13 of the Best Places for Southern Food in San Antonio

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Soul food from Tony G

This remarkable Eastside gem enthralls local foodies with standard soul food goodness at every meal. Visit for breakfast to have Creole breakfast in the countryside with ‘Red River’ Creole fried catfish on cheesy grits and home fried potatoes and all the trimmings. Eat later in the day to order the po’ boy catfish, okra, or shrimp and grits. Trust us, it will be a good time here.

Find it: 915 South Hackberry Street, San Antonio, TX 78210; 210-451-1234

Shrimp and oatmeal with a cookie from NOLA Brunch & Beignets, a wonderful meal for you to enjoy.

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NOLA Brunch & Donuts

Taste the best of the New Orleans food scene at this cozy brunch spot. The chicken and donuts are a staple you’ll never regret, but the blood sausage omelette, NOLA brunch plate, and Big City Biscuit are all worth considering. Toast to your meal with a mimosa or two!

Find it: 720 East Mistletoe, San Antonio, TX 78212; 210-957-1086

Saltwater Catfish with Bernaise at Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery at the Pearl.

Saltwater Catfish with Bernaise at Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery at the Pearl.

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Southerleigh Food & Brewery

For something a little more upscale, treat yourself to a ridiculously tasty meal at Southerleigh at the Pearl. While you can’t go wrong here, you might want to consider ordering the jumbo gulf shrimp, fried chicken, boiled shrimp, or spicy Cajun caviar. Yum.

Find it: 136 E Grayson St. Suite 120, San Antonio, TX 78215; 210-455-5701

Take your time with this plate of Southern food to go.

Take your time with this plate of Southern food to go.

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Mamma Lou’s Soul Food Kitchen

With meats like oxtail, pork chop, and fried or baked chicken, you’ll eat well at Mamma Lou. You’ll know you’re in heaven if you order the sweet potato casserole or the candied yams.

Find it: 4929 Walzem Road, San Antonio, TX 78218; 210-277-7847

This southern meal with a side of macaroni and cheese and greens was made with love.

This southern meal with a side of macaroni and cheese and greens was made with love.

Yelp / Chris M.

Scoota Bangz

This home-style kitchen will allow you to discover the best of southern cuisine made with love. You’ll find inspired dishes like the pork chop sandwich or the catfish meal. Be sure to try the mac and cheese. You can thank us later.

Find it: 8492 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, TX 78229; 210-993-2665

Organic greens and other healthy choices await you at Sweet Yams.

Organic greens and other healthy choices await you at Sweet Yams.

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sweet yams

Eat tasty Southern classics without worrying about your diet. This Eastside restaurant offers a healthy menu with gluten-free, organic and vegan options such as the gumbo feast, a mix of po’boys and chili. You have to try the sweet potato cupcake!

Find it: 218 N Cherry St., San Antonio, TX 78202; 210-229-9267

A plate stacked with Southern food is the norm at the Acadian Cafe.

A plate stacked with Southern food is the norm at the Acadian Cafe.

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Acadian Cafe

A longtime restaurant on the Far Westside, Acadiana Cafe is a San Antonio staple for Cajun favorites. Your choice of sides is huge, like Cajun cabbage, black-eyed peas, alligator strips, and jambalaya. You’ll even feel like you’re in the Deep South with its rustic wood-panelled dining room.

Find it: 1289 SW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78227; 210-674-0019

You'll need your glasses of Kool-Aid while eating this Southern meal.

You’ll need your glasses of Kool-Aid while eating this Southern meal.

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Mr A Ok’s kitchen

Start with fried green tomatoes and make pork chops or chicken the star of your meal and cook them however you like at this popular San Anotnio spot. There are also oxtails and the sides include yams, dirty rice and more. There are so many options and Kool-Aid is available to wash it all.

Find it: 5532 Walzem Road, San Antonio, TX 78218; 210-642-4181

Seafood Gumbo is one of Bayseas biggest sellers with its mouth-watering broth brimming with shrimp, fish, sausage, rice, okra and more.

Seafood Gumbo is one of Bayseas biggest sellers with its mouth-watering broth brimming with shrimp, fish, sausage, rice, okra and more.

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Bayseas Catfish House

You’ll have a hard time deciding what to order here, given that you’ll find fried pork chops, meatloaf, chicken fried steak, chicken fried chicken, okra, oysters, and, of course, on the menu. catfish. Don’t forget that you have the option of smothering it.

Find it: 13954 Nacogdoches Road, San Antonio, TX 78217; 210-314-5219




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