Both of us know parts of San Antonio really well – and a few years ago, the area around the University of Texas San Antonio was somewhere we frequented as we wrapped up school. So when researching restaurants to try for Culinaria San Antonio Restaurant Week, we were surprised to find San Antonio’s newest hang was right down the street of our alma mater. San Antonio Restaurant Weeks is a great opportunity to explore the culinary scene for a great deal and an even better cause. With a lunch at Dough under our belts, we set our sights on an amazing dinner and chose the well for it’s delightful menu and the fact that they were so new to the scene.
A few things – The Well is super easy to get to, and has ample parking. While you can valet, there’s really no need if you’re snagging a quick nosh. The outside is grand, with a marquee-like sign – and the grounds are filled with turf grass, brightly colored umbrellas, chartreuse patio chairs and tons of room to play – for kids, adults and your furry-friends (that’s right, they have a dog park). Seriously – what a dream of a hangout? The inside wasn’t any less fun – Great use of space, large bar with tons of TVs where the Olympics were playing and patrons were cheering.
We haven’t even started on the food. One of the main draws to The Well was their extensive tasting menu for #SARW. With the choice between three appetizers, three entrees and two desserts – How could we go wrong? For our starters we went with the Texas Torpedoes and the Bexar Salad (And for all of you non-San Antonians, it’s pronounced Bear … threw me off too when I moved here). The Texas Torpedoes are The Wells version of jalapeño poppers. They’re lightly fried jalapeños stuffed with chorizo and cheese with a delectable dipping sauce. Is your mouth watering? So am I writing this thinking about how amazing they were. On the opposite of all fried, ooey and gooey was Patricio’s Bexar Salad. Utilizing black beans, corn, cheese curds and pepitas – this was a light salad that could have easily been an entrée if you weren’t feeling super hungry.
For our drinks we went with their Hornitos Paleta Margarita and a refreshing strawberry, jalapeño vodka spritzer. Both of these had a kick and reminded us of our days at college parties just down the street. Sugary, sweet and if we decided to have two, we might have needed to call an Uber. But with only one, and a skillet of starter jalapeño cornbread, we had nothing to worry about.
The entrees were just as rich and delicious as everything prior. We chose the Cast Iron Chicken Fried Steak and 3 Chili Rubbed Brisket. Seriously – down home comfort food at it’s finest. The Cast Iron Chicken Fried steak comes with jalapeño gravy and was fried to perfection in an insane batter. But even better was Patricio’s brisket and house-made sausage. This came plated like your favorite BBQ – Tray filled with pickles, onions and a milk jug of tangy, smoky barbeque sauce. The great thing about the pre-fixed menu is how many courses you get – But when desserts came to the table, we were already at the brink. Until we saw the plate of donuts and Bread Pudding. Calling these dishes with those previous names doesn’t do them justice – The donuts are stuffed with a filling, fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar. One would be enough, but you get three of these puppies. And the bread pudding? Try a squishy, warm, gooey delight topped with a strawberry-puree.
If you couldn’t tell – the food at The Well is stellar. While still fairly new, the staff is getting the hang of things. They were super accommodating and quickly settled into our routine of taking pictures before every course, but after a few months of getting the swing of things The Well should be on everyone’s ‘Must Go’ list. From the atmosphere, drinks and food – The Well is a fantastic place to head down with a friend (or ten) and grab a fantastic meal and a cocktail. As the weather starts to cool, their outdoor area is sure to be packed every evening. You’ll leave ‘well’ fed after your time here – and word of advice? Find your stretchy pants – your stomach will thank you after noshing here.