26 Essential South Side San Antonio Restaurants to Try Right Now

While the food scene of San Antonio has been changing in a major way the last few months (thanks, COVID-19), there's something to be said for the comfort of a meal from a tried and true neighborhood eatery.

If you're in desperate need of warm fuzzies in the form of a good meal, these 26 essential Southside joints may be serving just what you crave. Some are well-known spots synonymous with the South Side and others are still holes in the proverbial wall. However, all are small businesses that would appreciate a little love thrown their way.
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B&B Smokehouse
2619 Pleasanton Rd., (210) 921-2745, bbsmokehouse.com
The brisket sandwich is always a good choice, as is the pink lemonade if you feel like having something sweet. People rave about the ribs, too…so no matter what you order, it’s gonna be good. Photo via Instagram /  
B&B Smokehouse
B&B Smokehouse
2619 Pleasanton Rd., (210) 921-2745, bbsmokehouse.com
The brisket sandwich is always a good choice, as is the pink lemonade if you feel like having something sweet. People rave about the ribs, too…so no matter what you order, it’s gonna be good.
Photo via Instagram / B&B Smokehouse
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, plus, the prices can’t be beat. 
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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, plus, the prices can’t be beat.
Photo via Instagram / injaimesshoes
Blue Moon Mexican Restaurant
3228 S Flores St., (210) 531-0093, bluemoon2.business.site
Known for their fideo con carne and enchiladas, Blue Moon Cafe is a family owned lunch spot off of South Flores. Order via to-go, curbside pickup or DoorDash.
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thetexmexreview
Blue Moon Mexican Restaurant
3228 S Flores St., (210) 531-0093, bluemoon2.business.site
Known for their fideo con carne and enchiladas, Blue Moon Cafe is a family owned lunch spot off of South Flores. Order via to-go, curbside pickup or DoorDash.
Photo via Instagram / thetexmexreview
Bobbie’s Cafe
6728 S Flores St, (210) 923-1158, bobbiescafe.com
For country eatin’, there’s no need to leave San Antone. This no-frills cafe keeps it humble with country-style American dishes for every meal, right inside SA city limits. This cozy eatery has been around for more than 40 years, and is working through the pandemic by offering dine in, to go and curbside options. 
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bobbiescafe
Bobbie’s Cafe
6728 S Flores St, (210) 923-1158, bobbiescafe.com
For country eatin’, there’s no need to leave San Antone. This no-frills cafe keeps it humble with country-style American dishes for every meal, right inside SA city limits. This cozy eatery has been around for more than 40 years, and is working through the pandemic by offering dine in, to go and curbside options.
Photo via Instagram/ bobbiescafe
Carnitas Lonja
1107 Roosevelt Ave. carnitaslonja.com
Blue skies, puffy clouds, light breeze; chunky carnitas, great guac, savvy salsas … that seems like reason enough to get yourself to Carnitas Lonja. Currently open for takeout Thursday through Friday, make sure you order ahead via their website.
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Carnitas Lonja
1107 Roosevelt Ave. carnitaslonja.com
Blue skies, puffy clouds, light breeze; chunky carnitas, great guac, savvy salsas … that seems like reason enough to get yourself to Carnitas Lonja. Currently open for takeout Thursday through Friday, make sure you order ahead via their website.
Photo via Instagram / carnitas_lonja
Las Cazuelas
645 Chalmers Ave, (210) 932-1785, lascazuelassa.comHoused in a bright building off of I-35, Las Cazuelas is everything you need in a neighborhood Mexican restaurant. Call to order your fave dishes — just like mama makes them — and have their friendly staff bring them to you via their curbside service.Photo via Instagram / perfectpetalsbygeo
Las Cazuelas
645 Chalmers Ave, (210) 932-1785, lascazuelassa.com
Housed in a bright building off of I-35, Las Cazuelas is everything you need in a neighborhood Mexican restaurant. Call to order your fave dishes — just like mama makes them — and have their friendly staff bring them to you via their curbside service.
Photo via Instagram / perfectpetalsbygeo
Che’s Chicken & Burgers
4303 S Presa St., (210) 533-7989
Pick up some fish, gizzards, burgers and – duh – chicken at this counter-serve fast food spot. Sit under the covered patio and enjoy the fried goodness. You can worry about the calories later. Or never. This is a no-judgement zone. 
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davistho_sa
Che’s Chicken & Burgers
4303 S Presa St., (210) 533-7989
Pick up some fish, gizzards, burgers and – duh – chicken at this counter-serve fast food spot. Sit under the covered patio and enjoy the fried goodness. You can worry about the calories later. Or never. This is a no-judgement zone.
Photo via Instagram / davistho_sa
La Chinita’s Restaurant
1012 Avondale Ave., (210) 534-8010 
Though technically on the Southeast side of town, we’ll let the Southside take ownership this time around. Here you’ll find both Mexican and Chinese food, but stick with the classics at this spot – trust us! – and order the orange chicken.  Photo via Instagram  /  
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La Chinita’s Restaurant
1012 Avondale Ave., (210) 534-8010
Though technically on the Southeast side of town, we’ll let the Southside take ownership this time around. Here you’ll find both Mexican and Chinese food, but stick with the classics at this spot – trust us! – and order the orange chicken.
Photo via Instagram / jkwagh
Del Rio Tamale & Tortilla Factory
1402 Gillette Blvd., (210) 922-4810, delriotortillas.com
Del Rio Tortilla Factory has been a staple in SA since 1974, so whether it’s fresh tamales or tortillas to try to pass as your own, this is the place to trust. You can also get your hands on some delicious menudo and barbacoa. 
Photo via Instagram / 
onexdeep
Del Rio Tamale & Tortilla Factory
1402 Gillette Blvd., (210) 922-4810, delriotortillas.com
Del Rio Tortilla Factory has been a staple in SA since 1974, so whether it’s fresh tamales or tortillas to try to pass as your own, this is the place to trust. You can also get your hands on some delicious menudo and barbacoa.
Photo via Instagram / onexdeep
Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant
1526 SW Military Dr., (210) 922-3511, donpedro.com
If you want to dine like a true Southsider, hit up Don Pedro for some margs, and food of course. They just reopened their dining room, but you can also get the Don’s eats via curbside and takeout. 
Photo via Instagram /  donpedrotx
Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant
1526 SW Military Dr., (210) 922-3511, donpedro.com
If you want to dine like a true Southsider, hit up Don Pedro for some margs, and food of course. They just reopened their dining room, but you can also get the Don’s eats via curbside and takeout.
Photo via Instagram / donpedrotx