If history has taught humankind anything, it's that no endeavor is worth attempting unless it can be completed in three easy steps. Dine on delicious, historically sound fares with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a three-course prix-fixe menu with wine pairings for two (a $99 value) at Silo Elevated Cuisine & Bar in Alamo Heights.
A stylish interior welcomes guests at Silo Elevated Cuisine & Bar, where myriad menu items are infused with fresh ingredients. Duple diners can enjoy the venue's attractive ambience while perfecting their chewing skills on the offerings of a three-course prix-fixe menu. The first edible arrangement features a choice of Caesar salad with roasted-garlic croutons and parmesan crisp or a spinach salad, which conscripts an edible panel of brie, applewood-smoked bacon, raspberries, and dried apricots drizzled with Spanish-sherry vinaigrette. The second wave of culinary creations offers four entree options—choose signature chicken fried oysters, seared sea scallops, oak-grilled beef tenderloin, or pan-roasted duck breast and confit leg, which is served with almond and apricot couscous and sautéed haricots vert slathered in blackberry-cider sauce.
Prix fixe part three tosses up a rich triplet of dessert possibilities. Try a da Vinci sorbet trio with fresh berries, signature toasted-coconut pie, or a dark-chocolate truffle mousse. Wine offerings for each course will vary, but each imbiber will get one glass with each course and might discover a 2008 cabernet sauvignon from Las Perdices (Argentina) or a Gloria Alvarinho (Portugal) from the same year.
Valid for dine-in dinner at Alamo Heights location only. Reservation required.
OpenTable reviewers name Silo Elevated Cuisine & Bar a diners' choice that's "fit for foodies" and consider it a "neighborhood gem." Texas Monthly reviewed the restaurant, and Zagat rated it "extraordinary to perfection" for food and "very good to excellent" in décor and service. Frommer's very highly recommends it. Seventy-nine percent of nearly 370 Urbanspooners recommend the restaurant and OpenTable reviewers give it an average of 4.4 stars.
- It is tempting to rattle on, because so much of the food I tried was so good (don’t get me started on the veal T-bone with fontina polenta, which was beyond fantastic). But I’ll stop by saying that for a restaurant that had been open only a week when I visited, baby Silo is growing up fast. Chef Gus Ortiz has made the transition with aplomb (founding chef Mark Bliss is manning the original place), and mother and child are doing fine. – Patricia Sharpe, Texas Monthly
- Admirers attest it’s "impossible to go wrong" at this Terrell Heights bistro or its Loop 1604 spin-off serving up "surprising" New American fare in "chic" digs blessed with "cool" bar scenes – Zagat
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."