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Boardwalk Bistro’s epicurean engineers populate a mouthwatering menu with flavorful lamb, poultry, and vegetarian dishes. Work up full-sized appetites with appetizers such as Moroccan chicken lollipops ($10) or the brussell sprouts & artichoke hearts tossed with Italian ham ($10). Treat taste buds to the underwater flavors of the crystalline sea with a seafood dish such as seafood paella ($24) or chef's ocean trio of crab stuffed jumbo shrimp with lobster mousse ($33). The grilled rack of lamb, draped in mint-cherry au jus and coddled by mushroom-leek risotto ($32), quells carnivorous cravings with more facility than a piñata stuffed with meat.
The Bistro cultivates a friendly, sumptuous ambiance with linen tablecloths, numerous windows, and flickering candlelight, setting the mood for a romantic dinner or tender rugby-team supper. Weekend patrons can wash down heaping forkfuls of fare with complimentary live-jazz tunes or by making their own music with fork drums and saltshaker maracas.
In 1977, Barbara Hunt decided to set aside a year of her life to explore the world and learn about its diverse food and flavor structures. So, she plucked a low-hanging 30,000-mile Pan Am travel voucher from the nearest voucher tree and did just that. One dietetics degree and a decade later, Boardwalk Bistro was born. Now, Barbara and two executive chefs focus their three collective minds on empty plates, envisioning authentic Old-World Mediterranean dishes prepared with contemporary style. Barbara shines as the bistro's sommelier while their collective concentration brings forth bouillabaisse (seafood stew), paella valencia (with rabbit, chicken, duck, and chorizo), spanish tapas that warm up stomachs the same way baseball players warm up for big games (by eating tapas), and plenty of other meaty and vegetarian plates. Boardwalk Bistro's antique-style furniture and colorful decor create an informal, Mediterranean ambiance perfect for enjoying a trio of raspberry, lemon, and mango sorbets, which chill palates more delicately than a midwinter game of open-mouthed freeze tag. The exposed-stone walls resound with live music and a tagine top standing in for a cowbell on Friday and Saturday evenings.
4011 Broadway St.
San Antonio, Texas 78209