20 Reasons Why San Antonio Was Named a Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO

This week, UNESCO (which handles cultural distinctions as part of the United Nations) named San Antonio a Creative City of Gastronomy after a a collaborative “effort that included the City of San Antonio, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, local nonprofit organizations and private entities including local chefs Johnny Hernandez, Elizabeth Johnson and Edible San Antonio.” But lobbying aside, there are plenty of reasons why the SA is a creative town for foodies. Here’s a few reasons why we can’t stop exploring the food landscape in the Alamo City.
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We Have Amazing Tex-Mex
You won’t find better carne guisada, cheesy enchiladas or puffy tacos than in San Antonio. From Mi Tierra to Los Barrios to Ray’s to Oscar’s Taco House on the Southside.
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Ray's Drive Inn
We Have Amazing Tex-Mex
You won’t find better carne guisada, cheesy enchiladas or puffy tacos than in San Antonio. From Mi Tierra to Los Barrios to Ray’s to Oscar’s Taco House on the Southside.
Photo via Instagram, joemillereats
Johnny Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Hernandez
The hometown boy that worked at his father’s Westside restaurant before leaving to New York’s Culinary Institute of America-Hyde Park to gain serious cheffin’ skills. He returned to San Antonio, opened his own catering company, opened La Gloria at the Pearl has accrued a seriously enviable resume that includes opening several La Gloria’s across San Antonio and Vegas, The Fruteria, El Machito, the upcoming Burgerteca and Villa Rica; hosted Andrew Zimmern. Oh, and he cooked President Obama’s Cinco de Mayo dinner in 2016.
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La Gloria
Johnny Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Hernandez
The hometown boy that worked at his father’s Westside restaurant before leaving to New York’s Culinary Institute of America-Hyde Park to gain serious cheffin’ skills. He returned to San Antonio, opened his own catering company, opened La Gloria at the Pearl has accrued a seriously enviable resume that includes opening several La Gloria’s across San Antonio and Vegas, The Fruteria, El Machito, the upcoming Burgerteca and Villa Rica; hosted Andrew Zimmern. Oh, and he cooked President Obama’s Cinco de Mayo dinner in 2016.
Photo via Instagram, iamchefjohnny
It’s Not All Tex-Mexican
Yes, we make a mean puffy taco and Hernandez has helped bring San Antonio into the spotlight with interior Mexican street food, but the creativity doesn’t stop there. The city has a growing list of varied eateries that cater to just about every palate including the contemporary faves at the Pearl and surrounding areas, Southtown's expanding foodie neighborhood; the burgeoning East Side (that has some of the best Korean food in the area) the evolving pan-Asian cuisine in the  Medical Center.
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BLISS
It’s Not All Tex-Mexican
Yes, we make a mean puffy taco and Hernandez has helped bring San Antonio into the spotlight with interior Mexican street food, but the creativity doesn’t stop there. The city has a growing list of varied eateries that cater to just about every palate including the contemporary faves at the Pearl and surrounding areas, Southtown's expanding foodie neighborhood; the burgeoning East Side (that has some of the best Korean food in the area) the evolving pan-Asian cuisine in the Medical Center.
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We Have Vegetarian Delights
Found in eateries like Revolucion Coffee + Juice, Green, Bok Choy and Elizabeth Johnson’s Pharm Table, vegetarian fare is keeping San Antonio bellies happy and healthy.
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Pharm Table
We Have Vegetarian Delights
Found in eateries like Revolucion Coffee + Juice, Green, Bok Choy and Elizabeth Johnson’s Pharm Table, vegetarian fare is keeping San Antonio bellies happy and healthy.
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Our Italian Eateries are to Die For
From the upcoming Nonna by the restaurant group behind Silo, to beautiful Battalion, Tre Enoteca and Tre Trattoria, the city is delivering so much more than tasty red sauce Italian. The list keeps growing.
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Battalion
Our Italian Eateries are to Die For
From the upcoming Nonna by the restaurant group behind Silo, to beautiful Battalion, Tre Enoteca and Tre Trattoria, the city is delivering so much more than tasty red sauce Italian. The list keeps growing.
