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San Antonio Restaurants We’d Love to See on Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives

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Yes, that’s right! This is the SA edition of Triple D we’re wanting to watch on tv ASAP. We asked and tons of you responded with your favorite gems. So, we’re headed Full Throttle towards BIG flavors in the 210! These are some San Antonio Restaurants we’d love to see on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

If you’re not familiar with Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, it’s a Food Network show that’s hosted by the one and only, Guy Fieri. Guy with his big and loveable attitude, showcases the classic city gems. Although he has been to the Countdown City before, we’re ready to hear him say “gosh, that’s goooood” about some of our faves he might have missed.

Reminder: Due to COVID-19, we understand there’s not much going on in our city. But don’t worry, there is still plenty of Stuff to Do in San Antonio that can be done while social distancing. Be sure to double-check for any updates on these yummy spots before making plans to head out.

If you’re looking for a local taste of Italy, head on over to Papa Dante’s. Where the flavors are delicious, the atmosphere is cozy, and the food is comforting. You’ll want to keep going for more! The Italian comfort food restaurant is family-owned and going strong since 1979. Papa Dante’s has been providing your favorites ever since. Like the Chicken Parmesan with Lasagna. Who could forget the delicious Dean Martin Subs and a Cannoli to go!?
Pro Tip: Don’t forget that they Cater for special occasions too. Kiki says, “I swear, they’re going to cater my wedding one day because I love this place so much!” Do you love Papa Dante’s this much too?

Every time Kiki visits Mr. A Ok’s Kitchen, her go-to order is either fried fish or chicken fried chicken. Her sides are double side of mac and cheese and with some Texas toast.

“A place to meet a friend and be a friend.” For over 20 years, Grumpy’s Mexican Cafe makes you feel at home every time you visit. They ensure you leave happy and with a full stomach. How could you not with the generous portion sizes? Some of their Must Try favorites are the Chicken and Waffles with Twisters or the classic, Chili Cheese Enchilada plate. You’re sure to fall in love with this place just as I did. After my first visit with my family, I went back two weekends in a row. Three weekends at Grumpy’s back to back. No regrets.

Pro Tip: Wait times, especially during the weekend can get hectic. Enjoy a Bloody Mary or Margarita while you wait for your table.

For over 15 + years now, every time I visit Hungry Farmer Steakhouse my go-to order is Chicken Fried Chicken. My sides are fries, a fresh roll, and a house salad with their homemade Thousand Island dressing.

A unique and special place “where miracles happen.” Comfort Cafe brings delicious flavors to your dish and also offers help to the SA community. They are a division of SerenityStar, a charitable organization. Their program promotes “a safe, sober, and spiritual environment.” Enjoy some Biscuits and Sausage Gravy for that “you complete me” feeling. Or a yummy but Classic Rueben. You’ll feel great all-around, trust us. Knowing you’ve done some good and enjoyed a great meal too.

Bonus Tip: Comfort Cafe is a “pay what you can” spot but $10 per meal is encouraged and cherished. After all, 100% of the earnings go into the program. Don’t forget about your coffee fix! Java Junkies is sure to help you keep going throughout your busy or fun day.

If you’re a hopeless romantic, you’re sure to fall in love with Smack’s Chicken Shack. They’re a combination of comfort and delicious flavors. It’s the perfect food love language story. From pop-up, to food truck, to restaurant, you don’t don’t want to miss out on all the favorites like the BBQ Mac & Cheese. How about The Big Peach? Smothered with cream cheese, honey, peach jam, and candied jalapenos; what’s not to love?

Is food one of your love languages too? Plan a date night and enjoy some BIG flavors.

We definitely caught the wave towards Stixs and Stone. How could we not with their mixture of creative and delicious flavors? Induldge in the award winning taco flight. Mix and match tacos on Thursdays to find your favorite. Plus! You’ll want to make your way to the “Home of the FREE Mimosa Sunday Brunch.” Did someone say, Sunday-Funday with a  side of Skewer Trio or Wok Fried Kimchi Bowl? Count us in!

We love unique foods. Checkout our blog with other yummy spots offering Unique Foodie Flights in San Antonio.

It all started with buying a truck stop back in 1972, and they’ve been cookin’ with love ever since. Not only does Bobbie’s Cafe and Pie Bar offer BIG flavor, they bring soul and history. A southside San Antonio favorite and staple. You’re sure to fall in love with their homestyle Meatloaf or Liver and Oninons.

Pro Tip: Don’t forget to leave room for delicious homemade pie or some double chocolate cake.

You can never go wrong with a good ol’ hamburger or hotdog, they’re classic! It tastes better when you feel like family as you’re enjoying it. Fattboy Burgers and Dogs, born in Texas, not only has massive food portions. They’re delicious and fresh too. Get a hold of a Fattboy Burger (1/2 pound of fresh ground beef) and some fresh cut fries. The friend pickles are amazing and don’t forget about your domestic or premium beer to wash it all down.

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We know not everyone is ready to be out and about just yet, and we encourage you to do what is best for yourself and your family during this time.  

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Samantha Sanchez

Samantha Sanchez

Samantha is a UNATION team member and author of the Stuff to Do City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do near you, subscribe for updates and follow be sure to follow us on social!