January 10, 2018

25 Essential Southside Restaurants You Should've Tried By Now

With Southerleigh Brewing Co., El Machito and The Friendly Spot all setting up shop at Brooks within the next year, the food scene on the Southside is changing in a major way. But before it does, make sure you've hit up all these 25 essential spots – a mixture of restaurants synonymous with the Southside and others that are still considered hidden gems.
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Casa del Kabob
1027 SW Military Dr., (210) 921-1200, facebook.com
No need to hop in the car to find Mediterranean food in the Medical Center, Casa del Kabob is where it’s at. Treat yourself to some Persian fare, you must try the falafel – either as an appetizer, plate or wrap.
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Casa del Kabob
1027 SW Military Dr., (210) 921-1200, facebook.com
No need to hop in the car to find Mediterranean food in the Medical Center, Casa del Kabob is where it’s at. Treat yourself to some Persian fare, you must try the falafel – either as an appetizer, plate or wrap.
Photo via Instagram / adriennei3
Griff’s Hamburgers
2418 Pleasanton Rd., (210) 923-1671, griffshamburgers.com
Griff’s is synonymous with the Southside, as it should be since it’s one of only seven locations in Texas. At this drive-thru spot you’ll find classic monster burgers, chicken sandwiches and a steak finger basket to boot. Top off your lunch/dinner with an ice cream float.
Photo via Instagram / itsmeabby.gayle
Griff’s Hamburgers
2418 Pleasanton Rd., (210) 923-1671, griffshamburgers.com
Griff’s is synonymous with the Southside, as it should be since it’s one of only seven locations in Texas. At this drive-thru spot you’ll find classic monster burgers, chicken sandwiches and a steak finger basket to boot. Top off your lunch/dinner with an ice cream float.
Photo via Instagram / itsmeabby.gayle
Pho Garden
2535 SE Military Dr., (210) 333-8899, facebook.com
The food scene on the Southside is changing (like we mentioned) but there’s already some been new cuisines setting up shop among the countless taquerias and Mexican restaurants. Get your pho fix or opt for a vermicelli bowl. Whether you’re dining in, taking it to go or having it delivered, Pho Garden’s menu should always be considered when in the mood for Asian fare.
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Pho Garden
2535 SE Military Dr., (210) 333-8899, facebook.com
The food scene on the Southside is changing (like we mentioned) but there’s already some been new cuisines setting up shop among the countless taquerias and Mexican restaurants. Get your pho fix or opt for a vermicelli bowl. Whether you’re dining in, taking it to go or having it delivered, Pho Garden’s menu should always be considered when in the mood for Asian fare.
Photo via Instagram / bettermadeeasy
Luna Rosa Puerto Rican Grill y Tapas
2603 SE Military Dr. #106, (210) 314-3111, lunarosatapas.com
While there’s plenty of Mexican restaurants and hole-in-the-wall taquerias on the Southside, there’s also a prime spot for Puerto Rican fare. Go for the paella your first time around, and venture out a bit and try the ropa vieja – shredded beef slow cooked in red wine, tomato sauce, bell peppers – when on your second visit (we know you’ll be back for more).
Photo via Instagram / hungrytravelingmama
Luna Rosa Puerto Rican Grill y Tapas
2603 SE Military Dr. #106, (210) 314-3111, lunarosatapas.com
While there’s plenty of Mexican restaurants and hole-in-the-wall taquerias on the Southside, there’s also a prime spot for Puerto Rican fare. Go for the paella your first time around, and venture out a bit and try the ropa vieja – shredded beef slow cooked in red wine, tomato sauce, bell peppers – when on your second visit (we know you’ll be back for more).
Photo via Instagram / hungrytravelingmama
Carnitas Lonja
1107 Roosevelt Ave., (210) 612-3626, facebook.com
Blue skies, puffy clouds, light breeze; chunky carnitas, great guac, savvy salsas … that seems like reason enough to get yourself to Carnitas Lonja. Plus, you’ll be able to find tacos here until 11pm on the weekend.
Photo via Instagram / jesselizarraras
Carnitas Lonja
1107 Roosevelt Ave., (210) 612-3626, facebook.com
Blue skies, puffy clouds, light breeze; chunky carnitas, great guac, savvy salsas … that seems like reason enough to get yourself to Carnitas Lonja. Plus, you’ll be able to find tacos here until 11pm on the weekend.
