Female-Owned San Antonio Restaurants You Should've Tried By Now
Who run the world? Girls! (Beyoncé said so.) While we have no doubt that there's more, we gathered a list of San Antonio restaurants, bakeries, bars and more that are all run by badass boss ladies.
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Sari-Sari Filipino Restaurant
5700 Wurzbach Road, (210) 647-7274, sari-sari-satx.com
Originally opened by Imelda and Adam Valenzuela, the couple’s daughter, Camille De Los Reyes, now manages the Bandera and Wurzbach intersection favorite. It’s both a market and restaurant.
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2911 N St Mary's St, (210) 716-0702, vivalabotanica.com
Rebel Mariposa launched this St. Mary’s Strip fave in 2015, introducing the city to plant-based, Mexican-inspired dishes like oyster mushroom ceviche, empanadas and molletes topped with spicy cabbage tinga. Her restaurant also became a safe space for several San Antonio communities — LGBTQ groups, artists and activists.
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via Instagram / labotanicasa
Lucy Cooper's Texas Ice House
16080 San Pedro Ave, (210) 462-1894, lucycoopers.com
The good times roll over at this ice house. Serving 21+ patrons, Lucy Cooper's is owned by lady boss Braunda Moody Smith. She obviously knows how to party since this drinking spot also serves delicious grub and offers fun events like naughty bingo and live music.
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2119 I-35, (210) 507-2568, eastsidekitchenette.com
Years after keeping Brindles Awesome Ice Cream running and making locals fed with these cold treats, Jenn White decided to venture to a savory route in the food business. Alongside husband Jeff White, this local chef opened Eastside Kitchenette to mu ch acclaim in 2019.
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Multiple locations, bakerylorraine.com
Anne Ng, along with husband Jeremy Mandrell and business partner Charlie Biedenharn, has kept San Antonio happy with colorful and tasty macarons, beautiful tarts and perfectly laminated croissants through Bakery Lorraine’s growing presence across SA.
Photo via Instagram / bakery_lorraine
The Good Kind
1127 S St Mary's St, (210) 801-5892, eatgoodkind.com
An extension of TimTheGirl Catering, The Good Kind is the brick-and-mortar project of Tim McDiarmid, a well-respected James Beard fellow. She also oversees events at the Ivy Hall. Yep, Tim the Girl is a busy girl.
Photo via Instagram / goodkindsouthtown
The Jerk Shack
117 Matyear St, (210) 776-7780, facebook.com/thejerkshacksatx
The Jerk Shack, an instant SA favorite, is headed by Lattoia Massey and her husband Cornelius. The culinary couple met while serving in the military and ended up in SA when Lattoia studied at the Culinary Institute of America-San Antonio. Thank goodness she did, since that means San Antonio gets to enjoy flavorful Jamaican bites.
Photo via Instagram / natturaveragefoodie
Go Vegan San Antonio
14530 Roadrunner Way, (210) 729-5400, facebook.com/GoVeganSa
Tara Best has been letting San Antonians enjoy vegan-friendly bites that will have you wondering how it’s not the real thing. After she and her family adopted a vegan lifestyle, she and husband Akeem opened a food truck specializing in vegan twists on mac ‘n’ cheese and chicken & waffles. Made fresh with plant-based products and natural ingredients, consider Go Vegan your best bet to supporting this biracial family and eat tasty, yet healthy bites while doing so.
Photo via Instagram / govegansatx
Cake Thieves Bakery
Available around San Antonio, instagram.com/cakethievesbakery
Vegan desserts? Yep, it’s a thing — and these treats are brought to you by Lauren O’Connor and Kia Geronimo. The dynamic duo are co-owners of Cake Thieves Bakery, which serves up vegan desserts that are served at coffeeshops throughout the city.
Photo via Instagram / cakethievesbakery
905 Dolorosa, (210) 987-8482, vivavillatacos.com
La Familia Cortez, the family behind Mi Tierra, Viva Villa and more, have made their mark in San Antonio’s culture. But Chef Cariño Cortez, a third-generation family member, has made a mark all on her own. She currently serves as the project manager for La Familia Cortez Restaurants — and she’s a hell of a chef.
Photo via Instagram / chefcarinocortez