Madrid Chris Inc
1900 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78212
A true Burger Joint. Huge burgers smoothered in cheese. Stand in line, place your order, then have a seat at one of the picnic tables. A very casual atmosphere that's incredibly popular with both locals and out of towners. Not for the bashful, these burgers are big and bold. Enjoy a cold brew inside or outside.
15103 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023
Located a short drive outside of Loop 1604, this place will be easy to spot; it will be the place jam packed with cars. This Helotes restaurant has experienced some tremendous growth yet managed to maintain an authentic Mexican cafe feel. The decor is clean and appealing, the waitstaff is attentive inspite of their youth, and the food will leave you satisfied. I especially love the beans that are served as an appetizer. Despite the expansion not too long ago, you can still expect to wait a while to be seated. Don't let the full parking lot discourage you, wiat times are not excessive. Prices are just a bit higher than what you may expect from a Mexican Cafe, but this is no small hole in the wall so you end up getting more than your money's worth.
Pete's Tako House
1022 N Main Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212
Some may call this place a hole in the wall, but sometimes those are the best finds. Seating is a challenge as the place can only accomodate about 25 guests, but you can usually be seated after a short wait. I recommend the carne guisada or the fideo. Watch out for the hot sauce, a little goes a long way. Daily lunch specials make dining affordable, and those fresh tortillas will keep you coming back for more.
Blanco Cafe/The Original Blanco Cafe
419 N Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Expect friendly and very quick service from this downtown Mexican cafe. Expect to wait a bit if you arrive close to noon, but your lunch will be served shortly after you place the order. Prices are slightly higher than what you would expect, but not unreasonable. They have recently expanded to accomodate even larger crowds but seating can still be a challenge.