This year, Meatopia eschewed its New York City roots and headed straight for Texas. Hungry masses and an impressive roster of chefs gathered in San Antonio on Sunday for Josh Ozersky's celebrated meat-centric festival. Click through the slideshow to catch the highlights!
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When he's not in the kitchens of the five restaurants he oversees in San Antonio, there's a good chance Jason Dady is eating a burger. And, judging by his precise list of preferences, he might just be "one of us."
A surprisingly good burger pops up in the hill country of Texas just outside of San Antonio.
This San Antonio joint is serving up some unforgettable cheeseburgers that are not to be missed.
The Longhorn Cafe is serving up some classic cheeseburgers that are darn good.
The competition was stiff at the third annual Tamales! festival, with entries falling into one of four categories: meat, vegetarian, dessert, and wildcard. These were the best homemade tamales from all over San Antonio. And I must have tasted 40 of them by the end of the day...check out my tamale adventures!
Chris Madrid, founder of famous San Antonio burger joint Chris Madrid's, died this past Sunday at 61 due to an enlarged heart caused by high blood pressure, reports San Antonio Express-News. Madrid opened his burger joint in 1977; you can read more about the restaurant's history at chrismadrids.com.
As long as you're not too hung over to face the light, The Monterey's sunny side patio is a wonderful place to spend a weekend morning/afternoon. The restaurant, which is in an old converted Sunglo gas station, also serves up what to need to ease your way into the day.
A puffy taco is not a crispy taco, a crunchy taco, or a soft taco. It is strictly a puffy taco, and after having one (or three), you may be willing to forsake all other taco forms. Chef Diana Barrios-Treviño Los Barrios in San Antonio will readily admit that she didn't invent the puffy, but she and her family have perfected them over the years. Maybe you've seen her make them on Throwdown with Bobby Flay (and win)? The puffy taco shells are super-crisp on the outside but soft within—surprisingly light for fried dough. We were recently in San Antonio and learned how to make the Tex-Mex specialty.
Over on Reddit, folks are freaking out about this gigantor pizza. Resident SE "redditor" J. Kenji Lopez-Alt pointed this out to me and I was like, That's gotta be from Big Lou's in San Antonio. Though other redditors mention that pizzas that big are available from other places, such as Bacci's in Chicago. I particularly like the comment that said, "That is the tiniest table and boy I have ever seen!"
Our Top 5 series continues with the crew behind San Antonio Burger Blog. Over the last year, they've reviewed 41 burger joints in San Antonio; here are their five favorites. Cheese-iriffic burger from Chris Madrid's. [Photograph: San Antonio Burger Blog]...
From the blog Home & Season: We headed home, then ordered in some pizza, from Big Lou’s….OMG this is the pizza to die for…absolutely delicious. Everything is made from scratch. We’ve met the owner, he’s a down to earth guy. The biggest pizza you can order is 42″…I’m not kidding. Then you have to pay $5.00 extra for the box, oh and you need a truck or a van to fit the pizza if you’re ordering out! And you must have a big crowd to feed or you’ll be having pizza for the next two days! Here’s a pic...
It also has Fritos, as described by Robb Walsh in his review of the bean burger from Mama's Cafe, a mini-chain in Texas. From bottom to top, the burger is constructed like so: bun, layer of refried beans, Fritos, slice...
Denver Post sportswriter John Henderson visits San Antonio for work and develops a fascination for that city's great contribution to Tex-Mex cuisine, the humble breakfast taco: "I can't imagine trying to drive with cheddar and beans flowing down my wrist but in San Antonio, the traditions of neighboring Mexico clash with fast-paced modern American society. I often saw people driving through downtown in the morning with a taco nearing their mouth. It's messier than a cellphone but not nearly as annoying. "It doesn't take up too much of your time when you're rushing," Torres said. "You call, it's ready, you pick it up and go."...