All the Restaurants, Bars That Opened in San Antonio This Summer 

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San Antonio's food scene is constantly changing. While this year has had its fair share of (abrupt) closings, there have been quite a few additions. From second (or even third) locations to completely new spots, here's are all the new restaurants and bars you should check out.
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Alamo Biscuit Co. & Panaderia
9630 Huebner Road Suite 103, (210) 265-5585, alamobiscuitco.com
The brunch-friendly eatery from chef Ceasar Zepeda, of Sangria on the Burg and Ceviche Ceviche, and restaurateur John Vale has been a hit thus far. The Northwest spot delivers freshly-made flavorful biscuit sandwiches, appetizers and mimosa flight options for starters.
Photo via Instagram / lannyfaye803
Fontaine’s Southern Diner & Bar
906 E Elmira St, (210) 236-9013, fontainesdiner.com
Fontaine’s takes a fresh approach to old-school Southern dishes like fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese and cornbread. Just south of the St. Mary’s Strip, diners can stay happy whenever they visit – breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch or happy hour.
Photo via Instagram / sacurrent
Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café
15900 La Cantera Pkwy Suite 19160, (210) 561-4452, sweetparis.com
Sweet Paris — a Texas-based chain of French-inspired cafes from husband-and-wife team Allison Young Chavez and Ivan Chavez – made a splash in late June with its first San Antonio location. The La Cantera restaurant spot offers a patio space with bistro-style seating and a mix of sweet and savory options.
Photo via Instagram / shakaminskaeatz
Mr. Juicy
3910 McCullough Ave, (210) 994-9838
Seemingly out of nowhere, Chef Andrew Weissman decided to close Moshe’s Golden Falafel back in June. He quickly opened a new concept in its place – Mr. Juicy, a burger restaurant.
Photo via Instagram / mrjuicyburger
Dim Sum Oriental Cuisine
2313 NW Military Hwy Ste 125, (210) 340-0690
Formerly home to a Beijing Chinese Cuisine, this new restaurant offers San Antonians another option for dim sum, which is relatively rare considering how many Chinese restaurants there are. The Asian spot opened in late July.
Photo via Instagram / s.a.vory
225 Urban Smoke
1015 Rittiman Rd Suite 113, (210) 444-9956, facebook.com/225UrbanSmoke
Barbecue and Cajun. It sounds like a match made in heaven, right? This North Side spot has been tackling barbecue with a Cajun touch since opening on June 15. Order meats by the pound or treat yourself to a sandwich, and you may want to save room for the New Orleans-style beignets.
Photo via Instagram / illlkat
Maverick Whiskey
115 Broadway St, (210) 447-7010, maverickwhiskey.com
Maverick Whiskey, the long-awaited distillery from Ken Maverick — a direct descendent of Texas Independence leader Samuel A. Maverick, finally opened its doors on July 23. The downtown distillery brings light whiskets, various spirits and even full kitchen service to the neighborhood.
Photo via Instagram / maverickwhiskey
Mr. C’s Fried Chicken and Waffles
9390 Huebner Road, facebook.com/Mr.CsFriedChickenWaffles
With a location already near Shaenfield Road, Mr. C’s Fried Chicken & Waffles headed toward town for its second outpost. The new storefront opened not too far from the Medical Center in early August.
Photo via Instagram / mrcsfriedchickenandwaffles
The Baked Bear
15900 La Cantera Pkwy Suite 26140, (210) 582-6255, thebakedbear.com
Fans of ice cream sandwiches are likely already well acquainted with the Baked Bear. The California-based craft ice cream shop entered the San Antonio market with a location at La Cantera. The shop opened on July 12 to much fanfare.
Photo via Instagram / steven_andreww
The Wing Shack
1022 N Main Ave, (210) 637-9005, facebook.com/wingshacksa
Late summer brought the opening of The Wing Shack, a downtown spot where you can get your fill of sauced goodness. Swing by to enjoy live music on the patio (and of course lots and lots of wings).
Photo via Yelp / The Wing Shack
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Piranha Izakaya
260 E Basse Rd #101, (210) 822-1088, facebook.com/PiranhaSanAntonio
Piranha Killer Sushi may have closed in January, but the Arlington-based chain did so as a rebranding. In addition to a refreshed lineup of sushi as well as hot and cold appetizers, the Quarry Village spot now serves seven types of ramen. The izakaya celebrated its soft opening on July 11.
