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7 things to know about San Antonio food right now: Beloved Jewish deli calls it quits
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 weekly roundup of essential food news.
Openings and closings
One of San Antonio's few spots for Jewish cuisine will "power down [its] ovens on July 23". Via social media, Bubby's Jewish Soul Foodannounced its sudden shutter, stating the move "will make way for another innovator to also realize their dream of offering you next-level Jew-foods." Married owners Jason and Charlie Nuttall-Fiskeopened the Northwest Military Highway spot in November 2021, wowing guests with New York-style deli offerings and baked goods. The team did not elaborate on why they chose to close the doors.
In other closing news, a local plant-based trailblazer is also hanging up the hat. In a heartfelt Instagram post, Rooted Vegan Cuisine announced July 21 would be its last day of business. "Closing this chapter hurts," owners Naomi and Mike Oyegoke wrote. "The love we poured into creating and building RVC was immense. The love poured into RVC from the community was equally so." While this chapter of the business has closed, Rooted did offer some hope for the future, stating the brand would continue to live on in some form.
West Side Brewery Vista Brewing is taking a break. In an Instagram post, the business said it is shuttering its Warehouse 5 space immediately to prepare for a move to an unnamed new location. The outfit played it coy on the details but did remind fans that its beers were still available at several local haunts, including Carriqui, Reese Bros BBQ, Double Standard, and Dog & Pony.
San Antonio Mexican staple El Mirasol is heading to Boerne to open its third area location. The restaurant took to Facebook to offer a sneak peek of the new digs, a contemporary steel structure between Ralph Fair Road and Fair Oaks Parkway in the Napa Oaks subdivision. There's no word yet on the opening date, but the group shared it was currently hiring.
Popular pupuseria El Buen Paladar has leaped from food truck to brick-and-mortar. The Central American restaurant cut the ribbon at 15082 Potranco Rd. #101 on July 13, serving a wide-ranging menu focused on antojitos and breakfast. Within those categories, guests will find a primer on Latin American cuisine ranging from Salvadorean pan con pollo and Nicaraguan chancho asado to Honduran baleadas and Mexican gorditas. The hours are 6:30 am-4:30 pm Sunday through Thursday, with extended hours until 7 pm on Friday and Saturday.
Brooks will soon be scoring a location of Utah-based cookie franchise (and Dirty Dougharchenemy) Crumbl. Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation filings indicate that construction of the new site will begin in August and wrap up in early October. Although the San Antonio area has several locations, this will be the brand's first presence on the South Side and only the second shop inside the loop.
Other news and notes
One of River City's most unique food festivals is back. Organizers have divulged details on the second annual Adobo Throwdown Cooking Competition and Food Expo, held August 5-6 at the Schertz Civic Center. The event celebrated Filipino cuisine through various activations, including the centerpiece challenge. This year's participating chefs include Angelica Guzman of Kain Na - Filipino Cuisine, David Ritualo of Rock-N-Rolls TX, Dan Castro of EverSoul Culinary, Belle Stoker of Patriot Grill, David Gamez of Sari-Sari Supper Club, and Arbie Fruto of Mahal's Kitchen.