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Aldaco's Stone Oak outpost remains true to its downtown roots with fresh, flavorful Mex and signature treats, including the avocado margarita and pastel tres leches. -- Ron Bechtol (02/09)
Beautiful garden setting with peacocks and Asain phesants roaming the grounds. Diverse menu apealing to all tastes with an array of desserts and specialty drinks.
Upscale version of Subway, and more local. Check it out.
Regarded as one of the best Mexican restaurants in San Antonio, Cha-Cha's offers multi-award winning margaritas, savory cuisine, impeccable service, and a exquisite atmosphere. Come relax and unwind from the day in our bar Aqui! and have one of our tasty Spurs-a-rita with some Cancun nachos topped with our shrimp ceviche.
A sunny, charming downtown haunt that serves solid Tex-Mex basics to the workday crowd. -- Mark Jones, 03/08
Unlike many Mexican restaurants whose menu mainstays include Aztec-inspired staples from Central Mexico like enchiladas and tamales, El Papalote focuses on the grilled cuisine that originated in Northern Mexico and gained popularity among Mexican and Tejano ranching communities throughout history. Chicken enchiladas, mole and carne guisada are nowhere to be found at El Papalote. Rather, grilled meats flavored with dry seasonings, fresh vegetables and imported Mexican cheeses define its cuisine.
Tacos are the most popular menu option at El Papalote, whose top-selling item in San Antonio thus far is the Establo beef tacos. Seasoned rib-eye is grilled and accompanied by onion and cilantro in freshly made corn tortillas for a delicious example of border comfort food. Other popular items include the Monterrey beef tacos, fajita meat seasoned adobada (spicy) or natural with imported Mexican cheese and guacamole in flour tortillas, and the Papalote shrimp tacos, which are accompanied by onion, bacon, green peppers and mushrooms in flour tortillas. Although each taco selection includes a specified tortilla, guests are welcome to choose flour, corn or a combination.
In addition to its vast array of tacos, El Papalote also specializes in beef and chicken fajitas.
With a full bar, happy hour is all day Sunday and Monday, as well as from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Currently, $2.00 drafts are offered during Happy Hour, and the selection includes Guinness, Blue Moon, Tecate Light, Shiner Bock, Dos XX and Miller Light
Firebird may be trying too hard to execute “twists” on Tex-Mex and Mexican favorites, but many dishes come close to working regardless. The take on a corn cup is very good, shrimp and crab chowder has good flavor, the shrimp chilaquiles are sabotaged only by the texture of the corn chips, and shredded short rib enchiladas nearly transcend the genre.
FRUITILICIOUS, your neighborhood snack and convenience store shoppe is located 1 mile outside Loop 1604 on Potranco Rd. We offer a unique blend of fresh fruit cups prepared to our customers delight. Fruitilicious is also known for having other great selections such as: flavored smoothies, aguas frescas (fruit juices), milkshakes, malts, sundaes, banana splits, and snow cones. In order to satisfy every craving, we introduced specialty items featuring: chicken salad sandwiches, brisket sandwiches, gourmet tuna salad, fresh garden salads, corn in the cup, and much more. Come visit us and discover our uniqueness in satisfying your appetite. Our food is fresh, flavorful and delicious.
You may also check out our catering menu on the web at www.Fruitilicious.biz. Looking forward to servicing you.
Authentic Chicago style Hot Dogs made from Vienna Beef products from Chicago. Each order is made by Jerry born and raised in Chicago. No doubt the real and closest real Vienna Beef chicago style Hot Dogs in San Antonio! Garanteed! The most popular items are: Chicago Style Hot Dogs Hot dogs with mustard, sweet relish, chopped onions, tomotoe wedges, sport peppers, kosher pickle spear, and kosher salt on a poppy see bun, Italian Beef on with coice of Hot Giardiniera Peppers and beef gravy or grilled bell peppers, onions and mozzarella cheese on Gonella Bread, Italian Sausage with red sauce and grilled onions on a Gonella Bread, Maxwell Street Polish Sausage with your choice of mustard or spicy mustard grilled onions or sauerkraut and sport peppers on a poppy seed bun, Chili Dog with Bistro Chili, chopped onions, and cheddar cheese on a plain bun. Try an Italian Beef Combo if you are really hungry, it's made of Vienna Italian Beef Sausage and Italian Beef with Hot Giardiniera peppers and beef gravy or grilled bell peppers, onions, and mozzarella cheese, Pizza Puffs, more sandwiches available, including daily specials! All Set in a comfortable family setting in the heart of downtown San Antonio!
Beer bottlecaps crunch under your feet under the city’s best tree canopy. Such is the atmosphere at La Tuna, a Southtown fixture where bikers and artists peacefully coexist over cheap beers in the shadow of one of SA’s coolest industrial backdrops.
