October 22, 2021

24 essential San Antonio diners, dives and neighborhood spots for comforting eats

There's nothing like fall weather to trigger cravings for comfort food, whether that be gravy-smothered chicken fried steak, homey and warming fideo or Italian-American lasagna in red sauce. Hey, they all fit the bill.

Whatever your craving, San Antonio's got plenty of neighborhood spots that serve up cozy, comforting food and get it right. Consider these 24 dependable spots go-tos when you need stick-to-your-ribs fare to nourish both body and soul. 
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Tony G's Soul Food
915 S Hackberry, (210) 451-1234, tonygssoulfood.com
It’s hard to find a Sunday brunch that beats authentic Southern comfort food accompanied by live jazz music. Tony G’s is a crowd favorite for a reason, after all.
Photo via Instagram /  tonygssoulfood
Tony G's Soul Food
915 S Hackberry, (210) 451-1234, tonygssoulfood.com
It’s hard to find a Sunday brunch that beats authentic Southern comfort food accompanied by live jazz music. Tony G’s is a crowd favorite for a reason, after all.
Photo via Instagram / tonygssoulfood
Earl Abel’s
1639 Broadway, (210) 444-9424, earlabelssa.com
It’s nearly impossible to say "no" to Earl Able’s award-winning fried chicken and desserts, so be ready to leave feeling stuffed.
Photo via Instagram /  earlabelssa
Earl Abel’s
1639 Broadway, (210) 444-9424, earlabelssa.com
It’s nearly impossible to say "no" to Earl Able’s award-winning fried chicken and desserts, so be ready to leave feeling stuffed.
Photo via Instagram / earlabelssa
Fidelo’s Mexican Restaurant
10929 Nacogdoches Rd, (210) 655-8737, facebook.com/pages/Fidelos-Mexican-Restaurant
Although you can’t go wrong with just about anything on the menu, Fidelo’s breakfast tacos are a crowd favorite for locals and visitors alike.
Photo via Instagam /  this.is.sanantonio
Fidelo’s Mexican Restaurant
10929 Nacogdoches Rd, (210) 655-8737, facebook.com/pages/Fidelos-Mexican-Restaurant
Although you can’t go wrong with just about anything on the menu, Fidelo’s breakfast tacos are a crowd favorite for locals and visitors alike.
Photo via Instagam / this.is.sanantonio
Fratello’s Deli & Market
Multiple locations, fratellosdeli.com
Sometimes, nothing warms the heart better than freshly-made lasagna. Fratello’s also has extensive pasta and sandwich menus sure to satiate any diner.
Photo via Instagram /  fratellos_satx
Fratello’s Deli & Market
Multiple locations, fratellosdeli.com
Sometimes, nothing warms the heart better than freshly-made lasagna. Fratello’s also has extensive pasta and sandwich menus sure to satiate any diner.
Photo via Instagram / fratellos_satx
Three Star Bar
521 E. Grayson St., okayestbar.com
Good food, drinks, arcade games, and dad jokes - what could make the “okayest bar on Grayson St” any better? Spend the evening out on their advertised average-size deck as you sip on your drink of choice and indulge in great bar food.
Photo via Instagram / s.a.foodie
Three Star Bar
521 E. Grayson St., okayestbar.com
Good food, drinks, arcade games, and dad jokes - what could make the “okayest bar on Grayson St” any better? Spend the evening out on their advertised average-size deck as you sip on your drink of choice and indulge in great bar food.
Photo via Instagram / s.a.foodie
Max & Louie's Diner
226 W Bitters Rd Suite 126, (210) 483-7600, maxandlouiesdiner.com
Just as every New York diner should, Max & Louie’s menu of breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts is enough to keep you coming back for all three meals a day. Whether you go for pancakes, a reuben, or their coveted BFS (burger, fries & shake), there’s no wrong order.
Photo via Instagram /  s.a.foodie
Max & Louie's Diner
226 W Bitters Rd Suite 126, (210) 483-7600, maxandlouiesdiner.com
Just as every New York diner should, Max & Louie’s menu of breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts is enough to keep you coming back for all three meals a day. Whether you go for pancakes, a reuben, or their coveted BFS (burger, fries & shake), there’s no wrong order.
Photo via Instagram / s.a.foodie
Garcia’s Mexican Food
842 Fredericksburg Rd, (210) 735-5686, facebook.com/Garcias-Mexican-Food
In search of Mexican comfort food? Look no further than Garcia’s, whose enchiladas and fideo loco are sure to hit the spot.
Photo via Instagram /  eatdrinkandberichard
Garcia’s Mexican Food
842 Fredericksburg Rd, (210) 735-5686, facebook.com/Garcias-Mexican-Food
In search of Mexican comfort food? Look no further than Garcia’s, whose enchiladas and fideo loco are sure to hit the spot.
Photo via Instagram / eatdrinkandberichard
De Wese's Tip Top Cafe
2814 Fredericksburg Rd, (210) 732-0191, tiptopcafe.takeout7.com
Open since 1938, De Wese’s has perfected their menu over three generations of serving San Antonians. Grab a seat in their old-school diner, enjoy some classic comfort food and prepare to finish off the meal with one of their irresistible pies.
Photo via Instagram / binkilee30
De Wese's Tip Top Cafe
2814 Fredericksburg Rd, (210) 732-0191, tiptopcafe.takeout7.com
Open since 1938, De Wese’s has perfected their menu over three generations of serving San Antonians. Grab a seat in their old-school diner, enjoy some classic comfort food and prepare to finish off the meal with one of their irresistible pies.
Photo via Instagram / binkilee30
Dashi Sichuan Kitchen & Bar
2895 Thousand Oaks Dr., (210) 509-9999 sichuandashi.com
After just opening this July as a second culinary venture by Sichuan House owner Kristina Zhao, Dashi Sichuan Kitchen has already made its mark as a local favorite for wining and dining. Stop by for happy hour drinks, or bring the family along for family-style dishes made to share.
Photo via Instagram / sichuaneats
Dashi Sichuan Kitchen & Bar
2895 Thousand Oaks Dr., (210) 509-9999 sichuandashi.com
After just opening this July as a second culinary venture by Sichuan House owner Kristina Zhao, Dashi Sichuan Kitchen has already made its mark as a local favorite for wining and dining. Stop by for happy hour drinks, or bring the family along for family-style dishes made to share.
Photo via Instagram / sichuaneats
Magnolia Pancake Haus
Multiple locations, magnoliapancakehaus.com
Magnolia Pancake Haus is a first-choice breakfast destination for locals, and one trip there will be convincing enough. You can’t go wrong with their titular pancakes, but their menu is full of gems to keep you coming back for more.
Photo via Instagram / timdisaster
Magnolia Pancake Haus
Multiple locations, magnoliapancakehaus.com
Magnolia Pancake Haus is a first-choice breakfast destination for locals, and one trip there will be convincing enough. You can’t go wrong with their titular pancakes, but their menu is full of gems to keep you coming back for more.
Photo via Instagram / timdisaster