With Lenten season upon us, we have to stave off Friday's midday meat cravings or risk being labeled heathend. Luckily, San Anto's got plenty of options for Lenten dining from some likely and unlikely eateries.
Let's start off with the obvious: If you're avoiding meat on Fridays through April 3, visit El Bucanero (multiple locations), which is known for its fresh platters of Sinaloa-style Mexican seafood. I recommend visiting during off-hours, so consider having a very early lunch or very early dinner to avoid the hungry crowds that flock to both North Side locations. Order any of the ceviches, fried fish platters, a crustacean-filled molcajete or take down one of the hot plates such as the "Tacos Para El Gobernador" with shrimp, Poblano rajas and cheese.
Speaking of tacos, Arcade Midtown Kitchen (303 Pearl Pkwy., 369-9664) serves up its signature lobster soft tacos, with masa crepe, sweet potato and poblano cream. Hankering for fish tacos can be put to ease with stops to Beto's Comida Latina (8142 Broadway, 930-9393), The Cove (606 W. Cypress, 227-2683), Rosario's Mexican Café y Cantina (multiple locations), while Duke's Seafood & Grill Food Truck has great beer-battered fish tacos available daily. Don't forget to bid adieu to The SpiceSea Gourmet food truck, known for the seafood po'boys, and tasty crabcakes, at The Point Park & Eats (24188 Boerne Stage, 251-3380) on Friday, February 27.
When it comes down to a specific dish to order while at Thai Topaz (2177 N.W. Military Hwy., 290-9833), my money's on the red curry mussels. I first sampled the offering during Restaurant Week's winter edition and haven't stopped thinking of them since. It should also go without saying that most Thai eateries with a decent handle on tofu and shrimp would also serve as alternatives to meat-filled eateries.
All of which brings us to our next three suggested eateries to visit. The recently opened Dignowity Meats on Houston (1701 E. Houston St., (832) 819-1562) will feature a bagel with lox sandwich special on Fridays made using fresh Chicago bagels, cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers, fresh greens and a balsamic reduction. The staff at Big Bob's Burgers (multiple locations) will dish out a zesty jalapeño-marinated catfish sandwiches also on Fridays through Lent. And on the far East edge of town, Texas Pride Barbecue (2980 E. Loop 1604, Adkins, 649-3730) will kick off its Fish Fry & Bike Night season, which runs Fridays at 6 p.m., March through October.
Finally, avoid meat entirely with visits to Earth Burger (818 N.W. Loop 410, Bldg L-7, 524-1086, unless you gave up fast food for Lent), Green Vegetarian Cuisine (multiple locations), Señor Veggie (620 S. Presa St., 228-0073), and Vegeria (8407 Broadway, Suite 1, 826-4223).