Steve McHugh

Chef Steve McHugh, three-time James Beard Foundation Award nominee and Owner of San Antonio’s Cured, gave us the rundown on his favorite Alamo City spots.

Garcia’s Mexican Food 

“A great place for lunch, this mid-city Tex-Mex joint is one of my favorite places to eat in the whole city. Try their outstanding brisket—it’s cooked in a pit right outside the restaurant.” (210) 735-4525

Garcia’s Mexican Food

La Gloria 

“Also near the Pearl, La Gloria, a restaurant by my dear friend Johnny Hernandez, serves incredible Mexican street food. With a menu that explores the many regions of Mexico, this is a must-visit for anyone looking for authentic Mexican cuisine. There’s something for everyone.”  

Bakery Lorraine

“Our neighbor at the Pearl Brewery, Bakery Lorraine is a great place for lunch or breakfast. The Grilled Cauliflower sandwich and Ham & Cheese with honey comb are some of my favorites, but their macarons are what bring me back for more. They’re truly some of the best I’ve ever had.”  

The Esquire Tavern

The Esquire Tavern is off the beaten path downtown and typically regarded as a drinking establishment, but my wife and I usually go here for lunch because they have a full menu and kitchen, and do an excellent job. They have awesome cocktails and a great local beer selection.”  

The Esquire Tavern

The Granary

“Barbecue and beer—it doesn’t get any better than that. Stop by The Granary on Tuesday for an unforgettable Pastrami Rib special.”  


Barbaro is one of my go-tos. My wife and I love their pizza—I always get the Clams Casino Pizza. The cocktails are amazing, too.”  

Local Coffee

“Right next door to Cured, Local Coffee is my favorite coffee spot in town. Rock solid coffee drinks with no gimmicks.”  

Local Coffee

Bird Bakery

“If you have a sweet tooth, check out the Bird Bakery for their many delicious cupcakes.” 


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