A new direction
Beloved East Side bar courts 'too many cooks' for new breakfast, lunch, and dinner
From gas station to burger stand to beloved neighborhood bar, Tucker’s Kozy Korner has gone through its fair share of changes during its nearly 80-year run. Now the East Side institution is gearing up for another transformation — introducing new culinary offerings that combine three concepts into one.
On Wednesday, August 17, the bar introduced breakfast, lunch, and dinner service. Instead of focusing on a single style of cuisine, each meal will have a unique focus helmed by local hospitality pros.
The morning program, dished out 7-10:30 am, Tuesday through Friday, dips into Southeast Asian flavors by San Antonio chef Jenny Nguyen. According to a press announcement, the Vietnam native will start the day with beef, chicken, and vegetable pho, customizable with eggs, steamed vegetables, tofu, and more. Guests can also wake up with Vietnamese iced coffee and egg coffee — a pour-over with egg and milk custard.
Early birds can also grab breakfast tacos with fillings like egg, bacon, and brisket. The classic San Antonio dish comes from chef Charles Daniels of Daniel’s Family Barbecue. He will also smoke brisket, chicken, and ribs for Nguyen’s soups.
An East Side fixture, Daniels has been serving pit barbecue with his wife Michelle since the ‘80s. His traditional barbecue plates will be the star of the show Tuesdays through Fridays, 11:30 am- 2 pm. Each will come with side options, including house-made coleslaw, potato salad, borracho beans, green beans, and cornbread.
Finally, dinner caps off the weekday fare from 5-9:30 pm. Tucker’s has partnered with nearby café Sweet Yams for a concept dubbed Loretta’s Finest Southern Fried Chicken. Crispy wings and breasts will be paired with down-home sides like garlic mashed potatoes, organic steamed vegetables, Southern red beans, and more.
Obviously, the East Side bar doesn’t believe in the old warning about too many cooks in the kitchen. It plans to soon add even more chefs to the crew. Weekend brunch from 11 am-3 pm will feature special guests to add even more variety to the menu. And, of course, cocktails and cold beer will still flow during regular operational hours.