Spicy dining In San Antonio

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Photo by Stuart Seeger

Photo by Stuart Seeger

San Antonio is a fantastic dining town, especially when you want to be on the spicy side of life. Besides its numerous Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants, a few Asian and seafood restaurants offering fiery foods reside in the area.

The best way to spice up your trip to San Antonio is eating at these four hot restaurants. Find out why we like them and the zesty dishes you should try at each below.

Spicy Ginger Asian Café

8806 Bandera Rd. Suite 101
Hours: 11 a.m. — 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. — 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Drive thru open until 10 p.m. Closed Sundays.

At Spicy Ginger Asian Café you choose just how spicy you want your meal. Most say their dishes are already a bit spicy, but you can have them add a ½ tsp. of dry Thai chili powder to make your dish spicy or 1 tsp. to make it extra spicy. Their two spiciest dishes are the Green Curry Bowl and Yellow Curry Bowl. Customers really like this Thai café because their sauces are made on site, portions are large, the mixture is just right with each dish. Not to mention, if you’re pressed for time, you can swing by their drive-thru on the way back to your hotel in San Antonio!

Dishes to spice up your life: Wok Toss Clam, Pa-Nang Beef, Panko Crusted Tilapia and Fiery Szechuan Chicken

El Siete Mares

3831 W. Commerce St.
Hours: 11 a.m. — 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Sundays, 11 a.m. — 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday

The top seafood and Mexican restaurant in town is El Siete Mares. Their selection of fish and seafood — and the way they cook it — is unbeatable, and locals say they can’t get enough of the ceviche.

El Siete Mares fires up the flavor on some of their food dishes with either their spicy house sauce or spicy creamy chipotle sauce, which you find on several of their menu items.

Dishes to spice up your life: Aguachiles de Camaron o de Callo de Hacha and Huachinango (when marinated with a la diabla)


910 S. Alamo St. (Southtown location)
Hours: 11 a.m. — 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. — 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. — 9 p.m. Sundays. Bar is open until 12 a.m. Friday-Saturday. 

It’s hard to do Mexican food wrong in San Antonio, but what keeps people coming back to Rosario’s is their twist on south-of-the-border dishes, great atmosphere and friendly service. The Shrimp Nachos, Tacos Callejeros and Parrillas are go-to selections for many guests. The parking is a little scarce, but Rosario’s is worth a short walk. If you don’t believe us, believe the local food critics who have rated this place the “Best Mexican Restaurant” in San Antonio.

Dishes to spice up your life: Fried Shishito Peppers, Albondigas and Albondigas con Arroz

Pico de Gallo

111 S. Leona St.
Hours: 8 a.m. — 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 8 a.m. — 12 a.m. Friday-Saturday 

You can’t go wrong with eating at a place named after a spicy Mexican staple. Pico de Gallo serves spicy breakfast, lunch and dinner options, and they also have a full bar. If you come at night, you’ll get dinner and a show! Every night Pico de Gallo has live music from either a Mariachi group or a one-man band who plays Latin and tropical tunes.

Dishes to spice up your life: Huevos Rancheros, Menudo, Sirloin a la Mexicana and Carne de Res Guisada

Eating at any or all of these restaurants is going to make sure you have a spicy-good time when you’re in San Antonio.

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