December 21, 2018 Slideshows » Food & Drink

All the Restaurants, Bars That Opened in San Antonio in 2018 

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The Alamo City's food scene changed a lot this year. Though there were some closings, 2018 marked a year of a lot of new restaurants, bars, coffee shops and even some breweries. By no means is this a definitive list, but here's a look at new players on SA's food and drink scene.
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The Jerk Shack
117 Matyear St, (210) 776-7780, facebook.com/thejerkshacksatx
Billed as "San Antonio's first artisan Caribbean restaurant," The Jerk Shack is a quaint and polished open-air restaurant similar to Dignowity Meats. The menu will feature meats by the pound, starters, Chef's Specials, and sides. Chicken and pork by the pound will range between $7 and $13; starters will run $3 to $8; entrees, like the jerk tacos, jerk shrimp and grits with maque choux, jerk wings and mac, steamed fish, braised oxtails and curry goat will range from $8 to $23.
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras
Chi Chi Birds Hot Chicken
Pop-up around SA, facebook.com/chichibirds
In the craze of Nashville hot chicken, Chi Chi Birds has been popping up around town and serving some sinfully delicious chicken. Whether you love it nice and spicy or not, this chicken hits the spot.
Photo via Instagram / chichibirdshotchicken
Churroholic
4138 S New Braunfels Ave #103, (210) 817-6206, churroholic.com
The California-based franchise landed in SA in August, prompting long lines from day one. A look at the menu and you’ll understand why. Located on the city’s Southeast side, you’ll be able to enjoy decked out churros with glazes, as an ice cream sandwich, offered a la mode, and more. Check it soon if you haven’t already.
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras
The Lonesome Rose Honky Tonk & Backyard
2114 N St Mary's St, (210) 455-0233, thelonesomerose.com
Housed inside the former Phantom Room (RIP), Lonesome Rose brought honky tonk to the St. Mary’s Strip with its November opening.
Photo via Instagram / mustanglarry
Maverick Texas Brasserie
710 S St Mary's St, (210) 973-6050, mavericktexas.com
Maverick Texas Brasserie, helmed by the folks who brought you Acenar, Biga on the Banks, along with chef Chris Carlson and sommelier Joshua Thomas, opened in early February. The massive restaurant is impeccably designed and already has a winning brunch.
Photo via Instagram / joshthomaswine
Barbell Sweets
12682 FM 1560, Helotes, (210) 843-9926, barbellsweets.com
Those with fitness goals and a sweet tooth can take comfort in knowing Barbell Sweets opened this September. Offering macro-friendly sweets, these snacks are high in protein, low in carbohydrates and rich in healthy fats.
Photo via Facebook / BarbellSweets
Con/Safos
607 Hemisfair Boulevard, (210) 514-5006, consafos-sa.com
Con/Safos officially opened its doors along at Yanaguana Garden and a Neo-Chicano menu of pan dulce burgers, wheacharrones and great beer on tap.
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras
Playland
400 E Houston St, (210) 908-9362, playlandsa.com
Chef Stefan Bowers and restaurateur Andrew Goodman teamed up for a brand-new pizza joint, which opened in August. At this Playland, you’ll find adult food in a cool place.
Photo via Instagram / playlandpizza
Crepeccino
5500 Babcock Road #104, (210) 600-3362, facebook.com/Crepeccino
San Antonio got another spot for sweets with the October opening of Crepeccino on Babcock. In addition to artistic designs on your crepe, you can also score milkshakes, waffles, gelato and an assortment of hot and cold beverages.
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras
The Juice Experiment
3438 N St Mary's St, (210) 507-2332, thejuicexperiment.com
The Art of Donut owners decided to go healthy for their side-venture, located right next to the St. Mary’s Street shop. If you feel guilty about devouring the decadent donuts, stop by The Juice Experiment and choose from slew of salads, juices and smoothies. We promise they’re just as tasty.
