Schilo’s: An Authentic German Deli

Why yes, there is an authentic German deli in downtown San Antonio. After a day of sightseeing, we walked about a block from the hotel to have lunch at Schilo’s Delicatessen, German Family-owned and operated.

Schilo's Deli

Schilo's WindowsIt was a casual and simple place. Nothing fancy here, just good sandwiches, soups, and homemade root beer.Interior

Since 1917

We sat at a booth near the far wall. We ordered some waters and had to try their homemade root beer. I’m not much of a soda drinker. I actually gave it up years ago, but once in a blue moon you gotta make an exception. It was gooooood. An additional refill is included.Root BeerThey offered typical German dishes and sausages in addition to their soups, salads, and sandwiches. They also have daily lunch specials. We decided to try the German Potato Pancakes with homemade apple sauce. They really did have the look and consistency of pancakes, much milder potato taste than other potato pancakes I’ve tried.Potato PancakesMy coworker and I are good at splitting things so we can try as much as possible. She’s a good friend for a reason! I decided to get the Chicken Fritz Sandwich – a breaded chicken breast with swiss cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, and tomatoes on sourdough bread.Chicken FritzIt was simple, but very good. The chicken was not heavily breaded at all. It was like a grilled chicken breast sprinkled with some bread crumbs, that’s how lightly breaded it was. The chicken was very tender.Chicken Fritz HalfMy coworker ordered their popular Rueben – corned beef, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese on grilled rye bread. Good stuff!Rueben

Rueben HalfThe rueben was fantastic with their Hot Mustard.Hot MustardClean plates. We finished everything. Should we get dessert? Sure, let’s see what they have. It looked like they were known for their homemade cheesecake. You can get it with cherries or strawberries on the side. It was very light and airy, and especially good topped with fruit.CheesecakeI definitely recommend Schilo’s for a simple and tasty lunch. Prices are good too.

Schilo’s Delicatessen
424 E Commerce Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 223-6692

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