The risque entertainment is the draw at this taco joint -- and it's already drawn neighborhood protests. -- Nicole Chavez, 02/08
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1) Not to worry: If ever there were someone not qualified to opine on matters biblical, 'twould be I. But the preceding verse is burned into my mind by virtue of its posting on the wall of the group cycling room at the Downtown YMCA - where another kind of burning also goes on - that of the calories implied by this article and all others past and future. It's also especially appropriate to the Leap of Faith Café, located in the basement of Travis Park United Methodist Church. Connie Marshall, the café's congenial owner/hostess/guiding light, abandoned her two popular Seasons Café and Bakery locations for a subterranean site, which, in spite of exposed limestone walls, track lighting, and displays of art (affecting portraits of homeless people comprise the current show), still seems very much the church basement it is - with long, communal tables covered with oilcloth. There is more at work here than marketing, and a certain amount of faith is required of the first-time diner; a sandwich board at the street level is the only overt indication of the café's location. It's the only evidence of things not (yet) seen. - Ron Bechtol
Though Los Agaves has a dedicated Tex-Mex section on the menu, most of the remaining selections, ranging from coctel de camaron to cabrito and enchiladas de mole, will also seem familiar to locals. But even standbys such as tortilla soup take on new dimensions. And tostadas de tinga are a welcome surprise.
Madhatters woos early risers and late hangover-nursers with pitchers of mimosas and salmon, sausage, or traditional Eggs Benedict on the weekends. Enjoy homey sandwiches and desserts all week long in the Alice-in-Wonderland-like Southtown house.
The house salsa is rogue at the new Mary Lou's, but the Tex-Mex staples are well above average, and now you can enjoy them on marble floors, for what that's worth. Ask for the salsa verde, and try the enchiladas verdes, too. -- Ron Bechtol (06/09)
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Penned in 1816 by German author E. T. A. Hoffmann, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King formed the fantastical springboard for the Tchaikovsky-scored two-act ballet The Nutcracker. Premiered in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia, with choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, the holiday mainstay has inspired an eclectic array of adaptations—from B. Bumble and the Stingers’ boogie-woogie hit “Nut Rocker” to the burlesque satire The Slutcracker. Choreographed by Gabriel Zertuche and conducted by Akiko Fujimoto, this local production unites Ballet San Antonio and the San Antonio Symphony for dancing around the Christmas tree, a war between gingerbread soldiers and menacing mice, and an enchanting voyage in a dolphin-powered boat to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Land of Sweets.
Lady Gaga may be trying to shove “art pop” down our throats, but critics increasingly recognize Kanye West as the king of the avant-garde/radio top 40 hybrid. New York magazine’s art critic Jerry Saltz credited the rapper’s insane “Bound 2” video with creating “a collective cultural fracturing … that I call the New Uncanny.” None other than the late Lou Reed reviewed West’s Yeezus, a deeply polarizing album that dropped this summer (“lookout, this guy is making connections,” wrote Reed about West’s ability to merge hip-hop with other “high art” pursuits). Now, reviews of his Yeezus Tour describe the effort as “an energetic, artistically ambitious and at times majestic ‘concept’ concert.” The spectacle includes cultish back-up dancers, a jeweled facemask, two mountains, White Jesus, snow and more. Take that, Gaga. Kendrick Lamar opens.
The book Tamales, Comadres and the Meaning of Civilization reminds that tamales have served as “one of the keys to the survival of humans for the last 7,000 years in the Americas.” Deceptively simple in appearance, these holiday staples can prove quite challenging to make, which is the premise behind Alicia Mena’s Las Nuevas Tamaleras. Since its 1993 debut, the production has emerged as a favorite fans consider “as much a tradition with the San Antonio community as The Nutcracker.” Touching on the hard work, bonding and mishaps intrinsic to Yuletide tamaladas, Mena’s one-act comedy stars Kinya Cano, Melissa Silva and Sonia Rodriguez as first-time tamaleras who get an unexpected assist from the ghosts of tamal experts Doña Juanita (Rita Duggan) and Doña Mercedes (Lorraine Pulido).
December 8 marks the 33rd anniversary of the murder of John Lennon at the hands (gun) of an idiot whose name I don’t want to remember. Lifelong Beatles/John fan Jenny Luna started the Lennon Lives celebration with a mixed bag last year. Dozens of local artists did their best to cover Lennon’s songs and, as is usually the case at events like this, some succeeded and some didn’t. This year, those paying tribute to John include the Rosedale Highs, Tera Ferna, lovelettertypewriter, Jeremiah Bredvad, Christina Quick and more. But this is more than just about music: the tribute fest is free, and all you need to get in is non-perishable food, a blanket, warm clothing and/or toys to benefit the needy, and stay until the end for the candle vigil. I didn’t know the man personally, but something tells me John would be OK with that.
When it comes to blues piano, nine-time Blues Music Awards-winner Marcia Ball is the full package: an exhilarating combination of Texas roots and Louisiana blues, a terrific song selection (as of late, mostly written or co-written by her) and solid albums (the latest of which, Roadside Attractions, earned her a fifth Grammy nomination). Born in Orange, TX, she grew up in Vinton, La., but moved to Austin by accident in 1970, when her car broke down on her way to San Francisco and she fell in love with the Lone Star capital. She’s at her best in a live setting and Sam’s is the perfect-sounding venue for her, so get close to the stage and bring your dancing shoes and your partner—the Queen of Boogie-Woogie can sing heart-melting ballads too. With Austin-based soul, pop and R&B diva Lauren Silva.
On display will be three of Gassiot’s sculptural video installations: Empty Crib, Every Bath, and Circadian Rhythm. Brooke Gassiot is a Texas native, currently based in Austin. Her work has recently been featured in the East Austin Studio Tour, and at the Art Car Museum (Houston, TX) and Red Arrow Contemporary (Dallas, TX). That same evening The Lullwood Studios will host a small works sale in honor of the holiday season—a great opportunity to pick up unique gifts and support your local art community.
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