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Auden’s Kitchen: Where Cheer and Eats are hand-in-hand

In American, Soul Food on March 2, 2012 at 5:10 pm

I invited a friend of mine, Nicole Mardell, to pick a great place to eat in San Antonio and to be this blog’s first guest blogger. I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading her review as much as I did, so here it is!

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I want to preference this blog with this statement: my boyfriend and I absolutely enjoy eating.  San Antonio has some of the best food spots and hang outs around and I just could not decide (obviously, since it’s taken five months to finally find a place worthy of reviewing).   I considered all of my favorite haunts before I settled for – scratch that – picked Auden’s Kitchen.

Auden’s is owned and operated by Bruce Auden.  He wanted to open up a place with great atmosphere and “everyday food with wine and beer … the way Bruce cooks at home.”  Auden’s is cozy, comfy and elegant… but with a casual dress code that any Friday nighter would enjoy.  The staff is always congenial and knows the menu.  My particular favorite waitress is Hillary.  She provides excellent service and is always willing to converse with the customers – this, to me, adds charm to a place.

Now to the good stuff, the food.  That’s why you’re here, right?

Saturday nights are strictly meant for my boyfriend and I, sometimes we stay in and watch a movie or hit the town.  We both don’t like to get too fancy, too often, so Auden’s is always a great choice.  This particular Saturday, Auden’s was so busy we had a 45-minute wait… Not that it’s a bad thing, cause you can just lounge in their bar area and grab a pre-dinner drink.  However, Auden’s does offer reservations by phone or online!

We finally got a seat and ordered drinks and appetizers.  I went with a Hob Nob Chardonnay that is crisp with a buttery finish.  It’s definitely one of my favorite chardonnays around.

For appetizers, we selected the Bluebonnet salad and Tempura Fried Shrimp.  The salad is a must.  All the ingredients just work together to provide a delightful dish.  Together the baby spring mix, cherry tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, green apples, almonds and goat cheese are just an explosion of deliciousness that every person should experience.  However, the thing that is unique about this salad is the dressing, it’s sweet with a peppery hint that just leaves you wanting to take Auden’s fresh baked bread and lap the rest of it up!

Bluebonnet Fields Salad

For the tempura fried shrimp, it was OK.  I could tell there was a Thai influence in this dish with the lime and cilantro dressing, but beyond that it just bland for what I’m use to getting at Auden’s.  The dish is served cold, so the rice noodles flopped all over the place and they tasted undercooked when you finally chewed your way into them.  There was an interesting after taste with the watermelon chunks, but all in all – the dish is not my favorite.

Tempura Fried Shrimp

One of the best things about Auden’s is their ability to please you.  A time before this, I had gone to the restaurant and ordered the Buttermilk Fried Chicken and this time I wanted to repeat the experience I had prior by ordering it, but it wasn’t on the menu!  Hillary had no problems and said the kitchen will do whatever I want!  Now, let me tell you – if you don’t order this on it’s own – do yourself a favor and order the one piece on the side for $3.  This chicken, hands down, is the best fried chicken I’ve ever had – yet.  The thing is, the buttermilk fried goodness on the outside is just the beginning, inside the meat remains juicy and the buttermilk flavor actually lives deep inside the chicken.  To top it off, the gravy served on the side is worthy of being made in mass amounts and bathed in.  The green beans and mashed potatoes are standard sides that compliment the main dish well, but the chicken is really the star on this plate.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Last but not least, dessert.  Previously, I’ve never had room for dessert, but since I was reviewing the place, I set aside half my dinner for leftovers and ordered dessert. The Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse was definitely not what I was expecting, but the experience was one worth having.  Instead of the mousse having a creamy viscosity, it was more dense and rich in texture.  The peanut butter flavor complimented the milk chocolate nice.  This dessert is served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but I can say that I let that melt and just stuck with the deliciousness next door.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse

So, the next time you are in the Stone Oak area and looking for a good place to hang your hat for a few hours, step into Auden’s and ask for Hillary! She’ll take great care of you and the atmosphere/food combination will make you feel like you’re already home.

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La Tuna is Spanish for…The Tuna

In American, Burgers, San Antonio on January 14, 2012 at 2:49 am

Sandwiched between the Blue Star Arts Complex and the new Cevallos Lofts, while at the same time floating on a sea of bottle caps, La Tuna Grill serves up some tasty dishes in beloved Southtown. With two buildings on its property, one for drinking and one for eating, La Tuna offers one more great place to enjoy within walking distance of downtown San Antonio.

