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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in San Antonio

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in San Antonio, TX. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of San Antonio's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in San Antonio. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in San Antonio, TX. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain
Mediterranean Grocery San Antonio, TX

So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in San Antonio,
what are we talking about?

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Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

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Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

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Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in San Antonio, TX, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

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Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

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Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in San Antonio, TX.

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Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

1.

Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

2.

Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

3.

Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.

4.

They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

5.

Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

6.

Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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Much needed rain could last for days in San Antonio. Here's what you need to know.

We could see one to three inches of rain for each round of showers late Saturday through Wednesday, with isolated higher totals possible.SAN ANTONIO — After weeks of San Antonio hitting above average temperatures, an active pattern moves in this weekend bringing days of rain and possible storms to stay in ...

We could see one to three inches of rain for each round of showers late Saturday through Wednesday, with isolated higher totals possible.

SAN ANTONIO — After weeks of San Antonio hitting above average temperatures, an active pattern moves in this weekend bringing days of rain and possible storms to stay in the forecast for the next five days.

One to three inches of rain are possible late Saturday afternoon through Wednesday night under a Marginal to Slight Risk, which is level 1 to 2 of 5. Isolated higher totals are possible, according to the National Weather Service.

They say much of this rainfall will be beneficial and needed rain in drought stricken areas. The best chances for rain are late Monday through the day on Tuesday. There is also a possibility of isolated strong to severe storms on Monday and Wednesday.

We are noting the importance of "turn around don't drown" as high rainfall rates could lead to some flooding in areas with low water crossings. Although any flooding is expected to be minor.

The slight to marginal risk of strong to severe storms will also lead to a cold front moving across the area into Saturday night. The Slight Risk area includes the Austin and San Antonio metro areas into the Hill Country and southwest to the Rio Grande south of Del Rio.

NWS says large hail and damaging winds are the main threats.

When severe weather threatens the area, it is important to know what risks a storm can bring and what you should do to stay safe.

One of the most important things to know is where you are located on a map, so when a watch or warning is put into place, you can identify if you are at risk. When the National Weather Service puts out warnings, they are county-based and sometimes include cities as well. It is important to know where you live in the county and that you can identify it on a map.

It is also important to know the difference between a watch and a warning. A watch means that conditions are favorable for something to happen, but a warning means that something has developed and it is important to take action.

So, what would cause a thunderstorm to be qualified as a "severe" thunderstorm?

Hail that is one inch large is also considered to be about the size of a quarter.

Another ingredient that would lead to a storm becoming severe is if winds are 58 mph or greater.

Winds at this strength could cause damage to roofs and could even cause trees to be knocked down.

Finally, if a tornado is present inside a thunderstorm it would qualify the storm as becoming severe.

In this instance, a tornado warning would be issued.

A tornado watch can be issued for an area if strong storms are expected, and if the storms bring the risk for tornadoes, but not all storms include the threat for tornadoes. The ingredients in the atmosphere for a tornado to form are not always there when storms are present.

If the area you are in is ever under a tornado warning, it is important to know where you should go inside your home.

Head to the lowest, interior room of your home. The basement would be best, but if you don't have one, head to the first floor of the home and get away from exterior walls, or walls that lead to the outside of the home.

It is also important to stay away from glass. The more walls you can put between you and the outside, the better.

While lightning can be frequent in storms and very dangerous, it does not lead to a storm being qualified as severe.

Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors.

Storms can also lead to flooding. Flooding may not cause a storm to be labeled as being severe, but it is the deadliest kind of weather.

South Texas is known to have major flood events every few years, so it is important to use caution and to always stay out of floodwaters. Remember, turn around, don't drown.

Entering flood water is very dangerous as you can be swept off of your feet and you don't know what could be in the water that could hurt you.

The best thing you can do to be ready for severe weather is know what you will do in the event it strikes where you live.

Make sure your family has a severe weather action plan.

