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Flavor File: Attaboy to own Tucker’s, Hot Joy cameo, NAO’s new late-night menu

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Chris Cullum, burger boy and, now, bar owner


There’s a certain buzz in the air turning an otherwise sleepy December into a food- and hooch-filled affair.

Let’s start off with a change of pace for Tucker’s Kozy Corner (1338 E Houston, (210) 320-2192), which will be owned by Chris Cullum, of Cullum’s Attaboy, as of January 1, 2014. Cullum expects to make tweaks to the drink lineup as he hopes to create a vision of “classic 1940s cocktails … with a Southern twist.” Fans of his sinful burgers can also expect new menu items such as fried chicken sliders, more soul food and the occasional guest chef pop-up kitchen. Stop by on New Year’s Day starting at 1 p.m. for bottomless mimosas (aka the best kind), a bloody Mary bar and menu of black-eyed peas and cornbread.

Over in Pearl-ville, NAO (312 Pearl Pkwy, (210) 554-6484) launched a Late Nite Jeff Wiley Experience in mid-December. We profiled Wiley just a couple weeks ago as a rising chef to watch. The late night menu features Wiley-fied bar snacks including a torta loca, chile guero, a calamari and duck croquette and an item called Trucker Fries (fries topped with Manchego mornay, salsa verde and guisado) that sounds like something I want to eat every day. The menu is available 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

January is also looking quite busy with a farm-to-table Chef Cooperative dinner on January 9, benefiting Seguin’s “My Father’s Farm.” The group is made up of area chefs including NuStar Energy’s Stephen Paprocki, Oro’s Chris Cook and Fig Tree’s Laurent Rea among others. The dinner will be held at Boiler House and tickets ($95) are available via chefcooperatives.com.

Working on a plan of attack for how to survive the San Antonio Cocktail Conference? Might as well start with a warm-up at Two Bros. BBQ Market (12656 West Ave, (210) 496-0222), where chef Jason Dady will host a BBQ & Bourbon kickoff on January 15. The $60 all-inclusive event will feature ‘cue stations, sides and bourbon pecan banana puddin’ paired with Buffalo Trace, W.L. Weller and W.L. Weller 12 year bourbons. I’m already drooling.

Anyone jonesin’ for twice-fried crab fat caramel chicken wings? Word on the street is The Monterey (1127 S St Mary’s, (210) 745-2581) will host a Hot Joy service on Sunday, December 29 and Monday, December 30. Get at them for details.

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