The Cheesiest Things You Can Eat in San Antonio 

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We love cheese as much as the next guy, there's no doubt about that. We rounded up 20 of San Antonio's cheesy AF dishes – from nachos and mac 'n' cheese to sandwiches and burgers – in honor of National Cheese Lover's Day on January 20.
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Philly cheesesteak from Gino's Deli Stop N Buy
13210 Huebner Road, (210) 764-0602, myginosdeli.com
Get anything with cheese here and we can guarantee it’ll be served up super melted, so you really can’t go wrong here. But for the true Gino’s Deli experience, you should order the Philly cheesesteak by all means. If you’ve never stopped by, this meaty, cheesy sub is a great way to get acquainted with the city’s top restaurant according to Yelp.
Photo via Instagram / ginosdeli
Cheddar Cheezy Burger from Chris Madrid’s
1900 Blanco Road, chrismadrids.com
Though currently working out of a tent (for now), Chris Madrid’s hasn’t let a fire stop them from bringing the cheesiness. You’ve seen the pictures, and you should have already tried this cheesy AF burger. If you haven’t, be prepared for your mouth to water endlessly when you take your first bite.
Photo via Instagram / eat_it_b
The Nasty Nate Sandwich from Nelson’s BBQ
7327 N Loop 1604 E, (210) 473-4988, facebook.com/NathanielNelsonsbbq
As one of the top-rated food spots in San Antonio, you can expect Nelson’s BBQ to meet your highest expectations. This sandwich marries brisket and bacon, and is made complete with a serving of the delicious mac ‘n’ cheese. You’re just as well off getting the baked mac ‘n’ cheese too. It will take you to your happy place.
Photo via Instagram / nelsonsbbq
Piled-high nachos from Chacho’s
Multiple locations, chachos.com
Whether you’re drunk or not, the cheesy AF nachos from Chacho’s always come through. No matter if you go with the classic bean and cheese or get a meat (*cough* brisket *cough*), the cheese will surely hit the spot – and be dripping off your plate.
Photo via Instagram / sanantoniomunchies
Queso from Alamo Cafe
Multiple locations, alamocafe.com
A longtime favorite of San Antonians, Alamo Cafe can rightfully claim its name for its queso alone. Choose from the chile con queso or the poblano queso – either one will definitely have you scraping the bowl.
Photo via Instagram / alamocafe
Grilled cheese sandwich (and tomato soup) from Max’s Wine Dive
340 E Basse Road #101, (210) 444-9547, maxswinedive.com
For an upscale rendition of a grilled cheese, Max’s Wine Dive pairs roasted piquillo pepper pimento cheese with sourdough bread. Trust us, it will hit the spot every time, especially when paired with the house-made tomato basil soup.
Photo via Instagram / mwdsanantonio
Smoke Shack Mac from Smoke Shack BBQ
3714 Broadway St, (210) 957-1430, smokeshacksa.com
Smoked meats may be in the spotlight at Smoke Shack, but that’s not to say that other menu items aren’t a home run too. Such an example is the Smoke Shack Mac, which features super cream mac ‘n’ cheese. Sure, it’s topped with the star child that is brisket, but it’s delicious as heck so we’re not complaining.
Photo via Instagram / the.weekend.foodie
Baked mac ‘n’ cheese from Mrs. Kitchen Restaurant & Bakery
2242 E Commerce St, (210) 549-4392, mrskitchensa.com
Eating Southern food often feels like a religious experience, and Mrs. Kitchen holds true to that. Order any of the sides and your tummy will be happy, but for some extra goodness, get the baked mac ‘n’ cheese and let it change your life. Mrs. Kitchen knows what it’s doing, trust us.
Photo via Instagram / maddwriter
Bacon cheesy fries from Philly’s Phamous Cheesesteaks
2301 San Pedro Ave, (210) 621-8908, facebook.com
Originally started by former Spur Malik Rose (his cousin now runs the truck himself), these cheesesteaks are no joke. While cheese is obviously present on these phamous cheesesteaks, this melted goodness is also very apparent on the variety of fries. If you have to choose one, go for the bacon ranch fries, topped with crispy bacon, liquid cheese and drizzled in ranch. You will definitely be licking your fingers here.
Photo via Instagram / phillys_phamous
Chili cheese fries from Wiseguys A Chicago Eatery-San Antonio
441 W Nakoma Dr, (210) 248-9609, wiseguysonline.net
With so many cheesy options on the menu (including cheesesteaks and pizza), keep focused on the dogs on the menu. You may be tempted to order one Chicago style, but cheese lovers should opt for the chili cheese dog with the matching chili cheese fries. You’re welcome.
