20 iconic San Antonio foods and drinks that show what our city is all about

Over recent years, San Antonio has racked up plenty of recognition for being a culinary destination. No small part of that comes…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Fiesta favorite chicken-on-a-stick is basically the supreme food booth snack from all of Fiesta. San Antonians look forward to eating it all year, and usually commemorate their first chicken-on-a-stick of the season with a selfie. It’s inspired chicken-on-a-stick necklaces, earrings, stickers and more from local designers, and has appeared on menus across SA so folks can get their fix. Thank goodness for that.
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The best bars and nightlife spots in San Antonio, according to our readers

We asked, and San Antonio answered! Here are the Best of San Antonio Nightlife winners of 2022.

By San Antonio Current Staff

Best Music Venue
Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 666-6666, papertigersatx.com
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The best food and drinks in San Antonio, according to our readers

The people of San Antonio have spoken! Here are the Best of San Antonio Food & Drink winners for 2022.

By San Antonio Current Staff

Best Burger
Chris Madrid’s, 1900 Blanco Rd., (210) 735-3552, chrismadrids.com
Photo via Instagram / chrismadrids
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22 San Antonio-area restaurants we said goodbye to so far in 2022

Though it looks like San Antonio's restaurant scene is finally recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, it's the nature of the foodservice business…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Nestle Toll House Café – Culebra Commons
6626 W. Loop 1604 N., Suite 215
What seemed like a promising new location on the cusp of Helotes only stayed in business for four years — two of those heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Owner Sherryl Ramirez announced that the closure was due to the pandemic and rising supply costs. 
Photo via Facebook / Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip - Culebra Commons
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20 downtown San Antonio restaurants that aren't just for tourists

Downtown San Antonio is chock full of dining spots that offer visitors varying degrees of the "authentic Alamo City experience." Some are…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Francis Bogside
803 S St Mary's St., (210) 369-9192, www.francisbogside.com
It isn’t common to see Irish neighborhood bars in San Antonio but Francia Bogside, a rustic chic take on a traditional Irish pub, has changed that narrative for Southtown. This Southtown fave offers upscale pub fare alongside expertly-prepared craft cocktails, wine and beer.
Photo via Instagram / francisbogside
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The 25 most popular San Antonio restaurants right now, according to Yelp

When it comes to discovering new dining spots, Yelp can be a handy place to see which are building a buzz. While…

By San Antonio Current Staff

21. Noodle Tree
7114 UTSA Boulevard, Suite 101, (210) 233-6371, noodletreetx.com
"I think this might be the best ramen we have tried in Texas so far.. I know, a big statement to make. It is an unassuming little spot in the corner of a residential building complex but the food quality and flavor is amazing." – Jessica C. 
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Everyone we saw at San Antonio bar The Squeezebox's sixth-anniversary bash

On Sunday night, St. Mary's Strip stalwart The Squeezbox held its sixth-anniversary party featuring Chicano soul legend Sunny Ozuna. Oldies DJs spun…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Everyone we saw at San Antonio bar The Squeezebox's sixth-anniversary bash
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These 24 San Antonio spots serve the best breakfast tacos in town

It’s no secret that San Antonians like to start their day with a breakfast taco — or three. Whether loaded with fluffy…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Eddie’s Taco House
Multiple Locations, eddiestacohouses.com
Mexican restaurants don’t last in this city for 43 years without a reason, so you can trust that you’ll be satisfied with the tacos at Eddie’s. This establishment will make it worth your while with its weekly morning specials. 
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Boozy moments from San Antonio restaurant Dashi Sichuan Kitchen's first-ever Daq-Off competition

North Side eatery Dashi Sichuan Kitchen + Bar hosted a Daq-Off showdown Monday in which Alamo City bars and restaurants competed to…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Boozy moments from San Antonio restaurant Dashi Sichuan Kitchen's first-ever Daq-Off competition
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25 San Antonio spots to get frozen cocktails, including to-go and drive-thru options

Summer in Texas is no joke, and those who don't have a swimming pool at their disposal may be looking for alternate…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Picks Bar
4553 North Loop 1604 W., #1101, (210) 253-9220, picksbar.com
This fun, female-owned bar just north of Shavano Park boasts a great selection of nightlife events paired with a full service bar. The place also hosts cocktail classes for budding home bartenders. 
Photo via Instagram / picks_barsa
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27 San Antonio restaurants and bars with spacious outdoor patios

Sure, sweltering Texas summers can be a drag, but when you're gathering with friends for great food and drinks, the afternoons tend…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Chicken N Pickle
5215 UTSA Boulevard, (210) 874-2120, chickennpickle.com/san-antonio
The massive four-acre Chicken N Pickle complex features pet-friendly spaces, a fast casual dining restaurant, five outdoor Pickleball courts, two bocce ball and four shuffleboard courts — plus a full bar to fuel the fun. 
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Essential San Antonio sushi restaurants for Japanese-inspired dining

