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Flavor File: Veggie options, new Hawaiian barbecue joint and Rev Room turns again

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There are more vegetarian options coming our way via the Green Vegetarian Cuisine team. Earth Burger Veggie Burger Stand will open at 722 NW Loop 410 inside the Park North shopping center in June. The fast-food vegetarian eatery will feature healthy options at comparable price points to its meaty competitors.

…But if carnivorous eats are what you’re after, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue is finally heading to the mainland. The Hawaii-based franchise will open its first San Antonio location at 1302 Austin Highway in April. The eatery is known for its American-Asian fusion items including Hawaiian barbecue, chicken katsu, kalua pork, spam musubi rolls and the ever-popular Loco Moco, a less-than-picturesque concoction of beef patties over rice, covered with brown gravy and topped with two eggs. I’m hoping they include the Saimin Burger, L&L’s version of the ramen burger, which they launched in January at select locations.

And because the world is a cruel place, the Waffle Taco will debut in area Taco Bells on March 27, along with the AM Crunch Wrap and the AM Grilled Taco. I’m 89 percent positive the taco and its buddies won’t stick considering Wendy’s failed breakfast experiment—and our love for mom-n-pop breakfast tacos—but I have been proven wrong before.

Leon who? Fans of the former Revolution Room can expect a return to form from Flynn’s (8123 Broadway, (210) 901-8883). The new owner hopes to retool the front room and add live music, while the back room turns into the “End of the Line Club” for bar-goers looking to get their grind on. Expect Flynn’s to open in the next month or so.

The minds behind Bite Street Bistro food truck and Red-A Bite Street Bistro Deli (8626 Tesoro, (210) 334-01125) are adding to their lineup with a new food truck. Yao held its soft opening at The Block (14530 Roadrunner Way) this past weekend with a tasty launch menu of spicy crab sushi rolls, pork dumplings, kimchi fries and a lime sherbet.

Can’t get enough Asian food? Then you can get a seat for “My Parents’ Chinese,” a collaboration dinner between Jason Dady and Andrew Wiseheart of Austin’s Contigo on March 18 at Umai Mi (555 W Bitters, (210) 496-0555). The dinner will include six courses with fun takes on Chinese classics including crab rangoons, kung pao shrimp and orange chicken. Tickets ($55) are limited to 40 attendees.

SA Redditors opened a can of worms last week when they built a thread hoping to find the “worst restaurant in San Antonio.” We shared some of the more heavily flamed restaurants on, to the chagrin of some, but we’ve got to point out that a lot of our readers agreed with the list. But not all Redditors are meanies—user OldDickLemon started a “Best Restaurants in SA” thread and we’ll be sharing that list soon.

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