Like “Thank U, Next,” Ariana Grande’s revenge track about recent ex Pete Davidson, San Antonio’s restaurant scene is scorching hot. In October, a host of new eateries made their debut, bringing everything from Mediterranean fare to classic Southern cooking. Only time will tell if these newcomers stick around long enough for a lifetime romance, but this month we are letting them sweep us off our feet.
This Israeli-born fast-casual chain is upping San Antonio’s burger game with a gourmet take on sliders. The third area location, located in Ingram Park Mall, specializes in Middle Eastern flavors like falafel, merguez sausage, and lamb, but there’s plenty of U.S. ingredients like American cheese. Pair them with an order of sweet chili wings or addictive round-cut fries.
Caesar Zepeda, the owner of popular eatery Sangria on the Burg, is making another splash in Alamo City with a fast casual concept that may just give all those poke places a run for their money. Specializing in ceviche made with fresh seafood delivered every day, the restaurant offers four tasty signature bowls that can be customized endlessly. Try the tangy San Antonio bowl with fresh pico de gallo, fresh lime juice, cilantro, and peppers.
It’s all in the name. This cozy shop near the Medical Center keeps things simple with espresso and sweets. For the java head, there’s favorites like flat whites, lattes, and mochas, all of which we recommend be ordered with an extra shot. With decadent flavors like triple chocolate, Nutella, honey, and caramel, the crepes and waffles mean business and caffeine is the only hope for avoiding a food coma.
Mr. C’s Fried Chicken & Waffles
This Shaenfield Ranch Center eatery is definitely one for your cheat day. Almost everything is fried — pork chops, catfish, gizzards, pickles, green tomatoes, and, of course, chicken. If you need a break from the crunch, peruse the Southern cooking menu, which offers solid takes on classics like smothered steak, mac ’n’ cheese, and shrimp and grits. There’s also avocado toast on the menu, but with such great home cooking, we can’t fathom why you would order it.
Ramen Bar at Freight
Acclaimed chef Michael Sohocki hit another home run in early October with his noodle shop to Freight Gallery & Studios.The menu is slightly different from the original at Cherrity Bar thanks to general manager Victor Cortez. The ramen, available in vegan, chicken, and pork bone broths, is still the focus. But the stir-fried yakisoba — with caramelized onions, cabbage, and spicy mayo — is sure to tempt when the thermometer goes back up.