San Antonio has lost the Old San Francisco Steakhouse, Fatso’s Sports Garden, Lüke San Antonio, Buck’s Landing, Zuni Grill, The Sand Bar, Hsiu Yu, Salsita’s, Dresden Café, Tip Tops (second location on Nacogdoches at O’Connor Road), Tom’s Ribs and many more restaurants in the last few years.
The Alamo City still has the Little Red Barn, Schilo’s, Don Pedro, Magic Time Machine, Mi Tierra’s, the original Tip Tops, Blanco Café, Chris Madrid’s, Grey Moss Inn, Jim’s Restaurant, the Mexican Manhattan, Bud Jones, B&B Smokehouse, Bun N’ Barrel, Teka Molino, La Fonda, Henry’s Puffy Tacos, Los Barrios, Little Rhein Steakhouse and the last remaining Pig Stand.
But what about the restaurants of yesteryear—the all-time favorite and traditional cafés, hamburger joints and eateries that no longer exist?
Based on surveys and comment input from various social media (NEWS LEGIT, Examiner.com and Facebook groups) here are the top enduring, cherished, and most-missed dining establishments of San Antonio.
Which long gone restaurant in San Antonio do you miss the most?
The Top Five most missed restaurants.
Christie’s Seafood restaurant, off Broadway in San Antonio, was a beloved eatery for over 50 years before closing in the 90’s. They were especially recognized for their homemade Thousand Island salad dressing. Favorite memories include their aquariums and a water fountain at the entrance (for coin tossing).
2. Pan American
The Pan American Mexican Restaurant was a Southside institution. During its early days, it was small and there would be long lines of people waiting to enter. It expanded over the years and became the place to eat Mexican dishes in San Antonio.
3. Taco Hut
Hidden a half-block east off of Pleasanton Road, on the side road Shasta, the small Mexican Restaurant was always busy. Their guacamole cups, puffy beef tacos, bean cups and bean rolls were great carry out choices, while their enchiladas and tamales were favorites for dining in.
4. Earl Abel’s
A San Antonio dining tradition since 1933, the original Earl Abel’s at Broadway and Hildebrand served its many loyal customers delicious comfort foods, outstanding customer service and pleasant memories of days gone by.
5. Little Hipps
Little Hipps was the absolute neighborhood establishment, attracting downtown workers, San Antonio College students and anyone hungry for a burger or fried food. They were known for their gigantic, juicy burgers and crispy tater tots, all at inexpensive prices. A legendary specialty were their “Shypoke Eggs” which was actually large nachos designed with the appearance of fried eggs, but they were fried with cheese, and topped by jalapenos, ham, and tomato.
Other restaurants, in descending order beginning with the the 6th most popular, are:
8. Captain Jim’s
9. Spanish Galleon on San Pedro.
10. Chelsea’s Street Pub
11. Coney Island
12. Skee’s Burgers
14. The Manhattan
15. First Mate
17. Old San Francisco Steak House
19. Shakey’s Pizza
20. U are Cooks
21. Big John Hamilton’s Steak House
22. Bull Moose
23. Night Hawk
24. Colonnas Pizza
25. Do Drop Inn
26. GW Jr
27. Texas Tumbleweed
28. The Bean Pot on Austin Hwy
Which is your most missed San Antonio restaurant?
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