San Antonio may be best known for homegrown specialties like Tex-Mex and barbecue, but that doesn't mean we shy away from celebrating…

By San Antonio Current Staff

11075 W I-10 Suite 200, San Antonio, TX 78230, (210)455-0299, facebook.com/Umiya-Sushi-Seafood-Bar-104115842271860
Corpus Christi-based sushi restaurant Umiya has opened its first San Antonio location, serving all-you-can eat soups, salads, hibachi and sushi. The new eatery, which also includes a full bar, has taken over the far Northwest San Antonio space that formerly housed Drew Brees' Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux, 11075 Interstate 10 West, Suite 200. 
Photo via Facebook / Umiya Sushi Seafood & Bar
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San Antonio's 20 must-try barbecue restaurants

Texas is the self-proclaimed barbecue capitol of the world. And who's going to argue with that? Like much of the state, San Antonio…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Smoke Shack
3714 Broadway St., (210) 957-1430,
Featured multiple times on Food Network, the Smoke Shack offers undeniably delicious barbecue and southern-style cooking that will amply satisfy your cravings. Grab an order of the tender, melty Brisket Grilled Cheese and you may just become a regular. 
Photo via Instagram / smokeshack
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The 28 hottest new restaurants and bars in San Antonio right now

We're almost halfway through 2022, and enough new dining options have sprouted up to change the face of the Alamo City's culinary…

By San Antonio Current Staff

2250 Bulverde Rd., 726-444-0091, shindigsa.com
The new bar and lounge concept from the owners of the Angry Elephant brings an upscale feel with booths for private parties and a bar with granite countertops. Shin-Dig’s opening brings a boost to Stone Oak’s upscale nightlife, open every day from noon to 2 a.m.

Photo via Instagram / theshindigsa
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26 essential spots in and around San Antonio for chicken wings

You'll find little argument that chicken wings are the perfect pub food, and the Alamo City has no shortage of spots that…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Tycoon Flats
2926 N St Mary's St., (210) 320-0819, tycoonflats.net
If you’re looking to grab classic wings without the frills, look no further than Tycoon Flats. The eatery offers Buffalo, Honey BBQ or Garlic Buffalo wings with a side of ranch or blue cheese dressing.
Photo via Google Maps
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Magical moments from Taco Fest 2022 in San Antonio's Travis Park

San Antonians love their tacos, and they also love their tunes. That much was apparent at Taco Fest: Music Y Más, held Saturday…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Magical moments from Taco Fest 2022 in San Antonio's Travis Park
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The 27 best places in San Antonio to eat when you're alone

There's something to be said for enjoying a high-quality meal while basking in your own company. While San Antonio operates with a…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Niki’s Tokyo Inn
819 W Hildebrand Ave, (210) 736-5471, facebook.com/nikis.tokyo.inn
Incredibly authentic with tatami-style seating, Niki’s Tokyo Inn is a solid choice for genuine Japanese eats. Whether you take a seat on the floor or grab a stool at the bar, you can enjoy freshly-made sushi and other classic Japanese dishes all by your lonesome.
Photo via Instagram / mrs.a_w15
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These San Antonio restaurants and chefs have been featured on national TV shows

Every San Antonian has a shortlist of local dining spots they know and love, but some standouts and their chefs have managed…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Emily Hersh: Jardin
 555 Funston Pl, (210) 338-5100, jardinsatx.com
San Antonio chef Emily Hersh appeared as a contestant during the 20th season of Fox TV's Hell’s Kitchen: Young Guns, hosted by Gordon Ramsay. Formerly of Jason Dady's Jardín Restaurant at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, Hersh now resides in NYC ahead of opening a new vegan barbecue concept. 
Photo courtesy of Emily Hersh
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The best culinary competition moments from Flavor San Antonio 2022

While San Antonio Flavor is, first and foremost, a celebration of local food, it also includes a fierce culinary competition. Here's what…

By San Antonio Current Staff

The best culinary competition moments from Flavor San Antonio 2022
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All the beautiful people — and tasty food — we saw at San Antonio Flavor 2022

After a two-year hiatus, San Antonio Flavor returned Thursday night with gusto, bringing together culinary pros and foodies from all over the…

By San Antonio Current Staff

All the beautiful people — and tasty food — we saw at San Antonio Flavor 2022
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Everyone we saw having fun at San Antonio's first Lucha Libre Nacho Throwdown

