a little dance with your dinner? The Well can make that happen. I can't stress reservations for this restaurant enough, as seemingly most of the 1604/I-10 corridor has found a refuge in The Well. Go for a dinner where you'll choose from the Little Bexar salad, German-style soft pretzel, Texas torpedoes (deep-fried, chorizo-stuffed jalapeños) or twice-cooked wings; and cast iron chicken-fried steak, three-chili-rubbed brisket and house-made sausage, or Bock battered fish n' chips; and end the night with either Texas Ranger bread pudding or daily donuts.
5539 UTSA Blvd., (210) 877-9099.
Chef Michael Sohocki's two other eateries made our best bets list and his newest isn't far behind. For $10 lunch gets you a green salad, small margherita pizza and a popsicle, and $25 at dinner scores you bruschetta, an Americano pizza with pepperoni and gelato. Nice.
122 Nogalitos, (210) 616-2198.
5 Points Local
Five Points gained a great new eatery when 5 Points opened early this year. The paleo-friendly, gluten-free restaurant/yoga studio is offering a watermelon salad starter; choice of chili colorado with braised pork shoulder or "Paleo Peach" with grilled peaches over quinoa, black beans and smoky corn; and choice of either vanilla milk pudding with fruit and rosewater caramel or chocolate coconut panna cotta for dessert.
1017 N. Flores St., (210)529-0830.