Historic Hotel’s Farm-to-Table Restaurant Caters to Downtown Locals and Theater Goers Alike
**Full Disclosure: I received dinner for two in exchange for my review. All opinions are mine.
Something magical has happened to the restaurant at the Sheraton Gunter, one of San Antonio’s Historic downtown hotels. Under the guidance of Executive Chef Rudy Martinez, the Market on Houston is now a hot spot where downtown locals enjoy dining.
This luxury hotel located on the trendy Houston street directly across the street from one of San Antonio’s most popular entertainment venues, (the Majestic Theater), houses Market On Houston (MOH) which offers farm-to-table American Cuisine made with local and seasonal ingredients. Many of the fresh herbs used in Chef Rudy’s creations are actually grown in pots outside the hotel. Other ingredients come from local farms and purveyors like Vital Farms in Austin, Pioneer Mills Flour in San Antonio, and Kitchen Pride in Gonzales. And their beef is Black Angus beef from 44 Farms in Cameron. In fact, MOH is a partner in the GO TEXAN program that supports Texas-grown produce.
One thing I immediately noted when walking into MOH is the large variety of wines & beers showcased in the restaurant. Market on Houston has one of the largest selections of wines available in Downtown San Antonio with over 300 wines. Not only can you enjoy some really wonderful, fresh cuisine, but add to that more than 25 craft and microbrews beers, and 50 wines by the glass or bottle and now you have a spectacular dining experience. Downtown locals and theater goers now have gourmet cuisine at their fingertips and at very reasonable prices.
Market On Houston has several Wine Stations allowing guests to try more expensive wines without having to buy the bottle. Wine Station dispenses wines by the glass while keeping wines fresh and at their optimum temperatures. Try several premium wines while dining. If you like one, buy a bottle to take home and enjoy later.
For tonight’s meal, Chef Rudy, along with his Executive Sous Chef Jennifer Cooley, started us off with an Artisanal Charcuterie board with seasonal fruits. The selection was very well presented and equally delicious. However it was the cheese selection which won best in taste. There was a creamy French Kirsch cheese which was sweet, spreadable and complemented the fruit as easily as it did the meats. The Porter Guinness Cheddar was both visually dramatic, with it’s dark-veined mosaic pattern, and very flavorful. Then there was the clean, mild, slightly sweet Fig & Honey cheese from the Yorkshire Dales which is perfect for a cheese plate but equally good as a dessert cheese. Chef Rudy said his cheese selections change almost daily depending on what he finds intriguing.
We let Chef pick our entree for the evening by asking him to bring us his favorite dishes. The mouth watering buttermilk-brined Fried Chicken was a must, according to him, as this is his most requested items on the dinner menu, hands down. Yes, what’s not to love about this crispy, tender, moist fried chicken with bacon gravy? Served with a side of steamed greens and sitting atop the roasted corn and poblano mashers and steamed herb enhanced asparagus, it is a hearty meal for anyone.
Chef also brought us his Market On Houston cut, aged Black Angus Rib-eye. The cut of this rib-eye was made to allow you to get the best part of the steak without any waste. Perfectly grilled medium-rare, every bite was tender and juicy just like you expect in a great steak. Served atop Yukon gold potato mashers seasoned with fresh garden herbs and sauteed garlic spinach, this was another wonderful selection. Thank you Chef Rudy!
I enjoyed a glass of Marques Casa Concha 2011, a Chilean Merlot which paired nicely with the steak.
After we had cleaned our plates, Chef said he hoped we were still hungry because he had a dessert he wanted us to try. He then brought out a wonderful trio of Creme Brulee. He must have known Creme Brulee is one on my favorite desserts! This trio included a Dark Chocolate Creme Brulee, White Chocolate Creme Brulee and (my favorite) a Mexican Chocolate Creme Brulee. Any of the three would have been a nice ending to a good meal, but all three together made the perfect ending to a great meal.
If you are attending a production at the Majestic Theater, I would recommend making reservations for either an early dinner before the show or late dinner after the show at MOH. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the new changes. Or you might want to consider an after theater coffee and dessert to finish off your evening.
Locals now have a place to go downtown where they can eat farm-to-table fresh foods for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Stop in for fresh pastry and coffee or a seasonal fruit smoothie before going to work. Drop in for fresh from the oven pizza, salad made from vegetables brought in daily from the local farmers, or market fresh burgers and sandwiches served with house-made kettle chips. And if you live downtown, don’t cook supper tonight. Instead dine at Market On Houston for a wonderful night out! Chef Rudy said he can always order fresh produce for locals living downtown if you let him know what you need. What a great deal! You can also shop from the over 300 wines along with unique gourmet cheeses, mustard, oils, vinegar and other culinary delights. Go by and stock up for your next party.
The Sheraton Gunter is a pet friendly hotel and when you browse Market On Houston you will notice The Barkery, a travel, fashion accessory and bakery shop for your dog (and you). Chef Rudy offers dogs house-made biscuits made with the freshest ingredients. The puppy approved menu includes Plain, Bacon, Chicken and Beef all made using whole wheat flour, peanut butter, oats and bananas. As a partner of the San Antonio Humane Society, 20% of all Barkery sales go to our furry friends at SAHS.
Sheraton Gunter Hotel
205 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205
6:30 to 11:00am
11:00am to 2:30pm
5:00 to 10:00pm