September 23, 2022

20 underrated San Antonio restaurants you should have tried by now

Every San Antonian has go-to spots when it comes to snagging fresh and tasty local grub. That said, we sometimes get stuck in a rut and keep heading back to the same old familiar, tried-and-true dining establishments.

Here's a list of delicious under-the-radar restaurants to help you add to your list and further explore the Alamo City's dining options. Some may even become your new favorites. 
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El Chivito Tortas Ahogadas
Multiple Locations, ahogadaselchivito.com
The flavors of Guadalajara can be found here in the Alamo City through these tortas ahogadas. Whether you’re Team Carnitas or Team Buche, you could easily get addicted to these flavors. Be sure to get a mangonada too!
Photo via Instagram / el_chivito_tortas_ahogadas
El Chivito Tortas Ahogadas
Multiple Locations, ahogadaselchivito.com
The flavors of Guadalajara can be found here in the Alamo City through these tortas ahogadas. Whether you’re Team Carnitas or Team Buche, you could easily get addicted to these flavors. Be sure to get a mangonada too!
Photo via Instagram / el_chivito_tortas_ahogadas
BBQLIFE By Chris
902 S W.W. White Rd., (210) 359-1511, facebook.com/bbqlifebychris
Every Alamo City resident has their “go-to” BBQ joint, but there’s no shame in trying something new every once in a while. Located in a former Sonic drive-thru, BBQLife By Chris offers a simple yet satisfying barbecue. From fall-off-the-bone slow-smoked ribs to some classic Texas brisket, try this spot once, and it may just become your new favorite. 
Photo via Instagram / bbqlifebychris
BBQLIFE By Chris
902 S W.W. White Rd., (210) 359-1511, facebook.com/bbqlifebychris
Every Alamo City resident has their “go-to” BBQ joint, but there’s no shame in trying something new every once in a while. Located in a former Sonic drive-thru, BBQLife By Chris offers a simple yet satisfying barbecue. From fall-off-the-bone slow-smoked ribs to some classic Texas brisket, try this spot once, and it may just become your new favorite.
Photo via Instagram / bbqlifebychris
Che’s Chicken & Burgers
4303 S. Presa St. #1045, (210) 533-7989 
Folks who have yet to stop by Che’s Chicken are seriously missing out. A dependable spot for fried chicken, gizzards, fish and sides to match, this gem will quickly become a favorite of yours for whenever you just want some tasty food.
Photo via Instagram / catataf1sh
Che’s Chicken & Burgers
4303 S. Presa St. #1045, (210) 533-7989
Folks who have yet to stop by Che’s Chicken are seriously missing out. A dependable spot for fried chicken, gizzards, fish and sides to match, this gem will quickly become a favorite of yours for whenever you just want some tasty food.
Photo via Instagram / catataf1sh
Four Kings
2047 Universal City Blvd., Universal City, (210) 687-6649, fourkings.letseat.at
It may not be often that you find yourself in Universal City, but now you know there’s somewhere for you to chow down in the neighborhood. The joint bakery-cafe serves up sandwiches using bread that's baked fresh daily as well as soups made from scratch, decadent salads and of course lots of sweets that are definitely a don’t-miss.
Photo via Instagram / itssprinklesyall
Four Kings
2047 Universal City Blvd., Universal City, (210) 687-6649, fourkings.letseat.at
It may not be often that you find yourself in Universal City, but now you know there’s somewhere for you to chow down in the neighborhood. The joint bakery-cafe serves up sandwiches using bread that's baked fresh daily as well as soups made from scratch, decadent salads and of course lots of sweets that are definitely a don’t-miss.
Photo via Instagram / itssprinklesyall
The Shack
7431 Northwest Loop 410 #115, (210) 375-4097, theshacksatx.com
Previously housed in a convenience store, the Shack has found its home in this Westover Hills storefront. The Shack serves up delicious burgers, hot dogs and puro snacks like Frito pie and corn in a cup. 
