September 07, 2018

22 Hole-in-the-wall Restaurants in San Antonio You Should've Tried By Now

Looks can be deceiving, y'all. There's probably quite a bit of local restaurants that look shady AF on the outside that you wouldn't dare enter. Or maybe they're a easy to pass up since they're lodged between a barber shop and a tax service. Whatever the case may be, we've rounded up 22 solid restaurants that may not be easy on the eyes, but totally make up for it in their dishes.
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Taqueria Atotonilco
3431 W Commerce St, (210) 227-8090, facebook.com
Located in Prospect Hill, this taqueria serves up tacos packed with flavor. Whether you’re stopping by for breakfast tacos or want some tasty street tacos for lunch, Atotonilco knows what they’re doing.
Photo via Instagram / tacoist
Taqueria Atotonilco
3431 W Commerce St, (210) 227-8090, facebook.com
Located in Prospect Hill, this taqueria serves up tacos packed with flavor. Whether you’re stopping by for breakfast tacos or want some tasty street tacos for lunch, Atotonilco knows what they’re doing.
Photo via Instagram / tacoist
Abel’s Diner
17327 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd #200, Schertz, (210) 651-9606, abelsdiner.com
Not to be with Earl Abel’s, this Schertz diner offers classic American fare with daily specials and a retro-themed space. It may be a bit of a drive for some, but it’s the perfect stop the next time you’re heading up I-35.
Photo via Instagram / i_eat_texas
Abel’s Diner
17327 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd #200, Schertz, (210) 651-9606, abelsdiner.com
Not to be with Earl Abel’s, this Schertz diner offers classic American fare with daily specials and a retro-themed space. It may be a bit of a drive for some, but it’s the perfect stop the next time you’re heading up I-35.
Photo via Instagram / i_eat_texas
Taqueria El Trompo
3253 Harry Wurzbach Rd, (210) 780-1017, facebook.com
You may not have stopped in due to its less-than-desirable location, El Trompo is worth it. With a menu focused on interior Mexican cuisine, this tiny restaurant has tacos that’ll have you thinking you’re south of the border. Stop by later in the week to see the trompo (the spinning bit used to cook the meat) in action and enjoy your fresh eats.
Photo via Instagram / tacosoftexas
Taqueria El Trompo
3253 Harry Wurzbach Rd, (210) 780-1017, facebook.com
You may not have stopped in due to its less-than-desirable location, El Trompo is worth it. With a menu focused on interior Mexican cuisine, this tiny restaurant has tacos that’ll have you thinking you’re south of the border. Stop by later in the week to see the trompo (the spinning bit used to cook the meat) in action and enjoy your fresh eats.
Photo via Instagram / tacosoftexas
B & B Tamales and Food To Go
866 W Mayfield Blvd, (210) 921-0847
It doesn’t matter if you’re in the mood for tamales or barbacoa, both are solid options here. Be sure to stock up if you’re not in the neighborhood, we promise they’re just as tasty when you reheat them.
Photo via Instagram / d_pintor
B & B Tamales and Food To Go
866 W Mayfield Blvd, (210) 921-0847
It doesn’t matter if you’re in the mood for tamales or barbacoa, both are solid options here. Be sure to stock up if you’re not in the neighborhood, we promise they’re just as tasty when you reheat them.
Photo via Instagram / d_pintor
Thai Lucky
711 S Pine St, (210) 774-9650
A restaurant can’t get much more hole-in-the-wall than sharing a building with a convenience store. It won’t even bother you because Thai Lucky serves up delicious dishes – especially if you have a craving for spice. Pho and/or curry should be your go-to here – just be sure to complete your meal with some Thai tea served in a tall glass.
Photo via Instagram / lonestarfoodie
Thai Lucky
711 S Pine St, (210) 774-9650
A restaurant can’t get much more hole-in-the-wall than sharing a building with a convenience store. It won’t even bother you because Thai Lucky serves up delicious dishes – especially if you have a craving for spice. Pho and/or curry should be your go-to here – just be sure to complete your meal with some Thai tea served in a tall glass.
