Not Too Late for Easter Brunch Reservations

Hoppy Easter Peeps!

If you’re like my family you’re just realizing this weekend is EASTER. The hottest (literally, in San Antonio) weekend to get out and egg hunt till your little love’s sugar-high wears off. Not to mention, the best time to wear a Royal Wedding inspired, vagina easter hat and go out for brunch. You all know how much I LOVE me some brunch.  If I could be in 5 places at one time, these foodie-family-approved-brunchey-brunch spots are where you would find me…


The Westin La Cantera This year they are featuring a toddler egg hunt and of course, the usual top-notch buffet items. Surely, the room will be filled with Happy Hoppy well-fed parents and kiddos. I love the Westin La Cantera. The food tickles my taste buds each time I have gone. This is where my little fam will be, come join us! (Menu HERE) call for reservations at (210) 558-6500

RoMo’s This little spot with a whole lotta love in the oven, got voted one of San Antonio’s top-ten new restaurants in the latest issue of SAmag. AND they just re-opened on Sunday’s to showcase their creatively-succulent brunch menu (let’s just say these lil deviled-smore’s might make an appearance). They are about as Family-Friendly as you can get (menu HERE). Call for reservations at 210) 521-7666

Sustenio If you haven’t ventured to Chef David Gilbert’s culinary wonderland yet, you are as crazy as a loon. Easter Brunch seems like a fine time to refine your palette and have some ceviche with your mimosa.  Or be uber brave and try some civet coffee, double-dog dare you. (Reservation info. HERE) Or call (210) 598-2950

Biga On The Banks I hope you got a chance to read my latest article in TASTE magazine.  It was all about the beautiful Debra Auden, wife to Chef/owner of Biga, Bruce Auden. Biga is one of the best places to eat in the entire Western part of the country (no joke). Also, Chef Auden is a James Beard nominee. So just go to say you have gone if you can’t come up with another reason.  Good news, I called today and they still have some Easter Sunday spots left.  Snag em’! If there’s a time to splurge it’s at Biga and it’s Easter Sunday Brunch. Believe it or not, they are well behaved kid-friendly.  The menu and prices are HERE or call for reservations at 210-225-0722

ZTejas I’ve heard a lot of buzz about this place and their brunch. It is supposed to be a Southwest foodie’s love affair atop-o-some tableside guac.  Check out the menu HERE and if you go, let me know if you liked it as much as the hype does. For more information call (210) 690-3334

Whether you are in San Antonio or Santa Fe, I say, go out and try something new or re-visit someplace you adore this Sunday. Let me know how it goes and please check back soon for more April EatVENTs.

Editors note: Thank you Apartment Therapy for the “peepin’- hot chocolate idea and photo. Also, thank you Chef Rob of RoMo’s for the s’mores pic. The rest of the photos and all opinions are Defining Delicious’ own

 

10 Perfect Patios for Pleasing Palettes

I love spring. The vibrant wildflower landscape, the 75 degree weather (in San Antonio), the cool yet refreshing breeze… and the patio dining. Patios are like coffee shops. I need a comfy spot to really enjoy this rare treat. I want to feel taken away to someplace magical, mystical and delicious. The breeze in my hair, a glass of vino in hand and the food as mouth-watering as possible. In the name of blue bonnet season and San Antonio livin’ here are 10 places you may want to go enjoy during this brief, sunny weather treat. In no particular order…

1. The Monterey.  By far my favorite funky, outdoor dining atmosphere. Amongst hip decor you will find colorful miss-matched chairs and even a couple of comfy couches. They have a great beer and wine list and plenty of unique menu items to choose from. Personally, I love their brunch. Check out the bacon glazed donut. It’s a gooey marriage of sweet and salty with a sprinkle of little miss piggy crunch. As long as you keep an eye on your kids and don’t ask for mac n’ cheese your fam will be welcomed.

 

2. Sustenio.  A new place that stole my heart and ran away with it beating to Latin America. Enjoy this completely un-San Antonio experience with a ceviche tasting menu or go all out and indulge in some creative masterpiece menu items. A great date night spot but kids are welcome too as long as you got ’em reasonably well trained.

3. Cappy’s  The back porch is a shade lovers dream boat. There is a gorgeous old tree that covers most of the tables outside. And the chicken nachos are loaded with real cheese and fresh ingredients. (family welcome)

4. BLISS  A wonderful menu with “on point” flavors. The seasonal menu changes daily.  They even have a firepit to enjoy with a vino in hand. A fellow foodie mama (Mama2aidan) wrote a wonderful review HERE (well-behaved families welcome)

5. Pam’s Patio Kitchen.  The salmon sandwich will knock your sandals into next week. It’s flaky, tender, and drizzled with chipotle aioli. This hint-o-spice aioli is a sauce lover’s obsession. The patio itself is in a strip mall but there is plenty of space. There are also some plants sprinkled about to give a down home feel. (very family welcome)

 

6. Dough. If you haven’t been here yet, go early or go for lunch (lunch specials under 10$). This place is also in a strip mall setting but feels a bit European to me, they even have wool blankets to cozy up if you’re the sensitive-to-cool-breeze-type.  The seasonal burrata is a must order item, housemade and house stuffed buffalo mozzarella filled with a creamy, succulent, seasonal blend of flavors (say that 10 times).  (family welcome)

7. Bourdwalk On Bulverde.  This is not the Jersey Shore-roller coaster type of  boardwalk but rather a kick ass food truck park. If you’re into Pakistani eats, don’t miss the Rickshaw Stop. No really, DO NOT MISS. They have delightful saucity-sauces and tender juicy meats. If you’ve got chitlins, the boardwalk has a playground with swings and if you’ve got some vagabond in you, they occasionally have free beer… that’s right, FREE. You can find a bit more about their sauce HERE. (very, very family welcome)

8. Big Z’s. What do you get when you cross burgers, beer, and a plethora of  balls? No, not a bachelor party! Big Z’s baby. They have 2 locations and both have great quality (151) or (1604).  Whatever you do, don’t leave without getting your burger “dirty.” I love the patio at the 1604 location it’s a bit more rustic. But if you’re closer to 151 the food is on par there as well. (very, very family welcome, huge turf for plenty of ball tossin’)

9. The Cove  This place is for all my crunchy friends. They serve mostly organic food, oftentimes plucked from the in-house garden. There is also plenty of room to let the kids be as free-range as the chickens. (very, very family welcome, even a playground)

10. The PEARL Brewery: CIA bakery (with kids) or Il Sogno (lunch/dinner date).we love the pearl and it’s low-key end of the Riverwalk. There is a bunch of construction these days but don’t let it deter you. Either enjoy a lemonade (note: lemonade is fresh squeezed and even has a hint of vanilla) to go from the CIA followed by a picnic by the river. Or go on a hot date with your love at Il Sogno. The patio is small and, although we recommend getting a reservation, you don’t need one to sit there. (Thank you,SAfoodnazi for the insider patio scoop for Il Sogno).

Whether or not you live in San Antonio, I hope you are inspired to take advantage of a sunny day and eat outside.  Please, let me know your favorite patio-vino drinking spot? Maybe we can meet for a glass of cool breeze and an order of good eats.

Happy Second Day Of Spring!

*ALL above are SMOKE-FREE (a must). All opinions are my own, I was not compensated for the above information.