Have a place everyone goes inside your home and keep supplies there, such as food, medication, batteries, and flashlights.

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10 things to do in San Antonio this weekend

"I wonder if there's anything going on this weekend," you muse to yourself as you put off your mid-week work duties. After the weekly slog, it's incredibly crucial to have something shiny and fun to look forward to. Allow yours...

"I wonder if there's anything going on this weekend," you muse to yourself as you put off your mid-week work duties. After the weekly slog, it's incredibly crucial to have something shiny and fun to look forward to. Allow yourself to be a soldier and one of these selected events to be the black and white photograph of your beautiful sweetheart back home.

Every week, I will dig through the chaos of the Alamo City's internet event postings and curate what's worth your time using an airtight scientific process (my own discerning taste).

Without further ado, here are 10 things happening in San Antonio this weekend, May 19-22.

Friday

The 40th Annual Tejano and Conjunto Festival

While the music festival officially kicked off in Rosedale Park earlier this week, there are still plenty of classic Conjunto acts to catch through the weekend. On Friday, May 20, catch musicians from all over Texas from 5 to 11 p.m., beginning with Javier Solis y Los Unikoz. Festivities will run from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, ending Sunday, May 22, with a Conjunto student showcase, followed by live music and dancing, until the 40th annual celebration closes out at 11 p.m.

Find it: 303 Dartmouth St., San Antonio, TX 78207Cost: $10-$15

Trivia Night at Rathskeller

If you like trivia, drinking cheap beer and hanging out in no-frills places, then you're going to want to rally your friends and head to Trivia Night at Rathskeller. This bar holds the longest running Texas Alcoholic Beverage and Liquor license in Bexar County. Catch trivia night on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Find it: 525 S Saint Marys St., San Antonio, TXCost: Free

Saturday

The 10th Annual San Antonio Book Festival

Ten years of books. Incredible. We should all be reading more (myself included). The San Antonio-based festival is cool because it draws in acclaimed authors from all over the globe. Lectures and events will take place on Saturday at the Central Library (the one that's enchilada red) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Need a place to start? Catch the release of the new book by Lance Scott Walker on Houston's legendary DJ Screw from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.

Find it: 600 Soledad St. San Antonio, TX 78246Cost: Free

A Magic Show at Landa Library

Before taking your kids to see the goats at Brackenridge, enjoy a free outdoor magic show at nearby Landa Library and Park. The show will run from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Find it: 223 Bushnell Ave., San Antonio, TX 78212Cost: Free

Saints and Sinners Pop-Up Market

Admittedly, I went to the Christmastime Saints and Sinners pop-up and I couldn't really afford anything, but I still had a nice time browsing. If you like art, shopping, and need to get a friend an artful and original birthday gift, or are looking for a little something to brighten up your home, head to the Saints and Sinners Pop-up Market. Artists, from Cruz Ortiz to Rudy Chopperena, will be selling their wares on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Beer and wine selections from Hands Down Bar will be on site, as will Italian food offerings from Che Cazzos.

Find it: 910 E. Mistletoe, San Antonio, TX 78212Cost: Free

Salado Creek Clean-up Session

It feels good to do good, as they say. The San Antonio River Aid is hosting another weekend trash cleanup on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Robin Tobin Park.

Find it: 2114 N.E. Interstate 410, San Antonio, TX 78212Cost: Free

Comicon in Peacock Alley

Listen, I personally don't care about Comicon. However, I respect that there is a robust and thriving culture around it. Big Texas Comicon and Peacock Alley, downtown's events alleyway, are hosting a hangout for cosplayers and nerd culture enthusiasts. From 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, enjoy costumes, vendors, live art, food trucks, drinks and DJs.

Find it: 118 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78205Cost: Free

Sunday

Goat Spotting in Brackenridge Park

A herd of over 150 goats took up residence in Brackenridge Park this week. I'm not kidding. The scrappy crew was hired to sustainably "mow" plant overgrowth across the Midtown park's acreage. I already had the opportunity to witness them in the flesh, and I have to say they did not disappoint. The goats will be making their way through the park over the next few weeks. Instead of buying zoo tickets, pick up some cold drinks and take a stroll through goat town.

