20 Essential Potranco Restaurants You Should've Tried By Now 

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The Potranco area is booming, y'all. As more and more subdivisions get developed in the Far West Side, that means more shopping centers and, of course, places to eat. While Potranco is lined with plenty of fast-food joints you can find at every other major intersection, there's also some restaurants that are growing slowly across to San Antonio or completely one-of-a-kind. So, we rounded up some spots that are worth the visit if you're part of the population flocking to the area.
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El Rey Del Carbon
11755 Potranco Rd, facebook.com
The East Side may have Pollos Asados Los Norteños, but the Far West Side has El Rey Del Carbon. A half mile outside of Loop 1604, El Rey serves up pollos that will make your mouth water, accompanied by all the fixins’ that we know and love. Plus, there’s lunch specials so you can save a few bucks (which makes it taste even better, right?).
Photo via Facebook / El Rey Del Carbon
Sazon Mexican Cafe
9822 Potranco Rd, (210) 256-1500
Potranco has a decent amount of Mexican spots, and Sazon is definitely a stand-out among them. This no-frills cafe brings you the classic Mexican dishes you know and love – from tacos and enchiladas to gorditas and fideo. Plus, there’s daily specials and tacos are just 99 cents each during breakfast hours.
Photo via Instagram / sonia_leticia_cepeda
TRIO Modern Mediterranean
8771 TX-151 #106, (210) 521-2933, eattrio.com
San Antonio has its fair share of Mediterranean restaurants, including the up-and-coming TRIO. The fast-casual concept offers healthy, flavorful dishes. You’ll get to choose your base – a salad, rice, fries – and add a protein, toppings and a sauce. Trust us, you’ll eat well and feel super good about it.
Photo via Instagram / adrian00macias
Thai Hut Restaurant
9902 Potranco Rd, (210) 951-2839, thaihutsa.com
It might be in a strip mall, but the flavors here definitely deliver. Expect all the Thai goodies, from curry to drunken noodle. With two other SA locations, Thai Hut takes pride in claiming to have opened the first Thai restaurant in the Alamo City.
Photo via Instagram / patnadthaa
9218 Potranco Rd #104, (210) 463-9205, creamistry.com
Liquid nitrogen ice cream might sound like a hard thing to come by, but it totally isn’t thanks to Creamistry. This ice cream shop lets you customize your treat from top to bottom, from the base to the toppings. That means you’ll get more than 60 flavor and topping options to experience the greatness that is this scientific treat.
Photo via Instagram / beansippin
Burger Boy
9334 Potranco Rd, (210) 267-9643, burgerboysa.com
Folks who don’t wanna make the trek across town to the original St. Mary’s location will want to take advantage of this second location. With more room for those long drive-thru lines and a larger dining area, the menu is exactly the same and lets you enjoy the goodness that is Burger Boy. Whether you pick up to-go or dine in, complete your meal with the classic Orange Freeze.
Photo via Instagram / flchefnicole
Tacos El Rodeo De Jalisco
8802 Potranco Rd Suite 101, (210) 462-7808, elrodeodejaliscosanantonio.com
With the same couple of words being arranged, you’ll find variations of Tacos El Rodeo De Jalisco within San Antonio. Also on Potranco is the same name sans “Tacos.” Whatever you call it, this small SA chain makes authentic bites that are good for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Photo via Instagram / gabyf78
Rome's Pizza
10038 Potranco Rd, (210) 680-5000, romespizza.com
Though there’s three other locations, the Potranco outpost is furthest south and more accessible to the development in West Bexar County. Rome’s has all the Italian classics – from scrumptious pizzas to pasta, sandwiches and desserts. You should definitely consider this as your pizza spot if you’re in this neck of the woods.
Photo via Instagram / adam.eats.n.drinks
El Capricho
10718 Potranco Rd, facebook.com
Parked in front of the H-E-B Plus, El Capricho is the place to go when you have an antojo for corn in a cup. But you should also stop by for nachos, frito pie, Hot Cheetos with cheese, Takis with cheese, rusas and more. So go ahead, treat yourself the next time you have a quick shopping trip.
Photo via Instagram / elcaprichocorninacup
Yaya's Thai Restaurant
9226 Potranco Rd #103, (210) 281-5215, yayasthai.com
With a few locations scattered across San Antonio, the Potranco location brings Thai to the Far West Side. From red, yellow or green curry to a number of noodle options, you’ll enjoy exploring the menu here. And here’s an extra bonus for you: the weekday lunch specials are all the more reason to dine in.
