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					       Southwest Social Science Association Annual Meetings –
                          Restaurant Guide
Note: Compiled and annotated by Juanita M. Firestone, UTSA; Arturo Vega, UTSA; Joan
Kearl, Critical Eye; James Dean Steger, Texas A & M, College Station with help from
friends and family. This list is not exhaustive, we meant it to be helpful and provide some
ideas to those who have not have visited before. We did not include “chain restaurants”
unless they are unique in some way.

$ = inexpensive; the more dollar signs, the more expensive

D = Downtown; D* means within walking distance of the hotels; NC = North Central,
NE=North East, NW=Northwest, etc.

          , definitely worth the drive




         = romantic setting

Credit – AMX=American Express; Dis=Discover=MC=MasterCard, V=Visa

Alamo City “CLASSICS”

The Barn Door
8400 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-0116 (NC) Meat, potatoes and the garlicky salad
dressings are the reasons patrons return to this classic. Lunch: Mon.-Fri. Dinner: Daily. $$-$$$.
Credit: Most major. Casual.

Bud Jones
1440 S.W. Military Drive, (210) 923-1331 (S) A South Side institution, this haven of chicken-fried
steak and fried seafood delivers also in terms of service. Breakfast/lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$.
Credit: Dis MC V. Casual. No smoking.

CASBEERS
1719 Blanco Road, (210) 732-3511 (NC) This neighborhood joint serves some of the best
burgers in the city, appropriately greasy and satisfying. Enchiladas and nachos also are
deserving of their stellar reputation. Lunch: Tues.-Fri. Dinner: Tues.-Sat. $. Credit: MC V. Casual.

DeWese's Tip Top Café
2814 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 732-0191 (W) Fast and friendly service as well as good food
that ranges from chicken-fried steak to buttermilk pie keep people pouring in the door for more.
Lunch/dinner: Tue.-Sun. $. Cash or checks. Casual. No smoking.

La Tuna Ice House and Grill
100 Probandt, (210) 224 8862 (D) A real San Antonio Ice House, just across the tracks. Most sit
outside with for cold ones. Limited food selections (Tex-Mex) available from the Grill on the other
side of the outside seating area. Lunch/dinner daily. $. Cash only. Casual. Smoking Outside
patio.
Liberty Bar
328 E. Josephine St., (210) 227-1187 (NC) The menu is as eclectic and eccentric as the building
itself, but the combination continues to work well. (Updated 4/15/05) Lunch/dinner: Daily. $$.
Credit: AMX MC V. Casual. Smoking.

Little Red Barn
1836 S. Hackberry St., (210) 532-4235 (E) A San Antonio institution that keeps thousands
pouring in for some authentic atmosphere and the friendly staff as much as the steaks.
Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: Most major. Casual. No smoking.

Mi Tierra Cafe and Bakery
218 Produce Row (El Mercado), (210) 225-1262 (D) A good late-night option worth exploring,
especially if you are in need of a bowl of menudo to help you along. If the food and huge bakery
counter don't cheer you up, Mi Tierra's year-round, Christmasy décor might.
Breakfast/lunch/dinner: Daily. Open 24 hours. $-$$. Credit: AMX Dis MC V. Casual. Smoking in
bar.

Olmos Pharmacy
3902 McCullough Ave., (210) 822-3361 (NC) An old-fashioned lunch counter that still delivers the
goods: burgers, sandwiches and Mexican food. Real old-fashioned milk shakes with a dollop of
whipped cream in the bottom of the glass. Breakfast/lunch: Mon.-Sat. $. Credit: AMX Dis MC V.
Casual. No smoking.

Schilo's Delicatessen
424 E. Commerce St., (210) 223-6692 (D) For more than 80 years, San Antonians have shown
up at this deli for some homemade root beer, German favorites, soups and deviled eggs.
Breakfast/lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. $. Credit: AMX Dis MC V. Casual.

American/Regional

Biga On The Banks
203 S. St. Mary's St., (210) 225-0722 (D*) The warm, contemporary ambience of chef Bruce
Auden's River Walk restaurant is only the prelude to cuisine with the same contemporary flair. A
varied, eclectic wine list adds to the experience. Try the panna cotta. Dinner: Daily. $$$. Credit:
All major. Casual.




Bistro Time
5137 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 344-6626 (NW) Chef/owner Sander Edmondson stuffs fillet with
Stilton, sweetens shrimp with an ethereal vanilla sauce and braises lamb shanks in Moroccan
spices as part of his culinary magic act. The reasonably priced wine list is worth investigating.
Lunch: Mon.-Fri. Dinner: Mon.-Sat. $$-$$$. Credit: most major. Business casual.

Boardwalk Bistro
4011 Broadway, (210) 824-0100 (NC) Large lunch crowds revel in the light, flavorful fare that
includes muffaletas, sausages and salads. Don't forget the olive tabbouleh on the side, a prime
example of the Mediterranean flavors that flow through much of the menu. Lunch: Mon.-Sat.
Dinner: Tues.-Sat. $-$$$. Credit: All major. Casual.
Boudro's
421 E. Commerce St., (210) 224-8484 (D* This is a great place to do some River Walk people-
watching as you enjoy a bright magenta prickly pear margarita and guacamole prepared
tableside. Move on to dishes with Southwest and Cajun flair; seafood is a menu standout.
Lunch/dinner: Daily. $$-$$$. Credit: AMX MC V. Casual.




Cappy's
5011 Broadway, (210) 828-9669 (NC) After 25 years in business, Cappy's still packs in the
customers. Credit the solid food, interesting menu and reliable service at the restaurant, located
in the center of '09. Seafood is among the best in the city. Daily specials, including the heart-
healthy items, are well worth exploring. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $$. Credit: All major. Casual.

Cementville
7310 Jones Maltsberger Road, (210) 828-7232 (NC) Unfussy American cooking in an industrial
art deco setting? It works better than you might expect. So does the wine list. Lunch/dinner: Daily.
$-$$$. Credit: All Major Casual. Smoking on patio.

Citrus
Hotel Valencia, 150 E. Houston, (210) 230-8412 (D) Beef tenderloin, Gulf shrimp, organic baby
lettuces: Chef Jeffrey Balfour's secret is to use fresh, well-chosen ingredients in simple yet
imaginative ways. Breakfast/lunch/dinner: Daily. $$$. Credit: All major. Business casual.
Reservations recommended on weekends.




Houston Street Bistro
204 E. Houston St., (210) 476-8600 (D) Whether you're going before the theater or just to relax
on the patio, this spot will please with its comforting bistro fare and prompt service. Lunch: Mon.-
Fri. Dinner: Mon.-Sat. $$-$$$. Credit: All Major. Casual. Smoking on patio.

Joseph’s Storehouse Bakery
Incredible pastries, great homemade soups, and sizeable portions of incredibly good food made
with fresh ingredients at both lunch and dinner.

J. Alexander's
255 E. Basse Road, (210) 824-0275 (NC) It's a guy place, but one the girls will like, too, thanks to
its consistency, whether you're ordering prime rib or the Maytag Blue Cheese Coleslaw.
Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: All major. Casual.

Josephine St. Cafe
400 E. Josephine St., (210) 224-6169 (NC) Good, simple roadhouse fare - steaks, pork chops,
fish - that should leave you wanting more. Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. $-$$. Credit: All major.
Casual. No smoking.

Las Canarias
La Mansión del Rio Hotel, 112 College St., (210) 225-2581 (D*) It's time to take this hotel
restaurant back from the tourists. Executive chef Scott Cohen serves up the best Texas has to
offer and a vegetable entrée even carnivores could love. Breakfast/lunch/dinner: Daily. $$-$$$.
Credit: AMC Dis MC V. Casual.
Las Leyendas
245 E. Commerce St., (210) 277-1910 (D) High above the River Walk, you can enjoy a leisurely
paced, upscale four-course dinner under a stenciled barrel domed ceiling or on the romantic
patio. Dinner: Mon.-Sat. $$$. Credit: All major. Business casual. Reservations required.




Lighthouse Coffee and Café
18730 Stone Oak Parkway, (210) 495-5099 (N) This Christian-themed coffee shop has a shining
light in chef Eric Rocha, who serves up some of the best soups in town, in addition to some
savory seafood entrées, sandwiches and appetizers. Breakfast/lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. $. Credit:
Most major. Casual.

The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills
1746 Lockhill-Selma Road, (210) 349-8466 (N) Chef Jason Dady's exceptional cuisine is a
perfect match for one of the most romantic dining spots in the city. Lunch: Mon.-Fri. Dinner: Tue.-
Sat. $$$. Credit: All major. Business casual. Reservations.




Scenic Loop Café
25615 Boerne Stage Road, (210) 687-1818 (NW) A Texas roadhouse with a touch of Tex-Mex
thrown in. Don't miss out on the build-your-own margarita, sipped on the spacious outdoor patio.
(Updated 5/16/03) Lunch/dinner: Daily. $$. Credit: most major. Casual.


Silo Restaurant and Bar
1133 Austin Hwy., (210) 824-8686 (NC) The allure of the restaurant runs from the flavorful, fancy
menu and attractive wine list to the unique décor and excellent service. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $$-
$$$. Credit: All major. Casual.



The Triangle Café
6733 Bandera Road, (210) 509-3262 (NW) A mingling of European, Mexican and American
flavors await you at this charming mom-and-pop restaurant. Burgers on foccacia, enchiladas in
cream and chicken in a rose sauce are among the inventive offerings. Breakfast: Mon.-Sat.
Lunch: Daily. Dinner: Wed.-Sat. $-$$. Credit: Most major. Casual. No smoking.

