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Southern-style restaurant moving into old El Machito space

February 14, 2019

A Dallas restaurant and bar specializing in Southern-style cuisine has chosen San Antonio as its first expansion outside of the Dallas area.

Ida Claire, which made its debut in August 2015, is taking over the former El Machito space in the Quarry Crossing on Jones Maltsberger Road, across the street from the Alamo Quarry Market. According to documents filed with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the the 6,300-square-foot facility is currently undergoing an estimated $1.8 million renovation, with an estimated completion date of October.

Benjamin Woodring, an Ida Claire managing partner, confirmed to the Express-News via email: “We are super excited to be coming to San Antonio.”

Ida Claire has a menu that covers all of the culinary bases from breakfast to late-night eats, cocktails, wine and beer.

Biscuits highlight the breakfast menu with sausage biscuits sliders and a pork belly biscuit. The Southern influences can be found in crawfish corn beignets, pimento cheese burgers, Nashville hot chicken and Parmesan grits. There are also multiple dishes that feature duck.

Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday. The Dallas location also regularly features live music.

El Machito, owned by chef Johnny Hernandez, closed in November 2017. Hernandez is in the process of developing a new space for the brand at Brooks (formerly Brooks City Base) on the South Side.

Ida Claire, 7300 Jones Maltsberger Road at Quarry Crossing. Online: ida-claire.com

Chuck Blount is a food writer and columnist covering all things grilled and smoked in the San Antonio area. Find his Chuck’s Food Shack columns on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com, or read his other coverage on our free site, mySA.com. | cblount@express-news.net | Twitter: @chuck_blount   | Instagram: @bbqdiver