San Antonio Restaurants, Bars That Opened in 2019 

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The Alamo City's food scene changed a lot this year. Though there were some closings, 2019 marked a year of a lot of new restaurants, bars, coffee shops and even some breweries. By no means is this a definitive list, but here's a look at new players in SA's food and drink scene.
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Lea Thompson
Con Huevos
1629 E Houston St, (210) 229-9295,
Con Huevos’ small but impressive menu is filled with affordable plates including molletes, chilaquiles and the Con Huevos Tacos Bag Special — a choice of two breakfast tacos, sopa and a drink — for $5. Drinks include coffee, homemade aguas frescas and sodas, and locals can sit and eat or take their food and beverages to go.
Photo by Lea Thompson
Alamo Biscuit Co.
9630 Huebner Road #103, (210) 265-5585,
The flaky, buttery biscuits are reason enough to visit, but its panaderia gives customers a reason to stay. While the kitchen prepares your order, stop by the pan dulce counter for housemade conchas, Mexican wedding cookies and some truly impressive empanadas.
Photo by Lea Thompson
Eastside Kitchenette
2119 I-35, (210) 507-2568,
The restaurant, found in a historic home in the East Side’s Government Hill, has built a loyal following for approachable Southern cuisine served up by owners and staff well-versed in the city’s fine-dining scene. Eastside Kitchenette opened in January.
Photo via Instagram / s.a.foodie
6362 De Zavala Road, (210) 462-1388,
The intuitive drink menu is filled with milk-based, loose-leaf and tea drinks with specialties like taro milkshakes and a frozen passion fruit frappe.
Photo via Instagram / jennie.luu
Pizza Party
2334 N St Mary's St
Pizza Party offers a simple menu with a choice between cheese, pepperoni and veggie slices, all ranging from $4-$5. Expect to see a number of rotating pizzas, including a vegan-friendly option and a chef's special by chef John Philpot.
Photo by Sanford Nowlin
The Rolling Rooster
19141 Stone Oak Pkwy, Suite 511, (726) 444-0352,
In addition to its signature chicken and waffles, The Rolling Rooster is complete with a full bar and Southern classics like oxtail, mac and cheese and waffle fries. The Austin-based chain opened its SA location in November.
Photo via Instagram / joshiethefoodie
Texas Toast
3307 S Zarzamora St, (210) 212-4855
The new restaurant was launched by Raymond Zalapa and Danny Romo, who wanted to bring a non-taco breakfast option to the South Side. While the area is packed with taquerias, molinos and the like, the pair wanted neighborhood folks to have a local option for pancakes, waffles and other American breakfast staples.
Photo via Twitter / anayelijoliie
Miss Chickpea’s Bakeshop
8065 Callaghan Road, (210) 993-0748,
At Miss Chickpea’s Bakeshop, everything — from the shop’s colorful breakfast pastries to the custom wedding cakes and gluten-free cookies — is made with vegan, organic and natural ingredients.
Photo via Instagram / misschickpeasbakeshop
Little Death
2327 N St Mary's St,
The former service station has been filled with a new wine-curious crowd, one comprised of neighborhood folks, wine geeks, youngsters with a yen for something new and even old farts who don’t care about labels.
Photo by Erik Gustafson
Mr. Juicy
3910 McCullough Ave, (210) 994-9838
San Antonio said goodbye to Moshe's Golden Falafel so the esteemed Chef Andrew Weissman could open Mr. Juicy. While we miss his take on Mediterranean fare, the house-baked poppyseed buns, double-fried fries and milkshakes have us holding up more than okay.
Photo via Instagram / mrjuicyburger
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1000 IKEA-RBFCU Pkwy, Live Oak, (888) 888-4532,
Though it’s far from a destination dining spot, IKEA’s cafeteria offers food, much of which isn’t all bad, to help you power through any shopping mission. While there’s quite a bit on the menu, you’ll be smart to start with the iconic meatballs.
