No Weak Links Here: 6 chains that break the mold

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A chicken and cheese melt on toasted sourdough - CASEY HOWELL
Casey Howell
A chicken and cheese melt on toasted sourdough

3. Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar

15900 La Cantera Pkwy, Ste 21200 (210) 236-8095, whiskeycakesa.com

Plano-based Whiskey Cake recently set up shop in La Cantera, making San Antonio its third sister location. The restaurant features an outdoor produce garden, lounge seating (in addition to farm tables for dining) and a bar that resembles an old-school library with shelves of liquor and sliding ladders. Ingredients are locally sourced and menu offerings are best described as Southern, with a hint of an Asian influence. Snacks include fried green tomatoes, beef jerky and deviled eggs (varieties rotate every Monday). Try the "OMG Burger"—which stands for onions, mushrooms and goodness—or the BBQ banh mi. Brunch-goers can delight in lemon poppy seed pancakes, chicken and waffles, and freshly squeezed juices. Of course, they also live up to their namesake with whiskey-based cocktails, flights and the signature Whiskey Cake dessert, which includes toffee torte, bourbon anglaise, spiced pecans and whipped cream.

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