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6 things to know in San Antonio food right now: Mysterious taco joint unwraps on Northwest Side
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It’s a San Antonio taco mystery. A new fast casual joint has popped up at the shopping center on 5238 De Zavala Rd., but so far, its owners are relying heavily on word-of-mouth. Although the bright and modern space obviously cost a pretty penny, neither the website nor the Instagram page list an address for the Street Taco Company. The eatery appears to have opened in early January, serving familiar favorites like bistec, pollo, and pastor with sides like frijoles charros and elote. Everything else is an enigma, including why the logo claims it has been around “since 2007.” Is it a liminal space; is it part of a forgotten subplot of Lost? Taco snoops demand answers.
Other news and notes
Slice, slice bay! All Access Promotions and Entertainment, the folks behind the annual San Antonio's Brunch Festival, are launching San Antonio’s Pizza Festival on October 13. The planners have rented out the Alamo Biscuit Co. shop and parking lot for an event promising to showcase local restaurants and food trucks. Though plans seem to be still nascent, more info can be found on the Facebook event page.
Pop open a cold one between February 24 and March 5. San Antonio Icehouse Week is back to celebrate Alamo City’s open-air beer joints. The owners of the Friendly Spot and Dakota Eastside Icehouse teamed up with the San Antonio Current for the inaugural fest last year as a way to honor South Texas culture and give small businesses a post-pandemic lift. This year, more than 30 watering holes are participating, offering drink specials, giveaways, and a social media scavenger hunt. For a full list of participants, head here.
Alamo Beer Company has scored a wordlie by teaming up with the San Antonio Brahmas. At the team's meet and greet on February 9, the East Side brewery unveiled a new design for the 19.2-ounce Alamo Original Golden Ale featuring Brahma branding and a QR code for tickets. For now, the cans are only available at Alamo’s beer hall and at the Alamodome, but the outfit promises they are heading to liquor and grocery stores soon.
Popular Pearl restaurant Brasserie Mon Chou Chou is inaugurating a new quarterly tasting menu dedicated to offering locals a more luxe dining experience. Beginning March 29, the eatery will offer La Table de Chou Chou, intimate prix-fixe dinners with seating for only 14 guests. The series kicks off with a tribute to the gastronomy of France’s Alsace region, the homeplace of executive chef Laurent Réa. Future dinners will explore other French regions, highlight specific ingredients, or welcome guest chefs. Seats are available for $350 per person (include wine pairings but excluding taxes and tip) and can be reserved by emailing email@example.com.
Hyatt San Antonio Hotels is making a stand for inclusivity by hosting the Change Starts Here Vendor Showcase on February 22. Between 11 am-4 pm at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk’s Grand Ballroom, the hotel group will spotlight Black and other minority-owned businesses ranging from graphic design firms to wineries. Among the expected vendors are Weathered Souls Brewing, whisky company Uncle Nearest, juice makers Jeany’s Caribbean Elixirs, gluten-free chocolatier Mamma Reign, and more.