While many people incorrectly assume that Austin is the only city in Texas to represent good cooking, San Antonio locals know differently. Here’s our guide to the best San Antonio restaurants and grills.
In order to prepare for a lifetime of crafting authentic Italian pizzas, Dough Pizzeria owner Doug Horn flew to Naples to learn the tricks of pizza-crafting. When Horn arrived back in Texas, he brought back his experiences and an original pizza oven. This oven has been used since his return to create dazzling and tasty pizzas that make customers want to come back for more. Opened in 2007, Dough has many customers requesting the ‘pork love’ pizza, which is topped with salami, sausage, speck, pancetta, and mozzarella. For those less fond of pizza, Dough offers other Italian appetizers that range from caprese to burrata cheese.
Dough, 6989 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX, USA, +1 210 979 6565
Opened in 1933, The Esquire Tavern has been fueled by the 21st Amendment which brought about the end of prohibition in America. Today, nearly a century later, this tavern still offers the best beers and cocktails to those in need. With creative names for the drinks served—such as the ‘Desert Bird’ and ‘Capone’s Revolver’—there is nothing better than a Nuestra Margarita, which combines blanco with highland reposado, accentuated by French triple sec and key lime. This margarita is known far and wide as one of the best drinks in the country. The ambiance is also a winner, thanks to the dark color palette and unique design created out of the ceiling, floral wallpaper and 100 foot long wooden bar top. The bar top is the longest in all of Texas, so take a picture while you’re hanging out at The Esquire Tavern.
The Granary is the perfect place to celebrate Southern barbecue alongside gracious hospitality. While situated in its perfect location — Texas — this restaurant tries a cultural approach to the barbecue culinary tradition, including incorporating barbecue techniques from other countries. This unexpected spin makes The Granary a notable eatery and entices customers to try their top quality meats and vegetables. The Granary uses seasonal veggies bought from certified and trusted farmers, while every other ingredient is made from scratch in-house to provide only the best and freshest food.
The Granary, 602 Avenue A, San Antonio, TX, USA, +1 210 222 8277
In a town dominated by locals with a Mexican heritage, it’s important to find good Mexican cuisine. Rosario’s solves this need by offering traditional Mexican fare cooked expertly — try the chorizo quesadilla or the shrimp nachos, or experiment with the Aztec soup with smoky chipotle tomato and shredded chicken. Known for more than just great food, Rosario’s is famous because of its colorful and lighted performance venue. The happy and appealing bar welcomes guests who want artfully prepared drinks to start the night, with a special menu created simply for the margaritas.
Chef David Gilbert is responsible for the genius behind Tuk Tuk Taproom, which started after Gilbert made a comment about how a good beer perfectly complemented Asian street food. Tuk Tuk Taproom serves this delightful mix, with street food and top pick beers. Gilbert travelled to Asia often, to try out the local street foods in their original locations and source the best of these meals. With the help of beer specialist Steve Newman, Tuk Tuk curated a list of 70 craft beers on tap. For an international, fresh take on the dining scene, try out this metropolitan haven.
Tuk Tuk Taproom, 1702 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX, USA, +1 210 222 8277