PORTIONS BY BENJAMIN OLIVO, MY SA EXPRESS
The scarcity of existing homes continues to be the big real estate story for San Antonio and Texas’ other major cities. The extreme low inventory is driving up the demand. And in certain neighborhoods, the proximity of the city’s hottest restaurants and bars is compounding the issue to an even greater extent. Good luck getting into these culinary hoods.
Alteza recommends making your move to downtown, living 30 floors above the Grand Hyatt. It’s a central location, walkable to ALL your favorites.
The area just south of downtown — the King William Historic District, the Lavaca neighborhood and South Flores corridor — boasts about 30 restaurants all within a short walk if you happen to live in one of these neighborhoods. Foodies seem to have caught on.
In Southtown, for the six-month period ended in April, the median home price rose from $245,000 in 2014 to $377,000 this year.
In this neighborhood just south of downtown, you’ll find Alamo Street Eat Bar, 609 S. Alamo St. Anchored by Cullum’s Attaboy burgers, the food truck court offers diverse fare from a handful of mobile kitchens on a rotating basis.
The area’s pillars are upscale Tex-Mex restaurants Rosarios, 910 S. Alamo St., and El Mirador, 722 S. St. Mary’s St. La Frutería, 1401 S. Flores St., brings a contemporary take on interior Mexican dishes.
Taking American cuisine to funky new heights are The Monterey, 1127 S. St. Mary’s St., Feast Restaurant, 1024 S. Alamo St., and Bliss, 926 S. Presa St.
For a couple of years now, The Pearl has established itself as a top food destination. The former brewery along the San Antonio River contains some apartments and office space, but as per the original vision, it has been converted into a culinary destination — through the recycling of historic buildings, or building anew — even housing the San Antonio campus of the Culinary Institute of America.
Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery, 136 E. Grayson St., Suite 120, is the new kid on The Pearl block. The menu is Gulf coast inspired with an array of beers brewed on site.
In the fall, Bakery Lorraine, 306 Pearl Parkway, Suite 110, moved from a house just east of The Pearl into The Pearl itself, still boasting what have become its famous macarons.
The Granary ’Cue & Brew, 602 Avenue A, is an upscale, inventive barbecue joint — smoked brisket, yes, but how about root-beer-glazed scallops? — that brews its own beer.
Prominent San Antonio chef Andrew Weissman has the upscale Sandbar and Il Sogno Osteria, both at 200 E. Grayson St., and the more relaxed The Luxury, 103 E. Jones Ave. And chef Steven McHugh’s Cured, 306 Pearl Parkway, Suite 101, has made a name for itself with its charcuterie plates.
For coffee addicts, there is Local Coffee, 302 Pearl Parkway, Suite 118, and Rosella Coffee, south of The Pearl at 2013 E. Jones Ave., Suite 101.
Nao, the CIA’s teaching restaurant at 312 Pearl Parkway, offers reinterpretations of standard Latin American dishes.
Around The Pearl, the median home prices rose from $194,900 in 2014 to $205,500 this year for the six months ended in April.
The little enclave with the slow-as-molasses speed limit has come into its own as a culinary neighborhood. So have the home prices where, in Olmos Park, the median price for existing homes rose from $576,500 in 2014 to $685,000 this year for the six-month period ended in April.
Folc and its neighboring bar Park Social, 226 E. Olmos Drive, opened in the fall and serve up retro American fare. Along those same menu lines is Tribeca di Olmos, 4331 McCullough Ave.
The classic Chez Vatel Bistro, 218 E. Olmos Drive, offers Belgian, French and Italian cuisine.
On the Tex-Mex front is Mary Lou’s Cafe, 4405 McCullough Ave. and Taco Taco Cafe, 145 Hildebrand Ave.
Alberico Fine Wine, 5221 McCullough Ave., offers an eclectic mix of worldly dishes.
Finally, the tiny Mixtli, 5251 McCullough Ave., is San Antonio’s first restaurant for truly modern cuisine. It serves avant garde Mexican, focusing the menu on a specific Mexican region or state every few weeks.
North of the city, the acclaimed new restaurants continue to open. And the home prices continue to appreciate. In the six months ended in April 2014, the median home price was $247,000 in the Stone Oak area. For the same period this year, the media home price was $263,250.
Among the hottest restaurants is Li’s Restaurant and Sushi Bar, 20330 Huebner Road, Suite 106, with its Sichuan-inspired menu. J-Prime Steakhouse, 1401 N. Loop 1604 W., combines grilled meats and wild fish. Knife & Fork Gastropub, 20626 Stone Oak Parkway, Suite 103, is a tavern atmosphere with a full bar and a locally sourced menu.