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Where to Find the 20 Oldest Restaurants in San Antonio 

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Sure, there's plenty of new restaurants opening all the time. But what about restaurants that have stood tall throughout all the obstacles that come with operating a business? Here's a quick shoutout to 20 of the oldest restaurants here in the Alamo City.
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Schilo’s, 1917
424 E. Commerce St., schilos.com

The oldest eatery on our list, Schilo’s keeps folks coming back by with its simple, delicious and inexpensive fare. The split pea soup is a must-have, and you can wash it down with house-made root beer.
Photo via Instagram, schilosdeli
La Fonda on Main, 1932
2415 N. Main Ave., lafondaonmain.com
This quaint octogenarian is known for its delicious enchiladas. You can learn how the long-time restaurant keeps people happy by reading “Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex” by owner Cappy Lawton and writer Chris Waters Dunn.
Photo via Instagram, retired_blacktopjunkie
Earl Abel’s, 1933
Terrell Plaza, 1201 Austin Highway, earlabelssa.com
Who doesn’t love pie? If you need comfort food, you can choose between six of their made-to-order pies or nosh on their legendary fried chicken.
Photo via Instagram, nic_is_nicole
Teka Molino, 1937
Multiple locations, Teka Molino
Known for their guacamole cups, puffy tacos, breakfast tacos and then some, this 60-plus year-old restaurant has gone mobile within the last few years.
Photo via Instagram, tacosr4lovers
Tip Top Cafe, 1938
2814 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 732-0191

Three words: Chicken fried steak. That and oodles of diner goodies are what wait for you at this Deco District favorite, which opened a second location in 2015.
Photo via Instagram, do210
Hung Fong Chinese Restaurant, 1939
3624 Broadway St., (210) 822-9211
Family-owned since before WWII, this Broadway staple will satiate your beef and broccoli cravings.
Photo via Instagram, moonshinegal
Broadway 5050, 1941
5050 Broadway St., .broadway5050.com
Known as a hang spot for Alamo Heights UIW and Trinity students, the burger joint’s casual vibe is a big reason why they’ve lasted this long.
Photo via Instagram, dalexgar13
Mi Tierra, 1941
218 Produce Row, mitierracafe.com
At 75 years young, Mi Tierra is responsible for hosting many a tourist and celebrity when the grace our fair city. The Cortez family also owns La Margarita, Pico de Gallo and Viva Villa Taqueria.
Photo via Instagram, victoria_vegasendejo
Casa Rio, 1946
430 E. Commerce St., casa-rio.com
The kitsch of the Riverwalk, the long-standing servers, and bright patio turned this eatery into an institution.
Photo to via Instagram, ulisevm
Grady’s, 1948
Multiple locations, gradysbbq.com
Low-key barbecue for the entire family. It’s what Grady’s delivers time and again.
Photo via Instagram, jea1888
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Jacala Mexican Restaurant, 1949
606 W. Ave., jacala.com
Opened by former G.I. Rudolph Quinones and wife Adel, as a 16-seat restaurant, Jacala is now a West Side still family operated four generations later.
Photo via Instagram, rabette4
Luther’s, 1949
61503 N. Main, lutherscafe.com It may have a few times over, but Luther’s still has a fanbase with late-night bar-goers and fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Photo via Instagram, riffmeister_c
Bun N’ Barrel, 1950
1150 Austin Highway, (210) 828-2829
These burgers aren’t just sandwiched between good buns, they’re enveloped in nostalgia.
Photo via Instagram, maritoperez
Original Doughnut Shop, 1954
3307 Fredericksburg Road

Where else can you find great apple fritters and legit breakfast tacos? Two delicious birds, one stone.
Photo via Facebook, The Original Doughnut Shop
Ray’s Drive Inn, 1956
822 SW 19th St., facebook.com/RaysDriveInn

The West Side establishment, home to the puffy taco, isn’t going anywhere despite inventor Arturo Lopez’s passing last October.
Photo via Instagram, shawnkushiyama
Mexican Manhattan, 1958
110 Soledad St., mexicanmanhattan.com

Another Riverwalk staple: Get the Chef’s Special for a taste of all things Tex-Mex.
Photo via Instagram, downtownsanantonio
Little Red Barn, 1963
For when you have hankering for steaks, but want to keep it casual (just make sure to leave the guns at home).
Photo via Instagram, _jose_trujillo_
Cappy’s, 1977
5011 Broadway St., cappysrestaurant.com

A fire might have put Cappy’s out of commission for a few months in 2015, but that was ust a blip for this Alamo Heights staple which specializes in American fare.
Photo via Instagram, meganeliseortiz
Alamo Cafe, 1981
Multiple locations, alamocafe.com

At 35, Alamo Cafe is one of the younger restaurants on our list, but we’re guessing they’ll make it to 70 with the help of their rabid fandom.
Photo via Instagram, patricio.ap
Ding How, 1983
4531 NW Loop 410, dinghowsa.com

The restaurant on stilts off 410 and Callaghan has kept bellies happy for the last 33 years. Here’s to another 33 more.
Photo via Instagram, Ding How
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Schilo’s, 1917
424 E. Commerce St., schilos.com

The oldest eatery on our list, Schilo’s keeps folks coming back by with its simple, delicious and inexpensive fare. The split pea soup is a must-have, and you can wash it down with house-made root beer.
Photo via Instagram, schilosdeli

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