Dig into Peanut Butter and Banana Pancakes at Courtyard Cafe

Courtyard Cafe briefly closed its doors in 2008, but the hiatus didn't last for very long. Regular customers clamored for the local eatery to reopen, and its owners obliged. That was particularly good news for those who enjoy going out for breakfast, because Courtyard Cafe's morning menu is one of the most popular in the area.

Until 11 a.m., you can order the classic breakfast plate. Choose the cheesy grits as your side and dig into two eggs cooked your way along with sausage, bacon, and a house-crafted biscuit or slice of golden-brown toast. The decadent peanut butter and banana pancakes or waffles come piled with fresh fruit, house-made peanut butter cream, and peanut butter chips tossed right into the batter. If you decide to do lunch at Courtyard Cafe, order anything with the jalapeno bread—it earns rave reviews.

Courtyard Cafe
7600 Eckhert Road
San Antonio, TX 78240
(210) 370-3779

Tre Trattoria: Intimate Italian Cuisine in San Antonio

An intimate, romantic setting, stellar food and expert service have earned Tre Trattoria a hefty crop of satisfied patrons. Go there for house-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas and flavorful antipasti dishes. If the weather’s nice, dine outside on the patio. Lunch offerings feature a tasty array of options, including the Chef’s Quick Bite Menu where you get a choice of soup or salad and one of 7 entrée options. Dinnertime offerings include Pan Seared Gnocchi with creamy gorgonzola sauce, Fettuccini with Duck Confit, Slow-Braised Beef Short Ribs, Whole Branzino, and Tuscan Marinated Rib Eye Steak. Daily Family-Style Specials feature a roster of yummy fare for one or several people, depending on price. Save room for a delectable dessert like House-Made Gelato or Ricotta Cake with Mascarpone.

Tre Trattoria
4003 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 805-0333

Mina and Dimi’s Greek House: Traditional Gyros and a Lively Atmosphere

If you’re a fan of the fresh flavors of traditional Greek food, Mina and Dimi’s Greek House is a must-try restaurant in the San Antonio area. This hidden gem is tucked away in a fairly nondescript strip mall on the west side of the city, but it’s built up quite a loyal following over its long history.

The restaurant’s interior is colorful and eclectic, with interesting decor from all over the world hanging on the walls and spacious tables that can easily accommodate large parties. Mina and Dimi’s frequently hosts lively events in the form of belly dancing performances and wine tastings that always get quite crowded and noisy, which only adds to the restaurant’s authentically Greek atmosphere.

As for the food, regulars rave about Mina and Dimi’s gyros, falafel, and feta-covered salads. Visit the restaurant on Fridays during its $10 all-you-can-eat lunch buffet to get the best bang for your buck.

Mina and Dimi’s Greek House
7159 W. US Highway 90
San Antonio, TX 78227
(210) 674-3464

Jerusalem Grill: Fresh, Healthy Middle Eastern Fare in San Antonio

Jerusalem Grill brings the delicious Middle Eastern cooking style to the San Antonio area. This friendly, casual restaurant features a comfortable interior decorated with eclectic murals of street scenes in Jerusalem, as well as cozy booths and a spacious outdoor patio.

Popular appetizers include homemade hummus, muhammara, and fried cauliflower. Entrees center around kebabs and platters with rice and pita bread, crispy salads covered in lemon dressing, and the light, fluffy falafel. All of the dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients and authentic spices, and portions are very large for the affordable prices. Relax with a cup of mint tea and flavorful baklava after your meal, and take in the lively sights and sounds of this unique San Antonio eatery.

Jerusalem Grill is open 11 a.m. to midnight Tuesdays through Sundays, and it is closed on Mondays.

Jerusalem Grill
3259 Wurzbach Road
San Antonio, TX 78238
(210) 680-8400

Kennedy’s Chicago Pizza: A Taste of the Windy City in San Antonio

Most people have to travel to the Windy City in order to get a taste of Chicago’s famous deep-dish pizza, but Kennedy’s Chicago Pizza brings it right to the heart of San Antonio. From the crispy crust to the thick, doughy center, the homemade sauce and the toppings piled high on top, everything about this pizza is a authentic.

The family-owned restaurant also offers other Chicago fare favorites, like traditional Italian sandwiches, chili cheese hot dogs, and hot wings in three distinct flavors. The menu even lists spaghetti with homemade sweet Italian bread that makes a hearty dinner. Regulars insist that you should also save room for Eli’s famous cheesecake or carrot cake, which are both large enough to share. Everything on the menu at Kennedy’s Chicago Pizza is made dail.

Kennedy’s Chicago Pizza offers both dine-in and takeout options, and calling ahead is recommended. Visit its website to learn more!