The Vineyards Restaurant
27315 FM 3009 (1.5 miles past Natural Bridge Caverns), (830) 980-8033 (NW) This restaurant, in
a beautiful country setting, prides itself on good food, such as the smoked pork loin and prime rib.
The best lamb in town. Save room for the excellent vanilla cheesecake. Lunch: Fri.-Sat. Dinner:
Daily. $$. Credit: Most major. Casual. No indoor smoking. Reservations recommended.




BARBECUE

Bar-B-Q Patio
8791 Old Pearsall Road, (210) 622-0660 (SW) Meaty spareribs, juicy turkey, lean brisket cut thick
and flavorful sausage, all gently smoked, make this outpost worth the drive. $. Lunch/dinner:
Daily. Credit: MC V. Casual.

Blue Cactus Café at Wetmore Store
13525 Wetmore Road, (210) 490-7330. (NE) A family place with plenty of barbecue and Texas
favorites, including burgers, chicken-fried steak and creamed corn. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$.
Credit: Most major. Casual. Smoking on patio.

County Line BBQ
111 W. Crockett St., (210) 229-1941 (D); Colonnade, 10101 I-10 W., (210) 641-1998 (N)
Oversized portions of smoked ribs, sausage and brisket as well as reasonable prices keep
customers coming back. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: All major. Casual.

Fay Willie's Bar-B-Q
3240 E. Commerce St., (210) 271-3996. (E) Fay Willie Moore and family serve up some serious
barbecue, but the Southern dishes, such as fried chicken, are just as good. Hours: 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Mon.-Sat. $. Cash. Casual. No smoking.

Jamie D. Bar B-Q
2456 Harry Wurzbach Road, (210) 824-4844 (NC) Ribs are the main the attraction at this haven
of smoked meats, which uses fragrant pecan and oak to entice barbecue lovers. (Updated
7/11/03) Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. $-$$. Credit: AMX Dis MC V. Casual.

Willard's Jamaican Jerk Bar-B-Que
726 E. Mistletoe, (210) 736-JERK (5375) (NC) Call ahead for ribs, brisket, chicken or sausage
that can be mild or spiced with a fiery Jamaican jerk sauce. Takeout: Daily. $. Cash.

BREAKFAST

Fernandez Café
326 Austin St., (210) 223-8105 (D*) Fat breakfast tacos, excellent handmade tortillas, a complex
chile relleno and silky pork guisada are among the highlights at this tiny treat. Breakfast/lunch:
Mon.-Fri. $. Credit: Major. Casual. No smoking.

Guenther House
129 E. Guenther, (210) 227 1061 (D) Great pancakes, if you get there early on Saturday.
Moderate. Breakfast/Brunch: Sat-Sun. $$. Credit: All Major. Casual Business.

Magnolia Pancake Haus
13444 West Ave., (210) 496-0828 (N) If you're looking for airy pancakes and super sausage, it
remains the best place in town to start your day. Try the ginger pancakes! Breakfast/lunch: Daily.
$-$$. Credit: AMX Dis MC V. Casual. No smoking.

Taco Taco Cafe
145 E. Hildebrand Ave., (210) 822-9533 (NC) Lines stretching out the door tell you this is one of
San Antonio's best Tex-Mex hangouts. The breakfast tacos, with fresh-off-the-grill tortillas,
homemade caldos, hearty Tacos Norteños and savory enchiladas are worth the wait.
Breakfast/lunch: Daily. $. No credit cards. Casual.

BURGERS

Armadillos
1423 McCullough Ave. (210) 226-7556 (NC). Big burgers guaranteed to satisfy. Lunch/dinner,
Mon-Sat. $-$$. No Credit. Casual.
Babe's Old Fashioned Hamburgers
4535 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 732-6666 (W) Big burgers, chicken sandwiches and more in a
family-friendly setting that makes you feel right at home. Lunch/dinner: Daily. Credit: AMX MC V.
Casual.

Belle's Burgers
517 Pleasanton Road, (210) 922-5097 (S) Small but juicy hamburgers served up on a toasted
and steamed bun that's almost too hot to touch, milk shakes made with real ice cream, and spicy
fries - it doesn't get much better. Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. $. Cash. Casual.

Bobby J's Old Fashioned Hamburgers
13247 Bandera Road, Helotes, (210) 695-4941 (NW) The next time you start fantasizing about an
oversized, juicy burger, head out to this joint and let Bobby J's fulfill your carnivorous fancy.
Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: Most major. Casual.


Checkers Diner
13835 Nacogdoches Road. (210)651-1990 (N). Fun retro look, good burgers along with humus,
vegetables, etc. Lunch daily; dinner M-Sat. $ All Major. Casual.

Chester's Hamburgers
9980 I-10 W., (210) 699-1222 (N); 1006 N.E. Loop 410, (210) 805-8600 (NC); 16609 San Pedro
Ave., (210) 494-3333 (N) Consistency is the key word here, whether you're ordering one of the
jumbo burgers, the crispy onion rings or a cold beer off the extensive list. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-
$$. Credit: MC V. Casual.

Chris Madrid's Nachos and Burgers
1900 Blanco Road, (210) 735-3552 (NC) This friendly burger joint turns out some of the juiciest
and best burgers around. It's built its reputation on quality and value, so it's generally packed, but
service is efficient. The Tostada Burger, packed with crushed chips, beans and cheese, sets the
standard, though the old-fashioned burger is a classic in its own right. Lunch/Dinner: Mon.-Sat. $.
Credit: All major. Casual.

Fatty's Burgers & More
1624 E. Commerce St., (210) 299-8110. (E) The Angus beef patty comes on a square, sweet bun
that will leave you wanting more. Likewise the hand-cut fries, the free beans on the counter, and
the chocolate cake. Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. $. Credit: Most major. Casual. No smoking.

Jett's Giant Hamburgers
15140 San Pedro Ave., (210) 491-4111 (N) Named after the character James Dean played in
Edna Ferber's "Giant," this neighborhood joint offers burgers that live up to the name, including a
low-carb, lettuce-wrapped patty. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $. Credit: Most major. Casual.

The Lord's Kitchen
6118 Seguin St., (210) 354-3888 (E) Are you ready for the 1/1/27-pound Get Down Burger? Start
small with a single half-pound patty, made from ground sirloin, and work your way up to burger
heaven. Lunch: Mon.-Sat. Dinner: Fri.-Sat. $. Credit: MC V. Casual. No smoking.

Lucky Burger
2114 N.W. Military Hwy., (210) 341-8866 (N) Big burgers in the walk-up ordering style, but there's
no stinting on flavor, toppings and just good burger construction. Check out the chicken-fried
chicken sandwich. $. Credit: AMV. Casual.

Red Robin
1750 N. Loop 1604 E., (210) 494-2500 (N) Burgers just the way you like them: juicy and sizzling
hot down to the last bite. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: All major. Casual. No smoking.
S.A. Burger
1946 S.W. Military Drive, (210) 932-4444 (S) The burgers are both fat and phat, especially when
heaped with slices of avocado and roasted jalapeños. Erika's Vegetable Sandwich is a dynamic
alternative to the meat offerings. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $. Credit: Most major. Casual. No smoking.

Sam's Burger Joint
330 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-2830 (NC) The branded bun is the first clue this is one serious
burger. One taste will just build on that fine impression. Don't miss the Samwiches or the
seasoned onion rings. Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. $. Credit: Most major. Casual. Smoking on patio.

CAJUN/CREOLE

Acadiana Cafe
1289 S.W. Loop 410, (210) 674-0019 (NW) The food isn't strictly Cajun, though there are spicy
étouffées, jambalayas, gumbos and crawfish dishes on the menu. It goes beyond the bayou to
include home-style Southern cooking, from fried catfish and chicken livers to country greens and
fried okra. (Updated 9/27/02) Lunch/dinner: Daily. $. Credit: AMX Dis MC V. Casual.

Cage Algiers
6060 Montgomery Ave. (210) 590-8606 (NE) Southern, soul food along with Cajun/creole. Enjoy.
Breakfast Tues-Sat; Lunch Tues-Sun; Dinner Sat. $-$$. Most Major. Casual.

Ma Harper's Creole Kitchen
1830 S. W.W. White Road, (210) 333-9783 (E) Ma Harper's knows her Creole food, whether it's
red beans and rice with spicy sausage, greaseless fried catfish or a gumbo made with a baked
flour roux. Lunch: Wed.-Sun. Dinner: until 7 p.m. Sat. and until 5 p.m. Sun. $. Credit: AMX Dis
MC V. Casual. No smoking.

CHINESE

Beijing Chinese Restaurant
2313 N.W. Military Hwy., (210) 340-0921 (N) The menu offers the best of Chinese and
Vietnamese cuisines, including Lemongrass Chicken and lettuce wraps with chicken and shrimp.
Eight Precious Tofu will win over even those who don't care for the soybean curd. Lunch/dinner:
Daily. Credit: AMX Dis MC V. Casual.

China Latina
1014 S. Alamo St., (210) 271-3103 (D) The folks from Rosario's and Taipei have teamed up to
create this taste of Asia King William-style. Lunch is brisk and efficient while dinner is both laid-
back and adventurous. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: Most major. Casual.

Chinatown Café
999 E. Basse Road, (210) 822-3522 (NC) Traditional Chinese fare, from won ton soup to tea-
smoked duck, presented with flair, especially at lunch. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: All major.
Casual.

