Yum Yum Thai Cuisine's chefs craft a creative Thai and Chinese menu that garnered features in the Express News "Just a Taste" column and on KTSA's "The Dish." The team allows seafood to flourish by placing it on a plate with chinese shrimp and lobster sauce or in an "ocean deep" clay pot filled with glass noodles, squid, scallops, and maybe a sunken treasure. They grant pineapple a break from its day job as headwear by hollowing out its halves and fashioning them into a bowl for boneless roasted duck in red curry or shrimp-and-pineapple fried rice. By preparing starters, such as crispy deep-fried dragonfly rolls, and refreshing desserts, such as house-made coconut ice cream, the kitchen staff bookends the dining experience with cuisine as appealing as the entrees that form their centerpieces.
Watch San Antonio's top tamale masters compete to create the best traditional, contemporary, and sweet tamales. Both you and the judges will be plied with free samples, though only the pros will be allowed to judge the most accomplished husk-wrapped flavor bombs. The next day, the city's top eaters square off in a tamale-eating contest. If you wish to test your corn-pork-chomping mettle, join the lottery pool by dropping by any of Delicious Tamales' six locations more than 24 hours before the contest to enter your name and the name of your next of kin, who can finish the job in the event of fatal sudden-onset tamaleonditis. David Lee Garza and Los Musicales provide the headlining tunes. A portion of proceeds benefits several college and culinary scholarships, which means on April 16 and 17, you can finally eat your way to someone else's knowledge.
The savory selections of the Asian-inspired menu are elegant examples of dishes from a variety of Asian nations and are made fresh in Rice's kitchen when each order arrives via the friendly waiter or elaborate pulley system. Awaken spice-deprived taste buds with a fiery order of pickled-cabbage kimchi ($4.99) or jalapeño pork ribs ($5.99) before loading up on pod protein with a bowl of salted edamame ($3.99). Rice’s mutable herbivore-to-carnivore entrees come with your choice of vegetables, tofu, chicken, beef, shrimp, scallops, or a chicken, beef, and shrimp combo ($7.99–$11.99) and include familiar classics such as spicy Kung Pao, General Tao, and green or red coconut curry. Noodle dishes ($7.50–$11.50) such as pad Thai and Cantonese lo mein are sure to satisfy fork-spinning urges.
When Jim Kiest of the San Antonio Express-News visited Hooligan’s Bar & Grill, he left with one important takeaway: “It is a great place to hang out when you’re not quite sure what you want to do. You’ll figure it out when you get there.” Kiest hit the nail on the head, given Hooligan’s eclectic collection of events and games. On any given night, a DJ might spin current hits for patrons to tap dance to or a cover band might storm the stage and pump out jams from the 1970s, ‘80s, or ‘90s. The music supplies a lively soundtrack for free rounds of poker, coin-operated pool games, an arsenal of darts and video games, and even dodge-ball matches.
Regardless of the ever-changing events schedule, patrons will always find three staples at Hooligan’s—food, drinks, and plenty of TVs. While watching Monday-night football or a UFC fight, bar-goers can munch mild to extra-hot wings, classic 8-ounce burgers, and individual pizzas, all washed down by domestic beers or fun cocktails such as cherry bombs and washington apples.
At Tiger Pop, kimchi and other traditional Korean ingredients mingle with influences from the Americas. Chefs layer authentic Korean KimPop rolls, which resemble sushi but contain only cooked ingredients, with pineapple-sautéed ham and american cheese, and draw from Mexican recipes to whip up spicy burritos and tacos with Korean kogi steak. Sunlight pours through the eatery’s tall windows, and cheerful bright walls and an absence of haunted suits of armor create a welcoming atmosphere.:m]]
Given Biff Buzby's penchant for classic cars and vintage airplanes, his classic take on another all-American staple, hamburgers, comes as little surprise. Each patty weighs in at a half- or quarter-pound of 100% ground beef, sandwiched between a homestyle bun along with its fixings—crispy bacon and grilled onions for The Q burger, house chili on the Chili Cheese Burger—and served up with a helping housemade pinto beans.
Elsewhere on the extensive menu, a deep roster of comfort staples vie for second billing. These include starters such as the beer-battered mushrooms or the housemade cheesesticks, as well as the chopped steak and chicken-fried chicken platters. Matching the loaded menu is a calendar chock-full of weekly events, including Cruisin' Night every Friday evening, when souped-up hot rods and confident station wagons alike collect in the parking lot so their owners can bond over burgers and car-talk.