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25 Hidden Gem Restaurants Found in San Antonio Strip Malls 

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Not all great restaurants are easy to find. Sometimes they'll be right in front of your face, but you just miss them time and time again. Most likely located between a Cricket Wireless and a vape shop, here are plaza-buried restaurants you should definitely make it a point to stop by.
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Noodle Tree
7114 UTSA Boulevard Unit 101,(210) 233-6371, At Noodle Tree, chef Mike Nguyen is serving some of the best ramen in the Alamo City. Show up early for the pork bao buns (they tend to sell out quickly). Sit down to a savory bowl of kimchi ramen, and treat yourself to flavorful specialties like edamame and chicken karrage.

Photo via Instagram / noodletreetx
Myron's Prime Steakhouse
10003 NW Military Hwy, (210) 493-3031,
Myron’s will completely change your idea of what you type of restaurants you think belong in a strip mall and which don’t. Knock those preconceived notions out of your head treat yourself to some quality steaks and seafood at this contemporary chophouse. There’s also a sizeable bar and patio, so you’re in for a posh experience all around.
Photo by George Brothers via Instagram / myronsprime
The Big Bib BBQ
104 Lanark Dr, (210) 654-8400,
Meats are king at this local barbecue staple, though you can also score solid sides and decadent desserts. Go for the plate so you can taste your way through the menu with two meats and two sides to match. Save room for dessert – cobbler, that is. It’s available in peach, strawberry or pecan.
Photo via Instagram / safoodgram
Sangria on the Burg
5115 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 265-3763,
Known for its colorful sangria flights, this Fredericksburg outpost pumps out delicious brunch fare from this modest space. Complete with an adjacent patio for ultimate brunch vibes, consider this spot as a high contender for your dining bucket list.
Photo via Instagram / omgeesab
Mina & Dimi's Greek House
7159 W US Hwy 90, (210) 674-3464,
A drive out to the Far West Side and you’ll be able to dine in at Mini & Dimi’s for some delicious Greek bites. Complete with murals, this festive space features belly dancing and wine tastings, and of course classic Greek dishes such as mousaka, gyros, falafel and souvlaki.
Photo via Instagram / alamofoodie
Kungfu Noodle
6733 Bandera Rd, Leon Valley, (210) 451-5586,
If you judge a book by its cover, you may have a hard time believing that tasty noodles await you inside this Leon Valley spot. Venture inside and you’ll discover authentically-made hand-pulled noodles, dumplings and steamed buns. Yes, you’ll want to stop by immediately.
Photo via Instagram / stine.eats
Hop & Vine
5619 W Loop 1604 N Suite 109, (210) 878-4071,
Head to Alamo Ranch for contemporary bites that taste as good as they look. Enjoy American comfort food, craft beer and wine in this industrial rustic space that will have you wonder how it’s housed in a strip mall.
Photo via Instagram / sacravings
Picnikins Patio Cafe
Multiple locations,
Both of Picknikins’ locations operate from strip malls, but based on how much of a hot spot it is for brunch, you couldn’t tell otherwise. On the weekends, camp out early to snag a table so you and your crew can enjoy sandwiches, soups and, most importantly, lots of wine.
Photo via Instagram / 210foodaddicts
Sichuan House
3505 Wurzbach Rd #102, (210) 509-9999,
This humble spot may not look like much, but it serves up some of the best Chinese fare in the city. Stop by for Sichuan tapas, hot pots and more – like pork belly and Kung Pao shrimp. Make sure to order the dumplings!
Photo via Instagram / seepygirl
Tiu Steppi's Osteria
9910 W Loop 1604 N, (210) 688-9885,
Consider the exposed-brick digs a welcoming space for this decadent neighborhood Italian restaurant. With unique wood-fired pizzas, pastas, craft beers and wines filling the menu, this is a go-to spot for an authentic Italian dining experience.
Photo via Instagram / tiusteppissa
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India Palace
8474 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 692-5262,
Nestled in the corner of a strip mall in the Medical Center, India Palace holds it down with its authentic dishes. Specializing in North Indian fare, this humble spot features a lunch and dinner buffet with both vegetarian and meat dishes, as well as naan and samosas.
Photo via Instagram / daftcurlsfoodblog
2195 NW Military Hwy, (210) 503-5121,
Husband-and-wife team John and Elise Russ present their contemporary take on Southern dishes in this stylish space that just so happens to be in a strip mall in Castle Hills. For a unique dining experience, opt for the “feed me” option in which Chef John and his team create a menu especially for you based on the flavors of the season.
