SAN ANTONIO RESTAURANT WEEK
January 15-27, 2018
Just when you thought it was safe to stay home eating takeout and watching reruns wrapped up in your Snuggie—the folks at Culinaria are back with two weeks of tempting offers to lure you out of your pajamas and into area restaurants. San Antonio chefs will be showcasing their talents January 15-27 with special three-course prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner throughout the city. Plan your cheat day in advance, and make your reservations (which aren’t necessary, but why take chance) now for lunch or dinner at one of the participating establishments. Been reading all the buzz about Jason Dady’s new downtown steakhouse, Range? Now’s your chance to see what the fuss is about. Craving a pork chop the size of your head at one of your fancy favorites? J. Prime or Bob’s Steak and Chop House have you covered, at a fraction of the usual cost. When you arrive, show you’re in the know and ask for the Restaurant Week menu to take advantage of the curated fare and special pricing.
Tier 1 restaurants are offering a $15 lunch and $35 dinner multi-course menu, and Tier 2 restaurants will have a $10 lunch and $25 dinner menus. Just don’t forget to show your server some love, as tips (and tax) aren’t included.
And you can feel good about treating yourself. With each meal ordered, restaurants will donate $1 for lunch and $2 for dinner to Culinaria and the programs it supports.
Check the Culinaria website for a list of restaurants and menus.
San Antonio’s red-hot culinary scene is set to heat up even more this August—Culinaria’s Restaurant Week is back! The event doesn’t begin until next month, but the official list of almost 100 participating restaurants has been released, which means tables are already booking up. On the menu—palate pleasers from barbecue, to Tex-Mex, to seafood—in restaurants ranging from funky tapas bars to special occasion steakhouses.
The two week-long event, running August 12-26, is the perfect time to finally test out the places you’ve been meaning to try, or to revisit fancy favorites without breaking the bank. Craving J. Prime’s filet mignon, or Perry’s “famous” pork chop? Culinaria has you covered! Thinking sushi? Kona Grill has a rainbow and Picasso roll on their menu. Special three-course prix fixe dinners run $25 or $35 per person, depending on the restaurant’s price point, and certain restaurants are also offering lunch for $10 or $15.
Best of all, your dining experience will be a charitable one. With each meal ordered, restaurants will donate $1 for lunch and $2 for dinner to Culinaria in support of their culinary scholarship and farm programs. For more information, as well as the most up-to-date menus for the event, go to Culinaria.org.
Gerardo De Anda was flipped into the air by a bull while participating in the traditional run in Pamploma, and perhaps that gave him the courage to team up with his sister, Vanessa, to open their first restaurant in the fickle San Antonio market in February. My husband and I met Gerardo, the charming owner of Toro Kitchen + Bar, when we stopped in for an early bite last Saturday night. The casual yet sophisticated ambiance and cozy space—warm wood, white brick, with nods to the Spanish menu in the artwork and wine—immediately reminded us of the now-defunct Malaga, one of our favorite restaurants in Austin. We have been lamenting the lack of tapas restaurants in San Antonio for years, so we were thrilled with the variety of tapas the Toro menu offers. Three of our favorite were Jamón Serrano con Melon, a tasty Serrano ham with cantaloupe; the Al Ajillo, a nice garlic & chili spice sauté, which we had with shrimp; and the Queso de Cabra Frito, a fried goat cheese with caramelized onions and honey. They have award-winning paella on the menu, too, which smelled incredible as it arrived at a neighboring table.
The patio, with both shaded and sunny seating areas and a large fountain at the center, is a perfect after-work retreat, especially with the addition of happy hour weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. A Spanish guitarist sets the mood on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and brunch is available on Saturday and Sunday.
If you haven’t found Toro yet, it may be because it’s a little hidden. Tucked into a space in the Mediterranean-style shopping plaza at Tuscany Stone and Loop 1604 in Stone Oak, you almost have to be looking for it to see it. From the looks of the full tables, plenty of folks are doing just that.
Check out Toro Kitchen + Bar at 115 N. Loop 1604 E., Suite 1105 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to midnight; and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, click on Toro Kitchen + Bar. (And a special bonus—you can also find the video of Gerardo’s bull encounter there.)