October 28, 2022

27 San Antonio restaurants perfect for weekday lunches

For San Antonians who spend their workweek at the office, it's easy to get in a lunchtime rut. During that hour-long respite from the 9-to-5 workday, we often find ourselves eating the same thing over and over out of convenience.

But it doesn't have to be that way.

San Antonio has plenty of great restaurants that are perfect for weekday lunches — whether you're looking for a quick bite, affordable specials or a good spot for a working lunch with colleagues. These 27 dining spots are worth a visit on your lunch break.
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Box Street All Day
623 Hemisfair Blvd., Ste. 108, (210) 476-5705, theboxstreetsocial.com
This casual, chef-driven concept features an all-day brunch menu, signature cocktails and an espresso bar, and the zero-proof drink menu makes it a great spot to stop for a fancy tipple, no matter the hour. 
Photo by s.a.foodie, courtesy of Box Street All Day
Box Street All Day
623 Hemisfair Blvd., Ste. 108, (210) 476-5705, theboxstreetsocial.com
This casual, chef-driven concept features an all-day brunch menu, signature cocktails and an espresso bar, and the zero-proof drink menu makes it a great spot to stop for a fancy tipple, no matter the hour.
Photo by s.a.foodie, courtesy of Box Street All Day
Best Quality Daughter
602 Avenue A, (210) 819-4236, bestqualitydaughter.com
This self-proclaimed “New Asian-American” spot boasts custom wallpaper — one featuring Alamo City landmarks in punchy colors — panda pinatas and neon signs, making it a trendy lunch spot to impress your coworkers or clients. Their weekday lunch menu also features a variety of gluten free and vegan options. 
Photo via Instagram / bestqualitydaughter
Best Quality Daughter
602 Avenue A, (210) 819-4236, bestqualitydaughter.com
This self-proclaimed “New Asian-American” spot boasts custom wallpaper — one featuring Alamo City landmarks in punchy colors — panda pinatas and neon signs, making it a trendy lunch spot to impress your coworkers or clients. Their weekday lunch menu also features a variety of gluten free and vegan options.
Photo via Instagram / bestqualitydaughter
Dignowity Meats
1701 E. Houston St., (210) 462-1496, dignowitymeats.com
East side staple Dignowity Meats pushes the envelope of what it means to be a barbecue restaurant. Their lunch-exclusive deli offerings include a house-smoked Pastrami sandwich and a smoked brisket burnt end melt loaded with mac and cheese. 
Photo via Instagram / dignowitymeats
Dignowity Meats
1701 E. Houston St., (210) 462-1496, dignowitymeats.com
East side staple Dignowity Meats pushes the envelope of what it means to be a barbecue restaurant. Their lunch-exclusive deli offerings include a house-smoked Pastrami sandwich and a smoked brisket burnt end melt loaded with mac and cheese.
Photo via Instagram / dignowitymeats
Maria's Cafe
1105 Nogalitos St.
This mom-and-pop spot offers tasty Mexican food in a homey, eclectically decorated venue. The restaurant’s affordable lunch plates are a no-brainer when you’re looking for a quick, low-budget bite. 
Photo via Instagram / thundercat280
Maria's Cafe
1105 Nogalitos St.
This mom-and-pop spot offers tasty Mexican food in a homey, eclectically decorated venue. The restaurant’s affordable lunch plates are a no-brainer when you’re looking for a quick, low-budget bite.
Photo via Instagram / thundercat280
Ming’s
914 E. Elmira St., (210) 600-4083, mingsthing.com
Open Tuesday-Sunday, Ming’s provides classic Chinese dishes such as ma-la noodles and orange chicken, adding to the diversity of the Alamo City’s palate. Not to mention the restaurant’s steamed buns, which make the perfect midday snack. 
Photo via Instagram / mingsthing
Ming’s
914 E. Elmira St., (210) 600-4083, mingsthing.com
