San Antonio has its fair share of high quality, must-try restaurants. But as the brisk autumn weather settles in, there are some that are particularly perfect for warming up in cozy surroundings and indulging in a little comfort food. Add the following locales to your list.
A new addition to the Riverwalk dining scene, this modern American chophouse is well known for its curated selection of Black Angus cuts from ranches within central Texas and across the midwest. Try Range‘s sumptuous steak, the beef tenderloin bolognese with housemade pasta, or the black truffle-glazed roasted chicken.
Located on the premises of the San Antonio Museum of Art, upscale eatery Tre Trattoria is the perfect way to end your museum stroll. Try the famous cast-iron pizza bread or the creative scratch-made pasta as you take in beautiful river views from the restaurant’s covered terrace.
Alamo BBQ Co.
The kids have their playground, and you’ll have your tree-shaded patio, where you can chow down on Alamo BBQ’s most sought-after menu item, the Big Bro sandwich. For something more classic, try the peach-glazed babyback ribs or Texas pit-smoked Creekstone brisket accompanied by wine, Texas beers, craft cocktails, and, of course, live music on the weekends.
Seafood lovers, the Shuck Shack is your new home in San Antonio. You’ll swoon over the huge variety on offer: fried Gulf oysters with horseradish sauce, lobster rolls (it’s the freshest lobster in town), blue crab empanadas, spicy fish tacos, and so much more.
Hang out with the fam at this laidback smokehouse with outdoor picnic table seating and a wide selection of craft beer. At B&D Ice, you can choose from a lip-smacking variety of smoked meats and sides, or be bold and go for the “Bruno sandwich” that squeezes chopped BBQ beef, mac ‘n’ cheese, and coleslaw all inside two burger buns.
Two Bros. BBQ Market
San Antonio has a good number of casual BBQ spots, but Two Bros really brings in the crowds with its oak-smoked meats that smell as good as they taste, and side dishes that are pure comfort food. Try the Cheesy Chop for brisket with mac ‘n’ cheese, cherry-glazed babyback ribs, or go in for one of the hearty family-style BBQ packs.
This family-owned Mexican restaurant has garnered much local and national attention over the years – and there’s good reason why. Two words: puffy tacos. Try one filled to the brim with beef, chicken, beans, or guacamole for a truly memorable Tex Mex dinner, Los Barrios style.
La Hacienda Los Barrios
La Hacienda has been around for more than 40 years, offering locals a solid spot for a wide variety of classic Tex Mex dishes. Tacos, enchiladas, and margaritas galore – do you need really need any more reasons to head on over?
La Hacienda Scenic Loop
La Hacienda’s other location has the same, irresistible menu but also prides itself on having the best patio on the northside of San Antonio. Be sure to sit outside and find out for yourself.
Viola’s Ventanas is a great place to try a wide range of Tex Mex dishes, include cabrito en salsa, slow-cooked beef barbacoa, and mole enchiladas. Grab a table inside the small building, or sit outside under a canopy of trees on the large garden patio.
The General Public
Shop til you drop at The Rim shopping complex, and then head over to The General Public for a lively and delicious way to kick off your evening. This modern gastropub features dishes like a chicken tamale pie, fish ‘n’ chips, and a steak and blue cheese sandwich.
The Rustic is San Antonio’s newest music venue with a lineup that never disappoints – but the locals are also flocking here for a creative menu full of gourmet comfort food. Put together a perfect fall feast, with items like wild boar meatballs, cactus fritters, molasses-brined Texas quail, sweet potato sloppy joe, or jalapeño spoon bread.