Unlike having bicycles, apartments, and guard dogs, having many small plates can be just as effective as one big one. Revel in appetizing addition with today's Groupon: for $9, you get $18 worth of eclectic cuisine at small-plate bistro Nosh on Austin Highway.
Though its servings may be small, Nosh's menu boasts big, bold flavors, inviting guests to twine tines with the shared-plate system of communal dining. Grab a friend, family member, or friend of the family's family member and nibble on shrimp corn dogs with spicy mayo ($9) or green chili mac 'n' cheese ($8). Lemongrass and habanero pork meatballs initially appear as a small-plate option with chilled citrus noodles ($7) before morphing into a tomato-sauce- and mozzarella-blanketed sandwich alter ego ($8). Tacos serve as savory sleeping bags for a slumber party of piquant fillings, including veggies with feta ($7) and mahi-mahi crisply coated in Shiner Bock beer batter and capped with cilantro and avocado ($8). Full-sized entrees are also available for larger appetites or shy yetis whose fingers are bigger than most petite platterfuls. Finish with a sweet-tooth sating sample of house-made cinnamon and sugar-encrusted italian donut holes with dippable dark- and white-chocolate truffle sauces, sized to share but tempting to hoard ($6).
Diners sup, sip, and savor amid Nosh's casual chic setting, punctuated by exposed brick walls and artful food photography. Engage in flirtatious toe wrestling at a candlelit table or trade tastes at Nosh's patio-seating area, bedecked with hanging plants and icicle lights.
Silo Elevated Cuisine
Considering the farm-inspired name and the refined dining rooms—white tablecloths, towering wooden wine racks holding bottles filled from carefully polished grapes—you could be forgiven for assuming that Silo Elevated Cuisine is a steakhouse. But a look at the dishes emerging from the kitchen reveals a less-predictable beast. On a menu that stars Silo's signature chicken-fried oysters, sources of gastronomic inspiration range from southern (applewood-smoked bacon, shrimp-and-andouille white-cheddar grits) to European (red-wine and cognac sauces), with more than a dash of Asian influence.
This is especially apparent in seafood dishes—crusted with Sichuan peppercorn or sesame seeds—and duck, served with five-spice seasoning or in spring rolls. Accordingly, Frommer's has hailed the restaurant as "one of the best places for fine dining when you want something other than French food." The original Alamo Heights location was joined by a new outpost in 2007, whose space Texas Monthly called a "minimalist study in black and white illuminated by crystal chandeliers and silvery globes."
1133 Austin Hwy.
San Antonio, Texas 78209Get Directions