New kid on the block

Hot San Antonio neighborhood boils over with new restaurant from noted chef

Hot San Antonio 'hood boils over with new restaurant from noted chef

The Boiler House quail poppers
Jeff White's cuisine at Eastside Kitchenette will be more family-friendly than his work at Boiler House, but expect the same flair. The Boiler House/Facebook

It’s no secret that Government Hill has been one of San Antonio’s hottest dining neighborhoods for some time. But most of that attention has been focused on upscale eateries like Down on Grayson, Grayze, and The Bin Tapas Bar, restaurants that are more known as date night destinations than places to bring the whole family.

That may soon change with the addition of upcoming restaurant Eastside Kitchenette, a restaurant that will feature a playscape to keep the kids occupied while the adults savor approachable diner classics like chicken-fried steak and meatloaf.

The new concept is the brainchild of native San Antonio chef Jeff White and his wife, Jenn. Jeff is well-known for his stint at Boiler House, which has garnered him praise from local outlets, a bronze medal from the American Culinary Federation, and a prestigious invitation to cook at the James Beard House in New York City. He is also behind the outstanding burger and chicken and waffles at legendary dive bar Tucker’s Kozy Korner.

Jenn is no stranger to the local food scene either. Alongside Jeff, she is one of the co-owners at Tucker’s. She also owns Brindles Awesome Ice Cream, the Huebner Road shop that features ice cream, gelato, and sorbet in creative flavors like green tea and orange blossom, pomegranate, and gianduja (a more sophisticated version of Nutella).

Eastside Kitchenette will be located at 2119 N. I-35, the former home of Aguascalientes Mexican Restaurant. It will accommodate up to 120 diners, thanks to a sizable dining room and a wraparound patio.

The Whites project Eastside Kitchenette will be open by June. The full menu will be released at a later date.