Best Lunch in San Antonio

Lunch in San Antonio, from Burgers to BBQ and Chinese Street Eats

Who's hungry for lunch? Don't worry, San Antonio's got you with a very wide array of lunch options that will have you happy and satiated in no time. Sure, they've got Tex-Mex on every corner, but there's plenty of other options out there and the landscape is looking more delicious than ever!

When you're craving breakfast for lunch, there are a few favorites that top the list, starting with CommonWealth Coffee & Bakery, which is simply one of the most adorable cafes you've ever seen. The original Alamo Heights location has a picturesque backyard, perfect for a leisurely lunch on a lovely sunny day. With housemade French pastries, omeletes, soups, sandwiches, fresh salads and some of the best coffee in town, you're in for a treat. The best part is the live chickens on the backyard patio!

We know there's never an end to our desire for great pizza, and here we have Stella Public House, which offers farm to table pizza and some stellar craft beer. Farm to table pizza, meaning, Stella has a long list of local farms they source their products from, which results in absolutely flavorful pizza that's just a little bet better for you than most.

Keep reading to find out what other yummy lunch options are in store for you!




Bandit BBQ
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Not sure why this place is named Bandit BBQ - perhaps because it takes you by surprise just how great it is. Known for their craft made sausages, which can change from week-to-week and include some really fun and incredibly delicious flavors, such as pork sausage stuffed with mac-n-cheese and bacon, they're really isn't anything here that's not scrumptious. You know, all the good stuff! Bandit is a more modern version of a barbecue joint, and do it their way all the way! A great place to grab lunch or dinner, they offer a variety of sandwiches, from burgers to pulled pork. Their turkey sandwich, piled with tender moist smoked turkey and topped with smashed avocado and a special sauce practically melts in your mouth. The burger, too, has been getting some high praise for its cheesy meaty goodness. The brisket is spot on too, and if you're feeling daring, you can ask to add some to your burger. Sky's the limit at Bandit! The environment is stylish and, bonus, located next to a coffee shop.

Recommended for Lunch because: A modern deli made with juicy barbecued meats and fabulous French fries!

Kimberly's expert tip: Try the burger! It may be messy and full of calories, but it's totally worth it.

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Augie's Alamo City BBQ Steakhouse
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Augie's barbecue has been a San Antonio staple for many years now. It's so delicious it repeatedly sells out, so make sure to get there early to get your favorites. Now, when it comes to favorites, Augie's has all the classics. He has mastered the art of Texas BBQ and that includes the sides, which are scratch made and, simply, exceptional complements to the barbecue. With succulent brisket, pulled pork, sausage, chicken and more perfectly smoked and ready to make your mouth water meats, Augie's is our #1 go-to for traditional Texas 'cue. As this is also a steakhouse, they offer affordable, hand-cut ribeyes and NY strips as well. The restaurant is spacious with fun d├ęcor you might expect. They also have a new dedicated bar with a long list of specialty bourbons and an outdoor patio where you can enjoy that brisket and bourbon on warm Texas evenings. Make sure to also check out Augie's other location, Augie's Barbed Wire Smoke House.

Recommended for Lunch because: Augie's offers a hearty barbecue lunch with housemade sides for a great price.

Kimberly's expert tip: A great place to hit up if you're in a hurry. The lines move quickly!

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Jamaica Jamaica
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In a town abundant with breakfast tacos and other Tex-Mex, thankfully, Jamaica Jamaica comes to the rescue with a unique alternative of traditional Jamaican cuisine and Caribbean soul fusions. Dee and her husband, Chef Angello, have been serving up classic Jamaican dishes, such as Jerk Chicken and Curry Goat Stew, since 2011 and have developed a loyal following of patrons looking for something different to satiate their appetite. The focus is on delicious Jamaican comfort food that's authentic and something everyone can enjoy. Chef Angello was born in Jamaica and learned to cook from his mom and sisters. He's been in the kitchen since he was seven years old, where he first learned to make his favorite dish of Brown Stew Chicken. The soul influence comes from Dee, who was born in Georgia. Jamaica Jamaica is open for lunch and dinner on Tuesday through Saturday and special events, such as live music throughout the month.

Recommended for Lunch because: Jamaica Jamaica is a great option if you're wanting some truly authentic Jamaican cuisine!

Kimberly's expert tip: The Jerk Chicken is fan favorite for a reason!

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Bakery Lorraine
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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 freshly 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.

Recommended for Lunch because: Bakery Lorraine is a popular spot for lunch at the historic Pearl.

Kimberly's expert tip: Go for lunch, but make sure to take some pastries home for dessert. They're well-known for their French macaroons, which come in a variety of interesting flavors such as Earl Grey.

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Bird Bakery
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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.

