If you’re apart of a self-acclaimed ‘brunch bunch’, then you’re always on the look out for the best spot in your town. And with brunch becoming the phenomenon that has, the need for bigger, better, best is apparent, and BITE has all of that and more. BITE is located in Southtown – San Antonio’s ever-growing neighborhood where everything is upcoming with trends you didn’t even know were trends. Located inconspicuously on the corner of S. Presa, BITE is the creation of Chef and Owner Lisa Astorga-Watel. Her menu is inspired by her travels around the world, and it’s clear that there’s nothing else like it.
For a brunch trip expect mimosas topped with candy, fresh fruit and even twinkies if you’re lucky. Bloody Mary’s come with a meal with of their own garnishes and different meats. Expect decadence when starting off, and bring a camera because you’re going to want to share this with on your Instagram. The brunch menu varies from the dinner menu – Lots of familiar names, but jazzed up the way only BITE could. Patricio opted for the Southtown Benedict – a take on eggs benedict, but topped with bacon, sausage and chorizo. This isn’t your ordinary eggs benedict. The hollandaise is something you could eat with a spoon – egg also cooked to perfection – and the meats were spiced so carefully to compliment every bite. This is something you could eat every single day and probably be content for the rest of your life – Yeah, that good.
And if you’ve figured out my brunch patterns by now, you’ll know that I opted for the BITE Burger. While I expect most burgers to be good – this was in a category all in its own. Topped with avocado, herb aioli, fresh bibb lettuce, bacon and a perfect sunny-side up egg. This burger has easily made its way to the top of my list of best burgers not only in San Antonio – but ever. The egg-yolk coats the bun, and the burger itself is seasoned with various ingredients that make this one of those unforgettable bites. If we’ve convinced you of both of these – go with a friend so you can nosh on each of these treats.
While we thought we couldn't have anymore, we were lucky enough to try two of Chef Lisa’s gelatos and macaroons. She walked through the process of creating the perfection that was her pistachio gelato. Pistachio lover or not, this gelato was so delectable thanks to the special way BITE makes the gelato in house using authentic ingredients – a timely process, but one that is obviously done with careful hands and a true labor of love. It was the perfect way to end this brunch – and would be just as fitting after one of her dinner choices. Chef Astorga-Watel has a way of welcoming you into her restaurant like no other chef has done for us before – It truly felt like you were in her home as one of her guests. BITE is one-of-a-kind with a Chef that is a master of her craft. We’ll be back for many more brunches and dinners so we can try all of her creations.
Verdict? Make a reservation and head to Southtown as soon as you can. There’s no better way to spend brunch than downing candy-filled mimosas and eating these flavor-packed dishes. You’re almost sure to find Chef Lisa welcoming you into her restaurant with open arms and a menu of her unique dishes. You’ll be sure to leave full and with a need to head back immediately.