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Located on the Riverwalk next to Dick’s Last Resort restaurant, Gourdough’s Public House is a gourmet donut restaurant that will satisfy your tastebuds for everything that is a donut. From donut sandwiches and burgers, to coffee cocktails and southern style food, Gourdough’s offers it all.

Even with a chilly, overcast day, there were many people attending the grand opening of the popular Austin-based restaurant on March 2. The original grand opening was set on Feb. 23, but due to construction delays, Gourdough’s pushed back the event to the following weekend.

Standing with a sign stating “Who wants the D(onuts),” waiters and waitress eagerly advertised free donuts to individuals walking on the Riverwalk and passing by the restaurant.

The grand event featured a drumline performance from Antonian College Preparatory Highline, live music from Magic 105.3, giveaways and free donuts, with the purchase of entree or appetizer.

Manny Gutierrez, general manager of Gourdough’s Public House, stated the reason why Gourdough’s opened a location in San Antonio is due to high amount of visitors the city receives.

“Seeing as in Austin, we have a lot of tourists that come in and visit us, it made sense for us to come to San Antonio [as being one of the most] highest visited city in Texas,” Gutierrez said.

The three story restaurant includes a fully stocked bar, a balcony on the second floor and a large moustached donut statue holding a beer who patrons can take a picture with. The interior was decorated in a rustic style, with a large chandelier hanging in the center; the restaurant was painted in gold, black and white. If requested and available, customers have the option to sit outside near the river.

 

Gordough’s sign greets hungry guests

Gordough’s sign greets
hungry guests. Alejandro (AJ) Lopez/The Paisano

The menu offers a variety of options that caters to everyone’s needs: appetizers and salads with funky names, donut sandwiches that include tons of meat, decadent donut burgers, southern style entrees, brunch selections, coffee and regular, cocktails and most importantly, donut desserts that range from chocolate to CBD infused selections — one could add a scoop Blue Bell ice cream to any dessert for $3 more.

One appetizer that is popular among customers and highly recommended by my waiter was the Big Cheez serving at $8.99. The fresh mozzarella wrapped in donut dough then deep fried and served with garlic butter and cilantro buttermilk dressing had my tastes buds on a trip. The cheese melted in my mouth, while the garlic butter and cilantro buttermilk dressing gave a burst of flavor.

One item in particular that has been featured prominently on several news stations and all over social media is the Bidi Bidi Bon Bon donut. Inspired by the late Tejano superstar, Selena Quintanilla-Perez, the treat is purple and sparkly made with cinnamon butter cream cheese icing, white chocolate covered bon bons and a white chocolate sauce drizzle. The sweet donut was simply exquisite and is a perfect tribute to the Cumbia Queen. The Bidi Bidi Bon Bon can be purchased for $7.99

Gourdough’s Public House is located on the Riverwalk at 215 Losoya St. and is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., on Friday’s from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., on Saturday’s from 10 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. and on Sunday’s from 10:00 a.m. to 12 a.m.

To see the full menu visit their website https://gourdoughs.com and check out their social media: Instagram @gourdoughspublichouse, Twitter @gourdough and Facebook Gourdough’s (@gourdoughs).

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