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Overshadowed by the likes of Sam’s Burger Joint and Chris Madrid’s, Babe’s is just waiting to make you a deliciously oversized hamburger. Nothing against Sam’s or Madrid’s (those places rock), but Babe’s tastes perfect. The sesame seed bun provides a nice extra crunch to the thick, cheesy patty. Some contrarians may complain that the fries are too salty or the burgers are too greasy, but isn’t that what burgers are about? So sit down, order a cheeseburger, watch the grill crew do their thing, and enjoy a SA institution.
Tucked away in one of the Med Center’s many strip malls, it’s easy to overlook this San Antonio staple. They opened their doors in 1990, and the décor still looks it, but the place churns out some of the freshest sandwiches our city has to offer, like the pâté on French bread. To top it all off, each lunch comes with soup or salad and a cream puff for dessert. Definitely get the onion soup. The seafood variety is strong, but it pales in comparison to their intoxicating onion elixir.
Strip mall. No publicist. Just damn good food. Probably the best tacos in San Antonio (ducks for cover). Homemade tortillas with soft, salty refried beans and white cheddar cheese equals hangover annihilator. Order four of them if you’re feeling naughty, and squeeze a healthy portion of green hot sauce on them. Most employees prefer to speak Spanish, but if you aren’t comfortable conversing in Spanish, they’ll still work with you.
When you’re a Tex-Mex restaurant in San Antonio and your neighbor is Rosario’s you’re destined for the underrated moniker. Here’s the thing: Rosario’s is good, but Tito’s is really, really good. Sit on the patio, get a fat chamoy margarita, order the mole enchiladas and enjoy all of Southtown’s frenetic energy.
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1. Thai Dee5307 Blanco Rd, San Antonio
2. Simi’s Indian Cuisine4535 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio
3. Thai Topaz9386 Huebner Rd #101, San Antonio
4. Kohinoor9425 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio
5. Babe’s Old Fashioned Food4535 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio
6. French Sandwiches8448 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio
7. Taqueria Datapoint4063 Medical Dr, San Antonio
8. Tito's Mexican Restaurant955 S Alamo St, San Antonio
Thai Dee shares their space with a corner store, and their signage is invisible. But ignore its questionable outward apearance: once the red curry touches your lips and the wood paneled interior warms your heart you’ll find yourself helplessly addicted.
Since 1989, Simi’s been the ultimate entry point for newbies to the Indian culinary world. The expansive lunch buffet has around 30 offerings every day, and you're likely to find milder stuff like chicken tikka, channa masala, and tandoori vegetables amongst the spicier curries of the bunch. At dinner, the tandoori meats take over, and you can order from the chicken, lamb, beef, fish, or veggie portion of the menu. Just remember that everything's better on top of a fluffy piece of naan.
Great food inside a less than stellar exterior is a way of life out here. Get used to it. Besides the locally renown pad thai, the basil fried rice at this unassuming spot is cosmic. Give it a shot.
This under-the-radar Pakistani restaurant serves up tawa fish lovingly wrapped in tin foil, and numerous entries heavy on the spices. If you’re not ready for serious heat, ask them to go easy on the peppers. They will oblige.
Come to Babe’s for a deliciously oversized hamburger, served on a crunchy sesame seed bun. Or, try the hand battered onion rings and "never frozen" chicken tenders, and you'll understand why this SA spot is an institution.
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.
This homey little Mexican cafe in north San Antonio is infamous for its massive, flavorful taco plates. Five tacos stacked high with chicken, pork or barbacoa (the most recomended topping) come with all the fixings (onions, cilantro, lime) on the side for a customizable meal. Breakfast here is also a must, particularly the chilaquiles, topped with a heavy dose of white cheese and a strong salsa verde. Breakfast bonus: It's served all day with coffee, a smile and a "como estas?"
Tito’s is a rare bird in Southtown -- amidst contemporary and posh cuisine, these guys are pumping out some of the tastiest Tex-Mex in town. Two of the most popular dishes that Tito’s serves are the enchiladas Tejanas (basically cheese enchiladas) and cilantro cream enchiladas.