San Antonio Restaurants, Bars That Opened in 2019

The Alamo City's food scene changed a lot this year. Though there were some closings, 2019 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 in SA's food and drink scene.
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Con Huevos
1629 E Houston St, (210) 229-9295, instagram.com/conhuevostacos
Con Huevos’ small but impressive menu is filled with affordable plates including molletes, chilaquiles and the Con Huevos Tacos Bag Special — a choice of two breakfast tacos, sopa and a drink — for $5. Drinks include coffee, homemade aguas frescas and sodas, and locals can sit and eat or take their food and beverages to go.
Photo by Lea Thompson
Lea Thompson
Con Huevos
1629 E Houston St, (210) 229-9295, instagram.com/conhuevostacos
Con Huevos’ small but impressive menu is filled with affordable plates including molletes, chilaquiles and the Con Huevos Tacos Bag Special — a choice of two breakfast tacos, sopa and a drink — for $5. Drinks include coffee, homemade aguas frescas and sodas, and locals can sit and eat or take their food and beverages to go.
Photo by Lea Thompson
Alamo Biscuit Co.
9630 Huebner Road #103, (210) 265-5585, alamobiscuitco.com
The flaky, buttery biscuits are reason enough to visit, but its panaderia gives customers a reason to stay. While the kitchen prepares your order, stop by the pan dulce counter for housemade conchas, Mexican wedding cookies and some truly impressive empanadas.
Photo by Lea Thompson
Alamo Biscuit Co.
9630 Huebner Road #103, (210) 265-5585, alamobiscuitco.com
The flaky, buttery biscuits are reason enough to visit, but its panaderia gives customers a reason to stay. While the kitchen prepares your order, stop by the pan dulce counter for housemade conchas, Mexican wedding cookies and some truly impressive empanadas.
Photo by Lea Thompson
Eastside Kitchenette
2119 I-35, (210) 507-2568, theeastsidekitchenette.com
The restaurant, found in a historic home in the East Side’s Government Hill, has built a loyal following for approachable Southern cuisine served up by owners and staff well-versed in the city’s fine-dining scene. Eastside Kitchenette opened in January.
Photo via Instagram / s.a.foodie
Eastside Kitchenette
2119 I-35, (210) 507-2568, theeastsidekitchenette.com
The restaurant, found in a historic home in the East Side’s Government Hill, has built a loyal following for approachable Southern cuisine served up by owners and staff well-versed in the city’s fine-dining scene. Eastside Kitchenette opened in January.
Photo via Instagram / s.a.foodie
Artea
6362 De Zavala Road, (210) 462-1388, facebook.com/drinkartea
The intuitive drink menu is filled with milk-based, loose-leaf and tea drinks with specialties like taro milkshakes and a frozen passion fruit frappe.
Photo via Instagram / jennie.luu
Artea
6362 De Zavala Road, (210) 462-1388, facebook.com/drinkartea
The intuitive drink menu is filled with milk-based, loose-leaf and tea drinks with specialties like taro milkshakes and a frozen passion fruit frappe.
Photo via Instagram / jennie.luu
Pizza Party
2334 N St Mary's St
Pizza Party offers a simple menu with a choice between cheese, pepperoni and veggie slices, all ranging from $4-$5. Expect to see a number of rotating pizzas, including a vegan-friendly option and a chef's special by chef John Philpot.
Photo by Sanford Nowlin
Pizza Party
2334 N St Mary's St
Pizza Party offers a simple menu with a choice between cheese, pepperoni and veggie slices, all ranging from $4-$5. Expect to see a number of rotating pizzas, including a vegan-friendly option and a chef's special by chef John Philpot.
Photo by Sanford Nowlin
The Rolling Rooster
19141 Stone Oak Pkwy, Suite 511, (726) 444-0352, facebook.com/RollingRoosterStoneOak
In addition to its signature chicken and waffles, The Rolling Rooster is complete with a full bar and Southern classics like oxtail, mac and cheese and waffle fries. The Austin-based chain opened its SA location in November.
Photo via Instagram / joshiethefoodie
The Rolling Rooster
19141 Stone Oak Pkwy, Suite 511, (726) 444-0352, facebook.com/RollingRoosterStoneOak
In addition to its signature chicken and waffles, The Rolling Rooster is complete with a full bar and Southern classics like oxtail, mac and cheese and waffle fries. The Austin-based chain opened its SA location in November.
Photo via Instagram / joshiethefoodie
Texas Toast
3307 S Zarzamora St, (210) 212-4855
The new restaurant was launched by Raymond Zalapa and Danny Romo, who wanted to bring a non-taco breakfast option to the South Side. While the area is packed with taquerias, molinos and the like, the pair wanted neighborhood folks to have a local option for pancakes, waffles and other American breakfast staples.
