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January 08, 2021 Slideshows » Food & Drink

The 20 hottest new restaurants in San Antonio 

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New year, new restaurants! At least, that what it feels like in the Alamo City right now. A plethora of new eateries rang in the new year by opening their doors and serving up great food.

To help you expand your noshing horizons, we gathered up the hottest new restaurants in San Antonio right now. And, for good measure, we even included a few that we're looking forward to in the coming weeks and months.
OF 20
Amor Eterno
540 S. Presa St.,
Amor Eterno — a new venture helmed by local bar owners Brian Correa and Aaron Peña — is poised to bring puro flavor to Southtown, including SA-inspired, locally sourced fare from popular pop-up ¡Bucho! The space, which previously housed Don Martin's Coffee Co., boasts one-of-a-kind wallpaper, cozy seating and moody lighting.
Photo via Instagram / elgallonegro13
Hello Paradise
520 E. Grayson St.,
Dara and Kusol Maknual, in-laws of local craft cocktail trailblazer Jeret Peña, will join forces with their son-in-law to introduce a new Thai restaurant in the building most recently occupied by Jason Dady’s Shuck Shack. The team put in a ton of work renovating the front patio to include a huge deck for outdoor imbibing.
Photo via Instagram / helloparadisesa
The Dooryard
4503 De Zavala Rd., Ste. 108,
This northwest-side spot features 30 taps loaded with self-serve beers, seltzers and wines, allowing guests to sample a variety of beers without committing to a full pour. Expect a full food menu, outdoor seating for up to nine tables and a kids play area in the coming weeks.
Photo via Instagram / thedooryardsa
Brasserie Mon Chou Chou
312 Pearl Parkway, Building 2, Ste. 2104,
Unlike pricey, upscale French restaurants, Brasserie Mon Chou Chou aims to provide a more casual atmosphere where guests can enjoy a full meal or an afternoon snack of wine and oysters. The new spot offers an array of French classics from the kitchen as well as craft cocktails, wine and absinthe.
Photo courtesy of Giles Design Bureau / Clayton & Little Architects
Best Quality Daughter
602 Avenue A,
Food-focused dream team Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin and Quealy Watson — chefs and owners of Tenko Ramen, also at the Pearl — bring “New Asian-American” cuisine to the Alamo City with Best Quality Daughter. The restaurant balances culinary innovation with time-honored dishes and reflects the comfort food of Dobbertin’s youth as a first-generation Chinese-American.
Photo via Instagram / bestqualitydaughter
Pharm Table
812 S. Alamo St.,
Pharm Table has made the move to Southtown, bringing its Ayurvedic-centric approach to anti-inflammatory cooking to the neighborhood. A full bar will accompany the new kitchen when the space is finished, but you can get your fix for fresh food items from the food truck situated outside.
Photo via Instagram / losroblesapts_
Cervecería 88
2119 Interstate 35, (210) 888-1481,
New taco, wing and burger joint Cervecería 88 took over the space that once housed popular eatery Eastside Kitchenette, which they updated with an expanded patio and turf-covered yard. The spot also includes a full bar and a handful of beers on tap.
Photo via Facebook / Cervecería 88
SA Seafood
5222 De Zavala Rd. #330, (210) 236-7777,
SA Seafood serves up its extensive menu of crawfish, lobster, shrimp and other dishes exclusively in to-go containers.
Photo via Instagram / saseafoodtexas
Ghost Kitchens SA
2015 NE Loop 410, (956) 238-8220
San Antonians can now get snacks from four established brands delivered to their front door thanks to Ghost Kitchens SA, a new “virtual restaurant” concept, which offers Outlaw Burger, Mother Clucker, Firebelly Wings and HotBox by Wiz vittles directly via the Uber Eats and DoorDash apps.
Photo via Instagram / eat_outlaw_burger
