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Editor's note: We get it. It can be difficult to keep up with the what’s what and who’s who of San Antonio food. But we have you covered with our regular roundup of the freshest local restaurant news.
Guy Fieri is once again featuring San Antonio on his Food Network series. First up is Mac & Ernie’s Roadside Eatery, which will appear in the December 21 episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives spinoff Triple D Nation, according to a Facebook post. The Tarpley restaurant is no stranger to Flavortown; it was among three restaurants featured in Diners' debut episode.
Fieri also drove his Camaro SS convertible to Luna Rosa Puerto Rican Grill y Tapas, as confirmed by an Instagram post. When the peroxided superstar last drove through town, we had a hunch Luna Rosa would be featured. The Caribbean eatery’s monster pork chop will be featured on the December 28 Diners episode, “Piling on the Pork.”
Lucy Cooper’s Ice House owners Braunda and Jesse Smith surprised San Antonio’s food scene by debuting their neighborhood eatery and bar shortly before 8 pm on December 14. The casual joint is now open for lunch, dinner, and brunch with some outrageous dishes like a Krispy Kreme brunch burger, PB&J wings served with a jelly dipping sauce, and tin can nachos. (We hope Fieri will take notice.)
San Antonians looking to keep their healthy New Year’s resolutions in 2019 will soon get a major assist. On December 17, California-based salad chain Chop Stop announced major expansion plans in Texas, including eight new outposts in Alamo City. The company is known for its build-your-own salads (chopped, of course) and other light options like wraps and soups. The exact locations will be revealed at a later date
Hawx Burger Bar is opening a third San Antonio location. The popular late-night destination snagged the former home of Wiseguys A Chicago Eatery at 2895 Thousand Oaks after it folded in November. Stay tuned for the opening date.
A group of San Antonio hospitality vets calling themselves the Durden Food Group is hosting a pop-up series at Southtown’s wrestling-themed bar El Luchador. On Wednesday and Friday evenings, ¡Bucho! will be serving Tejano street fare like borracho beans and creative burgers to hungry late night crowds. Check the group’s Facebook page for menus and special events.
Jason Dady has introduced some cluck to his shuck. On December 14, the celebrity chef added San Antonio hot fried chicken to the Shuck Shack menu, a South Texas take on one of Nashville’s most famous imports. The new menu offering is available as tenders, wings, legs, or whole birds and in three spice levels ranging from the mildly stinging house blend to the incendiary "What the Shuck." Choose wisely, however. The restaurant does not offer refunds for its chicken being too spicy.