It’s been three years since the Express-News ranked San Antonio’s Top 10 restaurants. Through the pandemic closures of 2020 and the staggered restarts and painful recovery, we’ve given the city’s restaurant scene room to reboot and find its new order.

A year ago, when dining rooms returned to 100 percent capacity, we began reviewing and rating restaurants again, shifting from a four-star rating system to a more universal five-star system, evaluating the highest-profile new openings and casting fresh eyes on the city’s enduring favorites.

Five of these restaurants from 2019’s list are returning to this year’s Top 10. They’re

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I was always the scholarship kid; first, in a Connecticut boarding school when I failed out of high school and was sent off to get my act together, and later, in a Massachusetts college. I vividly remember fabulous parents coming to visit their children and whisking them off to restaurants that offered linen napkins, chairs pulled out for you, filet mignon, and desserts made of hot brownies and ice cream with fudge sauce or some soufflé thing in a ramekin.

Sometimes I was invited along to these dinners. Scholarship kids are quick studies. In winter, I knew I should wear

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If any business owner was positioned to survive the pandemic’s devastating blows to downtown San Francisco, it was restaurateur and chef Bruce Hill. Finally forced to close this month, his Zero Zero restaurant is another sign that hopes of a return to normalcy are an illusion.

Since COVID-19 struck more than two years ago, numerous businesses shuttered while Hill and Zero Zero, an Italian restaurant specializing in Neapolitan-style pizza, held on in the South of Market neighborhood. Zero Zero had some crucial advantages. Pizza lent itself to to-go orders. Hill secured federal financial aid, much of which has been forgiven. … Read more

Be thankful that San Antonio has a variety of Asian markets for local foodies to enjoy. While some specialize in items from a variety of countries, others have a mix of Asian foods and goods imported to shops and international restaurants located across the Alamo City.

Whether you’re missing home or want to tackle a new cuisine in the kitchen, here are 13 fantastic Asian markets to shop at in San Antonio.

My ChockDee Filipino Market is a grocery market and takeout restaurant in Universal City.

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M.Y. Chockdee Oriental Market & Restaurant

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Clementine’s gnocchi is one of the recipes featured in San Antonio Cooks

Veteran Alamo City food journalist Julia Rosenfeld is releasing a cookbook featuring more than 80 recipes from notable local chefs and cocktail gurus.

San Antonio Cooks (Figure 1 Publishing) will drop Nov. 22, showcasing recipes from culinary powerhouses including Dashi Sichuan Kitchen + Bar’s Kristina Zhao, Best Quality Daughter’s Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin and Quealy Watson, Clementine power couple Elise and John Russ, and Lala’s Gorditas owner Steven Pizzini.

click to enlarge San Antonio Cooks is available for pre-order now. - Courtesy Photo / Figure 1 Publishing

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San Antonio Cooks is available for

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Good food isn’t hard to find in San Antonio. As one of only two cities in the entire country recognized as Cities of Gastronomy by UNESCO, San Antonio is brimming with delectable dishes. What is difficult to find is a food tour that not only showcases authentic foods native to San Antonio, but also digs into the heritage of the locals and the history of the foods. Providing this unique combination of food, heritage, and history all in one tour is one of the many reasons that Food Chick Tours is the premier food tour company in San Antonio. 

Owner

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