It’s the start of a new year and a new decade, so why start January with the same dining routine — especially in San Antonio’s ever-evolving food scene. From a newcomer offering lively Mexican cuisine to a spot dishing out ramen, these recently opened restaurants are the perfect prelude to 12 months of incredible eating.
Europa Kitchen & Bar
Opened in late December, this Medical Center-area concept is a whirlwind trip through the best dishes of European cuisine. For a light lunch, try one of eight salads, including a classic Niçoise and a German medley with romaine, crisp radishes, and sliced cucumber. Heftier dinner choices trot through crowd-pleasers like fettuccine Alfredo and fish ’n’ chips to less common dishes like Macedonian kofte, a grilled dish similar to meatballs.
Ginza Ramen Poke and Boba
Yes, this freshman Far West Side restaurant excels at the dishes mentioned in its name, but it’s no three-trick pony. The shop also excels at teriyaki rice bowls and beef yakisoba and even offers sushirritos for the ‘gram. And a tip: Efficient counter service make it an ideal lunch spot on a harried day.
Los Azulejos Restaurante Bar
This Castle Hills newcomer delivers traditional Mexican cuisine in an airy contemporary setting that mirrors the vibrancy of the food. Though Los Azulejos offers plenty of affordable fare like enchiladas and tortas, it is worth the slight splurge to order one of the platos fuertes. The $30 Mar y Tierra with filet mignon and butter poached lobster tail could become a weekly indulgence.
The latest entry into the growing Near East Side dining scene, this tiny eatery isn’t easily pegged. Unlike many New American restaurants, The Magpie doesn’t experiment with global ingredients just for the sake of menu flash. Instead, owner Sue Kim mixes and matches an array of classic international dishes from Korean baby back ribs to pommes Darphin, a luxe version of hash browns. Though diverse in inspiration and origin, it all works beautifully together.
The opening of a pho restaurant in Alamo Ranch is cause for celebration, regardless of the specifics, but Pho Saigon went the extra mile. In addition to serving the beloved Vietnamese soup, Saigon offers a variety of bánh mî made with housemade mayo and pate, vermicelli, and stir fries. There’s even a kid’s menu, making it fun for the entire family.