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After months of anticipation, Cibolo residents will wake up to a treat on December 18: some of the area's best pancakes. Famous for a wide range of indulgent flapjack offerings, including their award-winning organic buckwheat pancakes, Magnolia Pancake Haus has served San Antonians for two decades at its Embassy Oaks and Medical Center locations. According to the company’s Facebook page, Magnolia’s forthcoming third outpost, located at 17730 N. IH 35, is set to open just in time for Alamo City residents to enjoy such seasonal favorites as eggnog French toast. Starting Friday, Magnolia Cibolo will be open daily for dine-in service from 7 am - 2 pm.
Popular health-focused eatery is downgrading to a food truck — at least for now. Pharm Table, the health-focused downtown restaurant known for chef Elizabeth Johnson’s wide array of Persian salads, kale pizzas, and other vegan/paleo plates, will cease operations at its current space at the Radius Center event venue on December 19. While the closure is in service of the operation’s planned move to its new Southtown brick-and-mortar at 812 S. Alamo St., Pharm Table will temporarily operate out of a food trailer on the space’s patio. Beginning December 29, the trailer will serve lunch and dinner fare along with natural wine, beer, and three craft cocktails from the Southtown locale's forthcoming mixed-drink program. An opening date for the brick-and-mortar has been pushed back from its original November project, with the company’s Facebook page saying its food truck will operate “until the restaurant fully opens for both safe indoor and outdoor dining”.
San Antonio’s Medical Center has something "damn good" to look forward to. Austin’s taco-truck-turned-empire Torchy’s Tacos has officially signed the lease for its fourth area location, which is set to open at 8435 Wurzbach Rd. in February 2021. Like the chain’s other Alamo City operations at Lincoln Heights, The Rim, and Sonterra, the company’s forthcoming Medical Center restaurant will offer a menu of cult-favorite, craft casual tacos as well as its divine green chile queso and fresh-made margaritas. The news comes just a month after the company received a flaming $400 million investment from a group led by private equity firm General Atlantic. That’s a lot of taco money, even if you’re ordering off Torchy's fabled “secret menu.”
Our fair city welcomes legendary Filipino fast-food operation, Jollibee next year. The company’s recently announced 28-store expansion, which for the first time ever will bring such beloved offerings as peach mango pie and the pineapple bacon cheeseburger to San Antonio, represents the multinational company’s largest North American addition to date. When the Alamo City’s first location finally opens for business in mid-to-late 2021 (an official date has yet to be given), the operation will only offer pick-up, drive-thru, and delivery options in response to on-going pandemic concerns.
Other news and notes
Scooped Cookie Dough Bar is looking for a major 17-location expansion. Three years after opening its first location in the Alamo City, the local company is bringing its safe-to-eat gourmet cookie dough flavors – including gluten free and vegan options — to California, Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, and Florida. No word yet on where those no locations will be or if the sweets shop will also consider expanding in Texas.
Whoever said “singing loud for all to hear” was the best method of spreading Christmas cheer has clearly yet to try San Antonio-based Taco Cabana’s new limited holiday menu items. For the first time, customers can now order breakfast tortas (available all day, everyday) filled with either chorizo and egg or bacon, egg, and cheese, as well as the company’s new TC Torpedoes aka fried corn masa filled with chicken tinga or cheese and poblano. For more indulgent tastes, the San Antonio-based chain is also debuting a churro desert option as well as rum tea punch and two new margarita flavor offerings (candy cane and apple spice).