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13 San Antonio Restaurants That Started Off as Food Trucks 

San Antonio's food scene is constantly growing, and many local chefs and bakers choose to get their start dishing out treats from a food truck kitchen. While the food truck industry is booming in its own right, some food trucks (like the recent Benjie's Munch) simply outgrow their truck. Here are some of the more successful eateries that opened up a permanent location.
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Benjie's Munch
The newfound brick-and-morter opened its first shop this Monday. At almost 1,600 square feet, the location will seat about 40. The restaurant will feature a red, black and white color scheme similar to the truck, along with industrial touches on tables and napkin holders. Benjie's Munch will feature counter service and use Monopoly cards as order markers. 1218 W. Bitters Road, Suite 107, (210) 269-5775, facebook.com.
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Benjie's Munch
The newfound brick-and-morter opened its first shop this Monday. At almost 1,600 square feet, the location will seat about 40. The restaurant will feature a red, black and white color scheme similar to the truck, along with industrial touches on tables and napkin holders. Benjie's Munch will feature counter service and use Monopoly cards as order markers.1218 W. Bitters Road, Suite 107, (210) 269-5775, facebook.com.
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Sweet Christi’s
Chef Emo Soliz left his gig as pitmaster for Two Bros. BBQ to pursue his own dream in 2014. He went on to open King’s Hwy Brew & Q in late 2015 and has earned more national attention since. 1012 N. Flores St., (210) 971-9024, kingshwybnq.com.
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Sweet Christi’s
Chef Emo Soliz left his gig as pitmaster for Two Bros. BBQ to pursue his own dream in 2014. He went on to open King’s Hwy Brew & Q in late 2015 and has earned more national attention since. 1012 N. Flores St., (210) 971-9024, kingshwybnq.com.
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Chocollazo
Chocolate lovers have plenty of reason to visit Mary Collazo. The food truck launched with husband Frank in 2013 has grown to include a healthy only presence, at Lackland Air Force Base and at the Boardwalk on Broadway since 2016. 4013 Broadway, (210) 776-3963, chocollazo.com.
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Chocollazo
Chocolate lovers have plenty of reason to visit Mary Collazo. The food truck launched with husband Frank in 2013 has grown to include a healthy only presence, at Lackland Air Force Base and at the Boardwalk on Broadway since 2016. 4013 Broadway, (210) 776-3963, chocollazo.com.
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B Daddy’s BBQ
San Antonio loves barbecue and B.R. Anderson knew that when he opened BDaddy’s in 2012. Fast-forward to late 2015 and a permanent move to Helotes where Anderson and co. crank out brisket even Texas Monthly’s BBQ Snob is a fan of. 14436 Old Bandera Road, Helotes, (210) 275-9995, bdaddysbbq.com.
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B Daddy’s BBQ
San Antonio loves barbecue and B.R. Anderson knew that when he opened BDaddy’s in 2012. Fast-forward to late 2015 and a permanent move to Helotes where Anderson and co. crank out brisket even Texas Monthly’s BBQ Snob is a fan of. 14436 Old Bandera Road, Helotes, (210) 275-9995, bdaddysbbq.com.
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The Art of Donut
Opened by Miguel Aja and Andrea Aguirre, the trailer was San Antonio’s first craft donut shop. This summer, the couple opened their first location inside the former Fairview Coffee with a lineup of savory breakfast sandwiches and sweet donuts. 3428 N. St. Mary’s St., artofdonut.com.
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The Art of Donut
Opened by Miguel Aja and Andrea Aguirre, the trailer was San Antonio’s first craft donut shop. This summer, the couple opened their first location inside the former Fairview Coffee with a lineup of savory breakfast sandwiches and sweet donuts. 3428 N. St. Mary’s St., artofdonut.com.
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Where Yat Food Truck
Though the truck rolled off into the sunset earlier this year after opening in late 2011, it helped launched The Cookhouse, NOLA Brunch & Beignets and Bud’s Rotisserie for chef Pieter Sypesteyn and wife Susan.
