Yes, the San Antonio food scene is booming, but we're still lacking on a few key items. Thankfully, several San Antonio residents are taking matters into their own hands and delivering hard-to-find foods straight to our bellies. Here's a quick list of fare you should be eating at your local farmers market ASAP.
, which rotates through The People's Nite Market
, Dignowity Hill Farmers Market
and the Trinity Marke
t, is adding Saudi Arabian bites to the landscape. With influences from Egypt, Syria, Turkey, India, Indonesia and Central Asian, Al Hijazyat, owned by Mashail Abdalaal, adds lamb dumplings and dolmas along with rice dishes, but expect to find the cuisine rolling throughout San Antonio as Abdalaal and her family save up for a food truck.
The city's booming Puerto Rican population has made for an increase in said island's fare, including Ay Papi's
food truck, which visits the The People's Nite Market with a menu of crisp tostones, meaty tripleta sandwiches, and a seriously delicious Cuban sandwich.
Facebook/Berbere Ethiopian Cuisine
A first for San Antonio in recent history (give or take the last 30 years), Berbere Ethiopian Cuisine
is adding a new sort of spice to The People's Market and The Trinity Market. Named after a spice blend that contains chili peppers, garlic, ginger, basil, korarima, rue, ajwain or radhuni, nigella and fenugreek, Berbere Ethiopian recently launched a food truck now based at 4741 Fredericksburg Road. The menu packs in veggies and proteins so you'll find lentils, green beans, beets and stewed cabbage served alongside beef tibs, a dish of marinated beef. Dishes often include a spongy sourdough flatbread known as injera.
The Trinity Market is the weekend home to Bombay Salsa Co.
, a food truck that blends Indian and Mexican cuisines with solid results. Owned by St. Phillips instructor Hitish Nathani, the truck serves up butter chicken curry, mustard greens curry and fun takes on samosas. Don't miss the Bombay quesadillas served with chicken or paneer or biryani burritos.
Now a staple at the Dignowity Hill Farmers Market and the Trinity Market, Cocina Heritage
is owned by sisters Silvia Alcaraz and Lupita Rivero. The pair are Break Fast and Launch alums who are spreading healthful vegan and often vegetarian snacks at both markets including meat-free tamales, tacos and now kolaches. Fans of mole should pick up chef Rivero's pre-batched sauce.
Chef Marissa Schaeffer, husband Ted and the army of culinary students that make Crepelandia
possible have fed crepe-hungry Francophile crowds for the past four years. The Savory, veggie-filled or sweet, Nutella and fruit bedecked crepes are a Pearl Farmers Market favorite that usually draws a long line. Get there early and chow down on specials, such as the lox of Strawberry Fields.
Three words: Hong Kong waffle. A few more words: You can get this and other Asian-inspired goodies at Ming's Thing
, both at the Pearl Farmers Market and at its tiny storefront at 5249 McCullough Ave. Get the waffle topped with pulled pork or pork belly or simply dusted with powdered sugar, butter and syrup. You also can't go wrong with the steamed buns piled high with fresh radishes, carrots and choice of fillings.
Finally, empanadas are nothing new in San Anto, but when made by Leopoldo “Polo” Valdes at Yapa Artisan Empanadas
during the Pearl Farmer Market, the city gets a taste for these Andean treats. Mostly savory, the empanadas feature favorites such as the Come y Calla, with smoked brisket and barbecue sauce, and the addictive Conquistador, a traditional Chilean combination of spiced beef, onion, hard-boiled egg, black olives and raisins.