Formosa Garden
1011 N.E. Loop 410, (210) 828-9988 (NC) One of San Antonio's most consistent Chinese
restaurants in terms of food and service, Formosa Garden continues to pack in customers.
Rewards await those who sample the house specialties. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$$. Credit: Most
major. Casual.
Hsiu Yu (pronounced Shoe You) Chinese Restaurant
8338 Broadway, (210) 828-2273 (NC) The lunch specials at Hsiu Yu are a true bargain, but the
rest of the varied and savory menu demands exploration. Lunch: Mon.-Fri. Dinner: Daily. Brunch:
Sun. $. Credit: AMX Dis MC V. Casual.

Kim Wah Chinese BBQ
7080 Bandera Road, (210) 520-2200 (NW) Ask for the authentic Chinese menu and explore a
culinary world filled with duck soup with broad rice noodles, salt and pepper squid or succulent
soy sauce chicken. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: Most major. Casual. No smoking.

Mencius' Gourmet Hunan Restaurant
7959 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 615-1288 (NW) Consistency is the secret to Mencius' success:
For years, the food has remained very simply good, whether you order the spicy Hunan-style
dishes or old favorites. Lunch/dinner: Daily. Credit: Major. Casual.

Taipei Chinese Restaurant
2211 N.W. Military Hwy., (210) 366-3012 (N) For more than 15 years, this restaurant has been a
bastion of Chinese favorites, which, combined with great service, keeps people coming back for
more. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: All major. Casual. No smoking.

Van's Chinese Seafood Restaurant
3214 Broadway, (210) 828-8449 (NC) An array of Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese favorites
fill the extensive and well-prepared menu. Perhaps the best wine list in the city, though not all of
the wines are listed. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: AMX MC V. Casual.

Wah Kee Chinese Seafood Cuisine
18360 Blanco Rd, Suite 122 (210) 497-6669 (N) Very fresh ingredients. Considered by many in
town to be the best Chinese food in San Antonio. Try the Seafood Vegetable Soup.
Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: Most Major. Casual.

COFFEE/TEAROOMS

Apple Annie's Tea Room & Bakery
555 W. Bitters Road (in Artisan's Alley), (210) 491-0226 (N) Plenty of tearoom fare - plus enough
substantial dishes to satisfy the men - as well as a host of sumptuous desserts have been the
secrets of this eatery's success. Lunch: Daily. Open for desserts and drinks until 5 p.m. each day.
$. Credit: AMX Dis MC V. Casual.

Ruta Maya Riverwalk
107 E. Martin (210)601 9896 (D*) Walk two blocks North on St. Mary’s and two blocks West on
East Martin. Wireless, coffee, late night poetry and music. Lunch/Dinner: Daily. $. Casual.

SIP
160 E. Houston St., (210) 222-0149 (D) Andrew Weissman gives us his take on coffee bars and
panini, and the result is, as expected, better than you could hope for, from the hot chocolate and
lattes to the crisp, delectable sandwiches. Breakfast/lunch: Daily. Dinner: Mon.-Sat. $. Credit:
Most major. Casual. Smoking outdoors.

CONTINENTAL

Encino Garden Grill.
12656 West Avenue, Building B, (210)403-2048. Great eclectic menu using fresh ingredients.
The Scallop Carpaccio is worth the trip! The electic décor inside contributes to a romantic
experience. If the weather is good, the outdoor patio is kid-friendly. The friendliest chef in town
will be by to ask if you enjoyed your food. $-$$$. M-Sun. 5-11. Credit: Most Major. Casual.
Smoking outdoors.

La Scala
2177 N.W. Military Hwy., (210) 366-1515 (N) La Scala is a well-kept secret among the north-of-
Loop 410 set. It's upscale continental with a flourish of pink linens, fresh flowers, scurrying (but
never intrusive) wait staff and solid cuisine. But who's complaining when your spinach-stuffed
chicken breast is so perfectly golden on the outside and tender inside, or the seafood so
impeccably fresh? Not us. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $$-$$$. Credit: AMX Dis MC V. Casual.



Méson European Dining (Close to UTSA, 1604)
5999 De Zavala Road, (210) 690-5811 (NW) A tranquil setting, excellent food and attentive
service make this neighborhood restaurant one of the best in the city. Méson is famous for its
Caesar salad, made at the table as you watch. Beef, poultry and seafood are as fresh as you
could want and handled with great care. Lunch: Tue.-Fri. Dinner: Daily. $$-$$$. Credit: All major.
Casual.

The Melting Pot
14855 Blanco Road, (210) 479-6358 (N) San Antonio's lone fondue restaurant lets you cook your
own dinner in an evening that stresses fun times with friends. Dinner: Daily. $$-$$$. Credit: All
major. Casual. No smoking.

The Sage
Fairmont Hotel (D*) Great food and the presentation is worth a photograph every time! Credit:
All major. $$$. Casual/Business Casual.

DELI/SANDWICHES

Flour Power Café
11703 Huebner Road, (210) 694-9288 (NW) Comforting soups, savory sandwiches and
interesting salads are the hallmarks of this retro-themed restaurant. Dessert lovers will find a
broad selection to choose from. Breakfast/lunch: Daily. Dinner: Thu.-Fri. $-$$. Credit: All major.
Casual. No smoking.

Guillermo's Deli
903 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 223-5587 (D) Located in the Downtown YMCA, this deli is a haven for
great sandwiches and salads as well as smoothies and fresh juices, whether you're working out
or just dropping in for a snack. Breakfast/lunch: Mon.-Sat. Dinner: Mon.-Fri. $. Credit: AMX Dis
MC V. Casual.

Habanero's Grill
13444 West Ave., (210) 499-0099 (N) Big messy burritos, stuffed with your choices of fillings,
make for the perfect dude food. Fresh ingredients, from the avocado to the salsas, make this
friendly joint an even better value. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $. Credit: All major. Casual.

Il Panino Caffé
1201 N. Loop 1604 W., (210) 764-1511 (N) A haven for those who like their panini, or grilled
sandwiches, with inventive layers of fillings as well as Italian wines, Italian films on the plasma
screen over the bar, and Italian coffee drinks, not to mention a spectacular, mysterious hot
chocolate. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: All major. Casual. No smoking.
Madhatters Tea House & Café
320 Beauregard (210)212 4tea (D) Fun, eclectic décor. Homemade soups, light salads, coffees
and tea. Lunch/Dinner daily. $$. Credit: V MC Casual.

Nicavid's Bakery & Café
5115 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 349-2222 (NW) Rich soups, meaty sandwiches on handmade
bread and pastries are among the reasons to seek out this shop. (Reviewed 6/20/03) Hours: 7
a.m.-6 p.m. Mon-Fri. $. Credit: AMX Dis MC V. Casual.

Pam's Patio Kitchen
11826 Wurzbach Road, (210) 492-1359 (N) A great place to grab a quick, delicious lunch and
enjoy it in comfortable surroundings. The eclectic menu lets you mix and match among such
Mexican, Italian, Asian and American specialties as pizza, Chinese Chicken Salad, chalupas and
cheese steak sandwiches. Lunch: Tue.-Sat. Dinner: Fri.-Sat. $. Credit: All major. Casual. No
smoking.

Quicksands Cafe & Bakery
502 Embassy Row, Suite 109, 496-2233 (N) Homemade soups, sandwiches and salads are
highlights here, as are prompt service, reasonable prices and flavorful food. Daily specials are
reliable as well. Save room for desserts including cookies, cakes and pies. Lunch/dinner Mon.-
Sat. $. Casual.

Swede's
6989 Blanco Road, (210) 340-1980 (NC) Chef Carl Stollhandske makes his own breads, soups,
sauces, pastries and condiments. That handmade touch, with a dash of Swedish seasonings,
makes all the difference. Lunch: Mon.-Fri. $. Credit: Most major. Casual.

Texas Farm to Table Café
312 Pearl Parkway, (210) 798-3331. (NC) Fresh ingredients, straight off the farm, make the
foundation of great food, whether it's sandwiches, soups or desserts. Breakfast/lunch: Tue.-Sat.
$-$$. Credit: Most major. Casual. No smoking.

Twin Sisters Bakery and Café
124 Broadway (corner Broadway/Travis) (D) In the heart of the King William Historic District—
catch the Blue Line Trolley’s to King William. Great alternative eating experience/downtown
restaurant with health/alternative-oriented cuisine, cooked fresh from scratch daily. $.
Lunch/Dinner: Daily. Casual.

W.D. Deli
3123 Broadway, (210) 828-2322 (NC) This deli fits into its new digs on Broadway with great
panache. Plus it offers up a series of soups and classic sandwiches in fresh ways. Lunch: Mon.-
Sat. Dinner: Mon.-Fri. $-$$ Credit: Most major. Casual.

FRENCH

Bistro Vatel
218 E. Olmos Drive, (210) 828-3141 (NC) This intimate Olmos Park jewel offers the right balance
between formal and informal, in French food, ambience and service. (Updated 7/29/05) Lunch:
Tue.-Fri. Dinner: Tue.-Sat. $$-$$$. Credit: ADDisMV. Business casual. Smoking on patio.
Reservations recommended
Frederick's
7701 Broadway, Suite 20, (210) 828-9050 (NC) French food, yes, but with an Asian inspiration
that is consistently among the finest in the city, whether you order five-spiced duck breast, lobster
salad or beef tenderloin in a port-Madeira reduction with green peppercorns. Lunch: Mon.-Fri.
Dinner: Mon.-Sat. $$-$$$. Credit: All major. Business casual. Reservations suggested.

