Culinary Master and Childhood Friend-Bohanan's Prime Steaks and Seafood
The vibrant city of San Antonio is home to many refined, local restaurants. Ranging from seafood to steakhouses and everything in between, the options are endless. But there are only a handful that really stand out above the rest, ones that not only satisfy your palette but excite your tastebuds. A perfect example and personal favorite of Patti Nelson’s is Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood.
Mark Bohanan, the Owner and Executive Chef, renovated the second floor of an old downtown building and, in 2002, opened Bohanan’s doors a mere block from the city’s famous Riverwalk.
“Mark and I are childhood friends who grew up together,” Patti says. “Our first dinner reservation was in 2002 to support Mark. Now, we not only go to support our friend but also because there is no place like it in San Antonio!”
Driven by the love of mesquite smoke and beef on an open grill, Chef Mark’s disciplined and inventive kitchen is founded on culinary traditions, refined South Texas recipes and superb service.
“The staff always remembers your name,” Patti says. “The service is first-class, the food is exemplary and Mark truly cares about the entire experience for his patrons.”
From Japanese Akaushi steaks, mesquite-grilled center cuts of prime aged beef and seafood flown in fresh, there is a dish to satisfy every craving.
“My favorite is the Colossal Lump Crabmeat Cocktail,” says Patti. “I know it is only an appetizer but just thinking about it makes me want to make a reservation for tonight!”
A few other dishes she recommends are the 8 oz. Filet with Lump Crab and the Candied Jalapeños.
“One thing I love about dining at Bohanan’s is that every meal starts with a gift from Mark’s mom, Peggy,” Patti says. “Her famous candied jalapeños served with cresting are to die for.”
For dessert, she suggests the flaming Bananas Foster that is prepared table-side.
Though Patti and her family often wish that Bohanan’s was located more North Central for convenience and proximity, they always enjoy the trip downtown.
“There is a certain ambience of being in a historical building across from the Majestic Theater,” she says. “Even the bar setting is reminiscent of old world styling. Overall, the atmosphere is very comfortable with elegance intertwined. It’s the perfect spot for a nice dinner with friends and family.”
221 East Houston St. | 210-472-2202 | bohanans.com
Lunch | Dinner | Cocktails
PHOTO CREDIT: Jason Risner Photography