August 09, 2018

20 Underrated San Antonio Restaurants You Should've Tried By Now

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.
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Nelson’s BBQ
7327 N Loop 1604 E, (210) 473-4988, facebook.com
Though working out of a food truck, Nelson’s can hold its own on the BBQ front. In addition to the traditional smoked meats like brisket and pulled pork, this mobile venture also offers Southern and comfort fare. To get the best of both worlds, try the Nasty Nate – brisket smothered in mac ‘n’ cheese and nestled inbetween two slices of buttered Texas toast.
Photo via Instagram / nelsonsbbq
Nelson’s BBQ
7327 N Loop 1604 E, (210) 473-4988, facebook.com
Though working out of a food truck, Nelson’s can hold its own on the BBQ front. In addition to the traditional smoked meats like brisket and pulled pork, this mobile venture also offers Southern and comfort fare. To get the best of both worlds, try the Nasty Nate – brisket smothered in mac ‘n’ cheese and nestled inbetween two slices of buttered Texas toast.
Photo via Instagram / nelsonsbbq
El Ceviche De Waldito
5526 Evers Rd, (210) 681-8100, facebook.com
If you need some Peruvian fare in your life, this Evers Road outpost has everything you need. Packed full of flavor, these dishes give a taste of Peru to those familiar to the cuisine as well as those trying the fare for the first time. With a tiny buffett set out every day, you’ll feel right at home here.
Photo via Instagram / thenicolai
El Ceviche De Waldito
5526 Evers Rd, (210) 681-8100, facebook.com
If you need some Peruvian fare in your life, this Evers Road outpost has everything you need. Packed full of flavor, these dishes give a taste of Peru to those familiar to the cuisine as well as those trying the fare for the first time. With a tiny buffett set out every day, you’ll feel right at home here.
Photo via Instagram / thenicolai
Berni Vietnamese Restaurant
8742 Wurzbach Rd, (210) 485-5982, facebook.com
Authentic Vietnamese food is hard to come by, but found at Berni. No matter what you wish to try here, you’ll have to make it a point to order the pho. It’s cooked from beef bone for 18 hours to enhance the aroma and flavor. That’s how you can trust it to be oh so good.
Photo via Instagram / lizarrdqueen
Berni Vietnamese Restaurant
8742 Wurzbach Rd, (210) 485-5982, facebook.com
Authentic Vietnamese food is hard to come by, but found at Berni. No matter what you wish to try here, you’ll have to make it a point to order the pho. It’s cooked from beef bone for 18 hours to enhance the aroma and flavor. That’s how you can trust it to be oh so good.
Photo via Instagram / lizarrdqueen
Moroccan Bites
5714 Evers Rd, (210) 706-9700
As San Antonio’s only Moroccan venture, Moroccan Bites doesn’t have much competition. Still, the international spot holds its own among SA’s food scene. On top of have super flavor, homemade food, the service is super friendly and the prices are reasonable. What more could you want?
Photo via Instagram / s.a.foodie
Moroccan Bites
5714 Evers Rd, (210) 706-9700
As San Antonio’s only Moroccan venture, Moroccan Bites doesn’t have much competition. Still, the international spot holds its own among SA’s food scene. On top of have super flavor, homemade food, the service is super friendly and the prices are reasonable. What more could you want?
Photo via Instagram / s.a.foodie
Bangkok 54 Thai Cuisine
2515 Nacogdoches Rd, (210) 822-5454, bangkok54texas.com
Plenty of SA’s Thai restaurants have their respective following, but we felt the need to give a shoutout to Bangkok 54. Comfy dining and tasty food will make you coming back for the house specialties – from duck soup to pineapple fried rice and crying tiger steak.
Photo via Instagram / kristi.tansilia
Bangkok 54 Thai Cuisine
2515 Nacogdoches Rd, (210) 822-5454, bangkok54texas.com
Plenty of SA’s Thai restaurants have their respective following, but we felt the need to give a shoutout to Bangkok 54. Comfy dining and tasty food will make you coming back for the house specialties – from duck soup to pineapple fried rice and crying tiger steak.
