Food & Drink

Ditch Your Desk for the Best Lunch Spots in San Antonio

Published On 05/25/2016 Published On 05/25/2016
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The Station Cafe

King William

If you had any guts, you'd get the habanero turkey sandwich. For $5.50, you'll get a sandwich that's bigger than your head -- complete with homemade aioli and melted provolone. It's open from 11am to 9pm Monday through Friday, but try to sneak out early during lunch hours before the place gets jam-packed.



Alamo Heights

Didn't know antelope could make for a tasty burger? Now you know. The Broken Arrow Antelope Burger is the perfect lunch for those of us who need something to brag about.

French Sandwiches

Med Center

Bad breath be damned -- order the pate sandwich and a cup of French onion soup for only $7.50. Served on a baguette, with tomatoes, cucumbers, and cilantro, it won't disappoint you, but it might disturb some coworkers during your afternoon meetings.

Tycoon Flats

Tycoon Flats

Tobin Hill

The only bar in SA with the Longhorn Network in 2011, Tycoon Flats has been a refuge for disgruntled Longhorns ever since. If you can look past the depressed fanbase littering the establishment, check out the burgers for lunch. The Ize Box Jalapeño Bacon Burger comes with jalapeños, applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, and a side of fries.

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Thundercloud Subs

Alamo Heights (& Stone Oak)

It's a mystery how Thundercloud makes such delectable bread, but the sandwich contents are also impressive. The weekly specials will have you spinning; most large sandwiches will only cost you about $4. Order an egg salad sandwich with a bag of sour cream & onion Onion Lay's, and put the chips inside the sandwich for crunch.

Schilo's Delicatessen


Lunch isn't just sandwiches, people. Schilo's has plenty of good ones, but its best lunchtime option is split pea soup with a heavy dose of wurst. For $6.15, it won't break the bank either.

The Cove

The Cove

Five Points

A manifesto could be written about the sweet potato fries with Sirachu mayo. They're crispy and hot and become extraterrestrial when dipped in the mayo. The Cove is also an ideal lunch spot because of its square footage. There's almost always ample seating, and service is consistently quick.

Zito's Delicatessen & Sandwich Shop

MacArthur Park (& Med Center)

If a sandwich is labeled "serious" on the menu, it shouldn't be overlooked. The Serious Sandwich at Zito's comes whole or halved. The whole portion is designed for two people to share, but when has that stopped hardworking Americans from trying something dangerously stupid? The sandwich comes with salami, two types of ham, chopped black olives, onions, tomatoes, and provolone. It's really good, too.

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1. The Station Cafe 701 S Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78204 (King William)

This bare-bones, roadhouse style cafe is a local favorite. Run out a refurbished gas station, the pint-sized, always-packed-by-lunch-time spot is known for their house-made sandwiches and pizzas. Not only are the options tasty (try the Haberno pesto panini), they're affordable-- $4.95 will get you a pretty sizable lunch.

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2. Cappyccino's 5003 Broadway Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78209 (Alamo Heights)

This casual, family friendly bistro on Broadway is a solid choice for a low-key lunch or dinner. Known for its burgers "with all the fixins'" and deli sandwiches served with hand cut potato chips, Cappyccino's simple and satisfying fare will hit the spot. Dinner is a bit more upscale-- be sure to try the 3 Little Pigs pizza with bacon, boar sausage, speck, and mascarpone.

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3. French Sandwiches 8448 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78229

Tucked away in one of the Med Center’s many strip malls, this hidden gem churns out some of the freshest sandwiches our city has to offer, like the pâté on French bread or banh mi. To top it all off, each lunch comes with soup or salad and a cream puff for dessert.

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4. Tycoon Flats 2926 N Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78212 (San Antonio)

Get your hands on some of the best burgers in San Antonio at family friendly spot, including the Flats Burger, which comes with their must-try signature sauce (garlic, onions, spices, and six varieties of peppers). If that doesn't turn up the heat for you, go for their classic Tex-Mex, particularly the tasty fish tacos. Whatever dish you decide on, be sure to kick back with a craft brew and some live music in their spacious beer garden.

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5. Thundercloud Subs 1901 Nacogdoches Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209 (Alamo Heights)

This Texan sandwich institution serves up delectable lunch comestibles on the cheap--most large sandwiches will only cost you about $4. Signature takes on the classics (turkey clubs, tuna melts) make up most of the menu, but Thundercloud also offers rotating weekly specials. In a rush? Order online and your sandwich will be ready for pick-up.

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6. Schilo's Delicatessen 424 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2629

This old-school German deli has been serving stacked sandwiches and house-made beer since the early 1900s.

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7. The Cove 606 W Cypress St, San Antonio, TX 78212 (Tobin Hill)

The Cove actually began as a laundromat and car wash -- its husband-and-wife team added food service as an afterthought, and now, years later, it's gained a dedicated following because of its welcoming atmosphere and organic, locally sourced ingredients. They offer lamb, bison, and brown-rice patties, plus their ‘09er, which is made with grass-fed beef and topped with goat cheese, pesto aioli, and roasted red peppers.

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8. Zito's Deli 8800 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78217 (Oak Parknorthwood)

Since 1974, this family owned sandwich shop has been serving up serious Italian deli fare-- classic meatball subs and heroes make up most of the menu. Create your own sandwich from a listing of proteins, breads and toppings, or choose one off the menu. If you're hungry, go for the eponymously named Serious Sandwich-- it comes with salami, two types of ham, chopped black olives, onions, tomatoes, and provolone. It's really good, too.



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