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30 Essential Fredericksburg Road Restaurants You Should've Already Tried By Now 

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Fredericksburg Road is a long stretch, running from the West Side and through the Medical Center until it dissolves into the access road on Interstate 10. The iconic road is home to plenty of eateries — here are the essential spots that you definitely shouldn't drive by.
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Old Smokehouse
5145 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 340-5039,
Barbecue may not be common ‘round these parts, but that’s not a problem. Old Smokehouse more than makes up for that. The counter-serve joint lets you pick and choose which meats and sides you want so you can create the perfect plate. No matter which combination you go for, you’ll be lickin’ your fingers — it’s just that good.
Photo via Instagram / mrchipcarey
Garcia's Mexican Food To Go
842 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 735-4525,
A local favorite for Mexican fare, Garcia’s packs a lot of flavor into its tiny space. With all the standard breakfast tacos and lunch plates, you’ll have a lot to taste your way through. A must try is definitely the brisket taco. It’ll change your world.
Photo via Instagram / sanantoniomunchies
Dahlia Thai Cuisine
8498 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 233-1237,
This strip-mall joint may not look like much from the outside, but it packs in lots of flavor in its kitchen. You’ll find it all here — noodles, curries, fried rice and stir fry — and it’ll all taste yummy. Treat yourself to some mamuang (coconut rice and mango) for dessert!
Photo via Instagram / fatstoked
Original Donut Shop
3307 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 734-5661,
Known for its donuts and prized for its breakfast tacos, Original Donut Shop has been a longstanding spot on Fredericksburg. The shop draws crowds (re: long lines that form down Fredericksburg) for these goods, especially on the weekends. Consider this hotspot a rite of passage for foodies and puro San Antonians alike.
Photo via Instagram / bakemeaway
Deco Pizzeria
1815 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 732-3326,
Found in the heart of the West Side, Deco brings some delicious artisan-style pizza to the neighborhood. The Chef Ruben Special pizza is a must-try. There’s also pasta and beer up for grabs, which means everyone will be satisfied here (especially if you stop by when there’s live music). They even have happy hour on weekdays.
Photo via Yelp / Deco Pizzeria
Al-Amir Cafe & Grill
8620 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 281-8632,
A newer addition to SA’s food scene, Al-Amir is occupying that corner spot at Fredericksburg and Wurzbach that a number of restaurants have inhabited through the years. The restaurant seems likely to stay as it stays open late (until 2 a.m. daily — except until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays) and features flavorful Lebanese bites. From shawarma and falafel to kabobs and Lebanese pies, you’ll make your belly happy here.
Photo via Instagram / countdowncityconnoisseurs
Peter El Norteño Mexican-American Diner
542 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 731-2912,
Open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, you can trust Peter El Norteno the next time you have an antojo for a Mexican plate. Billed as a “Mexican-American diner,” you’ll find breakfast tacos and enchiladas as well as chicken fried steak and a fish plate. It’s truly the best of both worlds.
Photo via Instagram / burnandturnpokeraq
Sangria on the Burg
5115 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 265-3763,
Partially named after its address, Sangria on the Burg remains a favorite for lots of local foodies — and not just those in the neighborhood. Worth traveling across town to dine here, the Ceasar Zepeda-led restaurant is prized for its sangria flights and bites like sliders and tacos. Trust us when we say that this spot should be on your short list.
Photo via Instagram / utah.local.eats
El Paraiso Ice Cream
1934 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 737-8101,
A longtime favorite for paletas, El Paraiso is synonymous with Fredericksburg Road and the West Side. If you’ve yet to have one of these cold treats, you’ll likely want to fill your basket (yes, a basket) with every flavor to see why so many locals adore El Paraiso.
Photo via Instagram / optimisticheathen
San Antonio Burger
8440 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 949-0303,
This laid-back spot holds it down with delicious burgers piled high with toppings — either one of the basic or specialty burgers from the menu or built exactly how you want it. The place is all about American food as there’s also sandwiches, chicken tenders wings up for grabs too. This is definitely a spot that the whole family will want.
Photo via Instagram / lzy_mskn
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Simi's India Cuisine
4535 Fredericksburg Road #109, (210) 737-3166,
Those with special diets will feel more than welcome here thanks to a number of vegetarian dishes on the menu. And if you’ve got a big appetite? Perfect, since the restaurant has a daily lunch buffet. Be sure to try one of the tandoori dishes so you understand why this spot is a go-to for Indian fare for so many locals.
Photo via Instagram / adriennei3
Ray's Pizzaria
5252 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 257-8520,
Though it has a second location not too far, this local pizza chain’s flagship location is proudly operating from its Fredericksburg Road address. The family-owned joint is known for serving up New York-style pies that hit the spot when you’re in the mood for a cheesy slice with your favorite toppings. Aside from pizza, the menu also offers calzones, stromboli, subs, wings and pasta.
Photo via Instagram / rogersaurus_mex
Thai House 2
5136 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 267-5534,
Though there’s a sister location across town folks west of I-10 can head to this Fredericksburg outpost for their fill of Thai eats. Great for takeout, but also scrumptious for dining in, this Med Center spot serves curries and noodles, as well as specialty duck entrees and soups.
Photo via Instagram / foodiepau
Sarita’s Mexican Restaurant
8224 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 265-3723,
Sarita’s is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily so you can stop by for your fill of Mexican fare whenever hunger strikes. From breakfast plates and lunch specials to a la carte items like puffy tacos, there’s a lot on the menu for you to choose from.
Photo via Yelp / Geri R.
De Wese's Tip Top Cafe
2814 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 732-0191,
Since 1938, Tip Top Cafe has served the community well with American classics like chicken fried steak, burgers, sandwiches and mile-high pie. Folks looking for diner digs (and a Food Network-featured restaurant) will be in good hands here.
