News you can eat
Editor's note: We get it. It can be difficult to keep up with the fast pace of San Antonio's restaurant and bar scene. We have you covered with our regular roundup of essential food news.
Openings and closings
After opening its first stateside location in San Antonio in August, it appears Cervecería Chapultepec, a popular Mexican chain known for its fixed-price menu of food and drinks, is doubling down with a second Alamo City location. On October 27, the company announced on its Facebook page that a forthcoming operation will open at 8401 State Highway 151, though an official opening date is yet to be announced. Like its first location East Elmira Street, the restaurant will serve a wide variety of both Mexican and American influenced eats including street tacos, burritos, burgers and ceviche’s, plus alcoholic drinks like micheladas and beer – all for $3 an item.
After shuttering permanently late last month, popular local watering hole and country music venue Cooter Browns Saloon is carrying on — at least in spirit. Beginning Wednesday, November 4, the saloon’s popular Working Women’s Wednesday relaunched at Doc Brown’s at 6511 TX-1604 Loop. Just as it did at Cooter Brown’s, the transplanted event features music from country artist Mario Flores and DJ Slim Jim as well as $1 well drinks, margaritas, and select domestics from 5-7 pm. The news comes after a brutal month for Cooter Brown’s, which announced October 21 via Facebook post that it would be calling it quits. “With the new restrictions placed on bars ... it’s impossible to produce the sales required to pay such high rent and remain in compliance," the bar wrote. "We are in the last year of our 10-year lease and we cannot renew a lease that we are unable to use.” The post went on to offer additional reasons for the operation’s financial hardships, including that Cooter’s landlord, local theater company Santikos, did not allow food trucks to open permanently in the saloon’s parking lot.
A novel delivery-only fried chicken operation is swooping into San Antonio. James Canter, the Alamo City chef and operator of Guerilla Gourmet, has partnered with Philadelphia chef Chad Rosenthal to bring Rosenthal's Motel Fried Chicken concept to LocalSprout Food Hub at 513 Chestnut St. Once open for business, Alamo City foodies will be able to order Rosenthal’s herb-brined, herb-finished, buttermilk fried chicken in both sandwich and tender form for delivery via third-party apps like Uber Eats and Favor. San Antonio Currentreports that the operation plans to add fried chicken baskets and other side dishes to its menu. Though a concrete opening date has yet to be given, Motel Fried Chicken said on social media it is set to open in December.
Other news and notes
For the finale of Texas Food & Wine Alliance’s series of online, chef-lead cooking classes, Alliance Academy, participants are getting a lesson in tacos from a San Antonio master. Chef Rico Torres of elevated regional Mexican restaurant concept Mixtli (plus upcoming Japanese omakase-inspired concept, Kumo) will lead a virtual cooking class at 7 pm on Thursday, November 12, wherein he will prepare his recipe for Peeler Ranch ribeye tacos on heritage corn tortillas topped with a nutty salsa macha and a creamy avocado mash. Additionally, the James Beard semifinalist will prepare an invigorating cocktail mixed with Rey Campero mezcal, fresh lime juice, and a splash of sparkling water. The accompanying event kit from Assembly kitchen runs $129-$159 (part of which benefits TFWA’s statewide grant program) and includes passes to the stream as well as all the ingredients necessary to prepare the meal. Orders, which can be placed here, must be made before noon on Monday, November 9, for nationwide delivery and 3 pm on Tuesday, November 10, for Texas shipping.
Deals, deals, deals
In honor of National Nacho Day (yes, that’s a thing), San Antonio-based Taco Cabana will be offering half-priced nachos all day Friday, November 6. Orders can be placed at all San Antonio locations online for pick-up at the front counter or curbside, as well as via drive-thru or by mobile ordering using the MyTC! IOS and Android App.
On Veteran’s Day, fried chicken outpost Texas' own Pluckers Wing Bar is inviting all veterans and active-duty military for a free meal while dining at the restaurant. Guests with a valid military ID can enjoy a complimentary entree, side, and non-alcoholic beverage up to the price of $15. The offer is available for dine-in only at all Plucker’s locations and will be available all day on Wednesday, November 11.