Well San Antonio has a new world-class restaurant and it's name is Restaurant Gwendolyn. This small, intimate dining space offers cleverly thought-out, 3 and 5-course tasting menus that represent the finest of local produce prepared with innovative and inspiring flair. The menus are $55 and $75 per person respectively and $25 for an accompanying wine-pairing.
This is a restaurant that takes its production very seriously, cooking without fryers, mixers or any modern devices, and rather than being a gimmick translates into a type of cuisine I simply haven't tried before. They make their own breads, cheeses and pates and as a result every bite is competing for your attention and becomes a conversation piece at the table.
We visited for our wedding anniversary and it's one of the most memorable meals we've ever had - right up there with Thomas Keller's Per Se and Gary Danko's in San Francisco. Every single dish is conceived and plated flawlessly to the point where even our final cup of coffee was prepared meticulously in a tabletop vac pot to offer a completely different flavor on a traditional cup of coffee. Service was exemplary throughout, and it's one of those very, very rare dining experiences where every single part added up to an unforgettable evening.