Bobcat Quickie has established itself as an authentic taco shop in a city of chain restaurants. With each taco packed with a few ingredients, you can truly taste each stand out on it’s own which means adding more would over saturate 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
Pie Society is 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.
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.
Jimmy John’s, 202 E San Antonio St, San Marcos, TX, USA +1 512 396 2222
Bobcat Nation Sports Bar & Grill
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.
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. Each burger is made with large, fresh beef patties on butter-toasted buns giving Whataburger an advantage of quality over other burger chains.
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.
Taproom takes the crown for best burger in San Marcos. Famous for having the biggest selection of beer in San Marcos, Taproom is also 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.
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.
Sean Patrick’s, 202 E San Antonio St, San Marcos, TX, USA +1 512 392 7310
Gumby’s Pizza has become a part of the San Marcos culture. 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 3am.
Gumby’s Pizza, 411 North Guadalupe Street, San Marcos, TX, USA, +1 512 754 8629
Fuego Tortilla Grill
Known for fat tacos at a skinny price, Fuego is praised for its homemade tortillas, variety of ingredients and extensive free salsa bar. 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.