20 Under-the-Radar Restaurants in San Antonio You Should Try 

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San Antonio has plenty of dining options to choose from, so you'd have to go out a lot to hit them all up. While you might have your go-to spots, venture out and explore some notable restaurants (and sometimes hidden gems) that you may or may not have had the pleasure to dine at just yet.
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Kenny’s Burgers
1927 Goliad Road, (210) 337-1355, kennysburgers.com
If you care more about what a burger tastes like than the aesthetic said burger joint gives off, then Kenny’s Burgers is the place for you. This no-frills spot makes greasy burgers that hit the spot whenever you need something scrumptious, plus fries, tots, onion rings and even sweet potato fries. Yup, you don’t want to ignore this spot.
Photo via Instagram / tog218
El Chivito Tortas Ahogadas
204 Crossroads Blvd, Balcones Heights, (210) 369-9638, ahogadaselchivito.com
The flavors of Guadalajara can be found here in the Alamo City through these tortas ahogadas. Whether you’re Team Carnitas or Team Buche, you could easily get addicted to these flavors. Be sure to get a mangonada too!
Photo via Instagram / s.a.foodie
Cypress Cafe
1222 N Main Ave, (210) 225-8593, facebook.com
While most downtown eateries take pride in being flashy, Cypress Cafe really isn’t about that. Nestled in the basement of a boring building, the cafe serves up selections like breakfast tacos and burgers, but also a menu of yummy Korean bites. So whether you start your day with a bean and cheese taco or fuel up at lunchtime with bulgogi, you can trust Cypress Cafe to come through.
Photo via Instagram / southtexasfoodie
Sorrento Pizza & Restaurant
5146 Broadway St, (210) 824-0055, sorrentopizzeria.com
With so many pizza options in the Alamo City, you’d do yourself a favor if you made sure to taste your way through them all. Consider adding this spot to the top of the list, as it truly delivers with freshly-baked, New York-style pizza pies and other Italian dishes.
Photo via Instagram / eat_it_b
The Shack
7431 Northwest Loop 410 #115, (210) 375-4097, theshacksatx.com
Previously housed in a convenience store, the Shack has found its home in this Westover Hills storefront. If its former home kept you away, consider the new outpost all the reassurance you need to stop by for delicious burgers, hot dogs and puro snacks like Frito pie and corn in a cup. Need we even say any more? We didn’t think so.
Photo via Instagram / theshacksatx
Beirut Mediterranean Restaurant
4085 Medical Dr, (210) 769-1241
Tasty Mediterranean fare awaits you at this Medical Center spot. From falafel plates to gyros and kabobs, the spices here will hit the spot whenever you want something filling and flavorful.
Photo via Instagram / sashka_safonova
Che’s Chicken & Burgers
4303 S Presa St, (210) 533-7989,
Folks who have yet to stop by Che’s Chicken are seriously missing out. A dependable spot for fried chicken, gizzards, fish and sides to match, this gem will quickly become a favorite of yours for whenever you just want some tasty-ass food.
Photo via Instagram / stine.eats
Danny Boy’s Hamburgers
1537 West Summit, (210) 736-1665, facebook.com
This burger shop may not look like much, but don’t let the exterior fool you. The burgers here are plenty juicy and the fries just the right amount of crispy. What else could you want in a burger shop?
Photo via Instagram / dreynicole
Copper Kitchen Café
300 Augusta, (210) 200-8200, swschool.org
A true under-the-radar gem is Copper Kitchen Café, found at the Southwest School of Art. Open for lunch daily, the cafe serves up homestyle food a la cafeteria style. The quaint space is ideal for a lunch date for folks in the area.
Photo via Instagram / foodiewithabanginbooty
Youz Guyz South Philly Cheesesteaks
316 Pat Booker Road, Universal City, (210) 659-8930, youzguyzcheesesteaks.com
This may be Texas, but the flavors of South Philly are alive and well over at Youz Guyz. Inspired by the food scene and culture of Philadelphia, Jimmy and Kathy De Laurentis operate this authentic joint, where you can score hefty cheesesteaks and hoagies. Make sure to order one of the Italian ices for the well-rounded Philly experience.
Photo via Instagram / eat_it_b
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Four Kings
2047 Universal City Blvd, Universal City, (210) 687-6649, fourkings.letseat.at
It may not be often that you find yourself in Universal City, but now you know there’s somewhere for you to chow down in the neighborhood. The joint bakery-cafe serves up sandwiches using bread that baked fresh daily as well as soups made from scratch, decadent salads and of course lots of sweets that are definitely a don’t-miss.
