More Great Plates: From Brunch Till Dawn

A weekend getaway gives you a limited amount of time to sample the best of the city’s cuisine – a quandary that becomes even more challenging when you add gluten-free dietary restrictions in the mix. Luckily, you can find several great restaurants in San Antonio close to the districts and hotspots you’ll likely be visiting.

The gluten-free awareness in San Antonio isn’t quite as keen as it is here in Austin, but asking clear and precise questions will allow you to make some confident picks.

Follow along as we take you inside a few of the places we discovered and the great gluten-free plates to order when you get there.

La Fonda on Main


Acapulco Omelet

Chipotle dusted gulf shrimp, avocado, tomato, asadero cheese

Make a stop at San Antonio’s oldest Mexican restaurant (which opened 1932) for an authentic Mexican brunch. If you’re going to do it right, have a seat out in their picturesque courtyard and order yourself a spicy Bloody Mary to sip alongside their Acapulco Omelette. This far from ordinary, perfectly cooked omelette is filled to the brim with shrimp, avocado and a spicy orange sauce that packs a little punch. Major points awarded for their (inherently gluten-free) Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips – they’re some of the best!


Liberty Bar


clockwise from top: Bombay & Homemade Blackberry Jam Mimosa, Bloody Mary

While exploring the artistic side of San Antonio in the King Williams area, take a break at the Liberty Bar – a landmark that moved from its original location (in the Pearl District) to this former convent that served as the mother house for the Benedictine Sisters. An elegant brunch awaits you inside the late-nineteenth century structure, with gluten-free fare such as the Liberty Huevos Rancheros with papas rancheras or the Chilaquiles Nortenos with sauteed legumes and scrambled eggs. Brunch libations are also tuned up with fresh fruit juices and new flavors like those found in the Bombay & Homemade Blackberry Jam Mimosa.


Esquire Tavern


Cold Curried Cauliflower Salad

roasted cauliflower, curry vinaigrette, arugula, roasted lemon half


Deviled Eggs

Vital Farms eggs, topped with pickled pink peppercorns & arugula

Have yourself a seat at the longest wooden bar top in Texas and order up a classic French 75. When it’s time for the second (yes, they’re that good), a snack of their Deviled Eggs with Pickled Pink Peppercorns are unexpectedly amazing. Housemade pickled pink peppercorns?! I want to smother the person who’s responsible for that brilliant idea in a bear hug. Another highlight was the Cold Curried Cauliflower Salad with a yellow curry vinaigrette, which will conveniently cancel out all the chips and salsa you’ve ingested during your stay…or so I told myself. It is hands-down, the best cauliflower dish I’ve ever had and I’m excited to go back for more.


Tuk Tuk Tap Room


With a concept that combines Asian street food with craft beer, Tuk Tuk Tap Room serves up crave-worthy food with a laid-back San Antonio charm. Whether you’re hitting up their late night menu or swinging by for an afternoon bite, you must try their Myanmar Tomato Salad. Complete with fresh tomato, dried shrimp, peanuts, chickpea flour, sesame, cilantro and chili, it pairs nicely with one of their house-made Kombuchas.

La Fonda on Main

2415 N Main Ave
San Antonio, TX 78212

Liberty Bar

1111 S Alamo St
San Antonio, TX 78210
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Esquire Tavern

55 E Commerce St
San Antonio, TX 78205
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Tuk Tuk Tap Room

1702 Broadway St
San Antonio, TX 78215
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Photography: Chris Perez

This article originally published in The Transport Issue of Citygram Austin Magazine [April 2014].
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