Food & Drink All you can eat

News and notes from the San Antonio food scene

CAPTION. (Photo by Mark Greenberg)

En garde!

Everything tastes better when it's served from a stick. Even the most pilloried food item, be it asparagus or black licorice, can become a culinary wonder when consumed from a skewer. In that spirit, newly opened Fountain Grill, 2121 N. St. Mary's, offers assorted grilled and skewered meat and vegetable dishes with an Asian twist, including a chicken teriyaki skewer marinated with spices, soy, and citrus. Those squeamish about eating stabbed food should try something from the Philippine menu, such as stir-fried pansit noodles. Fountain Grill's menu is composed solely of homemade recipes, but the eatery is still looking for a chef: If you're mean with a skewer, stop by for a deep-fried shrimp-kebab showdown.

Earth Day

Whole Foods holds an Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 16, at Woodlawn Lake, 1103 Cincinnati. Beginning at 10 a.m. and lasting until 4 p.m., the event will feature all-vegetarian food booths with tofu dogs, roasted corn, funnel cake, and other goodies. Kids can enjoy free canoe rides until 2 p.m. For adults, the Vegetarian Society, SAWS, and City Public Service will host information stands, and there will be battery-operated Volvo and electric boat demonstrations. The Earth Day celebration is free; for more information call 434-6967.

Mysteries abound

Jim's Restaurant, 7400 San Pedro, is...changing. Outside, the façade is the same, familiar Jim's design but, peering through the windows one can see the strange machinations of a renovation. Plastic sheets, some sort of metallic grill-looking device, and ladders all suggest that Jim's is growing, maturing, starting to become interested in girls, but what is it leading to? A sign announces the immenent arrival of a café and coffee bar, but all attempts to wheedle the details out of Frontier Enterprises, the corporation behind Jim's, have ended in buck-passing and dogged secrecy. Frontier promises a press release with full details, but for now mum's the word. At sunset, lurking shadows in the dining room tease us with hazy suggestions of what will be.

Compiled by Aaron Block and Susan Pagani

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