WINNER: The Station Café
108 King William St. • (210) 444-2200
> Work 16-hour days, five days a week, for a year or two. Spend decades in kitchens and the front of house, picking up exactly what and what not to do. Pour your heart, soul and family's future into a 300-square-foot sandwich shop, wherein everything from the bread to the salad dressing, exquisite, signature sauces and desserts are all made from scratch by employees who you work right alongside, invite into your home and call your friends. Do all of this and you, too, may find yourself the owner of a perpetually successful restaurant. Not coincidentally, that's the business model of Jon and Stacie Rowe, owners of the Station Café and Filling Station Taproom. Building up from the tiny space that now houses their taproom to the 10-times-as-big building next door that serves as the single location of the open-Monday-through-Friday-only restaurant, the couple bucks the typical marketing trends. Seems to be working.
2. W. D. Deli
3123 Broadway • (210) 828-2322
3. Zito's Deli