Find it: 3700 N. St. Mary's St., San Antonio, TX 78212Cost: Free

Bonsai Weekend

It's Bonsai Weekend at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. The exhibition will showcase the Japanese art of bonsai, and some bonsai trees will be available for purchase. Catch the show on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Find it: 555 Funston Place, San Antonio, TX 78209Cost: $18 for adults

Monday

More Trivia

Chicken N Pickle is hosting a trivia night of their own on Monday, May 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. if you're looking to test your encyclopedic knowledge in another corridor of San Antonio.

Find it: 5215 UTSA Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78249Cost: Free

Tuesday

A Roman Bust from Germany in Texas

Have you marveled at the 2,000-year-old marble bust purchased by a Texas woman in an Austin Goodwill store? If not, then you're going to want to spend your Tuesday evening visiting the relic at the San Antonio Museum of Art. 200 W. Jones Avenue, admission is free from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, learn more.

Find it: 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio, TX 78215Cost: Free admission from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesdays

It Was 50 Years Ago Today: A Tribute to The Beatles' Rubber Soul & Revolver

Take your parents to this unique tribute night at the Majestic Theatre. Nothing says family-friendly, feel-good activity quite like '60s Brit-pop! Famous artists including Todd Rundgren, Christopher Cross, Jason Scheff, Badfinger and Denny Laine are landing in San Antonio to pay homage to the Beatles.

Find it: 224 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX 78205Cost: $49.75

Wednesday

Emo Yoga

I'm not sure if I'm completely sold on the concept of Emo Yoga. The idea of testing and stretching my body while "My Chemical Romance" blares makes me blush. However, I can see how it'd be a cathartic and motivating way to exercise with your friends who also went through an "emo" phase in their youth. If this at all sounds interesting to you, and you want more details, my colleague Priscilla recently investigated and gave it her co-sign. Class begins at 6:30 p.m.

Find it: 1223 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX 78205Cost: $15

Cowboy Karaoke

If you love to croon good old country tunes, from Dolly Parton to Willie Nelson, then head to Cowboy Karaoke at the Lonesome Rose for a mid-week pick me up. Karaoke begins at 9 p.m.

Find it: 2114 N. St. Mary's St., San Antonio, TX 78212Cost: Free

Here are 10 meals you can eat in the San Antonio area for $10

San Antonio has a reputation for good food at good prices. So, we wanted to put that reputation to the test.SAN ANTONIO — Everything including gas and groceries is more expensive these days. But if there’s one thing that we can really count on and love about the Alamo City, it's that we can get some amazing food at a great rate.Many people hav...

San Antonio has a reputation for good food at good prices. So, we wanted to put that reputation to the test.

SAN ANTONIO — Everything including gas and groceries is more expensive these days. But if there’s one thing that we can really count on and love about the Alamo City, it's that we can get some amazing food at a great rate.

Many people have chosen to move to Texas, and San Antonio in particular, because they love the culture. And a huge piece of the 210's culture is the food we eat.

But, we wanted to find local restaurants that have big portion sizes that don't break the bank.

We set a challenge: Find 10 dishes, each under $10.

And there are some ground rules: We wanted local businesses. Some are San Antonio classic favorites, but others are smaller, and hidden gems. And, we also want fully hearty meals - no snacks, no sides, no appetizers.

We started off at Susana's Mexican Restaurant and Catering on 2223 South Zarzamora Street, which is a great example of the value you can get in the 210. They have mini taquitos al pastor for $9.99. It's loaded with meat, onions and cilantro on five corn tortillas. It also has lemons to squeeze for an extra kick!

