SAPD Issues Thousands of Tickets for Homelessness

SAPD Issues Thousands of Tickets for Homelessness

News: Data and records obtained by the Current show that between January 1, 2013, and early October of this year the San Antonio... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta and Elaine Wolff 10/22/2014
Alamo Ice House Brings Hill Country to Downtown

Alamo Ice House Brings Hill Country to Downtown

Food & Drink: There was a special kind of draw at Alamo Ice House on a recent Tuesday evening. A handful of weeks after opening its... By Jessica Elizarraras 10/22/2014

Best Local Artist

Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
Failure Is Not an Option: George Lopez returns to SA

Failure Is Not an Option: George Lopez returns to SA

Arts & Culture: It is evident comedian George Lopez is still a little sensitive about the on-again, off-again relationship he’s had with television. Whatever the... By Kiko Martínez 10/22/2014
6 Sinfully Good Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in SA

6 Sinfully Good Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in SA

Food & Drink: Cheesy Jane’s. Multiple locations, If the name is any indicator, this San Antonio staple doesn’t mess around when it comes to... By Tommie Ethington 10/22/2014

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Chisme y Chicle

Boehler's Bar & Grille stays interesting with familiar fare

Photo: Scott Andrews, License: N/A

Scott Andrews

Hangar steak with fries from Boehler's Bar and Grille.

On chill winter days the search for warming comfort food may lead to yet another taqueria or uninspiring fare at one of many city diners promising home cooking. Boehler's Bar & Grille, located in the old haunt of the Liberty Bar on East Josephine, offers a respite from the usual options with hearty American classics that have received just enough initiative from the kitchen to transcend the ordinary.

It's worth stopping in just to see this roadside attraction. The historical building was constructed in 1890 by Fritz Boehler, a German immigrant and former brew master at the nearby Pearl Brewery, and has remained in the family ever since. The building's severely slanted floors and tilted frame are a memento of the Great Flood of 1921. Originally called the Liberty Schooner Saloon, the name transitioned to Boehler's & Sons and Boehler's Beer Garden, while the food and drink emporium was managed by successive members and friends of the family. During Prohibition, it survived serving food and "near beer" as Boehler's Garden. The current establishment was opened last May by the great-granddaughter and great-great-granddaughter of Fritz Boehler. The Americana lunch menu lists chicken fried chicken, Ceasar and crab cake salads, and a variety of hot and cold sandwiches. Listening in as other diners placed their orders, I heard "grilled cheese," and "hangar 'n' dip" repeatedly requested. I took the hint.

Dubbed the "Fantastic Grilled Cheese Sandwich," this probably isn't what your mother served you on stay-home-from-school days. Large portions of cheddar, Gouda, mozzarella, and provolone cheeses are melted onto thick, soft slices of sour dough bread; their faces grilled golden brown and crunchy. In between are hot slices of tomato. The optional prosciutto suggested by the waiter was a good idea, bringing contrasting texture to the swirl of cheeses. Avocado is also available. Come hungry; even sliced in half it's a two-handed sandwich. Shoestring sweet potato fries can be had for an extra buck, but the hand-cut regular fries are far better; not hard but crisp on the outside, steaming soft on the inside. The cup of tomato soup is extremely rich. My server assured me it was blended with heavy cream and a touch of basil.

The hangar and dip sandwich adds mushrooms, properly caramelized onions, provolone, and smoked mozzarella to a pile of succulent hangar steak. A bowl of beef juice for dipping comes on the plate. At $11.95, it's not cheap, but no complaints. It's even bigger than the cheese sandwich. Next time I'll share it with a friend.

The dinner menu is available from 4 p.m. on. You can begin with ceviche, skewered shrimp, spinach dip, or a fancy version of mac and cheese. I passed on these, the green chile and chorizo meatloaf, and the fish and steak dishes to try the pecan-crusted schnitzel. The predictably large fried pork (not veal) cutlet came swathed in a breading of crushed pecans. Almost spilling from the plate, it sat in a pool of white sauce and was topped with a generous patch of red cabbage and tossed capers. Schnitzel is sometimes a bit sweet, and I've had my share accompanied by too-tart soft cabbage. The firm red cabbage worked well with the pork; the pecans only added a hint of sweetness and a dry bite to the soft white sauce.

We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus