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Mama’s Cafe

Cappy Lawton has repurchased this cafe, which he opened in 1981 and ran until 1988, and we can safely say that the comforting food we remember is back, along with a pure San Antonio vibe inside and out. The place is completely redone, with an updated menu, a beer garden, and a  well-spaced dining room boasting a mural of Willie Nelson made of bottle caps. Chicken-fried chicken is everything your heart desires—crisp, tender, juicy—particularly when accompanied by a couple of classic sides, like braised red cabbage or Texas toast). The McQueeney Special salad—iceberg lettuce smothered with house-made chili, corn chips, and cheddar cheese—is a sort of crisper, cooler Frito pie on steroids. Save room for dessert; the chocolate sheet cake topped with pecans can’t be beat (though the bourbon pecan hand pie gives it a good run for its money)

City: San Antonio


Drinks: Bar

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★

Address: 2442 Nacogdoches Rd., San Antonio, TX, 78217

Hours: mamascafesa.com

Phone: 210-826-8303

Last updated: September 1, 2021