Lüke opening soon in San Antonio
Crave Communications (www.craveusa.com) invited me to a sneak preview of the soon-to-open John Besh restaurant, Lüke, in San Antonio. Although modeled after his world-famous restaurant in New Orleans, the San Antonio Riverwalk location, which shares space with the new Embassy Suites hotel is going to be 3 times the size with 3 levels and an amazing view. The restaurant concept includes approachable German and French dishes with always-changing daily special (including lunch and dinner express menu).
At the tasting I was delighted by the Fried Texas Quail drizzled with blue sage honey and ranch dressing. The Jumbo Shrimp on top of creamy, organic White Corn Grits was delicious. The sampling of 4 different brats, which for my husband—a lover of all meats, especially those housed in a casing— was a heavenly experience.
My favorite part, besides the company of the great chefs, Stefan and Esteban, was the warm, gooey Bread Pudding. I could quite literally, fill a pool with this stuff and eat my way out. Esteban told me that a woman had actually proposed to him after trying his bread pudding.
Lüke will only offer beer from Texas, Louisiana, Belgium and Germany, and wine from Texas, France and Germany. I kind of admire them for being particular about the character and region of their aperitifs.
The sampling of Albita, beers made by Trappist Monks, and of course, Shiner will be tasty on tap at the 40-foot bar
The tour (equipped with ill-fitting hard hat) of the unfinished space was interesting, the food was amazing, but most impressive was the kindness, generosity and personality of the chefs, manager and staff. After spending just 2 hours eating and talking with the chefs—about food, the mutual love of our Yorkies, and the energy of downtown living—I felt like I had acquired some new best friends. Not only because they fed my soul with food or because I received giant hugs from everyone when I left, but because they are genuine people with a passion for good food.
You can expect exceptional food in a come-as-you-are atmosphere. A meal at Lüke will be perfect for a special occasion, before a show at the Majestic Theater, or for the weary tourist needing provisions.