Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Preview: San Antonio's Culinaria Restaurant Week, August 16-23rd!

The week of August 16-23, San Antonio area foodies will celebrate one of our favorite food-related events! Every August, Culinaria's San Antonio Restaurant Week spotlights the best restaurants in San Antonio. Our city is quickly developing a vibrant restaurant scene -- and this is the week the best restaurants in the city have a chance to show off their signature menu items! This week-long event is the perfect opportunity to try popular new restaurants, restaurants you’ve always wanted to try out...or even a restaurant that's a familiar favorite. There's literally something to suit every palate and every price range! Restaurants all over the city will offer three-course prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus in three different pricing tiers:
  • $15 lunch and $35 dinner
  • $10 lunch and $25 dinner
  • Restaurant Week on The Move: $8 lunch and $15 dinner
Restaurants run the gamut from casual eateries to upscale fine-dining...and everything in between. For me, San Antonio Restaurant Week is the perfect time to try out a new-to-me restaurant and try three menu items for a great price. Most menus include an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Michael and I will be visiting at least one restaurant next week, and we'll be sharing the experience for this month's The Weekend Gourmet Dines Out feature. You can visit the Restaurant Week website ahead of time to scope out each restaurant's special menu to see which one grabs your attention. The menu from Two Step Restaurant & Cantina especially caught my eye!

Two Step Restaurant & Cantina Restaurant Week Dinner Menu
1st Course:
  • Tomato & English Cucumber Salad with Avocado, Cotija Cheese, and Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette
  • Watermelon and Pineapple Salad with Feta Cheese, Cucumber, and Balsamic Pomegranate Vinaigrette
2nd Course:
  • BBQ Beef Ribs Spice Rubbed, Slowly Smoked and Glazed with Spicy BBQ Sauce 
  • Shiner Bock Shrimp Scampi with Jalapeño Bread Crumbs
  • 14 oz NY Strip with Habanero Butter
  • Choice of one side: Brussel Sprouts Sautéed in Butter with Bacon & Sweet Peppers; Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Corn Mashed Potatoes; or Roasted Corn Dressed with Cotija Cheese, Chile and Mayo
3rd Course:
  • Cobbler of the Day with Amy’s Mexican Vanilla Cream 
  • Banana Pudding with Nilla Wafers, Slices of Fresh Banana, Whipped Cream and Ice Cream
Photo courtesy of Duk Truk
Advance reservations aren't required, but they're a good idea since the most popular restaurants tend to fill up quickly. Simply call any participating restaurant directly to make reservations. Continuing this year is the popular Restaurant Week on The Move event, which features the best food trucks in the city. It's fun event is casual and family-friendly. It will take place this year on August 19th at Travis Park from 11oo a.m. - 200 p.m. Some of the participating food trucks include Chef Jason Dady's popular DUK Truck, Cheesy Jane's, and Saweet Cupcakes

San Antonio Restaurant Week benefits Culinaria, so your dining experience will also be a charitable one. For each meal ordered specifically for Restaurant Week, restaurants will donate $1 for lunch and $2 for dinner to Culinaria and the programs it supports. Culinaria is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to benefiting the San Antonio community and promoting San Antonio as an ideal wine and food destination. 

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