In 2006, New Orleans native Bernard McGraw stood in an airport with a decision to make—what city to call home. Then-Mayor Phil Hardberger professed on a nearby television that Hurricane Katrina victims were welcome in San Antonio. McGraw had lost virtually everything in the storm, but not his passion for Cajun cooking. So he boarded the plane in search of a new kitchen and a new path. Mcgraw’s story, originally run by the Southside Reporter, has a happy ending.
Bernard now runs his own restaurant out of Baptist University of the Americas. In addition to providing food service to the student body, teachers, and feral university mascots, he has eight tables set aside for his own New Orleans–style Cajun and creole cuisine. Homestyle sides of collard greens and mac ‘n’ cheese give the assist to spicy gumbo, golden fried catfish, and stuffed po’ boys. Diners can also enjoy a live jazz band on Thursdays and indulge in such housemade desserts as apple pie, sweet-potato pie, and pictures of pi cut from discarded textbooks.