December 21, 2018

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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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