Locally Owned Restaurants on Military Drive

Military Drive, aka Texas State Highway Loop 13, is one of the most well known streets in the South side of San Antonio.

The Texas loop follows Military Drive from U.S. Highway 90 (US 90) through the south side of the city and follows W.W. White Road after it turns to the north through the east side of San Antonio before ending at I-410 according to Wikipedia.

There are many restaurants on Military Drive but, here is a list of 33 locally owned ones:

  1. Armadillos Texas Style Burgers- Hamburger restaurant- 2619 Southeast Military Drive- Texas-style burgers, fries & beer are served up in a lively dining room decked out like a roadhouse.
  2. Babe’s Old-Fashioned Food- Hamburger restaurant- 434 Southwest Military Drive- Diner-style joint serving burgers, fries, hand-battered onion rings & shakes, plus bottled beers.
  3. Brenda’s Burgers- Hamburger restaurant- 3837 Southwest Military Drive- Homey hangout turning out burgers, fries & other American grub, plus milkshakes.
  4. Bud Jones Restaurant- Seafood restaurant- 1440 Southwest Military Drive- All-you-can-eat fish & country-fried steaks draw crowds to this old-school seafood spot from 1958.
  5. Casa del Kabob- Persian restaurant- 1027 Southwest Military Drive- Gyros, souvlaki, falafel & other familiar Mediterranean eats served in a funky, art-filled cafe.
  6. Chaba Thai Restaurant- Thai restaurant- 3154 Southeast Military Drive- Casual strip-mall outfit dispensing traditional Thai cuisine, in sleek, contemporary environment.
  7. China Harbor- Cantonese restaurant- 189 Southwest Military Drive- Familiar Chinese & Mexican dishes served buffet-style at this unassuming option.
  8. China Rose- Chinese restaurant- 2535 Southwest Military Drive- From pad Thai to moo goo gai pan, familiar Asian dishes served in simple digs or for takeout.
  9. Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant- Mexican restaurant- 1526 Southwest Military Drive- Spacious, family-owned establishment serving Mexican & Tex-Mex favorites for more than 45 years.
  10. El Coqui Restaurant- Puerto Rican restaurant- 5306 West Military Drive- Modest establishment offering a classic Puerto Rican menu plus a lunch buffet.
  11. Grand Buffet- Chinese buffet restaurant- 615 Southwest Military Drive.
  12. Gulf Coast Fish House- Seafood restaurant- 2230 Southeast Military Drive- From their Facebook page, “Gulf Coast Fish House prides itself on selling top quality seafood at reasonable prices. Everything is made from scratch in house so we know the quality we are putting out is consistent and great. We offer daily lunch and dinner specials so people can afford to eat good food in a relaxed environment.”
  13. Hacienda El Tule- Mexican restaurant- 403 Southwest Military Drive- Their menu features carne guisada taco, chicharron taco with sauce and papa ranchera taco.
  14. Anthony’s Seafood Café- Seafood restaurant- 3702 Southeast Military Drive- Branch of a casual, time-tested local chain whipping up seafood dishes, plus other American grub.
  15. La Flor de Michoacan- Mexican restaurant- 5368 West Military Drive- Open for breakfast and lunch, serving delicious barbacoa, smoked brisket and tacos.
  16. La Perla de Jalisco- Mexican restaurant- 2255 Southeast Military Drive- Casual joint offering a variety of traditional Mexican dishes in a low-key environment.South Side San Antonio Restaurants
  17. Las Islas Marias- Seafood restaurant- 522 Southwest Military Drive- From their Facebook page, “We serve up a wide selection of incredible seafood dishes inspired by the Las Marias Islands' indigenous and European culinary traditions.”
  18. Las Palapas- Mexican restaurant- 3039 Southeast Military Drive- Local chain offering Mexican & Tex-Mex fare in a casual setup with a drive-thru.
  19. Luna Rosa Puerto Rican Grill Y Tapas- Puerto Rican restaurant- 2603 Southeast Military Drive- This modern, family-owned eatery & bar is known for serving tapas-style Puerto Rican cuisine.
  20. Market Barbeque- Barbecue restaurant- 2707 Southeast Military Drive- From their website, “Market Barbeque offers a great selection of plates, appetizers, and Family Style Meals, with a mess of country sides.”
  21. Orly’s BBQ- BBQ restaurant- 3827 Southwest Military Drive- From their Facebook page, “Everyday straight out of the BBQ PIT we have Brisket, Ribs, Sausage, Chicken, Turkey Legs.”
  22. Pho Garden Vietnamese & Chinese Cuisine- Vietnamese restaurant- 2535 Southeast Military Drive- Features daily lunch specials Monday thru Sunday.
  23. Rancho Grande Mexican Restaurant- Mexican restaurant- 3179 Southeast Military Drive- Informal option offering a range of traditional Mexican fare in a low-key environment.
  24. Taco Mexicano- Mexican restaurant- 3603 Southwest Military Drive- Their menu features an array of tacos including barbacoa, bean and cheese, beef fajita, carne asada, ham and egg, machacado con huevo and papa ranchera.
  25. Taqueria Anahuac- Mexican restaurant- 3735 Southwest Military Drive- From their Facebook page, “We Have Specials Of $4.99 every day! Come & Enjoy Our Delicious Food! We Make The Best Chile Rellenos, Milanesas, Enchiladas, Menudo, Caldo, Gorditas, Etc.!”
  26. Taqueria Guadalajara- Mexican restaurant- 1616 Southwest Military Drive- Simple, 2-room eatery with ample seating turning out a selection of typical Mexican fare.
  27. Taqueria Tequila Jalisco- Mexican restaurant- 5460 West Military Drive- Informal Mexican eats, including tacos, served in friendly, unassuming digs.
  28. Tequila Mexican Restaurant- Mexican restaurant- 1059 Southeast Military Drive- South-of-the-border hangout serving a selection of familiar plates in a welcoming atmosphere.
  29. The Longhorn Café- Hamburger restaurant- 3150 Southeast Military Drive- Local counter-serve chain dishing up burgers & American comfort food in a casual, rustic space.
  30. The Mexico Taqueria- Mexican restaurant- 5132 West Military Drive- Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Known for their breakfast tacos, BBQ pork plate, brisket plate and crispy taco plate.
  31. Tink-A-Tako- Mexican restaurant- 2511 Southeast Military Drive- Local chain serving traditional Mexican dishes, breakfast & cocktails in an informal, festive space.
  32. Wok Inn Asian Café- Chinese restaurant- 2230 Southeast Military Drive- Local chain serving a menu of Pan-Asian dishes in a casual, contemporary setting.
  33. Yorky’s Taco House- Mexican restaurant- 5418 West Military Drive- Bright, art-filled cafe offering Mexican classics including breakfast & lunch specials.
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