November 04, 2022

23 San Antonio restaurants serving classic comfort food

Sometimes, we just need to eat our feelings, because a full stomach can help fill the heart. And there’s no better cure for feeling down in the dumps like a hearty, rib-sticking meal.

While Soul Food and homestyle cooking abound in San Antonio, comfort food doesn’t just mean sticking to Southern favorites. From hearty Italian pastas to warming bowls of pho, these 23 Alamo City eateries offer delicious food good for both the body and soul.
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Ida Claire
7300 Jones Maltsberger Rd, (210) 667-2145, ida-claire.com
Ida Claire dishes out Southern-inspired cuisine with a modern twist, from classic chicken and waffles to pecan smoked pork chops and duck nachos. Plus, the restaurant offers free live music every Wednesday night from 8-10 p.m. 
Photo via Instagram / idaclairesa
Ida Claire
7300 Jones Maltsberger Rd, (210) 667-2145, ida-claire.com
Ida Claire dishes out Southern-inspired cuisine with a modern twist, from classic chicken and waffles to pecan smoked pork chops and duck nachos. Plus, the restaurant offers free live music every Wednesday night from 8-10 p.m.
Photo via Instagram / idaclairesa
Bobbie’s Cafe
6728 S. Flores St., (210) 923-1158, bobbiescafe.com
Now operated by the descendants of the original owners, Bobbie’s Cafe has been “cookin’ with love” since 1972. The restaurant’s homestyle meals include everything from Tex-Mex dishes to killer burgers and fish plates.
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Bobbie’s Cafe
6728 S. Flores St., (210) 923-1158, bobbiescafe.com
Now operated by the descendants of the original owners, Bobbie’s Cafe has been “cookin’ with love” since 1972. The restaurant’s homestyle meals include everything from Tex-Mex dishes to killer burgers and fish plates.
Photo via Instagram / bobbiescafe
Sweet Yams
218 N Cherry St., (210) 229-9267, sweetyamsonlineordering.square.site
Sure, a greasy, sticks-to-the-ribs comfort food meal is great, but hearty eating doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Sweet Yams offers gluten-free and vegan-friendly meals Wednesday-Saturday that are organic and packed with healthy, fresh ingredients. 
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Sweet Yams
218 N Cherry St., (210) 229-9267, sweetyamsonlineordering.square.site
Sure, a greasy, sticks-to-the-ribs comfort food meal is great, but hearty eating doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Sweet Yams offers gluten-free and vegan-friendly meals Wednesday-Saturday that are organic and packed with healthy, fresh ingredients.
Photo via Instagram / sweetyamsorganic
Southern Roots Vegan Bakery
6208 S. Flores St., (210) 279-9414, southernrootsvegan.com
Southern Roots offers an extensive menu of vegan and gluten-free donuts, cookies and brownies and vegan cinnamon rolls that are to die for, perfect for those who get joy from indulging in sweets.
Photo via Instagram / southernrootsbiz
Southern Roots Vegan Bakery
6208 S. Flores St., (210) 279-9414, southernrootsvegan.com
Southern Roots offers an extensive menu of vegan and gluten-free donuts, cookies and brownies and vegan cinnamon rolls that are to die for, perfect for those who get joy from indulging in sweets.
Photo via Instagram / southernrootsbiz
Magnolia Pancake Haus
Multiple locations, magnoliapancakehaus.com
Magnolia Pancake Haus is a first-choice breakfast destination for locals, and one trip to any of its bustling locations will be convincing enough. The restaurant is known for its titular pancakes, but the menu is full of classic breakfast foods that keep the crowds coming back for more.
Photo via Instagram / magnoliapancakehaus
Magnolia Pancake Haus
Multiple locations, magnoliapancakehaus.com
Magnolia Pancake Haus is a first-choice breakfast destination for locals, and one trip to any of its bustling locations will be convincing enough. The restaurant is known for its titular pancakes, but the menu is full of classic breakfast foods that keep the crowds coming back for more.
Photo via Instagram / magnoliapancakehaus
Mama’s Cafe
2442 Nacogdoches Rd., (210) 826-8303, mamascafesa.com
Mama’s Cafe offers classic Southern comfort food from scratch in an old-fashioned diner setting. Stop by for a brunch of biscuits and gravy, or relax over a dinner of their Texas Meat Loaf.
Photo via Instagram / mamascafesa
Mama’s Cafe
2442 Nacogdoches Rd., (210) 826-8303, mamascafesa.com
Mama’s Cafe offers classic Southern comfort food from scratch in an old-fashioned diner setting. Stop by for a brunch of biscuits and gravy, or relax over a dinner of their Texas Meat Loaf.
Photo via Instagram / mamascafesa
Chatman’s Chicken
1747 S WW White Rd., (210) 359-0245, facebook.com/Chatmans-Chicken
Who would’ve known that getting to fried food heaven meant looking no further than the East side? A quick glance at any online review site will tell you there’s no wrong choice from the menu.
Photo via Instagram / mt.calories
Chatman’s Chicken
1747 S WW White Rd., (210) 359-0245, facebook.com/Chatmans-Chicken
Who would’ve known that getting to fried food heaven meant looking no further than the East side? A quick glance at any online review site will tell you there’s no wrong choice from the menu.
Photo via Instagram / mt.calories
Earl Abel’s
1639 Broadway, (210) 444-9424, earlabelssa.com
It’s nearly impossible to say "no" to Earl Abel’s award-winning fried chicken and desserts, so be ready to leave with a full stomach — and, by proxy — a full heart.
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Earl Abel’s
1639 Broadway, (210) 444-9424, earlabelssa.com
It’s nearly impossible to say "no" to Earl Abel’s award-winning fried chicken and desserts, so be ready to leave with a full stomach — and, by proxy — a full heart.
Photo via Instagram / earlabelssa
La Sorrentina
3330 Culebra Road, (210) 549-0889, lasorrentinasa.com
This hidden gem on the West side promises lasagna and pasta dishes that’ll leave plenty of leftovers for those that play their cards right — just be sure to save some room for the tiramisu.
Photo via Instagram / omg_ohmygoodies.sa
La Sorrentina
3330 Culebra Road, (210) 549-0889, lasorrentinasa.com
This hidden gem on the West side promises lasagna and pasta dishes that’ll leave plenty of leftovers for those that play their cards right — just be sure to save some room for the tiramisu.
Photo via Instagram / omg_ohmygoodies.sa
Fratello’s Deli & Market
Multiple locations, fratellosdeli.com
Nothing warms the heart better than gooey, cheesy, freshly-made lasagna. Fratello’s also has extensive pasta and sandwich options sure to satiate any diner.
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Fratello’s Deli & Market
Multiple locations, fratellosdeli.com
Nothing warms the heart better than gooey, cheesy, freshly-made lasagna. Fratello’s also has extensive pasta and sandwich options sure to satiate any diner.
Photo via Instagram / safoodgirl