Eat Your Way Through Dignowity Hill

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It's no secret the Dignowity Hill neighborhood is having a moment.

The area is steeped in history, and named after Dr. Anthony Michael Dignowity, a Czechoslovakian immigrant who was a public official, medical doctor, and abolitionist who immigrated to the U.S. in 1831, according to the Dignowity Hill Neighborhood Association.

But the neighborhood is also rich with eateries, both new and old. Here's a handy guide if you're hoping to make day of it in Dignowity Hill.


Amaya's Cocina: Opened by brother's David and Ruben Arciniega, the corner spot is about to become a hot spot for breakfast as the high school across the street opens its doors. For now Amaya's, only open Sundays, features a tasty brunch with an East Side barbacoa, waffles rancheros, breakfast migas and items for the kiddos. 1502 E. Commerce St., (210) 265-5449.

Estate Coffee Company: Though the most boutique-y of all of the new joints to open up in the area, Estate Coffee Company is a must-visit for their house-roasted coffee, weekend brunch specials like bagels and lox and house-made waffles, and airy space. Go for the coffee cocktails, leave with a bag of spices from Oak & Salt. 1320 E. Houston St., (210) 667-4347. 

Koolaches: You have a tiny window to enjoy these fresh kolaches made by chef Lupita Rivero and sister Silvia Alcaraz. Only open from 7 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, the sisters feature scratch made savory and sweet kolaches and other baked goods. 1629 E. Houston St., (210) 320-1055.

Panchos & Gringos: Perhaps the only non-awesome thing about this eatery is that they're only open for breakfast and lunch. Opened 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, Panchos & Gringos is the casual diner you always dreamed of that combines awesome breakfast sandwiches (they're stuffed with house potatoes) with Mexican breakfast (jumbo breakfast tacos!) and it's insanely cheap. Get there ASAP. 900 Nolan St., (210) 227-6700.


Mark's Outing: Sometimes you just need a burger, and thankfully this East Side staple still packs in the crowds with its free beans and fresh-made burgers. Stick with the basics, but we won't blame you for wanting to try the ice cream burger. 1624 E. Commerce St., (210) 299-8110.

Sweet Yams: Want to have all of the warm fuzzy feelings that comfort food is wont to provide without the guilt? You can enjoy just that at Sweet Yams, which is known for its low-fat, vegetarian and gluten-free options. End your meal with a teensy sweet potato pie. You deserve it. 218 N. Cherry St., (210) 229-9267.

Dignowity Meats: Yes, Dignowity Meats is great for lunch with its awesome sandwiches and whatnots, but have you tried their ribs for dinner? If not, you're missing out on delicious St. Louis ribs, loaded Dignowity Pie with brisket burnt ends or pulled pork with mac over fries with sliced jalapeños or the Granny Apple slaw. Their beer list isn't too shabby either. 1701 E. Houston St., (210) 462-1496.

Tucker's Kozy Korner: Know what goes well with soul? Soul food, obviously. You can get a bit of both at Tucker's where the new menu includes chicken and waffles, Southern fried chicken, hot chicken, "katfish," fried green tomatoes, skillet cornbread and the house burger. 1338 E. Houston St., (210) 320-2192.

Wen Wah Chinese Restaurant: As a relatively new Diggy Hill resident, I've already had several people tell me to visit Wen Wah, a long-time favorite. Recommendations at this mom-and-pop include the pot stickers and lunch specials that'll set you back all of $6. 531 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 223-7243.


Alamo Beer Garden: What the area lacks in craft cocktails, it makes up for with a surplus of beer. Alamo's beer hall hosts new food trucks and events on the regular including the upcoming Alamo Food Fight on August 13, which will pit seven mobile kitchens against each other to decide the next house truck.  202 Lamar St., 210-872-5589.

Burleson Yard Beer Garden: It's hard to find fault in this massive patio bar that occasionally hosts great jam bands, food trucks, and laid-back viewing parties of both classic movies and Spurs games when they're in season. Make use of the parking lot on the side of the building and make sure to take your puppy pals. 43o Austin St., 210-354-3001.

Big Hops The Bridge: There's beer options aplenty at Big Hop's third location that's just off the Hays Street Bridge. Choose from the ever-rotating list of IPAs, sours, porters and more at great prices or stop by for brewery-specific tap takeovers, Frankenbike events or beer and cheese pairings. 306 Austin St., 210-320-1470. 

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