We're not the best Catholics, but we know Lent means having to give up juicy steaks. Thankfully, we're close enough to the shore to feel comfortable noshing on quality seafood in town. Here are a few of our favorite dishes to get you through the next 40 days.
604 S. Alamo St., (210) 816-0088, battalionsa.com
Grilled octopus meets a bright pesto with braised chickpeas that'll leave you wanting more.
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8910 Bandera Road, Suite 305, (210) 509-7702, smashincrab.com
Get down and dirty with crawfish and shrimp boils, and keep tabs on Smashin's newest location that's about to open in Stone Oak.
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Multiple locations, (210) 314-3929, bucanerosanantonio.com
Three locations in San Antonio all with one similar theme: great ceviche. There's plenty to choose from, but our only recommendation is to take a few friends and ask for more Saltines.
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303 Pearl Pkwy., Suite 111, (210) 670-7684, botikapearl.com
Churashi at Botika means you're noshing on fresh sushi-grade fish and other seafood. Grab a bowl next time you're at the Pearl.
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520 E. Grayson St., (210) 236-7422, shuckshack.com
Honestly, take your pick. There are shrimp rolls to nosh on, but we're partial to spending the afternoon on the porch throwing back oysters. Hop over to The Bin for their smoked octopus tapa if you're still hungry.
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Pinch Boil House & Bia Bar
124 N. Main, (210) 971-7774, pinchboilhouse.com
This house was made for boiling everything from crawfish to snow crab legs. We're partial to the seafood feast which features a little of everything doused in their signature house sauces. Go get messy.
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926 S. Presa St., (210) 225-2547, pinchboilhouse.com
Dainty and bold is possible with these classic bites from Bliss.
The Japanese hamachi is a staple on the menu, with its roasted jalapeno avocado pico de gallo,
ponzu, ginger slaw, aji amarillo yuzu vinaigrette and we hope they never go away.
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Niki's Tokyo Inn
819 W. Hildebrand Ave., (210) 736-5471, facebook.com/nikis.tokyo.inn
The freshest sashimi for your Lenten needs. Just settle in to Niki's sushi bar and take your pick.
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2730 I-10 W., Suite 304,
You'd think we'd choose the sushi burritos, but you'd be wrong.
The poké bowls, either signature house mixes or DIY, are your best bet. Go for one, two or three proteins and enjoy.
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Multiple locations, thelacrawfish.com
A bit of a cheat if you consider all delicious phos are made with a hearty beef broth base, but you'll want to ask for the Cajun variety sans Kiolbassa at this Houston-based joint that's won over plenty of San Antonians.
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Laguna Madre Seafood Co.
Multiple locations, lagunamadreseafood.com
If you're physically near one of these locations, you'll want to stop in for their fried or grilled plates. It's the Bill Miller of the Sea and gets the job done.
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Mariscos El Marinero
1819 McCullough Ave., (210) 465-9178, mariscoselmarinerosa.com
There's something particularly awe-inspiring about this tower of seafood from El Marinero. With its blend of ceviches, this Sinaloa-style dish keeps us going back.
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306 Pearl Pkwy #101, (210) 314-3929, curedatpearl.com
Lump crab in a delicate dressing topped with beets (so it's definitely healthy, natch), avocado for those good creamy fats and seasonal citrus for a hint of acid and sweetness combine to form one delicious dish.
Photo via Jessica Elizarraras
Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery
136 Grayson St., (210) 455-5701, southerleigh.com
Snapper throats! You read that right. Since Southerleigh's opening three years ago (time flies!), the restaurant has offered these particularly buttery parts of the fish.
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6458 N. New Braunfels , (210) 504-4888, bossbagel.com
You'll want to stick with traditional salmon on that bagel during Lent and Boss Bagels has two options to choose from: either smoked or cured, both made in house.
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306 Pearl Pkwy #101, (210) 314-3929, cookhouserestaurant.com
Buttery shrimp fried to perfection. We're partial to the fried po'boy, but you'll want to sample the barbecue shrimp while at The Cookhouse as well.
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Multiple locations, yellowfishsushi.com
Chirashi bowls are chefs choice at Yellowfish and each is its own work of art. Trust your sushiologist.
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312 Pearl Pkwy., Building 3, (210) 354-4644, boilerhousesa.com
This salmon ceviche with serrano, red onion, lemon sabayon, and wontons, makes for the perfect starter (but we won't judge you if you don't share.
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Silo Terrace Oyster Bar
22211 I-10, Suite 1210, (210) 698 – 2002, siloelevatedcuisine.com
Yes, the oysters are great and the view can't be beat, but you'll want to trust the cooks at Silo for their takes on everything frolm salmon to pan seared halibut.
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