"We live in an area that everybody is thinking, 'Okay, I'm hungry. Where am I going to eat? How much is it going to cost?' And I know that. I have to prepare my menu so we can feed everybody," said head cook Edward Martinez.

Even though they're "mini tacos," it left Lexi feeling full!

After getting our taco fix, we drove north of downtown to Main Street Pizza & Pasta on 1906 North Main Avenue. They have the personal one-topping pizza with a salad and a drink for $8.99.

"We've done Italian food from the start," said manager Thomas Garza. "We offer these affordable great prices."

Many people rave about their croutons. And after trying it, we see why. But, the pizza remained the best part of the meal.

Next, we drove to New Braunfels where breakfast for lunch is always appropriate at Union Station Diner, located on 512 East San Antonio Street.

They have the Chicken Fried Steak Breakfast for $9.99.

"But, if you're really cost-conscious, for $6.49 you'll be completely filled with three biscuits, a full bowl of gravy with sausage added to it," said owner/manager John Stevens.

"Been here a long time. It's part of the New Braunfels tradition, I suppose," said loyal customer Dan Stanfield. "This is a place that I enjoy coming. Everybody has a preference. This is mine."

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Heading back into town, we went to a San Antonio staple, The Original Donut Shop on 3307 Fredericksburg Road.

"People love our prices, our food, and you can just come and hang out with your family," said cashier Monica Gomez.

As for their prices, we found a Fajita Bowl loaded with vegetables for $8.49. And for that same price, they have an Enchilada Plate.

As for the other places we visited:

Ten plates for under $10

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USAA scales back number of employees at downtown San Antonio office

USAA, on the verge of turning 100, has ended agreements from 2017 and 2018 with San Antonio and Bexar County promising to bring 2,000 employees to its downtown office. Here's what you need to know.The agreements meant USAA would get a loan and tax abatement worth an estimated $6 million from the city, and a tax abatement worth an estimated $1 million from the county. USAA ended those agreements in April a...

USAA, on the verge of turning 100, has ended agreements from 2017 and 2018 with San Antonio and Bexar County promising to bring 2,000 employees to its downtown office. Here's what you need to know.

The agreements meant USAA would get a loan and tax abatement worth an estimated $6 million from the city, and a tax abatement worth an estimated $1 million from the county. USAA ended those agreements in April and on Tuesday, May 17, respectively, the Express-News reports.

In the deals, USAA agreed to bring 2,000 employees to the office at One Riverwalk Place and 300 Convent Street. Before the pandemic, USAA spokesperson Christian Bove told the Express-News that about 1,500 employees were working at the downtown office in 2020 before COVID-19 hit.

The pandemic changed everything as employees shifted to remote work and the banking and insurance company left and subleased some of its downtown space last year, the Express-News reports.

Bove told the Express-News that it would reimburse any payments and tax abatements. He said USAA will still remain downtown with space for 1,000 hybrid employees, but the number of employees that go into that office varies.

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12 one-of-a-kind San Antonio restaurants to visit right now

This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigateWith so many first-rate San Antonio restaurants to choose from, figuring out where to dine is no easy task. From a Texas-forward bistro housed in a building that dates back to 1904, to one of the country’s only South American-Asian fusion eateries, to restaurants with stellar brunch menus, San Antonio knows how to do food right.To h...

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With so many first-rate San Antonio restaurants to choose from, figuring out where to dine is no easy task. From a Texas-forward bistro housed in a building that dates back to 1904, to one of the country’s only South American-Asian fusion eateries, to restaurants with stellar brunch menus, San Antonio knows how to do food right.

To help you narrow down your choices, we're bringing you a curated list of 12 unique San Antonio restaurants guaranteed to please every kind of palate. Keep reading for our top picks.

Cured

Among the best restaurants in San Antonio, this gourmand oasis is housed inside a building erected in 1904 as Pearl Brewery’s administration building. Run by chef Steve McHugh, you won’t soon forget the delightful eats from beer can PEI mussels and bread pudding with brown buttser caramel and candied pecans to heritage hog poutine with Wisconsin cheddar curds and chicken and doughnuts with jalapeño syrup.