Photo via Instagram / countdowncityconnoisseurs
Macho Libre
5834 Babcock Road, (210) 455-0443,
Macho Libre, a fast-casual taqueria from the owners of 210 Ceviche and El Taco Tote, opened in February.
Photo via Instagram / macholibresatx
BLVD Bar & Lounge
5138 UTSA Boulevard, (210) 343-1552,
Its front room and patio, open for happy hours and weekdays, serve up craft cocktails and craft brews in a relaxed bricks-and-bookshelves setting. However, one of those bookcases swivels — speakeasy-style — into a black and gold nightclub, replete with over-the-top eye candy like 1,000 gold skulls set into its back wall and a circular chandelier comprised of 1,800 LED lights.
Photo courtesy of BLVD Bar & Lounge
Noodle Tree
7114 UTSA Boulevard Unit 101, (210) 233-6371,
Nestled in the UTSA area, this ramen spot has been a hit with students since its January brick-and-mortar opening (though the concept has been around for years). For everyone else, stop by for ramen (duh) and small bites that will make your visit complete to this fresh spot.
Photo by Jessica Giesey
6106 Broadway, (210) 245-8156,
Bistr09 is a classic French bistro created by chefs Damien Watel and Lisa Astorga-Watel that offers expertly prepared classics, from liver and onions (when available) to lobster risotto, bouillabaisse, Dover sole and steak frites. Crème brulée and ile flottante are among the desserts.
Photo via Instagram / bistr09
Gourdough’s Public House
215 Losoya St, (210) 774-4010,
Locals no longer have to travel to Austin to get their fix of donuts — and donut-inspired foods. Gourdough’s came down to SA with its River Walk location, which opened in March to much fanfare.
Photo courtesy of Gourdough's Public House
Poetic Republic Coffee Co
2330 S Presa St,
Customers can expect to find a selection of coffee and tea drinks, fresh pastries from La Boulangerie and an assortment of used books with a haggle-friendly purchase policy. This is seriously a dream come true.
Photo via Instagram / poeticrepubliccoffee
200 E Grayson St #117, (210) 554-6484,
Savor replaced NAO, CIA-San Antonio’s original student-run restaurant that focused on Latin American cuisine. Since opening in January, Savor’s open, state-of the-art kitchen has allowed students and instructors to simultaneously prep and cook, grill, steam, fry and bake dishes for up to 60 guests.
Photo via Instagram / ciasavor
Fish Lonja
11075 Roosevelt Ave,
Fish Lonja sits behind nationally-recognized Carnitas Lonja, and includes four items (plus a Clamato-based michelada) at the walkup window: a fried fish taco (tilapia) and tostadas of fish ceviche, shrimp and octopus.
Photo by Jessica Giesey
Maverick Whiskey
115 Broadway St, (210) 447-7010,
As a grain-to-glass distillery and brewery, Maverick produces and ages its own neutral grain spirit onsite. While straight whiskey requires two years to age, the downtown distillery offers a light whiskey, which is aged in used barrels for a day or two and delivers a product with character. The food menu focuses on South Texas fare infused with culinary influences from the Maverick family’s roots in Carolina and Alabama.
Photo via Instagram / maverickwhiskey
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229 E Houston St #10, (210) 272-0457,
Patrons can choose from a globally-influenced drink menu that includes a Middle Eastern inspired cocktail, made with Turkish tea and the tossing technique.
Photo via Instagram / jet_setter_sa
Cereal Killer Sweets
1031 Patricia Ave, (210) 753-2032,
After months of pop-ups and cereal-related experiments, the novelty dessert shop opened its brick-and-mortar location this fall. Chef Megan Morales hopes it will be a space to share sweets, celebrate local art and indulge in Cereal Killer Sweets' monthly all-you-can-eat cereal bar.
Photo via Instagram / cerealkillersweets
Ida Claire
7300 Jones Maltsberger Road, (210) 667-2145,
The local outpost of the Dallas-based dining chain brings a variety of special plates, including fried green tomatoes, Nashville hot fried chicken, and shrimp and grits, as part of its breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menu.
