Tip Top Café

Straddling the space between a diner and a roadhouse, this retro cafe (a counter, tables, booths) dates from the late thirties. A couple dozen sandwiches, chicken (mostly fried), steaks, chops, and seafood, all prepared with straightforward informality, can satisfy the traditionalist in anyone. Venetian blinds, a little taxidermy on the woody walls, and a resolutely mid-century mien set it apart from any other place we know of in town. We probed the menu at a few recent visits and found only the calf liver with onions to be a disappointment (almost too tough to eat). In contrast, the grilled ham steak proved to be a delight—tender, succulent, hot, and served with a pineapple ring for decoration. The corned beef on rye with potato salad is hard to beat, and the fried onions, a huge serving, are a specialty, as is the chicken-fried steak. In short, this is one place where you really can “return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear . . .”  No bar, no credit cards (the fifties, remember?). (2/15)

City: San Antonio


Drinks: No bar

Price: $-$$ (cash only)


Address: 2814 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio, TX, 78201

Hours: L & D Tue–Sun.

Phone: 210-732-0191

Website: www.tiptopcafe.com/

Last updated: February 3, 2015