Recommended for Lunch because: Bird Bakery has a terrific menu of lunch favorites, from egg salad to turkey with simply the best homemade breads.

Kimberly's expert tip: The coffee is free so enjoy!

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Cascabel is one of the best-kept secrets in San Antonio and sports a wonderful outdoor patio with umbrella-covered tables. It's different than every other Mexican restaurant in the city because it features regional specialties from interior Mexico. You won't find the ubiquitous refried pinto beans here or even flour tortillas. Cascabel serves everything with thick yet soft homemade corn tortillas and refried black beans that have an exceptional amount of flavor. If you want to try something unique, order the Birria, which is a rustic goat stew. If you want to play it safe, order the Huaraches, which are corn tortillas smothered in refried black beans, shredded cabbage, your choice of meat, a spicy red chile sauce and sour cream. Cascabel will stimulate your palette without over-stimulating your bank account!

Recommended for Lunch because: This local's hot spot is quaint, affordable and a refreshing change from the usual Tex-Mex.

Kimberly's expert tip: You can get breakfast all day!

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Hotel Emma showcases its culinary prowess in multiple ways, but it's the on-site restaurant, Supper; located along the northern extension of the San Antonio river walk, that is their best representation of what good food is all about. This farm-to-table restaurant almost dares you to not like veggies. Their menu is largely vegetarian, but each dish is so flavorful you don't miss the meat. Of course, that's not to say they don't also feature some amazing proteins, but they certainly don't rely on them. When they do feature dishes like their Duck Confit, it's balanced with a refreshing herb salad that accentuates the duck but doesn't weigh you down. A meal at Supper is an utter delight with beautiful views of the river from their outdoor patio, and the simple feeling that you're somewhere special. In truth, you are and all of San Antonio knows it!

Recommended for Lunch because: For a refined lunch with family or business associates, Supper is the perfect choice.

Kimberly's expert tip: Ask the waiter or waitress for their recommendations as they know what's new and irresistible.

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If you want some equally scrumptious and authentic yet unique Chinese street food, you're in luck! Locals know Ming knows her thing! She's also known for her booth at The Pearl Farmers Market. Ming's has developed a following over the years of local foodies who can't get enough of Ming's noodles, steamed buns with pork belly and housemade sausages. It used to be located in the Yard inside a train boxcar but has since expanded to a new location but still offer the same great cuisine in a relaxed setting. Check out the egg noodles with fresh veggies and a sesame dressing or the sweet potato noodles in a Sichuan broth. Ming's food hits all the notes from sweet to savory and umami too. Soon you'll be wishing there was a Ming's in your own hometown!

Recommended for Lunch because: In a land of tacos, Ming's offers an amazingly delicious alternative.

Kimberly's expert tip: Order the smoked pork belly bun (at least three) - it's the stuff that dreams are made of.

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Stella Public House
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If you're looking for a local hot spot that makes good pizza with great ingredients, look no further than Stella Public House, located at the Blue Star Arts Complex in the Southtown Arts District. Locals love it for their farm to table pizza, craft beer and cool neighborhood vibe. The staff is incredibly friendly and accommodating and it's always satisfying supporting small businesses when they're committed to sourcing the best quality ingredients from local farmers. The pizza is artisan wood-fired pizza baked in an Italian Modena oven using oak and pecan wood. You can build your own or choose from an array of tasty options, such as the Southtown Pepperoni, made with chipotle tomato sauce, jalapeno-cheddar pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, caramelized onions and black olives. Not surprisingly the salads are as delish as the pizza. with homemade dressings and fun ingredients like poached pears. Get ready for a great nosh!

Recommended for Lunch because: A great stop when you're near downtown for a refreshing lunch in stylish surroundings.

Kimberly's expert tip: For a late (late!) lunch, get in on their happy hour options from 4 to 6:30.

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CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery
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CommonWealth is one of the most charming cafes in the city, with more than one location. This one is located in the upscale Alamo Heights neighborhood and is the original location, situated inside a beautifully renovated 1920s home. It comes complete with live chickens in a serene outdoor setting, which is perfect entertainment while you're enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee or homemade croissant. CommonWealth is dedicated to serving the finest cup of coffee and signature lattes, as well as authentic French pastries which are made from scratch each and every day. They also make gourmet breakfast and yummy lunch plates. For lunch, some favorites include the Turkey Avocado or Tomato Mozzarella sandwiches, not to mention salads, soups and even smoothies. Breakfast options range from the classic Croque Madame to fluffy French omelets. The good news is you can't go wrong here!

Recommended for Lunch because: CommonWealth has it all, from a lovely setting to great, homemade breakfast and lunch options!

Kimberly's expert tip: You can enjoy breakfast for lunch here, and there's nothing wrong with that!

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