These days, it’s rare to find a coffee shop without WiFi and even rarer to find one where patrons aren't totally occupied by their laptop screens and headphones. But the creative spirit of the coffee shop—the artists' parlors of Europe and the poetry hubs of the American Beats—still lives on in its own manifestations. Guadalupe Street Coffee dedicates its afternoons to programs for at-risk youth. La Taza Coffee House comes alive with poetry readings and board-game matches, and Madhatters Tea House & Café brims with Lewis Carroll-esque charm. Although these days coffeehouse art is most visible in artisanal beans and baristas’ meticulously crafted drinks, there’s still a creative, communal spirit brewing alongside the coffee.Read More
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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
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