Malibu Shack makes a splash in the San Antonio culinary waters with a California-inspired menu brimming with fresh half-pound, handmade 100 percent Angus beef burgers on buns of choice, taco plates, and battered seafood. The SoCal-inspired eatery welcomes neighbors and far-flung wanderers into its surfboard-festooned dining room, which is painted in bright green and orange. Patrons sip fountain drinks amid potted fronds, lounge on the outdoor patio, or saunter over to the 45-foot bar made of bamboo and spritzed with panda-repelling perfume.
Voted Best Sports Bar by San Antonio Current in 2010, Ticket Sports Bar & Grill washes away hunger with a monsoon of hearty American fare that fills out an expansive menu. Earnest eaters can get straight to business with an appetizer of Jamaican wings ($7.95), which pop with flavor thanks to a pineapple mango dressing and a marinating session in Caribbean spices. Similar to school musicals at Hamburger University, a troupe of melted colby jack cheese and honey barbecue sauce dances across an all-meat patty stage in the bacon jack double ($9.95). The Cajun chicken linguini ($10.95), meanwhile, tops its zesty pasta with toasted almonds, scallions, and creamy sauce. All corners of the bar are entertained by Ticket Sports Bar & Grill's 11 large HD televisions, handily mounted on the exposed-brick walls. Like most drive-in Olympic Games, a monster 12-foot HD projection screen rests as a centerpiece to air an exciting sporting event. Two floors of seating make the restaurant a bi-level haven for sports fans, and guests can additionally rest their endoskeleton at the outdoor New Orleans–style patio, its covered area welcoming fresh breezes from nearby Central Park.
The team of culinary artists at Amy’s & Cathy’s sculpt edible, layered sandwich masterpieces inside freshly baked buns. Enable taste-bud elation with a portobello-and-roasted-red-pepper sandwich ($7.99), or surprise skeptical senses with a panegyric-deserving panini packed with salami, swiss cheese, roasted-red-pepper pesto, spinach, and tomato skillfully set on toasted ciabatta ($6.25). Unlike Halloween parties held at operational steak houses, vegetarians can actively participate in the cuisine festivities at Amy’s & Cathy’s with a scrumptiously assembled veggie wrap, which is chock-full of greeny goodness ($6.99). Meat-averse diners can also opt for the Bunny salad, mixed artfully with fresh spinach, bacon, mushrooms, purple onions, cuddly cuteness, and parmesan cheese ($6.99). Amy’s & Cathy’s also brews succulent soup—broth varieties rotate daily, like the sun around Earth.
Papa Murphy’s serves up a tasty menu of handmade take ‘n’ bake pizzas using dough, cheese, meats, and veggies that are freshly prepared every day. After customers choose their pies, Papa Murphy's slice slingers build the pizza in-store and package it for customers to bake at home in the oven, in a pottery kiln, or over a pile of burning cookbooks. Customers can watch as Papa Murphy’s pie pros corral the ingredients of a signature pizza such as the Cowboy, complete with pepperoni, italian sausage, mushrooms, and black olives, or request the hawaiian, a traditional pizza crowned with Dole pineapple and canadian bacon. Deep-dish fans dive into the Chicago-style stuffed pizza packed with onions, mozzarella, four kinds of meat, and one of the most colorful public-transit systems in America, and salads and 2-liter soft drinks serve as the final pieces in an irregularly shaped pizza puzzle.
Housed in a combined café and chiropractic office inside the historic Vivroux Hardware building, Chiro Java injects visitors with the energy to almost massage their own backs after eating an array of American- and Mexican-inspired breakfast and lunch dishes. The kitchen staff crafts chicken salad from a family recipe and uses only nitrite-free lunchmeats, both of which they sandwich between high-fiber whole-wheat bread baked in-house. At the full-service coffee and espresso bar, baristas serve up organic frappés, allergen-free desserts, and organic, fair-trade coffee roasted fresh each day. Facilitating a sense of calm, the café keeps its lighting low, and surrounds guests with festive gourds, hardwood walls and floors, and lovingly worn rugs underfoot.