Photo via Instagram, jennrollins
We Keep It Real When It Comes to Barbecue
Fight me. San Antonio’s ‘cue game is changing exponentially as led by pitmasters Esaul Ramos and Joe Melig of 2M Smokehouse, Laura Loomis of Two Bros. BBQ Market, and Emo Soliz of Kings Hwy. Brew & Cue. Let’s not forget chef Tim Rattray, who takes serves up market barbecue by day and beautiful smoke-filled plates by night at The Granary.
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2M Smokehouse
We Keep It Real When It Comes to Barbecue
Fight me. San Antonio’s ‘cue game is changing exponentially as led by pitmasters Esaul Ramos and Joe Melig of 2M Smokehouse, Laura Loomis of Two Bros. BBQ Market, and Emo Soliz of Kings Hwy. Brew & Cue. Let’s not forget chef Tim Rattray, who takes serves up market barbecue by day and beautiful smoke-filled plates by night at The Granary.
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And With Our Steaks, Too
From the classics like Bohanan’s and Myron’s to the newness that is Range, steaks are still king when it comes to having a classy night out.
Photo by Jason Risner Photography (RisnerPhoto.com)
Bohanan's
And With Our Steaks, Too
From the classics like Bohanan’s and Myron’s to the newness that is Range, steaks are still king when it comes to having a classy night out.
Photo by Jason Risner Photography (RisnerPhoto.com)
Jason Effin’ Dady
San Antonio’s loved the chef since his early days of The Lodge. Nowadays, several eateries including Two Bros. BBQ Market, Shuck Shack; several mentees to his name (who own their own joints including Kings Hwy. Cue & Brew and Periphery), and a generally successful turn on Food Network’s Iron Chef Gauntlet later, Dady’s blessed us with Range. Bless up and head down to his modern chophouse now.
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Shuck Shack
Jason Effin’ Dady
San Antonio’s loved the chef since his early days of The Lodge. Nowadays, several eateries including Two Bros. BBQ Market, Shuck Shack; several mentees to his name (who own their own joints including Kings Hwy. Cue & Brew and Periphery), and a generally successful turn on Food Network’s Iron Chef Gauntlet later, Dady’s blessed us with Range. Bless up and head down to his modern chophouse now.
Photo via Instagram, sereenaamaya
Our Ramen Ain’t No Joke
Though our ramen supply is small it is fierce. From first of its kind Kimura, which opened in 2013, we’ve grown to include several shops around town carrying the feel-good soup including Hot Joy, Nama Ramen, Tenko Ramen, Wild Goji, Suck It The Restaurant and upcoming JY Ramen and Ito Ramen.
Photo via Instagram, pbdrxx
Wild Goji
Our Ramen Ain’t No Joke
Though our ramen supply is small it is fierce. From first of its kind Kimura, which opened in 2013, we’ve grown to include several shops around town carrying the feel-good soup including Hot Joy, Nama Ramen, Tenko Ramen, Wild Goji, Suck It The Restaurant and upcoming JY Ramen and Ito Ramen.
Photo via Instagram, pbdrxx
Our Vietnamese Joints Never Disappoint
Mas banh mis! Pinch Boil House & Bia Bar is shaking things up downtown with their Vietnamese style seafood boils and funky specials while Savoureux Patisserie is doling out crunchy-toasty banh mis at Park North. Over on the Northwest Side, the city is enjoying Berni Vietnamese’s taro tapioca after every delicious meal.
Photo via Instagram, sacurrent
Pinch Boil House
Our Vietnamese Joints Never Disappoint
Mas banh mis! Pinch Boil House & Bia Bar is shaking things up downtown with their Vietnamese style seafood boils and funky specials while Savoureux Patisserie is doling out crunchy-toasty banh mis at Park North. Over on the Northwest Side, the city is enjoying Berni Vietnamese’s taro tapioca after every delicious meal.
Photo via Instagram, sacurrent