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Where to Find the Tastiest To-Go Food in San Antonio



San Antonio's To-Go food options don't get tastier than these 10 best! For fresh, inexpensive Asian fare that can't help but hit the spot, try Ming's Noodle Bar. Ming established herself as the place to eat at the Pearl Farmers Market each weekend before she opened up her funky brick-and-mortar. Besides a variety of noodle bowls, Ming's is also known for their to-die-for steamed buns with pork belly. Your only regret will be not ordering more!

Nothing usually accompanies a TV marathon more than good old fashioned pizza, but why go with a chain when you can get a freshly-made (not frozen) pizza at Il Forno, owned by one of San Antonio's most renowned chefs. These Neapolitan-style pies are wood-fired in a kiln made by the hands of the chef/owner himself, and all the ingredients are made in-house or procured from local farmers. It really doesn't get better than this!

If you can't decide what you want, then head to Central Market where the sky's the limit. Choose from dozens (probably hundreds) of chef-prepared foods, and take a gander at their extensive wine selection on your way out. Couldn't hurt!

 

 


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Central Market
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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!

Recommended for Take Out because: Central Market is an upscale grocery store with quite literally something for everyone.

Kimberly's expert tip: Check out the cheese selection and also the bulk goods for edible inspirations!

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Sukeban
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Sushi meets Japanese pop art in this new Southtown restaurant, Sukeban, located at the Blue Star Arts Complex. Seasoned restaurateurs of Mon Thai in Alamo Heights have brought some funky charm and fresh, delicious sushi offerings to the neighborhood, thankfully located just minutes from downtown San Antonio. The space is inviting and perfect for a date night or get together with a large group of friends. Enjoy a few cocktails, glass of champagne and appetizers or splurge on a glorious plate filled with an array of stunning fish decorated with edible flowers. Most of the rolls are familiar with just a few fun additions. Enjoy all your favorites from yellowtail, tuna and salmon to eel, octopus, spicy scallop and sea bass. They offer some non-seafood options as well for those who don't love seafood. You can't go wrong with the duck tacos!

Recommended for Take Out because: This new hip little sushi place is a great option for picking up a fresh meal to-go.

Kimberly's expert tip: Get a variety of yummy sushi and share!

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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 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.

Recommended for Take Out because: A great grab and go meal that makes you feel like you didn't miss out!

Kimberly's expert tip: Don't delay - try one or several of their Parisian-style macarons!

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Zedric's
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If you're visiting San Antonio and looking for quick, healthy, delicious food on the go, you're in luck! Zedric's doesn't only cater to folks who lack the time to cook for themselves because they lead a busy lifestyle, but still want to eat healthy, they also cater to those who love good tasting food. "Fit with flavor" is their tagline, and you'll see why! It should also be noted that their menu is 95% gluten-free and they use local, grass-fed beef. Whenever possible, Lutton likes to source his produce and other ingredients locally. One of the most popular entrees is the Turkey Ragu - a Low-Carb turkey ragu which features their signature, house-made marinara sauce paired with lean ground turkey, a small helping of italian sausage, delicious mushrooms, fresh spinach, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. All of the ingredients and calories are listed on the to go boxes.

Recommended for Take Out because: For take out, it doesn't get any better than Zedric's, which offers a plethora of delicious, healthy and affordable choices.

Kimberly's expert tip: Zedric's has another location on the northside near the Medical Center.

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Grayze
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Grayze is one of the newest restaurants to appear on the culinary landscape in San Antonio, conveniently located across Broadway Street from the popular Pearl Brewery Community. Grazye, which also sports a bar and patio, is the first of hopefully many more restaurant concepts to spring from this new restaurant group. With 50 percent farm to table ingredients, this self-proclaimed approachable gourmet cuisine served in a barnyard chic setting is expecting their affordable menu of familiar dishes will help establish Grayze as the new neighborhood hot spot and for good reason. The price point is almost unbelievable, making it the kind of place that a family could easily dine at a couple of times a week. Although they're certainly appealing to locals, the Pearl area is without-a-doubt the must-see neighborhood of San Antonio right now, and Grayze is the perfect place to dine to get a taste of the emerging food culture there. The menu ranges from mouth-watering burgers and scrumptious sides like frites with house-made ketchup and aioli, calamari with shishito chamoy and saffron aioli to heart happy vegetarian dishes like The Harvest, which comes with beets, green beans, asparagus, barley, farro, ricotta, almonds and preserved lemon vinaigrette. So good you don't miss the meat. Grazye also offers Happy Hour, which runs from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm from Monday through Saturday, and they also just they have also introduced breakfast and brunch on weekends.