Photo via Instagram / safood.e
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Pluckers
14881 I-35, Selma, (210) 655-9464, pluckers.com
The wait was finally over for many anxious San Antonians when Pluckers opened in July. Though all the way out in Selma, the Alamo City can enjoy freshly-made wings and Holy Macaroni without driving all the way up to San Marcos or Austin.
Photo by Melissa Skorpil
Still Golden Social House
1900 Broadway St, (210) 616-2212, stillgoldensa.com
Still Golden Social House, the successor to Stay Golden Social House, opened this March at the corner of Grayson and Broadway. The sprawling patio is already a crowd favorite.
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras
Alamo BBQ Co.
511 E. Grayson, (210) 994-8099, twobrosbbqmarket.com/alamo-bbq-co
The Bin is gone and in its place? More Texan barbecue from chef Jason Dady and co. Two Bros. BBQ without making the drive? We’re into it.
Photo via Instagram / alamobbqcompany
Kimura at Freight Gallery
1913 S Flores St, (210) 332-5005, facebook.com/kimurasoflo
Brought to you by the folks at Kimura, the ramen bar at Freight is a must-visit for noodle and art lovers alike.
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras
Bubble Waffle Bar in Stone Oak
19141 Stone Oak Pkwy, (210) 273-6199
Less than a year after opening the first location on the North West side of town, a second Bubble Waffle Bar opened in mid-April. Stone Oak can now enjoy over-the-top milkshakes, bubble tea, and bubble waffles topped with ice cream, mochi, Pocky and more. Owner J.R. Gallegos hinted at upcoming items like Dole Whip soft serve and Mexican gelato.
Photo via Instagram / bubblewafflebar
El Gaucho Pancho
1141 E Commerce St, (512) 387-1141, facebook.com
If you’ve been craving Argentinian food, crave no longer. Food stand El Gaucho Pancho has been serving up treats like traditional empanadas and choripan since opening on April 20. For something truly delicious, try the choripán, which has chorizo or Italian sausage and chimichurri nestled on a fresh baguette or hoagie.
Photo via Facebook / El Gaucho Pancho
Fugu Poke House
23702 I-10 Frontage Road #101, (210) 899-7059, pokesanantonio.com
The poke craze continues with the opening of Fugu in late June. The shop features DIY bowls, poke burritos, poke salads and a few soups and larger items such as udon, lo mein and yakisoba. And perhaps the coolest part of all is that some tables have swing seats!
Photo via Instagram / _accordingtocharlie
Roadmap Brewing Co.
723 N Alamo St, (210) 254-9962, roadmapbrewing.com
San Antonio got another brewery this September, this time in the form of Roadmap Brewing Co. Nestled right in the heart of the city, this is a prime spot for beer lovers exploring downtown.
Photo via Instagram / roadmapbrewing
Acu Bistro Bar
21715 I-10 #111, (210) 530-1190, acubistrobar.com
Acu Bistro Bar, a pan-Mediterranean restaurant opened near the Dominion area with a collection of paellas, pizzas, salads and more.
Photo via Instagram / s.a.foodie
Cherrity Bar
302 Montana St, (210) 598-0496, cherritybar.com
Cherrity Bar, a new bar concept that helps three charities raise funds on a monthly basis, opened on the city’s East Side. Stop in to the 22,000 square-space for cocktails and soon enough, ramen and deli sandwiches.
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras
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SoHill Cafe
1719 Blanco Road, (210) 455-2177, sohillcafe.com
Sohill Cafe prides itself in being a neighborhood eatery in Beacon Hill since its early November opening. The new European cafe is the brainchild of restaurateur Jean-Francois Poujol, who previously owned Tribeca 212 and Soleil Bistro & Wine Bar before that.
Photo by Kody Melton
El Búho
2710 N St Mary's St, facebook.com/elbuhosatx
The St. Mary’s Strip gained a new bar in El Búho, a sports bar that brought some memorabilia and large flat screen TVs back in September.
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras
Meadow Neighborhood Eatery and Bar
555 W Bitters Road #110, (210) 481-4214, meadowsanantonio.com
Brought to you by husband and wife team PJ Edwards and Lindsey Milligan Edwards, Meadow breathes life into the former BIN 555. If you’ve yet to stop by, you’ll love the seasonal Texan menu with Southern influences.