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Where Yat Food Truck
Though the truck rolled off into the sunset earlier this year after opening in late 2011, it helped launched The Cookhouse, NOLA Brunch & Beignets (pictured here) and Bud’s Rotisserie for chef Pieter Sypesteyn and wife Susan.111 Kings Ct., (210) 320-1572, eatatnola.com.
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Where Yat Food Truck
Though the truck rolled off into the sunset earlier this year after opening in late 2011, it helped launched The Cookhouse (pictured here), NOLA Brunch & Beignets and Bud’s Rotisserie for chef Pieter Sypesteyn and wife Susan. 720 Mistletoe Ave., (210) 320-8211, cookhouserestaurant.com.
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Where Yat Food Truck
Though the truck rolled off into the sunset earlier this year after opening in late 2011, it helped launched The Cookhouse, NOLA Brunch & Beignets and Bud’s Rotisserie (pictured here) for chef Pieter Sypesteyn and wife Susan. 312 Pearl Pkwy., (210) 600-3291, bottlingdept.com
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Conger’s Smoke Shack
With nods from local critics, Texas Monthly and national publications since opening as a trailer in 2011, Smoke Shack gained enough fans to grow into a location off Broadway in 2014. It also added Pig Pen to its smoky empire in late 2015. 3714 Broadway, (210) 957-1430, smokeshacksa.com.
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Conger’s Smoke Shack
With nods from local critics, Texas Monthly and national publications since opening as a trailer in 2011, Smoke Shack gained enough fans to grow into a location off Broadway in 2014. It also added Pig Pen to its smoky empire in late 2015. 3714 Broadway, (210) 957-1430, smokeshacksa.com.
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Chela’s Tacos
After wowing critics and eaters with their mobile fare of interior Mexican tacos as early as 2011, Chela’s opened up shop in Alamo Heights in 2015. The cheesy costra is still as yummy as ever. 5231 Broadway, Suite 117, (210) 753-1040, chelas-tacos.com.
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Chela’s Tacos
After wowing critics and eaters with their mobile fare of interior Mexican tacos as early as 2011, Chela’s opened up shop in Alamo Heights in 2015. The cheesy costra is still as yummy as ever. 5231 Broadway, Suite 117, (210) 753-1040, chelas-tacos.com.
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Z’s Wood Fired Pizza
After a 2013 launch in San Antonio, Z’s parked its wheels and opened a location in Boerne with craft pizza, beer on tap and laidback atmosphere. 118 Old San Antonio Road, (830) 331-1212, facebook.com.
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Z’s Wood Fired Pizza
After a 2013 launch in San Antonio, Z’s parked its wheels and opened a location in Boerne with craft pizza, beer on tap and laidback atmosphere. 118 Old San Antonio Road, (830) 331-1212, facebook.com.
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Bite Street
It doesn’t get more swanky than La Cantera, where Bite Street Bistro ditched its wheels for a café amidst shoppers. The shop opened November 2016, just three years after the truck. 15900 La Cantera Pkwy., (210) 626-8102, facebook.com.
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Bite Street
It doesn’t get more swanky than La Cantera, where Bite Street Bistro ditched its wheels for a café amidst shoppers. The shop opened November 2016, just three years after the truck. 15900 La Cantera Pkwy., (210) 626-8102, facebook.com.
Puerto Rican Grub Express
After opening in July of 2015, the Puerto Rican truck is giving brick-and-mortar a shot later this fall off Rittiman Road. 4413 Rittiman Road, (210) 973-1124, facebook.com.
Puerto Rican Grub Express
After opening in July of 2015, the Puerto Rican truck is giving brick-and-mortar a shot later this fall off Rittiman Road. 4413 Rittiman Road, (210) 973-1124, facebook.com.
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Benjie's Munch
The newfound brick-and-morter opened its first shop this Monday. At almost 1,600 square feet, the location will seat about 40. The restaurant will feature a red, black and white color scheme similar to the truck, along with industrial touches on tables and napkin holders. Benjie's Munch will feature counter service and use Monopoly cards as order markers. 1218 W. Bitters Road, Suite 107, (210) 269-5775, facebook.com.
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