Recommended for Take Out because: Grayze offers some terrific local options of fresh, unique dishes.

Kimberly's expert tip: The soup de jour is always fantastic!

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Fratello's Deli
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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 breads 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 Take Out because: If you're craving Italian food, this classic eatery has everything you could want from lasagna to tiramisu.

Kimberly's expert tip: You can buy high quality Italian ingredients here, if you're looking to some things home with you.

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Housed in a renovated home next to the Pearl Brewery, The Granary 'Cue & Brew offers patrons a one-of-a-kind globally-inspired barbecue experience as well as hand-crafted, fresh-brewed beer, even root beer for the kids! While Central Texas barbecue is the backbone, The Granary provides a diverse look at the unique barbecue styles from around the world. Expect to find dishes you wouldn't anywhere else, such as the lamb shoulder with sweet pea pudding and smoked garlic, the brisket ramen with smoked shoya broth and collard greens, barbecued sweetbreads with lamb, kimchi, Asian pear and lemon grass and the spring salad with smoked trout. Is your mouth watering yet?

Recommended for Take Out because: It's the perfect meal to grab and take for an impromptu picnic in the park!

Kimberly's expert tip: Great for lunch and dinner.

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MAX's Wine Dive - San Antonio
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Max's Wine Dive doesn't look very divey at all, in fact, they're an upscale joint but with a pretty humble attitude. Designed to be a chill and relaxed bar and restaurant, Max's blends a casual, industrial feel with a gourmet comfort food and wines from around the world. Max's mantra is "Fried Chicken and Champagne? Why the Hell Not?" Max's claims that on, "any given night of the week, you'll find a 20-something sitting at the bar next to a 60-something; each drinking the same Aussie Shiraz with the "Texas Haute Dog" and listening to rockin' tunes from the juke box." All over the city of San Antonio we've heard exclamations of delight over the most amazing fried chicken. Upon asking, invariable the answer is Max's Wine Dive.

Recommended for Take Out because: Max's offers a variety of food that's often best eaten in front of the television.

Kimberly's expert tip: They now offer a gluten-free version of their famous fried chicken!

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Il Forno
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What do you get when you pair one of San Antonio's most exceptional chefs with America's favorite food? You get a restaurant like Il Forno, that serves up the most incredible Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas, made with the freshest ingredients that are either locally-sourced, such as beautiful figs from a nearby farm, or house-made, such as the ricotta and mozzarella cheese. However, first it must be mentioned that the oven used to make all of the crispy, bubbly pizzas was made by hand, by chef and owner Michael Sohocki himself, who has a reputation for doing everything with his own two hands. The space is casual, and family-friendly, and uses a lot of re-purposed materials. While that is appreciated, this is the kind of pizza you would eat wherever you could find it, whether it be at a roadside truck stand or the planet Mars. Just one bite of the perfectly crispy yet chewy crust topped with their delectable hand-made ingredients and you'll be hooked. All of their meats are made in-house as well, including pepperoni, coppa, Italian sausage, prosciutto and sopressata. You can also add an egg to any pizza to give it that extra richness. Denizens of the neighborhood have been flocking to this new pizza joint, so make sure not to miss out!

Recommended for Take Out because: It's hard to beat pizza when it comes to take out and Il Forno is one of the best choices in town.

Kimberly's expert tip: Don't be afraid to try something outside your comfort zone and be delightfully surprised.

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Ming's Noodle Bar
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Ming of Ming's Noodle Bar, also known for her booth at The Pearl Farmers Market, Ming;s Thing, 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. Typically, there's a long line at the market, so you're better off hitting up the brick and mortar. Located in the Yard, this charming restaurant is inside a train box car. You won't mind the size though as soon as you get a big bite of flavor from one of Ming's dishes. You might want to try the egg noodles with fresh veggies and a sesame dressing or the sweet potato noodles in a Sichuan broth. No matter what you choose, you won't be sorry. In fact, you'll be wishing there was a Ming in your hometown!

Recommended for Take Out because: For some reason, there's simply nothing better than Asian food for take out, and Yaya's does not disappoint!

Kimberly's expert tip: Check out dinner on Friday and Saturday nights only.

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Kimberly A. Suta is a professional freelance writer, filmmaker and entrepreneur with a background in marketing, advertising and social media. Her first business, Midnight Sun Innovations,...  More About Kimberly

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