25 Essential Medical Center Restaurants You Should've Tried By Now 

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Whether you work or live in the neighborhood, or maybe just find yourself in the area, these one-of-a-kind Medical Center restaurants are totally worth visiting.
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JY Ramen
5500 Babcock Rd Ste116, (210) 462-9100, facebook.com/SANANTONIORAMENIN
This chill strip-mall joint gives you access to a solid bowl of ramen. Choose your base (the spicy Tokyo miso is a favorite) and add your toppings so you can have it just like you like it. There’s also a variety of small bites like seafood gyoza, salted edamame and takoyaki.
Photo via Instagram / hungrybexar
Babil Cafe
8132 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 290-8003, facebook.com
Stop by during lunch to take advantage of the buffet of tasty Mediterranean fare with an Iraqi influence. There’s even a breakfast buffet on Sundays! Be sure to have a cup of the lentil soup, trust us. There’s also fun events that include live DJs and belly-dancing.
Photo via Instagram / babilcafe7
210 Ceviche
9502 Frontage Rd #101, 210) 593-9300, facebook.com/210ceviche
This seafood cocina has all the Mexican fare you love – tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas and of course ceviche! Start off with some aguachile for the table and order up whatever sounds good. Let’s be honest, it’s all good. Complete your meal with a cocktail, we’ll leave the choice up to you.
Photo via Instagram / 210ceviche
Old Smokehouse
5145 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 340-5039, oldsmokehouse.net
For some solid barbecue without leaving the neighborhood, you’ll be wise to stop by Old Smokehouse. While the wood-paneled space is a bit of a throwback, you’ll get the freshest of smoked meats here. Make sure to pair your meat of choice with hearty sides that will make your meal whole.
Photo via Instagram / mrchipcarey
Tandoor Palace
8783 Wurzbach Road, (210) 592-1211, tandoorpalacerestaurant.com
Get your fix of North Indian fare when you dine in at Tandoor Palace. Found on Wurzbach, this homey spot is known for its scrumptious takes on tandoor dishes as well as vegetarian and meat entrees, so there’s something for everyone.
Photo via Yelp / Hoa L.
Alamo Biscuit Co. & Panaderia
9630 Huebner Road Suite 103, (210) 265-5585, alamobiscuitco.com
Though still a new addition to SA’s food scene, ABC has already made an impression on local foodies. Celebrate the most important meal of the day with breakfast tacos or biscuit flights, or stop by during lunch for biscuit sandwiches like the Crispy Chicken.
Photo via Instagram / lannyfaye803
Dallah Mediterranean Cuisine
5450 Babcock Road #112, (210) 233-9574
With so many Mediterranean restaurants in the city, Dallah is just that good, remaining a standout spot for the cuisine through the years. The Babcock Road outpost serves up favorites like gyro plates, kebabs and shawarma, and makes it so delicious. Come and try it for yourself.
Photo via Instagram / tx.taste.buds
Sangria On the Burg
5115 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 265-3763, sangriaontheburg.com
With speciality sangria flights as a must-order, Sangria On the Burg is truly heaven-sent. Perfect for brunch and a solid choice otherwise, this Fredericksburg outpost lets you munch on delicious options like BBQ sliders and brisket tacos while downing all the booze you desire. Be sure to snag a table on the patio to live your best life.
Photo via Instagram / _malloryyyyy_
India Palace
8474 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 692-5262, indiapalacesatx.com
Visit this strip mall gem during the buffet – offered during lunch and dinner – for authentic flavors that you won’t be able to get enough of (until you’re stuffed, that is). Specializing in North Indian dishes, India Palace serves up all the classics – think chicken curry and chicken tikka masala – and does it damn well.
Photo via Instagram / rabidmeerkat
Kababchi Grill
5500 Babcock Road Ste. 102, (210) 960-9999, kababchigrill.com
A sister cafe to the neighboring Shisha Cafe, Kababchi Grill brings you quality Middle Eastern cuisine with an Iraqi focus. That means you’ll get to enjoy an eclectic mix of Arabic, Turkish and Persian flavors. Order the shawarma or kafta, you’ll be glad you did.
Photo via Instagram / theactiveeater
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9425 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 314-8692, kohinoorsa.com
Pull into this family-owned restaurant for a taste of classic Pakistani dishes. The eclectic mix of specialties here allow you to get a true taste of the cuisine – from samosas to start and kulfi to finish with your choice of dish from tawa to paneer.
Photo via Instagram / alexiskingsss
Jasmine Thai Restaurant
4065 Medical Dr, (210) 615-6622, jasminthai.org
Traditional Thai cuisine can easily be yours if you pay a visit to Jasmine Thai. This casual spot, founded by Chef Boonthin Srisoongnern, features dishes such as a variety of curries and noodles.