Like I said, La Tuna Grill is made-up of two separate buildings. The smaller building on the corner is where you can go to have drinks.  You can drink inside or drink on the small patio which has a pool of bottle caps next to it. Bottle caps are everywhere, but next to the bar it’s like walking on sand .

Don't believe me? Here's a snapshot of the bottle caps.

You’ll need to go to the larger building in the back if you want to eat or buy some art. La Tuna doesn’t offer a whole lot of inside seating, but they make-up for it with lots of seating outside on the porch and several picnic tables.

So far, my dish of choice at La Tuna is their Blackened Fish Tacos. Blackened cod is served on corn tortillas with shredded cabbage, onions and cilantro. The tacos are topped with green chile cream sauce and are served with nopalito salad, which is excellent if you like nopales (nopal cactus). It’s even healthy! This dish costs $8.59. If you like fish tacos and haven’t tried La Tuna’s, please make a visit and try them out!

Blackened Fish Tacos

After the fish tacos, my next favorite dish is chicken tortilla soup. It was the soup of the day when I went. Served with corn chips, this soup is sooooo delicious and I’d say very hard to beat. It’s hearty and full of flavor. Grab one while it’s still cold outside. Other soups are available and a cup is $3.59 while a bowl is $4.99.

Chicken, Tortilla Soup

Surprisingly, La Tuna has some really good wings. I hate it when I order wings that come with very little wing sauce. You won’t have that problem here. They are drenched in a zesty, spicy house sauce. The wings are $7.99 and I’m sure you’ll have a few bucks worth of wing sauce all over your face by the time your done with them. Ask for extra napkins at the start. Don’t order them if you’re on a date.

La Tuna Wings

Finally, La Tuna’s website says, “Rumor has it that this is the BEST burger in town.” While I’ve never heard this rumor, I’d say it’s not the best, but it’s not bad either. Even though it comes with a 1/2 pound Black Angus patty, the patty itself could use some more flavor. The cheddar and jack cheese is nice, but what dominates is the soft, yet lightly toasted, sweet bun. The Cheesy burger is $8.29 and is served with your choice of a house salad, wedge fries, or nopalito salad.

Half-Pound, Cheesy Burger

Take note of La Tuna’s hours. They are open from 11:00 – 2:30 for lunch, 5:00 – 9:30 for dinner, and they are closed on Sunday. They say it’s “loco” at La Tuna on First Friday, but I’d deal with any amount of loco if that means enjoying their amazing, fish tacos and nopalito salad.

View of La Tuna's Restaurant

The place to drink. It even has a fire pit to keep you warm!

Next post…ice cream cheeseburger!

A Bakery That Offers More Than Just Food

In American, San Antonio on December 3, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Since 1992, San Antonians and visitors alike have come to love Joseph’s Storehouse: Restaurant & Bakery. While the food is delicious, this isn’t why I’m, as Ken Blanchard would say, a “raving fan”. I’m a fan because of its story, values, approach, and because of the customer care and service of owner, Patrick McCurdy.

I love the fact that everything they serve is make fresh daily without “chemicals, preservatives, additives, and other unnatural ingredients”.  I also appreciate Joseph’s counter-cultural mentality, especially here in Texas, that bigger is not always better. For Patrick, the owner, he wants Joseph’s to be better, not bigger. I respect that. Finally, it’s always great to see Patrick welcoming customers with a smile as if he’s welcoming you to the table in his own home. I really value locally owned establishments, but when you add all this, then you make me a raving fan!

You can read more about Joseph’s history and values by clicking here.

Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

Last time I went to Joseph’s Storehouse, I ordered the Chicken Spaghetti Casserole (pic above), which was covered by a layer of melted cheese before I mixed it all up. If you’re in the mood for a casserole, this one should hit the spot. It’s creamy, but not too creamy, with the perfect amount of chicken and spaghetti. Other great options include: chicken pot pie, lasagna, king ranch chicken, meatloaf, a few quiche options and various sandwiches.

Fresh Spinach Salad

A fresh spinach salad is served with the Chicken Spaghetti Casserole. This salad is so good. It comes with fresh strawberries, toasted almonds, and homemade poppy-seed dressing.

Homemade yeast rolls are hot, delicious, and complementary!

Help yourself to some homemade yeast rolls with any meal!