Kennedy’s Chicago Pizza
8802 Potranco Road
San Antonio, TX 78245
(210) 680-6673

Enjoy a Fresh Catch at Wildfish Seafood Grille

From the sleek and swanky bar area to the sophisticated dining room, San Antonio's Wildfish Seafood Grille offers an inviting place to relax and enjoy a quality meal of surf and turf. We recommend the Chilean sea bass, the Icelandic cod, the shellfish tower appetizer, and the Midwestern steak, which is aged 28 days before being broiled. Wildfish Seafood Grille is generally always bustling, but the restaurant sees extra foot traffic during happy hour. Served between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. seven days a week, happy hour offers discounts on appetizers, raw oysters, cocktails, and wines.

Wildfish Seafood Grille is located in the middle of a plaza, so parking can also be difficult to find. Despite that, regulars believe that the ambiance and quality food presented at Wildfish is worth the extra effort!

Wildfish Seafood Grille
1834 NW Loop 1604
San Antonio, TX 78248
(210) 493-1600

Enjoy Some Sake and Traditional Japanese Fare at Sushi Zushi

With four San Antonio locations, Sushi Zushi has established itself as a favorite among local lovers of Japanese fare. This restaurant takes a creative approach to Japanese cuisine, giving traditional Japanese dishes a Latin American twist. Returning diners recommend the salmon roll, seaweed salad, and Tampa Bay Musubi.

The happy hour specials offer cheap drinks, glasses of wine, hot sake, and appetizer-size rolls. Regulars enjoy that it is convenient to visit even during rush hour. Service is friendly and fast and regulars mention they love that drinks keep being served despite how busy the establishment is.

Sushi Zushi uses local ingredients to make modern, five-star and healthy options for its customers.

Sushi Zushi
Stone Oak Plaza II
18720 Stone Oak
(210) 545-6100

Las Kekas Restaurant: Mexican Fare Morning, Noon and Night

While tacos are fairly easy to find in just about any American city, locating authentic Mexican fare is a bit more difficult. Here in San Antonio, regulars love Las Kekas Restaurant when they’re craving authentic Mexican cuisine. This casual eatery looks like a house from the outside, but inside cozy wooden tables covered with colorful tablecloths offer the perfect spot to enjoy a plate of huevos rancheros with family or friends.

The menu includes hard-to-find Mexican offerings prepared just like they are in homes south of the border, including chicken mole, kekas, huevos motulenos and fresh, flavorful pico de gallo to with it all. Sugary churros and light, fluffy plates of flan are on the menu for dessert. Unlike many typical Mexican eateries, Las Kekas offers a traditional breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. Diners can enjoy omelets, machacado con huevos, or even a full breakfast buffet filled with morning fare.

Las Kekas Restaurant
7101 Bandera Road
San Antonio, TX 78238
(210) 680-1560

Jersey Mike’s: Experience a Taste of the East Coast

For fresh, sub-style sandwiches on even your busiest days, Jersey Mike’s is a convenient and delicious choice. The San Antonio location gets busy around lunchtime, but the skilled sandwich makers are always efficient, and the line moves fairly quickly.

Each sandwich starts off with Jersey Mike’s freshly baked submarine rolls, though they also serve wraps for carb-conscious visitors. Hot and cold subs with names like the Jersey Shore’s Favorite and the Big Kahuna Cheese Steak are piled high with high quality meats, cheeses, and veggies sliced fresh for each individual order, and if you choose to get your sandwich “Mike’s Way,” it will have oil, vinegar, and spices on it, as well. Each sub can be made into a salad for those who are concerned with calories by simply placing the ingredients on a bed of lettuce. Jersey Mike’s also offers kids' meals with smaller sandwiches for the little ones.

Jersey Mike’s is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Jersey Mike’s
8603 State Highway 151
San Antonio, TX 78245
(210) 236-9351

Pancake Joe’s: The Friendliest Breakfast in Town

With a name like Pancake Joe’s, it’s hard to imagine this popular San Antonio breakfast spot being anything but friendly. The next time you’re planning a breakfast outing, stop on in for classic American breakfasts piled high with stacks of the restaurant’s signature pancakes, as well as never-ending cups of coffee and never-ending conversation with friends and family.

Pancake Joe’s specializes in fun pancake creations like the Pineapple Upside-Down Pancakes, but they also offer Banana-Pecan Pancakes, classic blueberry pancakes and many others. If you’re in the mood for something more savory, you can also create your own omelet or indulge in a hearty egg platter with sides of crispy bacon and hash browns. The atmosphere at Pancake Joe’s is that of a greasy spoon-style diner, complete with the retro signage and bright red booths. If you’re in the mood for a breakfast that’s filling and affordable, this is the place to go!

Pancake Joe’s
1011 Donaldson Ave
San Antonio, TX 78228
(210) 785-9007

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