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Every anticipated San Antonio restaurant opening in fall 2019

Every anticipated San Antonio restaurant opening in fall 2019

Southerleigh Bird & Biscuit
Southerleigh Bird & Biscuit is one of three concepts chef Jeff Balfour will soon debut in San Antonio. Photo courtesy of Southerleigh Restaurant Group

As the weather cools down to the crisp upper nineties and pumpkin spice everything begins taking over menus, it's once again time to check in on San Antonio’s most anticipated restaurants.

In the upcoming months, San Antonians can expect experimental cuisine from a world-renowned chef, big out-of-town names, and the debut of a years-long project. Here's what's on the schedule:

88 Social
With a perfect location near the River Walk and the landmark VFW Post 76, this upcoming food truck park and bar should draw throngs when it opens in early fall.

The owners of this Rio Grande Valley icon still haven’t divulged the details on their first San Antonio location at 13527 Hausman Pass, but construction is set to wrap up in November. Thanksgiving tamale orders are most likely a no-go, but locals are still crossing fingers that the outpost will be open in time for Christmas.

Evo Restaurant
Acclaimed chef Arturo Fernández will bring his avant-garde Mexican concept to Olmos Park in the upcoming weeks, according to frequent Facebook posts. While waiting for the big announcement, San Antonians can drool over menu ideas like ceviche smoked in a glass cloche.

Ida Claire
The owners of Whiskey Cake will soon be buttering the Alamo City’s biscuit with this upscale Southern gastropub. The concept offers fanciful versions of mainstays like fried green tomatoes with pistou (think French pesto) aioli, shrimp and grits, and, uhm, hummus. The bar kicks it old school with house grenadine, syrups, and bitters. Originally slated for summer, it has now pushed back its Alamo Quarry Market debut into fall.

Southerleigh concepts
The Pearl favorite is expanding its footprint in a big way with three new concepts. Seafood-focused Southerleigh Coast & Comfort and Southerleigh Brewery will both open in Brooks by the end of the year. Southerleigh Bird & Biscuit, showcasing the restaurants fried chicken, will follow in the second quarter of 2020.

Untitled tiki bar and Asian restaurant from Chris Hill
Five years after Esquire Tavern Chris Hill owner bought downtown’s Witte Building, the ambitious restoration appears to be almost complete. Along with the restaurant and bar, the complex will also include an event space and micro apartments. The team is still keeping mum on the exact opening date.

Whisky Rose
Chef Ceasar Zepeda’s pie palace, devoted to both dessert pies and pizza, has scrapped plans to move into downtown’s Rand Building for a new spot off Huebner Road. There are no exact opening details just yet, but the restaurant promises the wait won't be too long.