Photo via Instagram / andrew_amiel
Kohinoor Restaurant
9425 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 314-8692,
This family-owned Pakistani restaurant is all about bringing you an authentic dining experience. That’s why you’ll find dishes like tawa chicken, paalak paneer and chicken biryani on the menu here. Get ready for these spices to wake up your taste buds.
Photo via Instagram / alexiskingsss
The Hut Diner
1610 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 649-8574,
Diner vibes are available at this Fredericksburg Road outpost. The Hut offers a menu of American breakfast plates like omelettes, sandwiches, burgers and fish plates. So go on and grab a seat at the counter and watch your order be prepared on the grill.
Photo via Instagram / texas_made_eats
Original Blanco Cafe
7934 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 692-3233,
If you don’t feel like heading downtown for some good Mexican eats, you can always pull into OBC’s Fredericksburg Road location for your enchilada antojo. Though you can find all the standard Mexican restaurant options here, the local mainstay is perhaps best known for its cheesy enchiladas. Go on and see what the fuss is about if you’re clueless.
Photo via Instagram / satexasfoodies
India Palace
8474 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 692-5262,
Specializing in North Indian fare, this Medical Center mainstay for both vegetarian and meaty dishes of the cuisine. Though you can order up a plate of whatever you like best, most folks frequent India Palace for its daily buffet, available for both lunch and dinner. Be prepared to get stuffed — and to enjoy every bite of your feast.
Photo via Instagram / rabidmeerkat
Martinez Barbacoa Y Tamales
728 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 734-6621,
On the weekends you can swing by this Fredericksburg mainstay for your fix of barbacoa and tamales, plus breakfast tacos, menudo, chicharrones and pan dulce. Remember not to judge a book by its cover, because this humble space makes some really tasty, puro goodness.
Photo via Instagram / mikaziljanessa
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French Sandwiches
8448 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 692-7019
What you see is not what you get — at least not completely. Though the name will have you thinking you’ll find French sandwiches here, this Fredericksburg Road eatery is actually regarded for its Vietnamese fare. Order from the French portion of the menu if you’d like, but the banh mi is where it’s at.
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Taqueria Huentitan Jalisco
2318 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 731-8305,
Folks in the neighborhood already know what’s up, but those unfamiliar with the area will want to know that this taqueria is one you can trust. The tiny corner restaurant has menu options like most Mexican spots, so we’ll leave it up to you to try for yourself and pinpoint why this restaurant is so popular.
Photo via Instagram / brianp005
The Lighthouse Seafood
1212 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 785-9333,
If hole-in-the-wall seafood restaurants are your thing, you’ll love The Lighthouse. Be sure to appreciate the murals while you down your fried or broiled platters — however you like it with your choice of sides.
Photo via Instagram / mikaziljanessa
Tao's Thai Hot
8110 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 994-6967,
Noodles in the Medical Center aren’t hard to come by, partially thanks to Tao’s. This Thai spot comes through with Pad Thai, curry dishes and all the appetizers like spring rolls and satay.
Photo via Yelp / Angela F.
Las Pichanchas Cafe
450 Fredericksburg Road, 210) 735-3715,
In need of an early breakfast that tastes homemade? You’ll be smart to visit Las Pichanchas. The no-frills spot keeps it puro with tacos and breakfast/lunch plates accompanied by bright decor. There’s a long list of breakfast tacos and lunch plates, so you’re bound to find something that hits the spot. If you’re in a rush, you can even order online!
Photo via Yelp / Chris P.
Canary Mediterranean Grill
3825 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 314-1666,
With Mediterranean restaurants so easy to find in the Medical Center, it goes without saying that you can find the cultural grub on Fredericksburg Road. Shawarma, kabobs, gyros, falafel — you name it, they have it. There’s even a daily buffet during lunchtime if you bring a serious appetite.
Photo via Yelp / Eddie T.
Adolfo's Cafe
321 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 725-6069,
Open for breakfast and lunch every day of the week, Adolfo’s is a dependable spot for when you need your fix of delicious Mexican fare for cheap. Grab three breakfast tacos for less than three bucks, or dine in at lunch for the $6 lunch special. If you’re in the neighborhood, it makes sense to frequent this neighborhood joint ASAP.
Photo via Yelp / Adolfo’s Cafe
South Garden Chinese
3909 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 738-3388,
Who doesn’t love a local Chinese restaurant? South Garden is the type of neighborhood joint where you have your go-to order and you visit on the regular. With a long list of lunch and dinner specials of all the plates you know and love, you’ll likely be doing just that real soon. Order the restaurant’s special egg foo young to see what’s up.
Photo via Instagram / southgardenchinese
Oak Hills Tavern
7920 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 614-8855,
Oak Hills Tavern is proof that a drinking spot can come through for its bar menu and its kitchen. Though depended on for its cheap drinks, the Medical Center haunt is also regarded for its tasty food. You can order bites like burgers and pizza while you take in some booze and play a few rounds of pool.
Photo via Instagram / mexa_pina
Señor Ceviche
3534 Fredericksburg Road #31, (210) 277-7678,
Peruvian fare awaits you at Señor Ceviche. The restaurant serves up a number of ceviche options, of course, as well as a variety of mariscos. If you’re looking for bright flavors and something out of your usual go-tos, this spot is worth a shot.
Photo via Instagram / thefoodandtravelguy
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Old Smokehouse
5145 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 340-5039,
Barbecue may not be common ‘round these parts, but that’s not a problem. Old Smokehouse more than makes up for that. The counter-serve joint lets you pick and choose which meats and sides you want so you can create the perfect plate. No matter which combination you go for, you’ll be lickin’ your fingers — it’s just that good.
Photo via Instagram / mrchipcarey

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