Photo via Instagram / lonestarfoodie
Judy’s Food To Go
5510 Roosevelt Ave, (210) 627-2707
Whether you’re a proud Southsider or need to make the drive down south, Judy’s should be your go-to whenever you have an antojo for good ass Mexican food. They have the standard selection of tacos and breakfast plates, but everything is made with love just like mama makes it.
Photo via Instagram / evarocks
Judy’s Food To Go
5510 Roosevelt Ave, (210) 627-2707
Whether you’re a proud Southsider or need to make the drive down south, Judy’s should be your go-to whenever you have an antojo for good ass Mexican food. They have the standard selection of tacos and breakfast plates, but everything is made with love just like mama makes it.
Photo via Instagram / evarocks
Rib House BBQ Restaurant
757 Old Hwy 90 W, (210) 433-1916
This easygoing spot should be visited at once – even if there’s a bit of a crowd. Specializing in barbecue, Rib House is also prized for its fried chicken and Southern-style sides. Bring your appetite, y’all, and be prepared to feast.
Photo via Instagram / dimartino25
Rib House BBQ Restaurant
757 Old Hwy 90 W, (210) 433-1916
This easygoing spot should be visited at once – even if there’s a bit of a crowd. Specializing in barbecue, Rib House is also prized for its fried chicken and Southern-style sides. Bring your appetite, y’all, and be prepared to feast.
Photo via Instagram / dimartino25
Regio Cafe
1706 McCullough Ave #2, regiocafetx.com
We could easily name off dozens of taco spots worth visiting that you’ve probably never been to, but Regio Cafe should definitely be on your shortlist. If you want some solid tortillas, Regio Cafe certainly won’t disappoint you. You’ll have a hard time deciding between tacos and a plate – pero like por que no los dos?
Photo via Instagram / regiocafe
Regio Cafe
1706 McCullough Ave #2, regiocafetx.com
We could easily name off dozens of taco spots worth visiting that you’ve probably never been to, but Regio Cafe should definitely be on your shortlist. If you want some solid tortillas, Regio Cafe certainly won’t disappoint you. You’ll have a hard time deciding between tacos and a plate – pero like por que no los dos?
Photo via Instagram / regiocafe
Three Amigos Chinese Restaurant
303 NW 36th St, (210) 436-0685
If there’s one place we say to not judge a book by its cover, it’s this place. Operating out of grocery store, this West Side staple is a solid choice for Chinese take-out. Westsiders already know what’s up, but outsiders should consider this their cue to stopping by Three Amigos.
Photo via Instagram / cyn.dminx
Three Amigos Chinese Restaurant
303 NW 36th St, (210) 436-0685
If there’s one place we say to not judge a book by its cover, it’s this place. Operating out of grocery store, this West Side staple is a solid choice for Chinese take-out. Westsiders already know what’s up, but outsiders should consider this their cue to stopping by Three Amigos.
Photo via Instagram / cyn.dminx
Garcia’s Mexican Food
842 Fredericksburg Rd, (210) 735-4525, facebook.com
Hold the phone – go to Garcia’s right now. This laid-back spot serves up Mexican digs that will straight up change your life. Frequented by locals and visitors who know what’s up, Garcia’s is the place to go for some authentic eats. (Order the brisket taco, y’all.)
Photo via Instagram / el_guapo_fabrication
Garcia’s Mexican Food
842 Fredericksburg Rd, (210) 735-4525, facebook.com
Hold the phone – go to Garcia’s right now. This laid-back spot serves up Mexican digs that will straight up change your life. Frequented by locals and visitors who know what’s up, Garcia’s is the place to go for some authentic eats. (Order the brisket taco, y’all.)
Photo via Instagram / el_guapo_fabrication