Where to eat now
The coffee has worn off, there’s upteen meetings on the calendar, and errands to run after that. Afternoons can feel endless. The least one can do is have a good lunch.
Instead of hitting up the drive-thru for a burger, think lighter at these San Antonio restaurants that will give plenty of oomph for the busy schedule ahead.
Have your burger and eat it, too, at this San Antonio fast favorite. Options include hefty sandwiches stuffed with a roasted quinoa, garlic, and lentil patty and a spicy breaded chik-n filet, but it’s difficult to beat the tangy jackfruit served with briny pickles, onion, and sweet slaw. With its divine texture and tangy barbecue sauce, it capably mimics pulled pork. Make it a healthy combo with apple slices, kale salad, or edamame.
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Find some zen on hectic days by taking a lunchtime yoga class at this community hub, then stay for a menu that offers Thai coconut curry, a vegan mushroom stroganoff, and a harvest bowl loaded with seasonal roasted veggies, toasted seeds, and organic sautéed kale. Grab a pressed juice on the way out to keep the energy flowing.
At this downtown eatery, food isn’t just about nourishment. Based on anti-inflammatory ingredients, Pharm Table aims to improve its guests overall quality of life. But one doesn’t need a spoonful of sugar to help this medicine go down. Offerings like collard leaf “tacos” filled with seasonal roasted, pickled, and raw veggies and beet cashew crema are delicious whatever one’s diet.
When it comes to warm fuzzies, it’s difficult to beat soul food, but sometimes that cozy feeling can come with a hangover. Luckily, this funky cafe eschews all the butter and bacon for free-range chicken, farm-raised shrimp, and sustainable salmon. Plus, there’s a variety of better-for-you sides like vegan mustard greens and collard greens; organic corn; and a medley of green beans, broccoli, and squash.
Thyme for Lunch
The name tells you everything you need to know. This North San Antonio spot offers garden fresh fare just in time to tame the late morning beast. Although it serves scratch-made soups and a variety of sandwiches, the salads are particularly notable. The 10 tempting choices travel the world for inspiration, from spicy Buffalo chicken with blue cheese and Greek yogurt ranch to marinated pork tenderloin served Vietnamese-style with romaine, cucumbers, carrot, and rice noodles.