All Texas-grown meats are cured on-site and the venue also has a wine cellar located inside the original safe of Pearl Brewery. McHugh, who hails from a small Wisconsin farm (hence the cheese curds) recently received a James Beard Award Nomination for Best Chef in Texas, to boot.

Find it: 306 Pearl Pkwy, #101, San Antonio, TX 78215

La Panadería

Handmade bread and pan dulce inspired by Mexico’s Golden Era (“Epoca de Oro”) is the name of the game at this stellar eatery which also nods to French, Italian, and American bread-making techniques to whip up classic Mexican sweet breads.

Once you sink your teeth into their baked goods, you’ll understand why the 48-hour fermentation process is well worth it. Two of our favorites? The Pan de Muerto with a touch of orange and Nutella muffin croissants. And the spot isn’t just celebrated in Alamo City, co-founder David Cáceres has earned a James Beard nomination for Outstanding Baker in 2022.

Find it: 8305 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209

Pharm Table

For a unique restaurant in San Antonio’s Southtown, Pharm Table is a winner for both your palate and your health. Founded in 2015 by chef Elizabeth Johnson, the eatery aims to reimagine comfort foods without inflammatory ingredients and in accordance with principles from ayurvedic cuisine, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Blue Zone regions (home to the world’s longest living people).

Incorporating plenty of Mexican and Texas flavors, the menu focuses on plant-based fare and showcases local ingredients as much as possible. Chase your zero-proof “N/A-groni” or golden milk fizz with a cauliflower shawarma bowl or cilantro coconut guacamole and an Israeli-style hummus and veggies spread.

Find it: 611 S. Presa St., Suite 106, San Antonio, TX 78205

The Esquire Tavern

Located on the San Antonio River Walk, no list of unique restaurants in San Antonio is complete without a hat tip to this famed establishment. Known for having the longest wooden bar top in Texas, The Esquire Tavern opened in 1933 as a gathering place to toast to the end of prohibition.

Nosh on fried plantain chips, shrimp cocktails or the Esquire cheeseburger chased by a Pimm’s Cup, Old-Fashioned or French 75.

Find it: 155 E. Commerce St., San Antonio, TX 78205

Ocho

Located on the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River Walk inside the boutique property, Hotel Havana you’ll feel teleported to Cuba in this bohemian-yet-refined space with abundant light spilling in through floor-to-ceiling windows during daylight hours.

Nestle up to a stool by the ledge perched over the water and clink your mojito or margarita glass to a good time, which we hope also includes the restaurant’s tacos de hongos (mushroom tacos with queso fresco, cilantro, and pickled onions) and pescado Zarandeado (Achiote snapper with avocado-cilantro rice, pickled cabbage, Mezcal mango, and black Cuban beans). Before you leave the pan-Latin hub, look up and take a moment to marvel at the beautiful chandeliers.

Find it: 1015 Navarro St., San Antonio, TX 78205

Burgerteca

When you want a hamburger from a San Antonio restaurant, Southtown’s Burgerteca is the correct answer. For us, it’s a toss-up between the Oaxaca burger with mole negro, black beans, pickled red onions, avocado and queso fresco and the La Veggie burger made from roasted beets, queso fresco, poblano peppers, corn, barley grains, and topped with jalapeño lime-mayo, cabbage, pickled red onions, tomato and avocado crema.

Spotlighting Mexico’s regional flavors and indigenous ingredients, the menu also offers tasty sides like nachos and Mole Fries and mango, spicy mango and house margaritas to quench your thirst.

Find it: 403 Blue Star, #105, San Antonio, TX 78204

2M Smokehouse

When you’re highlighting the best unique restaurants in San Antonio, you’ve got to include a BBQ venue. Our vote? This otherworldly smokehouse founded by two high school friends that has catapulted its way to a cherished local hot spot since opening in 2016.

