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7 things to know in San Antonio food right now: Ramen shop bowls over Northeast Side with new locations
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Popular noodle shop Bakudan Ramen is hoping to bowl over Alamo City with two new locations. Known for its eclectic atmosphere and pan-Asian offerings like poke nachos, bibimbap, and takoyaki (fried octopus balls), the emerging chain first debuted at the Rim in 2019. A company representative tells CultureMap that a Stone Oak outpost, located at 22506 Us Hwy 281 N. #106, is expected to be guest-ready by July. A third store, at the Bandera-Loop 1604 interchange near Helotes, is aiming for an October opening.
A Japanese street food upstart has dived into the Balcones Heights area. In an Instagram post, Hanamaru Café spilled the beans on its April 24 opening of its 7460 Callaghan Rd. #333 shop. The concept specializes in Taiyaki, fish-shaped pastries commonly filled with red bean paste. Bucking tradition, the store also offers Nutella and mozzarella varieties, along with soft serve-filled taiyaki “cones.”
Pearl Farmers Market mainstay The Beignet Stand is now sweetening the Broadway corridor with a new brick-and-mortar. According to an Instagram post, the pastry shop celebrated its grand opening at 8343 Broadway on April 20. Husband-and-wife team Michael Grimes and Elisa Trevino are serving many of the varieties that make the kiosk an essential stop, including churro honey butter, Nutella, and piña colada beignets.
St. Mary’s strip revelers now have one more option for late-night eats. Taquitos MB El Sazon Norteño owner Mario Reyna Borjon took over the former home of Pizza Party at 2334 N. St. Mary’s St. on April 21. Among the offerings at Puro Taco are chicken, steak, carnitas, shrimp, and quesabirria tacos.
Central Texas barbecue chain Smokey Mo’s TX BBQ is hoping to expand its San Antonio footprint with an ambitious expansion plan. According to a release, the franchise is eyeing the Alamo City area for its first new stores, although it did not divulge the targeted amount. In all, the growing chain plans to add 32 locations in Texas. Currently, it operates four locations locally.
Other news and notes
High Street Wine Co., hot off a James Beard Awards semifinalist nod, has nabbed another plaudit. National culinary website Tasting Table has named the Pearl hot spot No. 11 on its list of top wine bars in the United States. Editors praised its devotion to small producers and wide variety of snacks.
Contemporary Southern hospitality will meet Regency era English manners at The Good Kind on May 7. The Southtown event space is putting a Bridgerton spin on its Kentucky Derby celebration with a hat contest, live jazz music, and a showing of the big race. The full bar and food menu will be offered from 4-9 pm.