Alamo City food truck park StreetFare SA held its debut Lucha Libre Nacho Throwdown on Saturday, offering up nacho samplings from multiple…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Everyone we saw having fun at San Antonio's first Lucha Libre Nacho Throwdown
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22 new, must-try bars and restaurants in San Antonio's Stone Oak area

San Antonio is a rapidly growing metro, and nowhere is the city's robust growth more evident than the North Side's sprawling Stone…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Screaming Goat Yard and Tap
4 Sun Valley Road, Spring Branch, (830) 885-2209, screaminggoatyard.com
The dog- and family-friendly restaurant opens bright and early at 7 a.m. on weekdays, serving up coffee and breakfast bites such as chorizo and egg empanadas and an array of croissants. Throughout the afternoon and evening, folks can indulge in Southern Louisiana style food such as a muffuletta sandwich, shrimp po’ boy or chicken and sausage gumbo.
Photo via Instagram / somewheretexas
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Everyone we saw having fun at the Poteet Strawberry Festival 2022

After operating on smaller scale last year due to the pandemic, the Poteet Strawberry Festival made a big return over the weekend.…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Everyone we saw having fun at the Poteet Strawberry Festival 2022
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22 Texas Hill Country bars and restaurants worth a road trip from San Antonio

San Antonio is a foodie's dream, but sometimes you just need to get away from the city for a while. If you're…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Texas Pride BBQ
2980 E Loop 1604 S, Adkins, (210) 649-3730, texaspridebbq.net
Texas Pride BBQ has the fix for your fried fish and barbecue cravings. If nothing else, be sure to try their famous peach cobbler while there — you won't be sorry. 
Photo via Instagram / texaspridebarbecue
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25 essential San Antonio pizza spots everybody should try at least once

Whether you're craving a deep dish Chicago-style pie, a pepperoni-laden New York slice or an oven-fired Mediterranean-style flatbread, San Antonio is home…

By San Antonio Current Staff

The Last Slice
3021 MacArthur View, (210) 994-5661, thelastslicepizza.com
Build your own pizza if you wish, or choose from the selection of house pizzas. There’s even a vegan pizza sans cheese for those with dietary concerns.
Photo via Instagram / thelastslice3021
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23 San Antonio restaurants that serve breakfast or brunch all day long

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day — and some would say the best. Although most places stop serving it…

By San Antonio Current Staff

NOLA Brunch & Beignets
720 E Mistletoe Ave, (210) 320-1572, eatatnola.com
An obvious option for brunch, this Nawlins spot is a brunch godsend. Although not open on Mondays and Tuesdays, NOLA serves up sugary beignets (try them stuffed with lemon curd!) and other French Quarter Classics until 2 p.m Wednesday-Sunday. For something more filling (and maybe not so sweet), try the Blue Crab Omelette, Shrimp & Grits or Egg Rockafella.
Photo via Instagram / versonphoto
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22 San Antonio bars that open at noon or earlier so you can day drink

Whether you're pre-gaming ahead of a sports event, having a nightshift happy hour or going through a bad breakup, there are times…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Cullum’s Attagirl
726 E Mistletoe Ave, (210) 437-4263, cullumsattagirl.com
Known for its fried chicken that’s now available for lunch, you can also stop by Cullum’s starting at 11 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Seriously, grab a craft beer or two and enjoy it out on the patio of this rustic joint for a late morning pick-me-up.
Photo via Instagram / cullumsattagirl
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20 under-the-radar San Antonio restaurants you should try right now

Alamo City residents often have their favorite neighborhood taqueria, go-to Chinese spot and preferred barbecue joint. But it doesn’t hurt to try…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Oblate Cafe
 904 Oblate Dr, (210) 826-3363, facebook.com/Oblate-cafe
Oblate Cafe is the quintessential hole-in-the-wall diner, offering no-frills and amazing food. It may have a limited menu, but everything from the Texas Style Steak Sandwich to their burgers will have you coming back for more. It’s super reasonably priced too!
Photo via Facebook / Oblate Cafe
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29 essential San Antonio taco spots outside of Loop 410

Great taquerias are all over San Antonio's center city. Hell, it seems like there's a great one on every street corner. But…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Tacos Ricos
8025 Bandera Road, (210) 543-7244, tacosricosbandera.wixsite.com
This unassuming yet bright-yellow building houses well-filled breakfast and lunch tacos made with handmade tortillas. Crowd pleasers include the barbacoa and bean and cheese tacos, but with such an expansive menu, it’s hard to play favorites here.
Photo via Instagram / tacosricos.sa
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These before-and-after photos show how San Antonio restaurants have changed in the last 15 years

It's one thing to know the food business is notorious for high turnover, and yet another to see it in action. San Antonio's…

By San Antonio Current Staff

These before-and-after photos show how San Antonio restaurants have changed in the last 15 years
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