San Antonio

NAO

Jun 20, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Having deviated from the Culinary Institute of America’s original plan—a different Latin cuisine every six months or so—Nao now presents itself as a “Latin Gastro Bar,” dishing up an assortment of small plates and entrées inspired by mostly South American cuisines, all with a contemporary twist. For example, a recent…

Smoke

May 26, 2016 By Texas Monthly

In the heart of downtown, just across from the railroad tracks on Commerce, a new barbecue place (with a bit of a steakhouse thrown in) has set up shop in the dining rooms that once belonged to Ruth’s Chris. This is no informal barbecue joint but a true meat-eater’s retreat.

CLOSED – King’s Hwy Brew & Q

Apr 25, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

If you’re bored with barbecue, this is the place to find something new. And it also might be the joint that we look back on as the birthplace of San Antonio-style of barbecue.

Ostra

Mar 31, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Ostra is part of the combined restaurants of the across-the-river merger (La Mansión and Mokara, now both part of the Omni). It has to be one of the River Walk’s most beautiful restaurants, with its cobalt blue glass and gleaming raw bar stacked with oysters and shrimp, but we found…

Hot Joy

Feb 17, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Offering Asian cooking as exuberant as its name, Hot Joy has made a resounding splash in Southtown’s restaurant scene. In a dining room resplendent in shades of Chinese red (including the chopsticks and the furniture), Hot Joy sets a merry tone. An egg roll here is barbacoa lumpia, delicious and…

Las Islas Marias

Feb 4, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Walk through the door of this new Hillcrest location and you’re transported to the Mexican Pacific by the rollicking banda and conjunto music alone. Then comes the real deal: made-to-share Mexican-style seafood specialties (starting with the complimentary ceviche that comes with your chips), including the traditional caldos, copas (goblets) of…

Bella on the River

Dec 3, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Tucked away beneath the Esquire Bar, Bella on the River is overlooked by most River Walk diners, except for those in the know (and those with reservations). The cozy, table-packed interior seems less like a building than a cave or grotto—maybe an underground cafe in a city far older than…

Sea Island Shrimp House

Nov 19, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Fifty years! That’s how long Sea Island has been turning out informal seafood lunches and dinners (everything from oysters on the half shell to whitefish with a chipotle crust). New this year is a delightful Greek salad with lettuce, tomatoes, feta cheese, and olives, topped with a lightly grilled salmon…

Saveurs 209

Nov 17, 2015 By Texas Monthly

An unexpected gem on an underwhelming downtown stretch of Broadway, Saveurs is as classy and chic as any small bistro you’d find on a side street in Paris. The authentic fare is as deceptively simple as the restaurant’s crisp decor, with contemporary takes on the classics: foie gras terrine with…

Boiler House

Nov 17, 2015 By Texas Monthly

The extensive array of restaurants at Pearl Brewery seems to touch every culinary base, particularly the Boiler House’s eclectic mélange of Texan dishes. Where else in town can you get Dr Pepper tomatillo hog jowls? Or bison tartare? But we were more conservative on this visit and went for an…

Cascabel Mexican Patio

Oct 6, 2015 By Texas Monthly

The “Tex” never married up with the “Mex” here, where the food is as deeply interior Mexican as one will find anywhere in San Antonio. We have sampled the breakfasts (well, late breakfasts, for they open at ten), such as Mexican eggs with serrano peppers and tomatoes or (our favorite)…

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Oct 5, 2015 By Texas Monthly

This Grand Hyatt–housed Ruth’s Chris departs from the model (and the other location near the airport) by serving breakfast and lunch as well as the sizzling steaks the national chain is known for. You’ll be well served, literally and figuratively, with such offerings as the petite filet with shrimp (not…

Fig Tree

Oct 5, 2015 By Texas Monthly

The tall cypress branches overhead evoke a theater-box vista of the River Walk, the best possible way to enjoy it. Inside, the cozy rooms of the historic Dashiell House are equally charming, should the weather not cooperate. Combined with a stellar wine list, a classically oriented menu—think beef Wellington, crème…

The Big Bib BBQ

Sep 23, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

The poultry needs no adornment. Slices of turkey breast were juicy, flavorful, and tender. The chicken was even more impressive. We’re not sure how they’re making money on it since a half chicken came along as one of the options on our three-meat combo plate. This is where all that…

B & D Ice House

Sep 12, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

When Jason and Jake Dady opened Two Bros. BBQ Market, the barbecue joint on San Antonio’s north side of town was met with critical acclaim (including from Texas Monthly, which named it one of the Top 50 in 2013). Pivoting off of this success, the brothers decided to turn their sights…

Smoke Shack BBQ

Apr 14, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Each bite of the tender and meaty rib pulled away from the bone with ease. They were a competition barbecuer’s dream, complete with a glaze so sweet and buttery it was hard to know if it was meant for a cake or meat.

Barbecue Station

May 3, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

The $5.99 “Fill-er Up” baked potato stuffed with chopped beef is one of the better deals in town. The meats across the board are better than average. Also try the unique potato salad (with olives instead of pickles) and the endless pinto beans.

Augie’s Barbed Wire Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

May 3, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

2010: It was plenty busy on a Saturday at lunch time, but I was taking my order to go. They allow you to order by the quarter pound, so I went for a pork spare rib, a beef rib, and some brisket slices. The knife man clued me in that…

Two Bros. BBQ Market

May 3, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

2010: My second trip to Two Bros. was just a month after the first, but I had to get back there to see if the brisket would be great twice in a row. The smoked beef was good, but not as good as the first time. The slightly tough slices…