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Fearless Critic restaurant review
San Antonio
Seafood, Mexican
Counter service

Bar None
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Accepted


South Side
3015 S. Presa
San Antonio, TX
(210) 533-2233
Sun–Thu 10:00am–9:00pm
Fri–Sat 10:00am–11:00pm

Far West
847 S. Gen. McMullen
San Antonio, TX
(210) 438-1992
Sun–Thu 10:30am–10:00pm
Fri–Sat 10:30am–11:00pm

West Side
7210 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, TX
(210) 647-8681
Sun–Wed 10:30am–9:00pm
Thu 10:30am–10:00pm
Fri–Sat 10:30am–11:00pm
J. Anthony’s Sea Food Café
The original location’s a deep-sea dive, but the food begs to differ

J. Anthony’s is not exactly what you’d call swank; we’ve driven by for years without feeling obliged to enter. The restaurant’s interior, featuring a murky aquarium and a mural dominated by The Little Mermaid, does nothing to alter the equation; the seating is awkward, you order at a counter topped with a drinks machine, the day’s specials are scrawled on a whiteboard…Now, we’re not here to tell you the cuisine is mermaid-magical, but a little Disney disbelief may be warranted nonetheless.

In typical fish-joint fashion, frying is the name of the game: a fifteen-piece family order is available, and various combos of shrimp, oysters and unnamed fish are listed. We confined our frying to an appetizer: cornmeal-coated okra. Amazingly, the okra had retained its color, the coating was crisp and greaseless. With some trepidation, we also checked out the fish ceviche, differing from the tomato juice-accented coastal Mexican model only in the inclusion of salmon. Topped with slices of avocado and spangled with chopped onion and tomato, the fresh-tasting mix only needed chiles—which were oddly served whole on the side. Maybe you’re supposed to alternate bites.

One day’s special plate of grilled (more like griddled) fish and shrimp yielded both disappointments and surprises. Both the fillets and the coleslaw were uneventful, but the tail-on shrimp and the peppery Cajun rice exceeded expectations. We were briefly tempted by pastel-frosted slabs of sheet cake. But no; we were already pressing our luck.

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