Yaya's offers two locations in San Antonio, but all the same delightful Thai fare. Whether you're a fan of Pad Thai, Green Curry or a steaming hot bowl of Thom Kha, you'll find all of your favorites at Yaya's and then some. They offer a large menu with all the classics and a few of their own. Their duck with curry, tamarind or basil sauce is customer favorite, not to mention the pork fried spring rolls. Yaya's also offers a good assortment of lunch specials. Great for a quick business lunch or while you're out doing a bit of shopping!
Recommended for Lunch because: Known for their soups and yummy curry, Yaya's is a great alternative when you're looking for something besides a sandwich for lunch.
Kimberly's expert tip: The noodle soup with perfectly-cooked crispy duck in a fragrant broth is simply unforgettable, not to mention affordable.
Acenar, located downtown on the Riverwalk, is a spectacularly innovative and contemporary Tex-Mex restaurant that Zagat has noted for their "killer food." Lisa Wong (who also owns Rosario's) and her partners took special care with this restaurant to ensure it could compete in style and taste with just about any other restaurant in any metropolitan city, and they did not disappoint. If you just want to check it out, they offer a Houston street-level bar called Atomar and a Happy Hour menu that's worth the walk. Although the regular menu is similar to Rosario's with a boost in price, Acenar offers items that are unique to it, such as the Buttermilk Fried Oysters, the Young Texas Goat served with Ancho Salsa Ranchera and the Duck Crepes. Looking for Tex-Mex with a twist? This is it!
Recommended for Lunch because: Located in the heart of downtown, Acenar features tasty Tex-Mex in a spacious indoor dining room or outdoor patio that overlooks the Riverwalk.
Kimberly's expert tip: Order the mushroom crepes or the mole enchiladas for a true taste of Mexican-inspired cuisine.
Fogo de Chao is a popular Brazilian steakhouse located in downtown San Antonio. The story of Fogo de Chao began in the mountainous countryside of Rio Grande do Sul in Southern Brazil, where its founders were born. Dining is a little different in a churrascaria, but don't worry! The servers explain how everything works. You can choose from picanha, a prime cut of sirloin or Beef Ancho which is a prime part of a ribeye. This has amazing flavor and is one of the most popular cuts at the restaurant. Side dishes include warm cheese bread and mashed potatoes. Truly your choices here run the gamut, from steak, chicken, lamb, pork and seafood, not to mention their seasonal market table.
Recommended for Lunch because: You can enjoy the same menu for lunch as you can for dinner, just at a discounted price.
Kimberly's expert tip: Park easily at the Rivercenter Mall parking garage.
Owned by San Antonio celebrity Chef, Johnny Hernandez, Burgerteca, is a new restaurant and the first to open up along the Mission Trail extension of the river walk, south of downtown. The concept itself is also the first of its kind, a burger and ice cream concept inspired by ingredients and flavors distinct to traditional Mexican food. Although you can almost always expect to find a crowd, this is a fun place to go for dinner on the weekends. You can relax outside on the patio or in their vibrantly decorated dining room. The burgers, too, are fun and tasty. These might not be the traditional burgers you're used to, but that's a good thing! Experiment with options such as the Al Pastor with beef, grilled pineapple, tomatillo and manchego cheese or even better, the Pacifica, a seared tuna burger with slaw, sesame seeds and avocado. Delicioso!
Recommended for Lunch because: Burgerteca is a fun place for lunch for groups and families, located along the southern part of the beautiful Riverwalk.
Kimberly's expert tip: For an outside the box option, try their succulent Seared Tuna Burger with jalapeno lime mayo, cabbage slaw, sesame seeds and avocado. You don't expect a perfectly-seared piece of tuna served on a bun, but it's oh-so-good!
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 to 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 afterward, pop on in for a yoga class to work it off!
Recommended for Lunch because: For those looking for healthier and also gluten-free options, 5 Points Local can't be beaten.
Kimberly's expert tip: They feature daily specials, such as Marinated Grass-fed Beef Skewers with chimichurri and grilled veggies, which are always worth a try!
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.