Good Luck Making a Selection! (pic borrowed from Joseph's Storehouse)

As good as the meals are at Joseph’s, what gets your attention immediately upon entering are the mouth-watering desserts. The only problem is you’ll have a hard time deciding between cookies, muffins, danishes, pies, tea breads, kolaches, and cakes. My two favorites are the chocolate cake and carrot cake. For $5.50 you can get a large, deep slice of fresh, delicious cake.

Chocolate Fudge and Pecan Muffins

If you decide to try out Joseph’s Storehouse, both the bakery and the restaurant are open Monday – Saturday. The bakery is open from 6:0o am – 6:30 pm and the restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch from 6:30 am – 3:oo pm. Don’t show up on Sunday because the restaurant and bakery are closed unless you want to join the Bethlehem Church for worship. You can find information about the church on the bakery’s website or you can check out this article I found. Just click here to read it.

Nosh.0

In American, Beer, San Antonio on November 23, 2011 at 4:37 am

Back in June, Jen Rames, a local San Antonio blogger, wrote a great review about Nosh. Ever since reading her post I had the urge to stop by Nosh to nibble on a light, informal meal. And once again, Groupon was the deciding factor that got me there. While I try to avoid duplicating reviews, I just want to add to Jen’s review since I made some different selections. Click here to read about her Nosh experience.

The Fantastic Beer Selection

First of all, props to Nosh for offering an impressive beer selection. I just sat and admired the variety of quality beers over the course of my meal. However, since I always drink beer, I decided to branch out and try some of their other adult beverages. Since it was still kind of warm outside, I began with one of Nosh’s novelty drinks, the backporch lemonade. The lemonade is made from fresh lemon, cranberry juice, ginger syrup and citrus vodka. This small, $4 drink was tasty, refreshing and very sweet.

The Backporch Lemonade

As I sipped on the backporch lemonade, I studied the menu and ended up ordering the Slider Sampler, which comes with one beef, one pork, and one crab slider. Three sliders cost $12 and for $2 extra you get a side of fries. To my surprise, my favorite was the crab followed by the pork and then the beef. The crab wasn’t too crabby, yet had good flavor. The pork was surprisingly good and I don’t eat that much pork. The beef had an interesting flavor, but was a bit too dry for my taste. The bun, which was soft, yet crisp and sweet, really was delicious. The fries were okay. The garlic flavor helped.

Sadly, I was too full to order a few fried mini-twinkies with raspberry dipping sauce. This was the $5 dessert special. I’m sure I missed out.

Slider Combo

For some reason, and this may sound weird, but the pork slider went really well with the mixed berry mojito. This nosh infused cocktail is made with strawberry, raspberry, blackberry infused rum, amaretto, pineapple juice, simple syrup, muddled mint leaves and a splash of sprite. As you might can imagine, considering it includes simple syrup and amaretto, it also was really sweet, but it also had a good balance of berry flavor. However, for $8 I think I’d rather have a couple of beers, but that’s just me. The drink was really good. A little more alcohol and I would have said both drinks were great instead of really good.

The Mixed Berry Mojito

In the end, I agree with Jen, Nosh is great place and I’m sure I’ll be returning as well. My only problem with Nosh is its location. It should be in Southtown! Again, check out Jen’s post for more pics and other delicious dishes she enjoyed. She’ll also tell you about Nosh’s happy hour! If you decide to go, don’t go on Sunday or Monday. It’s closed.

Frank’s Hog Stand: A Love Story

In American, Burgers, Hot Dogs, San Antonio on November 1, 2011 at 2:23 am

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven by Frank’s Hog Stand and wanted to stop, but never did. Gladly, once again, Groupon gave me the push I needed to give it a try. What I appreciate most about Frank’s Hog Stand is Frank. I love the fact that he grew up in the neighborhood, loved the “Pig Stand” (which is what it was called before it closed down due to Urban Renewal of the late 60s), and would later return to revitalize a place he loved. Even though his family was forced to move out of the neighborhood years ago, Frank was quick to purchase the property after several years and renamed it, Frank’s Hog Stand.

Rusty Nuts

My wife and I started our lunch by sharing some Rusty Nuts (loaded tater tots with chili and cheese). Healthy, no. Delicious, oh yes! As we devoured these rusty nuts, we said we’d come here just to enjoyed these loaded tater tots. The crispy tots were perfect with just the right amount of chili and cheese.