La Madeleine
Various locations. The food is French, with an accent on rich, creamy sauces at affordable prices.
The soups, crêpes and croissant sandwiches, not to mention the array of baked goods, will have
you saying vive la Madeleine. Breakfast/lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: AMX Dis MC V.
Casual.

Le Rêve
152 E. Pecan St., (210) 212-2221 (D) Chef Andrew Weissman continues to raise the bar on fine
dining in San Antonio, and his contemporary French cuisine has justly deserved its accolades as
being the best in the state. Great food takes time, so plan for a leisurely meal. Dinner: Tues.-Sat.
$$$. Credit: AMX Dis MC V. Dress code. Reservations required.




L'Etoile
6106 Broadway, (210) 826-4551 (NC) When it comes to seafood, L'Etoile is certainly the star its
name implies. The rest of the menu capably illustrates why the restaurant has such a devoted
following. Lunch: Mon.-Sat. Dinner: Daily. $$$. Credit: AMX Dis MC V. Business casual.

Metropolitain
255 E. Basse Road, (210) 822-8227 (NC) The classy décor, the magazine rack, even the small
tables remind you of Paris, but the best reasons to escape into this European charmer are the
French food and wine. Perfect after a movie or shopping in the Quarry. Breakfast/lunch/dinner:
Daily. $$. Credit: All major. Casual.

GERMAN

Old World German Restaurant
1546 Babcock Road, (210) 366-9523 (NW) From the atmosphere, which resembles a hofbrau
house, to the food, everything here has a charming, authentic feeling. Schnitzel, sandwiches and,
most of all, chef Eva Postelle's desserts will leave you saying, "Danke schön." Live music: Wed.-
Sat. evenings. Lunch: Daily. Dinner: Mon.-Sat. $$. Most major cards. Casual.

Schilo’s Delicatessen
424 E. Commerce St. (210) 223-6692 (D*) Famous for German/deli food. Try the homemade
root beer! Mon-Sat. $. All Major credit cards. Casual.

Gourmet TAKE-OUT

Central Market
4821 Broadway, (210) 368-8600 (NC) Freshly baked breads serve as a firm foundation for
sandwiches that leave you wanting more. The same freshness is the hallmark of the stir-fry bar,
the salads and the hot panini. Or opt instead for a take-home meal that heats in minutes.
Lunch/dinner: Daily. $. Credit: AMX Dis MC V. Casual.

Whole Foods Market
255 E. Basse Road, (210) 826-4676 (NC) A haven for vegetarians in San Antonio, the cafe
features a variety of imaginative vegetable dishes, from soups to entrées. There are some meat
dishes, too, and everything's available to eat in the comfortable dining area or to go. Ethnic
salads, fresh juices and interesting beverages abound. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $. Credit: AMX Dis
MC V. Casual.

GREEK

Demo's
2501 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 732-7777 (NC); 7155 Blanco, (210) 342-2772 (N) Sure, there are
gyros, but don't overlook other Greek favorites, such as fish pilkai, the chicken and lamb kebabs
or the moussaka. Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. $-$$. Credit: All major.

John the Greek
16602 San Pedro Ave., (210) 403-0565 (N) All your favorite Greek dishes get an extra step on
presentation and flavor. Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. $-$$. Credit: Most major. Casual. Smoking on
patio.

Kostas' Greek Food
12606 Nacogdoches Road, (210) 590-6969 (N) Perfectly seasoned lamb chops are not what you
might expect to find in so modest an establishment, but let them - or anything else on the flavorful
menu - surprise and please you. $-$$. Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. Credit: AMX Dis MC V. Casual.

Mina & Dimi's Greek House Restaurant
7159 U.S. 90, (210) 674-DIMI (3464) (NW) From the appetizer combo laden with cheese pies,
stuffed grape leaves and fried okra, to the lamb souvlaki, this haven of Hellenic happiness will
leave you shouting, "Opa" Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. $-$$. Credit: Most major. Casual. No
smoking.

Papouli's Greek Grill
8250 Agora Parkway, (210) 659-2244 (OOT); 11224 Huebner Road, (210) 641-1313 (N) All of
your traditional favorites are here - gyros, Greek salad, pastitsio and baklava - along with some
tasty surprises including a baked fish and the sweet, custardy galaktobouriko. Lunch/dinner:
Daily. $-$$. Credit: Most major. Casual No smoking.

HOME COOKING

The Cove
606 W. Cypress St., (210) 227-COVE (2683) (NC) It's a combination laundry-car wash-café, and
it's as laid-back as it sounds. Enjoy the outdoors with burgers, vegetarian treats, shrimp tacos,
wings and more. Lunch: Mon.-Sat. Dinner: Tue.-Sat. $. Credit: Most major. Casual. Smoking on
patio.

Gini's Restaurant And Bakery
7075 San Pedro Ave., (210) 342-2768 (NC) It's good home cooking, whether your order is for
gingerbread pancakes in the morning or pork chops at night. Don't forget the pie.
Breakfast/lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: Most major. Casual No smoking.

Hoover's Cooking
6868 San Pedro Ave., (210) 828-2300 (NC) This haven of home-style cooking offers some savory
soul food with a dash of Cajun spice. Lunch/dinner: Daily. Breakfast: Sat.-Sun. $-$$. Credit: Most
major. Casual.

Lulu's Bakery and Café
918 N. Main Ave., (210) 222-9422 (NC) No one should leave this haven of home cooking with an
empty stomach. With the satisfying chicken-fried steak reaching a staggering 161/27 pounds, few
should leave without a doggy bag, too. Breakfast/lunch/dinner: 24 hours, except from 7 p.m. Fri.-7
p.m. Sat. $-$$. Credit: Most major. Casual.

Mr. and Mrs. G's Home Cooking and Pastries
2222 S. W.W. White Road, (210) 359-0002 (E) The best fried chicken in the city. The rest of the
food at this hall of Southern favorites - from ham hocks to vanilla sweet potatoes - will leave a
smile on your face. Lunch/dinner until 6 p.m.: Mon.-Fri. Credit: MV. Casual.

The Little Café on Broadway
8238 Broadway, (210) 824-9484. (NC) TLC offers home cooking served up at a counter, so you
can share some fun, fine eats and great cookies or pie with those around you. Breakfast/lunch:
Mon.-Sat. $. Credit: Most major. Casual. No smoking.

Western Broiler Café
1319 Frio city road (210)224-5902 (SW) Wonderful home-cooked favorites which change daily.
Breakfast/lunch Daily. $. No Credit. Casual.

ICE CREAM

Brindles Awesome Ice Creams
11255 Huebner Road, (210) 641-5222 (N) Tart sorbets, creamy gelatos and super-rich ice
creams are made daily at this parlor, but don't ignore the sundaes, coffees and other treats. $.
Credit: Most major. Casual. No smoking.

Da Vinci Gelato & Caffe
18720 Stone Oak Parkway, (210) 545-6686 (N) As Italian as it gets, from the velvety gelati to the
crisp panini. Open daily. $. Credit: Most major. Smoking on patio. Wheelchair accessible.


La Michoacana
8464 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 614-5775. (NW) Great ice cream, to be sure, but the real deal
here are the paletas, ranging from an tongue-tingling lime to a comforting rice pudding bar with
canela. Open Mon.-Sat. Credit: Most major. Casual. Smoking on patio.

The Original Coco's
7701 Broadway, (210) 832-0022. (NC) Silky smooth gelati, bold paletas, thin panini that are both
soft and crisp, and vibrant aguas frescas are all worth exploring.) Open daily. Credit: Most major.
Casual. Smoking on patio.

Tu Amigo Ice Cream
1942 S. W. Military Drive, (210) 922-6196 (S) Mexican and American ice creams with an old-
fashioned texture fill the menu along with paletas, aguas frescas and an irresistible fruit cup
smothered in cream. Open daily. $. Cash only. Casual. No smoking.

INDIAN

India Palace
8440 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 692-5262 (NW) The buffet is rich and varied, but the kitchen
has plenty of other treats in store, including the okra-rich Bhindi Masala, saag paneer and velvety
Lamb Vindaloo. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: AMX Dis MC V. Casual.

Madras Pavillion
8085 Callaghan at I-10. (210)375-7766 (N) Vegetarian and Southern Indian cuisine. Good
buffet. Lunch/Dinner: Daily. $-$$. Most Major Credit. Casual.
Sarovar
10227 Ironside Drive, (210) 558-8289 (N) A heady swirl of spices, vegetables and a few meats
merge in this haven of both Southern and Northern Indian food. The freshness, delicacy and
complexity will leave you wanting more. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: Most major. Casual. No
smoking.

Simi's India Cuisine
4535 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 737-3166 (W) Indian traditions abound here, whether you order
from the menu or sample from the generous buffet. Consistently delicious, competently prepared
food. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: AMX Dis MC V. Casual.

ITALIAN

Ciao Lavanderia (yes it used to be a Laundromat)
226 E. Olmos Drive (210) 822-3990 (NC) Caesar salads and fresh mozzarella, watercress pasta
and fresh fish, osso bucco, beef ragout and sizzling pizzas served on the boards are just of a few
of the ways Ciao says hello to flavor. Lunch: Tue.-Fri.: Dinner: Tue.-Sun. $-$$$. Credit: Most
major. Casual.

