Drop in at the Culinary Institute of America’s student-staffed restaurant for one of the most interesting meals in the city. A showcase stop for visiting chefs from Mexico and Central and South America, NAO has a menu stocked with unusual ingredients and preparations. Our Amazonian dinner featured exquisitely styled plates of xuxu (chayote) with Brazil nuts and hearts of palm. Then we feasted on a New York strip with a tangy, heat-seeking green sauce and fried manioc, feeling all along as though the rain forest might be just outside. The open kitchen and contemporary dining room suggest a modern Mayan temple, and if reservations aren’t available, ask about the chef’s table, a long bar with a ringside view. (2/15)

City: San Antonio


Drinks: Bar

Price: $$$


Address: 312 Pearl Pkwy., San Antonio, TX, 78215

Hours: D Tue–Sat.

Phone: 210-554-6484


Last updated: April 9, 2013