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An anticipated new craft cocktail bar is now open in Southtown. As we first reported in September, Amor Enterno was developed by local bar wizs Aaron Pena (owner of The Squeezebox) and Brian Correa (owner of BarAmerica). The operation’s cocktail program, which was overseen by Pena, includes such creations as the gin-forward Who’s That Lady, made with lemon and PX Sherry, as well as the Noches de Amor, featuring tequila, lime, and strawberry. For eats, popular Tejano street fare pop-up ¡Bucho! is serving such chef-inspired snacks as ceviche wonton tacos, pinche hot chicken tacos, and a Tejano Cubano. Amor Enterno is located at 540 S. Presa St. and is open from 5 pm to 12 am, Wednesday through Thursday; 5 pm to 2 am, Friday through Saturday; and 1 pm to 10 pm on Sunday.
For San Antonio, 2021 is rapidly turning into the year of the (fried) chicken! Hot on the heels of popular Filipino fast-food chain Jollibee opening its first Alamo City restaurant, plus the recent announcement of locally owned Wayne’s Wings’ forthcoming location, Texas-based chicken chain Pluckers is now set to open its third area eatery (the business’s 30th overall) near North Star Mall. The new establishment will offer the company’s famous in-bone and boneless wings, paired with such signature sauces as the ginger peach Sriracha and spicy mandarin, plus fan-favorite appetizers including fried pickles and Holy Macaroni. The new location is set to open in the early fall of 2021 and will be located at 410 and Jones Maltsberger Road.
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Alamo City residents can now safely sit down for a meal at Pearl’s Bottling Department food hall. Last week, the food hall debuted a new tableside ordering and delivery service, in which guests can access restaurant menus, order, and pay with just one scan of a QR code. Currently, a total of twenty-six outdoor tables in Pearl’s park are equipped with the service, allowing patrons to order from all Bottling Department vendors, including acclaimed restaurant concepts like Mi Roti, TenkoRamen, and the recently opened Chilaquil, without ever having to leave their table.
Weekend mornings in San Antonio just got a whole lot more indulgent (and boozy) thanks to Southerleigh Haute South’s new brunch menu. The new service offers such uniquely elevated comfort fare as soft-shell blue crab Benedict, chicken and doughnuts, and chicken-fried steak and doughnuts. For day drinking, brunch patrons can enjoy a classic mimosa, breakfast old fashioned, and even a delightfully outlandish Bloody Mary served with shrimp, a crab leg, and fried chicken.
Pesky global pandemic put a damper on your Mardi Gras travel plans? Fret not. Copa Wine Bar & Tasting Room has you covered. The eatery is taking patrons on a tour of Louisiana with their new prix fixe wine dinner titled “Legends of the French Quarter.” For $60 per person, guests can enjoy such tasty dishes as Copa’s mini crawfish pie and spicy shrimp creole, which will be paired with such flavorful wines as a Maison la Villette Grenache Syrah and a Mas Cremant de Limoux Brut Sparkling Wine. The event will take place Wednesday, January 27, and Thursday, January 28, from 7 pm to 9 pm both nights. Reservations are required and can be placed by calling (210) 495-2672.
Culinaria’s Restaurant Week(s) is returning, and this time, it’s lasting all month. For the past 19 years, Culinaria, the nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting San Antonio’s hospitality industry, has hosted the event, during which patrons are invited to enjoy prix fixe lunch and dinner menus from independent local restaurants. This year’s lineup includes such inspired menu offerings as a $35, three-course dinner special from Bistr09, featuring escargot and lobster risotto, as well as a $45 dinner-for-two offering from recently opened SA Seafood, which includes a half-pound of snow crab legs and boiled shrimp. All of this year’s Restaurant Week menus are available until January 31 and can be ordered to-go (some establishments are offering dine-in options as well).
After a brutal year for the state’s (and indeed, the nation’s) hospitality industry, food delivery app DoorDash announced it would be providing $500,000 to the Texas Restaurant Relief Fund. The contribution is part of DoorDash’s $200 million, 5-year Main Street Strong pledge, which includes a $10 million effort to help restaurants in cities across the United States and Canada.