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March 26, 2018 Slideshows » Food & Drink

Best Places to Eat and Drink in San Antonio During Final Four 

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Whether you're starting your basketball-filled days bright and early, staying up late or are looking to get your drink on any time of day, we've picked out the best places to fuel up and/or pre-game during Final Four.
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Mark's Outing
1624 E. Commerce St., (210) 299-8110,
Sometimes you just need a burger, and thankfully this East Side staple still packs in the crowds with its free beans and fresh-made burgers. Stick with the basics, but we won't blame you for wanting to try the ice cream burger.
Photo via Instagram / sanantoniomunchies
Pinch Boil House & Bia Bar
124 N. Main Ave., (210) 971-7774,
Make your way over to Pinch for Viet-Cajun flavors, seafood boils and a noodle bar on Friday and Saturday.
Photo via Instagram / pinchboilhouse
125 E Houston St, (210) 227-4455,
If surprise blueberry muffins and cotton candy sound like your speed, you might try this restaurant by Chef Jason Dady. The Range has new and interesting takes on steakhouse classics like cauliflower gratin, miso cod, and, of course, steaks and burgers.
Photo via Instagram / rangesanantonio
Estate Coffee Company
1320 E. Houston St., (210) 667-4347,
Estate Coffee Company is a must-visit for their house-roasted coffee, baked goods from Scratch Kitchen, and airy space.
Photo via Instagram / eatsintown
Panchos & Gringos
900 Nolan St., (210) 227-6700,
Perhaps the only non-awesome thing about this eatery is that they're only open for breakfast and lunch. Opened 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, Panchos & Gringos is the casual diner you always dreamed of that combines awesome breakfast sandwiches (they're stuffed with house potatoes) with Mexican breakfast (jumbo breakfast tacos!) and it's insanely cheap. Get there ASAP.
Photo via Instagram / sacurrent
Cherrity Bar
302 Montana St, (210) 559-0421,
Located near the Alamodome, the Cherrity Bar has charity night every night. Ten percent of their profit goes to the Tourette Association of America, and the remaining ninety percent of profit goes to three other competing charities.
Photo via Instagram / cherritybar
Burleson Yard Beer Garden
430 Austin St., 210-354-3001,
It's hard to find fault in this massive patio bar that occasionally hosts great jam bands, food trucks, and laid-back viewing parties of both classic movies and Spurs games when they're in season. Make use of the parking lot on the side of the building and make sure to take your puppy pals.
Photo via Instagram / burlesonyardbeergarden
Dignowity Kolaches
1629 E. Houston St., (210) 320-1055,
You have a tiny window to enjoy these fresh kolaches made by chef Lupita Rivero and sister Silvia Alcaraz. The sisters feature scratch-made savory and sweet kolaches and other baked goods. The barbacoa is a must.
Photo via Instagram / eatkolaches
Bexar Pub
114 Brooklyn Ave., (210) 236-7828,
Opened by the same guys behind the now-closed Folc, Bexar Pub should be on your list for chill patio pounders and legitimately great bar food such as fried chicken, and the best burger in Texas as declared by Texas Monthly in 2016.
Photo via Instagram / bexarpub_satx
Rosella at the Rand
114 E. Houston St., (210) 595-1410,
The dinner menu is solid, but if you’re celebrating a W or bemoaning an L, you’ll want to pop into this stylish and casual cocktail bar.
Photo via Instagram / elieb23
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CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery
Multiple locations,
With two locations downtown (at Yanaguana and inside the Weston Centre), CommonWealth should be on your list for espresso drinks and homemade pastries.
Photo via Instagram / sacurrent
160 E. Houston St,
Cuvee Coffee, tasty sandwiches, fresh salads and juices by chef Andrew Weissman located squarely in front of a Starbucks and holding its own for the past several years.
Photo via Instagram / amxbr
318 Martinez St., (210) 590-2224,
This house-turned-bar draws you in with its Southern charm, but the solid cocktail list of patio sippers. Unwind from all the madness here.
Photo via Instagram / lowcountrysa
Sweet Yams
218 N. Cherry St., (210) 229-9267,
Want to have all of the warm fuzzy feelings that comfort food is wont to provide without the guilt? You can enjoy just that at Sweet Yams, which is known for its low-fat, vegetarian and gluten-free options. End your meal with a teensy sweet potato pie. You deserve it.
Photo via Instagram / chifoodiegram
La Panaderia
301 E. Houston St., (210) 592-6264,
Loaded sandwiches made on house-baked croissant, telera and birote are what’s in store at this Mexican eatery that adds French patisserie desserts and pan dulce, obvio.
Photo via Instagram / s.a.vory
Zinc Wine Bar and Bistro
207 N Presa St, (210) 224-2900,
Don’t let the name fool you - even though Zinc Wine Bar has an extensive menu of wines, the food is really what you want to try. With excellent calamari, truffle fries, and many other appetizers, you’ll want to go back for more even after March Madness ends.
Photo via Instagram / whiskeymergency
Tucker's Kozy Korner
1338 E. Houston St., (210) 320-2192,
Know what goes well with soul? Soul food, obviously. You can get a bit of both at Tucker's where the new lunch menu is brought to you by chef Jeff White (formerly with Boiler House) and features items such as a pulled pork sandwich “stuffed with cheddar and provolone cheeses studded with kernels of Mexican street corn, all bracketed between slabs of hefty Texas toast.”
Photo via Instagram / mint_fresh
Dignowity Meats
1701 E. Houston St., (210) 462-1496,
Yes, Dignowity Meats is great for lunch with its awesome sandwiches and whatnots, but have you tried their ribs for dinner? If not, you're missing out on delicious St. Louis ribs, loaded Dignowity Pie with brisket burnt ends or pulled pork with mac over fries with sliced jalapeños or the Granny Apple slaw. Don’t forget the cold brews available from their 15-tap draft system.
Photo via Instagram / internsusie3691
Big Hops The Bridge
306 Austin St., 210-320-1470,
There's beer options aplenty at Big Hop's third location, just off the Hays Street Bridge. Choose from the ever-rotating list of IPAs, sours, porters and more at great prices or stop by for brewery-specific tap takeovers, Frankenbike events or beer and cheese pairings.
Photo via Instagram / sa_beer_me
Drink Texas
200 Navarro St, (210) 224-1031,
With Texas cocktails like the Poteet Martini and the Texan Mule, this spot is a must-visit for a true Lone Star experience.
Photo via Instagram / mikeraute
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Multiple locations,
If you need to be told of the glories of Whataburger, it’s already too late for you.
Photo via Instagram / whataburger
Mark's Outing
1624 E. Commerce St., (210) 299-8110,
Sometimes you just need a burger, and thankfully this East Side staple still packs in the crowds with its free beans and fresh-made burgers. Stick with the basics, but we won't blame you for wanting to try the ice cream burger.
Photo via Instagram / sanantoniomunchies

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