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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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