32750 Pennsylvania Ave., San Antonio, FL 33576
Features: Live music
Cost range: 10.01-20.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
More in this neighborhood: East Pasco
Curtis and Rebecca Beebe of Pearl in the Grove in Dade City debuted Local in the summer of 2014. Residents of San Antonio sniffed around for months as the Beebe team set about transforming the century-old former general store. It's a cavernous space with enough residual rough-hewn folksy charm to be immensely inviting. It's too early to say, but my guess is that it will function as a "local" and "public house" in the truest sense for the tiny town of San Antonio — a casual gathering place rendered magnetic on the strength of its good cheer and stupendous Florida-only beer list. From granddaddy Cigar City to newbie Pair O'Dice, the beer list is a primer in the state's suds, with a quirky-cool little wine list to boot. Unsurprisingly, the restaurant sources locally, but its menu approach is novel: For folks who don't care about such things, menu descriptions aren't cluttered with farm names. Turn to the back of the menu and you get the credits: chicken from Seely's Ark, pork from Palmetto Creek, greens from 3 Boys and Green Acre Aquaponics, etc. Simple, elegant and without puffery, it still signals a seriousness that can be expected from the masterminds of Pearl. Hours: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Mon.-Thur., until 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., until 8 p.m. Sun.