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February 15, 2016 Slideshows » Food & Drink

28 Restaurant Chains That Aren’t In San Antonio But Need To Be 

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Considering how much this city loves franchises, it's strange to think that some of these popular chains don't exist in San Antonio. But hey, give it time.

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Handmade food created from locally sourced produce is the heart of Eureka! Restaurants spanning across California, Washington and Texas.

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Primanti Bros.
The Almost Famous sandwich is a Pittsburgh favorite.

Photo via Facebook (Primanti Bros.)
White Castle
Everyone loves inexpensive mini hamburgers, er sliders. Hell, Harold and Kumar centered an entire movie around this chain.

Photo via Facebook (White Castle)
Kerbey Lane Cafe
Imagine soaking up all the booze in your bloodstream with a stack of pancakes from Kerbey Lane on a Saturday night at 3:00 a.m.

Photo via Facebook (Kerbey Lane Cafe)
Maoz Vegetarian
Our veggie friends in San Anto need love from Maoz Vegetarian, a chain of falafel fast food restaurants that serve purely vegetarian fare.

Photo via Facebook (Maoz Vegetarian Austin)
Cabo Bob's Burritos
Cabo Bob's Burritos is a small franchise found in Austin, Texas. Reminiscent of its owners' youthful surf spots, these burrito and fish taco joints are delightful digs for wannabe beachcombers stuck in the suburbs.

Photo via Facebook (Cabo Bob's Burritos)
JuiceLand's enthusiasm for juices and smoothies loaded with ingredients like bee pollen would make the the mini-chain an excellent choice during cedar season in the Alamo City.

Photo via Facebook (JuiceLand)
Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant
With thriving locations in Austin, Dallas and beyond, the Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant chain offers its guests a traditional Irish atmosphere and tons of Guinness and whiskey. One of these hangouts would be perfect for a San Antonio FC viewing party.

Photo via Facebook (Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant - Austin, TX)
The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille is a fine dining restaurant and steakhouse that calls Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and Plano home.

Photo via Facebook (The Capital Grille)
A fierce rivalry pits San Antonio against Austin in a battle for bragging rights to the greatest taco dive. While the fare at Tacodeli isn't the best or most authentic, we definitely wouldn't kick its Al Pastor out of bed.

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III Forks
We lack a nationally renown III Forks restaurant, a cavernous steakhouse serving French-inspired cuts alongside classic sides.

Photo via Facebook (III Forks Dallas)
P. Terry's Burger Stand
P. Terry's is an American fast-food chain based in Austin, Texas. Founded in 2005, its various locations have garnered a highly loyal customer base. Each restaurant is site-specific, and all architecturally different. We wonder how a P. Terry's might look in the Alamo City.

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People go crazy for Wegmans, a regional supermarket chain established in 1916 near Rochester, New York. It's also one of the best grocery stores to eat at.

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The Roaring Fork
Austin and Scottsdale both claim fame to their respective Roaring Fork locations, chef-driven restaurants featuring wood-fired cooking in a modern Western ambiance.

Photo via Facebook (Roaring Fork Austin)
Stewart's Shops
A New York favorite, Stewart's is another franchise that's essentially a convenience store with great ice cream and food.

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Truluck's is an upscale downtown seafood in Houston, Miami and a number of other bumpin' cities.

Photo via Facebook (Truluck's)
Tupelo Honey Cafe
Southern comfort foods made from scratch. Plus, they have craft beers and cocktails!

Photo via Facebook (Tupelo Honey Cafe)
Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill
San Antonio said goodbye to is location of Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill, a fusion joint featuring award-winning margaritas and unique spins on Mexican and Spanish classics.

Photo via Facebook (Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill)
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
Gus's promises that its fried chicken is simply the best on the planet ... but we wouldn't know unless we traveled to one of its myriad locations sprinkled throughout the Deep South.

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Flying Biscuit Cafe
As the name suggests, just about everything here is biscuit-related, which is great. Plus, they serve breakfast all damn day!

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Wahoo's Fish Taco, Austin-Rio Grande
We could use a Wahoo's Fish Taco, a counter-serve chain slinging out delicious fish tacos with Asian and Brazilian flavors, during Lent.

Photo via Facebook (Wahoo's Fish Taco, Austin-Rio Grande)
Runza Restaurants
Runza is a regional fast food restaurant chain specializing in ethnic cuisine once served by the Volga German immigrants to the United States.

Photo via Facebook (Runza Restaurants)
Cafe Rio
These popular burritos fuel the Mountain West. Why not the Lone Star State?

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Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop
Donuts, coffee and burgers are what this Canadian franchise is all about.

Photo via Facebook (Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop)
Portillo's Hot Dogs
Loaded dogs served in the strictest accordance with "Chicago-style" guidelines: mustard, relish, chopped raw onions, tomato wedges, a kosher pickle spear and sport peppers piled on a steamed poppyseed bun.

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Big John Steak & Onion
Big meaty steaks for big meaty guys. What's not to love?

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Publix is a supermarket chain based in Florida with an almost cult-like following for their subs.

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Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse
You'll have to fly out to Houston, Atlantic City, Vegas or Lake Charles to try this world-class steakhouse.

Photo via Facebook (Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse)
Handmade food created from locally sourced produce is the heart of Eureka! Restaurants spanning across California, Washington and Texas.

Photo via Facebook (Eureka Claremont)

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