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Tired of the same old dining choices? Luckily, it seems like a quadrillion restaurants are opening in San Antonio over the next few weeks. First up is punny coffee shop Philoçoffee (read that “ç” as an “s”), now open at 606 W. French Pl. in Alta Vista, the former home of Press Coffee. The Francophile cafe, complete with a tricolored bull statue out front, offers coffee and tea drinks and baked goodies from Castle Hill’s C’est La Vie Baking Co.
Also new to the scene is Live Oak’s Kobe Teppan & Sushi (7824 Pat Booker Rd.). The Japanese steakhouse opened in late April with a menu of grilled items, sushi, and sashimi and an “endless” option that allows customers to gorge on all of the above. Those who are nostalgic for the days of Benihana will also be happy to know that Kobe employs similar high-flying showmanship.
The fast-casual pizza wars are heating up in Alamo City with the announcement that the first location of Pieology is opening at the Shops at Rivercenter on May 15. Like Urban Bricks Pizza, MOD Pizza, and locally owned Quicky Wood Fired Pizza, the California-based concept allows guests to build a pizza from a variety of ingredients, which is then quick-fired in minutes.
Day drinking destination Snooze is opening a second San Antonio location at 1305 N. Loop 1604 W. in Stone Oak in the next few weeks. The popular Colorado chain specializes in brunch items like shrimp and grits, breakfast tacos, eggs Benedict, and pancakes, as well as cocktails like Bloody Marys, mimosas, and margaritas.
Locally owned veggie burger joint Earth Burger is opening a second location at 2501 Nacogdoches Rd. The new stand, opening this summer, is part of a growth spurt that will also see new shops in San Marcos and Minnesota’s Mall of America.
Catch some island vibes at the Jerk Shack, an open-air Caribbean restaurant that arrives on the scene on May 11. According to the San Antonio Current, the menu will include braised oxtails, curried goat, steamed fish, and several dishes seasoned with jerk.
Finally, South BBQ & Kitchen is just days away from opening at 2011 Mission Rd., according to a post on Instagram. Owner Andrew Samia of Crazy Carl’s and Dignowity Meats will serve a mostly Texas menu of charro beans, Spanish rice, Texas brisket, and house pickles, although St. Louis ribs will also be available. For now, the restaurant will be BYOB, but a beer and wine menu is coming soon.
Now for the rest of the news. Yummi Japanese Restaurant is getting into the ramen game with three new dishes. The noodles are available with a shoyu (soy sauce), tonkotsu (pork bone broth), or seasonal curry base, all topped with bok choy, braised pork, green onion, shiitake mushrooms, fresh seaweed, and a boiled egg.
After treating your mom to a brunch on May 13, celebrate your thoughtfulness by booking a seat at Clementine’s bubbly brunch on May 19. Chefs John Russ and Elise Russ have worked up a four-course menu including grilled baby artichokes, zucchini kibbeh, and ginger doughnut holes to be paired with four styles of Mistinguett Cava.
Délice Chocolatier and Patisserie owner Nacho Aguirre won $50,000 and some major bragging rights as the winner of the Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship on May 2. The winning spirit runs in the family; his wife, Susana Mijares, was a runner-up on the show in its second season.