6 things to know about San Antonio food right now: Hefty burger chain heads to far West Side
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
Fatburger is doubling up on its San Antonio footprint. According to Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation filings, the chain is opening its second area location at 6507 W. Loop 1604 N. in the far West Side. The California-based franchise is known for its calorically dense Kingburger (the 1.5-pound triple can ring in at 2050 calories), which can be augmented by eggs, chili, bacon, cheese, or onion rings.
In other franchise news, Florida-based Jeremiah's Italian Ice is opening its first San Antonio store at 12030 Culebra Rd., according to TDLR records. The frosty chain is known for gelato, soft-serve ice cream, and Italian ice — naturally.
Chichi Bird's Hot Chicken is back from hiatus, just in time for its fifth anniversary. Via Instagram, the popular food truck announced it would be slinging sandwiches on June 30-July 2 at 6007 Tezel Rd, near Brevity Coffee. There's no word yet on whether that will be its permanent home.
Other news and notes
Want to be really alert this Independence Day weekend? The San Antonio City Wide Coffee Crawl is back July 1 with more than 15 participating caffeine peddlers. An $8 pass gives locals access to a treasure map detailing all the locations that will be passing out samples of their signature drinks. Among this year's crew are Akhanay Coffee Roasters, Clearlight Coffee Co., Olla Express Café, Folklores Coffee House, and Shotgun House Roasters.
San Antonio's puro Barbacoa and Big Red Festival is returning on October 7 and 8 for the 11th year. The celebration of Alamo City's culinary heritage will bring plenty of tastings, loads of soda, and live music to the R&J Music Pavilion located at 18086 Pleasanton Rd. Tickets for the annual tradition will be available soon, according to a release.
River City's mania for experiential cocktail pop-ups continues apace with The Alice, a curious series of events held on Alamo Plaza August 10-31. Based on Lewis Carroll's beloved children's books, the traveling show includes activities such as riddle solving and roses painting. Tickets, which include two Wonderland cocktails and an "Eat Me" cookie, are available for $47.