St. Mary’s Strip (historically a hip late-night destination) is inching toward a revival, and Chisme, with its big signs, concrete icehouse feel, and cool vibe, falls right into place. Snazzy cocktails and Mexican bar food reign, with starters like big, fresh bowls of guac, tangy jicama, and nachos (really good beans). Platos grandes offer dishes like barbacoa de cachete (good flavor but a bit dry) and a large hominy tamal topped with cilantro shrimp in a pool of tomatillo salsa. The same team that commands Barbaro and Hot Joy brings a similar imagination to this menu.
City: San Antonio