Creole cuisine's distinct spices stem from its attitude-laden ingredients, such as brazen pork cheek, incredulous crawfish, and sassy-fras. Give your taste buds some lip with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of lunch fare at Bernard’s Creole Kitchen. Bernard’s is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The kitchen’s eponymous chef, Bernard McGraw, packs his rotating lunch menu with French-influenced fare and daily specials ($10 each). Hungry habitués surrender to the sweet and salty assault of chicken and waffles on Wednesday or swiftly dismiss internal spellcheckers with Friday’s crawfish A-2-Fay. Daily meals arrive chaperoned by an alternating assemblage of sides, including green beans, dirty rice, and mac 'n' cheese, and are best when capped with Momma Pat’s Creole bread pudding ($3) or an adorable sailor hat. Bernard also backdrops each plate of Cajun fish tacos ($7) with live music during its Jazz Lunch every Thursday and Friday.
Bernard’s Creole Kitchen
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 Stinson Municipal Airport. His New Orleans–style Cajun and creole menu features homestyle sides of collard greens and mac ‘n’ cheese, spicy gumbo, golden fried catfish, and stuffed po’ boys. Diners can also enjoy a live jazz band (call ahead for schedule) and indulge in such housemade desserts as apple pie, sweet-potato pie, and pictures of pi cut from discarded textbooks.
8019 S Pan Am Exp.
San Antonio, Texas 78244Get Directions