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.
It’s Time Once Again to Embrace Your Inner Foodie as Restaurant Week Returns to the Alamo City August 13-27, 2016.
For 15 days, participating restaurants will be enticing diners to escape the summer doldrums with special three-course prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner throughout the city. No tickets or reservations are required to participate, but a quick call to the restaurant in advance wouldn’t hurt. Whether you decide to enjoy your go-to neighborhood spot or branch out to a place you’ve wanted to try, there is something for everyone at a price that won’t put a dent in your pocketbook. Restaurants designated Tier 1 offer a $15 lunch and a $35 dinner, and Tier 2 restaurants offer a $10 lunch and $25 dinner menu. Better yet, when you order from the special Restaurant Week menu, restaurants will donate $1 (for lunch) and $2 (for dinner) to Culinaria and the programs it supports. So you not only eat well, you can feel great doing it!
Not sure where you should start? Try one of these “Best Bets”:
J. Prime Steakhouse turns the standard steakhouse on its head, bringing authentic Brazilian flair and flavor to the traditional steak and potatoes menu. Inspired cuisine, impeccable service and a lovely dining area provide all the reason you need to head there—but $35 for their perfectly finished 6 oz. filet mignon or the decadent herbed lamb chops, plus lobster bisque and a candied-bacon topped wedge among other choices, make it a must do during Restaurant Week! This has been Judy’s favorite restaurant for over a year and the site of our client appreciation party.
J-Prime Steakhouse, 1401 N Loop 1604 West; Phone (210) 764-1604; http://jprimesteakhouse.com/
Looking for something to please the kids, or just the kid in you? Brian West has put together a dinner menu at Smoke that showcases his celeb-chef skills, but with an extra helping of fun. With chicken and apple sausage corny dogs, finger-lickin’ BBQ-glazed ribs, all topped off with a whoopie ice cream sandwich, it’s down-home goodness the whole family can enjoy.
Smoke, 700 E Sonterra Blvd; Phone (210) 474-0175: smoketherestaurant.com/
Did someone say oysters? Silo Terrace Oyster Bar has them on their lunch and dinner menu, along with a pan-roasted barramundi with truffle-oiled fingerling potatoes, and their deep dark chocolate torte with orange hazelnut crust as a finisher, among others. It’s elevated cuisine (quite literally when you take the elevator to the posh upstairs space) at a bargain basement price
Silo (Terrace Oyster Bar), 22211 IH-10 West; Phone (210) 698-2002; www.silosa.com
Haven’t tried NAO: Latin Gastro Bar at the historic Pearl yet? Now is the time, as the Culinary Institute of America-San Antonio’s signature restaurant offers a bay scallop ceviche starter and a choice of grilled strip steak with sweet plantains or a glazed heritage pork belly with hominy and tomato, along with a spiced sweet cream tres leche cake to send you off with a smile.
Nao: Latin Gastro Bar; 312 Pearl Parkway; Phone (210) 554-6484; http://www.naorestaurant.com/
For more information about these and the many other participating restaurants offering delectable discounted menus during Restaurant Week, check out Culinaria’s website.