4. Cullum's Attagirl
726 E. Mistletoe Ave., (210) 601-5353, facebook.com/cullumsattagirl
It's all about the chicken at Chris Cullum's Attagirl. The cozy eatery, which opened in April on the corner of Mistletoe and Kings Court, offers an eclectic range of beers on tap, a casual indoor/outdoor space and food rooted in family tradition. His inspiration is his grandmother, a butcher who once served fried chicken out of a double-wide trailer in Port Aransas.
"Many of the recipes we use are slightly modified from her original recipes. It's what she would cook for me and my family growing up in Helotes," said Cullum, adding that he also uses her original butcher's knife in the kitchen. "She's long gone now, but Attagirl is a tribute to her and her chicken shack."
Currently, the menu offers two varieties of fried chicken. There's spicy Nashville-style slathered in cayenne paste and topped with pickles, and Southern-fried, soaked in buttermilk and drizzled with honey. A third variety rotates every few days along with specials like the fried chicken bologna sandwich.
The kitchen is small — the wings are cooked in fryers behind the wraparound bar — but that hasn't stopped Cullum from thinking of new ways to expand the menu, including a brunch kicking off this summer.
"We'll have chicken and waffles, chicken sausage and Sunny D mimosas," said Cullum, describing his style as Southern homestyle cooking. "We're using white bread and pimento cheese, and Miracle Whip is on its way. People have been fighting me on that, but you will see Miracle Whip here — you can't resist the tangy zest."
Like his other culinary adventures, Attaboy food truck and Tucker's Kozy Korner, Cullum hopes Attagirl will become a neighborhood establishment.
"We love being the spot off St. Mary's and being able to cater to the neighborhood and the industry folks who just want to come in and enjoy a beer," Cullum said. "We don't plan to have big signage or do a lot of promotion. We just want to be the place on the corner."