Queso topped with grasshoppers, larva, and flying ants. Squid served in a paste of its own fermented guts. If anyone still thinks the Texas palate is relegated to chicken fried steak and cheese enchiladas need look no further than Texas Monthly’s 2018's 10 Best New Restaurants in Texas.
This year’s crop of culinary overachievers was full of surprises, admitted the magazine’s food editor Patricia Sharpe, who has been putting together the list since 2002. The list is a testament to the growing diversity of the Lone Star State, making room for contemporary takes on Ukrainian food from a Canadian chef, family-friendly wood-fired pizzas, and even steak and barbecue.
In San Antonio, Range took the No. 9 spot. Chef Jason Dady’s restaurants have long been a favorite of both tourists and locals alike, and Range is no different. Sharpe said it was only natural that the steaks at Range would be top quality, but reserved particular praise for the dishes like Wagyu shabu-shabu and miso marinated black cod that broke the chophouse mold.
Two other San Antonio restaurants were named as honorable mentions: chef Stefan Bower’s splashy Italian eatery Battalion, and chef Luca Della Casa more reserved Nonna Osteria.
In order to qualify for the annual list, restaurants had to open between December 1, 2016 and December 1, 2017. All eateries had to be the first Texas location and reopened restaurants, like Dallas’ French Room, were disqualified from consideration.
Check out the full list here.