Cafes in Northern Hills

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Yum Yum Thai Cuisine's chefs craft a creative Thai and Chinese menu that garnered features in the Express News "Just a Taste" column and on KTSA's "The Dish." The team allows seafood to flourish by placing it on a plate with chinese shrimp and lobster sauce or in an "ocean deep" clay pot filled with glass noodles, squid, scallops, and maybe a sunken treasure. They grant pineapple a break from its day job as headwear by hollowing out its halves and fashioning them into a bowl for boneless roasted duck in red curry or shrimp-and-pineapple fried rice. By preparing starters, such as crispy deep-fried dragonfly rolls, and refreshing desserts, such as house-made coconut ice cream, the kitchen staff bookends the dining experience with cuisine as appealing as the entrees that form their centerpieces.

13777 Nacogdoches Rd
San Antonio,
TX
US

Schugga Bakery tickles tongues with quintessentially Teutonic delights such as apple strudel, raisin-sprinkled schneckennudel, and Danube wave cake, filled with sour cherries and topped with chocolate. Savory options such as schnitzel sandwiches, potato soup, and daily lunch specials offer more substantial lunch options. Specialty cakes come in custom designs, cleverly disguised as beloved animals, favorite cartoons, or slightly different flavors of cake.

5531 Randolph Boulevard
San Antonio,
TX
US

The flavors of New Orleans are as diverse as the people who live there. So when the owners of Big Easy Cafe designed their authentic New Orleans–style menu, they didn’t just pick a few of the city's Cajun and creole classics. Rather, they decided to change the menu every day to incorporate their favorite dishes, granting customers the opportunity to sample spicy items such as Cajun catfish tacos, steaming bowls of jambalaya, and 14-inch po’ boys stuffed with seafood so fresh it's still humming tunes from The Little Mermaid. No southern meal would be complete without one of the region’s decadent desserts, including banana pudding sprinkled with crumbled wafers and bread pudding soaked in a butter-pecan rum sauce.

4822 Walzem Rd
Windcrest,
TX
US

Given Biff Buzby's penchant for classic cars and vintage airplanes, his classic take on another all-American staple, hamburgers, comes as little surprise. Each patty weighs in at a half- or quarter-pound of 100% ground beef, sandwiched between a homestyle bun along with its fixings—crispy bacon and grilled onions for The Q burger, house chili on the Chili Cheese Burger—and served up with a helping housemade pinto beans.

Elsewhere on the extensive menu, a deep roster of comfort staples vie for second billing. These include starters such as the beer-battered mushrooms or the housemade cheesesticks, as well as the chopped steak and chicken-fried chicken platters. Matching the loaded menu is a calendar chock-full of weekly events, including Cruisin' Night every Friday evening, when souped-up hot rods and confident station wagons alike collect in the parking lot so their owners can bond over burgers and car-talk.

12702 Toepperwein Rd
Live Oak,
TX
US

The Great Taste Cafe menu's is an eclectic mix—French-style crepes filled with chopped pears, melted chocolate, and vanilla ice cream rest beside organic tamales packed with carnitas and serrano chilies. Organic coffee roasted in small batches complements other morning favorites, such as bagels and muffins. And crisp salads, made with organic romaine or baby spinach, round out the café's fresh offerings.

16618 San Pedro Avenue
San Antonio,
TX
US

Though Suzanne, a native of the New York City suburbs, enjoyed living throughout the country with her husband John, she always missed New York–style bagels, which led the pair to open their first Bagel Factory in Augusta, Georgia and then another in San Antonio. Bakers craft New York–style bagels in 21 flavors, such as asiago cheese, cinnamon crunch, and everything. Each one can be paired with 10 flavors of cream cheese, including raspberry chipotle and serrano pepper. In addition to bagels, the menu offers sandwiches and salads along with breakfast eats and includes Bagelaches composed of bagel dough wrapped around locally made Kiolbassa-brand sausage and can be stuffed with various items, including cheese, sauerkraut, or bacon. Freshly baked bread or bagels hug deli lunch sandwiches made with Boar's Head ingredients, such as the Carpenter with turkey, cream cheese, and cranberry sauce. Additionally, sips of regular coffee and espresso drinks from Community Coffee prepare visitors for long nights of dumping grass clippings down neighbors' chimneys.

15909 San Pedro Ave
San Antonio,
TX
US