Photo via Instagram / clementine.sanantonio
Umberto’s Italian Grill
7616 Culebra Road, (210) 684-4747
Don’t let the exterior fool you at this Italian spot. This strip mall space houses some tasty pasta, pizza and more – even steaks. Consider the wine list the ultimate cherry on top to this unassuming outpost.
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Wild Goji Restaurant & Bar
7115 Blanco Rd #110, (210) 277-0638,
Though housed in a strip mall, Wild Goji is a sleek, modern space with a gorgeous aesthetic. Inside you’ll find a sushi bar and a spacious dining room where you can enjoy Asian street food, ramen and more. Stop by during happy hour to taste a little bit of everything.
Photo via Instagram / wildgoji_sa
Frederick's Bistro
14439 NW Military Hwy #100, (210) 888-1500,
The space may be humble, but the flavors at Frederick’s are majorly delicious. With a large wine list to top off your meal, this bistro offers a broad menu of Asian-French fusion – like crispy calamari served over spicy Chinese noodles.
Photo via Instagram / fredericks_bistro
Max and Louie's New York Diner
126 W Bitters Road, (210) 483-7600,
This diner not only gives San Antonians the chance to devour classic deli eats, it does so from a spacious strip mall space. The New York-inspired space serves breakfast all day and is known for its sandwiches and other American comfort food classics. You’ll eat good here, trust us.
Photo via Instagram / gourmetpanda
Dough Pizzeria Napoletana
6989 Blanco Road, (210) 979-6565,
Dough’s flagship location serves up super authentic Neapolitan pizzas as well as salads, housemade burrata and Italian wines. And it does it all from its strip mall space. There’s even cozy patio seating out front!
Photo via Instagram / treat_yoself_
Jamaica Jamaica Cuisine
2026 Austin Hwy, /
A favorite for Carribbean fare, Jamaica Jamaica holds it down with its jerk chicken, curry goat, oxtails and more. There’s also vegetarian options! Now these folks even serve up brunch, and we’re so thankful.
Photo via Instagram / motiv8_mac
Thai Topaz
2177 NW Military Hwy, (210) 290-9833,
If you find yourself in Castle Hills, consider stopping in at Thai Topaz for a satisfying dinner. This Thai favorite may function from a strip mall, but the flavors here will have you thinking you’re in the heart of Thailand. Do yourself a favor and order the Spicy Mango Delight.
Photo via Instagram / gofrosanantonio
John The Greek Restaurant
16602 San Pedro Ave, (210) 403-0565,
With bright colors filling this strip mall space, John The Greek is a solid option for its traditional dishes of the cuisine – from gyros and moussaka to falafel and spanakopita. Oh, and there’s a patio, so what else could you ask for?
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Anchor Bar
4553 N Loop 1604 W, (210) 492-9464,
Head north to Anchor Bar to get your fix of wings and beer. This neighborhood sports bar is a prime spot for watching the game or enjoying these grubby bites.
Photo via Instagram / jwh181
El Ceviche De Waldito
5526 Evers Road, (210) 681-8100
Though the storefront is nothing short of basic, inside this Evers Road restaurant you’ll discover a mix of Puerto Rican, Cuban and Peruvian dishes. Whether you stop by during the weekday lunch or not, you’re in for scrumptious bites that you convince you not to judge a book by its cover.
Photo via Google Maps
Tripolis Mediterranean Grill and Coffee Shop
322 Valley Hi Dr #106, (210) 645-4450,
Stop in at this laid-back Valley Hi restaurant classic Mediterranean dishes. You know, shawarma and falafel for days. Just don’t forget to stock up on pastries or enjoy a hot coffee.
Photo via Instagram / luna78212
Ilsong Garden
6905 Blanco Road, (210) 366-4508,
With a primarily Korean menu and some Japanese dishes available, Ilsong Garden’s authentic tastes will have you wondering whether you’re really dining in a strip mall and not in Asia. Head to this quaint space for your fix of Korean BBQ or noodles, or both.
Photo via Instagram / pizzl11
Kobams African Restaurant
8753 Grissom Road, (210) 474-6058,
For a new dining experience, visit Kobams for traditional African meat pies, rice dishes and soups. The space may be modest, but the flavors more than make up for that here.
Photo via Instagram / dbalmaxwell
Noodle Tree
7114 UTSA Boulevard Unit 101,(210) 233-6371, At Noodle Tree, chef Mike Nguyen is serving some of the best ramen in the Alamo City. Show up early for the pork bao buns (they tend to sell out quickly). Sit down to a savory bowl of kimchi ramen, and treat yourself to flavorful specialties like edamame and chicken karrage.

Photo via Instagram / noodletreetx

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