Alamo City American Food
Down home cooking in the San Antonio area is easy to come by. Maybe there's a different name for this style if dining in San Antonio but we call it American because these American style restaurants serve dishes found menus throughout this great country. Food like hot wings, chicken fried steak, and apple pie can be found at these San Antonio restaurants. Some of the places we are chains or franchises but we list them because they're classic American dining found right here in San Antonio and deserve mention.
Mama's Cafe has five locations in San Antonio. Mama's was founded in San Antonio almost thirty years ago and has been serving the same great food with a southwest flavor ever since. Mama's Cafe has a full bar at each of their locations and their restaurants are decorated with Texas memorabilia. The menu ranges from awesome fried mushrooms as an appetizer to the sancho panza stuffed steak. Mama's has burgers and fries, meatloaf, milkshakes, and of course apple pie for dessert. One of our favorites is the King Ranch chicken which supposedly is the original recipe from the King Ranch.
If you like buffalo wings or "hot wings", visit the Wing Stop. I've been eating wings all over the state and have yet to find a recipe for hot wings that comes close to the recipe originating at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York. Yes I've had the original wings from the Anchor Bar and the Wing Stop has my favorite chicken wing recipe in San Antonio. The Wing Stop also has numerous other flavors for their wings like Teriyaki and Hawaiian barbeque but if you want real, original flavored wings, visit Wing Stop and order the "original hot" wings. Chicken wings, or hot wings are as American as it gets. Wing Stop is as good as wings get in San Antonio.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Not as close the Anchor Bar recipe but their other food sure is good. The sandwiches I've had are good and you get to choose from one of their sauces on several of their sandwiches. The potato wedges from this restaurant are really good. I'd recommend Buffalo Wild wings if you're in the area because their sauce options are sweet to spicy and their menu is quite impressive for a wing restaurant. Give this restaurant a shot.
This historic restaurant sits on the property of the historic Pioneer Flour Mills. The Guenther house is an excellent place for sandwiches, salads, and soups. The lunch crowd primarily consists of downtown businessmen and women with a few folks coming in from farther away because the food is that good. The restaurant sits on the banks of the san Antonio river with beautiful houses on the opposite side of the river. It is available for rental and well worth it. The grounds are manicured precisely and the sunken dining room maintains its historic value. The Guenther house is a downtown San Antonio historic dining treasure.
Jim's is the local 24 hour diner and coffee shop. This restaurant has all the down home diner foods like chicken fried steak, burgers, chicken tenders, and fish sandwiches. Breakfast options include the all American steak and eggs or pancakes. Any meal at Jim's is served hot and fast. This local restaurant chain has locations in all parts of San Antonio ready to serve its customers. Believe it or not, the tortilla soup at Jim's is some of the best in the city. It's listed on the menu as "Award Winning Tortilla Soup" and rightfully so.
One of San Antonio's oldest and longest lived restaurants is Earl Abel's. Not to mention famed, but Earl Abels has been the gathering point for San Antonians for almost 75 years. Although they have recently moved to Austin Highway from the corner of Broadway and Hildebrand they are still serving the best fried chicken in San Antonio and the wait staff still consists of familiar faces. Homemade pies will tempt the most disciplined dieters as they always have. Many Earl Abel's patrons grew up eating at this famous San Antonio restaurant and they still do but they just have to go to the new location to get the best fried chicken ever to be put in ones mouth. Take out is available and the Earl Abel's food to go service is quite fast.
Luby's has been a familiar sight around San Antonio for as long as I can remember. The cafeteria chain was started here in San Antonio and was based here until it was bought by a company out of Houston. Luby's is a great place to eat American down home cooked food. The menu consists of everything from fish, shrimp, and chopped steak to chicken and turkey plates. The LuAnn platter is the "you choose" combination plate and is reasonably priced. Sometimes pulling up to a Luby's cafeteria you'll see the line out the door. Don't worry because it moves very fast. Personally, I recommend any of the fish plates or the cheese covered chopped steak. You can't go wrong dining at a San Antonio Luby's cafeteria. The food is always very fresh and well prepared and the helpings you get are heaping.
The WD Deli on Broadway is an excellent choice for lighter fare San Antonio dining. The deli menu consists of homemade sandwiches, wraps and soups. All of the sandwiches I've had at W.D. Deli have been phenomenal! My favorite thus far is the Hoagie sandwich with WD Deli Roast Beef sandwich running a close second. All of the sandwiches come with a side and the only way to go is the pasta salad which is so good, I've never tried any of the other side dishes. W.D. Deli's prices are extremely reasonable with none of the sandwiches over $6.50. I wouldn't have to go too far out on a limb to say W.D. Deli makes some of the very best sandwiches in San Antonio.
EZ's Brick Oven and Grill
EZ's restaurant is a San Antonio original that has expanded to other cities outside San Antonio but was founded here in 1989. EZ's primarily serves American fare with a hint of Italian. The menu is made up of all the thing most folks think of when they're trying to decide what to eat. They have pizza, burgers, fish, salads and even a bowl of chili. The EZ's envirnment is kid friendly and semi serve yourself.