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras
Koffee Kup
1025 Donaldson Ave, (210) 635-0400, facebook.com/thekoffeekupco
Koffee Kup reopened as a coffee shop once more, now under the direction of owner Marisol De La Cruz. Expect espresso drinks including a Cubano, and El Bombon.
Photo via Instagram / michael_chavarria
South BBQ & Kitchen
2011 Mission Road, (210) 437-0070, southbbqkitchen.com
Located on the South Side, South BBQ & Kitchen opened just in time for Memorial Day shenanigans. Offering a mixture of Tex-Mex and barbecue, the Mission Road eatery’s menu features options like brisket, St. Louis spare ribs, pulled pork and chicken quarters, and a selection of pickled items and sides, namely frijoles a la charra and Spanish-style rice.
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras
Tropic Cup
1160 N Loop 1604 E #108, (210) 999-7989, facebook.com/tropiccup.stoneoak
Tropic Cup, a new bubble tea shop that carries Vietnamese che opened in Stone Oak this March. Che features mixture of beans, pandan jelly, coconut milk nuts, shaved ice and sticky rice.
Photo via Instagram / tropiccup.sanantonio
Buddy V’s Ristorante
15900 La Cantera Pkwy Ste 11200, (210) 462-1167, buddyvsrestaurants.com
Cake Boss Buddy Valastro set his eyes on San Antonio, bringing his family-style Italian restaurant to La Cantera in late January.
Photo via Instagram / stine.eats
Villa Rica
403 Blue Star, (210) 635-0036, chefjohnnyhernandez.com
Johnny Hernandez’s latest, Villa Rica, opened next to Burgerteca on the ground floor of The Big Tex Flats. The restaurant brings Veracruz-style flavors to the area.
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras
Smoke Shack Meat Market
3710 Broadway St, (210) 549-1090, smokeshackmeatmarket.com
While not a restaurant per se, Chris Conger did right by San Antonio opened a meat market on par with the restaurant of the same name – and located right next door. The market offers bread and produce from local vendors as well as house-made meats available by the pound.
Photo via Instagram / safoodnstuff
The Dakota East Side Ice House
433 S Hackberry, (210) 375-6009, thedakotasa.com
The East Side has an ice house, y’all. Since its grand opening on April 15, The Dakota has been a place for visitors to kick back and drink with friends. Kick it on the patio with your booze while you snack on flatbread pizzas or sandwiches.
Photo via Instagram / sip_sa
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Go Vegan San Antonio
14530 Roadrunner Way, (210) 591-5012, govegansa.com
What began at the monthly Vegan Stop Shop hosted at Brick comes food truck Go Vegan. The family-owned business takes on favorites like mac 'n' cheese, tostones, sandwiches and smoothies.
Photo via Instagram / govegansa
Shotgun House Coffee Roasters
1333 Buena Vista St, (254) 913-9031, shotgunhouseroasters.com
The West Side is on the up, with a new coffee shop opening in mid-April. Owner Eddie Laughlin uses a San Franciscan roaster that can process 20 pounds in an hour. Satisfy your coffee needs here.
Photo via Instagram / shotgunhouseroasters
Panadería Jimenez
1846 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 973-5050, panjimenez.com
An off-shoot of Lubbock's Jimenez Bakery and Restaurant, Panadería Jimenez landed in SA’s Deco District via owners Frank Jimenez and Ramiro Jimenez. The location has focused on pastries and bolillos since its early November opening, but an expansion of beverage options is in the works.
Photo via Instagram / stxfoodie
B&B Smokehouse
2619 Pleasanton Road, (210) 921-2745, bbsmokehouse.com
Though not completely new, B&B Smokehouse got a major facelift. Demolished earlier this year to make way for a much roomier facility, this South Side staple is plenty more accomodating for plenty of hungry visitors at a time. Don’t worry, the grub is just as good.