Photo via Instagram / linhnie_
Texas Toast
3307 S Zarzamora St, (210) 332-9684
Mornings on the South Side may have gotten a little bit tastier with the late June opening of Texas Toast, which aims to bring non-taco breakfast options to the neighborhood. The space may be simple, but the Texas-inspired breakfast dishes can hold their own.
Photo via Twitter / anayelijoliie
Al-Amir
8620 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 281-8632, facebook.com
Lots of places have briefly lasted at this space, located at the Fredericksburg and Wurzbach intersection. The latest is Al-Amir, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., but reportedly until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant serves Mediterranean fare with both breakfast and lunch/dinner dishes.
Photo via Instagram / s.a.foodie
Café Azteca
1409 E Commerce St, (210) 354-7721, facebook.com
Coffee lovers in the Alamo City will want to check out one of the newer additions to the java scene. Located on the East Side, Café Azteca opened its doors on August 9. Owner Tyler Ybarra uses family recipes for coffee specialities like homemade Mexican vanilla lattes, Café de Olla and champurrado.
Photo via Instagram / jackieaguillen
Pluckers
15651 I-10 W, (210) 600-9464, pluckers.com
San Antonio just can’t get enough Pluckers, which is why the Austin-based chain opened a second location just a year after we were blessed with a location in Selma. This outpost, which opened on July 8, is much more accessible as its near La Cantera and the Rim.
Photo via Instagram / fatismyspiritanimal
Mako’s On The Creek
169 Buffalo Pl, Cibolo, (830) 730-5947, makostx.com
Mako’s is taking a fine-food approach in what’s a mostly fast and fast-casual context in Cibolo — and for that they deserve a look. You’ll likely want to try the Flamin’ Hot Mac, which is exactly what it sounds like.
Photo via Instagram / makosonthecreek
Lilly’s Greenville
1160 E Commerce St, (210) 375-5575, facebook.com/lillysgreenville
The "good solid neighborhood bar" will offer classic drinks and a considerable beer menu as well as interior seating and a back patio area for patrons. The St. Paul’s Square bar, spearheaded by Steve Mahoney, opened in May.
Photo via Instagram / the_cheeky_epicurean
Papa’s Quickdraw Bbq
12054 Blanco Road, (210) 642-8822, facebook.com
Brought to you by the same folks at Papa’s Burgers, this North Side barbecue spot offers a simple sandwich menu – with a choice between chunky smoked brisket, smoked chicken or smoked pulled pork – and a small selection of chips and ice-cold sodas. Customers can also "quickdraw," or add house hot sauce, to their orders at this drive-thru-only joint.
Photo via Instagram / papasburgerssatx
Conroy's Bar & Grill
21119 US-281, (210) 663-3933, conroysusa.com
With the Irish Pub location already set in Fair Oaks Ranch, San Antonians can try the new location in Stone Oak. Since opening in late summer, the watering hole has served the community as a dive of sorts, complete with lots of booze and grill-inspired eats.
Photo via Yelp / Jennifer D.
Pueblo Viejo Mexican Grill Restaurant
1626 McCullough Ave, (726) 999-3751
Folks in Tobin Hill may be missing Plaza Guadalajara and Saigon Express, but they’re more than welcome to try Pueblo Viejo, which now occupies the McCullough space. The Mexican grill opened in the last few weeks.
Photo via Yelp / Annelise M.
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Thyme for Lunch
9390 Huebner Road, (210) 438-4963, thymeforlunchsa.com
A new strip-mall on Huebner Road meant a new location for Thyme for Lunch. The eatery is regarded for its sandwiches and salads, as well as being an essential go-to for early risers as it opens at 6 a.m. daily – perfect for the Medical Center.
Photo via Instagram / eatdrinklocaltexas
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
1301 North Loop 1604 W, (210) 728-3800, hopdoddy.com
With the city’s first Hopdoddy at the Rim, the Austin-based burger joint opened its second location in the Alamo City on August 31. The additional outpost is located at The Vineyard shopping center at Loop 1604 and Blanco.
