If you’re anything like me, you’ve taken notice to the changes happening around town as it relates to food and good restaurants. I feel like I blinked my eyes and all of the sudden there are more options than I have time to get to!
Thank goodness for San Antonio Flavor. This past Thursday The San Antonio Current put on their FABULOUS annual event at the San Antonio Museum of Art. It was a chance to try samples from 30+ restaurants and 16 different alcohol options.
Before attending I thought the $60 ticket seemed a little steep. Afterward, I understood completely. 3 hours of non-stop eating and drinking for that amount was totally justified! And many of the samples were from brand new restaurants that helped me decide where I want to go next for a full meal. The crowd at this event was the perfect blend of professionals, no kids in sight, and definitely ideal for a date night. They had the cutest area set up for photos as well!
I met up with my friends Jessica & Corey, who had been to the event last year, and raved about it. Our suggestion is to get there right at 7 when it starts. You really do need the first two hours to stand in all of the lines to get your samples. After 9 it seemed like most of the food was gone and people were mainly drinking. This year was bigger than ever too, with stations set up in three different courtyards.
We unanimously agreed that our favorite restaurant was Thai Topaz! We laughed that we would probably run into each other the next day for our free entree (which they gave away if you provided your email address). The red curry was just delicious!
Our second favorite was Bite. The sample provided by chef Lisa Astoria-Watel’s restaurant was so fresh! I can’t wait to check out her restaurant in South Town.
Third had to be Smoke Shack BBQ which I’ve been wanting to try! I know Jessica & Corey also enjoyed the oysters from Shuck Shack.
I was impressed by the Zas! Seasoning sample, the Cinco Vodka drink (I came back for seconds) and Vida Mia’s sample. Jessica liked the Highbrow Coffee and Corey’s favorite was the Alaskan Brewing Beer.
Here is the full list of all of the participating food vendors: Bite, Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar, The Old Main Association, Friendly Spot, Pharm Table, Box Street Social, Nectar Wine Bar & Ale House, Grayze, FOLC, Feast, Hearsay, Alchemy, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Shuck Shack, Vida Mia, Beto’s Alt Mex, Thai Topaz, Rosella Coffee, Kimura, Sweet Chela’s, Lily’s Cookies, Merit Roasting Co, Smoke Shack, Fairview Coffee, The Barbeque Station, Highbrow Coffee, Dignowity Meats, Luna Rosa, Zas! Twang, La Frite Bistro, Cajun Wagon and Botika.
For entertainment the Culinary Showdown was the highlight of the event this year! Four Top Chefs (Jason Dady, Robbie Nowlin, Stefan Bowers and Lisa Astorga-Watel) paired up with local celebrities to create a unique dish. They had 30 minutes to make the dish and impress the judges. The big winners were Jason Dady and foodie/Instagrammer S.A.Vory!
Jessica & I also found our own entertainment in Spurs Jesus and the dancers!
I can’t wait to see how many more restaurants and chefs participate next year. This is definitely going to the top of the list as an annual event NOT TO MISS!
Living with Soul,