Photo via Instagram / itssprinklesyall
Zorbas Greek Mediterranean Cuisine
2110 NW Military Hwy, (210) 541-9936, orbasgreekmediterranean.com
This relaxed space has all the Greek dishes you’re looking for – like gyros and kebabs. Whether you’re leaving the nearby Phil Hardberger Park or just in the neighborhood, Zorbas’ menu won’t do you wrong.
Photo via Instagram / ryan_arvin
Pho Win
12830 Silicon Dr #102, (210) 731-2917, phowinsa.com
Pho is always a solid dining option, so you’re doing yourself a favor if you slurp up every bowl of this goodness that you can get your hands on. Be sure to add Pho Win to your pho bucket list, as this joint offers up 16 varieties of pho – from meatball and brisket to grilled pork and seafood. Plus, this spot also serves a number of Vietnamese dishes in case you want to change it up a bit.
Photo via Instagram / sa.suaveeats
Mr. A-Ok’s Kitchen
4403 Rittiman Road, (210) 642-4181, mraokskitchen.com
San Antonio has no shortage of Southern food spots, and some are admittedly more well-known than others. Make it a point to give Mr. A-Ok’s Kitchen a try, as it offers authentic recipes that will bring succulent dishes to your plate. Seriously, taste it for yourself and be sure to give kudos to Chef Steven Harris.
Photo via Instagram / marres09
Rocoto’s Sabor Latino Grill
10555 Culebra Road, (210) 521-4367, rocotosgrill.com
San Antonio is home to lots of hidden spots that make sinfully delicious Latin-American fare, and Rocoto’s is definitely within that group. Specializing in Peruvian dishes, you will enjoy chowing down on charbroiled chicken, seafood, fajitas and more. Save room for dessert – the altafores are incredibly tasty.
Photo via Instagram / alejandro.carbonell
Kai Japanese Sushi Restaurant
2535 Northwest Loop 410, (210) 340-8888, kaisushisa.com
You’ve probably seen it thousands of times while driving on Loop 410 but never bothered to stop by. Operating from the former Tom’s Ribs, this informal spot serves traditional sushi rolls and other Pan-Asian dishes. There’s also a mix of poke bowls, stir-fry dishes, Chinese plates and even some bento boxes.
Photo via Instagram / luscious_minx
Wu’s Kitchen
15179 Judson Road #105, (210) 650-8888, wuskitchensa.com
If you find yourself in the Judson area, you’ll be smart to stop in at Wu’s Kitchen for your fix of Chinese dishes. The sizable menu features all of the classic meals you know and love – from beef chow mein and sweet & sour shrimp to moo goo gai pan. Bring your appetite though, ‘cause you’ll definitely want to order lots of appetizers like dumplings and crab rangoons.
Photo via Instagram / let.bernal
Slider Provider
Food truck, sliderprovider.com
Who knows sliders better than Slider Provider? Who are we to say… all we can say is that this food truck has been around for awhile, and is still slept on by many locals. If you fall into that category, you surely won’t regret grabbing some sliders from this mobile kitchen.
Photo via Instagram / sliderprovider
Asia Kitchen
1739 SW Loop 410 #201, (210) 673-0662, asia-kitchen.com
Specializing in Thai cuisine, this Far West Side spot features custom recipes from Chef Sally as well as her twist on classic dishes like Pad Thai. Whether you dine in or take it to go, the lunch and dinner specials are an easy way to introduce yourself to Asia Kitchen. Here’s your chance to explore the flavors of Thailand without ever leaving the Alamo City.
Photo via Instagram / levileakes
Kobams African Restaurant
8753 Grissom Road, (210) 474-6058, kobams.com
San Antonio may not have lots of local options for African food, but the restaurants that are here truly show the best of these flavors. Whether you’re familiar with the cuisine or not, stop by fro traditional African meat pies, rice dishes and soups. If you’re unfamiliar with the culture, be sure to ask questions – one taste will make it worth it.
Photo via Instagram / dbalmaxwell
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Kenny’s Burgers
1927 Goliad Road, (210) 337-1355, kennysburgers.com
If you care more about what a burger tastes like than the aesthetic said burger joint gives off, then Kenny’s Burgers is the place for you. This no-frills spot makes greasy burgers that hit the spot whenever you need something scrumptious, plus fries, tots, onion rings and even sweet potato fries. Yup, you don’t want to ignore this spot.
Photo via Instagram / tog218

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