- Casey Howell
- Night owl and need a bite? No problem. The city’s packed with wee-hour options.
The party's over. You've danced, you've mellowed, you've taken in a few cold ones and now you're starving. When it comes to late night options — whether you're winding down from the club, just getting off work or craving a midnight snack — San Anto's options are slowly growing and varying from lowbrow to highbrow. Taco fiends can find their fix within the usual suspects (aka their favorite late night taco truck).
Parked outside Hardbodies (2726 N. St. Mary's St.), El Regio serves up tiny tacos topped with crumbled queso fresco and fresh avocado (seeing the dancers in their Magic Mike costumes is a bonus). When it comes to 24-hour joints, head to any of three Los Roberto's Taco Shop locations, off Bitters, Loop 410 and TPC Parkway, or visit old standbys such as Taco Cabana, Mama Margie's or Las Palapas (open 24 hours on weekends). Each carries a sizable menu of signature Tex-Mex dishes that will get the job done.
You can't mention Taco Cabana without a nod to Whataburger — they start serving breakfast at 11 p.m. for a reason, and that reason is so you can chow down on a potato, egg and cheese taquito. Go the diner route and visit Mary Ann's Pig Stand (1508 Broadway St.), which stays open till 2 a.m. with breakfast and pies; Lulu's Bakery and Café (918 N. Main Ave.) will lure you in with chicken-fried steak and their signature three-pound cinnamon roll; while Luther's Café (1422 N. Main Ave.) will satiate late-night cravings with burgers and comfort food in a lively LGBT-friendly setting. Take in some local color at Las Salsas (2018 San Pedro Ave.) as you chow down on chips, breakfast tacos and more. If you're jonesin' for Italian at night, Barbaro's (2720 McCullough Ave.) kitchen (open until 1 a.m.) cranks out a fried lasagna that's amassed quite the following, and sister location Hot Joy (1014 S. Alamo St.) doles out kooky takes on late night snackage that spans the globe.
The kitchen at TBA (2801 N. St. Mary's St.) stays open until 1 a.m. with a little something called a lasagna sandwich, among other pressed goodies. We'd be remiss if we didn't mention Chacho's (multiple locations) nachos, a perennial favorite in our Best of San Antonio poll. And finally, what's a night out without a pit stop at Mi Tierra (218 Produce Row), which stays open 24/7 in a cheery space decked with twinkling lights and papel picado? Stumble in and order a fresh-baked concha, some menudo or a plate of flautas. We won't judge.