The Alamo Ranch area in northwest San Antonio is booming. Residential and commercial development is surging, and amid the chain restaurants and retailers in the region, an independent gastropub hopes to make a splash.
Hop and Vine opened this month at the sprawling Alamo Ranch retail center. Angelo and Kelly Cavazos opened the spot to blend contemporary comfort food with craft beer and wine in a casual, sophisticated setting.
Kelly has lived in west San Antonio for many years and says it was time for a neighborhood-friendly gastropub. “We just figured, why not open a place like this here,” she says.
Chef Jeremy Carolino uses local ingredients and puts a slight twist on classic pub fare. He’s built a food menu where many items can be complemented by the available beer — 16 on tap — or wine.
The fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy is one of five full plates on the current menu. The braised brisket sliders come with Big Red (naturally) barbecue sauce, mayonnaise, and fries. A poutine plate features brisket, cheese curds, brown gravy, and pickled vegetables.
The shared plates offer a variety of fare, from catfish chips and mac and cheese to fondue and beet tartare. And the sides themselves are irresistible, including honey butter biscuits, Parmesan fries, and bacon by the slice.
The interior provides an intimate atmosphere, whether you’re on the town with friends, on a date, or taking the family out for a meal. Diners can choose to dine at tables or at the counter, which provides a wide view into the kitchen.
The restaurant held its grand opening on August 18 and is already making an impression with foodies seeking a local, family-friendly restaurant on the far west side.
Hop and Vine is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday and brunch Saturday and Sunday. There's also a happy hour from 4-6 pm on weekdays, with $2 off all drinks and a few food specials.