A spread of dishes from Mi Roti. Karissa Rangel
Where to find iconic puffy tacos, boozy boba, fried snapper throats, and green curry smoked brisket in San Antonio
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A spread of dishes from Mi Roti. | Karissa Rangel
When it comes to dining in San Antonio, the city is an evolving blend of old and new. Time-honored neighborhood restaurants and casual mainstays are the backbone of San Antonio’s food landscape, and, unlike in some larger cities, these classics manage to coexist with the influx of burgeoning fine dining establishments.
Whether it’s puffy tacos, green curry, fried fish, or smoked brisket, there’s a little something for everyone in the Countdown City. In recent years, mixed-use developments like Pearl have become sites for restauranteurs looking to make an impact in San Antonio, and many have been successful in achieving their goals. Still, residents and frequent visitors remain loyal to the “puro San Anto” homegrown restaurants that make the city so unique.
As with all businesses, because things are changing constantly, be sure to call ahead to make sure each restaurant is still open and find out whether there are updates on current offerings and service models. Wear a mask, tip well, and if you’re ordering delivery, try to order directly from the businesses themselves.
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.
2195 NW Military Hwy
San Antonio, TX 78213
Clementine is a Castle Hills hidden gem that provides an unexpected fine dining experience just outside Northwest Loop 410. Owned and run by John and Elise Russ, the restaurant serves up seasonal, regional dishes with a Southern touch and remains one of very few places in town that features gamier meats, like quail and pheasant. The menu changes often, but diners can expect dishes like braised oyster mushrooms, gulf fish en papillote, and chamomile-brined spatchcock chicken served with a garden chimichurri. There’s also a prix fixe option designed to highlight the flavors du jour. Though walk-ins are welcome, reservations for dine-in service can be made online or by phone.
Mushroom salad at Clementine. Jessica Attie
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3307 Fredericksburg Rd
San Antonio, TX 78201
On any given day, the drive-thru line at the Original Donut Shop extends into the street, and during peak hours, it might even spill over into the parking lot of the adjacent Texaco. What brings people far and wide to this bakery and taqueria? It’s simple: the toasted bean and cheese tacos.