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Essential Broadway Restaurants Every San Antonian Should've Tried By Now 

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Broadway is ever-changing — attribute it to the development up and down the corridor (particularly near the Historic Pearl). As such, there's a mixture of long-standing restaurants and newer additions that make the popular road a go-to for foodies. Here's a (likely changing) list of places where you can find a delicious meal on Broadway.
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W D Deli
3123 Broadway St, (210) 828-2322, wddeli.com
A favorite for lunch, this Broadway deli offers up a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches (with pre-made selections or the option to build your own) and lots of cookies to complete your meal. If you’re really trying to see what W D Deli has to offer, get the lunch special so you can have a little bit of everything. Your appetite will thank you.
Photo via Instagram / rayant.io
Florio’s Pizza
7701 Broadway St, (210) 805-8646, facebook.com
In the mood for some greasy pizza that will take you to your happy place? You need Florio’s in your life. Since 1980, this family-owned pizzeria has been making San Antonians happy with NYC-style pies. Go on and order your favorite type of ‘za and see what all the fuss is about.
Photo via Instagram / eat_it_b
Smoke Shack BBQ
3714 Broadway St, (210) 957-1430, smokeshacksa.com
With appearances on the Food Network and plenty of recognition throughout the barbecue world, Smoke Shack remains a standout on Broadway and throughout SA. Sister restaurant to The Pigpen, this Broadway joint does everything right, from the meats to the sides. Just take a bite of the Smoke Shack Mac and you’ll understand.
Photo via Instagram / foodiewithabanginbooty
Koi Kawa Japanese Restaurant
4051 Broadway St, (210) 805-8111, koikawasushi.com
Though hidden, Koi Kawa keeps it real with beautiful scenery — and super delicious Japanese fare. Best known for its varieties of sushi, the low-key outpost is also reliable on the ramen front. If you’re here for lunch, score one of the bento boxes and you’ll fall in love with this spot.
Photo via Instagram / archivist_ang
La Panadería
8305 Broadway St, (210) 375-6746, lapanaderia.com
Though this local panaderia is quickly growing, the Broadway location will remain a favorite, given that it’s the original bakery. With attention to detail in the breads — whether it be for the tortas or on the dessert front — dining here means you’ll be eating well. Try the chicken milanesa torta (on your bread of choice, of course) with a soup or salad, or stop by for breakfast to try one of the open-faced tortas. Either way, it’ll be incredibly tasty.
Photo via Instagram / foodloversatx
Rise Up
6401 Broadway St, (210) 268-8009, riseupsatx.com
While Broadway is full of scrumptious places that may not be in line with health-conscious lifestyles, it is home to Rise Up, which offers guilt-free acai bowls available in 10 different flavors. You won’t be sacrificing taste here, these colorful creations are just as tasty as they look. The shop also offers pitaya bowls, smoothies and coffee if you’re looking for something on-the-go.
Photo via Instagram / bethsdailyplate
Carnitas Don Raúl-USA
2202 Broadway St, (210) 427-3202, carnitasdonraul.com
A newer addition to SA’s food scene, Carnitas Don Raúl has definitely made a splash — given that the restaurant was previously featured on Netflix series Taco Chronicles. The restaurant was founded in Mexico, but is now serving the Alamo City so we can get our fill of carnitas — served up in tortas, gorditas, quesadillas and more. We’re so grateful.
Photo via Instagram / foodsatx
Good Time Charlie's Bar & Cafe
2922 Broadway St, (210) 828-5392, gtcsatx.com
Burger, Tex-Mex, seafood — there’s a lot on the menu at this Broadway favorite. And yes, it’s all super tasty. No matter what you choose to stuff your face with, you’ll be smart to down a margarita or beer with your meal. This is just the sort of hangout where you can gather with friends and do just that. It’s Good Time Charlie’s!
Photo via Instagram / lzy_mskn
Fratello’s Deli
2503 Broadway St, (210) 444-0277, fratellosdeli.com
Is it a deli or a market? It’s both! Whether you’re looking for fresh Italian ingredients to make a feast at home, or if you want something hot and already made to enjoy while you dine-in, Fratello’s has you covered on both fronts. The family-owned joint makes all the classics, from Italian wedding soup and Caprese salad to a variety of pizzas and pastas.
Photo via Instagram / s.a.vory
Viet-Nam Restaurant
3244 Broadway St, (210) 822-7461
San Antonio may be home to quite a bit of Vietnamese restaurant, but none are as ballsy as Viet-Nam for naming itself Viet-Nam Restaurant. A favorite for the cuisine, the Broadway outpost does local diners right with its offerings of pho and noodles.
Photo via Instagram / dreammieeee
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The Broadway 5050
5050 Broadway St, Alamo Heights, (210) 832-0050, broadway5050.com
This longtime favorite remains a go-to for slamming back some beers and maybe a burger. The sports bar has events throughout the week — like karaoke and trivia night — and drink specials that make for a great time.
