Restaurant Roundup: It’s AAPI Restaurant Month

Get Your AAPI Restaurant Passport

The couple behind Sari-Sari SATX has gathered dozens of local restaurateurs for San Antonio’s first-ever Asian American Pacific Islander Month Restaurant passport.

Throughout the month of May, passport holders (download one here) can visit any of the over two dozen participating restaurants and receive a 10 percent discount.

Restaurants taking part in the celebration include Sari-Sari, Tenko Ramen, Scorpion, Bakery Lorraine, Ming’s, Sichuan House, Pinch Boil House, Noodle Tree and others.

The organizers said they wanted a way to support and bring awareness to the contributions of the AAIP community to San Antonio’s culinary scene.

Deux South Creative contributed its service for the design of the website and passport.

Worth the 60 Cents

Paletas at El Paraiso Ice Cream went up in price to 60 cents this week.

The owners announced the rate hike on social media, saying inflation is forcing them to raise their prices and that they apologize to customers for the change.

Regulars were quick to comment in support of the dessert shop that first opened on Fredericksburg Road in 1984, with several saying the palettes are worth $ 1 or more and that the increase would not deter them from stopping. “No need to apologize!” one customer wrote. “I’ve loved these palettes since I was a little girl, and I’ll be there buying more this weekend!”

The café raised its prices for the first time ever earlier this year — from 50 cents a pallet to 55 cents — due to the rising cost of ingredients and said they’re having to increase them again as production costs continue to go up.

New Digs

Early Bird Coffee fanatics will soon have a brick-and-mortar café to visit.

Owners Syndni and Jamal Abed announced on Instagram this week that they’ll open a permanent outpost this year at the Huebner Oaks Shopping Center. Until it opens, the couple will continue serving coffee, horchata lattes and more from their Airstream that parks in the same shopping center Tuesdays through Sundays.

“From our lovely regulars to our awesome weekenders, to those die-hards who come (from) afar and to those who just want to sip on our delicious coffee, we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts,” the couple wrote.

Sunset Series Begins

The San Antonio Food & Wine Alliance kicks off its special Sunset Series next week with a night of food and cocktails in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Scheduled Sunday, May 22, from 4 to 7 pm, the event takes place at Cherrity Bar and will feature independent and emerging chefs, including Heather Larican-Rejino, of Your Sassy Chef; Nari Hodges, who makes macarons through her Ooyoo Pan; John Constantino and Chris Christal, of Howdy, Kuva !, and others.

Proceeds support the alliance and its grant program. Reserve tickets here.

Fresh Diner Dishes

The Hayden is launching a new seasonal menu on Tuesday, May 17, that will feature a vegan mushroom risotto, fish ‘n chips and more.

Available Tuesdays through Saturdays during dinner service, the menu incorporates heart healthy offerings, like a lemon glazed salmon, plus savory dishes, such as finn’s smoked chop, and classics, from fish ‘n chips to a ribeye steak. Longtime favorites, including the meatloaf and barbacoa stroganoff, will still be available.

Adam Lampinstein opened the diner on Broadway in 2020.

Downtown Hotels Welcome New Chef

Chef Andres Farias was named the executive chef for Omni La Mansion del Rio and Mokara Hotel & Spa.

Farias brings nearly two decades of culinary and hospitality experience to San Antonio, including time in restaurants at Trump Hotels, Starwood Hotels, Marriott International and luxury restaurants in Caracas, Venezuela.

The chef says to expect modern Texas cuisine with Latin influences.

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