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6 things to know in San Antonio food right now: Local brewery teases new Hill Country spot
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It looks like beloved brewery Busted Sandal has something brewing in Kerrville. In a playful Instagram post, the local company shared coordinates for a new project coming soon — pointing to the Hill Country town. Little other information is known about the spot, but the post promised an opening day in July.
A new AM café has awoken at 23702 I-10 #108 in Leon Springs. Open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, Mae Dunne Kitchen & Goods serves a variety of dishes, ranging from classic American fare like French toast to Mexican dishes like machacado tacos. The stylish eatery also acts as a retail space, selling artisan home goods, fragrances, and specialty foods.
Market Square’s La Margarita is making a splash in the pop-up game. The popular restaurant has launched Mar de Cortez, a weekend-only concept devoted to fresh seafood like oysters and ceviche. The temporary eatery concept will be open from 11 am-9 pm every Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer.
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One of San Antonio’s most-respected food journalists passed away on June 8. Chuck Blount, a food writer with a more than 20-year tenure at the San Antonio Express-News, was especially known for his barbecue coverage — paving the way for the barbecue-obsessed media of today and his humorous 75-Second Beer Reviews. Family friends have established a GoFundMe to help with hospice expenses and to provide for Blount’s daughter.
Braunda Smith of Lucy Cooper’s Texas Ice House has created the Blount Burger to raise additional funds for the journalist’s family. The fitting tribute features a four-ounce patty with pepper jack cheese, pulled pork, applewood-smoked bacon, Alabama white barbecue sauce, a smoked sausage link, two chicken fried onion rings, and a drizzle of Coca-Cola barbecue sauce. The burger will be available beginning June 9.
Looking for another way to do good while enjoying some of the city’s best burgers? San Antonio Burger Week is back June 16-25 to benefit the San Antonio Food Bank’s Summer Meals for Kids Program. The 2023 lineup features an all-star cast of restaurants, including Benjie’s Munch, Broadway 50 50, Chris Madrid’s, and the Jerk Shack. The full list of participants can be found here.