Photo via Instagram / sacurrent
Broadway Daily Bread
5001 Broadway St, (210) 822-1621, broadwaydailybread.net
Made with no artificial ingredients or preservatives, BDB’s breads and sweets make for a guilt-free approach on everyone’s guilty pleasure. Stop by for a loaf of your favorite type of bread any day of the week, or check the special of the day to try something new. While you’re there, we totally understand if you grab a cupcake, muffin or cookie for the ride home.
Photo via Instagram / sacurrent
Augie's Alamo City BBQ Steakhouse
909 Broadway St, (210) 314-3596, augiesbbq.com
From this bright orange building seemingly placed right on the street, you’ll find generous portions of ‘cue and all the fixins’ you know and love. There’s also draft brews available here, so you’re in for a pretty damn Texan meal no matter what you get. The steakhouse even offers grubby dishes like chili cheese fries, hot dogs and burgers in case you want a little (or big, really) extra something.
Photo via Instagram / rockriese
Soluna
7959 Broadway Street St #204, (210) 930-8070, solunasa.com
This Alamo Heights outpost is popular for a reason. Three words: Strong. Ass. Margaritas. Even beyond its drink menu, bright flavors of Mexican favorites like enchiladas and mole make for an all-around great night out.
Photo via Instagram / 2hungrygals
Cappy's Restaurant
5011 Broadway St, (210) 828-9669, cappysrestaurant.com
A local favorite for its take on contemporary American fare with a dash of fine dining, foodies can get their fill of seafood, prime steak and more. Brunch fans will definitely want to take note, with specialties such as the New Orleans gumbo and Texas pot roast. If you like what you taste, stop by sister restaurant Cappycino’s right next door.
Photo via Instagram / saomnivore
Hung Fong Chinese Restaurant
3624 Broadway St, (210) 822-9211, hungfongsa.com
As one of the oldest restaurants in the city, Hung Fong is obviously doing something right. With a massive menu that includes favorites like sesame chicken and the variety of egg foo young, there’s something for everyone here. Be sure to snap a photo of the iconic light display on the ceiling while you’re there.
Photo via Instagram / hungfongsa
The Growler Exchange
4130 Broadway St, (210) 320-2738, thegrowlerexchange-sa.com
Though most popular as a spot to grab a beer with friends, The Growler Exchange is more than just a tap room. The watering hole also has an impressive food menu with its charc board and variety of artisan-style pizzas.
Photo via Instagram / thegrowlerexchange
Chela's Tacos
5231 Broadway St #117, Alamo Heights, (210) 753-1040, chelas-tacos.com
Before the St. Mary’s outpost opened, folks knew to head to this Alamo Heights favorite for their fill Mexican fare. Made with natural ingredients, popular choices on the menu include the puffy tacos and enchiladas, although you really can’t go wrong here.
Photo via Instagram / safoodbites
Bistr09
6106 Broadway St, (210) 245-8156, bistr09.com
A classic French bistro created by husband-and-wife chefs Damien Watel and Lisa Astorga-Watel, Bistr09 offers expertly-prepared classics, from liver and onions to lobster risotto, bouillabaisse, Dover sole and steak frites. Crème brulée and ile flottante are among the desserts. You’ll likely become a regular in no time.
Photo via Instagram / bistr09
Lee’s Taco Garage
8403 Broadway St, (210) 826-4405, facebook.com/TacoGarageTX
What’s better than getting boozy? We’d say getting boozy on a patio with live music playing. That’s what makes Taco Garage such a poppin’ spot. That, plus the Tex-Mex eats like puffy tacos, enchiladas, chicken fried steak, burgers, fajitas and more. Don’t worry, you’ll taste your way through it all eventually.
Photo via Instagram / thewanderingbearded
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Osaka Steak & Sushi Bar
4902 Broadway St, (210) 822-0300, osakasteaknsushi.com
Stop by for teppanyaki-style cuisine at this modern Japanese restaurant, plus a whole lot of sushi. From noodles and rice to a sizeable hibachi menu, you’ll have a lot of options that will definitely satisfy your craving for Japanese fare.
Photo via Instagram / snackin_sistas
Sorrento Pizza & Restaurant
5146 Broadway St, (210) 824-0055, sorrentopizzeria.com
This family-friendly trattoria keeps it real, with freshly-made pizzas and pastas that’ll hit the spot for you and your crew. There’s even gluten-free pasta available if need be! If you want something for dessert, you won’t regret the limoncello mascarpone cake.
Photo via Instagram / eat_it_b
Zito's Deli
8800 Broadway St #108, (210) 826-4793, zitosdeli.com
Housemade rolls are baked fresh at this deli, and you’ll be thankful that’s the case. The end product is satisfying sandwiches that taste just right. Seriously, it doesn’t matter what type of sandwich you get. Whether you get a classic sub or go for one of the house specialties, you’ll love this sandwich.
Photo via Instagram / satexasfoodies
Braza Brava Pizzeria Napoletana
7959 Broadway St #300, (210) 320-2100, brazabravapizzeria.com
Whether you like your pizza saucy or not, you’ll find a flavor that will hit the spot. It makes sense, given that there’s more than a dozen types of pizza ready to be made fresh for you. You’ll also find paninis and pastas here, in case you’re really trying to feast.