La Foccacia Italian Grill
800 S. Alamo, (210) 223 5353 (D) Nice Italian pizza/pasta, wine list. Lunch/Dinner: Daily. $$.
Credit: All Major. Casual.

Massimo Ristorante E Bar
1896 Nacogdoches, (210) 342-8556 (NC) In the running as one of the city's best for authentic
Italian cuisine. The setting, with its sleek, earthy Old World appeal, matches the food beautifully.
Lunch: Tue.-Fri. Dinner: Tue.-Sun. $$-$$$. Credit: All major. Business casual.

Paesanos
555 E. Basse Road, (210) 828-5191 (NC) and on Riverwalk (D*) The Shrimp Paesano, an oft-
imitated classic, crackles with garlic, lemon and butter, and typifies the clean, crisp flavors diners
have come to love. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $$-$$$. Credit: Most major. Casual. Occasional smoking
section.

Piatti
255 E. Basse Road, Suite 500, (210) 832-0300 (NC) Piatti continues to please us with its always
remarkably good service. The food holds up its end, too. Some favorites: the garlicky heart-of-
romaine Caesar, tender roasted chicken with mashed potatoes, chewy pizzas and savory pastas.
Lunch/dinner: Daily. $$. Credit: AMX MC V. Casual.

Piccolo’s Ristorente Italiano
5703 Evers Road (210)647-5524 (NW) Great casual Italian food. Try the calamari. Lunch: Tue.-
Fri. Dinner: Tue.-Sun. $-$$$. Most Major Credit. Casual.

Reggiano's
18740 Stone Oak Parkway, 403-2100 (N) The sophisticated yet comfortable design carries over
into the food, which runs the gamut from pizza to pan-seared salmon with artichoke-pesto beurre
blanc. Lunch: Mon.-Fri. Dinner: Daily. $-$$$. Credit: Major. Business casual.


Ristorante Grissini
8498 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 615-7270 (NW) Chef Ezio De Rosa uses top ingredients and
considerable culinary skill to create the best upscale Italian food in the city. Just don't ask for
substitutions. Lunch: Mon.-Fri. Dinner: Mon.-Sat. $$-$$$. Credit: Most major. Casual.
Sorrento Ristorante e Pizzeria
5146 Broadway, (210) 824-0055 (NC) If you duck into this tiny place expecting just pizza, sit
down and take a closer look at the other dishes, too. While the pizza is exemplary (we love the
Clams Casino), the salads are fresh and generous, and the pasta dishes hearty. Lunch/dinner:
Mon.-Sat. $-$$. Credit: ADisMV. Casual.

JAPANESE

Godai Sushi Bar and Restaurant
11203 West Ave., (210) 348-6781. (N) William 'Goro' Pitchford provides plenty of inventive sushi
rolls along with the comfort of cooked fare that includes tonkatsu and salmon teriyaki. Lunch:
Mon.-Fri. Dinner: Mon.-Sat. $-$$. Casual. Credit: most major. Smoking on patio.

Niki's Tokyo Inn
819 W. Hildebrand Ave., (210) 736-5471 (NC) Niki's taught San Antonio what sushi was all about,
and years later, it remains dependable for sushi and Japanese favorites. Dinner: Tue.-Sat. $$.
Credit. Major. Casual.

Sake Café
19179 Blanco Road, (210) 408-6388 (N) A relaxed, sophisticated environment with an inviting
array of tempura, sushi and sashimi dishes. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$$. Credit: All major. Casual.

Samurai Sushi
2320 Babcock Road, (210) 692-7555 (NW) Fresh seafood, both cooked and raw, make this
restaurant a real treat. But don't overlook the rib-eye special, if available. Lunch: Mon.-Sat.
Dinner: Daily. $$-$$$. Credit: Most major. Casual. No smoking.

Tokyo Steak House
9405 San Pedro Ave., (210) 341-4461 (N) Flashy tableside food preparation is both good and fun
for children of all ages, whether you're ordering steak or seafood. The house salad dressing is
unbeatable. The rest of the menu has limited appeal. Dinner: Daily. $$-$$$. Credit. all major.
Casual.

Yokonyu Sushi Bar & Restaurant
301 E. Houston St., (210) 222-0757 (D*) A lengthy list of inventive rolls and several sashimi
dishes fuse Japanese and Latin flavors together. Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. $$-$$$. Credit: All
major. Casual. No smoking.

KOREAN

Go Hyang Jib Korean Barbecue House
4400 Rittiman Road, (210) 822-8846 (NC) In this consistently good restaurant, chef Young
Cacy's made-to-order soups, packed with seafood and bristling with flavors of chile, garlic and
sesame oil, are tops. Her Korean barbecue, including the spicy filleted short ribs (beef kalbi) as
well as beef and pork bulgogi, spicy stir-fries, shrimp and oyster pancakes and other selections all
deserve sampling. Lunch/dinner: Tues.-Sat. $-$$. Credit: ADisMV. Casual.

Ilsong Garden
6905 Blanco Road, (210) 366-4508 (NC) The menu is filled with Korean and Chinese dishes, but
stick to the Korean for wonderful and surprising flavors from spicy crab stew to the crispy rice and
beef stirred in the bibimbap. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: Most major. Casual. No smoking.
LATIN

Azuca
713 S. Alamo St., (210) 225-5550 (D*) Chef Rene Fernandez offers some exotic yet comforting
Nuevo Latino dishes with names like boniato mashers and mofongo that are worth exploring.
Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. $$-$$$. Credit: Most major. Casual. Reservations suggested.

Beto's Comida Latina
8142 Broadway, (210) 930-9393 (NC) Empanadas, fish tacos and giant quesadillas fill the menu
of this comfortable restaurant where everything is definitely hecho a mano. Lunch/dinner: Mon.-
Sat. $-$$. Credit: Most major. Casual.

Las Ramblas
Hotel Contessa, 306 W. Market St. (D*) Decor will remind you of Barcelona, food is Spanish-
Cajun. Lunch/Dinner: Daily. $$$.

Mexican/Tex-Mex

Acenar
146 E. Houston St., (210) 222-2362 (D) Bruce Auden and Lisa Wong have teamed up for a
restaurant that celebrates and defies labels of Mexican, Tex-Mex and Southwest. Ask for some
salsa with real heat, and all should be well. Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. Brunch: Sun. $-$$$. Credit:
All major. Casual. No smoking.



Adobo Taco Co.
9873 I-10 W., (210) 561-5999 (N) Piquant salsas, tender carnitas, fresh guacamole, lively tacos al
pastor and enchiladas rojas make this attractive spot worth your attention. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-
$$. Credit: Major. Casual. No smoking.

Ajuúa
11703 Huebner Road, (210) 877-0600 (N) A bold ambience is matched by bold flavors in dishes
that range from the traditional (tableside guacamole) to the fun (ribs in a chile de arbol sauce).
Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: Most major. Casual. No smoking.

Alamo Cafe
14250 U.S. 281 N., (210) 495-2233 (N); 10060 I-10 W., (210) 691-8827 (NW) Sizzling fajitas,
hearty tortilla soup and flour tortillas so hot off the grill that you can hardly hold them - they're
what keep drawing crowds to Alamo Café. (Updated 4/15/05) Lunch/dinner: 10:45 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sun.-Thurs.; 10:45 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat. AMX Dis MC V.

Aldaco's
100 Hoefgen Ave., (210) 222-0561 (E) Blanca Aldaco gives life to Sunset Station with her
namesake Mexican restaurant. Among the top choices are the chicken with cilantro sauce, beef
and chicken fajitas and borracho beans. Her Pastel Tres Leches and salsa are among the best in
the city. Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. $-$$. Credit: AVM. Casual.

Cafe Salsita
555 E. Basse Road, (210) 826-6661 (NC) A bright-orange chile arbol salsa makes this airy,
pristinely clean restaurant near the Quarry worth a visit. Huevos Rancheros, shrimp quesadillas,
puffy tacos and gorditas set the standard. Breakfast/lunch: Tues.-Sun. $-$$. Credit: All major.
Casual.
Cascabel Mexican Patio
1000 S. St. Mary's St., (210) 212-6456 (D) The cuisine of interior Mexico is well represented at
this small restaurant that's big on flavor. From huaraches to cochinita pibil, it's all worth exploring.
Breakfast: Mon.-Fri. Lunch: Mon.-Sat. Dinner: Sat. $ Credit: Dis MC V. Casual. Smoking on patio.

Cha-Cha's
5616 Bandera Road, (210) 681-2066 (NW) Excellent service and kitchen consistency are
hallmarks of this old favorite. Select one from a long list of margaritas, dip up some excellent
salsa and relax. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Casual. Credit: AMX Dis MC V.

Chella's Café
618 McCullough Ave., (210) 212-4410 (D) Don't look for anything more inventive than your basic,
satisfying Tex-Mex on the menu. But depend on the food to have that sought-after, just-made
taste in virtually everything on the menu. Breakfast/lunch: Mon.-Sat. $ Credit: Major. Casual.

El Campo
522 S.W. Military Drive, (210) 977-8815 (S) Fresh flavors fill the dishes, whether they're entrées,
like chicken caldo or fish in a Veracruz sauce, or staples like the bacon-rich refrieds and
homemade corn and flour tortillas. Breakfast/lunch until 5 p.m.: Mon.-Sat. $. Credit: Most major.
Casual.

El Chilaquil
1821 W. Commerce St., (210) 226-5410 (W) A haven for meat lovers. Try the generous portions
of carnitas, tortas or huaraches. Breakfast/lunch/dinner: Daily. $. Credit: AMX Dis MC V. Casual.
No smoking.