Photo via Instagram / theshacksatx
The Shack
7431 Northwest Loop 410 #115, (210) 375-4097, theshacksatx.com
Previously housed in a convenience store, the Shack has found its home in this Westover Hills storefront. The Shack serves up delicious burgers, hot dogs and puro snacks like Frito pie and corn in a cup.
Photo via Instagram / theshacksatx
Pacific Moon
15140 San Pedro Avenue, (210) 402-3411, pacificmoonsa.com
This late-night Asian Fusion eatery will hit the spot when you’re on the hunt for booze-filled nights. Flavorful and with a kick of spiciness, Pacific Moon is here for when you’re craving great food.
Photo via Instagram / belperez143
Pacific Moon
15140 San Pedro Avenue, (210) 402-3411, pacificmoonsa.com
This late-night Asian Fusion eatery will hit the spot when you’re on the hunt for booze-filled nights. Flavorful and with a kick of spiciness, Pacific Moon is here for when you’re craving great food.
Photo via Instagram / belperez143
El Ceviche de Waldito
5526 Evers Rd., (210) 214-7812, elcevichedewaldito.com
El Ceviche de Waldito aims to transport guests to Peru and other South American destinations. From hearty entrees to sandwiches — and the eatery’s namesake ceviches — this Leon Valley-area spot has no shortage of fresh Latin eats to offer.
Photo via Instagram / travel_satx
El Ceviche de Waldito
5526 Evers Rd., (210) 214-7812, elcevichedewaldito.com
El Ceviche de Waldito aims to transport guests to Peru and other South American destinations. From hearty entrees to sandwiches — and the eatery’s namesake ceviches — this Leon Valley-area spot has no shortage of fresh Latin eats to offer.
Photo via Instagram / travel_satx
Mr. A-Ok’s Kitchen
5532 Walzem Rd., (210) 642-4181, mraokskitchen.com
San Antonio has no shortage of Southern food spots, and some are admittedly more well-known than others. Make it a point to give Mr. A-Ok's Kitchen. This off-the-radar spot offers authentic recipes that will bring succulent dishes to your plate. Seriously, taste it for yourself and be sure to give kudos to Chef Steven Harris.
Photo via Instagram / marres09
Mr. A-Ok’s Kitchen
5532 Walzem Rd., (210) 642-4181, mraokskitchen.com
San Antonio has no shortage of Southern food spots, and some are admittedly more well-known than others. Make it a point to give Mr. A-Ok's Kitchen. This off-the-radar spot offers authentic recipes that will bring succulent dishes to your plate. Seriously, taste it for yourself and be sure to give kudos to Chef Steven Harris.
Photo via Instagram / marres09
Noodle Tree
7114 UTSA Boulevard, Suite 101, (210) 233-6371, noodletreetx.com
There's plenty of places to get noodles in SA, but next time, give Noodle Tree a try. This low-key spot and its dedicated staff aim to deliver food experiences to sate all your noodly cravings. Pro tip: if there’s pork belly bao available, order it. Trust us on this. 
Photo via Instagram / noodletreetx
Noodle Tree
7114 UTSA Boulevard, Suite 101, (210) 233-6371, noodletreetx.com
There's plenty of places to get noodles in SA, but next time, give Noodle Tree a try. This low-key spot and its dedicated staff aim to deliver food experiences to sate all your noodly cravings. Pro tip: if there’s pork belly bao available, order it. Trust us on this.
Photo via Instagram / noodletreetx
Thai Lucky
102 Navarro St., (210) 888-1096, thailuckysushibar.com
This downtown spot at Navarro and South St. Mary’s offers low-key sushi rolls, sashimi, nigiri, chirashi bowls and more elaborate specialty rolls in an inviting space. Don’t sleep on the spring rolls.  
Photo via Instagram / thailuckysushibar
Thai Lucky
102 Navarro St., (210) 888-1096, thailuckysushibar.com
This downtown spot at Navarro and South St. Mary’s offers low-key sushi rolls, sashimi, nigiri, chirashi bowls and more elaborate specialty rolls in an inviting space. Don’t sleep on the spring rolls.
Photo via Instagram / thailuckysushibar