In October 2016, the owners of Pasha Mediterranean Grill opened a new bakery called Baklovah Bakery and, so far, it has been met with great reception. It has given San Antonio a little something different to enjoy because this isn’t your average bakery. This is a Mediterranean bakery. The moment you walk in, the aroma takes you over, so it is difficult to not go overboard with the sweets. There is mousse, baklava, macaroons, opera cakes, and much more. You can buy a pound of cookies at a time, have a sandwich for lunch, and satisfy your taste buds like you never have before. All pastries are made on-site and you can buy your favorites individually or by the pound. This can be rather overwhelming since the number of treats to choose from is rather significant. In fact, there is no way you are going to be able to buy everything you want in one visit, so you will need to go back for more.
In September 2016, a new addition was made to San Antonio, and that was Downstairs at the Esquire Tavern. Owner Chris Hill waited a very long time to open Downstairs. It is like a cave, but it is a fantastic cave below the Esquire. The atmosphere is relaxing with its minimal lighting, but the bar is its main feature. Behind the bartender is a backdrop of bottles where those looking for a quality drink can get one and practically get whatever they are looking for. Some may say the establishment is a little on the swanky side because of its décor and that it’s a little higher on the price point than the Esquire. However, it is very quaint and most likely has alcohol you aren’t going to find at the Esquire. In fact, you may find some difficult-to-find beverages behind the bar. You can also order a martini, daiquiri, and practically anything that your heart desires. The bartenders are very talented and will most likely make your favorite cocktail better than anyone you have ever encountered. They also have the largest cider list in San Antonio.
Eden Garden is an establishment that brings fine Indian cuisine to San Antonio. Eden Garden prides themselves on their ability to provide their diners with quality food at an affordable price. However, this isn’t just any Indian food. This is food that is region-specific and the focus is on South India. The only way to truly know what Eden Garden has to offer is to walk inside and take a look at the menu. This is a menu that can change based on the preferences of the chef. Nonetheless, some of the staples of South India cuisine include plantain, tamarind, garlic, snake gourd, ginger, coconut, green chilies, red chilies, lentils, and a wide range of spices. You can count on receiving something unique on your plate. Eden Garden also offers catering so that you can treat your business group, wedding party, or family and friends to authentic food that is more of an experience than it is a simple meal. It is an opportunity to try something different.
The High Street Wine Company opened up in October 2016, and owner Scott Ota wanted to create a place that had more of a sense of community and not just a place where people come in. he wanted atmosphere. This is something that he has achieved, especially with his very wide wine selection. There is a total of 170 labels in the establishment. Patrons can buy wine by the bottle or buy any of 30 labels by the glass. The bar also serves Spanish conservas, which is sophisticated seafood and small cheese plates. Thanks to the neighborhood zoning laws, patrons can also buy glasses of wine to go, which is something you don’t hear of often. That makes High Street Wine Company a great stop for wine enthusiasts. It is also another step in the evolution of the city’s wine scene, which can be attributed to Ota. He was featured in Wine and Spirits Magazine in 2014 because of the influence he has had.
Who doesn’t love a great pizza? That would be no one because pizza is amazing. Quicky Wood Fired Pizza capitalizes on the appeal of pizza by making a line of pizzas that stand on their own. They have Custom Quickys and Signature Quickys. A Custom Quicky is where you make your own pizza by choosing your sauces, meats, veggies, and cheese. If you don’t want to go through all that, you can choose an Easy Quicky, which is a one topping pizza with cheese and sauce. If you just like a good cheese pizza, a Little Quicky is exactly what you need with sauce and mozzarella cheese. If you choose a Signature Quicky, you’re going for what sets Quicky Wood Fired Pizza apart from all the others. They have Margherita Pizza with an Italian twist, the Mediterranean that uses Mediterranean ingredients, BBQ Chicken Pizza, Scorpion Pepper Pizza, and even a Veggie Pizza for vegetarians. For pulled pork lovers, there’s the Boss Hog Pizza. Quickys is where it’s at when you want pizza with a twist.