El Fogon
1823 Buna Vista (210)223-9157. (W) Great Mexican seafood dishes. Breakfast/lunch: Daily.
Dinner: Tue.-Sun. $-$$. Most Major. Casual.

El Sol Bakery
728 S. Presa (D) Mexican bakery, coffee and limited menú. Worth looking for. Breakfast/lunch:
daily. $ Cash only. Casual .

El Jarro de Arturo
13421 San Pedro Ave., (210) 494-5084 (N) From the tomato in the salsa to the lime in the
excellent margarita, freshness is the name of the game at this San Antonio Mexican favorite.
Don't overlook the pasta dishes. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: All major. Casual. No smoking.

El Mirador
722 S. St. Mary's St., (210) 225-9444 (D) El Mirador has a national reputation for its spectacular
soups, but the rest of the menu is a keeper as well. Puffy tacos get a textural punch from
shredded cabbage; chorizo quesadillas score with robust flavor. Breakfast/Lunch: Mon.-Sat.
Dinner: Wed.-Sat. Brunch: Sun. $$. Credit: MV. Casual.

El Mirasol
13489 Blanco Road, (210) 479-8765 (N) Jesse Calvillo's magic continues with dishes such as
Crab Salad Avocado, Tacos al Pastor and Guisado Ranchero. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $$-$$$.
Credit: MV. Casual.

El Rafas Café
1535 W. Hildebrand Ave., (210) 733-5476 (W) Solid Mexican fare with great homemade flavors,
from the exemplary refrieds to the lengua tacos. Breakfast/lunch/dinner: Daily. $. Credit: MC V.
Casual. No smoking.
Ernesto's Mexican Specialties and Seafood
2559 Jackson-Keller Road, (210) 344-1248 (N) Mexican seafood pairs with classic Tex-Mex in
exciting ways here. Buttery, chile-spiked sauces top many of the fish and seafood specialties.
(Updated 3/28/03) Lunch: Mon.-Fri. Dinner: Mon.-Sat. $$-$$$. Credit: AMX Dis MC V. Casual.


Garcia’s Mexican Food
842 Fredericksburg Road (210)732-5686 (W). Good breakfast – try the pork chop and brisket
tacos. Great fresh green salsa. $. Cash. Casual.

Gringo's Mexican Kitchen
5059 N.W. Loop 410, (210) 680-4100 (NW) It's Texas-style food with our own special Mexican
accent. Save room for a free soft-serve ice cream cone on your way out. Lunch/Dinner: Daily. $.
Credit: All major except Diner's Club. Casual.

Guajillo's
1001 N.W. Loop 410, (210) 344-4119 (N) Forget Tex-Mex and settle in for a treat. This place bills
itself as a shortcut to Mexico and delivers with such savory dishes as Cochinita Pibil, Tinga de
Pollo and Tacos al Pastor. Lunch/dinner: daily. $-$$. Credit: AMX Dis MC V. Casual.

Janitzio
4404 Walzem Road, (210) 657-7363 (NC) The menu goes beyond the borders of Tex-Mex to
include such winners as a five enchilada plate and Pescado Criollo, white fish in a tart Creole
sauce. Don't miss the guava empanada. Breakfast/lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: All major.
Casual. No smoking.

Los Barrios
4223 Blanco Road (210)732-6017 (NC). Fun, favorite of San Antonians. Lunch/dinner: daily. $-
$$. Most Major Credit. Casual.

La Calesa
2103 E. Hildebrand Ave., (210) 822-4475 (NC) Perhaps the best guacamole in the city, mixed
fresh to order, is matched by such dishes as huitlacoche quesadillas and cochinita pipil, shreds of
stewed pork topped with pickled red onion. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $$. Credit: AMX MC V. Casual.
No smoking.

La Fogata
2427 Vance Jackson Road, (210) 340-1337 (NC) The roasted tomato salsa still sets the
standard, while such items as green enchiladas, borracho beans and guava empanadas remain
among the finest in the city. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: All major. Casual.



La Fonda on Main
2415 N. Main Ave., (210) 733-0621 (NC) The patio is a cool place to relax while enjoying the
savory botanas, Redfish a la Veracruzana or grilled chicken breast with black beans. Steve's
Margarita is a tart delight. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: All major. Casual. Smoking on patio.

Las Carretas Mexican Restaurant
4054-B Naco Perrin Blvd., (210) 654-1775 (N) Perfectly executed beef fajitas, a stellar chile
relleno and, on Fridays, fish in a garlic sauce make this low-key restaurant a winner.
Breakfast/lunch: Daily. Dinner: Tue.-Sat. (until 9 p.m., except 6 p.m. on Sat.) $. Credit: MC V.
Casual.
Lisa's Mexican Restaurant
4414 W. Commerce St., (210) 433-2531 (W) This unassuming restaurant turns out some
memorable dishes, including grease-free puffy tacos, savory enchiladas and noteworthy refrieds.
Homemade corn tortillas are the perfect foil for the earthy caldo. Breakfast/lunch: Tues.-Sun.
Dinner: Fri.-Sat. $. Credit: MC V.

Los Cucos Mexican Café
226 Bitters Road, Suite 126, (210) 403-2704 (N) A large menu bursting with flavor gives you
plenty of choices, from a variety of enchiladas to sizzling fajitas. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit:
All major. Casual. Smoking section.

Mamacita's Mexican Restaurant
8030 I-10 W., (210) 341-5424 (NW) A working tortilleria, Cheesecake Factory cheesecake,
Starbucks Coffee and twinkling starlight all co-exist within the Mexican village setting that serves
as the inviting backdrop to the Tex-Mex fare. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: Most major.
Casual.

Mary Lou's Café
1002 Pleasanton Road, (210) 924-0478 (S) Pleasant service and a menu that ventures beyond
the normal Tex-Mex offerings make this a good bet. Nachos, tacquitos al carbon, fajitas and puffy
tacos are all worth exploring. Breakfast/lunch: Daily. Dinner: Mon.-Sat. $-$$. Credit: All major.
Casual. No smoking.

Molino Rojo
13032 Nacogdoches Road, (210) 650-3366 (N) There are some pleasant surprises to be had at
this Tex-Mex eatery, ranging from the cumin-laced salsa to the bounteous Botana plate.
Breakfast/lunch: Daily. Dinner: Mon.-Sat. $. Credit: Most major. Casual. No smoking.

Paloma Blanca
5800 Broadway, (210) 822-6151 (NC) Familiar, yet satisfying, with standouts including the Pollo
Asado, or grilled chicken served on sizzling cast iron; the guacamole; the posole; and the shrimp
fajitas. For dessert, don't miss out on the signature Pastel de Tres Leches. Lunch/dinner: Daily;
Breakfast: Sat. $-$$. Credit: Major. No smoking.

Patty's Taco House
2422 S. Hackberry St., (210) 534-3395 (E) With a light, clean look and stripped-down décor,
Patty's isn't fancy but will lure you back with fresh, meticulously prepared Tex-Mex, from the
chicken flautas with ultra-thin, crispy shells, to steaming caldo. Service is friendly and rarely flags.
Breakfast/lunch: Mon-Sat. $. Credit: Major. Casual.

Picante Grill
3810 Broadway, (210) 822-3797 (NC) If you're looking to move a step or two beyond Tex-Mex,
give Picante Grill a try, though there's enough Tex-Mex to keep locals happy. The beans, salsa
and grilled items feature addictive homemade flavors. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: Major.
Casual.

Pico De Gallo (next to UTSA, DT)
111 S. Leona St., (210) 225-6060 (W) Pico de Gallo keeps piling 'em in for solid, occasionally
inspired Tex-Mex fare, from the basics, including the fresh guacamole, to seafood fajitas and
roasted chicken. Puro San Antonio. Breakfast/lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: AMX Dis MC V.
Casual.

Rancho Maguey
11502 Perrin Beitel Road, (210) 590-7372 (N) The extensive menu goes beyond Tex-Mex, with
especially good results from the seafood selections. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $. Credit: All major.
Casual. Smoking.
Rosario's Mexican Cafe y Cantina
910 S. Alamo St., 223-1806 (D) Expect long waits at this popular, noisy South Alamo Street
restaurant, one of the city's best in terms of food and ambience. Start your meal with queso
flameado or seviche; move on to fish and shrimp tacos, green enchiladas and carnitas. Lunch:
Mon.- Sat. Dinner: Tues.-Sat. $-$$. Credit: AMX Dis MC V. Casual.

Señor Willie's Mexican Grill
1201 Austin Hwy., (210) 826-5079 (NC) A bright and friendly spot with a generous menu that has
everything from memorable potato and chorizo nachos to rich caldo and a spiky fish in a mojo de
ajo sauce. Breakfast/lunch: Daily. $. Credit: MV. Casual. No smoking.

So Luna On Broadway
7959 Broadway, (210) 930-8070 (NC) A pleasant ambience, including an outdoor patio, helps
your wait pass quickly at this busy spot. Order tortilla soup, green enchiladas, tacos a la parrilla,
Enchiladas Norteñas and beef guisada with confidence. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $$. Credit: All major
cards. Casual.

Taquería Mexico
7167 Somerset Road, (210) 922-1306 (SW) 10930 Perrin Beitel, (210) 653-9900 (N) Satisfying
Tex-Mex flavors, plus some authentic Mexican touches, make this spacious restaurant off
Southwest Military Drive a destination. Try any of the avocado-laden tortas or the fried whole
tilapia. Breakfast/lunch/dinner: Daily. $. Credit: All major.

