March 14, 2019

25 More Essential South Side San Antonio Restaurants You Should've Already Tried By Now

Last year, we rounded up 25 restaurants we felt were crucial to the South Side, a way of honoring the beloved classics and hidden gems alike before Southerleigh Brewing Co., El Machito and The Friendly Spot open locations there. While that still hasn't happened, we've realized that there's plenty of South Side spots that we missed during our first round-up. You spoke and we listened, SA. Here's ANOTHER 25 essential South Side restaurants.
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Rudy's Seafood
4122 S Flores St, (210) 532-1315, rudysseafood.com
A longtime South Side favorite, Rudy’s Seafood embodies puro culture. With numerous Spurs murals throughout the building’s perimeter, this South Flores spot holds it down on the food front as well with fried fish, shrimp and oysters at the ready – and in hefty portions. Just don’t forget to snap a selfie in front of those Spurs murals on your way out.
Photo via Instagram / smileyyourrealtorfriend4life
Rudy's Seafood
4122 S Flores St, (210) 532-1315, rudysseafood.com
A longtime South Side favorite, Rudy’s Seafood embodies puro culture. With numerous Spurs murals throughout the building’s perimeter, this South Flores spot holds it down on the food front as well with fried fish, shrimp and oysters at the ready – and in hefty portions. Just don’t forget to snap a selfie in front of those Spurs murals on your way out.
Photo via Instagram / smileyyourrealtorfriend4life
Bobbie’s Cafe
6728 S Flores St, (210) 923-1158, bobbiescafe.com
For country eatin’, there’s no need to leave city limits. Just head to Bobbie’s! This no-frills cafe keeps it humble with country-style American dishes for every meal. This cozy eatery, which has been open for more than 40 years, feels all the more welcoming thanks to the friendly staff.
Photo via Yelp / Eliana C.
Bobbie’s Cafe
6728 S Flores St, (210) 923-1158, bobbiescafe.com
For country eatin’, there’s no need to leave city limits. Just head to Bobbie’s! This no-frills cafe keeps it humble with country-style American dishes for every meal. This cozy eatery, which has been open for more than 40 years, feels all the more welcoming thanks to the friendly staff.
Photo via Yelp / Eliana C.
Mendez Cafe
201 Bartholomew Ave, (210) 923-6603
This pint-sized cafe might not catch your eye, but the flavors here will likely make you a regular. The neighborhood spot is a favorite among residents in the community, especially due to popular dishes like carne guisada. Warning: you’ll likely have to wait for a table and feel rushed, but isn’t that part of the taqueria experience? If you want homemade food but don’t feel like cooking, look no further.
Photo via Instagram / tacoist
Mendez Cafe
201 Bartholomew Ave, (210) 923-6603
This pint-sized cafe might not catch your eye, but the flavors here will likely make you a regular. The neighborhood spot is a favorite among residents in the community, especially due to popular dishes like carne guisada. Warning: you’ll likely have to wait for a table and feel rushed, but isn’t that part of the taqueria experience? If you want homemade food but don’t feel like cooking, look no further.
Photo via Instagram / tacoist
South BBQ & Kitchen
2011 Mission Road, (210) 437-0070, southbbqkitchen.com
Since opening in 2018, South BBQ & Kitchen has kept it real with quality meats and sides to match. Traditional smoked meats pair beautifully with the selection of Mexican and American sides, creating a very puro BBQ experience.
Photo via Instagram / southbbq
South BBQ & Kitchen
2011 Mission Road, (210) 437-0070, southbbqkitchen.com
Since opening in 2018, South BBQ & Kitchen has kept it real with quality meats and sides to match. Traditional smoked meats pair beautifully with the selection of Mexican and American sides, creating a very puro BBQ experience.
Photo via Instagram / southbbq
Brenda's Burgers
3837 SW Military Dr, (210) 932-1177, facebook.com/brendasburgers1988
Just before hitting the edge of Lackland AFB, you’ll stumble upon Brenda’s Burgers. Open for more than 30 years, this semi-hidden gem delivers juicy burgers, crispy fries and onion rings, hot dogs, Frito pie and sweet shakes. For some good eatin’, you’ll be smart to come here.