Open Tuesday-Sunday, Ming’s provides classic Chinese dishes such as ma-la noodles and orange chicken, adding to the diversity of the Alamo City’s palate. Not to mention the restaurant’s steamed buns, which make the perfect midday snack.
Photo via Instagram / mingsthing
The Good Kind Southtown
1127 S. St. Mary's St., (210) 801-5892, eatgoodkind.com
The Good Kind’s picturesque outdoor garden is perfect for grabbing a bite to eat and catching some rays on lunch break. Open for weekday lunch Tuesday-Sunday, the restaurant serves up a variety of shareable bites, salads and sandwiches with a farm-to-table ethos. 
Photo via Instagram / goodkindsouthtown
The Good Kind Southtown
1127 S. St. Mary's St., (210) 801-5892, eatgoodkind.com
The Good Kind’s picturesque outdoor garden is perfect for grabbing a bite to eat and catching some rays on lunch break. Open for weekday lunch Tuesday-Sunday, the restaurant serves up a variety of shareable bites, salads and sandwiches with a farm-to-table ethos.
Photo via Instagram / goodkindsouthtown
Curry Boys BBQ
2334 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 320-0555, curryboysbbq.com
Open Wednesday through Sunday, this spot blends Southeast Asian curry with classic Texas BBQ to create their rice bowls. This window-service restaurant has plenty of patio seating for patrons to enjoy lunch on a nice day.
Photo via Instagram / curryboysbbq
Curry Boys BBQ
2334 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 320-0555, curryboysbbq.com
Open Wednesday through Sunday, this spot blends Southeast Asian curry with classic Texas BBQ to create their rice bowls. This window-service restaurant has plenty of patio seating for patrons to enjoy lunch on a nice day.
Photo via Instagram / curryboysbbq
Chilaquil
312 Pearl Pkwy. Building 6, Suite 6109, (210) 267-1125 eatchilaquil.com
Chilaquil is known for super fresh, vibrant eats such as tacos, tortas and their signature namesake chilaquiles. Post up to enjoy the Pearl scenery — and people watch — while you eat.  
Photo via Instagram / eatchilaquil
Chilaquil
312 Pearl Pkwy. Building 6, Suite 6109, (210) 267-1125 eatchilaquil.com
Chilaquil is known for super fresh, vibrant eats such as tacos, tortas and their signature namesake chilaquiles. Post up to enjoy the Pearl scenery — and people watch — while you eat.
Photo via Instagram / eatchilaquil
Full Goods Diner
200 E. Grayson St., Suite 120, (210) 819-4226, fullgoodsdiner.com
Newly-opened Full Goods Diner serves up breakfast and lunch items packed with seasonal and local ingredients in the Pearl Brewery space that formerly housed Green Vegetarian Cuisine. The eatery also boasts a full coffee bar for afternoon pick-me-ups. 
Photo via Instagram / fullgoodsdiner
Full Goods Diner
200 E. Grayson St., Suite 120, (210) 819-4226, fullgoodsdiner.com
Newly-opened Full Goods Diner serves up breakfast and lunch items packed with seasonal and local ingredients in the Pearl Brewery space that formerly housed Green Vegetarian Cuisine. The eatery also boasts a full coffee bar for afternoon pick-me-ups.
Photo via Instagram / fullgoodsdiner
La Panadería
Multiple Locations, lapanaderia.com
La Panaderia’s three San Antonio locations often have lines out the door on weekends, but those looking for a weekday lunch spot can post up here for a long midday break, then snag a couple dozen pan dulce to bring back to the office. No one will even realize you were gone for two hours if you return with sweets. 
Photo via Instagram / lapanaderia
La Panadería
Multiple Locations, lapanaderia.com
La Panaderia’s three San Antonio locations often have lines out the door on weekends, but those looking for a weekday lunch spot can post up here for a long midday break, then snag a couple dozen pan dulce to bring back to the office. No one will even realize you were gone for two hours if you return with sweets.
Photo via Instagram / lapanaderia