Tater Tot Chaat has become an un-ironic part of my vocabulary thanks to San Antonio’s own Hot Joy. For the past few years, Hot Joy is one of those restaurants that you’re bound to hear the cool girl at work casually mention she’s headed for dinner on a Friday … or a Tuesday if she’s truly a cool girl. What was once a coveted pop up, quickly rose to fame due to its pan-asian fusion mixed with tex-mex and southern influences – and soon became a mainstay in SA’s bumping South Town.
Place a reservation if you’re heading there during the weekend."
Let’s prep by saying – Place a reservation if you’re heading there during the weekend. This will save you a wait, so you can get right into sippin’ and snackin’. The drink menu is an eclectic mix of herb-infused cocktails bound to leave you feeling joy (see what I did there?). What’s better than a Moscow Mule? A Wasabi Pineapple Mule. That’s right – Wasabi + Pineapple. You might never go back to the original after this palette opening twist on this trendy cocktail. The wasabi isn’t overpowering enough to divert from the necessary sweetness of pineapple to balance. We give you permission to have a few – Just call an Uber.
Hot Joy is most famous for it’s Twice Fried Chicken Wings with crab fat caramel and peanuts. In fact, they’re so famous for these decadent appetizers that moist towelettes are included at every table right next to the sriracha so you can wipe your hands clean of the evidence after you inhale these babies. But the true gem on the small bites menu? Tater-Tot Chaat. If you love samosas with chutney like Patricio and I do – This is made for you. Crisp tater-tots are topped with tamarind ketchup, mint chutney, peanuts and cilantro. Go ahead – order two. We’re not here to judge.
Take half to-go – Best start to a Sunday."
For dinner treat yourself to the Migas Fried Rice and Smoked Brisket Dan Dan noodles. Is your mouth watering? Ours were reading over these unusual finds. The Smoked Brisket Dan Dan noodles were a Texas twist on this Asian classic. Fresh ingredients over noodles with a tangy broth are bound to make you crave this any day of the week. If you’re a traditional migas lover, the migas fried rice does not disappoint. In fact – this pairing is so good you might for-go the original all together. An abundance of cilantro and the tomatillo sauce are the star of the show. Word of advice? Take half to-go – Best start to a Sunday. In the highly unlikely event that nothing about this post sparked a hint of yearning in your taste buds, then go for the ambiance. The dim red lighting, and pop art graffiti on the walls transports you to a place far-far away from downtown San Antonio. Hot Joy is a definite customer favorite, and might be up there next to the Alamo next time a tourist asks ‘Tell me your favorite place in San Antonio?”
Visit hotjoysa.com to check out the full menu.