SAN ANTONIO -- Don't hate Ceasar Zepeda because he's a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. We all have a right to make mistakes in life. On the better side of his existence, you may want to visit his brand new restaurant: Sangria on the Burg.
"It's flavors that take me back to a memory," he said.
The 36-year-old might describe his place as a marriage of memories that took its vow on Sept. 16. Their relationship was 20 years in the making.
Everything from cooking with his grandfather and mother to bartending in college went into opening Sangria on the Burg.
"This is kind of the result of a longtime working in the industry and trying to find a concept that I think would work," Zepeda said.
The restaurant's name comes from the drink Sangria. Zepeda, apparently, had a flair for whipping a batch up.
These days he's pouring his heart in six kinds of Sangrias: Jameson grapefruit, white, red, Big Red and grapefruit.
"There is definitely a pairing," he said.
Zepeda's drinks couple well with upgraded bar food. This is not a beer and wings place. The Medical Center eatery has put more thought into its cuisine.
The menu us simple. Playful art on the wall nearly lists the categories of eats at 5115 Fredericksburg Rd. Sliders, soups, salad, tacos, and dessert---that's it.
What else do you need for happy hour or a quick filling lunch?
Neighborhood Eats sampled several dishes from the menu starting with the sliders.
Miss Piggy, the pulled pork slider, comes with apple-cabbage slaw and a honey-lime vinaigrette. And, it's good! The Surf-n-Turf slider is great too. It's ground chuck and brisket with fried shrimp.
Couldn't leave without trying the triple mac & cheese topped with chili cheese chips. It's delish! The same can be said for the house salad with its strawberries, cheddar, pepitas and agave-lime vinaigrette over field greens.
Zepeda said he took his father's south Texas chili recipe to the next level and paired it with a tasty slice of poblano-cheddar cornbread. Que Rico! The fideo changes daily at the restaurant.
Neighborhood Eats had the steak and mushroom version. We went back for seconds.
Sangria on the Burg also allowed us to sample their fish and pork belly tacos. Both are good. The pork belly deserves a return trip.
By the way, the menu prices are under $15.
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