The first European explorers set sail with hopes of finding new, exotic spices to placate the palates of epicurious monarchs, but all they found were heaps of boring, inedible gold. Pick up where they left off by broadening your mouth's horizons with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Parisian cafe fare at Tost Café Francais on Blanco Road. Amalgamating the Old World with the new, Tost specializes in delivering dishes with a French execution mercifully free of guillotines. Appetizers such as the panko crusted calamari ($8) and the escargot bourguignon ($8.50) lull the stomach's hunger dragons into contentment before bravely crafted entrees including the braised lamb shank provencal ($16) and the bouillabaisse ($17) banish them to an unpublished fantasy novel.
- I highly recommend Tost Bistro both as a foodie destination and a swinging happy hour spot. – Elizabeth A., Yelp
- It would be easy to continue raving about the chef's way with the chicken, pork chop, seafood and expertly pan-seared steak, but her execution of vegetables and sauces may be even better. Under the pork belly sat a puree of parsnips with a touch of cauliflower and cream that not only paired with the meat but also would have made an outstanding item by itself, as would have a beet puree under the sea bass. – Edmund Tijerina, San Antonio News
Drawing inspiration from cuisines throughout Europe, Tost Bistro's chefs take care to infuse a bit of Mediterranean flair into their pan-regional menu. Appetizers of escargot with creamy gorgonzola prime palates for entrees such as the grilled tilapia with turmeric-flavored rice and cilantro-jalapeño slaw. The seafood focus continues at brunch with crab cakes crowned with avocado mousse and sweet-corn purée. When paired with a carafe of mimosas or a bottle of wine, meals at Tost Bistro encourage relaxation and spirited conversations.
The restaurant's rustic decor similarly channels Europe, creating the ambiance of a cozy café. A mission-style roof shields the bar from spontaneous indoor rainstorms, while sunset-orange walls and earthenware flooring continue the Mediterranean theme. Outside, covered patio seating invites leisurely al fresco meals.
14415 Blanco Rd.
San Antonio, Texas 78216Get Directions