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Korean fried chicken and chef collaborations blitz San Antonio dining news
Although a San Antonio location of H Mart still seems like a pipe dream, the city’s Asian culinary scene has never been more vibrant. This week, a cult Korean fried chicken joint filed plans for its first local outpost while two of the area’s most lauded restaurants cook up can’t-miss collaborations.
Openings and closings
According to filings with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, one of Korea’s most ubiquitous chicken chains is making its way to 5999 De Zavala Rd #123. Although it has more than 2,000 locations in South Korea, Pelicana has only operated in the United States since 2014 and has few outposts outside New York City. Guests can expect an eclectic menu that includes fusion tacos, fried appetizers, salads, and the chain’s signature fried chicken.
After less than a year in business, Mexican snack shop and restaurant Carlito’s Way is shuttering. In an emoji-filled social media post, the colorful business explained that its current building is up for sale, forcing it to liquidate its assets. The owners have not established a firm closing date but hope to shift gears to catering or other ventures.
It looks like the popular North Indian restaurant Tandoor Palace is on the move, but it won’t be traveling far. Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation records show the spot will soon begin renovations on a former office building at 9002 Wurzbach Rd. — steps away from its current address.
Other news and notes
Curry Boys BBQ — currently on a high after placing on this year’s James Beard Award long list — is bringing a taste of New Orleans to San Antonio. The hot pink eatery is teaming up with fellow semifinalists Palm & Pine for a one-night-only collaboration on February 6. The menu presents a riot of global culinary influences in dishes like lemongrass fried chicken gumbo and Kung Pao ribs. Dessert is provided by chef Ely Navarro Hernandez, the proprietor of the ingeniously named pop-up Only Flans.
Dashi Sichuan Bar + Kitchen is ringing in the Lunar New Year with a huge dinner featuring some of the biggest names in San Antonio’s restaurant scene. The February 26 feast will bring together Jason Dady, Leo Davila, Johnny Hernandez, Jian Li, Teddy Liang, Steve McHugh, John and Elise Russ, Darcie Schipull, Randy Stokes, Pieter and Susan Sypesteyn, Li Yuen, Ceasar Zepeda, and Kristina Zhao for a one-seating celebration inspired by each chef’s zodiac animal.