Photo via Instagram / jesselizarraras
Southside BBQ
6020 S Flores St., (210) 927-0227, southsidebb-q.com
Nestled in the heart of Harlandale, Southside BBQ brings traditional meats like brisket, beef ribs, sausage, pulled pork and chicken. Oh, and you can’t forget about turkey legs. This spot will have you lickin’ your fingers with just one taste.
Photo via Instagram / humpdayfunday
Southside BBQ
6020 S Flores St., (210) 927-0227, southsidebb-q.com
Nestled in the heart of Harlandale, Southside BBQ brings traditional meats like brisket, beef ribs, sausage, pulled pork and chicken. Oh, and you can’t forget about turkey legs. This spot will have you lickin’ your fingers with just one taste.
Photo via Instagram / humpdayfunday
B & B Tamales and Food To Go
866 W Mayfield Blvd., (210) 921-0847
Don’t judge a book by its cover, and get your ass to B & B Tamales. This to-go spot lets you enjoy authentic home-cooked meals every day of the year. Rumor has it that Bill Miller (yes, THAT Bill Miller) used to buy his tamales here.
Photo via Instagram / injaimesshoes
B & B Tamales and Food To Go
866 W Mayfield Blvd., (210) 921-0847
Don’t judge a book by its cover, and get your ass to B & B Tamales. This to-go spot lets you enjoy authentic home-cooked meals every day of the year. Rumor has it that Bill Miller (yes, THAT Bill Miller) used to buy his tamales here.
Photo via Instagram / injaimesshoes
Rosie’s Cafe
6507 S Flores St., (210) 924-8282
So it goes without saying that the Southside has plenty of taquerias and other spots to get Mexican food, especially tacos. But you’ve got to try Rosie’s and make sure that your order includes beans. Made just right like abuela does, these beans are hard to beat. Become a regular and owner Ray will treat you like family. Oh, and make sure you have cash (yep – it’s an old-fashioned mom & pop shop).
Photo via Instagram / lokisblunttothef
Rosie’s Cafe
6507 S Flores St., (210) 924-8282
So it goes without saying that the Southside has plenty of taquerias and other spots to get Mexican food, especially tacos. But you’ve got to try Rosie’s and make sure that your order includes beans. Made just right like abuela does, these beans are hard to beat. Become a regular and owner Ray will treat you like family. Oh, and make sure you have cash (yep – it’s an old-fashioned mom & pop shop).
Photo via Instagram / lokisblunttothef
Uncle Barney’s Old-Fashioned Hamburgers
7015 Interstate 35 Access Rd., (210) 922-6602
The cheese and mayo fuse together beautifully here, creating a slight creamy texture to your burger. Oh, and if you happen to visit when they’re cooking up the Texas-shaped patty, pour one out for the republic and enjoy.
Photo via Instagram / mchellrodriguez
Uncle Barney’s Old-Fashioned Hamburgers
7015 Interstate 35 Access Rd., (210) 922-6602
The cheese and mayo fuse together beautifully here, creating a slight creamy texture to your burger. Oh, and if you happen to visit when they’re cooking up the Texas-shaped patty, pour one out for the republic and enjoy.
Photo via Instagram / mchellrodriguez
Los Valles Produce
3915 Nogalitos St., (210) 927-9595, losvallesproduce.com
Snack stands are aplenty on the Southside, but Los Valles sticks out among them all. Stick with the fruteria and treat the fam/crew to a party platter with some fresh fruit, just remember the Tajin. Or kill some time at the fruteria and enjoy a raspa, corn in a cup, nachos, mangonada, or aguas frescas. Or you can dine inside, where you can enjoy freshly made Mexican food for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Photo via Instagram / city_at_night
Los Valles Produce
3915 Nogalitos St., (210) 927-9595, losvallesproduce.com
Snack stands are aplenty on the Southside, but Los Valles sticks out among them all. Stick with the fruteria and treat the fam/crew to a party platter with some fresh fruit, just remember the Tajin. Or kill some time at the fruteria and enjoy a raspa, corn in a cup, nachos, mangonada, or aguas frescas. Or you can dine inside, where you can enjoy freshly made Mexican food for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Photo via Instagram / city_at_night