Schilo's has had a history in San Antonio for 99 years. Photo by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone.

Schilo’s and Casa Rio: A Tale of Two Families

Beneath a pressed-tin ceiling and between limestone walls dating back to the 1800s, you can order the same juicy Reuben on pumpernickel, split pea soup, and root beer that San Antonio Germans ordered 99 years ago at Schilo’s Delicatessen.

“We think we’re still using a number of those early recipes from Mrs. Schilo’s when they opened,” said owner Bill Lyons, who took the reins of the restaurant from his father in 1977.

The Panadería at Mi Tierra. Photo by Scott Ball.

La Familia Cortez y Mi Tierra: Celebrating 75 Years as San Antonio’s Culinary, Cultural Gems

This year, La Familia Cortez Restaurants, which owns the iconic San Antonio restaurant, Mi Tierra Café & Bakery, turns 75 years old, and even now, beneath the technicolor Christmas lights and papeles picados strung across the eatery’s ceiling, three generations of la familia Cortez are preserving and growing their legacy established by the family patriarch, the late Pedro Cortez.