Photo by Lea Thompson
Mako’s on the Creek
169 Buffalo Place, Cibolo, (830) 730-5947,
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. Exceptional appetizers include tender octopus and well-made fries with a variety of sauces.
Photo via Instagram / makosonthecreek
Midnight Swim
2403 N St Mary's St,
Live music, cocktails and bites await you at Midnight Swim, which operates from Chisme’s former space on the St. Mary’s Strip. Though still new, it’s been a hit since its opening in late August.
Photo via Instagram / midnightswim210
Shotgun House Coffee Roasters
1010 S Flores St Unit116, (254) 913-9031,
Following the hit of its original location on the West Side, Shotgun House opened a second location, this time in Southtown.
Photo via Instagram / ventifashion
PB&J with Tay
5335 McCullough Ave, (210) 518-8299,
While peanut butter and jelly make a dynamic duo on their own, the Olmos Park restaurant aims to elevate the classic combo with new flavor profiles across nine signature sandwiches.
Photo via Instagram / homielane
Lilly’s Greenville
1160 E Commerce St, (210) 375-5075,
The "good solid neighborhood bar" offers classic drinks and a beer menu — with final menu details to be announced later this month — as well as interior seating and a back patio area for patrons.
Photo via Instagram / the_cheeky_epicurean
1170 E Commerce St,
Smoke, the downtown BBQ restaurant owned by Adrian Martinez, has launched Fuego — a new margarita bar inspired by San Antonio's colorful and historic culture. The bar offers 12 signature drinks, like the Suavecito Old Fashioned, presented to guests on loteria menu cards.
Photo courtesy of Nicole Johnson
Brooks BBQ & More
13777 Nacogdoches Road,
Folks will find the usual lineup of meats on the menu — brisket, chicken, ribs and housemade sausage — all smoked using a mixture of oak and mesquite woods. But for the "more" part of the menu, diners also have the option for Louisiana boudin, burgers, turkey legs, fried fish and fried chicken. Bring your appetite, y’all.
Photo via Instagram / brooksbbqandmore
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Binge Kitchen
449 McCarty Road, (210) 442-8126,
With everything from Chinese orange chick’n and Southern soul food to Indian lentil madras, Binge Kitchen specializes in globally-inspired dishes that just happen to be vegan.
Photo via Instagram / eatbingekitchen
Diana’s Burgers
2202 N Zarzamora St, (210) 251-2252,
Sister of the late Chris Madrid, Diana’s Burgers opened in January. Fans of the flat ’n’ floppy style of burger epitomized by Chris Madrid’s will either be thrilled to have the holy grail Cheddar Cheezy and its doppelganger, or they will be outraged at an attempted duplication of the original.
Photo by Lea Thompson
Los Azulejos Restaurante Bar
2267 NW Military Hwy Suite 101, (210) 281-4500,
The Castle Hills restaurant offers a mix of classic and inventive dishes like a New York-strip steak with mole verde, ceviche and a lasaña de cochinita pibil.
Photo via Instagram / losazulejosrestaurantebar
Café Azteca
1409 E Commerce St, (210) 354-7721,
At Café Azteca, Mexican coffee is more than a trend: it's a culture worth celebrating and sharing. Using family recipes, owner Tyler Ybarra has taken years to perfect Café Azteca's Mexican coffee specialities like homemade Mexican vanilla lattes, Café de Olla and champurrado.
Photo via Instagram / cafe.azteca
The Baked Bear
15900 La Cantera Pkwy, Suite 26140, (210) 582-6255,
Customers are encouraged to build the frosty dessert of their dreams with flavorful ice cream varieties, freshly-baked cookies and brownies and colorful toppings – allowing for creative scoops and custom ice cream sandwiches.
Photo via Instagram / steven_andreww
Sweet Paris
15900 La Cantera Pkwy Suite 19160, (210) 561-4452,
The spot offers a patio space with bistro-style seating and a mix of sweet and savory options, including a s’mores crêpe made with Nutella, torched marshmallows and graham crackers and a Philly cheesesteak crêpe prepared with rib-eye and provolone.