Photo via Instagram / franktheref
Carmelita's
2218 Broadway St, (210) 224-5540, carmelitassa.com
Anyone looking for good Mexican lunch specials should definitely head to Carmelita’s. This bright orange building, complete with a Spurs mural, dishes out affordable and super tasty meals — from enchilada plates and fajitas to a variety of breakfast tacos.
Photo via Instagram / eat_it_b
Cheesy Jane’s
4200 Broadway St, (210) 826-0800, cheesyjanes.com
If you love the aesthetic of the ‘50s, you’ll likely adore Cheesy Jane’s. This diner is small and cozy, and you’ll feel at-home while you down a burger of your choice. Be sure to indulge and order a shake (or a malt if that’s more your style) — they have more than 20 flavors!
Photo via Instagram / pitforbrainsatx
Chocollazo
4013 Broadway St, (210) 776-3963, chocollazo.com
Before the Hemisfair location opened, folks could only get the deliciousness of Chocollazo from its Broadway store. This chocolate shop has varieties of the sweet up for grabs, as well as other desserts like apple tarts, lemon truffles, crepes and cheesecakes. No matter what tickles your fancy, these treats will surely hit the spot.
Photo via Instagram / chocollazo
La Boulangerie
207 Broadway St, (210) 639-3165, saveurs209.com
This adorable French bakery will have you thinking you’re vacationing on the streets of Paris, and not grabbing some fresh pastries in the heart of San Antonio. Open for breakfast and lunch, you can find classics like crepes, croissants and, of course, French toast.
Photo via Instagram / laboulangeriesa
Capos Pizza
8522 Broadway St #105, (210) 362-1901, capospizzasa.com
Who needs to go to NYC when we’ve got Capos right here in SA?! Anyone who loves pizza (translation: everyone) should be well acquainted with Capos by now. If not, consider this your invitation to try this super cheesy, hella tasty ‘za that always bangs.
Photo via Instagram / hungrytravelingmama
Brew’s Lee Tea
4009 Broadway St, (210) 598-0068, brewsleetea.com
Experts in milk teas, Brew’s Lee lets you customize your drink so it can be as sweet as you’d like. Stop in and relax at this cute, cozy spot, where you can play board games and munch on Asian-inspired snacks like noodles and rice bowls while you enjoy your tea.
Photo via Instagram / brewsleetea
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Bird Bakery
5912 Broadway St, (210) 804-2473, birdbakery.com
Owned by actress Elizabeth Chambers and husband Armie Hammer, this bakery keeps it cute. From the aesthetic of the space to the attention to the piping on the cupcakes, everything is absolutely perfect. While we’d be surprised if you left the shop without a cupcake, pie or cookies, it’s also worth dining in — whether it be for a breakfast casserole or a sandwich for lunch.
Photo via Instagram / the.weekend.foodie
Earl Abel's
1639 Broadway St, (210) 444-9424, earlabelssa.com
Since 1933, Earl Abel’s has been serving classic comfort food and sweet-as-heck pies to dedicated fans. Though it opened elsewhere on Broadway, moved away for a bit and is now back on Broadway, this diner has remained a favorite for many locals for good reason. If you’ve yet to dine in here, order the fried chicken to get acquainted with this spot.
Photo via Instagram / eldaeats
Mon Thai Bistro and Sushi Bar
4901 Broadway St, (210) 822-3253, monsthai.com
You’ll find a lot on the menu here — from Thai dishes and Chinese classics to even sushi. No matter which cuisine you decide to indulge in, the robust flavors in the noodles, stir fries, curries and meat plates will have you wanting to explore the whole menu.
Photo via Instagram / the.weekend.foodie
Habibi Cafe
5306 Broadway St, (210) 437-0242, facebook.com/heightshookahcafeSA
Whether you’re looking for Mediterranean fare or a hookah lounge, you’ll find both at Habibi Cafe. The Broadway joint is open until the wee hours every night, which means this makes for a welcoming hangout. Oh, did we mention it’s also BYOB? You bring the booze, they’ll serve up the gyros.
Photo via Instagram / jillflores
Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine
5800 Broadway St #300, (210) 822-6151, palomablanca.net
A popular spot for anyone who loves Mexican food, Paloma Blanca is a go-to for folks in the area craving the cuisine. You’ll get more than just your standard Tex-Mex bites here, but also gluten-free and paleo-friendly options. Yup, this restaurant is a keeper, alright.
Photo via Instagram / ras.sa.sy
Volare Pizza
5054 Broadway St, (210) 828-3354, volarepizzasa.com
Operating out of the former Olmos Pharmacy, this family-owned pizzeria makes more than just pizza. You’ll find pasta and other Italian dishes on the menu too, so bring your appetite.
Photo via Instagram / rhage
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W D Deli
3123 Broadway St, (210) 828-2322, wddeli.com
A favorite for lunch, this Broadway deli offers up a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches (with pre-made selections or the option to build your own) and lots of cookies to complete your meal. If you’re really trying to see what W D Deli has to offer, get the lunch special so you can have a little bit of everything. Your appetite will thank you.
Photo via Instagram / rayant.io

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