Suck It: The Restaurant has served San Antonio since 2011 and they have a very loyal following. Many of their patrons come to their establishment because of word of mouth. This works for them, since they offer something very different. In 2016, they opened a new establishment, which is Suck It: The Restaurant, and they opened it in the Medical Center. The owners, Vinh and Yen, opened the second location because they wanted to give more of what they had to offer. Suck It: The Restaurant offers a number of things on their menu that includes pho, sushi, and ramen. One of their featured ramen dishes is Hakkasan Ramen, which has a pork bone broth that is cooked over a 48-hour period. The restaurant also has poke on the menu. If you have never tried these dishes, Suck It: The Restaurant is a great place to have this unique dining experience.
Summer Moon Coffee Bar uses the best coffee beans and takes coffee drinkers back in time to the 19th century when coffee roasters roasted their coffee in a hearth. It takes three people to create the custom brews at Summer Moon Coffee Bar and the process is repeated every day using beans that come from South America, central America, Indonesia, and Africa. The roaster isn’t powered by a power cord, but by hand-split Texas Oak. It is a specialized process that requires good heat control and consistency. Every step gives San Antonio coffee enthusiasts an old fashioned and unique flavor to enjoy. The roasts include Billowing, Camp Fire, Blue Blazes, Velvet Blaze, Afterglow, Swinging Lantern, Spark, Half-Caff, Beach Fire, Flickering, Flying Cinder, En Fuego, and Signal. Most are full city roasts with flavors that are controlled by the flame with other flavors injected into the coffee, creating flavors like you’ve never had before.
If you are ready for genuine Thai food, Thai Lucky is a place to stop. One of the fan favorites is Thai Beef Salad with its fresh ingredients. It’s the establishment’s dedication to making its dishes with the freshest ingredients that have helped it gain its loyal following. It is also family-owned-and-operated, which people love because of the overall family feel. Overall, the food offerings are classic, but there is something delicious about the food. Perhaps it is the homemade touch or the extra delicious dishes like pad woon sen, pad see ew, or the drunken noodles. The pad is especially delicious because of the tender meat and the noodles that are perfectly cooked. There are plenty of sprouts on the plate and it’s all made to order based on how spicy you want the dish. All you have to do is tell them where you want your spice on a scale of 1 to 10. If you want dessert, the coconut ice cream is a favorite.
Microbreweries are hot right now because of the heart and soul that goes into the unique flavors they produce. Weathered Souls Microbrewery opened in San Antonio in November and it features pale ales, blondes, West Coast IPAs, England-style IPAs, Mexican lager, barrel-aged beers, batch experiments, and stouts. If you are a fan of microbreweries, you will love this one for its variety and the ability to tour the brewery so you can see what they are up to. Something that sets this microbrewery apart from others is that it doesn’t have that beat up “beer barrel” look to it. This one is more contemporary as a part of the goal to be more approachable. The microbrewery also has a plot system to produce small batches that will allow customers to design their own beer and get the help they need to brew it. This is perfect for craft beer enthusiasts, especially those that have always dreamed of creating their own.
When you want the authentic taste of Mexico, Zocalo Mio will give you just that with their Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos, Papa Ranchera, and many items on their menu. They are known for delicious food, a friendly staff, and good prices. Their carnitas is cooked to perfection, and their location is perfect for when you need a Mexican food fix. They also cater. At Zocalo Mio, it is all about an authentic Mexican environment with the food to match. What’s unique about them is that they serve breakfast from 7:30 am to 11 am and then they serve lunch from 11 am to 3 pm. You have a lot of choices because you can build your own breakfast or lunch so your meal is made to order just the way you like it. If you don’t want to build your own, you can choose a signature lunch and/or get something small from the Grab-n-Go menu like bread pudding, fruit cups, a side salad, yogurt cup, or one of a number of items. You can also choose from a number of sides, soups, and desserts.