16 Southern-style Restaurants in San Antonio For When You Need Home-cooked Goodness 

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So, Paula Deen's Family Kitchen opened earlier this week, and a lot of San Antonians are super psyched about it. A meal with a stick of butter in every dish does sound appealing to some, so it may be tempting. But, if you're like us and not so quick to forgive the Deen's past, we've rounded up 16 local restaurants serving up Southern fare – without the side of racism.
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Mrs. Kitchen Restaurant & Bakery
2242 E Commerce St, (210) 549-4392, mrskitchensa.com
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The name may be formal with “Mrs.” in it, but you’ll feel so laid back here. Get your entree fried – whether it be chicken, pork chops or catfish – and pair it with sides like baked mac & cheese and dirty rice.
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Tony G’s Soul Food
915 S Hackberry St, (210) 451-1234, tonygssoulfood.com
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At Tony G’s, chicken and waffles are served up all day and Soulful Brunch takes over every Sunday. Treat yourself to some kool-aid (grape or cherry) that’s made just right.
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Mr. & Mrs. G's Home Cooking
2222 S WW White Rd, (210) 359-0002
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When Mr. & Mrs. G say homecooking, they’re not playing around. Prized for its freshly-made desserts (every morning!) and straight-up soul food, this spot will have you feeling more than good. Those on a diet, beware: this isn’t the place for you. Leave it to us foodies.
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Sweet Yams
218 N Cherry St, (210) 229-9267, facebook.com
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If you want to indulge in Southern fare without the guilt, opt for Sweet Yams. This spot offers gluten-free and organic options, so we’re sure you’ll be hitting it up on the regular.
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The South Chicken & Waffles
5739 Callaghan Rd Ste. 100, (210) 647-6677, thesouthchickenandwaffles.com
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If you have any sort of craving for Southern food, make it a point to stop by The South TODAY. Opt for the namesake (waffle available in red velvet) or go for another classic, like po’ boys, jambalaya pasta or gumbo. Plus, breakfast/brunch is all day, so what are you waiting for?
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Ma Harper’s
1816 N New Braunfels Ave, (210) 226-2200
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At lunch you'll fine Louisiana native Ma Harper greeting visitors, inviting you in for home-style Creole cooking – jambalaya, red beans and rice, gumbo, and chicken-fried chicken – and a cold glass of swamp water. Try the peach cobbler, served hot with a cinnamon-spiced glaze.
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Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery
136 E Grayson St #120, (210) 455-5701, southerleigh.com
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Nestled inside the upscale Pearl, Southerleigh marries Texas, coastal and Southern fares for tastes that deserve its own genre. In addition to beer brewed in-house, here you’ll find mix-ups like jalapeño cheddar grits, fried country steak po’boy, and more.
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Willie Mae’s Soul Food & More
Food truck around Schertz & Cibolo, (210) 380-3087, facebook.com
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Gas up the car and head on out to Willie Mae’s. Though you’ll have to track it down, this food truck is worth finding for treats like fried gizzards and cornbread dressing.
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Smoke Shack
3714 Broadway St, (210) 957-1430, smokeshacksa.com
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With roots as a food truck, Smoke Shack brings BBQ and Southern eats to Broadway. If you need just one reason to stop by, let it be this: the Smoke Shack Mac. Classic mac & cheese is piled high with chopped brisket and BBQ sauce. Get. It. Now.
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Bud's Southern Rotisserie
312 Pearl Pkwy, (210) 600-3291, bottlingdept.com
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Opened by New Orleans transplant Pieter Sypesteyn, Bud’s brings you rotisserie chicken in individual plates or family-style. If you’re a pork type of guy, you have that option too. So next time you’re getting your bougie fix at the Pearl, stop by Bud’s for some authentic eats.
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Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen
Multiple locations, bourbonstreetseafoodkitchens.com
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With three locations throughout San Antonio, you’ll have no problem getting some classic Southern food at Bourbon Street. Snack on some alligator or crab cakes, order the seafood jambalaya and be sure to wash it down with a French Quarter Margarita.
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The Pigpen
106 Pershing Ave, (210) 267-9136, thepigpensa.com
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Stop by during Soulful Brunch on Sunday and you’ll find a buffet of pulled pork, fried chicken, fried catfish, biscuits, cheese grits, collard greens, mac & cheese, and more. Definitely wear your stretchy pants.
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Earl Abel’s
1639 Broadway St, (210) 822-3358, earlabelssa.com
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Though it has had some shakeups in recent years, Earl Abel’s is back on Broadway and continues to dish out fried chicken, steak, catfish, mushrooms and even pimiento cheese balls.
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Multiple locations, lubys.com
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Don’t @ us. While it may not seem like it on the surface, Luby’s serves up plenty of comfort food classics like pork chops, Brussel sprouts, liver & onions, and even gumbo. Plus, that pie selection is pretty damn comforting.
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1289 SW Loop 410, (210) 674-0019, acadianacafe.com
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A staple in the Marbach area, Acadiana is best known for its catfish and prized Cajun eats. From alligator strips and gumbo to Cajun Boudin and Louisiana mud pie, you’ll feel like you’re kicking back on the bayou.
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Rib House BBQ Restaurant
757 Old Hwy 90 W, (210) 433-1916
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Hit up the West Side for some solid BBQ – and some scrumptious Southern bites. Of course they have all the traditional meats and sides, but you’ll want to complete your meal with glass of Kool-aid and slice of 7-Up cake.
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Mrs. Kitchen Restaurant & Bakery
2242 E Commerce St, (210) 549-4392, mrskitchensa.com
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