Pan dulce—and so much more—done right.
Jason Dady takes on steak and seafood.
Whether you’re talking about the gyro with fluffy pita or the big Greek salad, the robust flavors at Demo’s can’t be beat.
Food and spirits at the Botanical Garden.
Neighborly Italian in Olmos Park.
Cute cottage serving home-style meals for taking out or eating in.
Thirty-plus years of spring rolls and crab claws.
Finally: a hip food truck vibe with comfortable chairs (and fine Mexican fare).
German tradition weds modern substance at Hotel Emma’s Supper.
So much more than moules and frites.
Classic diner meets carry-out chicken.
A true shrine to swine.
Southtown Rosario’s serves the best of the borderland.
Belly up to the bar at this British-turned-Texan pub.
Shady oaks and shiny digs enhance classic Mexican cuisine at La Fogata at the Dominion.
Rosella at the Rand makes downtown a destination for all-day dining.
Silo Prime puts classic steaks front and center in the Fairmount Hotel.
France and Vietnam meet congenially at a white-linen-clad table at formal Frederick's.
A modern diner with a bar and cool patio.
The name is terrible, the noodles are great.
Holds true to the Mexican standards with excellent margaritas and a wonderful menu of interior dishes.
A revamped menu balances formal and fun in this romantic riverside dining room.
Prime steaks and seafood are seasoned with old-world style at this elegant institution.
Well-executed Italian standards and cheerful service make this institution a city-wide favorite.
Uniquely Southern coastal cuisine in an airy former brewery.
Expect a classy menu of tagines.
Informal Costa Pacifica belongs on the "must" list for any seafood fan.
Soul-satisfying New Orleans food just a few steps off bar-laden St. Mary’s.
In 2015 Esaul Ramos left San Antonio for Austin and became the lead pitmaster at La Barbecue. Now he’s back in his hometown with a barbecue joint of his own. 2M Smokehouse opened last year and quickly gained traction. Ramos could have done a La Barbecue copycat, but he went…
Noodles galore from a black-and-red boxcar.
Porchetta, chicken, and real-deal Southern sides.
You know what to expect here—and live jazz too!
Children and adults alike love the party-barn atmosphere, not to mention burgers that are much better than average.
An Alamo Heights stalwart for light meals and cocktails.
Cajun Crawfish offers the Texas coast’s unique fusion fare: Cajun-Vietnamese vittles.
This outpost of all things tostones has moved a tiny step north into a smaller dining room with a somewhat larger patio—all good. With attentive service and chef Rene Fernandez’s expertise, we landed deliciously on a redfish veracruzano and a tender chicken breast with…
Looking at the sturdy old brick fire station from the outside, you’d never expect to find a glitzy, Las Vegas–style dining room on the inside. The transformation comes courtesy of owner Andrew Goodman and chef-owner Stefan Bowers, who are also the majordomos of Feast and Rebelle. Start with small plates,…
This recently transformed space echoes a rustic cousin somewhere “over there”: two small dining rooms have a handmade charm (no doubt because of the owner’s own hand in the furniture and decor), and the menu goes far beyond the promised pizzas (which are, by the way, fabulous). Blackboard menus promise…
Big celebrations, buzzy business dinners, romantic trysts—Biga brings the glamour and a menu to match (all the better if you can get a perch on the balcony over the river). Our fave rave this visit: wild game packets on radicchio and Bibb, chicken-fried oysters on beet “noodles,” and an…
Toro takes a powerful stance with food that lands us right in Madrid—or maybe Valencia. Stylish tapas include such surprises as a thin, tender slice of eggplant, flash fried with just a dust of panko and smeared with local honey. And then there are the croquetas, creamy concoctions…
Neighborhood barbarians toss good pizzas, salads, and cocktails.
Follow the starlight to Bliss, for celebratory dining just south of downtown.
This new venue near UTSA is 20,000 square feet of dance hall, glittery bar, and picnic tables. Perhaps, you think at first blush, this is a place likely to depend on trucked-in fry-ables and ho-hum burgers. Not so fast. Chemo Barrera and wife Margeaux Alcorta, formerly with the Jason Dady…
The change from “comida latina” to “alt-Mex” reflects a bit of a turn beyond Beto’s signature empanadas; the menu now extols the glories of Mexican street food and Latin American soul food. Whatever the genre, we still hold the empanadas in high esteem, particularly the savory flaky chicken poblano and…
Whether you’re hankering for an all-American short stack, a fluffy fruit-topped Belgian waffle, or one of a global array of omelets, breakfast (and a bunch of salads, burgers, and sandwiches too) is lined up and at the ready daily. They don’t take reservations, but they’ll text you if you want…
This sparkling new Mexican seafood establishment brightens up a section of McCullough not renowned for evening fare. On our first few visits we were impressed with everything except the fried items (shrimp and oysters ended up sadly overcooked and tough). Other offerings, however, were quite promising, from the oysters on…
The Great Northwest welcomes this small but powerful locally owned gastropub in the Alamo Ranch shopping center, an oasis in a sandy expanse of burgers, barbecue, and franchises. The menu is as small as the space, but what’s there is just as chic, and on-trend. Between our table and the…
An offbeat French outpost has settled into the Lincoln Heights area, and we have feasted happily so far. Top billing has to go to the Duck Club, a sizable wedge of said fowl in a brioche-like bread, but also notable is the hefty roast beef sandwich with horseradish aioli. Weekend…
Imagine you’re in Acapulco at this lively, colorful seafood restaurant, with its dining room about the size of half a soccer field and a bar to match. The menu is just as imposing; everything is swimmingly on order, from authentic ceviches and campechanas to boiled shrimp, fresh oysters, and every…
Turkish cuisine rivals other Old World culinary traditions with its tabletop of nibbles, complex stews, and pilafs. This modestly furnished family-owned restaurant has an impressive menu illustrating the A to Z of Turkish cookery, each dish nicely portioned for a table of friends to share. We started with a meze…