OUR PICK: (TIE) Battalion, 604 S. Alamo St., (210) 816-0088
Ming’s Noodle Bar, 5253 McCullough, (210) 570-6318
We can’t say third time is the charm with Battalion, which counts Feast and Rebelle as popular restaurant brethren. But it has commanded attention from the start, way back in 2014 when it was announced Andrew Goodman would purchase the former firehouse. Now, almost three years later, the restaurant is finally open and we’re loving it. From the mysterious décor, to the sprawling open kitchen, to the amaro cart that zips around during service, to the hand-made pasta and the vibrant sauces made by Stefan Bowers and his staff, Battalion has our attention. Bring on brunch!
While Battalion goes big, Ming’s Noodle Bar goes small. The offshoot of Ming’s Thing, found at the Pearl Farmers Market on weekends, Ming’s Noodle Bar has kept diners happy with fresh noodle bowls and the fluffiest of bao all housed inside a former box car. The kitchen might be tiny, but the flavors we’ve grown to love from Ming’s are bigger than ever.