This old-fashioned German delicatessen has been a San Antonio institution since 1917. In fact, Schilo's is one of the oldest continuously operated restaurants in the state of Texas, serving authentic German cuisine in an old downtown mercantile building that dates back to 1800s. The really great thing about Schilo's is that it never changes. Ever since I began coming here 30 years ago, the menu has been basically the same: apple and cherry strudels, thick cheesecake, old-fashioned bottled root beer, strong coffee, split-pea soup, hot German potato salad, bratwurst with spicy mustard, and great Reuben sandwiches. The prices haven't changed all that much either—this is still one of the least expensive restaurants in town. I love the deli's big wooden booths, tiled floors, large windows, and career waitresses who look like they were born to make Jaeger schnitzel. Schilo's is within walking distance of most downtown hotels and attractions, and is just steps from the Commerce Street bridge where it crosses one of the most popular stretches of the River Walk. Live German bands play on Saturdays from 5 to 8pm. Schilo's kids' menu makes it easy to bring the family, and the retro prices keep mom and dad coming back. It's great for breakfast or just a cup of coffee, too. (By the way, locals pronounce this "Shee-low," not "Shy-lo.")
San Antonio› Restaurant
424 E. Commerce St.
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown/Central Hours Mon–Sat 7am–8:30pm Phone 210/223-6692 Prices Sandwiches, hot or cold plates $5–$7, mains (served after 5pm) $7–$8.95 Cuisine Type German, Delicatessen Web site Schilo's