Last day of San Antonio’s Restaurant Week Benefiting Culinaria…

Are we there yet? Seriously these past two weeks San Antonioian’s have been absolutely spoiled by San Antonio’s Restaurant Week benefiting Culinaria. In lieu of the celebrations of menus galore, we have recapped some of our favorite bites and highly encourage you to get out there tonight and try some menus before it’s all over.

We would love to thank Culinaria as well as all of our hard-working restaurant friends for your generosity and fabulously extended restaurant week(s) this post and toast is for you.

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Best Family-Friendly Menu: Orderup

3-courses including their incredible queso  choice of ABC burger, salad or fish tacos, chocolate chip cookie, and a kids meal (or glass of wine or beer) included (!!) all for $15, you seriously cannot beat it.

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Best Dish: CITRUS’s Thai Fried Chicken

Chef David Gilbert and his team at Citrus of Hotel Valencia Riverwalk, blew us away with his fried chicken dish. This is not like any other friend chicken you have ever had, it’s tangy, sweet and not greasy at all- the #SAFOODIE crowd seemed to love it too, check out this instagram feed from their menu tasting…

 

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Best Lunch: Zinc Bistro and Bar

Zinc’s Restaurant Week lunch was met with incredible wine pairing suggestions from our server and you cannot beat their patio, it’s seriously like Europe landed in San Antonio.

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Traveling Around Town?  Here are some other places to check-out today…

Alamo Heights: Paloma Blanca’s menu is stellar and be sure to get a margarita (Tier 1 so it’s on the cheap), El Machito has a great menu as well as margarita too. We loved Max’s menu as well, another friend chicken must-have….

Stone Oak area: SMOKE The Restaurant – you cannot go wrong in the hand’s of chef Brian West, we are also fans of Two Step, a little out of stone oak range but still right off the highway, and worth the drive.

Southtown: BLISS, La Frite and Bite have been the talk of Restaurant Week Southtown- be sure to call ASAP if you want to get in the last dinner service tonight.  We could not get enough of Bite and La Frite’s Mussels.

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Downtown: Boudros (a classic), LUKE, Kimura (have you been yet?- our favorite ramen around), and Omni La Mansion- for a romantic dinner and playing tourist for the night.

Full List HERE on Culinaria’s Website.

And if you are what you eat,

BE Delicious.

Emily

(Founder of Defining Delicious)

 

 

 

 

 

* Full- Disclosure: We work with a number of clients listed (zinc, boudros, culianria, citrus, orderup, however, all opinions are our own- we were not paid to post this- we just love their food, that is why we work with them :)

 

Picks for San Antonio’s Restaurant Week Benefiting Culinaria 2015

Now in my third year of participating in San Antonio Restaurant Week I frequently get asked where I’m going for lunch and dinner. With $1 from lunch and $2 from each dinner being donated to Culinaria and the industry scholarship programs and urban farm.  Not only will you get to try all your must-stop restaurants but it is a great way to give back. This year they’ve extended the normal one week run to two full weeks of special three-course menus with dinners ranging from $25-35 and lunch from $10-15. This is a great way to try a new restaurant or something new at an old favorite. I’ve looked through the menus that are currently up on the Restaurant Week website and these are some that stood out to me as having something that I hopefully get to try in the last two weeks of August. But don’t just take my word for it, check out the website and see what piques your interest.

San Antonio Restaurant Week runs August 15-29, 2015 reservations are not required but strongly encouraged (especially if going with a group) Website

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Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden Dinner Menu

I’ve always wanted to make it to Boiler house for Restaurant Week, this year I’m going to make an extra effort. Figs, fried oysters and hog jowl carnitas all appear under course one of them menu and the dishes sound great. Maybe I’ll invite two friends and we can try them all.

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Chez Vatel Bistro Dinner Menu

I checked them out recently as they are also running half off their prix fixe menu for the month of August (normally $54 now only $27 for smaller portions, which in my opinion were still very filling) and the food was really great. The selections are imaginative and I had a hard time picking just one thing. The Restaurant Week menu also gives you a cheese plate option for dessert. When in France do as the French. Oui!

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Esquire Tavern Dinner Menu

Steak Tartare on a tasting menu?! Shut up and take my money! And I’ll take the fried chicken too. Plus Esquire has a great drink menu as every bar should. I’m always impressed with Esquire’s food and can’t wait to try what I’m betting will be a delicious Restaurant Week menu. The only thing I can’t decide on is the dessert. Do I get an ice cream sandwich or chocolate mousse? Can’t I get both??

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SweetFire Kitchen Lunch & Dinner Menu

SweetFire Kitchen is located at La Cantera Hill Country Resort, yes, it’s far. But I think technically it’s still in San Antonio so get over it now. Plus, they’re offering a crab cake with bacon, avocado and habanero for on their lunch menu. And it comes with dessert. Their dinner menu doesn’t look bad either, I spy lobster mac n cheese. Yum.

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Las Canarias Lunch & Dinner Menu

Another new restaurant to me this menu looked good too. The lunch has an option of shrimp and grits and a brisket grilled cheese. Located inside the Omni La Masion I’m interested to check the place out while getting a good meal. This coconut sorbet looks good as well. I love when chefs pair a light dessert with a menu as sometimes sorbet is just what the doctor ordered after stuffing ones self with shrimp and grits.

 

Thanks and if you are what you eat make it Delicious,

Kim

Defining Delicious Events Team Coordinator

Co-Founder of #SAFoodiesMeetUp

5 Delicious things to do in August 2015

August already? Here is a short list of some Delicious things to keep you busy this month.

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8/8 Rambling Rosé Click Here to View Event

You know how  much we LOVE Culinaria events, and what a better way to celebrate saturday than Rosé all day?  This event held at Becker Vineyards gives attendees the chance to sample some wonderful Rosé wines. Relax and make a day of it in the beautiful Texas Hill country.

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8/4 Celebrate Texas Tiki week in SA Click Here to View Event

Celebrate Texas Tiki week with an unofficial Texas Tiki Week Event from the crew of Mexcaleria Mixtli with drinks inspired by the Aztec Gods.

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8/12 Eat Bugs Click Here to View Event

When was the last time you had bugs for dinner? The Salud! Culinary Nights at the Witte has a special menu this month featuring bugs! Yes, it sounds weird to us too but who knows, this could be the next big food trend. Garlic crickets anyone?

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8/15-29 Restaurant week benefiting Culinaria  Click Here to View Event

This year San Antonio Restaurant week has expanded to two whole weeks, way to go Culinaria. Probably still not enough time to venture out to try ALL the restaurants but it is enough time to get in lunch or dinner at a few of your favorites or to try that new restaurant that’s been on your radar. Tell us what restaurants you’re excited about in the comments.

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Tuesdays-Saturdays Check Out the Pop-Up at SAMA Click Here to View Event

The cafe at the San Antonio Muesum of Art is getting a pop-up of French proportions. Try some croissants (I prefer chocolate) or a Quiche Lorraine on the grounds of SAMA. Only open till September be sure to catch them before it’s too late.

More events to come! Keep checking the Defining Delicious Calendar to stay up to date with Delicious events in San Antonio

 

Thank you for reading and if you are what you eat, make it Delicious.

The Defining Delicious Events Team