January 09, 2016

25 San Antonio restaurants you might not know about but should

It's easy to fall into patterns. Humans are creatures of habit, plain and simple. We frequent the same neighborhood cafés, order the same dishes and slowly find ourselves accepting our status as dutiful regulars. While there's nothing inherently wrong with our loyalties to local businesses, we gastronomes need to embrace the adventurous epicurean spirit and diversify our palates. After all, variety is the spice of life. With that said, take a look at these perfect spots in San Antonio to stray away from your comfort zone and try something new.
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Beto's  
Beto’s often gets lumped in to the Tex-Mex category, but it’s really more of a Latin restaurant, with complex flavors, plenty of citrus notes and lighter fare overall. The menu is split into four categories–tacos, empanadas, quesadillas and burgers.
8142 Broadway St., (210) 930-9393
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Beto's
Beto’s often gets lumped in to the Tex-Mex category, but it’s really more of a Latin restaurant, with complex flavors, plenty of citrus notes and lighter fare overall. The menu is split into four categories–tacos, empanadas, quesadillas and burgers.
8142 Broadway St., (210) 930-9393

Photo via Facebook (Beto's Alt Mex)
Niki's Tokyo Inn
Though Niki's has been in that same spot for at least three decades, San Antonio newbs still don't know about this magical little sushi joint. Get there early and order plenty of appetizers. 
819 W Hildebrand Avenue, (210) 736-5471
Photo via Facebook (Dara Maknual)
Niki's Tokyo Inn
Though Niki's has been in that same spot for at least three decades, San Antonio newbs still don't know about this magical little sushi joint. Get there early and order plenty of appetizers.
819 W Hildebrand Avenue, (210) 736-5471

Photo via Facebook (Dara Maknual)
Fattboy Burgers & Dogs
If you can find a parking space at Fattboy Burgers & Dogs, you'll find a fully customizable burger menu with options that include sesame seed or wheat buns, bacon, cheeses, dressings, BBQ sauce, dill relish, grilled mushrooms or bell peppers.  
2345 Vance Jackson Road, (210) 377-3288
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Fattboy Burgers & Dogs
If you can find a parking space at Fattboy Burgers & Dogs, you'll find a fully customizable burger menu with options that include sesame seed or wheat buns, bacon, cheeses, dressings, BBQ sauce, dill relish, grilled mushrooms or bell peppers.
2345 Vance Jackson Road, (210) 377-3288

Photo via San Antonio Current
Garbanzo
In short, Garbanzo is the Mediterranean Chipotle. Fill up your bowl with hummus and addictive pita chips. 
11075 Huebner Oaks, (210) 572-4382 
Photo via Facebook (Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill - San Antonio)
Garbanzo
In short, Garbanzo is the Mediterranean Chipotle. Fill up your bowl with hummus and addictive pita chips.
11075 Huebner Oaks, (210) 572-4382

Photo via Facebook (Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill - San Antonio)
Halftime Pizza
While the enchilada pizza topped with pico de gillo is a fresh addition to an old favorite, owner David Garcia's hospitality was even more refreshing at Halftime Pizza.  
7126 Tezel Road, (210) 521-2990 
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Halftime Pizza
While the enchilada pizza topped with pico de gillo is a fresh addition to an old favorite, owner David Garcia's hospitality was even more refreshing at Halftime Pizza.
7126 Tezel Road, (210) 521-2990

Photo via San Antonio Current
Cascabel Mexican Patio
Legit breakfast tacos, tortillas so fresh you can taste the nixtamalization and on-point dishes hailing from deep in the heart of Mexico. 
1000 S. St. Mary's St., (210) 212-6456
Photo via Facebook (Joey Salinas)
Cascabel Mexican Patio
Legit breakfast tacos, tortillas so fresh you can taste the nixtamalization and on-point dishes hailing from deep in the heart of Mexico.
1000 S. St. Mary's St., (210) 212-6456

Photo via Facebook (Joey Salinas)
Kung Fu Noodle  
There are 12 items on laminated sheets of Day-Glo paper—that's it at Kung Fu Noodle—broken up into three categories. Choose between noodles, dumplings and buns, and ready your facehole for some comfort.
6733 Bandera Road, (210) 451-5586
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Kung Fu Noodle
There are 12 items on laminated sheets of Day-Glo paper—that's it at Kung Fu Noodle—broken up into three categories. Choose between noodles, dumplings and buns, and ready your facehole for some comfort.
6733 Bandera Road, (210) 451-5586

Photo via San Antonio Current
Malinalli Bakery & Bistro 
The fresh-baked breads are essential to the made-to-order sandwiches at Malinalli.  
2211 NW Military Hwy #131, (210) 209-3463
Photo via Facebook (Malinalli Bakery & Bistro)
Malinalli Bakery & Bistro
The fresh-baked breads are essential to the made-to-order sandwiches at Malinalli.
2211 NW Military Hwy #131, (210) 209-3463

Photo via Facebook (Malinalli Bakery & Bistro)
Mina & Dimi's Greek House
You can never have too much moussaka. 
7159 W. US Hwy. 90, (210) 674-3464
Photo via Facebook (Mina & Dimi's Greek House)
Mina & Dimi's Greek House
You can never have too much moussaka.
7159 W. US Hwy. 90, (210) 674-3464

Photo via Facebook (Mina & Dimi's Greek House)
R&R Café
Rick Bueno is making a success of coming home to a bright but modest cafe on the Southeast side. The "kickass gourmet" at R&R Café includes the the Philly cheese and a mango jalapeño grilled chicken sandwichsteak sandwich.
4241 Clark Avenue, (210) 533-1603

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