Bryan Rojas was working as a sous chef at Piatti at Alamo Quarry Market when he and his wife Mariana Wong set the wheels in motion to start Bilia Eatery & Coffee, their sandwich and arepa shop in Castle Hills that opened in 2019.

Bilia, named for the bougainvilleas outside the Miami restaurant where they met, allowed the couple to fold in the influences that shaped their lives. She’s from Mexico, he’s from Colombia, and Bilia’s menu is a kind of United Nations of gastronomy, from Colombian arepas to sandwiches that incorporate Mexican milanesa, Argentinian chimichurri, Vietnamese banh mi herbs, Cuban pork and straight-up San Antonio barbacoa.

Bilia Eatery & Coffee is a sandwich and arepa shop in Castle Hills.

Bilia Eatery & Coffee is a sandwich and arepa shop in Castle Hills.

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That sounds about right for Rojas, who grew up in Miami, cut his professional teeth cooking French and Persian food, worked in San Francisco, came back to Miami for culinary school and wound up in San Antonio in 2018.



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