Photo via Instagram / shakaminskaeatz
Julia’s Bistro & Bar
1725 Blanco Road, (210) 476-5404,
Named for Julia Child, the iconic chef who made French cooking accessible to America, Julia’s Bistro & Bar offers an accessible approach to modern French dining. Led by Chef de Cuisine Zack McKinney, the restaurant features traditional French specialties with SA flavors, including dishes like cured salmon tostada and duck street tacos.
Photo via Instagram / juliasonblanco
Burger Boy
7363 W Loop 1604 N, (210) 236-8662,
A third venture from the local chain, the Alamo Ranch-area outpost offers the same popular fare as its other two locations, including the original Burger Boy, which opened to the St. Mary's Strip in the '80s.
Photo via Instagram / burgerboysa
Bandera Rosa
The mobile espresso bar started popping up at special events with lattes, cappuccinos and special drinks like cascara for now, with a different set-up each time. In the new year, Bandera Rosa can be found at Ruby City.
Photo via Instagram / banderarosa.tx
Saffron Persian Cuisine
8846 Huebner Road, (210) 637-9007
Since March, San Antonians have been able to get a taste of Persia at Saffron. Serving up Iranian fare, this Northwest side restaurant has all the classics like shish kebab, hummus and baba ghanoush as well as more authentic dishes like kashke bademjan.
Photo via Instagram / sweethunnybee1
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The Good Kind
1127 S St Mary's St, (210) 801-5892,
The Good Kind’s Southtown menu features savory breakfast options and wholesome pastries as well as grab-and-go items like sandwiches, smoothies, salads and even indulgent dishes like mac and cheese, which range between $4 and $11.
Photo via Instagram / eatgoodkind
Camila's Mexican Restaurant
15311 Lookout Road, (210) 598-9641,
Camila’s opened its second location earlier this year with classic Mexican restaurant finds like tacos, empanadas, flautas, burritos and more. Open for breakfast and lunch, you can stop by for early morning tacos and quick-fix lunch specials.
Photo via Instagram / ea112112
Goodfire BBQ
8629 Perrin Beitel Road, (210) 267-1155,
After teasing San Antonians for a little more than two years, Goodfire BBQ finally opened its doors in January. Brought to you by the folks behind Chacho’s (plus Chacho’s and Chalucci’s and Chacho’s Chicken), you can expect all the barbecue classics with a Chacho’s twist. And yes, there’s frozen margaritas.
Photo via Yelp / Feli C.
Mi Familia de Mi Tierra
18403 W Interstate 10, (210) 728-4700,
The fifth restaurant — the first outside of downtown — from La Familia Cortez offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a festively decorated panadería, expansive mural by artist Roberto Ytuarte and a full-service coffee bar. The Rim restaurant opened in November.
Photo via Instagram / s.a.foodie
Medina River Coffee
11825 West Ave, Suite 101, (210) 802-6155,
West Avenue is home to some of the city's best taquerias and bakeries, but it also became home to a local coffeeshop earlier this year. MRC has gained loyal customers who visit the rustic-style shop for its house espresso bar or a cup of coffee, roasted in-house and sourced from Colombia, Ethiopia, Guatemala and Brazil.
Photo via Instagram / medinarivercoffee
The Beignet Stand
11911 Crosswinds Way #306,
The Beignet Stand, opened by two beignet lovers with a dream in February, makes these delicious fried breads the star of its menu. For those of you who don’t know what a beignet is, let us explain: heaven. Now go try one.
Photo via Instagram / thebeignetstand
Cajun Coffee Shack
12275 Potranco Road,
The Cajun Coffee Shack opened in January, and has brought drink options such as flavorful and sweet coffee drinks, Italian and cream sodas, and an ever-growing menu of desserts, pastries, and drink add-ins.
Photo via Instagram / ourfoodiefamilylife
15651 I-10 W, (210) 600-9464,
Not long after answering SA’s prayers for a local Pluckers, the Austin-based chain came through yet again with a second location. The Rim-area location opened in July.
