Best Of 2014

Best Place to Eat Late Night

Barbaro
2720 McCullough, (210) 320-2261, barbarosanantonio.com

Eating late doesn’t always mean heading for the closest taco stand (we still love you, Hardbodies taco truck). Sometimes you want something more … refined. Enter Barbaro, which stays open to midnight Sunday through Thursday and until 1 a.m. on weekends. Sure, you can get an excellent pie on delicious dough with stellar topping combinations late into the evening, but don’t miss out on the small plates such as the charred asparagus with crème fraiche and a salsa rossa perfect for dipping any leftover crusts. If your sweet tooth strikes at the midnight hour, you could do much worse than ordering the ricotta zeppole, an order of deep-fried dough balls with butterscotch and sea salt. Now, that’s amore.

1. Bakery Lorraine
511 E Grayson, (210) 862-5582, bakerylorraine.com

2. Bird Bakery
5912 Broadway, (210) 804-2473, birdbakery.com

3. Broadway Daily Bread
Multiple locations, broadwaydailybread.net

 

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1. Taco Taco Café
145 E Hildebrand, (210) 822-9533, tacotacosa.com

2. Tellez Tamales & Barbacoa
1737 S General McMullen, (210) 433-1367

3. Rio’s Barbacoa
Multiple locations

 

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1. Rudy’s Country Store
Multiple locations, rudysbbq.com

2. Two Bros BBQ
12656 West, (210) 496-0222, twobrosbbqmarket.com

3. The Granary
602 Avenue A, (210) 228-0124, thegranarysa.com

 

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1. Taco Taco Café
145 E Hildebrand, (210) 822-9533, tacotacosa.com

2. Taco Haven
Multiple locations, tacohaven.info

3.Bill Miller Bar-B-Q
Multiple locations, billmillerbbq.com

 

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1. Candlelight
3011 N St. Mary’s, (210) 738-0099, candlelightsa.com

2. Magnolia Pancake Haus
Multiple locations, magnoliapancakehaus.com

3. Feast
1024 S Alamo, (210) 354-1024, feastsa.com

 

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1. Chris Madrid’s
1900 Blanco, (210) 735-3552, chrismadrids.com

A San Antonio favorite, Chris Madrid’s has been dishing out massive burgers with some serious fries since 1977. The famous tostada bean burger proves memorable, combining a juicy burger patty, beans and crisp chips with a whole lot of cheese. Madrid’s sweet mango margarita is a perfect pairing for any of the burgers, chalupas or nachos on the menu.

2. Chester’s Hamburger Company
Multiple locations

3. Big’z Burger Joint
2303 N Loop 1604 W, (210) 408-2029, bigz-burgerjoint.com

1. DeWeses’s Tip Top Café
2814 Fredericksburg, (210) 732-0191, tiptopcafe.com

2. Lulu’s Bakery and Cafe
918 N Main, (210) 224-5001, luluscafeinsa.com

3. Good Time Charlie’s
2922 Broadway, (210) 828-5392, gtcsatx.com

 

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1. Golden Wok
Multiple locations, golden-wok.com

2. Hsiu Yu
8338 Broadway, (210) 828-2273, hsiuyu.com

3.Formosa Garden
1011 NE Loop 410, (210) 828-9988, formosagarden.com

 

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1. Local Coffee
Multiple locations, localcoffeesa.com

Serious about coffee, the neighborhood java brewmasters at Local treat bean roasting like an art. Self-admittedly “obsessed” with crafting the best cup of joe, baristas offer a rotating lineup of new coffee from different roasters around the country on a weekly basis. The sleek, modern space and relaxed ambience of all three locations, including the most recent (and much anticipated) spot at the Pearl, is perfect for catching up with friends or weeding through your inbox—this year Local was rightfully named “best place to work on your laptop,” too. Readers salute Local for keeping them not just caffeinated with damn good coffee, but with the direct-trade, organic kind of black gold we can all get behind.

2. Olmos Perk Coffee
5223 McCullough, (210) 858-2956, olmosperk.com

3. Halcyon Southtown
1414 S Alamo, (210) 277-7045, halcyonsouthtown.com

1. Bakery Lorraine
511 E Grayson, (210) 862-5582, bakerylorraine.com

2. Bird Bakery
5912 Broadway, (210) 804-2473, birdbakery.com

3. Cupcake Couture
Multiple locations, cupcakecouturebakeries.com

 

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