Best Of 2021

Best Coffee Shop

Winner: Local Coffee

302 Pearl Parkway, Suite 118

localcoffee.com

2. Summer Moon

Multiple locations

summermooncoffee.com

3. La Panadería

Multiple locations

lapanaderia.com

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

Winner: La Panadería 

Multiple locations

lapanaderia.com

Inspired by their family's legacy of selling baked goods in Mexico City, brothers José and David Cáceres opened their homegrown chain's flagship Alamo Heights location in 2014. Since then, they've opened two more San Antonio locations that expand their offerings beyond artisan baked goods to include breakfast, lunch and dinner service along with libations. Los Hermanos Cáceres' traditional Mexican specialties such as conchas and empanadas have clearly won over San Antonians, as has their innovative "croncha," a decadent cross between a donut and a croissant. As evidence of the business' connection to the community, La Panadería even offered curbside and delivery services to supply essential items such as bread, eggs and milk as grocery store inventories dwindled during the pandemic.

2. Bakery Lorraine

Multiple locations

bakerylorraine.com

3. Bird Bakery

5912 Broadway

(210) 804-2473

birdbakery.com

Winner: Tellez Tamales & Barbacoa

Multiple locations

facebook.com/Tellez-Tamales-Barbacoa-115721145123658

2. Rios Barbacoa

Multiple locations

3. Pepe's Barbacoa

Multiple locations

facebook.com/Pepes-Barbacoa-230495087601188

Winner: Smoke Shack

3714 Broadway

(210) 957-1430

smokeshacksa.com

A repeat winner from 2020, Smoke Shack may have started out, as its name implies, as a shack on the back of a trailer, but this purveyor of smoky goodness has certainly built from those humble beginnings. Indeed, the spot's name has become locally synonymous with succulent pork, chicken, sausage and ribs. Known for tender Wagyu brisket — which makes a cameo in grilled cheese sandwiches and gooey macaroni and cheese — this Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives alum has emerged as a dining spot that locals are willing to fight Broadway traffic to visit.

2. Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q

Multiple locations

rudysbbq.com

3. Pinkerton's Barbecue

107 W. Houston St.

(210) 983-0088

pinkertonsbarbecue.com

Winner: Wayne's Wings

Multiple locations

wayneswingssa.com

Wayne's Wings owner Dwayne Price has had a busy year, opening a second location in Northwest San Antonio while also operating at full steam at his newish location in the city's Northeast quadrant. Both spots excel at serving up tasty wings embellished with Price's signature sauces and dry-rubs, including garlic-parmesan and spicy ghost pepper. For something scrumptuous, if a little more on the conventional side, give the spicy lemon pepper wings a try.

2. The Jerk Shack

117 Matyear St.

(210) 776-7780

facebook.com/thejerkshacksatx

3. Tony G's Soul Food

915 S. Hackberry St.

(210) 451-1234

tonygssoulfood.com

Winner: Magnolia Pancake Haus

Multiple locations

magnoliapancakehaus.com

Anyone who wants proof of how much San Antonians crave Magnolia breakfasts and brunches needs only to look at the business' rapid expansion since it started in 2000. Thanks to the recent addition of a new outpost in the Cibolo area, this perennial morning-meal favorite now offers its award-winning pancakes, waffles, hashes and omelets at three area locations. And the accolades keep rolling in. We suspect this locally owned favorite will remain a contender in both categories for some time to come.

2. Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

Multiple locations

snoozeeatery.com

3. Max and Louie's New York Diner

226 W. Bitters Road, Suite 126

(210) 483-7600

maxandlouiesdiner.com

Winner: Las Palapas

Multiple locations

laspalapas.com

East Los Angeles transplant Ron Acosta opened his first Las Palapas in San Antonio 40 years ago, and slowly but steadily built it into a 20-store enterprise focused on the Alamo City market. Its win for Best Breakfast Tacos suggests the expansion hasn't cut the quality of its offerings, especially when it comes to SA's favorite way to start the day. Las Palapas fans rave about its fluffy flour tortillas, the quantity and quality of its fillings and the addictive quality of its roasted salsa. No wonder its restaurant drive-thrus are dependably packed at the beginning of each workday.

2. The Original Donut Shop

3307 Fredericksburg Road

(210) 734-5661

facebook.com/theoriginaldonutshop

3. Bill Miller Bar-B-Q

Multiple locations

billmillerbbq.com

Winner: Magnolia Pancake Haus

Multiple locations

magnoliapancakehaus.com

Anyone who wants proof of how much San Antonians crave Magnolia breakfasts and brunches needs only to look at the business' rapid expansion since it started in 2000. Thanks to the recent addition of a new outpost in the Cibolo area, this perennial morning-meal favorite now offers its award-winning pancakes, waffles, hashes and omelets at three area locations. And the accolades keep rolling in. We suspect this locally owned favorite will remain a contender in both categories for some time to come.

2. Ida Claire

7300 Jones Maltsberger Road

(210) 667-2145

ida-claire.com

3. La Panadería

Multiple locations

lapanaderia.com

Winner: Burger Boy

Multiple locations

burgerboysa.com

San Antonio-born Burger Boy knocked longtime favorite Chris Madrid's out of the top spot for 2021, and there's a good chance the mini-chain's multiple new locations helped it rack up those extra votes. After all, the expansion means more residents are aware of its award-winning burgers, milkshakes and crinkle-cut fries. Should be interesting to see whether two more soon-to-come Burger Boys — one on the South Side and another in Live Oak — can help it rack up a consecutive win in the category next year.

2. Chris Madrid's

1900 Blanco Road

(210) 735-3552

chrismadrids.com

3. Armadillos Texas Style Burgers

Multiple locations

armadilloburger.com

Winner: The Jerk Shack

117 Matyear St.

(210) 776-7780

facebook.com/thejerkshacksatx

2. Puerto Koki

11395 Shaenfield Road

(210) 548-4650

puertokokisa.com

3. Jamaica Jamaica Cuisine

Multiple locations

jamaicajamaicacuisine.com