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5 things to know in San Antonio food: Holiday pop-up bars and Luby's new delivery service

5 things to know in San Antonio food: Holiday pop-up bars and more

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The Santa Shack will serve tavern-style snacks and Christmas-themed cocktails. Courtesy photo

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

Beloved local celebrity chef Jason Dady continues to be full of surprises. Days after revealing that seafood restaurant Shuck Shack is docking in a new North Central San Antonio location, he revealed a new Christmas-themed pop-up was taking its place for a limited time. The Santa Shack will offer festive cocktails like boozy Nutella hot cocoa and house-made egg nog and snacks like brisket tacos and a fried bologna sandwich from November 14 until the end of 2019.

After taking a brief hiatus in October, Alamo City icon Earl Abel’s reopened November 8. Incoming ownership group Blue Label 88 didn’t mess with the long-running restaurant's successful formula, keeping classic dishes like burgers, fried chicken, chicken fried steak, and — of course — an ever-rotating selection of pies.

While movie trilogies frequently jump the shark (seriously, what was that rave scene in The Matrix Reloaded?), we do welcome news that Trilogy Pizza Bistro is planning a sequel. After 15 years in business, the Stone Oak favorite is launching Trilogy Burger Bistro at 20079 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste. 3100 in early 2020. No word yet on whether the upcoming eatery will offer three types of burgers in keeping with its trilateral theme. The owners promised further details down the line.

Other news and notes

Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery at the Pearl is keeping it puro with a recently introduced beer. Head brewer Les Locke is paying homage to summer raspas with the Piccadilleigh, made with cherry Kool-Aid, Hawaiian Punch, Meyer Lemon puree, and 55 gallons of pickle juice. Each 12-ounce pour is garnished with a chamoy rim and tajin.

Have a hankering for fried liver and onions, but can’t stand the thought of being shuffled through a buffet line? Luby’s is now offering delivery via H-E-B-owned service Favor. The two Texas brands announced the partnership in late October, which covers 80 locations. The delivery charge for a LuAnn plate is currently $3.