Photo via Instagram / adam.eats.n.drinks
Boxcar Bar
430 Austin St, (210) 265-3860
A new addition to SA’s drink scene, Boxcar specializes in cocktails made with fresh ingredients and quality spirits, offering a chill weekday lounge with live music on Wednesdays, and music sets from DJs on the weekends.
Photo via Instagram / boxcarbarsa
Wrigleyville Grill Food Truck
2410 N St Mary's St,
Local Chicago-style restaurant Wrigleyville Grill is now serving some of its signature eats — hot dogs, gyros and chili cheese fries — from a new food truck in front of Paper Tiger on St. Mary’s Strip. Yum.
Photo via Instagram / wrigleyvillesa
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Marla Restaurant
510 Enrique M. Barrera Pkwy #101, (210) 462-9504,
The Laredo-based vegan spot has come north, bringing vegan-friendly dishes like the quinoa sunrise bowl as well as gluten-free pancakes and waffles to SA. The menu also features classic Mexican eats including tacos, menudo and migas.
Photo via Instagram / marla_restaurantsa
Islla Street Brewing
11911 Crosswinds Way, (361) 759-1941,
The beers are "culturally rich small batch." Some of the brews are straightforward innovations, like a papaya hefeweizen. Makes sense. Some of the beers you'll just have to try, like a pineapple empanada IPA or a blonde ale with cumin and cantaloupe.
Photo via Instagram / isllastreetbrewing
Espuela's Bar at the Bridge
306 Austin St, (210) 310-3910,
We may have said goodbye to Big Hops, but local boozeheads can enjoy Espuela’s. Steps away from the Hays Street Bridge, the spot has affordable beers and specialties on draft.
Photo by Lea Thompson
Ruben’s Backyard
13838 Jones Maltsberger Road, (210) 314-7889,
Ruben's takes on a similar vibe as MoMak's, the last tenant to work out of the space before closing in 2018. Ruben's is keeping a line up of burgers but also serves up some Tex-Mex dishes. Also pulled pork, apparently. And puffy tacos. And beer.
Photo via Instagram / satxrated
Mo’s Irish Pub
255 E Basse Road #1400, (210) 930-1736,
Opened inside the former Joe’s Crab Shack at the Quarry, the chain’s first SA location means we can get our drink on inside this Irish pub. In case you weren’t sure about the heritage here, the new green paint job should set you straight. Enjoy Irish bites and more importantly, Irish beer here.
Photo via Instagram / s.a.foodie
Blüm Coffee
8522 Broadway St, (714) 837-3863,
Blüm offers a selection of unique blends and single-origin coffees from Ethiopia, Colombia, Peru and Mexico. The shop also specializes in organic tea varieties including chamomile, rose and mint, which can be enjoyed hot, iced or as speciality lattes.
Photo via Instagram / blumcoffeeandtea
Chocollazo at Hemisfair
510 S Alamo St, Ste. 101, (210) 776-3963,
Chocollazo’s second location goes all out with a candy room and a chocolate room. The candy room, called Sugar Sugar, will feature bulk assorted candy such as sour candy, Mexican candy from Alamo Candy Company, as well as nostalgic and hard-to-find items.
Photo via Instagram / chocollazo
Madurai Mes
5152 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 125, (210) 524-8161,
Don’t go to the discreetly decorated Madurai Mes expecting the usual Indian restaurant buffet. Instead, the focus here is on individual dishes with a largely Southern Indian bent.
Photo by Ron Bechtol
Le Macaron
15900 La Cantera Pkwy, (210) 721-5003,
Since September, this spot has brought French gelato, cakes, savory pastries and beverages to local sweet lovers.
Photo via Instagram / lemacaronatlacantera
Swine House Bodega
124 N Main Ave,
Inside the shared space at Pinch Boil House and Bia Bar, Swine House brings 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.
