By definition, it's a grocery store, but unlike any you've ever seen. Central Market offers a wonderful variety of Chef prepared foods. The great thing is you can pick and choose to create your perfect meal. Pair your salmon, chicken, roast beef or other protein with an endless number of sides, from traditional items such as mashed potatoes and Caesar salad to, well, literally a hundred other options. They also have a made-to-order grill with sandwiches, burgers, stir-fry and more. Oh, and did I mention sushi? And for dessert, guess what? They now have homemade gelato. Stock up and settle in for a night of delicious delicacies!
Vegeria somehow manages to make to make delicious Tex-Mex both Vegan and, sometimes, gluten-free as well, and this is no easy feat! You won't find many vegetarian or vegan offerings in the city that eats brisket in its sleep, but Vegeria is a surprising stand-out, even for non-vegetarian lovers. Vegeria is the only Tex-Mex Vegan restaurant in town and offers super tasty cuisine such as potato, corn and poblano flautas, that is not only healthy but fresh and inexpensive. They offer a beautiful patio for dining and as an added bonus, it's attached to a cute little bookstore for browsing while you wait for your food. Vegeria also sports their own gluten-free bakery. Who says healthy can't taste good?!
Green Vegetarian Cuisine and Coffee is an excellent option for great food that's healthy and gluten-free. Green is San Antonio's only 100% vegan and kosher restaurant. If you're in the mood for a great meal and a scrumptious gluten-free cupcake for dessert, this is the place. They also make excellent smoothies and quick snacks for on the go! The food choices are amazing and even non-vegetarians are impressed with how flavorful and irresistible the food is. "Tofu Migas is our most popular breakfast dish. It's a healthier and tastier version of a San Antonio breakfast classic," says chef and co-owner, Mike Behrend.
Smallcakes poses the question, "Maybe a cupcake will help?" When it comes to smallcakes cupcakes, we think they're on to something! The fact that the offer gluten-free cupcakes just makes them even more awesome. This gourmet cupcake company was founded in Kansas City by Jeff and Brandy Martin and has grown into a network of cupcakery franchises across 9 states with around 45 stores! Jeff has made appearances on the Food Network's "Cupcake Wars" and on "The View", and he was invited to cater to music's biggest stars at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. USA Today rated Smallcakes as one of the "Top Places to Try a Gourmet Cupcake" in April 2012. The Smallcakes San Antonio is a family-owned business bakery, and is a franchise of the wildly popular Smallcakes.
Kate's Frosting is a local favorite for the best cupcakes! The flavor varieties are like yummy little daydreams. The Teacher's Pet is an apple cake topped with cinnamon buttercream; the Troublemaker is a chocolate chip and walnut cake with marshmellow filling, topped with chocolate buttercream spikes; the OMG is strawberry cake with pink cotton candy frosting sprinkled with glitter and a Twizzler garnish while the Snooze Button is a chocolate cake filled with espresso mousse, topped with mocha buttercream, and that's just for starters. They are not exclusively gluten-free, but gluten-free, vegan and even low sugar cupcakes can be special ordered in a variety of flavors.
Cupcakes are still all the rage and we know why - Sweet Karma Cupcakes! This delectable little cupcake shop is a locally-owned, family-operated bakery in San Antonio, Texas. They provide quality cupcakes and other sweet treats, all homemade with superior customer service. They also provide gluten-free and sugar-free options. Sweet Karma has an excellent variety of flavors from French Toast with Maple Butter, Fruity Pebbles and traditional favorites like Vanilla with Vanilla or Chocolate Butter Cream and Red Velvet. Their prices are great and they also have homemade cookies and other favorites such as lemon bars.
Friendly to vegetarian and health-conscious diners, this funky spot serves breakfast tacos wrapped in whole-wheat tortillas, fruit muffins, and other diverse breakfast and brunch fare. The flour is stone-ground and unbleached, and most ingredients are organic, attracting a mixed clientele that includes granola yuppies and an older set just this side of hippie. Espressos and cappuccinos also get your day percolating. Everything is made from scratch here and the best part is they have two locations, so whether you're downtown or near Alamo Heights you can grab a cozy breakfast or pop in for lunch with friends and family. It's worth it!
Bakery Lorraine started out as a hole in the wall on Grayson street. Now at the Pearl Brewery in a much larger, more upscale location, they have earned a reputation as the cafe to go for the most delicious sandwiches and pastries. There is nothing more comforting or homey than fresh baked pastries made from scratch, and Bakery Lorraine puts a sprinkle of TLC on everything they make. Jeremy and Anne met while working for Thomas Keller at Bouchon Bakery in the Napa Valley, California and have been baking together ever since. They honed their skills in different kitchens around the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to San Antonio in the summer of 2010. In 2011 they established Bakery Lorraine, through which they wish to share their craftsmanship with you. Every item that they put out is handmade with the utmost care and attention to detail.
Bird Bakery is like a little bakery heaven. The staff is overwhelmingly friendly, encouraging you to try the wide variety of samples, from carrot cake, salted peanut butter cups, and Mexican chocolate brownies. Make sure to ask which items are gluten-free, as this is not a dedicated gluten-free bakery but comes with a variety of wonderful options. They have an amazing honey cheesecake made with Greek yogurt, but it tastes just as decadent and delicious as any cheesecake you've every tasted. Of course they have an array of cupcakes from the Elvis cupcake with peanut butter frosting to the Lemon Blueberry Pancake cupcake. Yum! Bird Bakery also serves lunch and dinner in a chic atmosphere.
Owner of the popular and long-standing, The Cove, has opened up a new restaurant called 5 Points Local that nourishes the mind, body and spirit with local clean food and yoga toi boot! What's even better is the entire menu is gluten-free, so you can eat anything and everything you want without worry of miscommunication or cross-contamination, which as people with gluten allergies know, is a rare treat. What's even more is that 5 Points Local cares to source quality ingredients that are healthful to your body, as well as delicious, although truth be told, they sometimes do not skimp on the calories. If you're looking to indulge in some delicious pastries - both savory and sweet - you can do that here. It's also possible to dig into a satisfying meal that is entirely guilt-free. You decide, based on your mood and how tight your pants are fitting at the moment. Their brunch on Sundays is fantastic... you can enjoy biscuits and gravy and even some classic gluten-free pancakes - which means good ole American deliciousness! If you're not too full afterwards, pop on in for a yoga class to work it off!