Southern comfort food and zingy Mediterranean flavors united by a soupçon of imagination and a bit of smoke—somehow it all works. We love the menu, from the eclectic crisp lentil salad to the comforting cast-iron skillet cornbread. The cozy, neighborly dining room (and walled patio) embodies “the way we eat now.” Ditto the personable service, with chef-owner Mark Weaver watching over the casual dining room. Don’t-miss standbys anchor the menu: smoke-roasted chicken, polenta-crusted pimento cheese with bacon jam, and those crispy lentils with sunflower seeds and avocado. Happily, unpredictable seasonal offerings keep things fresh. Desserts skew traditional: peanut butter pound cake, for instance, and caramel roasted apples.
City: San Antonio
Cuisine: New American