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New Mediterranean restaurant spices up Northwest San Antonio and more local food news

Mediterranean restaurant spices up San Antonio and more food news

Acu Bistro Bar SA paella
New restaurant Acú Bistro Bar serves paellas, pizzas, and tapas from a warm and cozy space. Acú Bistro Bar

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A new restaurant focusing on regional Mediterranean flavors has opened at 21715 I-10 W. Acú Bistro Bar’s menu features classic regional dishes like manchego stuffed dates, paellas, braised lamb shank served with rice pilaf, and wood-fired pizzas with unexpected toppings like jamon serrano and lamb.

Pop-up Fantom Kitchen is making its official debut on April 9 at Cullum’s Attagirl as part of the ongoing activities for San Antonio Beer Week. The menu, available from 6-10 pm, will feature affordable bites like squid ceviche, beer roulade, and sweet carrot soufflé from chef Brienne Juanita Reboli and special tappings from Ghost Pixel Beer Studio & Freetail Brewing Co.

Looking for a weekend excursion? The Grapevine in Gruene has launched a series of tastings held on the first Thursday of every month (with the exception of January). Each Come and Taste It event will showcase a Texas drink maker while guests enjoy live music. Kicking things off on April 19 will be Fredericksburg’s Becker Vineyards and Alstadt Brewery.

In more Texas wine news, classic winemaker Messina Hof has made the jump to cans. The initial offerings — a sweet red and a dry rosé — are initially only available online and at the winery’s three locations (including nearby Fredericksburg), but expect to find it on retailer’s shelves in the coming months.

Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery is headed over to Paper Tiger to celebrate its third anniversary on April 22. The all-ages party will feature live music from the Texases and Agent 45, bites from Pinch Boil House, paletas from San Antonio Palateria, and the release of a special three hops IPA. Admission is free with food, beer, and merch available for purchase.

Speaking of anniversaries, Little Italy Restaurant and Pizzeria is celebrating 35 years in this biz with month-long throwback specials offered at its original 1983 prices. From April 9-14, enjoy chicken Francesca with mushrooms for $8.95, followed by deals on cheese pizzas and fettuccine Alfredo in upcoming weeks.

Picnic baskets are selling out quickly for downtown's outdoor dining experience Houston Street Food on April 15, benefiting San Antonio Food Bank’s summer food service program. Feast on gourmet packages from Market on Houston, Range, Bohanan’s, and Dorrego’s featuring appetizers, mains, and desserts while enjoying live entertainment and beer and wine.

Swanky New American restaurant Tribeca 212 is celebrating San Antonio’s Tricentennial by paying homage to the city’s Spanish roots. On April 27, the Olmos Park eatery will partner with La Casa de España for a pairing dinner featuring sherry wine educator Virginia Miller, a menu inspired by Spain and the Canary Islands, and a photographic exhibition from artist Mary Higuero.