Welcome to EAT THIS CITY, your weekly tour of the best restaurants in one of our favorite cities, as chosen by top chefs.
This week we’re heading to the Alamo City itself, San Antonio, with Executive Chef John Russ of Lüke as our guide. Chef Russ is famous for his smart sourcing — he spent his formative years working on farms in Alabama, New Hampshire, New York and Maryland and understands the importance of developing relationships with the people responsible for bringing food to the table. So what sort of food comes to Chef Russ’ table? With a San Antonian heart and New Orleanian soul, Lüke serves up delicious Texan twists on creole classics.
Says Chef Russ:
The ways in which Lüke fits in [to San Antonio’s culinary culture] are so completely unique. Growing up in New Orleans, where Lüke hails from, we are given this sense that food is meant to use all of your senses. In San Antonio, the crunchiness of the puffy tacos resembles our fresh french bread po-boys. The Creole favorite Grillades is so similar to the local Guisada, that it makes sense that these two cities share the same mouth. The scents of a crawfish boil are so distinct that when you happen upon it in San Antonio, it is surprising that these cities are so far apart, yet so similar.
Mouth watering yet?
Now that we’ve whet your appetite, let’s check out Chef Russ’ 15 can’t miss food experiences and restaurants in San Antonio!