Photo by Sarah Martinez
Po-Ke Planet
7302 Louis Pasteur Dr #103, (210) 627-6060, pokeplanetsa.com
Po-Ke Planet, the third poke shop to open in the area in the last year, opened off Louis Pasteur with a selection of signature bowls and playful toppings.
Photo via Instagram / jesselizarraras
Carlo’s Bakery
15900 La Cantera Pkwy, (210) 888-0110, carlosbakery.com
Along with Buddy V’s Ristorante, Buddy Valastro set up San Antonio with a proper Italian bakery. Stop by for cannolis and lobster tails and let this Jersey-based bakery blow your mind.
Photo via Instagram / safoodnstuff
TBD Social + Bar
938 N Loop 1604 W, (210) 494-3371, tbdsa.com
TBD Social + Bar took over the space formerly occupied by Houlihan’s Blanco location. Expect more of the same with an updated look, strong drinks and fun bar snacks.
Photo via Instagram / tbdbarsocialsa
El Ojo
3000 N. St Mary’s, el-ojo-bar.business.site
The team behind Hi-Tones, Faust, Phantom Room, Lowcountry, Squeezebox and the also-new El Buho comes El Ojo. Opened in early July, the club-like spot features obscure punk, ‘80s goth, and industrial music and has all the sass you miss at Phantom Room.
Photo via Instagram / cherylthrogmorton
PRESS Coffee
4035 Broadway St, (210) 602-6590, presscoffeesa.com
PRESS came back after a nearly 10-month hiatus. A dramatic spike in rent forced the owners out of the French Place shop, but they’re back with a vengeance at the Boardwalk on Broadway. Fresh coffee and treats from local shops are just waiting to be enjoyed on the patio.
Photo via Instagram / 0hshittheregoestheplanet
Singhs Vietnamese on St. Mary’s
2805 N St Mary's St, (512) 940-9662, facebook.com
Announced earlier this year, Singhs finally opened a brick-and-mortar in August. Visitors on the St. Mary’s Strip can now enjoy late-night bites from the prized Vietnamese joint.
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras
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Kuma near Schaenfield Road
7915 W Loop 1604 N, (210) 641-2888, facebook.com/kuma.shaenfield
Kuma opened a second outpost just north of Alamo Ranch back in October. Get your fix of bubble waffles and unique ice cream flavors.
Photo via Instagram / kuma.satx
Hip Peaz Vegan Eats
13469 Wetmore Road, instagram.com/hippeazveganeats
Found inside Munch On Co-Op, Hip Peaz dishes out house-made vegan meats like corned beef, ham, beet patties, along with frozen shrimp. Score one for all the vegans in SA!
Photo by Enrique Lopez for Hip Peaz Vegan Eats
Summer Moon Coffee Bar in Alamo Ranch
11831 Culebra Road #106, (210) 338-5544, woodfiredcoffee.com
Alamo Ranch got a whole lot more caffeinated with the September opening of the city’s second Summer Moon location. This outpost features grab-and-go items, as well as a sizable space for co-working or studying. Breakfast tacos, and sandwiches will be available as well as pastries from Bird Bakery.
Photo via Instagram / steph.hrdz
Frida's Corner
1407 Bandera Rd, (210) 900-4077, snacksbyfridas.com
Snack shops may be all over SA, but not all of them are made in fashion of the great Frida Kahlo. Sit back and admire the colorful aesthetic inspired by Frida while you choose a treat from the menu: smoothies, smoothie bowls, ice cream and popsicles, and fruit-infused drinks alongside a few spicy concoctions.
Photo via Instagram / fridascornersa
Berry to Bean Coffee House
3900 Broadway St, (210) 549-2222, facebook.com/berrytobean
More joe came to Broadway, Berry to Bean leading the season with an opening in mid-May. The shop features a menu of espresso drinks, juices and smoothies geared toward promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Photo via Instagram / dcampaa
Duck Donuts
11703 Huebner Rd #113, (210) 476-5500, duckdonuts.com
The North Carolina-based chain opened its (first) San Antonio location in late January with made-to-order donuts and customizable toppings.