Photo via Instagram / someone_feed_sarah
Texas Hamburger Company
9010 Huebner Road, (210) 699-1189, texashamburgercompany.com
Recognizable for its blue roof, this long standing counter-serve spot lets you get your hands on sizable burgers and sides to match (like the mac ‘n’ cheese bites!), plus other grubby bites. Be sure to check out the daily specials to save a few bucks.
Photo via Instagram / chrisoviedo
Tao's Thai Hot
8110 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 994-6967, facebook.com
This strip mall eatery may be one to easily miss, but a visit here will allow you some damn good eating. Modest both inside and out, Tao’s has all the noodle dishes (and bubble tea!) you crave, so get to it.
Photo via Yelp / Angela F.
Rehoboth Eritrean-Ethiopian Cuisine
1721 Babcock Road, (210) 263-7002, eritrean-ethiopiancuisine.com
Inside this brightly-colored strip mall joint you’ll score authentic Ethiopian fare that hits just right. Whether you’re native to the African country or are looking for new flavors to explore, the selection of chickpea- and lentil-based dishes will satisfy any diner.
Photo via Instagram / jesselizarraras
French Sandwiches
8448 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 692-7019
Don’t let the name fool you, this is actually a French-Vietnamese restaurant. This no-frills joint offers simple French fare with a Vietnamese flair if you can believe it. There’s an eclectic mix of choices on the menu, including banh mi. Whatever route you go, expect your sandwich to be pretty dang delicious.
Photo via Instagram / breaking.bread.in.sa
Macho Libre
5834 Babcock Road, (210) 455-0443, macho-libre.com
Complete with a lucha libre theme, this fast-casual (whether you dine-in or go the drive-thru route) joint brings you Mexican favorites like guisados, tinga and rajas con queso. Opt for burritaco, the restaurant’s prized menu item.
Photo via Instagram / macholibresatx
Saffron Persian Cuisine
8846 Huebner Road, (210) 637-9007, persiancuisinesanantonio.com
A new addition to SA’s food landscape, Saffron allows you to get your fill of Persian dishes. This Iranian eatery offers tasty bites such as koobideh (skewers) and joojeh. Go on and explore the menu, you won’t regret it.
Photo via Instagram / sweethunnybee1
Taqueria Datapoint
4063 Medical Dr, (210) 615-3644
For bomb-ass tacos that will hit the spot whether you’re drunk, hungover or just hella hungry, trust Taqueria Datapoint to come through. These mini tacos are seriously some of the best in the city, like you won’t even mind if you have to drive across town for this deliciousness.
Photo via Instagram / ifindfood
4085 Medical Dr, (210) 769-1241, facebook.com
Middle Eastern bites await you at Beirut, so get to it. Your best bet is the shawarma, you’ll just have to decide whether to pair it with rice or fries.
Photo via Instagram / instamerluza
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Berni Vietnamese Restaurant
8742 Wurzbach Road, (210) 485-5982, facebook.com
Berni is a solid option for delicious Vietnamese fare no matter where you stay, but if you’re in the area, you should definitely hit up this spot. Whether you decide to order a nice bowl of pho or go for another noodle dish, you’ll be eating good here. Plus, you’ll score taro pudding on the house with your meal.
Photo via Instagram / mckinleypadier
Moroccan Cuisine
7959 Fredericksburg Road #215, (210) 549-4031, workeats.club
Make time to find this hidden spot, you’ll be glad you did. Whether you want to try something new or already know how delicious Moroccan fare is, you’ll score all the traditional dishes here. If you’re looking for a solid introduction, order the chicken shawarma.
Photo via Yelp / Naeem B.
Dahlia Thai Cuisine
8498 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 233-1237, dahliathaicuisine.com
You’ll seriously have all the goods over at Dahlia – from spicy curries and noodles to stir fry and milk teas. Take advantage of the lunch specials to complete your meal with a soup or salad.
Photo via Yelp / Meg C.
Thai Restaurant
1709 Babcock Road, (210) 341-0606, thairestaurant-sa.com
What you see is what you get, just take the simple restaurant name as proof. This quaint family-owned spot serves up classic Thai fare, including pad Thai and panang curry, so be sure to bring your appetite.
Photo via Yelp / Sarah L.
Lai Wah’s Place
5242 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 342-3395
This hidden spot may be easy to miss, but one visit and you’ll likely become a regular. Expect generous portions of Chinese grub, like sweet & sour pork, orange chicken, Mongolian beef, lo mein and so much more. You’ll have a great time tasting your way through the menu here.
Photo via Instagram / sanantoniomunchies
JY Ramen
5500 Babcock Rd Ste116, (210) 462-9100, facebook.com/SANANTONIORAMENIN
This chill strip-mall joint gives you access to a solid bowl of ramen. Choose your base (the spicy Tokyo miso is a favorite) and add your toppings so you can have it just like you like it. There’s also a variety of small bites like seafood gyoza, salted edamame and takoyaki.
Photo via Instagram / hungrybexar

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