Tito's
955 S. Alamo St., (210) 212-8226 (D) A few surprises await, including a bountiful chile relleno
(Tue., Thurs. only), Cilantro Cream Enchiladas and the meat-lovers' parrillada plate.
Breakfast/lunch: Daily. Dinner: Wed.-Fri. $. Credit: Most major. Casual. No smoking.

Teka Molino
2403 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 735-5471 (NC) After some 50 years in business, the Chapa family
knows its Tex-Mex, serving food that continues to draw lines. It's the refrieds wrapped in perfect
corn tortillas with a drizzle of excellent salsa that makes us happiest. Breakfast/lunch/dinner until
7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. $. No credit. Casual.

MIDDLE EASTERN

Cool Café Pasta & Crêpes
12561 Vance Jackson, (210) 877-5001 (N) A savory blend of Middle Eastern and European
dishes that will leave you hungering for more. Breakfast/lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: Most
major. Casual. No smoking.

Galaxy 22
3259 Wurzbach Road (210)509-4490. Cuisines of 22 Middle Eastern countries/regions are
presented cafeteria style. Lunch: Mon.-Sat. Dinner: Daily. $. No Credit. Casual.

Shiraz Persian Cuisine
4230 McCullough Ave., (210) 829-8880 (NC) When an evening calls for exotic dining or "just
something different," Shiraz is up to the task. Whether you order lamb chops with an olive-
mushroom sauce, pistachio-dusted beef tenderloin or a terrific stuffed eggplant, you'll find a
wealth of flavors mingled by a masterful hand. Dinner: Mon.-Sat. $$-$$$. AMX Dis MC V. Casual.

Shisha Café
5500 Babcock Road, (210) 694-4800 (NW) The majority of customers show up for the shisha, or
hookah waterpipe, but the fare, from fool medames to chicken shawerma, is well worth
investigating. Dinner: Daily. $. Credit: Most major. Casual. Smoking on sidewalk.
Zaki Restaurant
4263 N.W. Loop 410, (210) 348-0007 (NW) Hummus heavy with sesame paste, tart tabbouleh,
fragrant rice and crunchy felafel are among the standards here that go well with the daily special,
the kebabs or the marinated shawarma. Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. $. Credit: Most major. Casual.
No smoking.

PAN-ASIAN

Asia Kitchen
1739 S.W. Loop 410, (210) 673-0662 (NW) Catch the heat of authentic Thai fare at this
restaurant - unless you specify otherwise. Then settle in for some excellent fare, all served family-
style so you can easily sample a little of everything. Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. $-$$. Credit: All
major. Casual. Limited

Asian Buffet
1533 Austin Hwy., (210) 829-8188 (NC) In addition to Chinese favorites, there's Mongolian
barbecue, sushi and even enchiladas that are worth a sample. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $. Credit:
AMV. Casual. No smoking.

Buffet World
14040 Nacogdoches, (210) 650-0119 (N) Take your pick of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and
American at this ample, fresh and well-kept buffet. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $. Credit: All major.
Casual. No smoking.

Fire Bowl Cafe
255 E. Basse Road, (210) 829-0887 (NC) This Pan-Asian quick-service restaurant breathes fresh
life into wonton soup, no mean feat, and does so in a clean, fresh, friendly manner. Lunch/dinner:
Daily. $-$$. Credit: Most major. Casual.

Pacific Moon
17700 U.S. 281 N., Suite 128, (210) 402-3411 (N) Han Olmstead creates a magical fusion of
Korean, Chinese and Californian styles in dishes that are pure pleasure. Service is slow, but
everything is made to order. Lunch: Daily. Dinner Mon.-Sat. $-$$. Credit: All major.

Pho Saigon
10918 Wurzbach Road, (210) 561-1850. (N) Vietnamese, Thai and some Chinese blend together
under chef Noi McCullough's assured touch. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: AdisMV. Casual.
No smoking.

PIZZA

Alamo Pizza
1702 W. Gramercy Place, (210) 734-2400 (W); 3938 S. Zarzamora St., (210) 932-2500 (W) Great
pizza, killer wings and the pizzadilla are just a few of the treats that lie in store at either location.
Lunch/dinner: Daily. $. Credit: All major. Casual.

Big Lou's Pizza
2048 S. W.W. White Road, (210) 337-0707 (E) A new home, but the same old incredible pizza,
wings and lasagna. There's even a 37-inch pizza for Texas-sized appetites. Among the best in
the city. Lunch/dinner: Tues.-Sun. $. Credit: AMX Dis MC V. Casual. No smoking.

Florio's Pizza
7701 Broadway, (210) -8646 (NC) The pizza is mighty fine - can folks from the greater New York
metropolitan area produce anything less? - but the real star here is the cold Italian sub, arguably
the best sandwich in the city. Lunch/dinner: Tue.-Sat. $. Credit: AMX MC V.

Goomba's Pizzeria
7214 Blanco Road, (210) 348-9090 (N) New York-style pizza isn't the only draw on the menu.
Don't overlook the generous salads, wings, hot and cold subs, and pasta dishes. Lunch/dinner:
Mon.-Sat. $-$$. Credit: Most major. Casual. No smoking.

Miss Ellie's Pizza
903 Bitters Road, (210) 499-1258 (N) Wanna slice of pie New York style? Look no further than
this joint, which offers great pizza and an even better lasagna. Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. $. Credit:
Dis MC V. Casual.

Naples Pizza & Restaurant
14602 Huebner Road, (210) 479-2670 (N) It has what every pizzeria needs: Great combos on
pizza, pasta, salads, and beer and wine in an informal setting that appeals to kids and adults
alike. Lunch/dinner: Tue.-Sun. $-$$. Credit: Most major. Casual.

Napoli's Cucina Italiana & Pizzeria
4063 Medical Drive, (210) 615-1116 (NW) Fresh ingredients from the salad to the pizza toppings
make this neighborhood pizza joint worth discovering. Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. $-$$. Credit: Most
major. Casual. No smoking.

Rome's Pizza
5999 De Zavala Road, (210) 691-2070 (NW); 300 W. Bitters Road, (210) 490-0700 (N) An array
of inventive flavor combinations awaits pizza lovers. But the menu also includes stromboli,
salads, pasta, subs and more. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: Most major. Casual. No
smoking.

Trilogy Pizza and Wine Bistro
19141 Stone Oak Pkwy., (210) 404-1818 (N) The three varieties of pizza - classic New York style,
original Chicago deep-dish and California gourmet - are good choices, but don't overlook the fiery
Pasta Fuego. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: Most major. Casual. No smoking.


PUB GRUP

Acapulco Drive-Inn
609 S. Alamo, (210) 224 2452 Another San Antonio Ice-house for a cold one, across from the
Fire House. It’s safe; grab a chair. Burgers/tacos, etc. $. Cash only. Casual.

Bar America
(210)223 7462, 723 S Alamo Street Family-owned tavern draws blue-collar clientele; heats up
later; standard American pilsners. Burgers/tacos, etc. Open Daily. $. Cash only. Casual.

Blue Star Brewing Company
1414 S. Alamo (210)212 5506 (D) Brew-pub (beers vary seasonally) some wines, burgers, pizza,
salmon salad. Dinner: daily $$-$$$. Credit: Most Major. Casual. Smoking outside.

Copa Wine Bar and Tasting Room
19141 Stone Oak Pkwy, suite 704, 210-494 COPA (2672) (N). Décor will remind you of Spain –
great selection of wines, which can be tasted, ordered by the glass or by the bottle (If you like one
you can buy a bottle and take it home.) To go with your wine, enjoy Angie’s homemade panini or
a cheese/meat platter from Spain, Italy, France or California. Awesome desserts (one piece of
chocolate cake fed 4 of us!). $-$$$. Daily. Credit: Most Major. Casual. Smoking outside.
The Flying Saucer
11255 Huebner Road, (210) 647-PINT (7468). (N) Have a turkey burger or a Fellini Salad while
enjoying a pint or two from the excellent beer menu. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: All major.
Casual. Smoking on patio.

The Lion & Rose
5148 Broadway, (210) 822-ROSE (7673) (NC) A comfortable British pub with all the traditional
offerings from the kitchen and on tap, including bangers and mash, fish and chips, and
shepherd's pie. Don't overlook the vegetables, especially the bubble and squeak. Lunch/dinner:
Daily. $-$$. Credit: All major. Casual. Smoking section.

SEAFOOD

Camaron Pelado
1113 Pleasanton Road, (210) 928-2829 (S) From the fish soup that starts each meal to the
reasonably priced fried fish dinner, all is ship-shape at this Mexican seafood place. Lunch/dinner;
Daily. $-$$. Credit: All major. Casual. No smoking.

Clear Springs
606 E. Afton Oaks, Blvd., (210) 403-3474 (N) Fried seafood and onion rings take center stage.
Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: AMV. Casual.

El 7 Mares
3831 W. Commerce St. (210) 436-6056 (W) Mexican seafood delivered mostly with flying colors.
Generous portions of fried fish, seviche, shrimp enchiladas and more will keep you coming back
for more. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: Major. Casual.

La Playa
3201 W. Poplar St., (210) 735-8715 (W) Salvadoran and Mexican specialties, from tamales
wrapped in banana leaves to seviche chalupas, fill the menu at this affordable seafood spot.
Lunch/dinner: Thur.-Tue. $. Casual. Credit: Most major. No smoking.