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras
Koifin Poke
7211 Green Glen Drive, Suite 102, koi-poke-sushi-restaurant.business.site
The team at Koi Kawa dipped into the world of poke and sushi burritos in late August with the opening of Kofin. Located near UTSA, this trendy spot offers DIY bowls with either two or three protein choices.
Photo via Instagram / koifinpoke.sa
Dos Quality & Flavor
6511 Ingram Road Ste. 101, (210) 267-5143, dos-satx.com
This small but determined burger joint packs in the flavor, marking one of our favorite new restaurants this year. Stop by and try the Tejano Burger.
Photo via Instagram / s.a.foodie
Clementine
2195 NW Military Hwy, (210) 503-5121, clementine-sa.com
Clementine, the first concept by chef John Russ and wife Elise Russ, opened in mid-January in the Castle Hills area. The sleek restaurant serves a new take on Southern cuisine, drool-worthy desserts and an impressive wine list.
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras
Folklores Coffee House
5007 S Flores St, (210) 455-7829, facebook.com/southsidecoffeehouse
The city’s South Side got a much-needed coffee spot with the fall opening of Folklores. Stop by for a decked out cup of joe that you’ve probably already seen in your Instagram feed.
Photo via Instagram / wicklessbabe
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#getfried Fry Cafe
7400 San Pedro Ave space 6512, (714) 932-7590, getfried.com
Working out of a mall kiosk, #getfried serves up sinfully delicious fries topped with all sorts of drizzles and extra treats that is literally making our mouth water right now. There’s also finger foods if you need to balance out your fry intake.
Photo via Instagram / julielamyeung
Don Martin’s Coffee
540 S Presa St, (210) 781-4204, donmartinscoffee.com
Get your espresso-based drinks with fresh beans courtesy of White Elephant Coffee Co. and pan dulce from Cinderella Bakery. You can also enjoy beer and wine here, either on tap or from a can.
Photo via Instagram / jesselizarraras
Tre at the Museum
200 W. Jones St #501, (210) 805-0333, tretrattoria.com
Tre Trattoria packed up its bags and moved out of Boardwalk on Broadway to set up at the San Antonio Museum of Art. With indoor seating at the Hops Building, the revamped restaurant also has patio dining overlooking the San Antonio River.
Photo via Instagram / tre_trattoria
Hawx Burger Bar in Stone Oak
700 E Sonterra Blvd #318, (210) 908-9354, hawxburgerbar.com
With the original location on Vance Jackson, Hawx Burger Bar headed north for its second location. Replacing the former Draught Station, the Sonterra eatery offers the same menu along with a full bar and Sunday brunch.
Photo via Instagram / hawxsonterra
Philocoffee
606 W French Pl, (210) 314-8450, philocoffeesa.com
The new French-themed shop features a custom espresso blend from What's Brewing Roasters in San Antonio made of Vienna, Red Sea and Ethiopia Yirgacheffe beans.
Photo via Instagram / philocoffeesa
Sushi Express
12055 Vance Jackson Road, (210) 474-0012, sushiexpresssa.com
The new location features more of the same Japanese/Korean menu inside a 2,300-square-foot space.
Photo via Instagram / xochitl375
CommonWealth Coffee at the Weston Centre
112 E Pecan St, (210) 370-3371, commonwealthcoffeehouse.com
CommonWealth gained a fifth location, with the newest outpost opening inside the lavish Weston Centre in February.
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras
Ceviche Ceviche
18360 Blanco Road #120, (210) 538-5016, cevichecevichesatx.com
Sangria on the Burg Chef Ceasar Zepeda finally opened his much-anticipated ceviche spot this year. These bites are fresh as heck, letting you choose from a signature ceviches to a build-your-own option.
Photo via Instagram / cevichecevichesa
Chela’s Tacos on St. Mary’s
3420 N St Mary's St, (210) 535-7340, chelas-tacos.com
Chela’s got a second location this fall, making for a late-night and boozy option on the St. Mary’s Strip.