The Dirty Frank

I ain’t afraid of no chili, so I ordered The Dirty Frank (Hot Dog with Chili) and large-cut, french fries. It was really good. I like that it came in an unexpecting way. The dog is sliced in half and is served on a hoagie bun. I didn’t think I could finish it after the Rusty Nuts, but I did. 🙂

Burger Good, Onion Rings Better

My wife went with the burger and onion rings. The burger was okay considering it didn’t have cheese (I don’t believe in burgers without cheese). The onion rings were great…just the way I like them. I prefer onion rings that have just enough batter that the ring is flimsy and the batter can easily fall off.

The Ben Milkshake

At the end of our meal, we said in the words of Frank himself, “It’s time for a shake!” Frank’s shakes are served with Blue Bell Ice Cream. I ordered The Ben (chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream mixed together). It was a good, traditional Blue Bell Ice Cream shake. Frank’s Hog Stand is just one more great place to eat in Southtown.

Duck, Duck, Duck, Beer!

In American, Beer, Texas Hill Country on October 25, 2011 at 2:40 am

Sometimes as a resident of San Antonio, I just want to get out-of-town and try something new. Often, the Hill Country is my destination of choice and how I narrow down my destination usually involves great food, beer, and/or wine. Last Friday was one of those days. I first heard about The Dodging Duck Brewhaus & Restaurant from Travis E. Poling and Paul W. Hightower’s book Beer Across Texas: A Guide to the Brews and Brewmasters of the Lone Star State. Since I was already going to be in Boerne, I thought it would be a good chance to pay the Dodging Duck a visit.

A general rule I have when visiting a new brewery or brewpub is one must begin with a “flight” or sampler of beers. As the Dodging Duck (DD) puts it, they encourage you to “Get your Ducks in a Row!” (see pic below). It costs $5.95 to “Get-Your-Ducks-in- a-Row” and the four they are offering right now include (L-R):

1. Pumpkin Ale: They  say they “brew this seasonal favorite with 80 pounds of pure pumpkin, the finest malted barley, and all the pumpkin pie spices to make our pumpkin ale an autumn treat!! [dark harvest orange, mild hops]”

2. Leapin’ Lizards India Pale Ale: They say this beer is hopping like their lizards “with four different hops varieties added throughout the boil and “dry”: balanced with pale & caramel malt. 64 I.B.U., 6.6% A.B.V. [golden color, awesome hops]”

3. Tucker’s Irish Red Ale: Named after their local favorite dog, Tucker, DD says this Irish Red is “made from the finest British malt & barley. [natural red color, mild hops]

4. Ducktoberfest: DD’s 10th annual “Ducktoberfest” Lager, “is brewed with the finest German malt & Czech hops. This beer is “harvest orange” in color, with a fruity malty flavor. [harvest orange, mildly hopped]

Quack, Quack....Quack, Quack

Once I’ve finished the sampler, I always enjoy a pint of the one beer I liked the most. Pints cost $4.95 at DD and half pints are $2.95, although I’m not sure who drinks half pints. Of the four beers I tasted, Ducktoberfest Lager was my favorite. The others were good, but the Ducktoberfest was downright delicious. I tend to find most Oktoberfest Lagers to be bready or nutty, so the fruitiness of their Ducktoberfest was fun, interesting, flavorful, and really refreshing.

A Pint of Ducktoberfest

As for what I had to eat, I’m still shaking my head and wondering why in the world I ordered a Philly Cheese Steak, which is served on Jalapeno Cheese Sourdough with two types of sauces. The housemade Philly sauce is mayonnaise-based with ground pepper and the “chimi” sauce is vinegar based and tastes a lot like Italian dressing. I’m now determined to never order a Philly Cheese Steak unless I’m in Philly. I ordered some homemade potato chips with the $10.95 sandwich.

One of the best things about The Dodging Duck Brewhaus & Restaurant is the outdoor seating and view of the ducks along the river. It’s open daily from 11 am – 9pm (10pm on Fri & Sat).

Gonzales Food Mart: BBQ & Sausage — Come and Eat It

In American, Barbeque, San Antonio on September 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm

How is it possible that a single street can have so many delicious, diverse restaurants? South WW White Rd is home to Chatman’s Chicken, Big Lou’s Pizza, Mr & Mrs. G’s, and one delicious, barbecue restaurant…Gonzales Food Mart, among others. I’m not sure how I’ve failed to come across this barbecue place before since it’s basically in my own backyard. It was a new friend that informed me about it; it was the way she spoke about their barbecue that made me check it out immediately.