Photo via Twitter / anayelijoliie
Texas Toast
3307 S Zarzamora St, (210) 212-4855
The new restaurant was launched by Raymond Zalapa and Danny Romo, who wanted to bring a non-taco breakfast option to the South Side. While the area is packed with taquerias, molinos and the like, the pair wanted neighborhood folks to have a local option for pancakes, waffles and other American breakfast staples.
Photo via Twitter / anayelijoliie
Miss Chickpea’s Bakeshop
8065 Callaghan Road, (210) 993-0748, misschickpeas.com
At Miss Chickpea’s Bakeshop, everything — from the shop’s colorful breakfast pastries to the custom wedding cakes and gluten-free cookies — is made with vegan, organic and natural ingredients.
Photo via Instagram / misschickpeasbakeshop
Miss Chickpea’s Bakeshop
8065 Callaghan Road, (210) 993-0748, misschickpeas.com
At Miss Chickpea’s Bakeshop, everything — from the shop’s colorful breakfast pastries to the custom wedding cakes and gluten-free cookies — is made with vegan, organic and natural ingredients.
Photo via Instagram / misschickpeasbakeshop
Little Death
2327 N St Mary's St, instagram.com/littledeathwine
The former service station has been filled with a new wine-curious crowd, one comprised of neighborhood folks, wine geeks, youngsters with a yen for something new and even old farts who don’t care about labels.
Photo by Erik Gustafson
Little Death
2327 N St Mary's St, instagram.com/littledeathwine
The former service station has been filled with a new wine-curious crowd, one comprised of neighborhood folks, wine geeks, youngsters with a yen for something new and even old farts who don’t care about labels.
Photo by Erik Gustafson
Mr. Juicy
3910 McCullough Ave, (210) 994-9838
San Antonio said goodbye to Moshe's Golden Falafel so the esteemed Chef Andrew Weissman could open Mr. Juicy. While we miss his take on Mediterranean fare, the house-baked poppyseed buns, double-fried fries and milkshakes have us holding up more than okay.
Photo via Instagram / mrjuicyburger
Mr. Juicy
3910 McCullough Ave, (210) 994-9838
San Antonio said goodbye to Moshe's Golden Falafel so the esteemed Chef Andrew Weissman could open Mr. Juicy. While we miss his take on Mediterranean fare, the house-baked poppyseed buns, double-fried fries and milkshakes have us holding up more than okay.
Photo via Instagram / mrjuicyburger
IKEA
1000 IKEA-RBFCU Pkwy, Live Oak, (888) 888-4532, ikea.com
Though it’s far from a destination dining spot, IKEA’s cafeteria offers food, much of which isn’t all bad, to help you power through any shopping mission. While there’s quite a bit on the menu, you’ll be smart to start with the iconic meatballs.
Photo via Instagram / countdowncityconnoisseurs
IKEA
1000 IKEA-RBFCU Pkwy, Live Oak, (888) 888-4532, ikea.com
Though it’s far from a destination dining spot, IKEA’s cafeteria offers food, much of which isn’t all bad, to help you power through any shopping mission. While there’s quite a bit on the menu, you’ll be smart to start with the iconic meatballs.
Photo via Instagram / countdowncityconnoisseurs
Macho Libre
5834 Babcock Road, (210) 455-0443, macho-libre.com
Macho Libre, a fast-casual taqueria from the owners of 210 Ceviche and El Taco Tote, opened in February.
Photo via Instagram / macholibresatx
Macho Libre
5834 Babcock Road, (210) 455-0443, macho-libre.com
Macho Libre, a fast-casual taqueria from the owners of 210 Ceviche and El Taco Tote, opened in February.
Photo via Instagram / macholibresatx
BLVD Bar & Lounge
5138 UTSA Boulevard, (210) 343-1552, facebook.com/BLVDbarSA
Its front room and patio, open for happy hours and weekdays, serve up craft cocktails and craft brews in a relaxed bricks-and-bookshelves setting. However, one of those bookcases swivels — speakeasy-style — into a black and gold nightclub, replete with over-the-top eye candy like 1,000 gold skulls set into its back wall and a circular chandelier comprised of 1,800 LED lights.
Photo courtesy of BLVD Bar & Lounge
BLVD Bar & Lounge
5138 UTSA Boulevard, (210) 343-1552, facebook.com/BLVDbarSA
Its front room and patio, open for happy hours and weekdays, serve up craft cocktails and craft brews in a relaxed bricks-and-bookshelves setting. However, one of those bookcases swivels — speakeasy-style — into a black and gold nightclub, replete with over-the-top eye candy like 1,000 gold skulls set into its back wall and a circular chandelier comprised of 1,800 LED lights.
Photo courtesy of BLVD Bar & Lounge
Noodle Tree
7114 UTSA Boulevard Unit 101, (210) 233-6371, noodletreetx.com
Nestled in the UTSA area, this ramen spot has been a hit with students since its January brick-and-mortar opening (though the concept has been around for years). For everyone else, stop by for ramen (duh) and small bites that will make your visit complete to this fresh spot.
