With the Medical District, the University of Texas San Antonio campus, La Cantera, and the Dominion, Northwest San Antonio boasts some great hot spots in a central locale. Even if you don't reside in the area, chances are you have found yourself there for a shopping excursion or happy hour. Next time you're stuck in Huebner Oaks traffic or riding down Fredericksburg Road, consider stopping at one of these restaurants for brunch.
Ajuúa! Mexican Grill
An all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch buffet for just $12? To make it even better, this Mexican eatery runs drink specials on mimosas, micheladas, and margaritas. The atmosphere is casual and friendly with a colorful interior, huge outdoor patio, and live music. The food is fresh and tasty, and, at such a reasonable price, hard to pass up. You might find yourself waiting for a table if you show up later on a Sunday, but trust us — it's worth it.
Must-try dishes: Cinnamon pancakes and the pozole
Nestled within The Strand at Huebner Oaks, this local coffeehouse serves great brews and equally on-par food. The tinted glass windows, smell of fresh baked goods, and comfy furniture give it a charming and homey feel. Customers can't go wrong with any of the food selections, as all of the pastries, kolaches, and croissants are baked fresh daily. Aspen's Brew serves a variety of light lunch options as well. Frequent visitors rave about the wonderful coffee creations, like the double-brewed French roast.
Must-try dish: Chocolate croissant
Bakery Lorraine's second location opened in the heart of the Medical Center after it became a San Antonio staple at the Pearl. Dessert lovers on the northwest side rejoiced, for there is nothing quite like Bakery Lorraine. From classic, fanciful desserts like Parisian macarons to the more exotic bostock, everything at this bakery is crafted to perfection. The Medical Center spot is just as charming as the original, with warm hospitality and spacious seating. If sweets are not your thing, don't worry: Bakery Lorraine also serves up a wonderful breakfast and lunch menu that changes seasonally.
Must-try dishes: Savory bread pudding and the homemade Pop-Tart
Sangria on the Burg
Sangria on the Burg is a great place to find yourself on a Saturday for some delicious food and drinks. The handcrafted sangria and cocktails are a delight, and so is the Tex-Mex barbecue selection. Guests love the chance to mix and match the taco and slider options. Popular favorites include the surf and turf slider (ground beef, Gulf shrimp, and a Siriacha-lime remoulade) and the pork belly tacos. The famous sangria flight: $8 gets you a small glass each of the house red, house white, Big Red, and Jameson-ginger sangrias. The restaurant also serves delectable desserts such as an espresso Nutella brownie and Mexican chocolate cheesecake.
Must-try dish: The Dirty Sanchez slider (ground beef, poblano, jack cheese, guacamole, Fritos, and a bacon-bean puree)