Apparently, it’s already well-known throughout Texas. There was even a brief write-up about it several years back in the San Antonio Express News (click here to read it). While it may originate from Gonzales, Texas, we have our very own right here in San Antonio. Located at 2530 South WW White Rd, not to far south from I-10, is where you’ll find this top-notch, Texas-style barbecue.

As you can see below, on my first trip I decided to go with my go-to order, the two meat combo. For me, any judgement must come from a taste of brisket (lean is always an option, but I always request the marble cut!) and sausage. The brisket was really impressive. I don’t think I could have asked for anything better. The barbecue sauce, which is in a bottle on every table, is really good even though I prefer a little kick to it. The 99.9% beef sausage is excellent and you even get two of them! As sides I ordered the cheezy potatoes and pinto beans. The pinto beans were typical, but the cheezy potatoes were cooked perfectly and bathed in a cheese sauce that had just the right flavor and consistency.

2 Meat Combo: Brisket and Sausage

For dessert, I took a risk. The two options included peach cobbler and strawberry cobbler. I’d never tried strawberry, so that’s what I chose. It was good. A little too sweet for my taste but tasty none the less. Or maybe I was just too full.

Strawberry Cobbler

Here’s a look at their menu. All the dishes are affordable, especially considering the quality of the meat. I ended up paying a little under $12 for a two meat combo, strawberry cobbler, and a fountain drink. I couldn’t even eat it all.

It you find yourself at County Line BBQ, shame on you. Be good to yourself and go to Gonzales Food Mart. The meat will completely satisfy you. Does anything else besides the meat really matter?

The Volcano Downtown

In American, Burgers, Italian on September 17, 2011 at 2:32 am

Did you know that there’s a volcano located in downtown San Antonio just south of I-35 at 618 McCullough Ave.? I discovered it over a year ago while living downtown. I didn’t see smoke rising from the ground nor did I see lava flowing. I just saw the Volcano Burger being promoted on a marker board at Guillermo’s as the daily special and couldn’t resist the possible delicious mix of spicy and burger.

Some burger joints do certain burgers better than others. For example, Chris Madrid’s, in my opinion, makes the best Tostada Burger (with the Lord’s Kitchen an extremely close second!). For months, I would have told you that Guillermo’s has the best spicy, gourmet burger in town. I remember the soft, delicious home-made bun with a thick, yet loosely hand-packed, half-pound of 100% Angus beef topped with melted cheese, Louisiana-type hot sauce, jalapeno slices, and bacon plus all the other veggie toppings on the side. For $9.99, this burger came with a good amount of fries. It was perfect…and then I went back today.

As soon as the burger was placed in front of me, I knew something was different. The bun wasn’t as soft and the patty was packed so much that it was way too tough for my taste. I was heart-broken and disappointed.

The Volcano Burger

I had to find out what happened, so I spoke with a very nice and helpful employee. Apparently, nothing in the recipe has changed. However, she did admit that they now tend to pack their patties more now and the bun, which is made fresh daily, was just baked longer than before. What made me hopeful for next time is she said you can request your patty to be less packed, but it may be more difficult to fix the bun. So, I just said to please share with the manager that it was perfect the way it was before and please go back to making it that way!

Some new friends I made while ordering invited me to sit with them. One said she always comes to Guillermo’s for the Tony’s Special, which is a focaccia sandwich which is offered in a variety of combinations. Some of the options include turkey and bacon, Italian ham and pepperoni, meatball and cheese, and pineapple, ham, feta, and cranberries. It comes with a side of their famous spinach and bowtie salad. I tasted the salad and it was fantastic! It costs $8.99/$9.99. I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised since this is more of an Italian restaurant, which reminds me…they makes some great pizzas!

Tony's Special

As far as service goes, they are always friendly and welcoming. One of the food runners (I think that’s what they’re called), provided exceptional service. I asked about my burger and he enthusiastically help while always having a smile. It’s always great to have positive service.

As a final recommendation, I highly recommend nibbling on one of their homemade chocolate chip cookies while you wait on your food. They’re fresh, soft, yet firm, with the right amount of large chunks of chocolate chip. You won’t be disappointed!

The Cookie

Vaca Part Two: Philly & NYC Recap

In American, Beer, Chinese, Hot Dogs, Indian, New York City, Philadelphia on September 15, 2011 at 6:35 pm

I realize my last vacation post was way too long. So, to recap some of the food and drink highlights, here are some beers and places I recommend if you’re ever in Philadelphia or New York City. This post will be primarily pics with captions.

