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Acclaimed eatery crowns classic white tablecloths with artisanal dinner entrees, including signature chicken-fried oysters

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Expires Mar 28th, 2012. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per table. Reservation required; subject to availability. Not valid for the purchase of alcohol. Dine-in only. Dinner only. Not valid for prix fixe menu. Not valid on holidays. Valid only at Alamo Heights location. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Meals are usually best when brought fresh to the table, instead of being plated inside FedEx boxes and delivered by servers wearing cement-block shoes. Dine on fare that retains its temperature with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of dinner fare at Silo Elevated Cuisine & Bar. If redeemed Sunday through Thursday customers will also receive a $15 gift card from Nosh, Silo's sister restaurant located next door.

With approving nods from Texas Monthly and Zagat, the kitchen savants at Silo Elevated Cuisine & Bar churn out American fare dolloped with European flavors. The dinner menu enables bold beginnings with the restaurant's signature dish of chicken-fried oysters ($12 for appetizer portion). Meatless needs are met by the roasted-beet salad ($10) and vegetarian risotto ($17). Entrees boasting pleasing marriages of ingredients include cider-braised Kurobuta pork shank ($26), and platefuls of shrimp and grits ($27), a bold combination of land and sea not seen since the walking catfish. Once cleaned plates are cleared off crisp white tablecloths, feasts end on sweet notes from the dessert menu, such as raisin bread pudding ($8).

Silo Elevated Cuisine

Considering the farm-inspired name and the refined dining rooms—white tablecloths, towering wooden wine racks holding bottles filled from carefully polished grapes—you could be forgiven for assuming that Silo Elevated Cuisine is a steakhouse. But a look at the dishes emerging from the kitchen reveals a less-predictable beast. On a menu that stars Silo's signature chicken-fried oysters, sources of gastronomic inspiration range from southern (applewood-smoked bacon, shrimp-and-andouille white-cheddar grits) to European (red-wine and cognac sauces), with more than a dash of Asian influence.

This is especially apparent in seafood dishes—crusted with Sichuan peppercorn or sesame seeds—and duck, served with five-spice seasoning or in spring rolls. Accordingly, Frommer's has hailed the restaurant as "one of the best places for fine dining when you want something other than French food." The original Alamo Heights location was joined by a new outpost in 2007, whose space Texas Monthly called a "minimalist study in black and white illuminated by crystal chandeliers and silvery globes."


Reviews

we found the restaurant to have a pleasant, contemporary vibe. Our server was professional, humorous and very prompt.

Augie R., Yelp, 9/1/11

Start out with the chicken-fried oysters or blue-crab spring rolls and move onto the grilled and braised Kurobuta pork shank or seared sea scallops.

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92% of 1,412 customers recommend

  • “You must get the truffle fries (truffle oil, parmesan cheese). Any of their small plates are enough for lunch. Chef Luca Della casa (Next Food Network Star) always...”

    “You must get the truffle fries (truffle oil, parmesan cheese). Any of their small plates are enough for lunch. Chef Luca Della casa (Next Food Network Star) always has something special on the menu. (See Item 3 below. I would not choose take out because you would lose the atmosphere of Nosh and the freshness of the food.)”

  • “Be sure to read the fine print as there are some nights that are excluded.”

  • “Great food, good service & quiet so you can talk. !!”

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    Alamo Heights

    1133 Austin Hwy.

    San Antonio, Texas 78209

    210-824-8686

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    Silo Elevated Cuisine & Bar

    1133 Austin Hwy.

    San Antonio, Texas 78209

    210-824-8686

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