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The Chili Queens of San Antonio

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From the 1860s until the late 1930s, one of the primary amusements of both visitors and locals was the food and entertainment offered in the plazas of San Antonio by the Chili Queens.

These women served chili con carne and other Mexican American delicacies from dusk until dawn at various San Antonio plazas over the years — setting up tables and benches and bringing pots of food to cook or reheat over their flickering mesquite fires and to serve by the light of their oil lanterns. As morning came, their families helped them cart everything away. Wandering musicians and singers provided a festive air to the unique proceedings—unique, that is, outside Mexico. In Mexico, the open-air plaza restaurants were not celebrated for their charming food-servers. Only San Antonio had Chili Queens—and while they liked to joke, banter, and flirt with customers, they were well chaperoned by family members who guarded their virtue.

At first, only a few women — such as Sadie and Martha, sometimes pictured in old books about San Antonio — were called Chili Queens. Sadie was called “Anglo-Celtic;” Martha was Hispanic. Eventually, the royal title was applied to all the women—most of them young and virtually all of them Hispanic.   Continue reading

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Executive Chef Steve McHugh to Introduce New Restaurant and Bar Concepts at New Thompson on the Riverwalk

Thompson San Antonio today announced plans for a dynamic collection of restaurant and bar concepts scheduled to be introduced in early 2021. Four dining and nightlife concepts will be anchored by Landrace, a new restaurant on the River Walk, led by James Beard Award finalist Chef Steve McHugh. Floating high above will be The Moon’s Daughters, an enchanting indoor-outdoor rooftop restaurant and bar set to dazzle from its 20th-story perch over the city. Stylish lobby and pool bars will round out the dining and beverage venues that will bring bold new energy to the River City.  

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Introducing Thompson San Antonio | Early 2021 Opening

Thompson San Antonio announced today the new lifestyle hotel is accepting reservations for stays March 1, 2021 and beyond. Situated in a luxury mixed-use development, The Arts Residences, on the banks of the San Antonio River, Thompson San Antonio is expected to redefine the city’s skyline and bring modern sophistication to the Texas Hill Country when it opens on the celebrated River Walk.  

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San Antonio’s Pearl District Hotel Emma

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This now beloved independent boutique property opened its stellar doors at Pearl late 2015 at the former site of the Pearl Brewery, one of the city’s vibrant food neighborhoods. At the helm of this culinary splendor is Chef John Brand, with innovative farm-driven menus. Continue reading

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The Granary ‘Cue & Brew Announces its Summer Chef Collaboration Dinner Series

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The Granary ‘Cue & Brew is excited to announce its summer Chef Collaboration Dinner Series with acclaimed chefs from various culinary backgrounds. Hosted by The Granary Chef and Owner Tim Rattray, the three-part dinner series will focus on collaborative menus with nationally and internationally ranked chefs, including John Tesar of Knife Dallas, BJ Dennis of Charleston, and acclaimed Chef Bo Bech of Geist in Copenhagen.

The first dinner is scheduled for Sunday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. is expected to be a steakhouse takeover by Chef Tesar. The seven-course menu will focus on Texas-sourced ingredients including a bacon tasting, venison tartare, oxtail ravioli, dry-aged rib eye, and more. The dinner will be $85 per person (excludes tax and gratuity) and reservations can be made via The Granary’s Open Table on its website. Continue reading

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Eat Me: The Hot Dog at Bowl and Barrel

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The hot dog has fallen on hard times in Dallas. What was once the sweetheart of the rodeo with locations across town where you could get a good meaty custom dog, now it is a bit dodgy. With the loss of some wonderful dogs, such as Luscher’s, Samson’s, Jerry’s, and Old World Sausage Company, There is still a terrific stand-out in Bowl and Barrel.   Continue reading

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