It’s no secret, we LOVE good food, and there’s s much in this city to enjoy. Join us each week as we highlight a local eatery in search of the best food spots in San Antonio.
Today, for our first entry, we decided to visit The Bread Box on West Bitters Road. The staff at The Bread Box are clearly in sync and on a mission, “Our vision for our restaurant is to provide New American Cuisine that is approachable, delicious and has a great value. At the heart of our menu is bread.”
About The Bread Box
Tina and Lucas aren’t your typical slices of bread from the everyday loaf. They don’t come from a long line of bakers and they didn’t have a need to bake from a young age. What they did have, was a want to give their kids something better than what the bread aisles of any store could provide; fresh bread with local ingredients and real value.
Tina went to work making bread for her kids’ lunches out of her home kitchen, which sparked an interest in Lucas as a chef. From there, Lucas found he has a knack for bread making and started producing them for the restaurant he was currently working for. From there, other kitchens employed Lucas for his bread making skills via word of mouth, making this duo stand apart from most bakeries. They never went restaurant to restaurant looking for clients, their clients always came to them through recommendation.
Lucas has been doing commercial baking since 2011, supplying the commercial bakery needs of some of San Antonio’s finest food trucks to fine dining and everything in between. In December of 2015 he and Tina opened the doors to their own slice of San Antonio cuisine, The Bread Box.
Today I joined one of our REALTORS® for lunch to experience what BP’s Pearce Walker claims to be one of the best burgers in San Antonio. Located in The Shops at Artisan’s Alley, you could easily spend an extra hour and a couple hundred dollars shopping the various boutiques that surround the eatery. The quirky entrance through a side door only adds to the ambiance of items such as egg carton ceiling treatments. Staff was attentive and friendly, seating us quickly in the location of our choice, inside or out. The cafe menu, which sports breakfast and lunch options opening at 8am most days, offers many choices including soups, salads, sandwiches, gourmet desserts and of course tons of baked goods.
Lunch consisted of The Bread Box Burger, a 1/2lb short rib and brisket combination topped with fontina cheese, bacon jam, and fresh lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun, served with house chips. I also went for the Mexican bottled Coke which Puro San Antonians no is near impossible to resist. Philip, who joined me, enjoyed a special they had for Ash Wednesday, a Tuna Nicoise Salad sandwich, also with house made chips. The burger was very flavorful and juicy, but that bacon jam though! If I had to find something to quarrel with, it was the patty being so big it barely fit the bun (not an actual complaint). Philip enjoyed the Tuna as well, pointing out the flavors marry well together and the capers set the whole thing off. It’s made with olive oil packed Spanish tuna tossed in a lemon basil vinaigrette with capers, Kalamata olives, tomato, pastured eggs, haricot verts, roasted potatoes and 9-1 Farms arugula. While we were too full from lunch to try dessert, I suggest you budget room to try the lemon bars, fresh PIE OF THE DAY or variety of other pastries, also available to go. Knead-less to say, we’ll be back!
Visit The Bread Box at www.thebreadboxsa.com or at 555 W Bitters Road, 78216. They’re open Monday 8-3, Tuesday-Saturday 8-5 and Sunday from 10-3. Rumor has it they now offer a fabulous brunch as well. Keep up with our weekly foodie finds and other San Antonio favorites on the BP blog!