6 things to know in San Antonio food right now: Beloved barbacoa joint beefs up the North Side

6 things to know in San Antonio food: Barbacoa spot beefs up biz

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Tommy's is coming to the North Side. Tommy's Restaurant/Facebook

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Lovers of Big Red and barbacoa rejoice! Iconic Alamo City comfort food operation Tommy’s Restaurant is opening a new outpost on San Antonio’s North Side. Set to open toward the end of the month, the new location will serve the familiar Tex-Mex influenced fare that diners have come to love from the brand, including cheesy enchiladas, carne guisada, puffy tacos, and a whole assortment of breakfast tacos. Unlike other Tommy’s locations, this new spot, which sits at the corner of Wurzbach Parkway and Blanco Road, will not feature a drive-thru. Instead, it will have designated carry-out parking spots for to-go orders. Tommy’s, which celebrates 25 years of service in San Antonio this year, currently has four functioning operations across the city, not counting this forthcoming North Side location.

San Antonio is a Tex-Mex town, no doubt about it, but one local chef is proving there’s room for all kinds of Latin American fare. Veteran San Antonio restaurateur Shaunda Robledo’s forth-coming concept, Panjaz, aims to introduce Alamo City residents to an underserved brand of Hispanic cuisine: Panamanian food. Robledo’s new concept — which the chef is opening with business partner and fiancee ReAnn Robledo — will highlight menu items from her home country, including such Panamanian staples as stuffed yucca fritters, curry chicken, and spicy lamb kebabs. Currently, no concrete date has been announced for the concept’s grand opening. According to the San Antonio Express-News, though Robledo has access to a ghost kitchen, the chef hopes to open Panjaz in a more permanent space, such as a sun-shaded patio or a food trailer with outdoor seating, sometime in the near future.

Still need a gift for Mom on Mother’s Day this year? (FYI: May 9 is quickly approaching.) One local French-inspired brassiere has you covered. Damien Watel, head chef at Bistr09, will be whipping up a special mothers-themed menu that screams, “I love you, Mom!” via the universal language of brunch. Lucky mothers will be treated to a meal featuring delightful items like lump crab oeuf cocotte, salmon, and short rib eggs Benedict. Bistr09’s classic menu of brunch favorites, including the ever-popular fried chicken lollipops, will be available during brunch as well. Bistr09’s Mother’s Day brunch takes place Sunday, May 9 from 11am-3pm. Reservations for this once-a-year event are strongly encourage and can be made via Bistr09’s website.

Other news and notes
Late jazz icon Duke Ellington is getting the royal treatment this month at one Stone Oak wine bar. To celebrate the legendary musician’s birthday, Copa Wine Bar and Tasting Room will host a four-course prix fixe wine dinner titled A Celebration of Jazz. Held both Wednesday, April 28, and Thursday, April 29 from 7-9pm, the experience will guide diners through four influential American jazz cities, including virtual culinary stops in New York City for bagels and lox, and Kansas City for an order of barbecue burnt ends. Each course will include a carefully curated wine pairing (or a beer-paring alternative, available at the guest’s request). Tickets to this event run $60 a person and reservations are required. Interested parties can book a reservation by calling Copa Wine Bar at 210-495-2672.

San Antonio’s annual Spring Home + Garden Show is set to return to the Alamodome April 16 through 18, and some of the city’s hottest food-truck operations are bringing their A game. Presented by Marketplace Events, the show is a vibrant event where guests can shop for home-related products and services, experience stunning displays to inspire home projects, and connect with industry experts, including builders, remodelers, contractors, and more. For eats, the show will have a dedicated food-vendor area dubbed San Antonio Savory, which will showcase local operations like Aloha Kitchen and Al’s Jerky. The event is free for children 16 and younger, as well as active military and first responders (with valid ID). Adult tickets run $8 and can be purchased online.

Hall of Fame pitcher and Texas legend Nolan Ryan isn’t just a heck of a baseball player, he’s also an aficionado on all things meat. Now, just in time for backyard barbecue season, the athlete’s first retail store, Goodstock by Nolan Ryan, has launched its flavorful No Fuss BBQ Rub. The rub includes a perfect blend of pepper, salt, and garlic to bring out the bold flavor in any preferred cut of beef. What’s more, Goodstock has also unveiled its online merchandise shop featuring favorites like custom denim barbecue aprons, baseball caps, denim koozies, Weige Knives, and more. San Antonio residents can order their No Fuss BBQ Rub online at Goodstock’s virtual store.