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Comfort food cafe pops up on the South Side, plus more San Antonio food news
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A new comfort food eatery opened June 24 at 3307 S. Zarzamora St., according to a Facebook post. Texas Toast serves biscuits, omelettes, waffles (with or without chicken), and a variety of burgers. Though the cafe is now open Monday through Thursday, 7 am to 3 pm and Friday and Saturday, 7 am to 8 pm, hungry South Siders might want to try it out during non-peak hours. The tiny restaurant barely seats more than 20 people.
Southton Road will be home of San Antonio’s latest barbecue spot when Bar-B-Que Republic of Texas opens this summer. CultureMap has reached out to the owners for an exact opening date and menu information. A rep for the restaurant said the team is shooting to open by the first week of August.
Tim Rattray, owner of acclaimed Alamo City eatery The Granary ‘Cue & Brew, is putting an upscale spin on down-home Southern fare at his new restaurant Fontaine’s Southern Diner & Bar at 906 E. Elmira St. The restaurant officially debuted June 14 with a menu of country hams, chicken fried steak, boozy milkshakes, and chicken fried steak.
Popular sushi spot Yummi Japanese Restaurant is getting a reboot. Owner Deukbok Cha has sold the eatery to his brother, Deuk Cha, who will usher in a few changes like a new happy hour and live music nights. To celebrate the passing of the torch, Yummi will be offering an all-you-can-eat sushi menu the weekend of June 28-30.
On June 13, Maverick Texas Brasserie got a big vote of confidence from oenophile bible Wine Enthusiast. The Southtown restaurant was the only San Antonio eatery included in the magazine’s annual list of America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants. The rest of Texas scored seven more slots on the list. Dallas and Houston each earned three slots, while Fredericksburg’s Cabernet Grill rounded off the list.
Central Market has been named among the cleanest grocery stores in America by nonprofit watchdog Consumer Reports. The rankings were culled from a survey of over 75,000 of the organization’s members. Of the 96 grocers rated, only six earned the highest marks in the white glove test. California-based Trader Joe’s, also operating in San Antonio, was the only national chain on the list.