I am a San Antonio native who has gotten great advice from this site when i travel and after reading the few threads for San Antonio, and being disappointed at the recommendations, i felt obligated to give a REAL list for those coming to the San Antonio area. I prefer mom and pop type local gems apposed to huge expensive chain type eateries, so thats what my list will mostly contain. Remember that in SA we eat Mexican food, burgers, mexican food, anything fried or covered with cheese and mexican food, don't come here looking for the best chinese or anything like that. I know i missed a bunch of gems, but this is a good start. You should be able to google most of these for location / more info. ENJOY!
***Tip Top Cafe- Onion Rings / Chicken Fried Steak / Pie
*-Lulu's cafe- country fried steak / BIG cinnamion rolls!
-Josephine's St Cafe- San Antonio's oldie but goodie, original local spot right downtown. they have it all
-Liberty Bar- same as above (Josephine's), and right next door to it.
-Casbeer's- local comfort foods. (enchiladas / burgers / more..)
**-The Gristmill- short drive to grueene, tx. good day trip for the family, lots of local antiques/boutiques/shops/reasturants and even a dance hall where you can find live music (sometimes big names)
-Bud Jones- only had the country fried steak, but they have a lot more
-Mr and Mrs G's- southern homecooking soulfood / pastries
**Chris Madrid's- burgers, nachos and... burgers! it is soo good i own a shirt.
*Sam's Burger Joint - burgers / live music
*Timbo's- burgers-closed weekends (yellow sub-burger stuffed w/jalepenos & cheese)
Chunky's burgers- actually never been here, but its got some really spicy burger that was on the food network or somthing.
--->Mexican Food:***(these are all good choices for Mexican food, this is San Antonio!)***
Los Barrios- mexican food. great choice indoor and outdoor dining. good stuff/clean place
Henry's Puffy Taco- "Tex-Mex".. puffy tacos
Mi Tierra- Mexican food downtown (touristy, but good fun)
Rosario's- Good Mexican food / Cool place.
Cha Cha's- Margarita's... oh and they have above average mexican food.
El Chaparral- Mexican Food
El Jarro- Mexican Food
El Rafa's Cafe-about as "local" as you can get.. its a house w/ good food
Pico de Gallo- Good Mexican food downtown. If Mi Tierra's wait is too long cross the Hwy.
*La Playa- semi-mexican style seafood (shrimp cocktail / fried fish and shrimp)-plain good fried seafood
*camaron pelado- real mexican seafood.. get the fish tacos (crunchy shell)!
Big Lou's- HUGE pizza slices. google it-
Capperilli's- family owned itallian, if i was itallian i'd say it tastes like grandma made it!
Chicago's Pizza- best deep dish style pizza in town. (although ive never been to chicago)
*Florio's pizzeria- Great NY style pizza/Italian sub
Rome's pizza- good "normal" pizza.
Dough Pizzeria- good stuff!
**Texas Pride BBQ- short drive, but definitely worth it.
Rudy's BBQ- good BBQ! (brisket / cream corn / anything!) it has become a texas chain, but original is just north of SA, trust me, its good.
bun and barrell- good smoked BBQ if your in the area.
*Black's BBQ- never actually been, but VERY highly recommended.
--->Steaks: (nothing fancy, just your local mom and pop steak houses)
*san francisco steakhouse
the barn door
the little red barn
**Magnolia Pancake Haus- breakfast. go here for breakfast
The Cove- Organic-ish food / fish tacos / good burgers (bison burger and such)
*Viet Nam restaurant- AWESOME spring rolls / jasmine tea, decent pho... dont get to crazy here, its San Antonio, but i'd definately reccommend going for a meal of their spring rolls.
Godai- only good place around for sushi / japannese
earl abel's- local diner cafe. san antonio classic, but a diner is a diner. you know?
jim's- some will hate me for this, but its a 24hour diner with the best tortilla soup in town.
Schilo's Deli- german deli / german potato salad