Photo by Ron Bechtol
Hula Poke
Multiple locations, rollingfishpoke.com
Hula Poke on San Pedro opened its doors in January near San Pedro and 410, marking its second location. Another location opened on Bandera Road in early June. From the owners behind Rolling Fish Sushirritos and Poke, the shop offers refreshingly tasty DIY poke bowls and salads.
Photo via Instagram / stine.eats
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Southerleigh Oyster Bar
136 E Grayson St #120, (210) 455-5701, southerleigh.com
Though not a completely new restaurant, the oyster bar at Southerleigh has made the already-amazing Pearl restaurant that much better since its September opening.
Photo courtesy of Giant Noise
Revolucion Coffee + Juice on Houston
300 E Houston St #105, (210) 607-1818, revolucionsa.com
With an outpost on Broadway, Revolucion’s second location headed into Downtown inside the former Moshe's Golden Falafel. Though smaller, fans can still find espresso drinks, juices, "not milks," smoothies, acai bowls, and grab-and-go salads and sandwiches here.
Photo via Instagram / naga_viper
Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen
17907 I-10, (844) 853-7335, pauladeensfamilykitchen.com
For $22.99, guests are invited to pick three entrees and four sides, and no take-out is allowed. Drinks are extra.
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras
Chris Madrid’s
830 W Hollywood Ave, (210) 735-3552, chrismadrids.com
Chris Madrid’s reopened in this January in a temporary location adjacent to the original. Found across the street and featuring covered tented seating, the location keeps folks sated while we wait for construction to end on the original building.
Photo via Instagram / scream_one
Earth Burger on Nacogdoches
2501 Nacogdoches Road, (210) 476-5010, eatearthburger.com
A former Church’s Chicken is now the second Earth Burger location in SA as of early June. The newest space is three times as big as the original location, but serves up the same vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu.
Photo via Instagram / narthnilym
Pieology Pizzeria
849 E Commerce St #669, (210) 617-7013, pieology.com
The California-based franchise allows pizza lovers to build personally-made pies with toppings piled high and without restrictions from a menu. The restaurant’s pricing focuses on the size of the pie instead of its contents, so those wishing to add more flavor to their pizzas can do so without worrying about additional prices.
Photo via Instagram / pieology
The Roost
1221 Broadway St #116, (210) 251-3184, theroostsa.com
GS1221 is now The Roost with a neighborhood bar vibe, classic cocktails and a lineup of three curries, tacos, and sandwiches choose from. Hours will remain the same: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
Photo via Instagram / theroostsa
Toro Kitchen + Bar
1142 E Commerce St, (210) 592-1075, torokitchenandbar.com
Spanish fare and cocktails are moved into St. Paul’s Square with the city’s second Toro location, which opened in August.
Photo via Instagram / stine.eats
African Village Ethiopian & Eritrean Restaurant
10918 Wurzbach Road #131, (210) 467-5102, africanvillage.business.site
San Antonio gained another much-needed Ethiopian spot with the opening of African Village. If you’re unfamiliar with the cuisine, read up a bit and then swing by for some eats that’ll keep you buzzing.
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras
Seersucker Distillery
8501 Cover Road, (210) 817-1580, seersuckergin.com
Seersucker Distillery opened in mid-February to the public. The space is made for lounging and sippin’ gin cocktails.
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras
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Just the Drip
24188 Boerne Stage Road, parkatthepoint.com
The Point Park & Eats added more java to the mix with the opening of Just the Drip in mid-August. The shop features coffee by Quantum Coffee Roasters, cookies and baked goods by Chocollazo, and macarons by Dreamy Sweets by Blondee.
Photo via Instagram / eatablemedia
Kung Fu Tea
5231 Broadway St, (210) 455-0092, kungfutea.com
New York-based chain added a second tea spot, this time in the already super caffeinated Broadway corridor.
Photo via Instagram / Kung Fu Tea San Antonio
Smashin Crab in Stone Oak
700 E Sonterra Blvd #1117, (210) 402-3337, smashincrab.com
Get your seafood fix at Smashin Crab’s second location as of early April. Venturing further north from their Bandera Road location, this Sonterra-area spot brings the usual menu of boiled seafood & sauces, po’ boys, cajun fries and more.