Photo via Instagram / vinz0oh_tx
Brenda's Burgers
3837 SW Military Dr, (210) 932-1177, facebook.com/brendasburgers1988
Just before hitting the edge of Lackland AFB, you’ll stumble upon Brenda’s Burgers. Open for more than 30 years, this semi-hidden gem delivers juicy burgers, crispy fries and onion rings, hot dogs, Frito pie and sweet shakes. For some good eatin’, you’ll be smart to come here.
Photo via Instagram / vinz0oh_tx
Oscar's Taco House
705 Barrett Pl, (210) 923-1971
Hole-in-the-wall taquerias are truly a blessing, just take Oscar’s Taco House as proof. This casual spot serves up all the traditional Mexican dishes you know and love (especially the puffy tacos). Go once and this will likely become a favorite for you and the fam. It’s just that good.
Photo via Instagram / nikwitte
Oscar's Taco House
705 Barrett Pl, (210) 923-1971
Hole-in-the-wall taquerias are truly a blessing, just take Oscar’s Taco House as proof. This casual spot serves up all the traditional Mexican dishes you know and love (especially the puffy tacos). Go once and this will likely become a favorite for you and the fam. It’s just that good.
Photo via Instagram / nikwitte
Victoria Tortilla & Tamales Factory
737 Division Ave, (210) 922-5274
Whether you’re near the South Side or not, having some Sunday morning barbacoa, tamales y mas form Victoria Tortilla should be on your SA bucket list. This molino-style spot holds it down with authentic bites that will hit the spot when you’re hungover, but also when you’re in the mood for a delicious puro meal.
Photo via Instagram / tito3000
Victoria Tortilla & Tamales Factory
737 Division Ave, (210) 922-5274
Whether you’re near the South Side or not, having some Sunday morning barbacoa, tamales y mas form Victoria Tortilla should be on your SA bucket list. This molino-style spot holds it down with authentic bites that will hit the spot when you’re hungover, but also when you’re in the mood for a delicious puro meal.
Photo via Instagram / tito3000
Gyro's Drive Inn
2401 Nogalitos St // 444 W Mitchell St
With two locations both on the Southside, Gyro’s Drive Inn is a long-standing favorite for American comfort food. Burgers, chicken and seafood – as well as fries and all the fixings – are up for grabs. Why not order a little bit of everything for all of the family to enjoy?
Photo via Instagram / sherrthepilot
Gyro's Drive Inn
2401 Nogalitos St // 444 W Mitchell St
With two locations both on the Southside, Gyro’s Drive Inn is a long-standing favorite for American comfort food. Burgers, chicken and seafood – as well as fries and all the fixings – are up for grabs. Why not order a little bit of everything for all of the family to enjoy?
Photo via Instagram / sherrthepilot
El Sol
1815 Pleasanton Road, (210) 923-5553, facebook.com
Located across the street from Harlandale HS, lots of Southsiders already know about the goodness at El Sol. For those that don’t, consider this Pleasanton spot a solid go-to for lunch specials and breakfast – whether you go the taco route or order a plate. If you do the latter, order the the carne asada plate, which El Sol claims as the “plate of the Southside.”
Photo via Instagram / sosidefoodiechick
El Sol
1815 Pleasanton Road, (210) 923-5553, facebook.com
Located across the street from Harlandale HS, lots of Southsiders already know about the goodness at El Sol. For those that don’t, consider this Pleasanton spot a solid go-to for lunch specials and breakfast – whether you go the taco route or order a plate. If you do the latter, order the the carne asada plate, which El Sol claims as the “plate of the Southside.”
Photo via Instagram / sosidefoodiechick
El Amigo Snack
100 W Theo Ave, (210) 530-8461
Is it a taco truck? Or a snack stand? At El Amigo, there’s both! Depending on what time you visit, you’ll be able to score decked out mangonadas, raspas and elote as well as mini tacos and more. Whether you stop by for dinner or for a snack, you’ll likely want to order the entire menu here.
Photo via Instagram / rycore
El Amigo Snack
100 W Theo Ave, (210) 530-8461
Is it a taco truck? Or a snack stand? At El Amigo, there’s both! Depending on what time you visit, you’ll be able to score decked out mangonadas, raspas and elote as well as mini tacos and more. Whether you stop by for dinner or for a snack, you’ll likely want to order the entire menu here.
Photo via Instagram / rycore