On March 23, 2017, San Antonio Flavor returns for its fourth year as the city’s “ultimate dining event.” Hosted by the San Antonio Museum of Art, this year’s event features samples from over 35 different local restaurants, in addition to samples of craft beer, wine, and cocktails. To top off San Antonio Flavor 2017, those in attendance can also look forward to a variety of live entertainment, art displays, and of course, the coveted Culinary Showdown.
As its done in the past three years, San Antonio Flavor benefits Culinaria, which is “a local nonprofit organization committed to promoting San Antonio as a premier food destination while fostering community growth and enrichment.” Culinaria is also known for its support of local students pursuing degrees in culinary arts.
Check out some of the highlights from the inaugural year’s event, and read on to preview some of the restaurants that will be present at San Antonio Flavor 2017.
Restaurants at San Antonio Flavor 2017
San Antonio Flavor brings together the top restaurants in San Antonio all under one roof. Visitors will have a chance to meet some of the area’s best chefs and watch them in action. With 35 restaurants participating in this year’s event, there’s a lot to see and a lot to taste. Here’s a preview of some of the restaurants that will be featured in 2017:
Alchemy Kombucha & Culture
Using some of the finest and freshest ingredients sourced from local Texas farmers, Alchemy Kombucha & Culture showcases a seasonal menu that is unique and delicious.
Beto’s Alt-Mex’s slogan says it all: “Where Mexican Street Food Meets Latin American Soul Food.” Beto’s has been praised for having the best fish tacos and taco pastor in San Antonio.
The Bin Tapas Bar
This Barcelona-inspired Spanish Tapas Bar gives an ode to Jason Dady’s acclaimed small plates restaurant formerly known as Artisans Alley, Bin 555. Favorites include cheese dates, grilled cheese sandwiches, sangria, and much more.
Botika is a Peruvian-Asian restaurant located at the Historic Pearl Brewery and is lead by Executive Chef Geronimo Lopez. Botika’s menu features “Chifa” (Chinese-Peruvian) and “Nikkei” (Japanese-Peruvian) cuisines, as well as inventive takes on traditional dishes from across Asia and Latin America.
With burgers ranked #12 in the state of Texas by Texas Monthly, Cover 3 has been been declared the Best Sports Bar in San Antonio by mySA Reader’s Choice in 2016, as well as America’s Best Sports Bar in the Central Region by Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard.
Dignowity Meats specializes in hand-crafted smoked meat sandwiches, and specialty sides, and they are known to pay homage to both the classic East coast deli and Midwest smokehouse, taking premium cuts of meat and smoking them in-house.
Frank Hot Dogs & Cold Beer
Open for lunch, dinner, and brunch, Frank Hot Dogs & Cold Beer has every kind of hotdog or sausage you could imagine—and, the ice cold beer to go with it. Their pretzels or waffle fries will also had an extra treat to any meal.
Grayze on Grayson
With a dog-friendly patio, Grayze on Grayson has become the newest friendly-neighborhood restaurant and bar in Government Hill, featuring a “a Chef driven menu of recognizable & approachable favorites, seasonal cocktails, and eclectic wines and beers.”
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria (Stone Oak)
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is known for over 100 years of coal fired brick-oven pizza-making traditions, and they use fresh ingredients, handmade mozzarella, ‘secret recipe’ dough and pizza sauce, which makes them the most award-winning pizzeria in the United States.
Known as a “public house,” Hoppy Monk perfectly fits the definition: “a saloon, bar, tavern or inn. Open to the public and licensed to sell ales, wines and spirits. A village gathering place where any and all discuss daily life.”
Kimura is known for being San Antonio’s best Ramen Noodle Shop and Izakaya. The compact eatery has simple decor and focuses on serving Japanese fare including ramen, sushi & grilled seafood.
At Ming’s Things, “Adventure, Simplicity, Ecstasy” is the motto. Each selection at Ming’s Noodle Bar is crafted to bring together flavors that tantalize the tastebuds. “It is a fusion of spices and aromas that leave you feeling like you’ve had a culinary experience, not just a meal.”
Nectar Wine Bar & Ale House
Nectar Wine Bar & Ale House was recently voted the best restaurant and best wine shop in San Antonio in 2016, and their menu is designed to create food that will embellish the flavors of the wine and ales.
A rooftop bar located in Downtown, labeling Paramour as “unique” would be an understatement. Each of their 20 signature beverages have been perfected over time, handcrafted, and you can only find them at Paramour.
Pharm Table is focused on vitality. They call themselves “Pharm” Table because they believe food has the power to heal. They serve seasonal, local foods, vegetables, and meat from farmers, ranchers, and other vendors.
Piranha Killer Sushi
Piranha Killer Sushi is known for their “exquisite sushi and cuisine and killer drinks served in a killer atmosphere.” The restaurant puts a twist on classic Japanese cuisine by fusing flavors of the Pacific Asian Rim.
Called a “fast-casual salad restaurant,” Salata has a variety of crisp lettuce mixes, more than 50 toppings, protein options, and a number of their signature house-made dressings.
With a slogan, “Art you can eat,” Sweet Chela’s offers luscious cakes, pastries and cookies prepared to order from the best ingredients. They also offer an extensive list of cake flavors, fillings, and toppings.
Thai Topaz was named one of the best Thai restaurants in San Antonio by the Express-News, and is a family-owned restaurant that offers “healthy, fine Thai cuisine.”
This is just a small taste of some of the many restaurants that will be featured at this year’s event. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the San Antonio Flavor official site.