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San Antonio chef brings Southern comfort to Government Hill, plus more food news

Local chef brings Southern comfort to Government Hill, plus more news

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Eastside Kitchenette features a menu of Southern-inspired comfort food. Eastside Kitchenette/Facebook

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Eastside Kitchenette, the newest addition to the red-hot Government Hill dining scene, will debut January 9, according to a Facebook post. The new eatery comes from former Boiler House chef Jeff White and his wife/Brindles Awesome Ice Cream owner, Jenn White. The all-day eatery features a menu of approachable Southern fare like wedge salads, meatloaf sandwiches, huevos rancheros, and grilled, bacon-wrapped jalapeño skewers served with green goddess dressing.

Looks like Issla St. Brewing has struck a chord with San Antonio’s beer lovers. The brand-new taproom, known for puro San Antonio brews like Chola Blonde with cumin, cantaloupe, and tamarind and the Selena tribute stout, Concha la Flor, hit a snag January 5 when the brand-new company sold out of all of its beers on opening day due to an outpouring of support from the community. In a Facebook post, owners Josh and JD Peña said they are regrouping to keg more product and will return to the scene on January 12.

Southtown’s Villa Rica closed on January 6, but it won’t be gone for long. According to a release, celebrity chef Johnny Hernandez is retooling the space to create a more laid-back atmosphere inspired by Mexico’s beachside seafood joints. The menu will be slightly change with more taco offerings and ceviches inspired by the cuisines of Veracruz, Baja, Yucatan, and the Pacific. The eatery is aiming to reopen in March.

La Familia Cortez, the folks behind Mi Tierra and La Margarita, are opening a mysterious new restaurant in The Rim. In a release, the company revealed an address (18403 Interstate Highway 10) and an estimated opening date (summer 2019), but kept all the other details. Will this be the group’s first foray into French haute cuisine? San Antonio foodies will have to wait until an undisclosed date early this year to find out.