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Although not normally found under the same roof, Thai and Filipino foodstuffs are like ebony and ivory at this local Asian market.
Unusual and pleasing Thai variations, along with very capable favorites such as yum talay
Eggplant with tofu and basil, and the Massaman curry, as spicy as you dare
11am-9:30pm Mon- Sat
Dinner entrées: $10.95-$13.95
Superior spring rolls, delicious grilled quail, and oustanding duck hot pot. Call ahead for Vietnamese specialties, including duck, goat, and seafood hot pot. -- Mark Jones (12/08)
Chaba is a Thai treasure in the Southside sea of fast and half-fast foods. Sample the creamy coconut-milk curries, the zingy salads, and the chewy-spicy beef jerky. -- Ron Bechtol (09/08)
Newer of the Thai establishments around the Medical Center area. Offers unique dishes such as the green papaya salad. Enjoy the homemade coconut ice cream for dessert.
Nestled in a quiet office center on a nice stretch of Broadway, Mon Thai is bordered by a lovely courtyard on one side and an attractive tree-lined parking lot on the other.
Sawasdee is the sophisticated city cousin of the local Thai tribe - right down to its cool, minty green decor and silk-swathed waitresses. A hands-down favorite is the pad prik king - prok, red bell peppers, crisp green beans, and loads of lemongrass set the dish apart.
The authentic Thai cuisine at this small mom-'n'-pop restaurant is both subtle and sophisticated, spicy and soothing. Don't miss the revelatory Pad Thai, outstanding summer rolls, Lucky L. Original, Topaz of Siam curry, and the Where Are You? appetizer. -- Ron Bechtol (10/08)
Siam Cuisine is the best Thai Schertz has to offer; it may be the best Thai in San Antonio as well. It’s hard to go wrong with typical dishes such as green papaya salad, but don’t hesitate to order a pork stir fry with loads of lemongrass, an unusually delicate fried rice with “fermented” sausage, or a curry soup with chicken, Middle Eastern spices, tamarind, and coconut milk.
Psst! Here's an insider tip: If, on an ordinary weeknight, you sit at the right table at Sompong's, your culinary/cultural experience will be much enhanced. What is the right table, you ask? The one where the waitresses, when not otherwise occupied, are folding napkins. I'm not talking about picking up a little kitchen Thai on the sly - although the language does have a certain exotic appeal - rather, it's what they're snacking on while working that is interesting: Dried, almost caramelized-looking fish about the size of a quarter were one example; we didn't ask to taste them. But we did sample some pieces of crunchy green papaya dipped in a mixture of sugar, salt, and ground, dried chiles. Great stuff. And you'll never find it on a menu. - Ron Bechtol
In culinary terms, Thai cuisine, followed closely by Vietnamese, has become the new Chinese; it's not yet as ubiquitous (and given that ubiquity breeds buffets, let's hope it never is), but whenever someone suggests eating Asian these days, it's Thai that is at the top of the list. And like Chinese, not all Thai is created equal. There are standout items at most places - the fish cakes at Sarika's and the papaya salad at Sompong's come to mind immediately - but overall, the menu at Thai Cafe delivers diversity and delight. - Ron Bechtol
Fresh, piquant, and authentic Thai cuisine makes it hard to pick a favorite dish, but we’re currently stuck on Rice of the Drunks and the Chicken Larb.
Ridiculously good, huge dishes at rock-bottom prices. - Laura Fries
One of the oldest Thai restaurants in San Antonio, Thai Kitchen shows it experience in the variety of dishes and types of people it serves. Lunch buffet available everyday except Sunday.
Sam Suwanasung was one of the city's first apostles of Thai cuisine, and he has hung out for so long in a undistinguished strip center off San Pedro that we tend to forget about him. Now, in the equivalent of a culinary midlife crisis, Sam has reinvented himself by pulling up stakes and moving downtown to new digs in the Riverwalk Plaza Hotel across from the Bexar County Courthouse. The move was something of a stealth operation, with the old occupant out and the new one in, all very hush-hush, in the matter of a few days. Such was the stealth, in fact, that few know he is there yet. That is bound to change. The pretty good buffet for $7.99 will draw some for lunch to be sure; the courthouse crowd lost no time in figuring that out. And the special plates are generous to a fault - another plus. But lunch specials are rarely any Asian restaurant's best food forward, and Thai Kitchen doesn't radically alter that equation. - Ron Bechtol
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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.
Cande Aguilar and Jorge Puron are contemporary artists who emerged from the Texas/Mexico border. While Aguilar hails from the Rio Grande Valley, Puron grew up in Piedras Negras, Mexico. Much like the volatile dynamics of the border region today, their work involves the frenetic use of media, and a fusion of styles in paintings informed by their identities and feelings.
Boasting a résumé that includes both Bonnaroo and Obama’s inaugural ball, Black Violin can no longer claim to be “the biggest independent group that no one has ever heard of.” Formed by violist/vocalist Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and violinist Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, the Florida duo crafts a signature hybrid of hip-hop, rock, R&B, bluegrass and classical music. With only two albums—a self-titled 2007 debut and 2012’s Classically Trained—Baptiste and Sylvester have also emerged as in-demand collaborators, working with the likes of Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Kanye West, Aerosmith and Aretha Franklin. In addition to playing 200 shows per year with their support band—turntablist DJTK, drummer Beatdown and cellist Joe Cello—Black Violin performs at schools, encouraging kids to think creatively while stressing the importance of arts education.
Based on travels along the length of the U.S./Mexico border and encounters with residents, fence contractors, border patrol officers and journalists, New York artist Blane De St. Croix’s “Broken Landscape III” reconstructs a selection of the border as a “monumental miniaturized section” that divides the gallery space.
Mexico’s Natalia Lafourcade is one of the most talented singer-songwriters in the Latin alternative music world, and she comes to San Antonio days after winning two Latin Grammy awards (making it a career total of three, though technically one goes to the director of the long-form video of Mujer Bonita, her superb tribute to the music of Agustín Lara). She started as Natalia and La Forquetina (the name of her band), and then continued reinventing herself as a solo artist and producer of Carla Morrison, a two-time Latin Grammy winner herself. Lafourcade is a versatile performer who embodies the best of Latin alternative music: its ability to organically fuse regional sounds with rock and pop to achieve near-mainstream status without sacrificing integrity.
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