Pitmaster Esaul Ramos electrifies diners’ palates with signature Texas barbecue dishes updated with Mexican finesse. Say, pork link with serrano peppers and Oaxaca cheese, Chicharoni macaroni, pickled nopales (cactus), and Mexican street corn, along with brisket, pulled pork and meats by the pound.

Find it: 2731 S. Ww White Road, San Antonio, TX 78222

Botika

Another Pearl District San Antonio restaurant go-to, this fusion restaurant melds Peruvian recipes with Asian flavors. Chef Geronimo Lopez of Caracas, Venezuela dazzles at this historic Pearl Brewery outpost that features both “Chifa” (Chinese-Peruvian) and “Nikkei” (Japanese-Peruvian) cuisine, prepared in a charcoal oven.

Said to be one of a handful such restaurants in America that combines the gastronomy of Asia and South America in such a way, expect standouts like charred octopus, spicy eggplant noodles and genre-bending sushi rolls.

Find it: 303 Pearl Pkwy., #111, San Antonio, TX 78215

Mi Tierra

Looking for restaurants in downtown San Antonio with epic Tex-Mex cuisine? Head to Mi Tierra. In 1941, Pete and Cruz Cortez opened a three-table café for farmers and workers at San Antonio’s Mercado. Now, the 24-hour family-owned restaurant remains a beloved haunt, doling out traditional dishes like enchiladas and fajitas and pouring finely-crafted margaritas, accompanied by live Mariachi entertainment.

The adjoining bakery is also worth a pit stop, especially for their delectable pecan pralines.

Find it: 218 Produce Row, San Antonio, TX 78207

Jardín

A jaunt to the picturesque San Antonio Botanical Garden capped off with a stellar meal? Yes, please. This new restaurant comes from celebrated chef Jason Dady and ties together the culinary heritage of Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Morocco in a zen farmhouse setting with an eye-catching white marble bar. (You can also sit outside in Gertie’s Garden, which hosts live jazz performances on Wednesday evenings.)

Don’t miss nature’s bounty in dishes like fattoush salad, edamame falafel, and raspberry panna cotta. The focaccia pizza (opt for the “daily garden inspiration” or the white truffle Milanese with ricotta, asparagus, pecorino and a fried hen egg) is also divine.

Find it: 555 Funston Place, San Antonio, TX 78209

Dorrego’s

For an incredible restaurant on San Antonio’s River Walk, venture to this venue in Hotel Valencia Riverwalk, which bills itself as San Antonio’s only Argentinian-inspired eatery. While you soak up the sounds of the Naranja Latin Jazz Band (Thursday-Saturday nights), feast on Locro, a hearty stew of the Argentinian Gaucho with squash, beef, hominy and more or Pescado del Dia (fish of the day).

Whatever you order, save room for crema de limón con frutos rojos y helado de chocolate blanco, a sublime dessert of lemon curd with seasonal berries and white chocolate ice cream. If you love tequila, the offerings from the Naranja Tequila and Mezcal Bar (also located at Hotel Valencia), are sure to please.

Find it: 150 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX 78205

Mixtli

For an epicurean experience, make a reservation at Mixtli which recently received a James Beard Award nomination for Outstanding Restaurant in 2022 (the sole Texas restaurant in that category) and Outstanding Pastry Chef for Sofia Tejeda’s incredible work. The Chef’s table seats 12, and you’ll linger over eight courses with beer, wine, spirits (Sotol, tequila, Mezcal, to name a few) and aguas frescas.

The menu changes every 45 days, featuring fare from various parts of Mexico, made with indigenous ingredients and pre-Hispanic techniques. Chayote heart salad with green apple, white anchovy and citrus vinaigrette and duck tamal with black bean Bordelaise, anyone?

Find it: 812 S. Alamo St., Suite 103, San Antonio, TX 78205

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