No late night adventure in San Marcos is complete with that last meal before turn-in. Most of the restaurants have a wide menu variety, but it’s the signature dishes that make them stand out. Everything from handmade tacos to the Stoner Pie pizza, the San Marcos’ selection of late night eats can satisfy any craving.
Praised for the authenticity of their extensive menu, Bobcat Quickie has established itself as an authentic taco shop in a city of chain restaurants. With most of the menu at $1.89 a taco, each is packed with only a few ingredients, but you can truly taste each stand out on it’s own which means adding more would over saturate the flavor. Although the meats within each taco can be a little greasy, that quality goes well to compliment the flavor. Whether you’re a classic fan of breakfast tacos or looking for something a little more authentic such as nopalitos or carne guisada, Bobcat Quickie has got it.
Bobcat Quickie, 339 North Guadalupe St, San Marcos, TX, USA, +1 512 396 2000
After the success of San Marcos’ favorites Dos Gatos’ Kolaches and Zelick’s Icehouse, Seth and Chase Kat’z opened Pie Society, a stand out pizza establishment with a cocktail bar. The use of local ingredients such as real Texas honey, Stubbs BBQ Sauce, Texas goat cheese, fresh jalapenos and Main Root products makes Pie Society stand out amongst pizza chains but blend in with Texas culture. However, as said on their website, “Man cannot live on pizza alone.” The Social Parlor is a hidden cocktail bar in the back open until 1 a.m. Stop by before the night out to grab a slice or stay for a night in to enjoy some pizza and drinks with friends.
Pie Society, 700 N LBJ Dr, San Marcos, TX, USA +1 512 805 8900
Though Jimmy John’s is mainly known for it’s “freaky fast delivery,” convenience is what this location in particular has going for it. The menu doesn’t extend too far past ham, turkey, roast beef and salami sandwiches, but it’s the little things that make the difference, such as the hot peppers, fresh sprouts and celery just to name a few. Though the sandwiches are served cold, the quality of how fresh they taste stands out amongst other sandwich chains, especially when complemented with kettle-cooked potato chips. Open until 3 a.m. everyday, Jimmy John’s is next door to Bar Fish Lounge and Stonewall, making it perfect for a late night pickup just before the cab comes.
Jimmy John’s, 202 E San Antonio St, San Marcos, TX, USA +1 512 396 2222
Bobcat Nation Sports Bar & Grill
Since undergoing new management, Bobcat Nation has upped its game to provide a focused atmosphere of good food, good service and a great environment to enjoy sports. Multiple screens on every wall and great deals like Margarita Mondays and $3 Bloody Marys and Mimosas on Sundays have established Bobcat Nation as THE sports bar of San Marcos. The chili cheese fries come highly recommended but with new deals happening regularly, you’re almost certain to try something new every time. It’s easy to enjoy a drink and a plate of food, but on game day at Bobcat Nation, it becomes an experience.
Texans far and wide know the familiar taste of Whataburger, but it’s the San Marcos crowd that made their Whataburger one of the busiest in the company. The newly renovated location is home to Texas favorites such as the Patty Melt and the A1 Thick and Hardy burger. Each burger is made with large, fresh beef patties on butter-toasted buns giving Whataburger an advantage of quality over other burger chains. Open 24/7, Whataburger is a haven for late night college crowds to mingle and enjoy the nostalgic pride that Texans have for their precious Whataburger.
Whataburger, 1004 TX-123, San Marcos, TX, USA, +1 512 754 7375
Louie’s Oyster House and Beer Garden
Louie’s is the place to go on a hot Texas day in San Marcos — the outdoor atmosphere really sets in the tone for cold margaritass and seafood. The oysters come served raw or chargrilled, but either way, they’ll get you in the mindset of being on the Texas coast. However, while oysters might be their specialty, signature dishes like the crab stuffed jalapenos, alligator roll or Boudin Balls blend New Orleans and Tex-Mex dishes come together to give seafood a Southern Texas kick. Granted, being the only oyster/ seafood bar in town gives Louie’s something different over the competition, but the taste and outdoor atmosphere gives them credibility.
While this list covers a few restaurants that might specialize in a couple items, Taproom takes the crown for best burger in San Marcos. Famous for having the biggest selection of beer in San Marcos, Taproom is universally known around town for having the best burger in San Marcos, and it’s not just about the beef. Each burger is served on a butter-toasted bun with toppings ranging from queso to hot wing sauce. On the rest of the menu, you’ll find sandwiches, ribs, a wide selection of appetizers and 102 different beers. Open until 1 a.m. on the weekends, Taproom is perfect for beer connoisseurs and burger lovers alike.
Taproom, 129 E Hopkins St, San Marcos, TX, USA, +1 512 392 9824
San Marcos’ favorite Irish Pub has got one of the most extensive and tasteful selections of bar food one can find. Irish egg rolls put a spin on eggrolls by adding corned beef that’s been braised in Guinness and topped with sauerkraut and Irish Swiss cheese. Old favorites like Loaded Tater Skins and onion rings are brought back to life with fresh twists like Irish cheddar cheese and are cut thickly in size. For a true experience at Sean P’s, best to visit on Saint Patrick’s Day, when they host a block party and serve green beer.
Sean Patrick’s, 202 E San Antonio St, San Marcos, TX, USA +1 512 392 7310
Locally famous for their “Legalize Marinara” slogan and signature Stoner Pie, Gumby’s Pizza has become a part of the San Marcos culture. The Randy Marsh (based on the South Park character) is their newest pizza, consisting of macaroni, bacon, red pepper and all on a base of Crème Fraiche. Not in the mood for an entire pizza? The pepperoni rolls are only $1.49 a roll and are filled with cheese and pepperoni that goes wonderfully with a cup of their house ranch. Perfect for wrapping up a trip to The Square, Gumby’s is open until 3 a.m. and BYOB!
Gumby’s Pizza, 411 North Guadalupe Street, San Marcos, TX, USA, +1 512 754 8629
Fuego Tortilla Grill
Since this College Station based chain opened it’s fourth location in September 2015, it’s become a local favorite almost overnight. Known for fat tacos at a skinny price, Fuego is praised for their homemade tortillas, variety of ingredients and extensive free salsa bar. The menu is divided into breakfast, pork, chicken, beef, vegetarian, seafood, giant and sauce-heavy tacos, and each taco is packed with four to five different ingredients on average, creating a rainbow of complimenting flavors. A good recommendation for new comers is their most popular taco, the El Presidente, but for those looking for something new, the Dr Pepper taco is one to try.
By Patrick Sloan II
Born and raised in Bell County, Texas, Patrick is currently attending Texas State University towards a Bachelor’s of Science in Mass Communications with a certificate in Computer Information Systems. All adventures (musical and non-musical) can be found through Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.