Photo via Instagram / potato_baabe
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Serna's Backyard Sports Bar
12023 FM 1957, facebook.com/sernasbackyard
If you’re looking for a laid-back bar in this neck of the woods, look no further. Serna’s features a deck that host live music acts and even shows sports games or movies on a giant projector screen. We bet you that Serna’s will become your new favorite hang-out spot.
Photo via Instagram / sernasbackyard
Sandra's Mexican Food
12060 Potranco Rd, (210) 679-0141
Though there’s a few locations scattered around San Antonio, Sandra’s on Potranco is essential for those living outside Loop 1604. Expect all the goodness of small cafe with the aesthetic of a sit-down restaurant. And if you’re feeling lazy, take advantage of the drive-thru.
Photo via Instagram / sandrasauthentic
Real Pho
11223 Potranco Rd #202, (210) 390-8056, realpho.business.site
Want some noodles? Hit up Real Pho and they’ll get you settled. This Vietnamese spot offers options not as common – like meatball pho. You can also choose from a number of Vietnamese sandwiches, noodle soups (different from pho) or rice-based plates. Oh, and they also serve up bubble tea to complete your meal.
Photo via Instagram / choomshika
Las Nieves de Potranco
12917 Potranco Rd, (210) 362-0731, lasnievesfruitcupssa.com
With brick & mortar locations as well as mobile trucks, Las Nieves is no secret to San Antonio. But did you know they have a truck on Potranco outside the loop? Either way, you’ll want to get your fix of raspas, corn in a cup, nachos and ice cream. Just be sure to check the hours as they’re open by season.
Photo via Instagram / lasnievesdepotranco
Ajua Taqueria
10775 Potranco Rd, (210) 322-2128, facebook.com/Ajuataqueria
Parked in front of the Chevron across from H-E-B, Ajua Taqueria is all about the Mexican bites that we can’t get enough of. Tortas, gringas piratas, al pastor, mini tacos, quesadillas – yup, it’s all here. So the next time you need to gas up and you’re in the neighborhood, you might as well stop here.
Photo via Instagram / ajua_taqueria
Planet Sub Potranco
9218 Potranco Rd #103, (210) 368-2438, planetsub.com
While Planet Sub is a chain, there’s only two San Antonio locations. The Potranco outpost is all about picking the sub for you that’s built on top of housemade breads that make this sandwich spot stand out. But if you’re not about bread, you can choose to make your sandwich as a romaine wrap. This spot should especially be visited by vegetarians, who have creative options.
Photo via Instagram / cerati9
Pho 4U
10730 Potranco Rd, Suite 117, (210) 858-3168, pho-4u.business.site
Sure it’s easy to miss in the strip mall, but now that you know about Pho 4U, it’s likely you’ll become a regular. Choose from selections like Vietnamese noodles, pad Thai, and of course pho. They even have brisket pho!
Photo via Instagram / kactuskravings
Taqueria Ricardo's
9811 Potranco Rd, (210) 990-4278
Believe it or not, the Far West Side has its fair share of taco trucks. One not to be missed is Taqueria Ricardo’s. With four mini tacos for $4, you’ll want to order up a plate in every type of meat. Also on the menu are quesadillas and tortas, so pace yourself and let this become your new go-to.
Photo via Instagram / fredo_culero
Shenanygans II
8827 TX-151 #106, (210) 257-9726, facebook.com/shenanygans2
With another location on Babcock, Shenanygans is the prime spot for turning up and getting ratchet. There’s plenty of drink specials going on daily and music to turn up to. Whether you want to dance or chill out on the patio, you’ll want to meet up with the squad here on the regular. Just remember to sober up with the street tacos afterward.
Photo via Instagram / shenanyganslounge2
Lina's Mexican Restaurant
11922 FM 1957, (210) 679-8244
In true Mexican cafe fashion, Lina’s is only open for breakfast and lunch. And while it’s kind of a bummer, that means you can get super delicious breakfast tacos here. There’s also breakfast plates and daily specials, so you have plenty of reasons to give it a try.
Photo via Facebook / Lina's Mexican Restaurant
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El Rey Del Carbon
11755 Potranco Rd, facebook.com
The East Side may have Pollos Asados Los Norteños, but the Far West Side has El Rey Del Carbon. A half mile outside of Loop 1604, El Rey serves up pollos that will make your mouth water, accompanied by all the fixins’ that we know and love. Plus, there’s lunch specials so you can save a few bucks (which makes it taste even better, right?).
Photo via Facebook / El Rey Del Carbon

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