San Antonio's love affair with brewing began more than 150 years ago. In 1855, William Menger and Charles Degen opened the doors of Western Brewery, and by 1860, the brewery was the largest industry in the area. At that time, the staff of 10 German brewers produced 8,000 gallons of the stuff per week, and stored it in cold tunnels below the Menger Hotel. A lot may have changed since then—today local bars boast refrigerated systems that sometimes exceed 50 taps—but the 10 spots listed below are proof that San Antonio's love of local beer has remained steadfast through the years.Read More
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If you’re wondering how much San Antonians love Mexican-style breakfasts, just look at Taco Haven, home to some of the city’s best egg and chorizo tacos. When the Torres family opened the eatery in 1969, all they had was $25 worth of beans, cheese, and eggs and a comal (or tortilla griddle) that Jerry Torres made out of an antique Singer sewing machine. By the end of the first day, there was a line stretching out the door. About 45 years later, the restaurant has continued to flourish—so much so that its original venue is now its “to-go” area—thanks to hungry patrons who show up to fulfill their breakfast taco cravings as late as midnight.Read More
Fritz Schilo had many plans when he arrived in America from Germany, and none of them involved root beer. The founder of Schilo’s Delicatessen first opened Schilo’s Saloon, but prohibition had other plans for him. So ‘Papa’ began making root-beer floats as a placeholder for his thirsty patrons, and turned his saloon into a delicatessen. To this day, the spot draws crowds for its famous floats and a menu of German specialties. History may not be integral to good food, but if an establishment has survived for more than 50 years—as many in San Antonio have—then the chances are good that the food is as delicious as the stories are deep.Read More