Photo by Jessica Giesey
Noodle Tree
7114 UTSA Boulevard Unit 101, (210) 233-6371, noodletreetx.com
Nestled in the UTSA area, this ramen spot has been a hit with students since its January brick-and-mortar opening (though the concept has been around for years). For everyone else, stop by for ramen (duh) and small bites that will make your visit complete to this fresh spot.
Photo by Jessica Giesey
Bistr09
6106 Broadway, (210) 245-8156, bistr09.com
Bistr09 is a classic French bistro created by chefs Damien Watel and Lisa Astorga-Watel that offers expertly prepared classics, from liver and onions (when available) to lobster risotto, bouillabaisse, Dover sole and steak frites. Crème brulée and ile flottante are among the desserts.
Photo via Instagram / bistr09
Bistr09
6106 Broadway, (210) 245-8156, bistr09.com
Bistr09 is a classic French bistro created by chefs Damien Watel and Lisa Astorga-Watel that offers expertly prepared classics, from liver and onions (when available) to lobster risotto, bouillabaisse, Dover sole and steak frites. Crème brulée and ile flottante are among the desserts.
Photo via Instagram / bistr09
Gourdough’s Public House
215 Losoya St, (210) 774-4010, gourdoughs.com
Locals no longer have to travel to Austin to get their fix of donuts — and donut-inspired foods. Gourdough’s came down to SA with its River Walk location, which opened in March to much fanfare.
Photo courtesy of Gourdough's Public House
Gourdough’s Public House
215 Losoya St, (210) 774-4010, gourdoughs.com
Locals no longer have to travel to Austin to get their fix of donuts — and donut-inspired foods. Gourdough’s came down to SA with its River Walk location, which opened in March to much fanfare.
Photo courtesy of Gourdough's Public House
Poetic Republic Coffee Co
2330 S Presa St, poeticrepubliccoffee.com
Customers can expect to find a selection of coffee and tea drinks, fresh pastries from La Boulangerie and an assortment of used books with a haggle-friendly purchase policy. This is seriously a dream come true.
Photo via Instagram / poeticrepubliccoffee
Poetic Republic Coffee Co
2330 S Presa St, poeticrepubliccoffee.com
Customers can expect to find a selection of coffee and tea drinks, fresh pastries from La Boulangerie and an assortment of used books with a haggle-friendly purchase policy. This is seriously a dream come true.
Photo via Instagram / poeticrepubliccoffee
SAVOR
200 E Grayson St #117, (210) 554-6484, savorcia.com
Savor replaced NAO, CIA-San Antonio’s original student-run restaurant that focused on Latin American cuisine. Since opening in January, Savor’s open, state-of the-art kitchen has allowed students and instructors to simultaneously prep and cook, grill, steam, fry and bake dishes for up to 60 guests.
Photo via Instagram / ciasavor
SAVOR
200 E Grayson St #117, (210) 554-6484, savorcia.com
Savor replaced NAO, CIA-San Antonio’s original student-run restaurant that focused on Latin American cuisine. Since opening in January, Savor’s open, state-of the-art kitchen has allowed students and instructors to simultaneously prep and cook, grill, steam, fry and bake dishes for up to 60 guests.
Photo via Instagram / ciasavor
Fish Lonja
11075 Roosevelt Ave, instagram.com/carnitas_lonja
Fish Lonja sits behind nationally-recognized Carnitas Lonja, and includes four items (plus a Clamato-based michelada) at the walkup window: a fried fish taco (tilapia) and tostadas of fish ceviche, shrimp and octopus.
Photo by Jessica Giesey
Fish Lonja
11075 Roosevelt Ave, instagram.com/carnitas_lonja
Fish Lonja sits behind nationally-recognized Carnitas Lonja, and includes four items (plus a Clamato-based michelada) at the walkup window: a fried fish taco (tilapia) and tostadas of fish ceviche, shrimp and octopus.
Photo by Jessica Giesey
Maverick Whiskey
115 Broadway St, (210) 447-7010, maverickwhiskey.com
As a grain-to-glass distillery and brewery, Maverick produces and ages its own neutral grain spirit onsite. While straight whiskey requires two years to age, the downtown distillery offers a light whiskey, which is aged in used barrels for a day or two and delivers a product with character. The food menu focuses on South Texas fare infused with culinary influences from the Maverick family’s roots in Carolina and Alabama.
Photo via Instagram / maverickwhiskey
Maverick Whiskey
115 Broadway St, (210) 447-7010, maverickwhiskey.com
As a grain-to-glass distillery and brewery, Maverick produces and ages its own neutral grain spirit onsite. While straight whiskey requires two years to age, the downtown distillery offers a light whiskey, which is aged in used barrels for a day or two and delivers a product with character. The food menu focuses on South Texas fare infused with culinary influences from the Maverick family’s roots in Carolina and Alabama.
Photo via Instagram / maverickwhiskey
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