San Antonio’s well-established Tex-Mex culinary style is known for its bold fusion of Southern U.S. and Mexican cuisines.
But San Antonio’s modern take on classic Tex-Mex is expanding with chef-driven restaurants that highlight local, seasonal ingredients. To complement these inventive dishes, plan a trip to the nearby wineries of the Texas Hill Country. The area is home to more than 50 quaint vineyards and tasting rooms. Here are six restaurants taking the San Antonio dining scene to the next level.
Supper at Hotel Emma
Fresh local ingredients take center stage on Supper’s farm-to-bistro menu. The bright, open dining room is nestled inside the Hotel Emma, a 146-room boutique hotel that is itself a blend of antique and modern styles. Main dishes include grilled beef served ‘Santa Maria’ style with tomato, parsley and garlic chimichurri, and duck fat potatoes.
Hotel Emma sits on the banks of the San Antonio River, next to the San Antonio Riverwalk
Viva Villa Taqueria
Viva Villa creates magic in the form of filled flour and corn tortillas. Start the day with a chorizo-and-egg breakfast taco at this authentic taqueria. Or, pop in for lunch or dinner to try tacos stuffed with carnitas, fish, chicken and more. The restaurant, known for melding traditional and modern flavors, also serves a variety of cazuelitas – large pots of stewed meats that can be made into tacos.
The tacos at Viva Villa Taqueria, featuring house-made tortillas, are not to be missed
Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery
From its home in the once-abandoned Pearl’s Brewhouse building, Southerleigh stakes its claim as one of the country’s largest brewpubs. Tuck in to beer-friendly foods like fried chicken cracklins, fresh-made soft pretzels and, of course, fresh seafood (like the satisfying cornmeal-crusted catfish po’ boy). The brewpub’s Sunday brunch is regarded as one of San Antonio’s finest.
Cured’s name says it all: The restaurant, from Chef Steve McHugh, focuses on house-cured meats and produce. Dishes such as Cured Foie Gras Monte Cristo with local peaches represent the perfect mix of old-world techniques and updated flavors. Bring a friend or two to share a create-your-own charcuterie platter.
Cured in San Antonio features innovative, whole-animal style cooking
The culinary centerpiece of the St. Anthony Hotel, Rebelle has won raves for its impressive seafood menu and equally impressive line-up of steaks. (A San Antonio magazine named it the city’s “Best New Restaurant of 2016.”) Rebelle now offers a Sunday brunch with refined takes on comfort-food favorites.
Craft cocktails add to the culinary experience at Rebelle
You’ll need tickets to grab a place at the 12-seat table for the 10-course prix fixe dinners at Mixtli. But a meal here is like a night at the theater, complete with a trip back in time via indigenous ingredients and pre-Hispanic cooking techniques.
The menu at Mixtli rotates every 45 days to highlight different regional cuisines from Mexico