Albert Smith and his co-owners are not new to their location at 1035 S. Presa St.  In 2008, they opened Bubblehead there and subsequently sold it.  When Albert and his wife, Sara Smith, along with Urban Pradipasena and his wife, Kristine Vu, learned that the location was again available, they were eager to open a Thai restaurant.  

In the November 1944 edition of The Vegan News - which coined the term “vegan” itself - animal rights advocate Donald Watson wrote, “we agree that to eliminate all dairy produce creates personal difficulties which vary in magnitude from one individual to another.” Regardless of the personal difficulty you see in giving up meat or dairy products, we highly recommend the vegan fare at Señor Veggie on S. Presa St.

While we try to limit meat in our diet, your reviewers appreciate good Texas barbeque and the occasional cheeseburger. We also appreciate any type of good food, and Señor Veggie does their vegetables and braised wheat glutens proud. Señor Veggie is not just good for a vegan restaurant, but really has become a good, sanely-priced restaurant - something that we desperately need in the greater Southtown area when the fridge runs low on a Wednesday night.

Sitting at Liberty Bar for our official review visit recently (as the restaurant closest to our house, we’ve made...many visits), we tried to decide what kind of restaurant it is. American? The puntas norteñas contradicts that. New American? The pot roast sandwich disagrees. Well, it’s a bar, right? Part of it.

Our answer came from the omniscient Google on the iPhone: “Eclectic Restaurant.” Ah, bingo.

We return for our second edition of “Savoring Southtown” with a restaurant that we’d review every month, if we could. Since moving to San Antonio three years ago, Feast has been one of our favorite places. Nevertheless, we’ll do our best to remain unbiased. (Even your favorite haunt can slip up or loosen its standards.)

Keeping the strictest journalistic standards in mind, Feast is still the bee’s knees. We sat inside on a chilly evening, puzzling over pieces of the funky decor. Feast is certainly loud inside, but that’s just a good reason to scoot in closer to your dining partner.

Welcome to our first restaurant review for the newsletter (or for any public forum)! Your correspondents are young foodies, but pretty much will eat anything and find as much joy in taco trucks as we do in upscale sushi restaurants. Recently we paid our first visit to Starfish, the creation of Diego Fernandez, and one of the newest places in the hood.

Starfish welcomes patrons with an inviting vibe and decor. Impressive jellyfish chandeliers cast a warm light, and the space hits all the right notes of the contemporary, upscale, but jeans-are-totally-cool restaurant. Staff welcomed us immediately and sat us at one of the few open tables. We were pleased to see such a boisterous crowd on a late Thursday evening. The restaurant can be loud, though the amount of wine flowing at neighboring tables plays a factor in total volume.

The waitstaff at Starfish are very good. Don’t swing by here if you’re looking for a quick bite, or if you’re leaving the house at 7:00 and must make an 8:00 curtain at the Majestic. We worked through our cocktails and a tray of bread before our vegetable escabeche appetizer arrived. The kitchen is currently promoting a “fall menu,” and we were glad to see generally in-season vegetables on the opening dish. Red, white and yellow sauces (that were not ketchup, mustard and mayo) complemented brussel sprouts, radishes, carrots and cauliflower.