Where to Eat Now
Where to eat in San Antonio right now: all about the Pearl's new food hall
San Antonio's first-ever food hall, The Bottling Department, just opened, and you simply must try every concept. For this roundup of where to eat, we tried each of the five vendors all in one lunch to bring you a guide to the goodness. (Don't judge, there were doughnuts. We can't be held accountable for that.)
Make sure you bring the family, bring the kids, and have some fun. The Pearl's splash pad is right outside, perfect for cooling down in this Texas heat.
Bud's Southern Rotisserie
Bud's brings the charm with its namesake Southern rotisserie chicken, marinated with a house blend of Cajun spices and slowly cooked in a rotisserie oven. Let's be clear: If you don't order the Cajun cornbread, you're making a huge mistake.
Start with the melted fries, which are Kennebec potato fries covered with smoked cheddar and bacon. They were gone the minute they hit our table. Next on your list has to be the blue cheese burger with a beef patty, blue cheese, Fletcher's sauce, caramelized balsamic onions, and a brioche bun.
The Good Kind
The Good Kind proves good ingredients can be tasty. The mac and cheese is not your out-of-the-box fare — this is cheddar and Parmesan cheese with gluten-free, whole grain pasta topped with chicken. Order the market bowl filled with black rice and the chef's choice of vegetables — add chicken and the hollyhock dressing.
We are freaking out over the pistachio doughnut and the cinnamon rolls — it will be difficult to only order one. Then there are the s'mores doughnuts, which are selling like hotcakes (pun intended). No matter what you choose, these seasoned professionals, who are also behind Bakery Lorraine, know exactly what your sweet tooth needs.
Try the spicy miso tonkotsu ramen with pork chashu, scallion, Sichuan sesame oil, sesame seeds, bean sprouts, and ginger. The kimchi is a new obsession of ours — we wanted to order it again and again. All around, the presentation at Tenko Ramen is lovely, and the food is delicious.