The Most Exciting Restaurants and Bars Opening in San Antonio in 2020 

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The 2010s may be over, but we're moving into the new decade with full force. While all of the details may not yet be hashed out, here are the restaurants — so far — that we can look forward to dining and drinking at this year.
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Bandit BBQ
It’s a great year for barbecue in the Alamo City. Freight Gallery will soon be home to Bandit BBQ, as pitmaster Brandon Peterson brings breakfast and craft BBQ to the Southtown art space in early 2020.
Photo via Instagram / banditbbqsatx
Austin Street Pizza & Craft Beer
For Guillermo Garza, owner of the popular downtown restaurant Guillermo’s, simple is best. The restaurateur is dedicated to creating a pizza joint with simple seating, great slices and craft brews at 1214 Austin Street.
Photo via Instagram / foodieee.couple
Southerleigh Bird & Biscuit
Southerleigh Bird & Biscuit, a new fast-casual spot from the Southerleigh Restaurant Group, will highlight a Southern favorite: fried chicken. With a well-rounded menu that includes biscuits, oysters and housemade brews and cocktails, locals are sure to pack into the new eatery when it opens at The Rim later this year.
Photo via Instagram / birdbiscuitsatx
Hook & Reel
Founded by an individual referred to as Mr. Miller, this East Coast chain highlights NOLA-style specialties such customizable seafood boils, sliders and baskets prepared with shrimp, crab, crawfish and scallops. The new eatery, located at 4903 Northwest Loop 410, will offer flavorful sides, brews, wine and cocktails.
Photo via Instagram / hookandreel.usa
La Panadería
La Panaderia, a homegrown chain from brothers José and David Cáceres, offers artisan-baked breads, pastries and savory entrees. Save room for mas conchas and tortas, as the brothers prepare to open their third location in North San Antonio this summer.
Photo via Instagram / lapanaderia
88 Social
Owner Ricardo Ortiz is bringing great food and drinks together at 88 Social, a food truck park slated to open at 1009 Ave. B. Located between downtown San Antonio and the Historic Pearl, 88 Social will highlight local artists and culture with a variety of eats and cocktails.
Photo via Instagram / 88social
Pinkerton’s BBQ
One of Houston’s most celebrated barbecue spots is expected to open a second location at Weston Urban Park in 2020. Led by Pitmaster Grant Pinkerton, the downtown San Antonio location will offer classic favorites such as brisket, pulled pork and smoked sausage, in addition to Texas craft brews and spirits.
Photo via Instagram / pinkertonsbbq
Best Quality Daughter
Tenko Ramen chefs Jennifer Dobbertin and Quealy Watson teamed up artist Jennifer Ling Datchuk to create immersive and delicious pop-up experiences in 2018 and 2019. Fast-forward two years later, and the creative trio is poised to open a new restaurant filled with thoughtful décor and imaginative dishes like smoked brisket shumai and twice-baked banana.
Photo by j_sto via Instagram / bestqualitydaughter
Delia’s Tamales
The Rio Grande Valley-based chain will open its first San Antonio location at 13527 Hausman Pass this spring. The chain offers more than a dozen tamal specialties including bean and cheese, spicy pork cooked in green sauce, and cream cheese and jalapeno, as well as classic menudo.
Photo via Instagram / deliastamales
Smoke Shack BBQ
You don’t have to travel far for great Texas barbecue. Chris Conger’s Broadway restaurant Smoke Shack is slated to bring brews, BBQ and a full bar to San Antonio International Airport in 2020. Expect to see favorites from both the OG Smoke Shack and sister bar The Pigpen for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Photo via Instagram / smokeshack
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Ming’s Noodle Bar
Chefs Ming Qian and Hinnerk von Bargen of Ming’s Noodle Bar — a restaurant known for its colorful, flavorful noodle dishes and bao — are opening a second restaurant near the Historic Pearl. The menu is still largely under wraps, but folks can expect to see Southeast Asian-inspired breakfast dishes.
Photo via Instagram / pizzl11
Cake Thieves
Cake Thieves co-owners Lauren O’Connor and Kia Geronimo have perfected the art of vegan desserts — creating donuts, cakes, pop-tarts and pies that are anything but boring or bland. You can find their sweets at coffeeshops throughout the city, but stay tuned as the duo plans to open their first brick-and mortar in early 2020.
Photo via Instagram / cakethievesbakery
Shuck Shack
Though the Shuck Shack on Grayson Street closed in late 2019, chef Jason Dady has plans to reintroduce the popular restaurant concept — complete with lobster rolls, oysters, hot chicken, in addition to cocktails, brews and wine — to North San Antonio late this year.
Photo via Instagram / shuckshacksa
Hon Machi
Hon Machi Korean BBQ plans to open a brand new space at 10222 Huebner Road in June. The original Hon Machi, located at 19186 Blanco Road, features Korean specialties including shrimp tempura, bimibap and bulgogi, in addition to an all-you-can eat menu.
Photo via Instagram / honmachi_sushi_teppanyaki
Trilogy Burger Bistro
It’s been nearly 15 years since John Gladders opened his pizza spot, but the Trilogy team is planning to expand their footprint with a new Stone Oak eatery — Trilogy Burger Bistro — this year. Expect a family-friendly space with plenty of customizable burger options.
Photo via Facebook / Trilogy Burgers
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Bandit BBQ
It’s a great year for barbecue in the Alamo City. Freight Gallery will soon be home to Bandit BBQ, as pitmaster Brandon Peterson brings breakfast and craft BBQ to the Southtown art space in early 2020.
Photo via Instagram / banditbbqsatx