Scientists and moms have been saying it for eons: breakfast is the most important part of the day. The meal provides energy to power through the most miserable part of everyone’s day, for God’s sake. So wipe the sleep from your eyelids and take a seat, San Antonio; here’s the definitive list of cheap-yet-tasty breakfast options in our city.
It’s not Saturday in San Antonio until you’ve joined the Magnolia madness. Yes, the wait is terribly long, but isn’t that what smartphones were invented for? Or use the time to authentically connect with another human you’ve brought with you, either way we support your decisions. You’ll certainly get your money’s worth here. For only $7.25, the waffles and eggs are a perfect combination of savory and sweet, and you might have enough cash leftover for a cup of coffee.
Being a reasonable human has its benefits. If you’re ever in the mood,Twin Sisters is all about sensible portion sizes and healthy alternatives -- their fruit cups are not just for show. The Petite Breakfast comes with one scrambled egg, one slice of bacon, and your choice of one piece of toast, muffin, or pancake. This is not the norm for a city known for its... consumption, but for $4.39 the meal will leave you with room in your wallet and stomach.
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Is there a better place to get your breakfast fix at 3am? The rest of the country has Waffle House for their degenerate breakfasts, but Jim’s is better. For $4.99, the Pioneer Breakfast works as an excellent precautionary measure for your upcoming hangover and is served with two eggs and a biscuit covered in sausage and gravy. 3am me would pay much, much more for that.
Pancake Joe’s is for those of us who prefer our breakfast savory. Like their name indicates, the place serves excellent pancakes, but you should buck the trend and order a plate of Joe’s Favorite. For $6.99, it comes with a mix of eggs, sausage, steak, green peppers, and onions served on top a massive pile of warm ranch potatoes. You won’t have to eat for the rest of the day, we promise.
Schilo's is as old as San Antonio, probably. So old, we’re pretty sure Davy Crockett ordered a bowl of split pea soup here as a celebratory meal for solidifying Texas’ independence from Mexico. Get the Papa Fritz Breakfast -- with two eggs, bratwurst (!), hash browns or grits, biscuits or muffins, and a choice of coffee or small juice... for $7.85, this is what Davy wish he had ordered rather than the split pea. If you aren’t inclined to take a morning nap after that monster meal, take a stroll through SA’s storied downtown afterwards.
Pro tip: keep it simple at Courtyard. Get the $5.79 buttermilk pancake plate with a side of bacon. Feel free to dip said bacon in the abundant maple syrup and live in breakfast bliss. You can not make pancakes this good at home, so don’t even think about trying.
Bakery Lorraine’s cinnamon roll will solve most of life’s problems. For $4 you can drown your sorrows in the heaven-sent breakfast treat. You might even have cash leftover to dabble in their famous macarons (you should definitely do that). No one will judge you for eating twelve macarons after a couple cinnamon rolls.
Eating at Green will not make you a vegetarian. What might though, is ordering their Huevos a la Mexicana, and for $8, that’s a cheap and delicious catalyst for making you re-think your current meat loving ways.
1. Magnolia Pancake Haus10333 Huebner Rd, San Antonio
2. Twin Sisters Bakery & Cafe6322 N New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio
3. Jim's Restaurants351 Hildebrand, San Antonio
4. Pancake Joes1011 Donaldson Ave, San Antonio
5. Schilo's Delicatessen424 E Commerce St, San Antonio
6. Courtyard Cafe7600 Eckhert Rd, San Antonio
7. Bakery Lorraine511 E Grayson St, San Antonio
8. Green Vegetarian Cuisine at The Pearl200 E Grayson St Ste 120, San Antonio
This pancake 'haus' serves much more than pancakes. Covering all the breakfast essentials and then some, its no surprise that this has become known as one of the best breakfasts in San Antonio.
An SA institution, Twin Sisters is known as a lunch hangout for Alamo Heights royalty, but don’t let the perception dissuade you. The portions might not be as large as us San Antonians are accustomed to, but this place makes a mean carne guisada. Tender, juicy, and with the right amount of salt, the taco will leave you wanting more, so make sure to fill up on the chips and fresh salsa.
This late night, San Antonio staple is known for their unfussy American comfort and all-day breakfast. If you're looking to indulge, try the Pioneer Breakfast -- two eggs and a biscuit covered in sausage and gravy.
Obviously, pancakes are the claim to family at this diner. But if you're craving something with a little more substance, order the Joe’s Favorite. It comes with eggs, sausage, steak, green peppers, onions, and ranch potatoes.
This old-school German deli has been serving stacked sandwiches and house-made beer since the early 1900s.
The Courtyard Cafe is known for their simple, no fuss buttermilk pancakes (among other breakfast items) and spacious outdoor seating.
Duo Anne Ng and Jeremy Mandrell started this bakery after meeting while working with Thomas Keller in California. Their space crafts handmade treats with a focus on macarons. Get them in patriotic colors around the 4th of July and, come winter, snag their peppermint and gingerbread flavors.