11 veteran-owned restaurants in San Antonio to visit now – mySA

Those who previously served in the military are also part of San Antonio’s food scene. Here are 11 veteran-owned food and drink spots where you can show your support.

When exploring Broadway, energize yourself at QuickDraw Coffee.

When exploring Broadway, energize yourself at QuickDraw Coffee.

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QuickDraw Coffee

Located right next to the Social Spot, this tiny coffee spot will have you feeling energized while on the go. Made well and served beautifully, QuickDraw Coffee is owned by James DuBois, a retired veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force for nearly a decade.

Find it: 930 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78215; 210-392-0016

Jamaica Jamaica Cuisine, of San Antonio's tastiest spots for Jamaican food, is veteran-owned.

Jamaica Jamaica Cuisine, of San Antonio’s tastiest spots for Jamaican food, is veteran-owned.

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Jamaica Jamaica Cuisine

Enjoy the flavors of the island without even leaving town when you stop by Jamaica Jamaica Cuisine. Jerk dishes with rice and plantains are the name of the game here thanks to owners Dee and Angello Gordon, a husband and wife team who were both enlisted in the U.S. Army. There’s also live music here.

Find it: 2026 Austin Hwy., San Antonio, TX 78218; 210-590-0515

A mix of rich flavors await you at Crawfish King.

A mix of rich flavors await you at Crawfish King.

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Crawfish King

Take in the richness of Lao and Thai fare and seafood when you stop by Crawfish King, which is worth the drive to Live Oak. Following time in the U.S. Army, owner Ashley Chanthadara takes pride in the restaurant’s commitment to its scratch kitchen with its stir frys, seafood platters, and crawfish boils.

Find it: 8142 Shin Oak Drive, Live Oak, TX 78233; 210-444-9343

The oysters at Rebelle remain a must-try.

The oysters at Rebelle remain a must-try.

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Rebelle

Located inside the swanky St. Anthony Hotel, Rebelle remains a classy spot to live the high life and with top-notch cocktails. The premium and top-rated seafood spot comes from the dining duo of Andrew Goodman and Stefan Bowers, the latter of whom was a search and rescue swimmer in the U.S. Navy for five years.

Find it: The St. Anthony Hotel, 300 E. Travis St., San Antonio, TX 78205; 210-352-3171

Clockwise from top left: coco bread, jerk chicken, Ting soda, braised oxtails, mac and cheese with jerk chicken wings and a Jamaican beef pattie from The Jerk Shack.

Clockwise from top left: coco bread, jerk chicken, Ting soda, braised oxtails, mac and cheese with jerk chicken wings and a Jamaican beef pattie from The Jerk Shack.

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The Jerk Shack

Brought to you by husband and wife team Cornelius and Lattoia Massey, both of whom are veterans, The Jerk Shack is a beloved eatery in San Antonio. The Jamaican food spot is known for its jerk chicken, patties, and curries. The Masseys met while they were deployed in Iraq and came to San Antonio for Lattoia to attend the Culinary Institute of America, locally located at the Pearl.

Find it: 10234 TX-151 Suite 103, San Antonio, TX 78251; 210-776-7780

A plate of rib tips from The Purple Pig BBQ with sides of creamed corn and mac and cheese.

A plate of rib tips from The Purple Pig BBQ with sides of creamed corn and mac and cheese.

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The Purple Pig BBQ

Appreciate some Midwest-style barbecue, but with a Texas twist over at The Purple Pig BBQ. The Schertz establishment is veteran-owned and serves up all the meats smoked with pecan wood paired with home-style sides.

Find it: 537 Main St., Schertz, TX 78154; 210-442-8246

Coffee drinks include a latte called Coco-Ro-Dachio, cappuccino and espresso at the new Medina River Coffee.

Coffee drinks include a latte called Coco-Ro-Dachio, cappuccino and espresso at the new Medina River Coffee.

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Medina River Coffee

Artisan roasted coffee and fresh baked pastries await you at this West Avenue spot. Medina River Coffee is partially run by Jim Perkins, a retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel. He served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Bosnia.

Find it: 11825 W. Ave Suite 101, San Antonio, TX 78216; 210-802-6155

You'll feel right at home at JW's Bracken Saloon if you love drinking and the great outdoors.

You’ll feel right at home at JW’s Bracken Saloon if you love drinking and the great outdoors.

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JW’s Bracken Saloon

Friendly bar vibes await you at this local saloon-style drinking spot. Sunday is an all-day happy hour, so come by with your favorite drinking crew. JW’s Bracken Saloon is partially owned by Heath Thomas, who served in the U.S. Army.

Find it: 18400 FM 2252, San Antonio, TX 78266; 210-653-2337

A brisket and pork ribs plate from Drop Zone Cafe owned by retired Army Sgt. Ken Gray.

A brisket and pork ribs plate from Drop Zone Cafe owned by retired Army Sgt. Ken Gray.

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Drop Zone Cafe & Bar

Over on the Eastside you’ll find the Drop Zone Cafe & Bar, which was first opened by retired Army Command Sgt. Major Ed Fernandez and his wife. Nowadays, the restaurant, which serves up Mexican meals and fish plates, is run by retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Ken Gray.

Find it: 1804 E. Carson St., San Antonio, TX 78208; 210-314-7590

Grilled octopus with braised chickpeas, guanciale and basil pesto from Battalion.

Grilled octopus with braised chickpeas, guanciale and basil pesto from Battalion.

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Battalion

This Southtown gem remains a local favorite for its variety of Italian dishes. Whether you order pasta or a salad, the mix of strong dishes will keep you satisfied. Battalion comes from Chef Stefan Bowers, who served in the U.S. Navy.

Find it: 604 S. Alamo St., San Antonio, TX 78205; 210-816-0088

You'll be supporting retired veterans when you pick up snacks at El Chistoso Elotes.

You’ll be supporting retired veterans when you pick up snacks at El Chistoso Elotes.

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El Chistoso Elotes

While there are plenty of puro snack stands to visit around town, El Chistoso should definitely be on your list. The veteran-owned favorite is regarded for its mix of elote takes with a San Antonio twist.

Find it: 451 Sterling Drive, San Antonio, TX 78220; 210-454-0713

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