Matisse
13259 Blanco Road, (210) 479-0910 (N) Upscale seafood presented in an elegant setting.
Lobster tacos, a Marseilles soup, sea bass and a rib-eye are among the standouts. Lunch: Mon.-
Fri. Dinner: Mon.-Sat. Brunch: Sun. $$-$$$. Credit: All major. Business casual.

Ocean Star Seafood & Grill
1039 N.E. Loop 410, (210) 822-9788 (N) Flash-fried trout, potato-crusted salmon, grilled shrimp -
you'll find some good seafood flavors without having to go overboard on the prices. Lunch/dinner:
Daily. $-$$$. Credit: All major. Casual. No smoking.

Pesca On The River
Watermark Hotel and Spa, 212 Crockett St., (210) 396-5800 (D*) The freshest seafood stars in
such intriguing ways as baked oysters in a morel sauce or grouper in a banana-curry sauce.
Lunch/dinner: Daily. $$$. Credit: All major. Casual. No smoking.




The Sandbar (weird hours, call to make sure they are open!!!)
152 E. Pecan St., (210) 222-2426. (D) A heavenly array of oysters, an extensive white wine list
and a unique key lime pie. Too bad it's only open for lunch. Lunch: Tue.-Sat. $-$$$. Credit: All
major. Casual. No smoking.
STEAKS

Morton's, The Steakhouse
849 E. Commerce St., Rivercenter, (210) 228-0700 (D*) The food isn't cheap, but if you're willing
to pay for top-quality steaks and sides, Morton's of Chicago has what you're after. Save room for
the molten Hot Godiva Chocolate Cake. Dinner: Daily. $$$. Credit: ADMV. Casual.

The Palm Restaurant
233 E. Houston St., (210) 226-7256 (D*) The rib-eye remains the standard in town, but don't stick
solely with the steaks at the expense of the seafood or Italian offerings. At lunch, try the chili.
Lunch: Mon.-Fri. Dinner: Daily. $$$. Credit: All major. Business casual.

TAPAS

Carmens de la Calle Café
720 E. Mistletoe Ave., (210) 737-8272 (NC) Tapas, such as Moroccan Sausage with Figs and
Paella, are served up against a rich musical backdrop in an eclectic, fun and funky setting.
Dinner: Thu.-Sun. $$ (note: $5 cover with live music.) Credit: Most major. Casual.

THAI

Asia Kitchen
1739 S. W. Loop 410 (210) 673-0662. (NW) Authentic Thai food, family-owned neighborhood
restaurant. Lunch/dinner: Mon-Sat. $-$$. Most Major. Casual.

Jasmin Thai
4065 Medical Drive, (210) 615-6622 (NW) Layers of irresistible Thai curries, coconut milk, lime
leaves, bail and ginger are among the many flavors to expect at this cozy restaurant.
Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: All major. Casual.

Mon's Thai Bistro
4901 Broadway, (210) 822-3253 (NC) Thai and sushi mix comfortably in this intimate space
designed with an air of Asian simplicity. Check out old favorites, like basil or green curries, or try
such new dishes as the apple salad with shrimp. Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. $-$$. Credit: Most
major. Casual. No smoking.

Sarika's Thai Restaurant
4319 Medical Drive, Suite 200, (210) 692-3200 (NW) From the chicken satay to mango and sticky
rice, Sarika's pleases with its bold flavors and beautiful presentations. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$.
Credit: Most major. Casual. No smoking.

Sawasdee Thai Cuisine
6407 Blanco Road, (210) 979-9110. (NC) Bright, bold flavors from coconut milk, garlic, basil,
chiles and lemon grass, among many others, fill the menu at this serenely supreme restaurant.
Lunch: Mon.-Sat. Dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: All major. Casual. No smoking.

Sompong's Thai and Chinese Cuisine
8110 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 614-0845 (NW) Solid, unfussy Thai food at great prices,
especially at lunch, will leave you feeling quite happy. Pass the fried ribs at your own risk.
Chinese and Thai dishes are equally good. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: AMX Dis MC V.
Casual.
Thai Chili
4303 Thousand Oaks Drive, (210) 656-8589 (N) Chef Chai takes you on a culinary adventure that
can be calm (pad Thai) or rollicking (Som Tum, green papaya and salt-cured crab in the shell).
Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: AMX Dis MC V. Casual.

Thai-Lao Orchid
7959 Broadway, (210) 832-9889. (NC) An intoxicating blend of Thai, Laotian, Japanese and
Vietnamese dishes fill the menu of this cool, relaxing restaurant. Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. $$.
Credit: Most major. Casual. Smoking on patio.

Thai Palace
20323 Huebner Road, (210) 497-8208 (N) A buffet laden with Thai riches, including beef salads,
red and green curries, noodles and tapioca pearls, all kept fresh and inviting. Lunch/dinner: Daily.
$-$$. Credit: Most major. Casual. No smoking.

Thai Pikul
5136 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 524-9440. (NW) A heady mix of comforting flavors and exciting
spices, in everything from a grilled pork appetizer to Garlic Chicken Noodle, fill the menu.
Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: AMX Dis MC V. Casual. No smoking.
Thai Taste
5520 Evers Road, (210) 520-6800 (NW) The strip-shopping-center setting is pretty plain, but you
can order any entrée or soup with confidence. The fiery curries, noodle dishes and appetizers are
what we find most worthy. Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. Closed Sun. $. Credit: AMX MC V. Casual.

Tong's Thai
1146 Austin Hwy., (210) 829-7345 (NC) A comfortable mix of old Thai favorites, with some
Chinese as well, plus such welcome newcomers as bubble tea. Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. $-$$.
Credit: Most major. Casual.

TURKISH

Istanbul Café
3720 N.W. Loop 410, (210) 736-2887. (W) The kebabs are tender and juicy, yet they're no match
for the stellar vegetarian Turkish delights. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: Most major. Casual.
No smoking.

Turquoise Turkish Grill
11220 Perrin Beitel Road, (210) 946-3070. (NE) Turkish delights, from a red lentil-tomato soup to
well-seasoned kebabs, prove both exotic and comforting. Save room for baklava. Lunch/dinner:
Daily. $$. Credit: Dis MC V. Casual. Smoking on patio.

Great VALUES (OK, some are Chains!)

Chipotle Mexican Grill
Various locations. Exemplary carnitas are the star of a limited but tasty burrito menu that includes
barbacoa (carnitas), chicken (carnitas) and beef steak (carnitas) Did we mention the carnitas?
Lunch/dinner: Daily. $. Credit: MV. Casual. Smoking on patio.

El Taco Tote
9502 I-10 W., (210) 593-1533 (NW) The simple Mexico City style taquería menu features
homemade corn or flour tortillas filled with chicken, beef and shrimp, plus a few side dishes.
Lunch/dinner: Daily. $. Credit: Most major. Casual. Smoking areas.
Mama Margie's
1600 S.W. Military Drive (210) 923-1600 (S) From-scratch cooking at reasonable prices is the
hallmark here. Top-notch tacos al carbon, fajitas, caldo and carne guisada will keep you coming
back for more. Breakfast, lunch, dinner: Daily. $. Credit: All major. Casual.

Main Street Pizza & Pasta
1906 N. Main Ave., (210) 732-8861. (NC) A lively mix of pizza, pasta, stromboli and calzone,
accented by a garlicky tomato sauce, make this place a bargain draw. Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. $.
Credit: Most major. Casual. Smoking on patio.

Orderup
999 E. Basse Road, Suite 193, (210) 824-9600 (NC) Friendly counter service, meticulous
surroundings, great homemade food and reasonable prices are highlights of this attractive, casual
restaurant. Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. $. Cash Casual. No smoking.

Taco House
6307 San Pedro Ave., (210) 341-3136 (NC) Deceptively light puffy tacos, crisps and fresh
chalupas, peppery fajitas and even the airy sopaipillas make this taqueria a value stop.
Breakfast/lunch: Daily. $. Cash only. Casual.

VIETNAMESE

Pho Cong Ly
300 W. Bitters Road, (210) 499-5572 (N) This is home to some of the best, most reasonably
priced food you'll find. Start with spring or summer rolls, move on to pho (rice noodle soups), then
finish with the bun (vermicelli) with lemon-grass-fried chicken. (Lunch/dinner: Daily. $. Credit:
AMX Dis MC V. Casual.

Pho Ha Long
6424 N.W. Loop 410, (210) 521-4507 (NW) This Vietnamese noodle shop is fresh, bright and
easy on the palate. If you're lost looking at the menu, the staff will gladly point you in the right
direction. Lunch/dinner: Daily. $. Credit: MV. Casual. No smoking.

Pho San Antonio
6180 Wurzbach Road, (210) 523-2888 (NW) Surrender to the savory culinary diversity served up
at this palace of pho, deep-fried soft shell crab, pork-filled French sandwiches, and more.
Lunch/dinner: Daily. $-$$. Credit: Most major. Casual. No smoking.

Saigon Express
1626 McCullough Ave., (210) 277-1899 (NC) Pho, the Vietnamese beef broth staple, is given an
exemplary treatment. A simple yet deft balancing of spices and seasonings marks the flavorful
menu. Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. Credit: MC V. Casual. No smoking.

Vietnam Gardens
5433 Blanco Road, (210) 377-1989 (NC) Don't limit yourself merely to the Vietnamese
specialties. The Thai and especially the Chinese fare are also excellent, largely because each
dish is made to order. Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. $. Credit: Most major. Casual.

				
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