The highly-anticipated Final Four tournament is finally here! If you’re one of the 90,000 visitors pouring into San Antonio’s city limits this weekend, there’s a chance you’re looking to cheer with the crowds...but maybe ditch them for the post-game festivities.
Because, while we love the River Walk, it's not the only thing San Antonio has to offer! In fact, many locals assert that the "real" Alamo City is found elsewhere.
Leave the tourist traps behind and enjoy a visit to some of San Antonio’s favorite local spots!
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Tony G’s Soul Food
True to its name, Tony G’s Soul Food is the ultimate Southern expression of “comfort food”. From chicken-and-waffles to sweet potato pie, this spot serves up great food and live music until 4:00 PM.
Azuca Nuevo Latino
A unique take on south-of-the-border cuisine, Azuca offers traditional and reinvented Latin dishes from the Caribbean to Central and Latin America. Pair spicy tuna tartar or paella with a glass of sangria or a refreshing mojito!
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The Friendly Spot
With nearly 400 beer options and a plethora of outdoor seating (in the opulent King William district, might we add), The Friendly Spot is a kid-and-pet friendly establishment with a community-minded vibe. Specializing in casual and creative Mexican-American fare (think “Portobello-Adobo Tacos” or a “Bacon-Wrapped Bratwurst), the Spot is open till midnight, every night!
A San Antonio take on authentic Asian cuisine, Thai Lucky is a hidden eastside gem that serves up Thai iced tea, fried sushi, to-die-for eggrolls, and way more.
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An upscale take on “New American” cuisine (with Mediterranean influences), Feast creates elegant, contemporary dishes reminiscent of classic comfort food. Enjoy your gourmet mac-and-cheese or duck breast tostadas with a craft cocktail for the optimal Feast experience.
Smoke the Restaurant
Both stylish and rustic, Smoke the Restaurant is the one-stop shop for barbecue, cocktails, and live music.
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One of SA’s newest (and most stylish) upscale options, Battalion serves up a simple, elegant Italian menu in a historic firehouse. Reservations are recommended for dinner!
Putting a twist on the classic pizza-and-beer combo, The Station offers on-tap craft beer and tasty pies in a reimagined gas station.
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La Frite Belgian Bistro
As the city’s sole nod to Belgian cuisine, La Frite is a family-owned bistro with a passion for artfully executed European fare. Simple, elegant, and utterly charming, this restaurant serves classic mussels, fries, and simple French dishes paired with the perfect wine or beer.
Tucker’s Kozy Korner
Established in 1948, Tucker’s Kozy Korner is a local eastside legend specializing in soul food and tasty cocktails. With an emphasis on old-school jazz and vinyl, Tucker’s offers dance parties and karaoke in a vintage setting.
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Serving up organic, healthy options on San Antonio’s eastside, Sweet Yams is an adorable option for anyone seeking tasty organic, vegan, or gluten-free options (that never sacrifice taste). Try the sesame ginger shrimp, chicken-and-shrimp po-boy, or mushroom burger!
Upscale and eclectic, Bliss is a culinary and visual delight for the contemporary foodie. Sit below the cafe lights and enjoy brown sugar cured soy-glazed Kurobuta pork belly or the roasted, stuffed quail.
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Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar
Pairing Southwestern-inspired dishes with excellent wine, champagne, and cocktails, Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar is described as “an elegant European wine bar with a casual Texas twist.”
Pancho and Gringos
Recently hailed by the SA Current as offering one of the top 100 dishes in the city (the steak and eggs breakfast sandwich), Pancho and Gringos offers incredible New York style deli/diner fare in a simple, no-frills setting.
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Looking for a perk-up after all that cheering? Estate Coffee is a bright, airy espresso bar offering high-quality caffeine.
Inspired by chef-owner Lisa Astorga-Watel’s worldwide travels, Bite’s cultured menu offers French-Chilean fare like salmorejo (bread and tomato soup), chorizo frittatas, beef tenderloin churrasco, and butter-poached lobster.
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A classic Southern food spot with a twist, Dignowity Meats offers elevated comfort food like hand-crafted smoked meat sandwiches, KC brisket burnt ends, buttermilk fried chicken, and loaded baked potatoes (with craft beer, of course).
A burger joint like you’ve never seen, Mark’s Outing serves up a made-to-order menu full of imagination (and flavor), from the Breakfast Burger and the Spicy Jalapeño Burger to something called the “Ice Cream Burger”.
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1014 S Alamo St | Southtown | http://www.hotjoysa.com/
True to its name, San Antonio’s iconic Asian eatery Hot Joy is buzzing with vibrancy, from the neon sign to colorful interior. Located in the Southtown neighborhood, this trendy locale offers creative dishes and cocktails.
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Alamo Beer Company
With an emphasis on outdoor seating and high-quality craft beer, the Alamo Beer Company is a prime spot to enjoy signature brews and food-truck fare in a casual setting.
As a group of agents absolutely obsessed with San Antonio, we want your Final Four experience to include the best resources our city has to offer. From finding the perfect Airbnb to exploring local hidden gems and finding the perfect brunch spot, let us help you explore our neighborhood.
We will warn you, though...you may just find yourself falling in love with the Alamo City. If this happens, we’ll be more than happy to connect you with a lender, provide you with exclusive resources, and show you around our wonderful town!