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Eat Your Way Through Dignowity Hill

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It's no secret the Dignowity Hill neighborhood is having a moment.

The area is steeped in history, and named after Dr. Anthony Michael Dignowity, a Czechoslovakian immigrant who was a public official, medical doctor, and abolitionist who immigrated to the U.S. in 1831, according to the Dignowity Hill Neighborhood Association.

But the neighborhood is also rich with eateries, both new and old. Here's a handy guide if you're hoping to make day of it in Dignowity Hill.


Amaya's Cocina: Opened by brother's David and Ruben Arciniega, the corner spot is about to become a hot spot for breakfast as the high school across the street opens its doors. For now Amaya's, only open Sundays, features a tasty brunch with an East Side barbacoa, waffles rancheros, breakfast migas and items for the kiddos. 1502 E. Commerce St., (210) 265-5449.

Estate Coffee Company: Though the most boutique-y of all of the new joints to open up in the area, Estate Coffee Company is a must-visit for their house-roasted coffee, weekend brunch specials like bagels and lox and house-made waffles, and airy space. Go for the coffee cocktails, leave with a bag of spices from Oak & Salt. 1320 E. Houston St., (210) 667-4347. 

Koolaches: You have a tiny window to enjoy these fresh kolaches made by chef Lupita Rivero and sister Silvia Alcaraz. Only open from 7 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, the sisters feature scratch made savory and sweet kolaches and other baked goods. 1629 E. Houston St., (210) 320-1055.

Panchos & Gringos: Perhaps the only non-awesome thing about this eatery is that they're only open for breakfast and lunch. Opened 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, Panchos & Gringos is the casual diner you always dreamed of that combines awesome breakfast sandwiches (they're stuffed with house potatoes) with Mexican breakfast (jumbo breakfast tacos!) and it's insanely cheap. Get there ASAP. 900 Nolan St., (210) 227-6700.

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