5033 Northwest Loop 410,
When Filipino comfort food chain Jollibee opened its first SA location at the end of December, diehard fans lined up as early as 7 a.m. to get their hands on their Chickenjoy, Yumburgers and Palabok Fiesta.
Photo via Instagram / adobotestkitchen
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Scooped Cookie Dough Bar
18771 FM 2252,
Scooped Cookie Dough Bar, an SA-born edible raw cookie dough company, is now open in the space formerly occupied by vegan-friendly Avocado Cafe on the city’s Northeast side.
Photo via Instagram / scoopedcookiedoughbar
El Mirasol
938 N. Loop 1604 West, (210) 592-8576,
Longtime Mexican spot El Mirasol closed its original Blanco location in October of 2020, but moved into a renovated space in the Stone Oak area featuring a sprawling patio and their signature margs.
Photo via Instagram / s.a.foodie
Smack's Chicken Shack
447 W. Hildebrand Ave. Ste. 107, (210) 281-4077,
Chef Keenen Hendricks started off the new year by giving his beloved food trailer Smack's Chicken Shack’s over-the-top sandos a brick-and-mortar home.
Photo via Instagram / letshopscotch
Motel Fried Chicken
1017 N. Flores St., (210) 267-2652,
Philadelphia-based chef Chad Rosenthal has partnered with San Antonio chef James Canter to bring delicious buttermilk and herb-brined chicken sandwiches to the Alamo City, currently taking pre-orders for opening weekend. .
Photo via Instagram / motelfriedchicken
La Milanesa
3261 Nacogdoches Rd., Ste. 101, (210) 455-0178,
Uruguay-born chef Octavio Millan brings flavors from his native Uruguay to SA’s northeast side with newly opened La Milanesa. The eatery’s namesake dish marries Uruguayan and Argentinian styles by adding tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, ham and a fried egg.
Photo by Katie Hennessey
Project Pollo
18730 Tuscany Stone, Ste. 2103,
Project Pollo, which started as a food cart serving vegan fried "chick'n," opened a Stone Oak-area restaurant — its first San Antonio location — as part of a four-store brick-and-mortar expansion that founder Lucas Bradbury has been planning for months.
Photo via Instagram / project_pollo
Magnolia Pancake Haus – Cibolo
17730 Interstate 35, Schertz, (210) 496-0828 ext. 3,
The third Magnolia Pancake Haus is now open for all your breakfast and brunch needs on the northeast side, but be sure to show up with plenty of time to wait, as every location operates on a first come, first serve basis.
Photo via Instagram / txeats
Pinkerton's Barbecue
107 W Houston St.,
This Houston-based eatery may have been named one of Texas Monthly’s 50 best barbecue joints, but we’ll see if it lives up to the smoky stylings of Alamo City staples sometime later this year. The space will include indoor and outdoor dining areas, a pit room and an uncovered deck, where downtowners can take a load off.
Photo via Instagram / pinkertonsbbq
House of Má
135 E. Houston St.
Louis Singh and Eric Treviño, the same team behind Singh's Vietnamese in San Antonio, developed the concept for House of Má, whose menu will include items such as hủ tiếu (Cambodian noodle soup) and phở gà (chicken pho).
Photo via Instagram / singhs_sa
Bar Loretta
320 Beauregard St.,
In February, Bar Loretta will move into the King William location formerly occupied by Madhatters Tea House and Cafe, bringing modern Texas cuisine and an elevated market to the south-of-downtown neighborhood.
Photo by Shanna Hickman / Courtesy of Bar Loretta
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Amor Eterno
540 S. Presa St.,
Amor Eterno — a new venture helmed by local bar owners Brian Correa and Aaron Peña — is poised to bring puro flavor to Southtown, including SA-inspired, locally sourced fare from popular pop-up ¡Bucho! The space, which previously housed Don Martin's Coffee Co., boasts one-of-a-kind wallpaper, cozy seating and moody lighting.
Photo via Instagram / elgallonegro13

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