Drop the granola bars and ditch the nutritional shakes. Whether you are into diner grub or more healthful fare, you need to wake up to San Antonio’s best breakfasts. This week, set your alarm early, set out your clothes, and get a good night’s rest. It’s time to start taking advantage of the most important meal of the day.
Bring a little bit of je ne sais quoi to your A.M. routine with a breakfast en Française. CommonWealth's omelettes would do Julia Child proud and its brioche are buttery and rich. And the croissant béchemel — a decadent take on the croque monsieur with melted cheese and Black Forest ham — is one of the most insanely delicious creations in the city. Ooh la la!
Green Vegetarian Cuisine
Whether you’ve sworn off meat altogether or are just trying to avoid it once a week, Green is the place to start your day. You can still get diner classics like breakfast plates, egg sammies, and pancakes, but bacon and ham are permanently 86d. For vegans, there are also plenty of options, like a scrambled tofu and grilled vegetable bowl or huevos a la Mexicana without the huevos. Even better, a good portion of the menu is gluten free.
The Guenther House
Step into the San Antonio of yesteryear at this turn-of-the-century treasure in the King William Historic District. Although the menu has been modernized over the years — think breakfast tacos and applewood smoked bacon — much of it still pays homage to original owner Carl Hilmar Guenther, the founder of Pioneer Flour Mills. That means fluffy waffles topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, buttermilk pancakes, and some of the best biscuits in the city.
Lulu’s Bakery & Cafe
The breakfast tacos are huge and the breakfast plates won’t leave you wanting more, but nothing at this family-owned diner quite stands up to the gigantic three-pound cinnamon rolls, a glazed confection that requires its own full-sized plate and possibly a crane to lift it. If you are looking for a sugar high before a big morning meeting, share it with a friend, then rock that Power Point.
NOLA Brunch & Beignets
We know there are some naysayers who say brunch can only be on Sundays, but we’re glad to eat it any day of the week — especially when The Cookhouse chef Pieter Sypesteyn is behind the menu. A tribute to his native New Orleans, this charming cottage restaurant offers can’t-miss dished like a blue crab omelette drizzled in Creole hollandaise and Bananas Foster pancakes with chai rum caramel. There’s a little bit of San Antonio here too, like in boudin chilaquiles with crema and chipotle gravy.
This Alamo City centenarian is known for its German cooking, but breakfast is an all-American affair. Wake up with flaky biscuits drowned in creamy sausage gravy or a hardy Papa Fritz plate loaded with two eggs, ham, hashbrowns or grits, and toast or biscuits. If you don’t have time to dawdle, order a breakfast taco with a side of Casa Rio’s famous tomatillo salsa and a fresh pastry, delivered daily from Bakery Lorraine.
The name might conjure images of leisurely dinners, but the morning meals at this Hotel Emma restaurant are just as good. Chef John Brand spoils early birds with creative dishes like a Scotch egg with green chorizo, cornbread, and crème fraîche; cheddar biscuits with house cured ham; and buttermilk pancakes with lemon curd, whipped ricotta, and blueberries. Make sure you order a side of Millionaire’s Bacon if you really want to be in hog heaven.
Twin Sisters Bakery & Cafe
With an assortment of mismatched chairs and local art hung on the colorful walls, this beloved San Antonio spot has the feel of a hippie co-op. But don’t worry; breakfast here isn’t sprouts washed down with a wheatgrass shot. Instead you’ll find treats like French toast made with Parmesan bread, brown sugar oatmeal, and expertly cooked roasted potatoes — i.e. everything you need for a day of peace and love.