Photo via Instagram / wiseguysachicagoeatery
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Brisket nachos from The Pigpen
106 Pershing Ave, (210) 267-9136, thepigpensa.com
Sure, there’s some super cheesy picks on the Pigpen menu, but your best bet is the brisket nachos. Chips are piled with brisket (obviously), pico de gallo, guacamole and melted queso. While the cheese isn’t the standout here, the mixtures of flavors is a good example of how you can cheese is sometimes best enjoyed with other flavors.Oh, and if you’re there during Sunday brunch, be sure to stock up on the cheese grits.
Photo via Instagram / hereforthefoodie
Cheesy garlic bread from Capos Pizza
8522 Broadway St #105, (210) 362-1901, capospizzasa.com
All pizzas are not created equal, and that’s why Capos is a well-loved favorite here in San Antonio. Everything is cheesy and scrumptious here, but we feel the need to give a shoutout tto the cheesy garlic bread. Served warm and toasty, this mozzarella-based appetizer will have you saying “mamma mia!”
Photo via Instagram / aymijo210
Holy Macaroni from Pluckers
14881 I-35, Selma, (210) 655-9464, pluckers.com
Fried macaroni? Yup, it’s real and it’s at Pluckers. For those that have yet to indulge on this sinfully cheesy appetizer, a thick stick of macaroni is deep fried and served with ranch or a chutney sauce. You’ll have a fun time trying to decide which sauce you like best.
Photo via Instagram / pluckerswingbar
Barbacoa grilled cheese sandwich from Barrio Barista
3735 Culebra Road, (210) 519-5403, barriobarista.coffee
While cheese isn’t the star of this delicious creation, it totally brings together this puro AF sandwich. Buttery bread, barbacoa, avocado (if you so wish – it’s extra) and of course cheese come together beautifully for a sandwich that will have you heading over to the West Side on the regular. Be sure to wash it down with an iced horchata latte.
Photo via Instagram / stine.eats
Burrata from Dough Pizzeria Napoletana
Multiple locations, doughpizzeria.com
Go for the pizza. Stay for the burrata. Or maybe it’s the other way around? However you decide to order, make sure your ticket includes both so you can get all the fresh cheese you deserve in your life.
Photo via Instagram / doughpizzeriasa
Mac ‘n’ cheese from Sweet Yams
218 N Cherry St, (210) 229-9267, facebook.com/SweetYamsOrganic
Organic, gluten-free and vegan may not sound like the cheesiest place to dine in SA, but the mac ‘n’ cheese here is another deal. Made with penne noodles instead of macaroni, this twist on a classic is different – and it works.
Photo via Instagram / sweetyamsorganic
Poutine from Oak Hills Tavern
7920 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 614-8855, oak-hills-tavern.business.site
Yes, pub food can hold its own here in SA, at least at Oak Hills Tavern. While your boozy ass will enjoy any number of the food selections on deck here, the poutine hits the spot. Now you just have to choose from carne guisada, BBQ pork shoulder, pork avocado or even duck confit.
Photo via Yelp / Marco R.
Fried cheese curds from Palm Frites
Food truck around SA, palmfrites-sa.com
On the go in the Alamo City, Palm Frites specializes in Belgian-style fries decked out with a variety of toppings you can only imagine until you test them. But there’s also other treats worth trying, including the fried cheese curds. You can also choose to get them poutine style in three different flavors.
Photo via Yelp / Palm Frites
Carne asada with cheese tacos from Ricky’s Tacos
7310 W Hausman Road, (210) 409-8707
With cheese embedded in Mexican eats, it’s sometimes hard to find something in the cuisine that stands out. One that does is from Ricky’s Tacos. Carne asada (note: not guisada) is paired with cheese and it’s a beautiful experience.
Photo via Instagram / foodswithlinh
Mozzarella al' Forno from Fratello’s Deli
2503 Broadway St, (210) 444-0277, fratellosdeli.com
SA may have its share of Italian eateries, but trust a deli to know what it’s doing with its cheese. Here, fresh mozzarella is breaded and wrapped in proscuitto, then topped with tomato and basil, and finally baked. For a true cheese overload that will definitely not regret, Fratellos has you covered on the cheese front.
Photo via Instagram / elena.aguirre
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Philly cheesesteak from Gino's Deli Stop N Buy
13210 Huebner Road, (210) 764-0602, myginosdeli.com
Get anything with cheese here and we can guarantee it’ll be served up super melted, so you really can’t go wrong here. But for the true Gino’s Deli experience, you should order the Philly cheesesteak by all means. If you’ve never stopped by, this meaty, cheesy sub is a great way to get acquainted with the city’s top restaurant according to Yelp.
Photo via Instagram / ginosdeli