San Antonio chef to open paleta shop, burger joint with Mexican twist


SAN ANTONIO – Renowned chef Johnny Hernandez is adding to his local restaurant empire.

On Dec. 4, Hernandez will open the Burgerteca burger joint at Blue Star. The restaurant will serve the American classic with a Mexican twist.

Burgers will incorporate ingredients such as chiles, spices, moles, queso and flavors like al pastor, pibil and chilaquiles.

Hernandez, the man behind La Gloria, El Machito, True Flavors, The Frutería and Casa Hernán said the menu was influenced by his travels through Mexico -- specifically "flavors native to Oaxaca, Puebla, Veracruz and Yucatan." 

The gourmet burger joint will serve burgers like the "Oaxaqueña’," described as an Angus beef patty dressed with mole negro, black bean spread, pickled onions, avocado and queso fresco.

Burgerteca will also serve a host of local craft beers and spirits.

The restaurant will have a stand-alone paleta shop that will serve up unique menu items like "ice cream nachos." The one-of-a-kind ice cream nacho dish is described as buñuelos piled high with ice cream, fruit syrups and Oaxacan chocolate fudge.

The stand-alone shop will also offer paletas, raspas and nieves. All shaved ice products will be drizzled with made-from-scratch syrups. 

“We’re thrilled to introduce Burgerteca’s unique Mexican burger and ice cream concept to San Antonio and offer new ingredients gathered from these great culinary regions across Mexico; it’s a concept five years in the making,” Hernandez, owner of Burgerteca said.

Burgerteca is located at 403 Blue Star, directly on the Riverwalk Mission Reach.

The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.