29 women-owned San Antonio restaurants you should've tried by now
San Antonio has no shortage of spots to grab a great meal, but for anyone looking for eats with a little girl power, we've got you covered. From bakeries to burger joints, San Antonio women are winning at the culinary game. Need proof? Just check out these 29 remarkable eateries helmed by women.
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Sari-Sari Filipino Restaurant
5700 Wurzbach Road, (210) 647-7274, sari-sari-satx.com
Originally opened by Imelda and Adam Valenzuela, the couple’s daughter, Camille De Los Reyes, now manages the Bandera and Wurzbach intersection favorite. In early 2020, De Los Reyes opened a second 1,700-square-foot space in Stone Oak.
Photo via Instagram / stine.eats
The Jerk Shack
117 Matyear St, (210) 776-7780, facebook.com/thejerkshacksatx
Since being named one of GQ’s Best New Restaurants back in 2020, chef-owner Lattoia Massey — aka Nicola Blaque — has been a busy bee. The growing popularity of her Jamaican-style eatery The Jerk Shack — known for jerk chicken wings, savory sides and unmatched hospitality — has fostered an opportunity to expand with two more locations by next summer.
Photo via Instagram / natturaveragefoodie
2195 NW Military Hwy, (210) 503-5121, clementine-sa.com
Alongside husband and chef John Russ, Elise Russ brings her longtime love for desserts to Clementine, where she serves as an owner and pastry chef. She brings years of experience in the food biz both in the Alamo City and beyond.
Photo via Instagram / clementine.sanantonio
5253 McCullough Ave, (210) 990-2349, facebook.com/MilpaFoodTruck
Chef Jesse Kuykendall — also known to colleagues as “Chef Kirk” — helms super sexy Havana Hotel eatery Ocha as well as Milpa, a brick and mortar space which showcases food inspired by her childhood on the U.S.-Mexico border. A recent winner of Food Network’s Chopped competition, Chef Kirk has big plans for her culinary future in SA.
Photo via Instagram / milpaattheyard
Lucy Cooper's Texas Ice House
16080 San Pedro Ave, (210) 462-1894, lucycoopers.com
The good times roll over at this ice house. Serving 21+ patrons, Lucy Cooper's is owned by lady boss Braunda Moody Smith. She obviously knows how to party since this drinking spot also serves delicious grub and offers fun events like naughty bingo and live music.
Photo via Instagram / sacurrent
Multiple locations, bakerylorraine.com
Anne Ng, along with husband Jeremy Mandrell and business partner Charlie Biedenharn, has kept San Antonio happy with colorful and tasty macarons, beautiful tarts and perfectly laminated croissants through Bakery Lorraine’s growing presence across SA.
Photo via Instagram / bakery_lorraine
6106 Broadway St, (210) 245-8156, bistr09.com
Chef Lisa Astorga-Watel shares kitchen duties with husband and lauded chef Damien Watel at this refreshing eatery in Alamo Heights. She also led Southtown favorite Bite before closing the restaurant in 2020.
Photo via Instagram / bistr09
The Good Kind
1127 S St Mary's St, (210) 801-5892, eatgoodkind.com
An extension of TimTheGirl Catering, The Good Kind is the brick-and-mortar project of Tim McDiarmid, a well-respected James Beard fellow. She also oversees events at the Ivy Hall. Yep, Tim the Girl is a busy girl.
Photo via Instagram / goodkindsouthtown
Go Vegan San Antonio
14530 Roadrunner Way, (210) 729-5400, facebook.com/GoVeganSa
Tara Best has been letting San Antonians enjoy vegan-friendly bites that will have you wondering how it’s not the real thing. After she and her family adopted a vegan lifestyle, she and husband Akeem opened a food truck specializing in vegan twists on mac ‘n’ cheese and chicken & waffles. Made fresh with plant-based products and natural ingredients, consider Go Vegan your best bet to supporting this biracial family and eat tasty, yet healthy bites while doing so.
Photo via Instagram / govegansatx
905 Dolorosa, (210) 987-8482, vivavillatacos.com
La Familia Cortez, the family behind Mi Tierra, Viva Villa and more, have made their mark in San Antonio’s culture. But Chef Cariño Cortez, a third-generation family member, has made a mark all on her own. She currently serves as the project manager for La Familia Cortez Restaurants — and she’s a hell of a chef.
Photo via Instagram / chefcarinocortez