In 2018, acclaim for Alamo City’s culinary offerings is hitting a crescendo, and some of the city’s best restaurants are finally getting the attention they deserve. The past week alone has seen two of San Antonio’s brightest restaurants concepts receive national nods.
The first came from OpenTable, the online reservation platform. On July 25, the company announced the winners of its 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America. The list was compiled based on more than 12 million reviews of 27,000-plus restaurants all over the nation.
Citing the excellent brunch and charcuterie program, users of the site voted Cured as one of the elite few. With a 99 percent recommended rating, the Pearl eatery was the only San Antonio restaurant to make the list — and only one of six in Texas.
The recognition was the latest in a string of kudos for Cured and its chef Steve McHugh. In March, the chef was a finalist for the prestigious James Beard Award, his third time just missing the big prize.
McHugh isn’t the only San Antonian on a winning streak. Carnitas Lonja’s Alex Paredes is racking up an impressive array of shout-outs of his own. Hot on the heels of being named one of the 18 Best New Restaurants in America by Eater's national restaurant editor Bill Addison, his beloved taco joint has landed on another coveted list.
On July 31, Bon Appétit released the top 50 finalist list for its annual Best New Restaurants issue. Carnitas Lonja was the only San Antonio eatery to nab a coveted spot, joining just four eateries from across Texas.
To see if their hometown favorite makes BA's prestigious final 10, San Antonians will have to wait until August 14. If Carnitas Lonja wins, it will only be the second Alamo City restaurant to have received a spot since the list was founded in 2009. Hot Joy received the honors in 2014.