The opportunity to serve San Antonio smoked deli meat in a restaurant was just a dream for Andrew Samia and Shane Reed. They were on their food truck, Crazy Carl's, when chance became reality.
Denise Aguirre and Noel Cisneros who own The Point Park & Eats decided to feed the deli idea. The four became business partners. Reed and Samia got a call to come check out 1701 East Houston Street. It was an empty historic facility that used to house Murf's Better Burgers. They liked it.
"We love the building," said Reed. "We love the area."
Their business partners encouraged the new restaurant owners to name the business after its east San Antonio neighborhood Dignowity Hill. So, Dignowity Meats on Houston Street was born.
"We've actually had people come up to us and say how come you don't have this place at The Rim? Or the Peal [Brewery]?" Reed recalls. "How come the east side can't have great food too?"
Reed is from Kansas City, MO. Samia is from Boston. The childhood friends figured out a way to sandwich their hometown tastes for business.
"Our concept is East Coast deli meets Midwest smoked meats," said Reed.
The crowd favorite is the Burnt End Melt. It's KC style brisket dressed with mac and cheese, pears and cheddar cheese on a toasted ciabatta bun. You can also order a turkey caprese: Turkey breast, mozzarella, balsamic mayo, tomato and pesto. The menu even offers pan-smoked bologna that lays atop of purple cabbage with a special house sauce.
"I promise you bologna is where it's at," said Reed.
The macaroni and cheese is delicious. The cold pasta and arugula salad is good too. "We do a house pastrami which is awesome," said Reed.
Que Rico for the good Neighborhood Eats under $10! They two are busy putting in a bar for their patrons who want an adult beverage to accompany those Dignowity Meats. Their Crazy Carl's food truck, named after a classmate, is still posted up near UTSA.
That's this week's Neighborhood Eats. If you have a suggestion send Marvin a Tweet: @MarvinHurst or use the KENS 5 Facebook page.