Photo via Instagram / larrydeanbloomquist
Hon Machi Japanese & Korean BBQ
19186 Blanco Rd #103, (210) 670-7128, koreanbbqsa.com
Hon Machi Japanese & Korean BBQ lets San Antonians do their own tabletop grilling. Need we say more? We didn’t think so, but if you need any advice: come hungry.
Photo via Instagram / ricecakecutie
Steel City Pops at The Rim
17619 La Cantera Pkwy #209, (210) 610-9060, steelcitypops.com
The Alabama-based popsicle chain got a second San Antonio location, this time at The Rim, in mid-June. So get your shopping on and treat yourself to a creatively customized popsicle made to your liking.
Photo via Instagram / tinfoilforest
Burger Boy on Potranco
9334 Potranco Road, (210) 267-9643, burgerboysa.com
Burger Boy, the cult-like burger spot on St. Mary’s St., expanded its footprint with a second and much bigger location off Potranco in late February. Stop in for a Bate’s Special.
Photo via Instagram / mikeystrange
Pokéworks
15900 La Cantera Pkwy Suite 26180, (210) 877-9999, pokeworks.com
With more on the way, Manhattan-based Pokéworks opened its first SA location at La Cantera this fall. At least two more locations are reportedly in the works.
Photo via courtesy of Pokéworks
Bakery Lorraine at The Rim
17503 La Cantera Pkwy, (210) 415-4066, bakerylorraine.com
Bakery Lorraine opened its third location at The Rim and offers breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner with wine and beer service.
Photo via Instagram / stapletonc15
Jokesters 22 Pub 'N Grub
713 S Alamo St, (210) 616-2504, jokesters22.com
If you need a different type of bar scene, hit up Jokesters, which opened in mid-April. You’ll get your booze via baby bottle and the chairs are equipped with thongs and tramp stamps. And it’s the perfect spot to get you a bar that can do both – watch the game on one side and catch a comedy show on the other.
Photo via Instagram / gg_photography_satx
Barrio Barista
3735 Culebra Road, (210) 519-5403, barriobarista.coffee
First opened in 2014, Barrio Barista closed for renovations for 100 days. If you’ve yet to visit since the late spring, you’ll see an expanded kitchen and a new side door to the patio on your next visit.
Photo via Instagram / stine.eats
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Torchy's Tacos at The Rim
17627 La Cantera Pkwy, (210) 424-3151, torchystacos.com
Austin-based Torchy’s brought another location to SA, this time at The Rim back in August. The first Torchy's to open in San Antonio in 2015 was met with plenty of lines.
Photo via Instagram / tazadevida
Rosella at the Garden
555 Funston Pl, (210) 686-5514, rosellacoffee.com
Rosella at the Garden is now the 7th location of Rosella Coffee Co. Expect a full menu of breakfast, lunch and happy hour and a beautiful backdrop.
Photo via Yelp / David G.
Dough Pizzeria Napoletana at Yanaguana Garden
518 S. Alamo St, (210) 227-2900, doughpizzeria.com
Dough opened a second San Antonio location right in the heart of the city. As one of the tenants at Yanaguana Garden inside Hemisfair Park, Dough allows park-goers to enjoy fresh mozzarella and Neapolitan-style pizzas.
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras
Tiff’s Treats at Alamo Ranch
8110 W Loop 1604 N #104, (210) 910-5600, cookiedelivery.com
Tiff’s Treats opened a fifth location in San Antonio’s Alamo Ranch area. The Austin-based company is known for their tasty cookies and speedy delivery.
Photos via Instagram / tiffstreats
Purple Berry
2202 Broadway St, instagram.com/purplepurpleberry
Posted at Broadway News, this acai truck is gaining some traction. Expect guilt-free snacks at this food truck hub.
