Houston St. Bistro sits just a playbill?s toss from the Majestic Theatre, welcoming post-show patrons with tables dressed smartly in black and white linens. The dinner menu ranges from classic steaks and chops drizzled with savory marsala wine sauce to inventive modern dishes such as the wasabi-crusted ahi tuna served atop cilantro sweet-corn rice. During the afternoon, the bistro whips up lunchtime fare such as paninis and burgers amid an ambience as relaxed as a business-casual coronation ceremony. At any time of day, patrons can peruse a list of 43 international wines available by the glass, bottle, or half-bottle.:m]]
Classic German Deli | Lauded Root Beer | Historic Location | Signature Hot Mustard
What to Drink: There are a handful of domestic and German beers available, but the real star of the show is the root beer. So, grab a frosty mug of it and down it as quickly as you please. There’s a free refill included with every order.
Inside Tip: There’s a bottle of Schilo’s hot mustard sitting on every table, just waiting for diners to slather it on their sausage plates or deli sandwiches. But heed this warning: the mustard has a significant kick that’s been described by its fans as a “sinus-clearing” heat.
Looking Back: Schilo’s provides a glimpse back to a different San Antonio—one heavily populated with German immigrants and influenced by the customs they brought from home. Papa Fritz Schilo was one of those immigrants, as well as the owner of several saloons until Prohibition forced him to into the deli business in 1917. The business was passed down from Schilo to Schilo over the generations, until ownership finally left the family. Even so, the same commitment to good cooking that helped make the deli a mainstay still exists as it prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary.
The Vibe: Schilo’s occupies a cavernous space that served as a mercantile exchange in the 19th century. The mercantile’s old vault now serves as the deli’s walk-in refrigerator, and dozens of signs and other knickknacks line the walls to remind visitors of their centuries-old surroundings.
Taste Crepes & More treats its guests to foldable, flat European-style egg pancakes, wrapped over sweet fillings such as Nutella or dulce de leche, or such savory eats as smoked salmon and cream cheese, ham, or pepperoni. Diners sink their teeth into a sweet, zesty flavors of a traditional crepe suzette, or chow down on a lunch of crepes stuffed with sausage, olives, cheese, and caramelized onion. In addition to dishing out crepes fresh from the griddle, Taste whips up handmade pizzas to order, presses toasty panini sandwiches, and sides its meals with wholesome soups and salads.
Both a quick pit-stop for grabbing a coffee and homemade pastry and a respite for sitting down for lunch and lingering a while, Hearthstone Express functions as a coffee shop and bistro. The cooks usher in the day with breakfast, scrambling eggs and tucking them into buttery croissants with spinach-artichoke spread and crispy bacon. Meanwhile, the bakers whip up pastries such as danishes, scones, and bagels to complement cups of coffee. For lunch, the cooks move on to gourmet sandwiches and paninis; best-sellers include Alicia's club?turkey, avocado spread, mozzarella, and honey dijon on a croissant?and the turkey artichoke panini, topped with spinach-artichoke spread. But the staff is open to customers' own creations as well, making Build Your Own sandwiches. Diners can pick their meat, bread, cheese, veggies, and dressings, and name it anything they want, such as Janet.
The crew at The District regularly reroute the holds on its climbing walls to keep clients guessing. While music pumps through the gym’s speakers, visitors can try out slacklining—or walking across a wide nylon webbing suspended between two points—and strengthen their arms on punching bags and gymnast rings. The space is open 24 hours a day to fit any schedule and accommodate sleepwalkers.
In 1996, the first Phil's Philly Grill introduced its signature hot sandwiches to Dallas from a single, modestly sized kitchen nestled into a bustling Metroplex. Because its founders brought decades of experience to the business, their sandwiches' of sauteed veggies and meats pleased anyone who got their hands on them. Soon, the concept steadily grew to occupy more than a half-dozen locations around Texas.
Today, sandwichsmiths at seven locations serve up everything from lena, certified rib-eye steaks—onions, peppers, cheese, and mushrooms included—to the Texas bacon barbecue burger, which understandably includes bacon, barbecue sauce, and a strange resemblance to the state of Texas. Phil's certified grill experts bring 40 hours of training to prepare chicken breasts marinated with 17-ingredients and hand chop fresh vegetables and cheeses. An array of Philly sandwiches, grilled salads, gyros plates, and wraps round out the menu. The ownership's commitment to hard work, passion, and fine meats have also spawned franchising opportunities for those looking to launch their own little bit of Phil's.