Stop what you’re doing and look at your lunch. Is that sad Lunchable really the best option? Adults should eat like adults, so instead of grabbing a midday meal from the corner convenience store, take a break from the office at these seven great San Antonio lunch spots.
From classic Italian-American to light sandwiches, each off power-packed options to get even the pickiest eater through the afternoon grind.
We’re not saying a lunch can be made out of one of Bird’s impossibly decadent chocolate pecan pies (we’re also not not saying that), but one should definitely head to this Broadway Street bakery when the 11 am hunger pangs start to hit. The simple daytime menu has sandwiches ranging from seeded bread slathered in sharp pimento cheese to a classic tuna melt with Havarti. Once the sandwich is made, order a quart of the eatery’s beloved tarragon chicken salad. Voila, now you have dinner.
Bud’s Southern Rotisserie
Nola and Cookhouse chef Pieter Sypesteyn goes quick service at this comforting concept inside the Pearl’s Bottling Department food hall. As the name implies, rotisserie chicken is the marquee dish, available either in a hot plate or a zesty sandwich with caramelized onion and arugula. Diners be just as pleased with the sides plate with choices like Cajun jambalaya, braised collard greens, and potatoes roasted in pork and chicken drippings.
This fine dining staple may be an indulgence during the dinner service, but they have a surprisingly affordable lunch. A bowl of its signature gumbo is large enough to tide you over through a day of meetings, but the salads and sandwiches are where its at. Go with your work spouse and split a chicken and brie sandwich and a huge Cobb salad protein packed with enough chicken, bacon, egg, and avocado to get through an afternoon packed with meetings.
This new school Alamo Heights bakery specializes in bread that undergoes a 48-hour fermentation process for a tastier loaf, so save it for a day when you are not watching your carbs. When you are ready to embrace the gluten, order the lunch special: a torta (the Mexican Cubana with ham, bacon, and Swiss is a good start) on a choice of bread with a side of black bean soup, fideo, or a house or Caesar salad.
Luce Ristorante e Enoteca
Experience lunch Italian style at this colorful eatery in The Strand at Huebner Oaks. The lunch menu is whittled down a bit from the dinner service’s encyclopedic offerings, but there is still much to choose from, including gnocchi swimming in Gorgonzola cream, a perfectly grilled New York strip steak, and a salad swimming with shrimp, calamari, scungilli (conch), and scallops. The pizzas are always a safe bet — especially the unconventional salmone affumicato (smoked salmon) with three cheeses and fresh dill.
Rosella at the Rand
While this downtown hot spot may better known for its buzzy morning crowds, its simple, fresh menu is just what we want in the afternoon. Opt for a lighter plate like avocado, peanut butter, or hummus toast or a bright tuna poke salad with avocado, bell pepper, and greens. Or order order something heartier like the Rosella burger, a meaty chuck, brisket, and short rib patty topped with Fontina cheese, kale chips, red onion, and tangy dab of Calabrian pepper aioli.
Tucker’s Kozy Korner
Although not entirely averse to leafy greens, this legendary dive bar specializes in heartier fare. Launched back in March, the lunch menu includes such down-home classics as grilled cheese sandwiches bursting at the seams with barbecue pork or creamy mac n’ cheese, mixed with yet more pork. Since you are already risking a food coma, go all in with an order of fried pickles and an ice-cold beer. We promise not to tell the boss.