Thanks to my amazing brother-in-law, Richard, for making Philadelphia and NYC possible and thanks to my extremely generous and hospitable friends, John and Michael, for hosting us in NYC. This trip would not have been possible without you all!

PHILADELPHIA

Tommy DiNic's Roast Pork Sandwich with Provolone Cheese and Broccoli Rabe at the Reading Terminal Market. Adam Richman from Man vs. Food really overhyped this one.

McGillin's Oldest Ale House: Philly's Oldest Continuously Operating Tavern. I even saw the the guy from the Drinking Made Easy episode!

Tony Luke's Amazing Philly Cheesesteak!

Pat's King of Steaks: A Must Visit!

Cheesesteak "Wit" Onions & Cheese Wiz

Within Walking Distance of City Hall.

Sliced Beef Noodles with Marinated Egg. Brisket and Noodles Is Even Better! Check out this article: http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/food/Nan-Zhou-Hand-Drawn-Noodle-House.html

Vermont Cabot Clothbound Cheddar & Yard's ESA at Tria Cafe: Wine, Cheese, Beer Cafe

BEST BEERS

Bell's Two Hearted Ale: A Perfect IPA

Both, Absolutely Delicious!

NEW YORK CITY

Scallion & Tofu Spread on an Everything Bagel from Chelsea Bagel & Cafe Near Union Square

Milon in the East Village

Best, Must See Atmosphere! So Much Fun.

A Fantastic Pub in Brooklyn: Spuyten Duyvil -- http://www.spuytenduyvilnyc.com

Can't Go Wrong If Jesus Approves 🙂

Gray's Papaya, Just Avoid Street Hot Dog Vendors Altogether

Two Hot Dogs w/ Onion Sauce and A Juice Drink, Only $5. Try coconut champagne or papaya juice because both are really good!

Hope this gives you a head start if you’re visiting Philadelphia or New York City anytime soon. Again, thank you, Richard, and thank you, John and Michael. I love you all!

Dare I Say…Some Chains Are Worth A Review

In American, Beer on August 24, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I normally refuse to review chains. Even though I go to them and enjoy them, I just don’t consider them review worthy. I value originality over commonality…with the exception of the Flying Saucer of course. While the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium is a chain, it’s a small one with only 14 locations in the country (6 are in Texas with the original located in downtown Forth Worth). As a beer lover, I’m so glad we have a Flying Saucer in San Antonio, which I unwind at weekly at its location near the intersection of I-10W and Huebner Rd.

I dare you to ask for a non-alcoholic, gluten-free, light beer in a frosted mug. (Notice the caption above the tap handles.)

The beer selection at the Flying Saucer is among the best; this includes both draught and bottled/canned beers. You can alway take advantage of Sundays when Texas draught beers are only $3 and most pints on Mondays are also $3. Tuesday is Trivia Night (hint: a lot of current event questions) and Wednesday Night is Brewery Night when a specific brewery is featured and each pint of this beer comes with a matching glass to take home. You can also benefit from their daily “Fire Sale” when a specific beer is on sale for $3 a pint. A good way to keep up with what’s going on is to following them on Facebook by clicking here.

Not only does the Flying Saucer have great beer, it also has some tasty, pub food. My favorite dish to order at the Saucer is their wings. The menu recently changed, which offers a variety of wing flavors, but I stick with the traditional, buffalo flavor. Even though it doesn’t specialize in wings, Flying Saucer can make some tasty ones and it doesn’t charge for carrots and celery sticks like Wing Stop.

If you become a regular at the Flying Saucer, I highly recommend going ahead and joining the U.F.O. Club. It costs about $20 to join, which includes a Flying Saucer T-shirt and a personal, magnetic card. The San Antonio Flying Saucer card is my favorite in that it resembles the Gonzales Flag, yet instead of saying “Come And Take It”, it says “Come And Drink It.” This card will keep track of every different beer you drink. Once you’ve drunk 200 different beers, then you’ll be put in the Ring of Honor, which is a collection of personalized plates inside the Flying Saucer. In addition to this honor, Flying Saucer gives you a $100 credit towards a party in which they recognize you and unveil your plate. For example, here’s a picture of my plate.

If you appreciate beer and are looking for a place with a great selection and service, I recommend the Flying Saucer. However, before you go, you must visit and support our local, San Antonio establishments like Freetail Brewing (my favorite!) and Blue Star Brewing (a close second among two!). You don’t want to miss these two great brewpubs in two very different parts of the city. Cheers, my friends!