Photo via Instagram / hopdoddy
The Lighthouse Lounge
1016 Cincinnati Ave, facebook.com
In August, the Lighthouse Lounge in the neighborhood of Woodlawn Lake Park. With the opening, patrons can take in hours of music and dancing, as well as the generous happy hour specials.
Photo via Instagram / jpdigsbass
Cabo Bob's Burritos
847 NE Interstate 410 Loop, cabobobs.com
Burrito lovers will be happy to know that there’s an option for the stuffed snack – but with a California twist. The Austin-based restaurant opened its San Antonio location, near Loop 410 and Broadway, on June 18 to serve a variety of fish tacos as well as burritos filled with steak, chicken or brisket. If you stop by, be sure to try the Baja beans!
Photo via Yelp / Stephen M.
DeeWillie's Bar-B-Que
7393 U.S. Hwy 87 E, China Grove, facebook.com/DeeWillies
Apparently DeeWillie’s is dedicated to taking over San Antonio one location at a time. The growing chain opened its third restaurant, this time in China Grove, in August.
Photo via Instagram / puropinchesa
La Mision
14355 Blanco Road, (210) 474-0142, facebook.com/LaMisionS.A
Since opening in June, La Mision has been attracting foodies on the prowl for tasty Mexican food in the neighborhood. The restaurant serves all the classic dishes you know and love, which pairs beautifully with the gorgeous, lively decor.
Photo via Instagram / lamision.sa
Midnight Swim
2403 N St Mary's St, instagram.com/midnightswim210
If the space at Chisme feels different as of the end of August, that’s because of Midnight Swim. The cocktail-forward bar, complete with original DJ music, opened inside the St. Mary’s Strip restaurant on August 30.
Photo via Instagram / midnightswim210
Wild Barley Kitchen Co.
Food truck serving San Antonio, instagram.com/wildbarleykitchenco
Expect flavorful sourdough pizzas and Montreal-style bagels when you catch Wild Barley Kitchen Co., which operates out of a custom wood-fired food trailer as of August.
Photo via Instagram / wildbarleykitchenco
Shake Shack
3003 Broadway St, (210) 469-3732, shakeshack.com
New York-based burger favorite, Shake Shack, opened the doors to its long-awaited second San Antonio location — located just outside Brackenridge Park – on June 7. The building of the burger spot prompted the relocation of Kiddie Park.
Photo via Instagram / ras.sa.sy
Pho Sure
8822 Huebner Road, (210) 589-7967, phosure.business.site
After serving the community well in its former location near San Antonio College, Pho Sure decided to move spaces. As of August, the Vietnamese spot has been operating out of the former Caparellis in a strip-mall on Huebner Road.
Photo via Instagram / alexiadaniellee
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Blue Whale
136 E Main Plaza
Operating out of a former pizza joint as of late summer, Blue Whale brings Asian fusion to the area. From pork steamed buns to ramen and other street foods, there’s a lot to snack on here.
Photo via Yelp / Mica M.
SAT Asian Seafood Restaurant & Bar
6000 I-35, (210) 465-7356, satasianseafood.com
Right off of I-35 you’ll find SAT Asian Seafood, a welcome addition to the local food scene. On top of an Asian twist, the restaurant also hypes up its Cajun flavors, pretty much guaranteeing maximum flavor in every dish. The restaurant also offers generous daily specials, so you may want to swing by and get lucky.
Photo via Yelp / Ally D.
Swine House Bodega
124 N Main Ave, swinehousesa.com
Located inside Pinch Boil House, Swine House offers a savory breakfast and lunch sandwich menu, made with freshly-baked breads and high-quality meats, including less common, yet delicious cuts like navel short ribs. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.
Photo via Instagram / swinehousesa
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Alamo Biscuit Co. & Panaderia
9630 Huebner Road Suite 103, (210) 265-5585, alamobiscuitco.com
The brunch-friendly eatery from chef Ceasar Zepeda, of Sangria on the Burg and Ceviche Ceviche, and restaurateur John Vale has been a hit thus far. The Northwest spot delivers freshly-made flavorful biscuit sandwiches, appetizers and mimosa flight options for starters.
Photo via Instagram / lannyfaye803