Photo via Instagram / swinehousesa
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San Poke
20770 US 281 N, Ste 105, (210) 998-2556,
San Poke is a popular spot among many locals, and for good reason. There’s not a whole lot else that needs to be said, really, as long as you’re a sushirrito or poke lover. If you’re not into raw fish, don’t worry. They’ve got cooked eel and pulled pork (also, how puro is that?) as alternatives to raw fish. If you don’t like poke in general, you can still go for the yummy bubble tea. In short, we’re telling you to try this spot that opened in February.
Photo via Instagram / sanpoketx
Chamoy City Limits
447 W Hildebrand Ave #105, (210) 744-0000,
The local food and ice cream truck known for its creative, tangy raspas and mangonadas finally scored a brick-and-mortar this year. In addition to the cold treats, there’s also eats such as chicken fideo, finished with cilantro and a dash of Valentina hot sauce; the brisket waffle, a sweet Belgian waffle topped with 12-hour smoked brisket; and hearty red chili, served with homemade sweet cornbread and jalapeños.
Photo via Instagram / chamoycitylimits
Back Unturned Brewing Co.
516 Brooklyn Ave, (210) 257-0022,
The Brooklynite's speakeasy vibes are long gone, but the space is home to this new, modern and welcoming brewpub, which opened this fall.
Photo via Instagram / alcoholicanecdotes
Coco Bongo Cocina & Bar
18740 Stone Oak Pkwy, (210) 998-2092,
Coco Bongo has breakfast tacos to go starting at 6 a.m., which is great because the location makes is great for getting some while you’re sitting in traffic on 1604/Stone Oak. We highly recommend stopping to eat a few tacos to prevent you from wanting to bang your head on the steering wheel.
Photo via Instagram / yvie_walls
5238 De Zavala Road, Suite 114,
Überrito, a Mexican fast-casual chain with vegan and gluten-free options, opened its first San Antonio location in October.
Photo via Instagram / uberrito
Volare Pizza
3902 McCullough Ave, (210) 251-3424,
Though the Olmos Pharmacy is long gone, Volare Pizza opened its second location inside the McCullough landmark. And yes, the neon signs are still in place.
Photo via Instagram / rhage
Sarah’s Barbacoa
6330 De Zavala Road, (210) 263-9955,
Originally opened as Sarita’s Barbacoa in March, the Hernandez family’s small molino brings authentic Mexican dishes like barbacoa and tamales to North San Antonio.
Photo via Instagram / sarahsbarbacoa
Wild Barley Kitchen Co.
With at 35-year old sourdough starter and a 72-hour dough process, this food truck is all about slow food, served quickly. This is a pretty tasty way to start your day.
Photo via Instagram / wildbarleykitchenco
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
11255 Huebner Road, Suite 100, (210) 962-5530,
The retro-style diner, which specializes in breakfast foods, will offer classic egg and pancake combos, as well as Texas specialties like the chile verde benny, breakfast pot pie and sweet potato pancakes. The city’s third location opened in February.
Photo by Ashley Davis for Snooze, an A.M Eatery
Lala’s Gorditas
1600 Roosevelt Ave, (210) 465-7157,
Steven Pizzini's family opened the original Teka Molino and the Taco Hut before the restaurants changed owners and closed, respectively, but he celebrates his family recipes and culinary techniques — using stone-ground masa and freshly made fillings. This year he opened Lala’s Gorditas, which offers housemade gorditas, guacamole and bean cups and even dessert flan.
Photo via Yelp / Lala’s Gorditas
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1506 E Houston St, (210) 281-4783,
Pastiche manager and partner Benjamin Krick, the barman behind downtown craft-cocktail bar Jet-Setter, has taken Old World inspiration from European drinking spots to create a unique space with drinks, bites and a relaxed and quirky style. And it’s damn delicious.
Photo via Instagram / pastiche_sa
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Con Huevos
1629 E Houston St, (210) 229-9295,
Con Huevos’ small but impressive menu is filled with affordable plates including molletes, chilaquiles and the Con Huevos Tacos Bag Special — a choice of two breakfast tacos, sopa and a drink — for $5. Drinks include coffee, homemade aguas frescas and sodas, and locals can sit and eat or take their food and beverages to go.
Photo by Lea Thompson

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