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras
Lili de Paris
16350 Blanco Road, (210) 204-3649, facebook.com/FrenchCrepesSanAntonio
Lili de Paris features your choice of eight savory crepes made with gluten-free buckwheat flour ranging from $9 to $15, and white flour sweet crepes ranging from $6 to $9.
Photo via Instagram / lili_de_paris_sa
Embers Tap
819 N Loop 1604 E, (210) 490-2256, emberstap.com
With a location already established on I-10, Embers opened a second location not too far from the 281/1604 interchange. Swing by for delicious apps, cheesy pizzas and satisfying cocktails. An extra plus – this location is great for late night eats, open until 2am on the weekends.
Photo via Instagram / embers_tap
Pasha Express
10650 Culebra Rd #101, (210) 592-1666, gopasha.com
The Pasha Express menu includes upgraded wraps, build-your-own bowl or salad options, with choice of base, protein, and a handful of house-made sauces including a barbecue sauce, tzatziki, garlic aoili, hummus or spicy chili oil.
Photo via Instagram / pasha.grill
Trio Modern Mediterranean
Multiple locations, eattrio.com
Trio has been popping up all year, with one location at 151 and Potranco, another at Wurzbach and Fredericksburg, and another in Stone Oak. More on the way, too.
Photo via Instagram / triostreetfoods
Kuriya at Cherrity Bar
302 Montana St, (210) 598-0496, facebook.com/kuriyasatx
Originally billed as the Ramen Bar at Cherrity Bar, a pop-up of sorts from the folks at Kimura, the concept was reintroduced as Kuriya. Led by Ernie Bradley (previously of Il Forno, Restaurant Gwendolyn and the aforementioned Kimura), Kuriya keeps ramen on the menu but spotlights a rotating Japanese izakaya menu.
Photo via Instagram / kuriyasatx
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Tapatio Vegan Taco
1203 S Alamo St, facebook.com
What began as a pop-up is moving on up to a food truck. Opened on April 16, Tapatio Vegan Taco serves items like wheat “meat” and jackfruit as meat substitutes. Everything is completely homemade from the breads and tortillas to the cheeses and “meats.”
Photo via Instagram / tapatiovegantacos
Matinee Cafe on Basse
555 E Basse Road #113, (210) 600-3001, matineecafe.net
Matinee Cafe, which serves a blend of Italian, American and Lebanese fair, got a second outpost on Basse Road back in October.
Courtesy of Matinee Cafe
The Patio Southtown
1035 S Presa St, (210) 908-9888, facebook.com/patiosouthtownsa
Bar food, patio pounders and more at this muy laid back Southtown patio. Of course it’s in Southtown.
Photo via Instagram / robaroonixon
Banana’s Billiards
2003 San Pedro Ave, (210) 226-2627, facebook.com/BananasBilliards
Banana’s Billiards reopened with new ownership this February. The space received a much needed makeover, but will keep focusing on cold beer and great pool.
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras
Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar on IH-10
11075 IH 10 W, Bldg 2, Suite 200, (210) 455-6644, walk-ons.com
Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar opened its second location in San Antonio with boozy drinks and Louisiana-style food. The location makes 19 for the Drew Brees’-backed bar and grill.
Photo via Instagram / adamstagramtx
Oky Doky Restaurant & Bar
5616 Bandera Road, Leon Valley, (210) 549-3268, okydokyrestaurantandbar.com
American, Mexican and yes, even Eastern-European fare are on the menu at Oky Doky, which opened in September.
Photo via Instagram / jezehelle
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The Jerk Shack
117 Matyear St, (210) 776-7780, facebook.com/thejerkshacksatx
Billed as "San Antonio's first artisan Caribbean restaurant," The Jerk Shack is a quaint and polished open-air restaurant similar to Dignowity Meats. The menu will feature meats by the pound, starters, Chef's Specials, and sides. Chicken and pork by the pound will range between $7 and $13; starters will run $3 to $8; entrees, like the jerk tacos, jerk shrimp and grits with maque choux, jerk wings and mac, steamed fish, braised oxtails and curry goat will range from $8 to $23.
Photo by Jessica Elizarraras

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