New Alamo Heights eatery opens in former home of Cafe Dijon
Since 2006, Cafe Matinee has met the breakfast and lunch needs of office workers at locations around San Antonio, from the old Texas Theater downtown on Houston Street to near the Medical Center to near MacArthur Park, where they are today.
Now they’ve added dinner to the mix with a new location at the former home of Dijon Cafe in Lincoln Heights.
The lunch menu of sandwiches, wraps and salads will look familiar to longtime customers, but dinner changes the script. Owners Trey and Debbi Brooks have brought together 16 years of daily specials for a menu of Italian and American standards, including lasagna, chicken-fried steak, meatloaf and a Philly Cheesesteak.
But here’s the plot twist: Debbi Brooks has drawn on her Lebanese heritage to add a cast of Mediterranean players: stuffed grape leaves, skewered pork souvlaki, lamb and beef kibbeh and a customer favorite called laham meshwi, a combo of lamb skewers, rice pilaf, pita and a Greek salad.
The newest Cafe Matinee location is at 555 E. Basse Road, Suite 113, 210-600-3001, matineecafe.net. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with lunch served until 4 p.m.
There’s no bar service for now, but BYOB is allowed, with no corkage fee, Debbi Brooks said.
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