Fratello's is part restaurant, part deli, part market and wholly delicious! It's a great place to grab a quick bite to eat that's not only fresh but affordable. Their dishes come from hearty family recipes that inspire memories of sitting around the kitchen table, talking, eating, laughing and loving life. The "American Dream" brought many immigrants to America, including their Italian grandparents, uncles and aunts that settled in San Antonio, Texas. Fratello's offers beloved Italian classics such as Chicken Parmesan, Lasagna, Linguine with meatballs and traditional tomato sauce. Fratello's makes all their bread from scratch. Plus, it's the only place in town you can get a bowl of Bucatini al' Amatriciana! They use premium imported Italian ingredients as well as locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. They also use Volpi, America's Oldest Maker of Dry Cured Italian Meats. You'll find a love for tradition and flavor in every Fratello's bite!
Recommended for Lunch because: Fratello's is an affordable Italian cafe and deli using high quality imported ingredients.
Kimberly's expert tip: Fratello's easily makes THE best Neapolitan-style pizza in town! If you like spicy, try the Salame Piccante. You can even watch your pie being made before it's put into the oven.
Dignowity Meats is a smoked meat sandwich shop located in San Antonio's Eastside historical neighborhood of Dignowity Hill. The name may be hard to pronounce, but by the time you're done with your meal, you won't forget it. They offer elevated deli eats, sandwiches and sides, such as their incredible sharp cheddar mac-n-cheese. Their menu includes KC Brisket Burnt Ends, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Pulled Pork, St. Louis Ribs and specialties such as their Dignowity Pie, which is brisket burnt ends or pulled pork with mac, served over fries and sliced jalapenos. This is not the place to go when you're on a diet, but you probably already figured that out! Owners Andrew Samia and Shane Reed grew up in the Northeast and Midwest and are the visionaries of Dignowity Meats. Having developed a strong appreciation for old school mom and pop deli's that smoked and cooked all of their products on site, they wanted to bring the same flavors and authenticity to the Alamo city... and they have!
Recommended for Lunch because: Dignowity Meats is known for their delicious smoked meats and is great for a quick or leisurely lunch in an outdoor setting.
Kimberly's expert tip: Recently featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, all of their sandwiches are excellent, but their pastrami, which is smoked for hours on end, is a superb choice for Reuben-lovers.
NOLA Brunch and Beignets is owned and operated by one of San Antonio's most talented chefs, Pieter Sypesteyn, who originally hails from New Orleans. He introduces those authentic flavors and cuisine at this fairly new eatery, that's sole focus is brunch. What could be better than brunch that can be had on days that aren't typically reserved for brunching? You can enjoy a relaxing "brunchy" meal here every Tuesday through Sunday. The menu is full of such yummy options, it's difficult to choose. You can nosh on Hashbrown Crusted Trout, Eggs Rockafella, Bread Pudding French Toast with seasonal marmalade, a Blue Crab Omelette or Shrimp and Grits, just for starters. You'll definitely want to save room for a plate of beignets for dessert, which come in classic powdered sugar or stuffed with lemon curd or coffee and chicory. Enjoy a meal from the Big Easy in the Alamo City!
Recommended for Lunch because: For something a little different, it's brunch at NOLA Brunch and Beignets, all day, every day, Tuesday through Sunday!
Kimberly's expert tip: The beignets are a must! They're made in-house, from scratch and in small batches, with a snow shower of powdered sugar!
Chef Jeff White has years of experience as one of San Antonio's top chefs and is well known for his "unctuous" cuisine. When it comes to scratch made Southern-inspired dishes with a lot of flavor, Eastside Kitchenette has cornered the market. Located just a few minutes from the downtown hubbub, this spacious restaurant situated in a gorgeous historic building comes complete with a covered patio and is the perfect place to gather for lunch, dinner, happy hour and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Just make sure to go with an appetite! Some favorites include the Chicken Fried Steak, Fried Oyster Po Boy, Kozey Double Double Burger and Chicken and Dumplings, but don't worry they also have healthy eats for those watching their waistlines. During the week they feature blue plate specials, such as Enchiladas. It's hard to find such hearty, delicious fare at these prices anywhere else!
Recommended for Lunch because: Eastside Kitchenette is one of San Antonio's newest restaurants featuring fantastic Southern comfort food at affordable prices.
Kimberly's expert tip: The restaurant can sell out of their popular blue plate specials quickly during the week, so make sure to get there early, especially for their Fish and Chips on Friday!