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San Antonio Foodies: Restaurant Recovery In Sight

Rick Martinez

San Antonio is one of the best foodie destinations in Texas

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With more than 1 million restaurant searches conducted in March, it's clear that San Antonio has a craving for good eats.

However, this all changed when the pandemic hit and restaurants were forced to close their doors indefinitely. In today's article, we'll take a look at how the industry is recovering from these tough times and what measures you can take to ensure your fav restaurant recovers too!

According to Chefspencil.com “In March 2021, over 1 million restaurant-related searches were conducted in San Antonio, up 108 percent year over year and 71 percent from January 2020.”

Although still not out of the woods, the restaurant industry is finally seeing light at the end of a long tunnel.

March saw some of the industry’s best performance in recent months and offers a forecast for sustained sales recovery.

Although many restaurants are still closed, with some shuttering for good, March 2021 Google data shows record demand from patrons ready to eat out.

Over 133 million Google searches were made in March 2021, according to Google Adwords data for restaurants near me and related terms such as breakfast places near me, Chinese restaurants near me, Taco Bell near me, etc. 

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The volume of searches for restaurant-related keywords was 82% higher compared to March 2020, and also substantially higher than similar searches in the pre-pandemic months of February 2020 (93.9 million searches) and January 2020 (88.8 million searches).

Mexican restaurants had the most searches, but no surprise given San Antonio’s wide array of Mexican food options.

This was followed by Chinese and seafood restaurants. McDonald’s, Wingstop, and Whataburger were the most famous chain locations searched for.

Chefspencil.com evaluated the search volumes for restaurant-related searches in the United States’ 50 largest cities to determine which cities had the highest and lowest-demand during the pandemic era.

They compared restaurant-related searches from March 2021, back to January 2020 (the last standard-length month before the pandemic started).

While not quite number one, San Antonio came in in third on the list. Customers have flocked to restaurants in San Antonio after Texas reopened in early March.

Also of particular note, San Antonio newly booming restaurant industry has resulted in a serious labor shortage. Customers are often required to order food at the counter while servers pour them beverages. However, some restaurant owners have chosen to service less and risk future profits in order to maintain high levels of customer service.

Of course, San Antonians would have guessed these results without Google, being that we love our food! 

San Antonio has some amazing eateries with plenty of options for anyone from budget-conscious foodies to food connoisseurs. San Antonio residents can't wait for the restaurant scene to get back on its feet yet again and we're willing to bet you can't either.

While we will do a more in-depth review, here are a few of the top places searched for in the Alamo City.

Iron Cactus

200 River Walk Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78205

Iron Cactus, while a chain restaurant and not the best south texas has to offer, still manages to be some of the best Mexican food in San Antonio. This local chain as an indoor ambiance that caters to both classic and modern tastes with their happy hours being very popular because they offer over 80 flavors of tequila at their outdoor bar

Mi Tierra Café y Panaderia

218 Produce Row, San Antonio, TX 78207

Mi Tierra is a popular Mexican restaurant in San Antonio that has been in the business since 1941. It was started by the family and part of their success today is due to it being so close to the University of Texas at San Antonio (Downtown Campus), which keeps them constantly busier than they ever imagined.

Many consider it some of the best Mexican food in the city. The restaurant is part bar, part dining room, part bakery, and we locals who eat here often rave about their delicious margaritas. 

Casa Rio

430 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205

Save at Schilo’s. The first restaurant to open on the Riverwalk in 1946, this joint is operated by the same San Antonio family that owns Schilo’s and it sports colorful umbrellas you’ve probably seen in a quintessential riverwalk photo. Stop by for bit of history! 

Now all you have to do is get here!

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