20 San Antonio Restaurants You Haven't Tried But Should
By San Antonio Current Staff
San Antonio has plenty of dining options to choose from, so you'd have to go out a lot to hit them all up. While you might have your go-to spots, venture out and explore some notable restaurants (and sometimes hidden gems) that you may or may not have had the pleasure to dine at just yet.
15614 Huebner Rd #113, (210) 257-0090, thaivegantx.com
San Antonio just can’t get enough Thai food. As you taste your way throughout all the local restaurants, be sure to make note of Thai Vegan. The outpost is regarded for its selection of dishes such as stir-fries, noodles, curries and even Asian-inspired wraps.
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Li's Sichuan Restaurant
20330 Huebner Rd #106, (210) 499-0070, lissichuansa.com
If Sichuan fare has a special place in your heart — and your stomach — then you’ll want to visit Li’s if you haven’t already. The Stone Oak restaurant has a large selection of Pan-Asian dishes, like inventive sushi and Chinese favorites such as kung pao chicken. No matter which direction you go in for your meal, trust that it’ll hit the spot.
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Chi Chi Birds Hot Chicken
Around SA, instagram.com/chichibirdshotchicken
If the Nashville hot chicken craze has yet to reach you, consider Chi Chi Birds the place to give you a proper introduction. The concept pops up around town, so be sure to track them down so you can get your hands on the juicy and spicy chicken that gets even better with every crunchy bite.
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Dim Sum Oriental Cuisine
2313 NW Military Hwy #125, (210) 340-0690
Dim Sum always hits the spot, doesn’t it? Such is especially the case when it comes from Dim Sum Oriental Cuisine. Order up a variety to share with the table so you can taste the best of the restaurant and determine a favorite. It’s not just dim sum here, but also lo mein, soups and meat-based plates paired with dried rice.
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El Pilon Sabor Boricua
1127 Harry Wurzbach Road, (210) 474-0578, elpilontx.com
This festive eatery is equally lively in its red and blue decor as it is with its plates. The quick-serve plates are as you’d find them in Puerto Rico, from a variety of mofongo to pollo asado. There’s also other Latino plates like Cuban sandwiches and carne frita.
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2534 Babcock Road, (210) 981-9797, twitter.com/elremedio_sa
Plan ahead so you can catch this food truck that will definitely hit the spot every time. Just look at that! Do you really need any convincing? These Mexican bites are sinfully delicious, but we don’t think you’ll mind the extra calories when it tastes this good.
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543 Ceralvo St, (210) 267-1330, filesburgers.com
The restaurant may be small, but the flavors are mighty here. Filé’s Burgers, a family-owned eatery, brings juicy burgers made with fresh meat to the West Side. You can customize you burger or chicken sandwich with extras like bacon, grilled jalapeños or grilled onions. There’s also Tex-Mex favorites like nachos, tacos and chalupas.
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10918 Wurzbach Rd #131, (210) 467-5102, africanvillage.business.site
Whether you’re acquainted with any of the cuisines to come from the continent of Africa or not, you’ll be happy dining at African Village. Specializing in Ethiopian fare, the Wurzbach Road spot serves up dishes like kinche and firfir.
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225 Urban Smoke
1015 Rittiman Road #113, (210) 444-9956, 225urbansmoketx.com
Most local barbecue joints have a dedicated following, and Urban Smoke is no different. Folks already fans of this Rittiman Road restaurant know that the meats are smoked just right and the sides are made with love here. Brisket, smoked sausage, spare ribs, smoked chicken, pulled pork — take your pick and enjoy.
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JK’s Chicago Hot Dogs and Beef Sandwich
15711 San Pedro Ave, (210) 201-4030, jkchicagodogs.com
Could you use a hot dog in your life? Same. Do yourself a favor and head to JK’s Chicago Hot Dogs. The no-frills spot keeps it real with a selection of weiners and Italian sandwiches. Bring your appetite so you can have a bit of both.
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