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The Hoppy Monk
1010 N. Loop 1604 E. • (210)-545-3330 • thehoppymonk.com
Chef Emiliano Marentes has wowed us before during Culinaria’s Festival Week with tiny quail egg sliders and legitimately delicious vegan (gasp) tacos. The menu includes several odes to Hoppy Monk's Mexican heritage with a tlayuda (black garlic tortilla with black bean puree, crispy shimeji and hen of the woods mushrooms, roasted calabazitas, quesillo Oaxaca, grilled avocado and dehydrated grasshoppers) along with choice of half roasted chicken on ‘shrooms or lamb belly porchetta. Pair these great dishes with equally awesome brews available at the pub.
7300 Jones Maltsberger Road • (210) 314-3971 • chefjohnnyhernandez.com/elmachito
No, the parrillada isn’t on the menu, but you’re still getting a great deal at El Machito with its $10 lunch for its ensalada de la casa, cecina or chicken torta and pastel de elote with guava sauce and berries. For dinner, the menu features a mini tuna ceviche tostada, double-cut Frenched pork chop enchilada with the pastel de elote.
Smoke The Restaurant
1170 E Commerce St. • (210) 253-9919 • smoketherestaurant.com
Do you love mini chiles rellenos? Do you love burgers? Are you into floats? These questions basically answer themselves. Lunch at Smoke will set you back all of $10 and the $25 dinner includes a chicken and apple sausage corndog, smoked beef rib with Texas barbecue glaze, burnt end beans and coleslaw and finally a whoopie ice cream sandwich with cream cheese ice cream. Check out the new Sunset Station location while you’re at it.
226 E. Olmos Drive • (210) 822-0100 • folc-restaurant.com
If you haven't had a chance to try what Texas Monthly deemed as the best burger in the state, now's your chance. The restaurant week menu features some of chef Luis Colon's early hits, along with that beefy-briskety goodness sandwiched between fresh-made buns.