We're celebrating San Antonio's newest eateries in our 2017 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards. Eight of the top new restaurants in San Antonio will go head to head in our annual tournament, powered by Whole Foods Market, where you decide who will be crowned the Best New Restaurant of 2017.
Vote for your favorites in the bracket-style elimination challenge now through April 18. The first round ends Tuesday, April 11. You can vote once a day, every day, but first, meet all of the nominees:
The newest concept from the Stefan Bowers/Andrew Goodman restaurant empire, Battalion serves easy Italian in a renovated firehouse. The cool space will fire up your appetite, and the fresh pastas, char-grilled meats, vegetable dishes, and Italian classics will leave you satisfied.
Chisme comes from the team behind Hot Joy and Barbaro. The kitchen puts a creative spin on Tex-Mex favorites, ranging from barbacoa served with green onion kimchee to charred Brussels sprouts in guajillo mole to pumpkin churros.
High Street Wine Co.
This hot spot for wine and bites in the Pearl district also offers tastings, classes, and professional consulting. High-quality, small-production, seasonal varietals can be enjoyed by the bottle or by the glass, and the food menus are crafted to complement the exquisite selection.
This San Antonio destination for music, food, and drinks comes from Doc Watkins. In addition to live music, you can enjoy a full menu of San Antonio-inspired eats by chef Lorenzo Morales — think country-fried pork chops and chilaquiles, plus craft beers and sultry cocktails.
Sangria on the Burg
Sangria on the Burg opened quietly on Fredericksburg Road last summer. The eclectic little neighborhood bar and grill specializes in the paring of craft sangria, margaritas, and beer with tacos, sliders, and salads from Ceasar Zepeda.
San Antonio chef-owner Andrew Weissman returns with Signature. Named one of Texas Monthly's best new restaurants for 2016, star dishes include butter-poached lobster and sweetbreads with a wine-and-mushroom reduction.
Lone Star comfort food — made from scratch daily — is on the menu at The Well. This hot spot for food, drinks, and dancing also serves a Texas-sized Sunday brunch.
Whiskey Tree is a new addition to San Antonio's Northside, complete with an awesome patio. The bar offers unique whiskey-based cocktails, and the kitchen serves a full menu of Southern favorites that go hand in hand with the drinks.