Photo via Instagram / kristi.tansilia
Panchos and Gringos
900 Nolan St, (210) 227-6700
Let the name be a clue to the menu – you’ll find both Mexican specialties and American dishes here. Whether you want food comforting like mama’s cooking (at least close) or legit comfort food, this SA outpost brings the best of both worlds. Though open for all three meals, you’ll definitely want to visit for breakfast.
Photo via Instagram / mazeltavo
Panchos and Gringos
900 Nolan St, (210) 227-6700
Let the name be a clue to the menu – you’ll find both Mexican specialties and American dishes here. Whether you want food comforting like mama’s cooking (at least close) or legit comfort food, this SA outpost brings the best of both worlds. Though open for all three meals, you’ll definitely want to visit for breakfast.
Photo via Instagram / mazeltavo
Ming’s Noodle Bar
5253 McCullough, (210) 564-9349, mingsthing.com
Not to be confused with Ming’s Thing, a catering effort from Chef Ming, this noodle bar is everything you need for delicious noodles the way you like them. Choose from the traditional miso or go for something more adventurous, like the spicy coconut noodles. You can also enjoy steamed buns in plenty of varieties, so go ahead and mix & match until you find your perfect pair.
Photo via Instagram / maryrugraham
Ming’s Noodle Bar
5253 McCullough, (210) 564-9349, mingsthing.com
Not to be confused with Ming’s Thing, a catering effort from Chef Ming, this noodle bar is everything you need for delicious noodles the way you like them. Choose from the traditional miso or go for something more adventurous, like the spicy coconut noodles. You can also enjoy steamed buns in plenty of varieties, so go ahead and mix & match until you find your perfect pair.
Photo via Instagram / maryrugraham
Julian’s Italian Pizzeria & Kitchen
Multiple locations, julianspizzeria.com
With one location in Alamo Heights and another on West Ave., Julian’s is still growing and making a presence in San Antonio since opening in 2006. Taste the homemade and made-to-order dishes and you’ll see why Julian’s is on the up.
Photo via Instagram / princesslippylip
Julian’s Italian Pizzeria & Kitchen
Multiple locations, julianspizzeria.com
With one location in Alamo Heights and another on West Ave., Julian’s is still growing and making a presence in San Antonio since opening in 2006. Taste the homemade and made-to-order dishes and you’ll see why Julian’s is on the up.
Photo via Instagram / princesslippylip
Lula’s Mexican Cafe
115 E Travis St #104, (210) 472-3300
You very well may have unknowingly passed by this eatery – but we promise it’s more than worth a visit. The puffy tacos are always a solid choice, but honestly you can’t go wrong here. If you have guests in town and want them to experience authentic fare on the River Walk, this should definitely be on your shortlist.
Photo via Instagram / hkcheung24
Lula’s Mexican Cafe
115 E Travis St #104, (210) 472-3300
You very well may have unknowingly passed by this eatery – but we promise it’s more than worth a visit. The puffy tacos are always a solid choice, but honestly you can’t go wrong here. If you have guests in town and want them to experience authentic fare on the River Walk, this should definitely be on your shortlist.
Photo via Instagram / hkcheung24
Dallah Mediterranean Cuisine
5450 Babcock Rd #112, (210) 233-9574
Shawarma, shawarma, shawarma! You’ll find that and more Mediterranean goodness – like spanikopita, dolma, gyros and mussaka– here at this Northwest side spot. Just be sure to complete your meal with a kabab.
Photo via Instagram / j_delaaa
Dallah Mediterranean Cuisine
5450 Babcock Rd #112, (210) 233-9574
Shawarma, shawarma, shawarma! You’ll find that and more Mediterranean goodness – like spanikopita, dolma, gyros and mussaka– here at this Northwest side spot. Just be sure to complete your meal with a kabab.
Photo via Instagram / j_delaaa