Saloon Turned Delicatessen. Thanks Prohibition.

In German, San Antonio on November 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Schilo’s Delicatessen (pronounced SHE-LOWS) is a German deli located in downtown San Antonio and is really a must visit for any resident or visitor to San Antonio. The deli’s website boasts Schilo’s as “one of the oldest continually operated restaurant in the State of Texas”. While its location has moved some over the years, its history began in 1917 and has been German-run from its beginning. The rich, German heritage in San Antonio can be seen in the beautiful, King William neighborhood, former breweries, and restaurants like Schilo’s. Ever since Prohibition brought about the change of Schilo’s Saloon to Schilo’s Delicatessen, delicious meals have been prepared by this historical restaurant. Enough history, let’s focus on some dishes.

Mama Schilo's Famous Split Pea Soup w/ Bratwurst & Homemade Root Beer

If you were to ask me what food I dislike most, I’d say peas. Peas are number one on my list of things that disgust me. That’s why I was so surprised to find Mama Schilo’s Famous Split Pea Soup to be so delicious. The bratwurst and rye bread with butter were a bonus, but the pea soup was fine all by itself. I may have liked it so much because it didn’t have an overwhelming pea taste. It’s difficult to describe the taste but I give it two thumbs up! If you don’t like bratwurst, you can also order it with a frank. It costs $3.05 for a bowl and $4.75 if you add a bratwurst or a frank.

One of Schilo's Favorites, The Reuben

The Reuben is one of Schilo’s most popular items. It comes with corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese on grilled rye bread. I wouldn’t have minded a little more corned beef, but really the beef and sauerkraut were well proportioned. It was delicious and I recommend it. Since I ordered the soup, I didn’t ask for a side even though there were many from which to choose. Some of the side options include hot or cold German potato salad, sauerkraut, red cabbage, cottage cheese, green beans, fruit cup, cole slaw, deviled egg, etc. Side orders cost $1.65 per serving.

Inside Schilo's Delicatessen

In the above picture of the Split Pea Soup is a glass of Schilo’s Famous Root Beer. Served from the barrel below, this beverage is well worth any hype one might give it. It has a delicious taste close to Barq’s, only Schilo’s seems to be significantly less carbonated. It comes with one free refill. It really is good and I’m wanting one right now as I write this review.

If you don’t like root beer, you can always order a domestic or imported beer on tap. Some imported draft beers examples include Paulaner, Pilsner Urquell, Spaten, and Warsteiner.

Schilo’s Delicatessen is open for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Food is great. Service is great. You shouldn’t be disappointed.

You Gotta Try Schilo's Famous Root Beer

  1. YUM!! I’m now craving a Schilo’s sandwich. I have actually never been to Schilo’s, but after reading your post, it looks like it is worth checking out. Didn’t know they known for their root beer.

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